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Adnan Kifayat


Acting Special Representative for Muslim Communities
Term of Appointment: 01/31/2014 to present
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Adnan Kifayat was appointed Acting Special Representative to Muslim Communities in January 2014. A member of the career civil service since 1999, Adnan served as the Deputy Special Representative to Muslim Communities from 2012 to his recent appointment. Prior to that he was Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and the Acting Director of the Global Strategic Communications Center (GSEC) from 2008-2009. He was Director for Middle East and North African Economic Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) from 2003-2005 and returned to the NSC from 2007-2008 as Director for Combating Terrorism, focused on the Middle East and Africa.

His other assignments have included serving the U.S. Treasury Department as an economist on Afghanistan, Iraq, South Asia, and the Middle East, and as the Senior Adviser and Alternate U.S. Executive Director to the African Development Bank in Tunisia. In 2004 he served as Aide to James A. Baker III, the President’s Envoy for Iraqi Debt, and in 2002 he served on special assignment in Jerusalem to negotiate a financial agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Prior to government service, Adnan was with the Washington, D.C. office of Cargill, Incorporated. He is Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received a B.A. from Florida State University 1995, and an M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University in 1998. 

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