Bio

Dr. Khalafalla is a leading figure in the Muslim and Arab communities in the United States of America and Canada. He has a strong record of service in areas such as immigrants’ integration and education, interfaith dialogue, and public policies that affect immigrants. He is the former director of Virginia Institute for Peace; currently, he is the President of the Bahrain American Council.

Khalafalla has served on several Boards, including as President of the Board of Directors of Ibn Rushd Cultural Center from 2002-2008; Chairman of the Board of Iqra Academy of Virginia from 2008-2010; Chairman of the Islamic Academy of Virginia from 2006-2008; and Vice Chair of the Board of A More Perfect Union at University of Richmond. He currently serves on the Boards of the Humpty Dumpty Institute,  BetaTech College, Virginia Medical Institute, and the United States Institute of Peace Darfur Forum.

Khalafalla has been featured on numerous occasions in the media, and has spoken to a variety of audiences regarding political crisis, peace, and humanitarian efforts in the Middle East and Africa. He is a regular guest on Al Hurra TV, Nile TV, NBC and Virginia TV stations, discussing issues regarding Islam, September 11, Darfur, and Muslims in America.

He has published opinion editorials in The Daily Caller, Al Arabiya News, Fox News, Al Ayam, The Nile, Rayaam, Gulf Daily News, and the Bahrain Tribune. He was a speaker at many National and International conferences such as the International Law and Religion Symposium, United States Institute of Peace Conferences, The National Interfaith Forum, and many others. Dr. Khalafalla also has authored papers on challenges that face religions; regional conflicts in Africa and the Middle East; and U.S. foreign policy.

Khalafalla has been recognized not only as a leader in interfaith communities, but also as an advocate for international peace and humanity.  He received the prestigious Humanitarian Award from the Governor of Virginia in 2009.  He has also received other awards for his humanitarian and interfaith initiatives, from the University of Louisiana, the University of Virginia, and Richmond University.  In 2008 Khalafalla was appointed by the Universal Peace Federation as an Ambassador for Peace, for his dedication to the African and Middle Eastern Peace Initiatives.

Khalafalla received a Bachelor in Computer Science from University of Louisiana, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Maryland University System, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He is married, with one daughter.

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