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Adnan Kifayat - Participant

Adnan Kifayat is Head of Global Security Ventures for the Gen Next Foundation, leading its efforts to develop innovative solutions to global security challenges through a venture philanthropy model that leverages a network of entrepreneurs.

Prior to Gen Next, Adnan held senior positions in public service, including at the White House, State Department, and Treasury Department, as well as overseas at diplomatic missions in Jerusalem and Tunis.  He served as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Acting Special Representative to Muslim communities, creating programs to broaden and deepen U.S. engagement with community leaders worldwide based on shared commitments to global security.

As Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, he led initiatives to counter the spread of violent extremism and established the Global Strategic Engagement Center (GSEC) to integrate government-wide programs to counter the spread of violent extremism. His work at the Treasury resulted in closer financial cooperation between the U.S and key allies around the world. He served as Alternate Executive Director of the African Development Bank Group, and twice on the National Security Council staff, coordinating counterterrorism and economic policies in the Middle East and Africa. Prior to public service, Adnan created market access strategies for Cargill and designed programs for Delphi International to advance U.S. engagement on a people-to-people basis around the world. 

Adnan is an Advisor to the Center for Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, an Advisory Member of Harvard University’s Project on Countering Extremism and Online Hate, Co-Chair of the Homeland Security Advisory Commission’s Working Group on Countering Violent Extremism, and a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, advising on strategies to develop the next generation of transatlantic leaders.



Gen Next Foundation


Head, Global Security Ventures