Adnan Kifayat is a Senior Adviser to the Financial Integrity Network. He is also a senior resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington, D.C., where he advises the organization on its efforts to strengthen leadership development and Next Generation strategies in the transatlantic region, including North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. He also contributes to the continued development of GMF’s Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative.
Over the last 15 years, Adnan has held senior positions in public service, including at the White House, State Department, and Treasury Department, where he established partnerships with strategic allies to cooperate in trade, finance, development, counterterrorism and national security. He has helped develop innovative and sustainable mechanisms to counter the spread of violent extremism and prevent the flow of funds to terrorist organizations.
Until recently, Adnan served as Secretary of State John Kerry’s acting special representative to Muslim communities, helping create programs to broaden and deepen U.S. diplomatic engagement through social entrepreneurship, political empowerment, and shared commitments to security. As senior advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, he led the development and deployment of the Public Diplomacy 2.0 Initiative to transform the State Department into a new media-savvy institution. His work at the Treasury Department resulted in initiatives and agreements to promote financial cooperation between the United States and key partners in the Middle East, G8, and Asia. He served as Alternate Executive Director of the African Development Bank, shaping Bank activities on the African continent. He served twice on the National Security Council staff to coordinate counterterrorism and economic issues across the Middle East and Africa.
Prior to public service, Adnan helped create strategies for Cargill to access Central Asian and Latin American agribusiness markets, and designed programs for Delphi International to promote U.S. business and civil society engagement on a people-to-people basis around the world.
He is on the Executive Board of the Give to the World charity, a member of the Advisory Board for the Center on Economic and Financial Power at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, and an Advisory Member of Harvard University’s Project on Countering Extremism and Online Hate Speech. He is a Senior Adviser on communications and public affairs at Public Affairs Engagement (PAE), a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs advisory firm.