Board of Directors and Advisors

Advisory Board

Dr. Nadia Owediat, Academic Advisor

Academic Advisor Dr. Oweidat is currently an Assistant Professor at Kansas State University, teaching classes on Islamic thought and history and security of the modern Middle East. She is also a Non-Residential Fellow at New America where she conducts research on countering violent extremism and agents of positive change in the Arab world.


Professor Steven Pinker, Advisory Board

Professor Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist who conducts research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations. He grew up in Montreal and earned his BA from McGill and his PhD from Harvard. Currently the Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard, he has also taught at Stanford and MIT.


Professor Cynthia P. Schneider, Advisory Board

Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Expert in cultural diplomacy, focusing on relations with the Muslim world. Cynthia P. Schneider, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, teaches, publishes, and Organizes initiatives in the field of cultural diplomacy, with a focus on relations with the Muslim world.  


Board of Directors

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, President & Founder

Faisal is an Iraqi-born award-winning human rights activist, satirist, speaker and writer. He is an advocate for Universal Human Rights, secularism and the free market of ideas, and is enthusiastic about the intersection of technology and advocacy. He is also the founder of multiple online platforms that together have more than 400,000 subscribers and millions of visitors.


Sam Hershey

Samuel P. Hershey, Chairman

Chairman Samuel Hershey is an attorney at the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. His work focuses on litigation and restructuring, and he maintains an active pro bono practice. Samuel studied English and history at the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford University before receiving his J.D. from Columbia Law School.


Aaron Louis, Vice-Chairman

Aaron is currently the Director of Audio Visual at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), on the Board of Directors at 3-Legged Dog Media + Theater Group, and a freelance Producer. Producer credits include, Think Inc.’s new documentary, ISLAM AND THE FUTURE OF TOLERANCE, featuring Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz.


Daniel R Johnson

Dan R. Johnson, Treasurer

Treasurer Daniel is the Chairman and CEO of American Financial Systems and AFS Securities. He founded both companies, as well as Deferral.com, LLC (a FINRA-registered broker-dealer) and several other companies in Argentina and Mexico, all of which specialize in software or consulting with respect to the optimal funding or on-line administration of non-qualified benefit plans  (409A Plans in the US).