Creating a New Story for Humanity

Broadcast on July 17, 2012
With Rita Marie Johnson & Amr Abdallah

Amr Abdallah

Former Egyptian Prosecutor, Vice Rector at University for Peace, Founder Project LIGHT

Dr. Amr Abdalla, Ph.D. is Professor and Vice Rector at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE). Before joining UPEACE in 2004 he was a Senior Fellow with the Peace Operations Policy Program, School of Public Policy, George Mason University, in Virginia, USA. He was also a Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Leesburg, Virginia.

Both his academic and professional careers are multi-disciplinary.  He obtained a law degree in Egypt in 1977 where He practiced law as a prosecuting attorney from 1978 to 1986.  He then emigrated to the U.S. where he obtained a Master's degree in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

He pioneered the development of the first conflict resolution training manual for the Muslim communities in the United States titled (“…Say Peace”). He also founded Project LIGHT (Learning Islamic Guidance for Human Tolerance), a community peer-based anti-discrimination project. He has been teaching graduate classes in conflict analysis and resolution, and has conducted training, research and evaluation of conflict resolution and peacebuilding programs in several countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.