Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar


Ideas Beyond Borders · Washington, DC

Faisal is an Iraqi-born award-winning counter extremism advocate, satirist, and speaker. He is an advocate for Universal Human Rights, enlightenment values 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. He previously worked as a program manager for the Middle East and North Africa to assist dissidents in closed societies worldwide. In 2015, Faisal received the “President’s Volunteer Service Award” from President Barack Obama for his special commitment to education.

Faisal Al Mutar has been quoted in publications like The New York Times, CNN, The Cornell Review, BBC World News, The Spectator , The Guardian,  the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Arab American News, ,The Islamic Monthly, World Policy Institute, WNYC,, Pakistan Today, The Nation (Pakistan), Your Middle East, Radio France International.

He has been invited to speak at venues such as Aspen Ideas Festival, Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University and many others to share his experiences and knowledge about living under and countering extremist organizations and dictatorships in the Middle East.

Faisal has talks on:

  • Life story and arriving to the US as a refugee.
  • His organization: Ideas Beyond Borders.
  • Preventing Extremism in the middle east through education.
  • Translating Enlightenment materials from English into Arabic, Farsi and other languages.
  • The social uses of technology.

For more information about Faisal, please visit his website https://www.faisalalmutar.com/

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Topics: Activism & Organizing, Education, Politics, Religion, Social Issues & Movements
Subtopics: Atheist/secular movement, Critical thinking, Free expression issues, Islam, Leaving religion, Religious criticism, Religious extremism, Separation of church and state, Social media

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