Farah Pandith

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Farah Pandith (born January 13, 1968) is an American academic. She was born in Srinagar, Kashmir, India, and was raised in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.[1] In June 2009 she was appointed the first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.[2]


Pandith received a Master's degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she specialized in International Security Studies, International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, and Islamic Civilizations and Southwest Asia. She concentrated on the insurgency in Kashmir. she received an A.B. in Government and Psychology from Smith College.[3]

  • The Fletcher School at Tufts University, M.A.L.D. (1) International Security Studies and (2) Islamic Civilizations and Southwest Asia. 1993 – 1995.
  • Smith College, A.B. Government and Psychology. 1986 – 1990.
  • Milton Academy, High School Diploma. 1973 – 1986.[4]


  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project - Dec 2014 – Present.
Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project - Sep 2014 – Dec 2014.
  • US Department of State, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs - Feb 2007 – Jun 2009.
  • Chief of Staff, Asia Near East Bureau, USAID - 2003 – 2004.
  • Vice President, International Business, ML Strategies, LLC - Mar 1997 – May 2003.[4]





  • Farah Pandith, - How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat. Custom House. 12 March 2019.


  1. Irene Sege , 'The Messenger', The Boston Globe, 17 May 2008. Retrieved via the Internet Archive, 5 March 2020.
  2. 'Secretary Clinton Appoints Farah Pandith to Head New Office of The United States Representative to Muslim Communities', (press release). U.S. Department of State. June 26, 2009.
  3. 'Biography of Farah Pandith', U.S. Department of State archive. Last accessed 5 March 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Farah Pandith CV, Farah Pandith LinkedIn page. Last accessed 9 March 2020.
  5. 'Farah Pandith', Council on Foreign Relations website. Last accessed 5 March 2020.