Safiya Ghori-Ahmad

Dir
McLarty Associates

Safiya Ghori-Ahmad currently serves as the South
Asia Director at McLarty Associates, a global
consulting firm based in Washington, DC, where
she advises multinational corporations on market
entry strategies across Asia.
Prior to her government and private sector career,
Ms. Ghori-Ahmad served as the Director of
Government Relations for the Muslim Public Affairs
Council (MPAC), a national public affairs
organization that works to promote and strengthen
American pluralism by improving policies that
impact American Muslims. She currently serves on the board of MPAC where she
advises the organization’s policy and legislative strategy. Ms. Ghori-Ahmad also
recently served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of
Arkansas where she utilized legal strategies to combat religious discrimination and
the suppression of free speech.
Ms. Ghori-Ahmad previously served on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, covering South and Central Asia. She also served in the State
Department, as an advisor on Pakistan and Afghanistan in the Office of the Special
Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) under Secretaries Clinton and
Kerry. She began her State Department career in the Bureau of Democracy, Human
Rights, and Labor, where she managed portfolios in South Asia and traveled
extensively throughout the region promoting good governance, transparency, and
the rule of law.
Ms. Ghori-Ahmad also led global business development at an international law firm
in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, where her work took her to Asia and
beyond. Ms. Ghori-Ahmad earned a Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Arts (MA) from
the University of Arkansas, and lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two
sons.

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