A graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor of arts in economics, Fuad El-Hibri went on to earn a master’s in public and private management from Yale University. He leverages his training to serve as executive chairman of Emergent BioSolutions in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Outside of this role, Fuad El-Hibri is the founder and chairman of the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation.
The El-Hibri Charitable Foundation aims to amplify the voices of individuals who promote inclusion and collaboration across various groups in society. To this end, the foundation awards an annual Peace Education Prize to an individual who exemplifies its principles and contributes to building inclusive, equitable communities through activism or education.
Nominees may include nonprofit leaders or activists who have made a difference in the fight against discrimination of individuals in marginalized groups, as well as authors and thought leaders who have produced works on social justice and inclusion. The foundation also considers policymakers and institutional leaders who have created or guided community-building or social justice initiatives.
The winner of the $30,000 award is chosen by the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Selection Committee, which consists of experts in community organizing and building. In assessing nominees, committee members may interview references regarding a nominee’s contributions to promoting inclusive communities. The foundation announces the winner at its annual Peace Awards Ceremony each fall.
Emergent Biosolutions Inc
As the executive chairman of the Board of Directors of Emergent BioSolutions Inc. in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Fuad El-Hibri is responsible for the development and manufacturing of vaccines and other treatments to fight diseases. Under the direction of Fuad El-Hibri, Emergent BioSolutions has manufactured an anthrax vaccine known as BioThrax.
Developed to help prevent anthrax, BioThrax has been tested in more than 25 studies and on over 500,000 people. Designed to be used prior to any exposure, the vaccine is approved for those between the ages of 18 and 65 who could be potential high-risk candidates. BioThrax can also be used after possible exposure to anthrax when used with recommended antibacterial drugs.
BioThrax works by stimulating the body’s immune system and helping to produce antibodies that protect against the protective antigen (PA) bacteria that carries the anthrax disease. By blocking the PA bacteria, it helps the body fight off the disease.
Emergent Biosolutions Inc
Business executive Fuad El-Hibri leads the board of trustees of El-Hibri Foundation, an organization focused on promoting peace and inclusivity in a diverse society. Besides his philanthropic work, Fuad El-Hibri chairs the board of directors of global biopharmaceutical company Emergent Biosolutions Inc.
In February 2017, Emergent Biosolutions Inc. announced it was beginning a Phase 1b study to assess how safe and tolerable UV-4B was. UV-4B is an antiviral under development as a potential treatment for the dengue virus. It works by targeting host glycosidase enzymes to reduce virus infectivity. If the trials are ultimately successful, the host-based action mechanism can be re-applied across a broad spectrum to treat other diseases such as SARS, Zika, and influenza.
Emergent’s Phase 1b study will enroll 40 adults from different US sites. The study is funded by the National Institute of Health’s Department of Health Human Services.
The Center for Disease Control estimates there are 100 countries affected by the deadly dengue epidemic, many of them in the tropics. These countries report up to 400 million new dengue infections annually, and there is no known cure for the disease.
Capitalizing on his extensive experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, Fuad El-Hibri founded Emergent BioSolutions Inc. in 1998. Focused on developing and commercializing vaccines for disease prevention, Emergent achieved widespread international success under Fuad El-Hibri’s leadership, marketing the only anthrax vaccine to receive FDA approval. Outside of healthcare, Fuad El-Hibri is also committed to improving relations for Muslims in America. He created the El-Hibri Foundation to help with that effort.
As part of its Peace Awards program, the El-Hibri Foundation presents three $5,000 scholarships to students each year. The recipients are chosen based on their efforts at increasing Muslim inclusion in the United States. The aim of the scholarship is to support emerging leaders for their work and to foster peace and unity across the country.
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be U.S. citizens who demonstrate the courage of their convictions in working toward American Muslim inclusion and understanding. Such courage can be shown by organizing events to promote unity and diversity, taking a stand to challenge prejudice and Islamophobia, creating activities that bring together those of diverse faiths, and otherwise collaborating to advance peaceful relations among those of different religions. Each applicant must also be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a college or university and fulfill the application requirements.
For scholarship consideration, applicants are required to submit three 250-word essays explaining their professional goals, the inspiration for their work, and why it is important to them. They must also provide a copy of their CV, a college transcript, one letter of reference from a professor or advisor, and another letter of reference from a past or current supervisor or mentor.
Winners for the 2016-2017 school year were honored at a ceremony on October 27, 2016. For more information about the El-Hibri Foundation scholarship and the Peace Awards, visit www.elhibrifoundation.org.