Business executive Fuad El-Hibri founded pharmaceutical company Emergent BioSolutions in 1998. Today, he serves as executive chairman of the firm’s board of directors. In 2001, Fuad El-Hibri founded the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation, which aims to promote understanding among diverse groups of people, particularly Muslims, Jews, and Christians.
Last year, the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation announced a new $5,000 prize called the Fearless Ally Award. It is intended to acknowledge individuals who have spearheaded efforts to facilitate the inclusion of Muslims into American society. To be eligible for the award, candidates must demonstrate a commitment to reduce anti-Muslim bias as well as an ability to collaborate and build partnerships. Furthermore, nominees must successfully raise awareness of the needs and concerns of the American Muslim community, including methods to reduce discrimination and encourage inclusion.
The selection committee for the Fearless Ally Award comprises leaders in the American Muslim community. To determine the eligibility of each candidate, the committee interviews those with firsthand knowledge of the candidate’s community-building efforts. Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by others.
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.
The founder and executive chairman of the board of Emergent BioSolutions Inc., in Rockville, Maryland, Fuad El-Hibri is simultaneously involved in a number of philanthropic and community service endeavors. As the active chairman of the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation, Fuad El-Hibri strives to build a better world through the promotion of humanitarian aid and peace education. The Foundation brings together members of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities for the annual Ibrahim El-Hibri Interfaith Iftar.
When the time came to choose the day for its third annual Ibrahim El-Hibri Interfaith Iftar, the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation (ECF) decided to send a clear message. Its chosen date, July 16, 2013, marked both the eighth day of Ramadan and the Ninth of Av. By scheduling its Interfaith Iftar on a traditional day of Muslim and Jewish fasting, the ECF emphasized the importance of cultural understanding and interfaith dialogue. The gathering brought together religious leaders from all backgrounds, as well as Washington dignitaries to participate in an evening of discussion and reflection. The attendees enjoyed a keynote address by His Eminence Theodore Edgar McCarrick, an American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, who spoke about the enduring significance of loving one’s neighbor as oneself.
This address follows an Iftar tradition that asks interfaith leaders to speak about issues that are common to all men. In 2012, Rabbi Dr. Marc Gopin, director of the George Mason University Center for Religion, Development, and Conflict Resolution, delivered a lecture about various paths of social justice within the Abrahamic tradition.