Shaarik Zafar Special Representative to Muslim Communities at U.S. State Department

Shaarik Zafar is a thought leader in foreign policy, communications, and national security. As the Special Representative to Muslim Communities on behalf of the U.S. State Department, he is responsible for driving engagement in Muslim communities around the world. Shaarik formerly served as the Deputy Chief of the Homeland, Cyber, and Countering Violent Extremism Group at the National Counterterrorism Center. Before that he was director of Global Engagement at the White House National Security Council, where he developed the first national strategy that addresses violent extremism signed by President Obama in 2011.