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Dr. Abubaker Ahmed Al Shingieti is currently the Vice President for Islamic Programs at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD). He is also the Regional Director for the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) coordinating IIIT research work in Europe and North America and President of the American Muslims for Constructive Engagement (AMCE).
An expert on Muslim world affairs, he has been a Research Associate at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. In addition, he served as editor of Islamic Horizons, a monthly magazine of the Islamic Society of North America and was a founding member of the Society for Islamic Thought and Culture in Khartoum, Sudan.
Dr. Shingieti held key government positions in Sudan during the 1990’s. He was the Director of Political Affairs at the Presidency; Secretary General of Sudan’s External Information Council, and diplomat with Ambassador Rank at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For over a decade, he was involved in the search for peace in Sudan, particularly in building bridges with the United States that helped facilitate a greater and more constructive role for the US in the peace process in Sudan. He was also instrumental – through his work at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy – in establishing the first ever Inter Religious Council in Sudan that brought together Sudanese Christians and Muslims under one organization that is now playing a much needed role in reconciliation and peace building.
During the past two years, Dr. Shingieti played a pivotal role in bringing together American Muslim community leaders with policymakers from different US government circles in two major conferences cosponsored by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD). The outcome of these conferences and the numerous activities that followed is a new initiative: American Muslims for Constructive Engagement (AMCE). Dr. Shingieti is currently the President of AMCE.
Dr. Shingieti earned a B.Sc. (Honors) in Architecture from the University of Khartoum, a graduate diploma from the Institute of African and Asian Studies at the University of Khartoum, and a PhD in Communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Massachusetts.