Prof Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, DC and the former Pakistani High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland.
In addition to his academic and public sector careers, Ahmed has produced a number of noteworthy films and authored more than a dozen award-winning books. He produced the Jinnah Quartet and feature film, Jinnah (1998). He was awarded the 2017 Sir Syed Day Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in Poetry, Literature, Arts and the Sciences and declared the 2017 Scholar/Teacher of the Year of the American University School of International Service.
Ahmed was awarded the Diplomatic Leadership Award in 2019 from PakPac USA for outstanding academic endeavor. He is currently working on a forthcoming play about Gandhi and Jinnah and a forthcoming book examining the points which connect different world faiths, The Mingling of the Oceans: A Theory of How Civilizations Can Live Together.