Associate Dean for Religious Life
Sughra Ahmed is Associate Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University. Her role includes teaching and pastoral care with a focus on person centered care of staff and students on campus. She brings together a unique blend of experience in academia, policy and community activism. She is a Yale Greenberg World Fellow at Yale University, a Research Associate at St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge and a Trustee of the Islamic Society of Britain; where she previously served as Chair, 2013-16. She’s a member of the Advisory Council of the Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies (CIRIS), Clare College, UK.
Previously, Sughra was at the Woolf Institute in the Centre for Policy and Public Education, where she had responsibility for the design and delivery of research and training on issues such as faith, belief, communities and integration. She also worked as Research Fellow in the Policy Research Centre where she explored the migratory and settlement experiences of first generation Muslim women and men in the UK, and worked with a number of organizations to consider the issues young people face whilst growing up in the UK and the impact of this on wider British communities.
Sughra is a Women of the World Festival (WOW) 2018 Committee Member, Trustee of the think-tank These Islands, Specialist of the Christian Muslim Forum and Distinguished Friend of the Migration Museum, London. She specializes in interfaith relations, is a public speaker and regularly contributes to media discussions, particularly on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for The Day’ program. In 2014, she was awarded the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Award for Muslim Woman of the Year at the British Muslim Awards.
Sughra has a BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, MA Islamic Studies, Diploma in Islamic Jurisprudence and is a qualified Chaplain.