Ed Husain is the director of the N7 Initiative. He also is a British writer and currently serves as a professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Throughout his career, Husain has held senior fellowships at prestigious think tanks in London and New York, including the Council on Foreign Relations during the Arab uprisings from 2010 to 2015, where his policy innovation memo led to the creation of a Geneva-based global fund to counterterrorism.
From 2015 to 2018, Husain was a senior advisor to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Following this role, Husain pursued doctoral studies on Western philosophy and Islam, under the tutelage of renowned English philosopher Roger Scruton, from 2018 to 2021. He is also the author of The Islamist (Penguin, 2007), The House of Islam: A Global History (Bloomsbury, 2018), and Among the Mosques (Bloomsbury, 2021), with his writing being shortlisted for the George Orwell Prize. Husain has appeared on prominent media outlets like the BBC and CNN, and has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Telegraph, the Times, the New York Times, and the Guardian. Husain’s next book is a philosophical and historical case for Abrahamic civilizational synthesis between the West, Israel, Judaism, Muslim, and Arab nations.
Husain has traveled to over forty countries and has expertise in areas such as Middle East politics, counterterrorism, Islam, Islamism, philosophy, the history of ideas, and national security.