Founder and Executive Director
Interfaith Youth Core
Eboo Patel is the Founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based institution building the global interfaith youth movement. He was recently appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Initiatives, where he is working to realize the President's priority of interfaith cooperation. He is the author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, and writes "The Faith Divide", a featured blog on religion for The Washington Post. Patel holds a doctorate in the Sociology of Religion from the University of Oxford, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. Patel is an Ashoka Fellow, part of a select group of social entrepreneurs whose ideas are changing the world; was named by Islamica Magazine as one of 10 young Muslim visionaries shaping Islam in America; and was chosen by Harvard's Kennedy School Review as one of five future policy leaders to watch.