Samah A. Norquist is founder and president of Global Partners, LLC, a consulting company that focuses on the growing challenges that the United States faces in the Middle East and the Muslim world. It develops strategies to improve communication and understanding and build partnerships between the American people and the Arab and Muslim worlds.
Previously, Norquist worked as Public Affairs Specialist for Arab and Muslim outreach at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In her position, she worked on developing and implementing communications and public affairs activities for USAID’s programs in the Middle East and Muslim world where AID is present.
Prior to working at USAID, Norquist was the director of communications at the Islamic Free Market Institute (IFMI) in Washington, DC, an organization dedicated to building relationships between American Muslims and the conservative political movement in the U.S. Before returning to the United States, she was cultural affairs assistant at the U.S. Embassy in Jordan, where she was responsible for cultural exchange programs between the U.S. and Jordan.
Samah Norquist has a B.S. in political Science from Northeastern University in Boston and her M.A. in international relations from the American University in Cairo. Her thesis focused on “Religion, Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy in the Third World: The Case of the Indo-Pakistani Conflict over Kashmir “
Norquist is a native Arabic speaker and she has worked in the United States, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.