Luby Ismail 2

Mrs. Lobna Ismail is the founder, president, and driving force of Connecting Cultures.

Identified as a trusted intercultural and diversity expert, she was called by the Department of Justice Community Relations Services to help ease tensions and backlash targeted at Arab and Muslim Americans. She produced First Three to Five Seconds for first responders to engage with Arab-Americans and American Muslims. Mrs. Ismail's mission is to promote interfaith and intercultural engagement assisted in developing 20,000 dialogues to stimulate constructive conversations with and learn about Muslims.

As the selected Peace Fellow for Seeds of Peace and Malone Fellow in Middle East and Islamic Studies, she traveled to Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Bosnia, Croatia and Saudi Arabia for intercultural and interfaith coexistence. An expert panelist for Global Diversity Benchmarks & Best Practices Report Mrs. Ismail’s expertise extends to diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality.

Often receiving the highest ratings at National and International conferences, she was a repeat invited speaker at the Human Capital Forum in South America, Arabian Society for Human Resource Management Conference, International Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research, World Trade Center Institute and the Society for Human Resources Management.

She is the recipient of the Parent of the Year by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Achievements of Extraordinary Arab-American Women’s Award. Luby Ismail holds a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a B.A. in International Service from The American University in Washington, DC. Mrs. Ismail was also selected as the Commencement Speaker in 1984 at American University.