Luby Ismail 2

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

Mrs. Lobna “Luby” Ismail is a renowned and trusted expert on intercultural diversity. In the 2000s, she was personally asked by the Department of Justice to help ease the tensions targeting Arab and Muslim Americans. At DOJ’s request, she produced a law enforcement training video on Arab and Muslim cultural awareness. Mrs. Ismail's mission is to promote interfaith and intercultural engagement by stimulating constructive conversations about the Muslim and Arab worlds.

As the Peace Fellow for Seeds of Peace and the Malone Fellow in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Mrs. Ismail traveled to Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Bosnia, Croatia, and Saudi Arabia for her work in intercultural and interfaith coexistence. She was an expert panelist for the Global Diversity Benchmarks & Best Practices Report. Mrs. Ismael has been an invited speaker at conferences such as the Human Capital Forum in South America, the Arabian Society for Human Resource Management Conference, the International Society for Intercultural Education, the World Trade Center Institute, and the Society for Human Resources Management. She was also selected as the Commencement Speaker in 1984 at American University. This is only a small sample of her accomplishments!

Luby Ismail holds a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a B.A. in International Service from American University in Washington, DC. She is the recipient of the 2012 Arab American Anti-Discrimination Honoring the Achievements of Extraordinary Arab-American Women Award. She is also recipient of the Parent of the Year award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society! Mrs. Ismail is a truly remarkable Arab-American, and we are proud to have her representing ABPA.