Adnan Zulfiqar

Law & Foreign Policy Expert

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Philadelphia, PA
Monday to Thursday (11am to 4pm)
Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Adnan Zulfiqar is a multi-lingual expert in foreign policy, international/criminal law, militancy and Sharia with over a decade of regional field experience in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He is currently Sharswood Faculty Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he researches and teaches on jihad, international humanitarian law and criminal law. Adnan previously served as an International Legal Consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) advising the Republic of the Maldives on drafting and implementing their penal code. More recently, he worked with the International Development Law Organization as Sharia law expert for drafting of the Republic of Somalia's criminal code. Additionally, Adnan is also Senior Advisor at the Lodestone Advisory Group and a Truman National Security Fellow.

Previously, Adnan was an Associate in the Washington, DC office of Hogan Lovells, LLP as part of their Investigations, White Collar and Fraud (IWCF) and Political Law and Compliance practice groups. His work focused primarily on investigations relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and counter-terrorism cases, as well as advising clients on political strategy. Adnan has also been a Legislative Staffer and Personal Aide to U.S. Senator Max Cleland (D-GA), advising him on immigration, urban affairs and foreign policy matters. He continues to serve as an advisor to various strategy firms in Washington, DC and Europe on matters relating to MENA and Central/South Asia, with special emphasis on the conflict in Syria.

Adnan received his B.A. from Emory University, M.L.S. (International Affairs) from Georgetown University, M.A. (Arabic & Islamic studies) from the University of Pennsylvania and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania. Adnan has spent over 11 years residing in the Middle East, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and is proficient in 5 languages including Arabic, Urdu and Farsi.