Ahmed Rehab

Writer and lecturer

Ahmed Rehab is currently the Executive Director of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago). CAIR is the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group.

A prolific writer and lecturer on contemporary social issues including civil rights, media relations and Islam-West relations, Rehab has spoken at University campuses in Chicago and around the nation.

Rehab is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune. He has been interviewed by numerous news publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Herald, the Washington Post, the Orlando Sentinel, the Economist, the Boston Globe, Crain’s Business Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Germany’s Die Zeit, and many more. His op-eds have been published in numerous newspapers around the country.

Rehab is a frequent guest on TV and cable news networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, MSNBC, BBC, as well as on radio stations. His commentaries can be heard on Chicago Public Radio.

Rehab, an alumnus of the FBI Citizen’s Academy, leads local efforts to foster positive relations with law enforcement officials, elected officials, political appointees and representatives of various governmental agencies.

Prior to joining CAIR in August of 2004, Rehab was a freelance speaker, writer and activist in the fields of interfaith collaboration, education and community outreach. Between 1999 and 2002, Rehab served as a consultant for Arthur Andersen LLP - a global consulting firm.

In 2005, he served as a consultant for Chicago’s Niagara Foundation, a cutting-edge interfaith organization that promotes interactive dialogue and as Saturday night host for a local Radio Program on Chicago’s AM dial.

In the summer of 1999, Rehab co-founded Ibex Computers in Des Plaines, IL and served as its president until April of 2005. He holds a Master's degree in Software Engineering from DePaul University and a Bachelor's in Psychology from UIC.

Rehab serves on the board of directors of the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), RefugeeOne, and the Chicago Human Relations Advisory Committee. He is a board member and secretary of the Egyptian American Society, a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ (CCGA) Muslim task force, a member of the Governor of Illinois Muslim Advisory Council, an Eisenhower fellow of the American Assembly and a 2009 Recipient of the Lincolnland Legend award.

Ahmed Rehab is a democracy activist who was involved in Egypt's 2011 Revolution, his nation of birth, and remains active in the country's push for democratic change.

The views expressed here are solely those of Ahmed Rehab and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of any organization with which he is otherwise affiliated.

Ahmed can be reached at where you can also view his article and media archive.

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