Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy
President and Founder
Radwan A. Masmoudi is the Founder and President of the Center of the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID), a Washington-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting freedom, democracy, and good governance in the Arab/Muslim world. He has a Masters and a Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Center's quarterly publication, Muslim Democrat.
He has written and published several papers on the subject of democracy, diversity, human rights, and tolerance in Islam. In recent years, Radwan has visited, organized events, and spoken at major international conferences in Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Turkey, Qatar, Jordan, Sudan, Nigeria, the Philippines/Mindanao, Germany, South Africa, Lebanon, and Tunisia.
In Nov. 1998, Radwan founded and incorporated the Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID), becoming its first executive director.
In 2002, Radwan left his engineering career to become a full-time president of CSID. Under his leadership, CSID grew from a small organization into a major institution based in Washington DC, with programs and activities in over 20 countries, an annual budget of almost $1.5 Million, 58 Founding Members, and over 600 regular and associate members. Radwan has written and published several articles on Islam, democracy, freedom, and human rights in the Muslim world. He has also appeared on several TV networks including CNN, Al-Jazeera, Fox News, Algerian TV, and MBC.
Radwan is married and has four children.