Saman Hussain

Conflict Transformation Lab Advisory Board Member

Saman is looking at the camera and smiling. She is wearing a yellow turtleneck with a gray scarf.

Saman Hussain is a certified professional coach, mediator, facilitator and consultant. She has several years of experience working in the public sector, with indigenous communities, non-profits and academia. Her work has varied from designing interfaith community dialogue and bridge building to facilitating dialogue around policy making between the federal government and Native American tribes to providing executive and team coaching to leadership teams.

Saman was the first Project coordinator for the 9/11 Unity Walk in Washington DC, bringing together over a thousand participants from eleven faith based communities for a walk and dialogue. She also successfully facilitated the first agreement-seeking processes for both the US Department of the Interior, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service to develop a federal government policy on how to consult with Native American tribes and Alaskan Natives. Saman also co-designed and delivered a coach training focused on rank, power and diversity, which was instituted into the core curriculum of an International Coach Federal (ICF) accredited coach training program. She has also designed and administered a dialogue program for students at New York University Abu Dhabi that creates space for differences to be explored and understood.

Saman graduated from University of Virginia with bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs, concentration in Africa and Religious Studies, concentration in Judaism. She is currently pursuing her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Saman is fluent in Urdu, English, and proficient in Arabic.