Hadeil Ali

Director, Diversity and Leadership in International Affairs Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Hadeil Ali is director of the Diversity and Leadership in International Affairs Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The program is dedicated to elevating diverse voices and perspectives to lead to more ideas, more innovation, and more robust policy solutions. Hadeil serves as a thought leader on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the national security space and is the chair of the Think Tank Diversity Consortium. She is an advisor with Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS). Hadeil has published numerous pieces with CSIS, Inkstick Media, Business Insider, and Medium on the topics of DEI and national security. She has participated in dozens of panels, lectures, and conferences throughout the United States. Hadeil is a 2023-2024 Penn Kemble Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy and a 2022 fellow with the International Career Advancement Program. She was included on the 2022 CSIS National Security & Foreign Affairs Top 50 Leadership List and is a Middle East Policy Council 40 Under 40 awardee. She holds an M.A. in contemporary Arab studies with highest honors from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a B.A. in international relations and communications summa cum laude from Drury University. She speaks French, Arabic, and Spanish.