In 2009, both Patel and the Interfaith Youth Core were honored with the Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom of Worship Medal.
Patel is a highly sought-after speaker, having spoken at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative and the TED Conference, as well as numerous schools across the country.
He was named by Islamica Magazine as one of 10 young Muslim visionaries shaping Islam in America and was chosen by Harvard’s Kennedy School Review as one of five future policy leaders to watch.
Patel serves on President Obama’s Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In addition, he serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the Board of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, on the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation USA and on the Department of Homeland Security’s Faith-based Advisory Council.
Patel holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife, Shehnaz Mansuri, and their two sons.
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