Ahmed Rehab is Executive Director of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations as well as CAIR’s National Strategic Communications Director. 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 lectures at various University campuses in Chicago and around the nation.
Rehab comments regularly as a guest on various local TV and cable news programs, as well as on radio stations. He has been interviewed by news publications such as the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Herald, the Washington Post, the Orlando Sentinel, the Economist, the Boston Globe, Crain’s Business Magazine, Germany’s Die Zeit, and many more. His Op-Ed’s have been published in numerous newspapers around the country.
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 Masters degree in software engineering from DePaul University and a Bachelors in Psychology from UIC.
Rehab serves as a board member of the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). 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, and an Eisenhower fellow of the American Assembly.