Islam Qasem is the John E. Bryson Director of Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs and Program Director for Global Security and International Affairs. In this role, Islam leads the Academy’s robust portfolio of work in the areas of science and international security, including projects on the Public Face of Science, Challenges for International Scientific Partnerships, Rethinking the Humanitarian Health Response to Violent Conflict, Meeting the Challenges of the New Nuclear Age, and the emerging initiative on climate change.
Islam has a background in engineering and social sciences and has held positions in various sectors, including engineering, academia, and a think tank. Before joining the Academy, he served as Head of the International Relations Department and Academic Director at Webster University in Leiden, The Netherlands, and as interim Academic Director at Webster in Geneva, Switzerland. Before that he was Assistant Professor at Leiden University and Strategic Analyst at The Hague Center for Strategic Studies (HCSS). He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in international relations, social science, and Middle East area studies. Islam started his career as an engineer and worked for Cirrus Logic, Inc. and Autodesk, Inc.
He holds a PhD in Political Science/International Relations from Leiden University, The Netherlands, an M.Phil. in Political and Social Sciences from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University New York, and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from California State University in Fresno. He also completed an Executive Education program at Harvard Business School.