Departure of Adnan Kifayat, Acting Special Representative to Muslim Communities

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 2, 2014

Today we say a special thank you to Adnan Kifayat, who has been serving as the Acting Special Representative to Muslim Communities for the last six months.

As Adnan departs the State Department, we’re extremely grateful not just for his efforts these last months, but for his years of service to the State Department serving four Secretaries of State.

He is a terrifically capable public servant who joined the Department as the Deputy Special Representative three years ago following a long and accomplished career, which included stints at the Treasury, the White House, and as Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy. His roots here go back twelve years as Aide to the President's Envoy for Iraq Debt Secretary James A. Baker III.

During his time as Acting Special Representative, Adnan has led three initiatives: a small business entrepreneurship project in Morocco; a counter extremism initiative in Indonesia; and the establishment of an innovation hub in Malaysia, which I announced last year at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur.

I am pleased that he will be joining the German Marshall Fund of the United States as a Senior Resident Fellow to help that organization grow their stellar partnerships and activities, and further solidify the critically important Transatlantic partnership that GMF has adeptly built and nurtured since 1972.

Particularly in the world in which we’re living, the work of the Special Representative to Muslim Communities could not be more important to me or to the Department, and I am grateful for all of Adnan’s hard work even as we wish him great success in his future endeavors and welcome a new generation of leadership to this effort at Foggy Bottom.