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Nancy R. Smith

Nancy R. Smith is Director of Initiatives at the Salzburg Global Seminar, where she has worked since 2000. Her primary focus is on the conception, development and implementation of multi-year initiatives and international seminars addressing a range of global issues. In addition, she coordinates the programme evaluation processes of the Seminar.

Responding to the challenges of societal polarisation and discrimination, Nancy and her colleagues from the Salzburg Global Seminar and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) have been working to seed a prominent network of successful Muslim professionals from across Europe.
The Network, which has been named "CEDAR – Connecting European Dynamic Achievers and Role Models", will bolster the careers and influence of its members. It will give visibility to an important constituency of Muslims in the West that are not necessarily engaged in 'community affairs' by facilitating their engagement as role models and mentors in less privileged communities.

The CEDAR Network will expand pathways to career opportunities and development for the next generation. It will also develop systems to mainstream members' participation in public discourse and expand interaction and membership in wider professional, political and social networks, beyond the narrow focus on Muslim issues.

Previously, Nancy served as executive associate and international coordinator at Girls Incorporated, a US-based youth development organization. She has also worked as a short-term consultant at the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women and was an affiliate staff member of the Secretariat of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. Nancy earned a B.A. in politics from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and an M.A. in international relations from the University of Lancaster in England.

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