Spiritual Life, Intercultural Education, and Conflict Transformation

Leader Profile

Saman Hussain
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs,
Director of Spiritual Life, Intercultural Education and Conflict Transformation


Saman Hussain serves as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Spiritual Life and Intercultural Education (SLICE) at NYUAD. She is responsible for leading and directing Student Affairs programs that promote intercultural education, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, as well as spirituality and mindfulness. As a leadership coach, group facilitator, conflict mediator, trainer and faculty in various coaching schools, her work has varied from interfaith community organizing and bridge building on contentious issues of power, identity and culture, facilitating national policy making on Native American and Alaskan Native issues, advising on matters of spirituality and mindfulness, to teaching leadership and executive development.

Saman draws from multidisciplinary expertise in intercultural awareness, diversity, conflict resolution, spirituality and mindfulness, and organizational development. Her approach is integrative, restorative and trauma-informed, blending Eastern and Western paradigms. She obtained a BA from the University of Virginia in Foreign Affairs and Religious Studies, and an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation, Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, and serves on the advisory board of Georgetown University’s Conflict Transformation Lab as well as a curriculum consultant for Cambridge Muslim College's Islamic Psychology Diploma programme.

Key People

Sara Omar

Assistant Director, Intercultural Education


Frank Blaney

Associate Director, Community Values and Conflict Transformation