Shaul M. Gabbay Ph.D
After his military service as a Commander in the Israeli Defense Forces, Shaul Gabbay completed a BA at Bar Ilan University and an MA at Tel-Aviv University. In 1991 he received a Presidential Fellowship from the U.S. to continue his studies. In 1995 he completed the Ph.D. program at Columbia University in New York and received an invitation from the University of Chicago for a Post Doctoral program. In 1998 Professor Gabbay returned to Israel to join the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Professor Gabbay joined the University of Denver as the Director of the Institute for the Study of Israel in the Middle East at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in 2001- 2010. He continued his research at DU as a Senior Scholar until 2015 when he was appointed Director of the Global Research Institute. Professor Gabbay is the co-founder of Israel Investment Advisors LLC in Denver Colorado. His areas of expertise include Middle East cultures and societal norms, Middle East conflicts, and human rights issues existing in Muslim societies. He is frequently cited and acts as a commentator in national and international media such as the Associated Press, CBS, NBC, FOX and MSNBC.
Senior Research Associate
David Michael Gillespie, M.A.
David Michael Gillespie holds an M.A. in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver (2005), and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Northern Colorado (2002). David’s research focus is on international human rights and international politics, and he has been published in Human Rights and Human Welfare. Working with Dr. Gabbay for the past decade, David has assisted in the research of over 250 asylum cases, and has extensively studied and written about the political, religious, and social conditions of more than 30 predominately Muslim countries worldwide. Currently, David is expanding his research to examine the conditions Muslims face in European countries and the impact of current European refugee crisis.
Ambassador Sam Zakhem, Ph.D
Former United States Ambassador to Bahrain, Dr. Zakhem continues research of Middle East issues and political trends in Arab countries. A Lebanese native, Dr. Zahem’s contributions are vast.
Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science; University of Colorado, 1970
Post-Graduate Studies in Economics; Wayne State University, 1963
MBA; University of Detroit, 1960
BA Economics; American University of Cairo, Egypt, 1957
Graduate Fellow; National Center for Constitutional Studies, Washington, D.C.
Graduate Fellow; Freeman Institute, Salt Lake City, UT
Advisory Board; Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA