Mohamed Soltan is a policy advocate and founder of The Freedom Initiative, a leading human rights organization dedicated to the release of political prisoners in the Middle East. Soltan graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Economics and is currently a
M.S.F.S. candidate at Georgetown University. Soltan’s work has been featured in the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine, CNN, CBS, ABC, and Fox News. Since his release in May 2015 and return to the United States, Soltan has built on the broad campaign that secured his liberty by co-founding The Freedom Initiative. Under his leadership, the organization has spearheaded more than 120 successful campaigns for the release of political prisoners in the Middle East, including American citizens. Additionally, he mobilized hundreds of Arab-American youth from across the United States for Advocacy Days on Capitol Hill in 2018 and 2019. Soltan has been instrumental in highlighting the murder of Khashoggi and the accountability efforts that followed.Through his tireless advocacy, Soltan quickly became an authentic and influential voice on Middle East policies as he established a strong network of prominent experts and officials in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.
During the 2018 midterm elections, in his personal capacity, Soltan mobilized the Arab and Muslim American communities to support candidates with principled foreign policy platforms. In the 2020 Democratic primary, Soltan publicly endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren and was surrogate for her campaign.