Samar Ali

Founding President & CEO
Millions of Conversations  
Nashville, TN


Samar Ali currently leads the Millions of Conversations Campaign, changing existing narratives that marginalize/politicize “the other.” Their goal is to eliminate all stigma by uniting Americans around common values for a shared future. After law school, she practiced at Hogan Lovells US LLP, helping establish its first Middle Eastern presence, before returning to America to work as a White House Fellow in President Obama’s administration focusing on bilateral national security negotiations. Samar is the recipient of the White House Fellows IMPACT Award and Vanderbilt University’s Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award. Samar served as Tennessee’s Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs and co-founded Lodestone Advisory Group. She now practices law at Bass Berry & Sims, assisting international businesses and individuals with cross-border investments. Samar is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum; an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law; and a board member of several non-profit and educational institutions. Her work is featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, TEDx Nashville, and the Tennessean. Ali is a Fellow of the second class of the Civil Society Fellowship, a Partnership of ADL and The Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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