Professor Ephraim Isaac

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Brief info

B.A. degree in Philosophy, Chemistry and Music (Concordia College), M. Div. (Harvard Divinity School, '63); Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (Harvard University, '69); D.H.L. (Honorary, John Jay/CUNY, '93); Litt. D. (Honorary, Addis Ababa University, 2004). He is a founder, and the first Professor of Afro-American Studies at Harvard University. Director of the Institute of Semitic Studies, a founder and the first professor of Afro-American Studies at Harvard University where in recognition of his outstanding teaching role “voted the best teacher each year by the students of the Department” a yearly “The Ephraim Isaac Prize for Excellency in African Languages” is given to a Harvard graduating senior. Called the Father of Peace by Ethiopians, he helped found the Horn of Africa Peace & Development Center (PDC), and through PDC the Coalition of Ethiopian-Eritrean Elders, Coalition of Ethiopian-Eritrean Women’s Peace Initiative; Coalition of Ogaden National Elders, Coalition of Oromo Peace Elders, and the Coalition of Ethiopian Elders. He has also received numerous national and international peace prizes.