The Alliance (NGO)

The Alliance for Intercultural Understanding’s mission is to promote understanding, friendship, and peace. Alliance members build cross-cultural awareness through engagement, participation, and collaboration. We create a transparent environment of trust and respect that encourages communication between people of different backgrounds, creeds, and ethnicities. Our motto is as compelling as it is simple. In pursuit of peace through understanding and friendship we believe that we are “United In Our Diversity.”

We are in partnership with The Taleem Project because we believe that storytelling is the most powerful way to forge a greater sense of understanding, perspective, and empathy. The Alliance for Intercultural Understanding (AIU) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

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The Alliance Board Members

Anthony Agnello

Founder and President

Anthony Agnello is the Founder and President Emeritus of the Alliance for Intercultural Understanding (AIU). The AIU seeks to heal divisions in America and bring polarized perspectives in our nation into closer alignment. Mr. Agnello serves as the President of the Friends of Afghanistan (FoA) and recently as the chairman of a coalition of groups working with veterans’ organizations and US-based NGOs. This partnership was formed to ensure that the citizens of allied nations who supported the US Mission and served side by side with members of the US Military receive fair assessments as they apply for special immigration status.

During his forty-year career as an educator and since as a community advocate, Mr. Agnello received many accolades and acknowledgments, including serving two terms as President of the Orchard Park (NY) Teachers Association. He was the Dr. Clifford Harkins Distinguished Citizen Award winner for outstanding humanitarian service from his Alma Mater, Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Following his retirement, Mr. Agnello served three years as a Trustee on the Orchard Park Central Schools Board of Education. In that role, he co-founded the Veterans Memorial Park Committee, honoring members of the US Military from his community who died in service to America. The Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank selected Mr. Agnello as their Teacher of the Year for his work building girls’ schools in Afghanistan.

Terry Dougherty

Co-Founder and Vice President

40 years experience, teaching, selling, managing people and technology;implementing technologies in many different industries, including higher education, insurance, manufacturing, and consulting. Retired in December 2015.

· Chairman of the Board: Indiana Center for Middle East Peace
· Treasurer: Friends of Afghanistan, Inc. 
·  Founding Board member: SOLA School of Leadership Afghanistan
·  Volunteer support for Catholic Charities Fort Wayne, Indiana, Afghan Refugee Resettlement 2000-2021
· Dari - English interpreter for Fort Wayne Community Schools

• Experienced developer and manager of distance education, information systems and administrative services in higher education.
• Successful implementer of Internet systems including, e-commerce, web portals, e-mail implementations, and complex web environments.
• Experienced information services manager, having managed all aspects of technology operations, planning, budgeting and staff

Baktash Ahadi

Vice President

Baktash Ahadi is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker, human rights activist, and TEDx Speaker. He directs, produces, and writes films that explore the human condition and is particularly drawn to stories of forced migration, conflict, refugees, and vulnerable and underrepresented communities.

The recipient of numerous awards for public service and documentary storytelling, Baktash has worked on race relations in communities across the United States and on the peace process in Afghanistan. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio (NPR), Business Insider, The BBC, TIME Magazine, and The Atlantic.

Baktash is currently at work directing a film about combat veterans, mental health, and equine therapy.