Our Experts

Our analysts and researchers consistently feature in international media speaking on our areas of expertise focusing on mis- and disinformation, polarisation, hate and extremism. Search through ISD’s experts by clicking through our issue areas and regional focuses.

Sasha Havlicek

Co-Founder and CEO

Sasha Havlicek is Co-Founder and CEO of ISD, having spearheaded ISD’s pioneering research and data analysis, digital education, policy advisory, training, tech and communications programmes.

Moustafa Ayad

Executive Director; Africa, the Middle East and Asia (AMEA)

Moustafa Ayad is Executive Director at ISD for Africa, the Middle East and Asia (AMEA).

Jiore Craig

Resident Senior Fellow, Digital Integrity

Jiore Craig, a Resident Senior Fellow at ISD, has extensive experience in measuring the impact of influence campaigns on public opinion, and how to respond to the threat disinformation poses to democracy.

Francesca Arcostanzo

Director of Digital Analysis Unit

Francesca is ISD's Director of the Digital Analysis Unit, working to ensure our research methods, tools and approaches in the digital analysis space remain consistent and innovative.

Milo Comerford

Director of Policy & Research, Counter-Extremism

Milo Comerford heads ISD's research approaches and policy responses to extremisms. His writing and research features frequently in international media and he has made recent broadcast appearances on BBC News, Sky News and Al Jazeera.

Jacob Davey

Director of Policy & Research, Counter-Hate

Jacob Davey is the Director of Research & Policy for Far-right and Hate Movements at ISD.

Katherine Keneally

Director of Threat Analysis and Prevention, ISD US

Katherine is the Director of Threat Analysis and Prevention, ISD US, where she leads the strategic thinking and projects that track online to offline threats of political violence across the ideological spectrum at the intersection of extremism, hate and disinformation in the US.

Jennie King

Director of Climate Disinformation Research and Policy

Jennie King is the Director of Climate Disinformation Research and Policy, leading efforts to translate ISD’s digital research into frontline programming and response.

Melanie Smith

Director of Research, ISD US

Melanie Smith is the Director of Research for ISD US. Based in Washington DC, she leads a team of analysts focused on detecting, exposing and mitigating the threats associated with online information operations.