Moustafa Ayad

Moustafa Ayad is the Deputy Director of International Technology, Communications and Education at the ISD, and a strategic communications professional with more than a decade’s worth of experience.

Moustafa is currently leading the relaunch of the Against Violent Extremism Network (AVE) — the largest, and oldest, global network of former extremists and survivors of extremist attacks — in the United States and Canada. He has advised the United Nations, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, the United States Department of State, and other global and regional actors on the strategic use of counter and alternative narratives.

Moustafa’s previous experience included designing and deploying youth, elections, and alternative narrative creative campaigns in conflict and post-conflict environments across the Middle East and North Africa. Moustafa has worked with regional experts, community organisations, media outlets, and regional-global production hubs on the creation of multi-platform creative content aimed at disrupting and denigrating extremism draws online and offline. He has experience working in environments such as Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.


Sasha Havlicek

As founding CEO of ISD, Sasha has led the organisation’s pioneering programmes and campaigns, advising governments at the highest levels and working with the private and civil society sectors to deliver real-world solutions to inter-communal conflict, extremism and terrorism. She has spearheaded the largest global network of former extremists (AVE) in partnership with Google’s Jigsaw; the Strong Cities Network, the ...

Rashad Ali

Rashad Ali is a counter terrorism practitioner. He works on deradicalisation initiatives alongside Prisons, Probation Services, Police and community groups. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD). He was formerly a national leadership member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, the revolutionary Islamist organisation. He has been actively involved in undermining its extreme ideology and perversion of Muslim ...