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Avni-Joy Bell
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Avni-Joy Bell

Events Manager

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Avni-Joy Bell
Avni-Joy Bell

Events Manager

Avni-Joy Bell, Events Manager at ISD, supporting the delivery of events across the company, which include logistics, production, operations, and client relationship management. Avni-Joy is currently working on The Be Internet Citizens School Workshops in Partnership with Google. Avni-Joy has over a decade in the events industry and been a radio announcer, dance director, choreographer and events manager. She attended The Juilliard School in New York as a dance major and then later went onto pursue a BA (Hons) in Events Management in the UK.
Sasha Havlicek
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Sasha Havlicek

Founder & CEO

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Sasha Havlicek
Sasha Havlicek

Founder & CEO

As founding CEO of this leading global ‘think and do’ tank, Sasha has led the organisation’s pioneering research, education, policy, tech and communications programmes, 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. Sasha serves on the UK Counter-Extremism Expert Group, is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and co-chaired the EU’s Internet Radicalisation working group from 2012-2015. Sasha previously served as Senior Director at the EastWest Institute where she led conflict resolution programming. Sasha has testified before US Congress and is a regular commentator in the media (CNN, BBC, Channel 4 News and other networks).
Rashad Ali
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Rashad Ali

Resident Senior Fellow

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Rashad Ali
Rashad Ali

Resident Senior Fellow

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 faith since his departure. He is classically trained in Islamic theology and jurisprudence and Modern studies in Islam. He studied at al-Azhar University, Cairo, and the Markfield Institute. As a researcher he has given testimony and contributed submissions to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Radicalisation, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Intelligence and has briefed the London Mayor's office on Counter Terrorism. He is the author of: ' Islam, Shariah and the Far Right' published by Demoqratiya journal; 'A Guide to Refuting Jihadism' published by HJS and EFD; a chapter analyizing Hizb ut Tahrir ideology and strategy, and more recently 'Blasphemy and Free Speech - Hebdo and reactions to the incidents in Paris', for the ISD. He has been consulted by think tanks and governments in Germany, Denmark, the EU and the US. He works across Europe. He is an external lecturer for Derby University’s Master Class courses on Radicalisation and Counter Terrorism. He has written for The Observer, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Times, Dissent Magazine, Birlingske in Denmark, Conservative Home, and given commentary for Newsnight, BBC News. He was a researcher and Assistant Producer for BBC's flagship Panorama documentary show.
Zahed Amanullah
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Zahed Amanullah

Resident Senior Fellow, Networks & Outreach

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Zahed Amanullah
Zahed Amanullah

Resident Senior Fellow, Networks & Outreach

Zahed Amanullah is a Resident Senior Fellow at ISD and leads on ISD’s civil society engagement, communications, and partnerships, coordinating the public and private sectors with activists, frontline workers, and relevant civil society networks to counter disinformation, hate speech, extremist propaganda and recruitment. Zahed has worked recently on research and capacity building for NGOs in Kenya, Europe, and the Middle East. He recently co-authored The Impact of Counternarratives, a cross-platform study on counternarrative messaging impact and Between Two Extremes, a study of extremist messaging during the 2017 Kenya elections. Along with Google.org, he has helped oversee a £1m innovation fund for UK civil society organisations. He has given testimony to the UK and European parliaments and has been featured at the BBC, NPR, Channel 4, Sky News, the Guardian, CNN International, The National, The Daily Star, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Newsweek, among others.
Amarnath Amarasingam
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Amarnath Amarasingam

Senior Research Fellow, Policy & Research

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Amarnath Amarasingam
Amarnath Amarasingam

Senior Research Fellow, Policy & Research

Amarnath Amarasingam, PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow at ISD. He is the author of Pain, Pride, and Politics: Social Movement Activism and the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Canada (2015). He is the editor of Sri Lanka: The Struggle for Peace in the Aftermath of War (2016), The Stewart/Colbert Effect: Essays on the Real Impacts of Fake News (2011) and Religion and the New Atheism: A Critical Appraisal (2010). He is also the author of several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, has presented papers at over 100 national and international conferences, and has written for Politico, The Atlantic, Vice News, Foreign Affairs, Al-Jazeera English, and War on the Rocks. Amarasingam is an experienced field researcher, having conducted hundreds of interviews for his PhD dissertation on social movement activism, organisational dynamics, and youth identity in the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora. He also conducted over 50 interviews with former fighters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers) throughout the former war zones of Sri Lanka in 2012 and 2013. At the Turkey-Syria border, Amarasingam spoke with dozens of injured fighters, refugees, as well as former and current activists of the Syrian revolution. He has also conducted field research in Somalia, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, and amongst different ethnic and religious groups in North America and Europe. As co-director of a study of Western foreign fighters in Syria, he has conducted dozens of interviews with jihadists in Syria and Iraq, supporters of jihadist movements online, as well as family members and friends of individuals who have joined the fight abroad.
Dr. Sarah Ashraf
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Dr. Sarah Ashraf

Manager, Policy & Research

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Dr. Sarah Ashraf
Dr. Sarah Ashraf

Manager, Policy & Research

Dr Sarah Ashraf is Manager - Policy & Research at ISD. She has over 10 years’ experience in managing and analysing sensitive material with regards to insurgency, counter-insurgency, extremism, transnational jihadism and the ideological underpinnings of various forms of radicalism. At ISD, Sarah is involved in all areas of research and policy, particularly related to Islamism and South Asia, but also more broadly across different teams. With extensive experience of practical research in challenging security environments, Sarah has worked with the government, research and not-for-profit sectors both independently and collaboratively. She has published and presented several research projects, working with intelligence agencies, military, civil society, media and political leaderships in attaining exclusive access to primary sources and has a deep understanding of the complex causality underpinning contemporary Islamist movements. She has also had a comprehensive experience of reading conflicts in the Middle East, with broad understanding of the challenges faced by the main states and movements historically engaged in the Arab-Israeli conflict i.e. Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian territories. Sarah has an PhD in International History, an MSc in Theory and History of International Relations with a focus on Political Islam, both from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA(Hons) in International Relations from Sussex University. She is a guest teacher at the LSE and recently received the LSE Excellence in Teaching Award. Sarah is fluent in five languages: Urdu, Hindi, English, Pushto, Punjabi and can read Arabic.
Alexia Augeri
Alexia Augeri

Associate, Technology, Communications & Education

Moustafa Ayad
Moustafa Ayad

Deputy Director, Technology, Communications, and Education

James Bethell
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James Bethell

Senior Fellow

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James Bethell
James Bethell

Senior Fellow

James is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) where he is serving in both an advisory and research capacity focused on European efforts to build social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism in all its forms. James is a member of the House of Lords where he is on the Communications Committee. Prior to joining ISD, he previously worked as a journalist, managed the Ministry of Sound nightclub, then founded Westbourne Communications before selling it to Cicero Group on becoming a peer. He founded and ran the counter-extremism project, “There is nothing British about the BNP”. James has a MA(Hons) from University of Edinburgh. He is a trustee of Sadler’s Wells, the Scar Free Foundation and The Hall School.
Jonathan Birdwell
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Jonathan Birdwell

Deputy Director, Policy & Research

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Jonathan Birdwell
Jonathan Birdwell

Deputy Director, Policy & Research

Jonathan is Deputy Director, Policy & Research, overseeing ISD’s policy work and networks including the Policy Planners’ Network and the Strong Cities Network, as well as overseeing ISD’s work on education policy and programming. On the research side, Jonathan oversees ISD’s research and primary datasets, programme monitoring and evaluation, and edits all of ISD’s written outputs. Since starting at ISD in 2015, Jonathan has overseen the launch and expansion of the Strong Cities Network from 25 to over 110 cities from every global region and growing. In addition to convening Global Summits in Turkey and Denmark, bringing together over 800 practitioners from nearly 75 countries, Jonathan leads on an exciting Strong Cities capacity building project in the Middle East, supported by the Danish Government. Overseeing a growing ISD team in the Middle East, Jonathan has worked closely with ISD Regional Manager Khadije Nasser to build six new ‘Prevention Networks’ and provide training to over 90 local stakeholders across six municipalities in Lebanon and Jordan. On research, Jonathan is currently focused on building out ISD’s unique partnerships and online analytic technology and capabilities to provide up-to-date understanding of extremist propaganda and recruitment tactics in addition to the evaluation of online campaigns and ISD’s online one-to-one interventions. Prior to joining ISD, Jonathan was Head of Programme at the UK cross-party think tank Demos, where he published over forty research reports on topics including violent extremism both Islamist (The Edge of Violence, 2010) and Far-Right (The New Face of Digital Populism, 2011). Jonathan has also written extensively on education (The Forgotten Half, 2011), social and emotional learning (Character Nation, 2015), youth social action and attitudes towards politics (Tune In, Turn Out, 2014), digital politics and marketing (Like, Share, Vote, 2014), trust in government (Trust in Practice, 2010) and religion and integration (Rising to the Top, 2015), among other topics. Jonathan holds a Master’s degree (with distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Kelsey Bjornsgaard
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Kelsey Bjornsgaard

Manager, Technology, Communications & Education

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Kelsey Bjornsgaard
Kelsey Bjornsgaard

Manager, Technology, Communications & Education

Kelsey Bjornsgaard is a Manager, Technology, Communications & Education at ISD focusing on counter-narrative development and delivery as well as youth engagement and education. Kelsey is responsible for running the Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN) and organising ISD’s Youth Innovation Labs. Kelsey is developing new strategies for enhancing peer-to-peer messaging and works closely with young activists internationally to develop innovative youth-led initiatives to prevent and counter violent extremism. Kelsey also works closely with the Strong Cities Network to amplify youth voices amongst government and policy-makers at a city level. Kelsey previously managed marketing and social media strategy for an independent US-based IT company. She holds a Masters in International Conflict Studies from King’s College London and a Bachelors in European Studies from the University of Oklahoma.
Iris Boyer
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Iris Boyer

Deputy Head, Technology, Communications and Education

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Iris Boyer
Iris Boyer

Deputy Head, Technology, Communications and Education

Iris is Deputy Head for Technology, Communications and Education, overseeing a number of programmes supporting and amplifying civil society’s efforts against extremism through scaled partnerships with tech companies and grassroots organisations. Iris also coordinates multi-sectorial networks spanning government, academia, the media and the NGO sector, and regularly advises them with ISD’s insights on the latest trends in extremism and the most effective and innovative approaches to tackle its mainstreaming. She is also working on ISD’s regional expansion, and particularly leading on thought leadership and development in France. Before joining ISD, Iris worked at YouTube on the development and coordination of the global campaign Creators for Change, after having managed counter speech and social good programmes at Facebook for their EMEA policy team. Prior to that, she spent some time working for French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a junior policy analyst in Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as for French Ministry of Finance, as an economic attaché covering the South Caucasus region. Iris holds a French 5-year diploma in social sciences and humanities from Sciences Po, as well as an international master in public affairs from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and the London Metropolitan University. Before graduating, Iris has also worked as an intern for a youth-oriented charity in Belgium and a policy-focused think tank Russia, as well as with French MEP and former Minister of Education Vincent Peillon at the European Parliament.
Hélène Bradburn
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Hélène Bradburn

Associate, Strong Cities Network

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Hélène Bradburn
Hélène Bradburn

Associate, Strong Cities Network

Helene is an Associate for ISD’s Strong Cities Network (SCN), working across its portfolio of projects and events. More specifically, Helene is involved in the implementation and development of Young Cities, SCN’s local youth engagement programme, which works to engage young people as key stakeholders in building community resilience at the local level, in partnership with ISD’s Youth Civil Activism Network. She is currently leading on the project’s development in Dakar, Senegal, as well as on monitoring and evaluation of the whole project. Helene has a humanitarian background, having worked in Mali and France, as well as having conducted research in Lebanon, with a specific focus on community-level capacity building and monitoring and evaluation. She holds an MSc in International Humanitarian Intervention from University College Dublin, with a minor in Religion, Peace and Conflict from Uppsala Universitet. She also holds a BA in International Politics from King’s College London. She is bilingual in French and English, and is also comfortable working in Spanish.
Chloe Colliver
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Chloe Colliver

Digital Research Unit Lead & Research Manager, Policy & Research

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Chloe Colliver
Chloe Colliver

Digital Research Unit Lead & Research Manager, Policy & Research

Chloe leads the Digital Research Unit at ISD, working across the development and delivery of ISD’s digital research and digital policy work. Chloe manages ISD’s projects analysing malign influence campaigns online, which incorporates all of ISD’s work on disinformation and extremist campaigns targeting elections. Based on this research, Chloe advises governments and technology companies on responses to online harms from state and non-state networks. In this advisory capacity, Chloe has worked on the development of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism with Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Google, and has provided expert testimony to the UK Home Affairs Select Committee and the Global Counter Terrorism Forum on digital policy, as well as bilateral work with multiple European and North American national governments. Chloe has co-authored reports on the impact of the Brexit vote on the British far right online and influence campaigns targeting the Swedish, German and Bavarian elections. Chloe was awarded the Mellon Fellowship to Yale Graduate School from 2014 to 2016, where she achieved a Masters in History and completed training in coding and data analysis. Chloe graduated from the University of Cambridge with a first class degree in History in 2014.
Jacob Davey
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Jacob Davey

Research Manager, Far Right & Hate Crime

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Jacob Davey
Jacob Davey

Research Manager, Far Right & Hate Crime

Jacob Davey is a Research Manager at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue where he leads on research into the far-right. His research focuses on the role of digital communications in inter-communal conflict, internet culture, online hate speech and the international far-right. In addition to this he has led a number of projects piloting novel models for identifying extremist conversation online as well as interventions to counter this phenomenon. He has advised national and local policymakers on right-wing extremism, including the Home Affairs Select Committee, and has lead trainings with frontline practitioners on the mobilisation strategies of extremist groups. He has provided commentary on extremism-related issues in a number of platforms including The Guardian, The Independent, and The BBC, and also sits as a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right.
Joe Downy
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Joe Downy

Associate, Strong Cities Network

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Joe Downy
Joe Downy

Associate, Strong Cities Network

Joe is a Project Associate for the Strong Cities Network at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. With a background in graphic design, Joe recently graduated with distinction from the University of Sussex with an MA in Conflict, Security and Development. He specialised in Middle Eastern Politics, Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peace-building, focusing primarily on the geopolitics of the Syrian Civil War. He wrote his dissertation on the resilience of the Syrian regime in light of the civil war, which explored the structural conditions that enabled the regime to survive where other dictators fell during the Arab Spring. Prior to joining ISD, he was a Research and Communications Assistant for Children on the Edge, with voluntary experience with NGOs in the UK, Lebanon and Turkey.
Julia Ebner
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Julia Ebner

Resident Research Fellow, Policy & Research

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Julia Ebner
Julia Ebner

Resident Research Fellow, Policy & Research

Julia Ebner is a Research Fellow at ISD, specialising in far-right extremism, reciprocal radicalisation and European terrorism prevention initiatives. She is the author of ‘The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism’ as well as several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and policy briefings. On the basis of her research, Julia advises parliamentary working groups, frontline workers and tech firms, speaks at international conferences and delivers workshops in schools and universities. She regularly writes for the Guardian and the Independent and gives interviews in English, German and French on the BBC, CNN, ZDF, ARD, France24, Al Jazeera, LBC and others. Before joining ISD, Julia worked as a Senior Researcher at the counter-extremism organisation Quilliam, where she led research projects on terrorism prevention for the European Commission and the Kofi Annan Foundation and gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on far-right extremism. Among other publications, she co-authored the report ‘The EU and Terrorism: Is Britain Safer In or Out?’ as well as a chapter in the Routledge volume Education and Extremisms. In her role as the coordinator of the pan-European network Families Against Terrorism and Extremism (FATE), she carried out radicalisation prevention projects across Europe and North Africa. Julia holds an MSc (Dist) in International History from London School of Economics and an MSc (Dist) in International Relations from Peking University. She completed her undergraduate studies with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and a BSc in International Business.
Hadyah Fathalla
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Hadyah Fathalla

Fellow

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Hadyah Fathalla
Hadyah Fathalla

Fellow

Hadyah M. Fathalla is an Executive Director of Bahrain at C5 Accelerator LLC and C5 Capital Ltd. She is responsible for public and private sector business in MEA and developing innovative technology ventures. She previously served as a leading security expert in Bahrain, advising a number of government agencies on topics including security policy, strategy, cyber security, and other national security threats and challenges. She holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, concentrating on International Global Affairs and an MA in War Studies from King’s College London.
Cooper Gatewood
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Cooper Gatewood

Coordinator, Digital Research Unit

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Cooper Gatewood
Cooper Gatewood

Coordinator, Digital Research Unit

Cooper is a Coordinator within ISD’s Digital Research Unit, focussing on quantitative research into the spread of hateful and polarising narratives online, and how they are leveraged by extremist actors. Cooper also develops monitoring and evaluation frameworks to measure the impact of a number of ISD’s intervention projects. Cooper is currently contributing to ISD’s research on disinformation campaigns, particularly those aimed to influence and disrupt election processes. He also manages on the Online Civil Courage Initiative in France, coordinating activities to support civil society’s response to hate and extremism online. In addition, Cooper conducts ongoing evaluation of a number of ISD’s programmes, including Be Internet Citizens and Young Digital Leaders. Prior to joining ISD, Cooper worked at Portland, where he advised clients from the non-profit and government sectors on their media engagement and social media strategies. Cooper holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Masters of International Security from Sciences Po. He has a background in quantitative research and data visualisation. He also speaks fluent Spanish and French, as well as proficient Japanese.
Cécile Guerin
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Cécile Guerin

Associate, Technology, Communications & Education

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Cécile Guerin
Cécile Guerin

Associate, Technology, Communications & Education

Cécile Guerin is an Associate at ISD, supporting the organisation’s European development and analysis work. She works on the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI), a Facebook-funded project which aims to upscale civil society efforts against hate speech and extremism online. Cécile also contributes to ISD’s research and policy work, with a focus on social media analysis and network mapping related to hate speech, extremism and disinformation online. She has written for a range of publications, including The Guardian, Prospect and The Independent. Prior to joining ISD, Cécile spent two years working in publishing. Cécile holds an MSc in International History from the London School of Economics and an MA in English from the École Normale Supérieure in France.
Jakob Guhl
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Jakob Guhl

Associate, Technology, Communications & Education

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Jakob Guhl
Jakob Guhl

Associate, Technology, Communications & Education

Jakob Guhl is a Associate at the ISD, where he mainly works with the Online Civil Courage Initiative, a project that aims to improve and promote civil society reactions to hate speech and extremism on the Internet. Jakob has co-authored research reports on reciprocal radicalisation between far-right extremists and Islamists, coordinated trolling campaigns, hate speech and disinformation campaigns targeting elections. Additionally, he has published articles in the “Journal for Deradicalisation”, “Demokratie gegen Menschenfeindlichkeit” and co-authored an essay for an edited volume of the Munich Residence Theatre about the origins of contemporary political anger. Jakob holds an MA in Terrorism, Security and Society from King’s College London. His dissertation focused on the radicalisation processes of converts to Islam who became violent extremists.
Alexander Guittard
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Alexander Guittard

Fellow

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Alexander Guittard
Alexander Guittard

Fellow

Alexander Guittard is a Fellow at ISD, in addition to leading on governance programming at M&C Saatchi London. His work focuses on applying innovation and communications expertise to governance challenges in fragile and conflict-affected states in support of US and UK development, defence, and diplomatic agencies. He previously serviced as a US diplomat and army officer focused on US-UK security cooperation. Alongside being a policy fellow at ISD, he is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and a Society Advisory Group Board Member at the British Council.
Angharad Guy
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Angharad Guy

Senior Communications Manager

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Angharad Guy
Angharad Guy

Senior Communications Manager

Angharad is Senior Communications Manager at ISD, responsible for all external communications for the organisation, and for ISD’s flagship programmes. Angharad has over a decade of experience in the UK and international charity sectors, with a focus on communications, programme management, partnerships, operations, and fundraising. Previous roles include Deputy Director of FilmAid International and Communications Manager at Free Word, a London-based centre for literature and freedom of expression. Angharad spent her early career working in publishing and literature in the US, before returning to the UK in 2013. During her time in America she managed The Big Read, a national programme that supports innovative community reading projects across the US.
Natasha Hanckel-Spice
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Natasha Hanckel-Spice

Head of Partnerships & Delivery, Technology, Communications & Education

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Natasha Hanckel-Spice
Natasha Hanckel-Spice

Head of Partnerships & Delivery, Technology, Communications & Education

Natasha manages ISD’s partnership projects programmes, overseeing delivery. This includes the Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN) and Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI) in partnership with Facebook. Prior to joining ISD, Natasha worked with a number of well-known organisations including the British Home Office, advising on marketing strategy and developing social enterprise and youth campaigns.
Anisa Harrasy
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Anisa Harrasy

Coordinator, Technology, Communications & Education

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Anisa Harrasy
Anisa Harrasy

Coordinator, Technology, Communications & Education

Anisa Harrasy is a Coordinator at ISD, where she works across ISD’s youth empowerment projects, including the Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN) and Young Cities. Through these projects, Anisa delivers capacity-building workshops, oversees youth-led campaigns and initiatives and facilitates dialogue between youth and policymakers. Anisa also helps lead ISD’s strategic development in Sub Saharan Africa and specializes in promoting peace in East Africa specifically. Anisa has conducted significant research on the influence and effect of non-state actors in global affairs and politics. Anisa holds an MA in International Security from the University of Sussex and a BA in International relations with Arabic. She is bilingual Swahili and English, with basic Arabic proficiency.
Harry Holcroft
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Harry Holcroft

Manager, Technology, Communications & Education

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Harry Holcroft
Harry Holcroft

Manager, Technology, Communications & Education

Harry Holcroft is a Programme Manager, working across ISD’s International CVE programs. Harry has delivered several complex research and interventions programmes across MENA, with additional geographical focusses in the Western Balkans and East Africa. With a research background in CVE and transnational extremist groups, Harry has managed primary research in multiple geographies, including over 60 Former Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs), designing community led interventions programs that bring together research, communications, technology, and local networks. Harry also works across ISD’s broader strategic and international development work, focusing on the design of CVE programs with collaboration between Government and the Private Sector. Harry has presented as an expert speaker and provided evidenced for US and UK government, APPGs, the British Council, the World Bank, and various Embassy Missions. Prior to joining ISD, Harry worked for a range of strategic communications, political analysis, and governmental organisations across the Public and Private sector. Harry holds a First class degree in Arabic and Middle East Studies from the University of Exeter, and is comfortable working in English, Arabic and French. Harry spent a year living in Syria, and has worked extensively across the MENA region.
Ben Holman
Ben Holman

Project Finance Coordinator, Operations & Finance

Daniel Hooton
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Daniel Hooton

Senior Manager, Strong Cities Network

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Daniel Hooton
Daniel Hooton

Senior Manager, Strong Cities Network

Daniel Hooton is a Senior Manager at ISD, working on the Strong Cities Network (SCN), responsible for managing SCN regions, practice and digital delivery, and partnership development in support of the SCN’s leadership in strengthening local capacity to counter all forms of violent extremism and polarisation on a global scale. In addition to developing and delivering training and cooperation on local action planning, regional collaboration and direct city consultations on local P/CVE strategy and practice, Daniel works to expand inter-disciplinary learning and expertise across violent extremism and urban violence prevention, including related integration and cohesion agendas. Prior to joining ISD in January 2016, Daniel worked in the UK Parliament as a researcher and policy advisor to the Shadow Minister for Communities, developing Labour Party national policy and government scrutiny on community cohesion, social exclusion and public services. He holds a Master’s degree with Distinction from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Bristol.
Tim Hulse
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Tim Hulse

Coordinator, Monitoring and Evaluation, Strong Cities Network

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Tim Hulse
Tim Hulse

Coordinator, Monitoring and Evaluation, Strong Cities Network

Tim is a Coordinator at ISD, working predominately on the Strong Cities Network (SCN) and Google Innovation Fund. His role consists of developing monitoring and evaluation systems for a range ISD programmes in order to demonstrate the impact that the Institute has in preventing and countering violent extremism. As part of this role Tim also supports a number of ISD partners in demonstrating the sustainable impact of their projects. Tim has previously been engaged in research for a number of UK charities and NGOs focusing on extremism, Middle Eastern politics and refugee issues among other topics. He holds a Masters in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College London and a Bachelors in the Study of Religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Dilwar Hussain
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Dilwar Hussain

Fellow

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Dilwar Hussain
Dilwar Hussain

Fellow

Dilwar Hussain is a Fellow at ISD, and an independent consultant working on social policy, Muslim identity and Islamic reform in the modern world. He is founding Chair of New Horizons in British Islam, a charity that works on Muslim identity, integration and reform; Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, University of Coventry; and Lecturer at the University of Leicester. Dilwar also teaches courses on Islam in contemporary society, and is the author of several publications in this field. He has previously worked in academic research, political consultancy, and training for more than 15 years, delivering contracts for private sector groups as well as various governmental departments.
Emma Jones
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Emma Jones

Finance Coordinator, Operations & Finance

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Emma Jones
Emma Jones

Finance Coordinator, Operations & Finance

Emma Jones is a Finance Coordinator at ISD, responsible for the day to day running of the office finances. She has 10 years' experience working within finance across various sectors including finance advisory, commercial cleaning, and property. Emma is a fully qualified member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).
Sarah Kennedy
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Sarah Kennedy

Deputy Director, Operations & Finance

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Sarah Kennedy
Sarah Kennedy

Deputy Director, Operations & Finance

Sarah Kennedy is Deputy Director with responsibility for operations and finance. She is responsible for the operational effectiveness of the organisation including finance, management, operations, HR, governance, legal and security. Sarah has over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector and previous roles include UK Director of Kenyan NGO S.A.F.E and Head of Partnerships & Events at the UK think tank Demos. Sarah holds a BA Hons (1st class) in Economic and Social History from the University of Bristol; an MA in Legal & Political Theory from University College London; and a Cert BA Certificate in Business Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Duaa Khalid
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Duaa Khalid

Grants Manager, Operations & Finance

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Duaa Khalid
Duaa Khalid

Grants Manager, Operations & Finance

Duaa is Grants Manager at ISD, responsible for all grants management including reporting and compliance for all the projects at the organization. Duaa has experience working with non-profit organizations and international charities managing international programs and donor relationships with DFID, EU and USAID to name a few. She has previously worked with Save the Children UK and Marie Stopes International. Duaa holds a BSc Hons in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE).
Alex Krasodomski-Jones
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Alex Krasodomski-Jones

Fellow

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Alex Krasodomski-Jones
Alex Krasodomski-Jones

Fellow

Alex Krasodomski-Jones is a Fellow at ISD and a researcher at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM). His main research interest is political extremism and its reportage on social media. He also manages CASM’s analytics capability, including data collection, analytics, and visualisation. Alex is a frequent media commentator, and writes regularly for the Huffington Post and Spectator. Before joining CASM, Alex worked at Accenture Digital in visual analytics.
Marta Lopes
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Marta Lopes

Coordinator, Strong Cities Network

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Marta Lopes
Marta Lopes

Coordinator, Strong Cities Network

Marta is a Coordinator at ISD, working on the Strong Cities Network (SCN). She supports local authorities in developing and implementing programmes and models in the SCN’s regions to ensure tailored bottom-up responses to local challenges posed by violent extremist movements. Prior to joining ISD in July 2018, Marta completed a traineeship at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in the Human Security Division. In previous positions she had the opportunity to work in several countries across Asia, in the US and in South Africa. Marta holds an MA in Conflict, Governance and International Development from the University of East Anglia. Her dissertation focused on local challenges and legitimacy issues in the peace-building process in Colombia, studying the interplay between state, civil society and local populations in the department of Chocó. Marta is bilingual French and Portuguese, and is also comfortable working in Spanish and German.
Sarah Macshane
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Sarah Macshane

Manager, Technology, Communications & Education

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Sarah Macshane
Sarah Macshane

Manager, Technology, Communications & Education

Sarah is Manager of the Innovation Fund, responsible for the overall management of the fund as well as expanding the fund’s opportunities both in the UK and the EU. Prior to joining ISD, Sarah worked for the British Council’s Cultural Skills team where she led on programme and partnership development in the UK, Asia and Latin America focussed on capacity building within the arts and education sectors. She has over 7 years’ experience of strategic planning, project management, line management and is particularly passionate about workplace wellbeing, leading on a number of initiatives. Sarah has also worked for Creative & Cultural Skills and lived and worked in Brazil, Mexico and Spain. She completed an MSc in Education Power and Social Change at the University of Birkbeck in 2015.
Hannah Martin
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Hannah Martin

Communications Coordinator

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Hannah Martin
Hannah Martin

Communications Coordinator

Hannah Martin is Communications Coordinator at ISD. Hannah manages the press office and is the first point of contact for media inquiries. Prior to joining ISD, Hannah worked for four years at tech startup TransferWise across policy, communications and digital marketing. Hannah holds a First Class BA International Relations degree from the University of Leeds. She can be found tweeting @MartMeUp
Simeon Dukic
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Simeon Dukic

Programme Manager. Strong Cities Network

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Simeon Dukic
Simeon Dukic

Programme Manager. Strong Cities Network

Simeon Dukic joined ISD as a Programme Manager for the Balkans and Central Asia on the Strong Cities Network (SCN). His main responsibilities will be to increase SCN membership and engagement in post-Soviet Central Asian states. Moreover, he will work on strengthening central-local coordination and cooperation in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) in the Western Balkans. Namely, Simeon will work on setting up a multi-stakeholder and multidisciplinary Local Prevention Network in one of the SCN members, whose primary role will draft a tailored Local P/CVE Action Plan. Prior to his role at ISD, Simeon was a Project Associate at the National Committee for Countering Violent Extremism and Counter-Terrorism (NCCVECT) of the Republic of North Macedonia. He supported the coordination of 22 Line Ministries and Institutions which are involved in the work of the NCCVECT, CSO groups, the international donor community and regional counterparts. Additionally, he was involved in the drafting of the first National CVE Strategy. Simeon holds an MA (Distinction) in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College London and a BA (Magna Cum Laude) in Global Challenges from Leiden University College The Hague.
Hadiya Masieh
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Hadiya Masieh

Fellow

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Hadiya Masieh
Hadiya Masieh

Fellow

Hadiya Masieh is an expert in the area of community cohesion, interfaith relations, counter extremism, and women’s involvement in extremism. She has been a counter extremism consultant for various Governments and NGOs in the US, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Norway, Denmark, and Spain. She has also worked with non-profit and commercial organisations including Google Jigsaw. She was appointed to the UK government’s “National Muslim Women’s Advisory Group” which advised senior government officials on theological development, community cohesion, and empowering women from ethnic minorities. Hadiya was one of the authors of the report “Radicalisation and violent extremism-focus on women: How women become radicalised and how to empower them to prevent Radicalisation”, which was produced the European Parliament committee on Women’s Rights and Gender equality. Hadiya was an ambassador for Women Without Borders promoting counter extremism narratives and facilitating discussions within conflict areas. She was appointed to the board of the internationally renowned and award winning peacekeeping organisation The Bereaved Families Forum based in Palestine and Israel, promoting their message of peace within conservative Jewish and Islamic Institutions in the UK. Hadiya was one of the first women to work on the UK channel programme where she has worked closely with scores of women affected by radical and extremist views. She has been interviewed by Radio 4, BBC World Service, BBC Asian Network, CNN, The Guardian, and Vogue Magazine. Hadiya has worked with ISD as a consultant since 2013 on the One to One programme.
Lauren Mennie
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Lauren Mennie

Operations Manager, Operations & Finance

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Lauren Mennie
Lauren Mennie

Operations Manager, Operations & Finance

Lauren is the Operations Manager at ISD, responsible for day-to-day office management and operational processes including HR, health and safety, IT, security and data protection. Lauren is currently developing ISD’s operational policies and processes as well as the wider HR policy, and training and development programme. Lauren comes from an education background and was previously PA to Sasha Havlicek.
Charlotte Moeyens
Charlotte Moeyens

Coordinator, Technology, Communications & Education

Khadije Nasser
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Khadije Nasser

Senior Regional Project Manager, Strong Cities Network

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Khadije Nasser
Khadije Nasser

Senior Regional Project Manager, Strong Cities Network

As a Regional Project Manager based in Beirut, Khadije Nasser leads ISD's implementation of a Strong Cities Network Municipality Project with Lebanon and Jordan promoting the role of sub-national actors in PVE funded by the Government of Denmark. Khadije manages the team of Lebanese and Jordanian project staff including overseeing capacity building of six local Prevention Networks across the two countries. She maintains relations with mayors, Prevention Network focal points and Danish project stakeholders as well as national and international interlocutors in Lebanon and Jordan involved in formulation of national P/CVE policies. Prior to joining ISD, Khadije worked as Projects Manager and Cultural Advisor to the Danish Embassy in Beirut responsible for managing its projects and NGO relations. Earlier on she worked for national and international NGOs in the region managing prevention and advocacy projects in Lebanon and as a trainer/facilitator in Jordan. In Denmark, Khadije has managed crime prevention initiatives targeting marginalised youth in Copenhagen and integration of former prisoners. As a former Role Model and Dialogue Ambassador for the Danish Ministry of Refugees, Immigrants and Integration she has extensive experiences in working with direct interventions with youth at risk. Khadije is fluent in Arabic, English and Danish, and holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen.
Maria Ory
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Maria Ory

Special Assistant to Farah Pandith

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Maria Ory
Maria Ory

Special Assistant to Farah Pandith

Maria is the special assistant to ISD’s Head of Strategy, Farah Pandith. She is currently a second-year master’s student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston, MA, focusing on security and international conflict resolution and negotiation. Maria is particularly interested in P/CVE efforts at the grassroots level and is currently working on her thesis which will look at preventing violent extremism efforts in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Previously, she was at Foreign Policy magazine for almost four years, holding several roles, including the Communications Director. She holds a BA in International Studies with a concentration in global health from the University of Denver.
Farah Pandith
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Farah Pandith

Head of Strategy

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Farah Pandith
Farah Pandith

Head of Strategy

Farah Pandith has been a political appointee in the George H.W. Bush. George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama administrations. She left government at the end of January 2014 for Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where she maintains an affiliation.
Josh Phillips
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Josh Phillips

Coordinator, Technology, Communications & Education

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Josh Phillips
Josh Phillips

Coordinator, Technology, Communications & Education

Josh is a Coordinator working on the ISD’s Education Programme. His main focus is the Be Internet Citizens project, run in partnership with Google, which takes an implicit approach to countering extremism. As part of this project, he has led on designing unique educational resources which enable young people across the UK to build critical thinking skills and online resilience. Previously, Josh worked on the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House, where he led on event management for key projects, as well as contributing to research reports and concept notes. Prior to that, Josh completed the Teach First Leadership Development Programme, during which time he was appointed as Head of KS3 English at his placement school, and achieved his PGCE with Distinction. Josh also holds an MSc in International Politics from SOAS University of London, where he focused on the geopolitics of the Middle East and the domestic politics of the Great Lakes countries, as well as a BA in English Literature from Leeds University.
Daniela Puska
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Daniela Puska

Head of Project Operations, Operations & Finance

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Daniela Puska
Daniela Puska

Head of Project Operations, Operations & Finance

Daniela Puska is Head of Project Operations at ISD and oversees cross-organisational grants and project management for the organisation. Daniela’s experience includes managing projects and organisational operations in the NGO and policy development sector and has previously worked for UK think tanks Demos, ResPublica, and Common Vision, and currently also works as a Project Manager for the Campaign for Social Science.
Zeenat Rahman
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Zeenat Rahman

Fellow

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Zeenat Rahman
Zeenat Rahman

Fellow

Zeenat Rahman is a Fellow at ISD, as well as an expert on global youth issues, interfaith, and diversity engagement. She is also a former diplomat. Her experience ranges from national security, foreign policy, and leadership development to work in government, the private sector, and NGOs. Zeenat was recently a Presidential Political Appointee, serving as a Special Advisor to Secretaries Clinton and Kerry on global youth issues at the U.S. Department of State. While in this field, she encouraged foreign governments to respond to youth issues through policy change, and created opportunities for young people to pursue their economic and civic goals.
Louis Reynolds
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Louis Reynolds

Fellow

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Louis Reynolds
Louis Reynolds is a Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and has worked across counter-extremism education, research and policy within the Institute. He holds a Masters in Intelligence and International Security from Kings College London and a Bachelors in War Studies from Birmingham University.
Laura Saarinen
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Laura Saarinen

Grants Coordinator, Strong Cities Network

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Laura Saarinen
Laura Saarinen

Grants Coordinator, Strong Cities Network

Laura works as a Grants Coordinator for the Innovation Fund and Strong Cities Network (SCN) as part of the project operations team. Her background is in journalism, and before joining ISD she worked in the U.S. Embassy of Stockholm and London’s Public Affairs Section, managing grants and working as part of the wider press team. Laura has a BA in Journalism from the University of Jyväskylä, and an MA in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Stockholm.
Erin Marie Saltman
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Erin Marie Saltman

Fellow

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Erin Marie Saltman
Erin Marie Saltman

Fellow

Erin Marie Satlman is a Fellow at ISD who has worked in academic, NGO, and private sector roles developing innovative research and approaches for counter-extremism and counterterrorism efforts. She currently works for Facebook, where she is a Policy Manager for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, on counterterrorism and countering violent extremism. She has produced a range of action-oriented research and developed programs on preventing and countering violent extremism, promoting youth activism in challenging hate speech and extremism, as well as analysing the radicalisation of women into violent extremism networks.
Rebecca Skellett
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Rebecca Skellett

Head of Strong Cities Network

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Rebecca Skellett
Rebecca Skellett

Head of Strong Cities Network

Rebecca Skellett is Head of Strong Cities Network (SCN). Rebecca also supports ISD’s Education and Prevention activities regularly representing ISD at international events and in the media. Rebecca spearheads the Strong Cities Network (SCN), advocating for cities to have a central seat at the table in preventing and countering violent extremism in all its forms. The SCN is the first ever global city network devoted to uniting cities around the world to build social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism in all its forms. The network comprises 114 cities from across 40 countries. Rebecca oversees the SCN’s activities ranging from advising cities directly, arranging global and regional training and capacity building activities engaging with mayors, municipal-level policymakers and practitioners to its long term strategies such as designing regional models for P/CVE. Previously, Rebecca worked on the front-line of the UK’s Prevent CVE Programme across several London boroughs and has extensive experience in overseeing individual casework, conducting community engagement, developing local CVE programming, training and policy frameworks for local government and the education sector. Rebecca also advises national level policy-makers in the UK as a member of the UK Department for Education's Expert Advisory Panel for Extremism.
Melanie Smith
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Melanie Smith

Fellow

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Melanie Smith
Melanie is a Fellow, assisting with ISD’s social media analysis projects. Melanie is currently an Intelligence Analyst at Graphika, where she uses social media and other open-source data to understand flows of disinformation and propaganda. Her work at ISD focused on the involvement of women in violent conflict, lone-actor terrorism, and the online behaviours of extremists from across the spectrum. Melanie has co-authored reports and articles on these subjects, regularly presenting her findings to governmental audiences as well as national and international press. Previously a Researcher at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London, Melanie built and cultivated the largest known online database of female members of ISIS. She holds an MA in Geopolitics, Territory & Security from King’s College London and a BA in Geography with Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese from the University of Exeter.
Christopher Stewart
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Christopher Stewart

Manager, Technology, Communications & Education

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Christopher Stewart
Christopher Stewart

Manager, Technology, Communications & Education

Christopher J. Stewart is a Manager at ISD, working primarily on the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI) where he is responsible for the delivery of innovative models that combine expertise from the technology, communications and marketing, and academic sectors to ‘upskill and upscale’ the civic response to online hate and extremism. Christopher has an expertise in research focussed on the effectiveness of counterspeech and civil society efforts to challenge hate speech and extremism. Christopher’s most recent publications include: The Impact of Counter-Narratives, exploring the effect of online counter-narrative content, following a year-long cross-platform pilot study conducted in cooperation with Google; and an article on lone actor terrorism in the Chatham House journal The World Today. Christopher holds a Masters in Geopolitics & Security and a Joint Honors Bachelor in Geography, Politics and International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London.
Heather Tsavaris
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Heather Tsavaris

Senior Fellow

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Heather Tsavaris
Heather Tsavaris

Senior Fellow

Heather is currently a Senior Fellow for the Institute of Strategic Dialogue (ISD) where she is serving in both an advisory and research capacity focused on U.S. efforts to build social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism in all its forms. Prior to joining ISD, Heather served as the Senior Community Engagement Coordinator for Columbus, Ohio under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Community Partnerships. Previously, Heather spent a decade working for the U.S. Department of State focused on counterterrorism, countering violent extremism, and promoting Muslim civil society engagement across the globe. Heather has also worked in the philanthropic sector with Innovation Fund America and in the private sector with the Gap Foundation and the Cisco Entrepreneurship Institute. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from The Ohio State University, a master's in international security from George Washington University and a master's in business administration from New York University.
Henry Tuck
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Henry Tuck

Head of Policy & Research

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Henry Tuck
Henry Tuck

Head of Policy & Research

Henry Tuck is Head of Policy & Research at ISD, responsible for the overall management of the Institute’s research programme, including oversight of all publications, research methods, and ethics across a variety of topics, from disinformation to the far-right and extremism online. Henry also leads ISD’s policy-focused work to counter online harms in collaboration with a range of key stakeholders, advising leading governments, international organisations and major private sector tech companies. Since starting at ISD in 2013, Henry has previously driven fundraising, strategy and the development of new projects and partnerships, led a series of ISD’s education and counter-narrative projects (including Extreme Dialogue and Be Internet Citizens), designed the Institute’s Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks, and conducted research on foreign fighters, deradicalisation and the far-right. He holds a Masters (with distinction) in International Conflict Studies from Kings College London, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Durham University.
Nayla-Joy Zein
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Nayla-Joy Zein

Regional Coordinator, Strong Cities Network

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Nayla-Joy Zein
Nayla-Joy Zein

Regional Coordinator, Strong Cities Network

Nayla is a Regional Coordinator for the Strong Cities Network Municipality capacity building project in Lebanon.  She is currently providing support to the Regional Project Manager in implementing the project across Lebanese municipalities.    Nayla was previously a Research Assistant at McGill University, where she undertook research on issues of transitional justice in the MENA region, and women militancy and civil war in Lebanon. She recently interned at the Carnegie Middle-East Centre where she worked extensively on women radicalisation. She holds a B.A in Political Science and Philosophy from McGill University, Canada.