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Sasha Havlicek
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Sasha Havlicek

CEO

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Sasha Havlicek
Sasha Havlicek

CEO

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 first global counter-extremism cities network; and the Innovation Hub, a partnership with Facebook, Google and Twitter to counter extremists’ online efforts. Most recently she launched The Online Civil Courage Initiative designed to amplify efforts to counter hate speech online, with Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg.   Sasha chairs the 11-country Policy Planners’ Network on Countering Radicalisation and she co-chaired the EU’s Internet Radicalisation working group from 2012-2015. Sasha previously served as Senior Director at the EastWest (EWI) Institute where she led conflict resolution programming.   Sasha previously served as Senior Director at the US think-tank, the EastWest Institute (EWI), where she headed the organisation’s conflict resolution and transition work, rolling-out unique cross-border field operations across the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Russia. She was nominated to serve on a Task Force of the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe in the aftermath of the Balkan wars.   She is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, has testified before US Congress and is a regular commentator in the media (CNN, BBC, Channel 4 News and other networks).
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.
Amarnath Amarasingam
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Amarnath Amarasingam

Senior Research Fellow

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Amarnath Amarasingam
Amarnath Amarasingam

Senior Research Fellow

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.
Anisa Harrasy
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Anisa Harrasy

Project Associate

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Anisa Harrasy
Anisa Harrasy

Project Associate

Anisa is a Project Associate at ISD working predominantly on ISD’s East Africa project. Her work focuses on the use of social media in relation to extremism, radicalisation, and community conflict as well as in creating effective online counter narratives. Anisa holds a master’s degree from Sussex University in International Security. During he masters she researched on the transition from war to peace. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Sussex University in International relations with Arabic. Anisa is comfortable working in both English and Swahili.
Charlotte Moeyens
Charlotte Moeyens

Project Associate

Chloe Colliver
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Chloe Colliver

Project Coordinator

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Chloe Colliver
Chloe Colliver

Project Coordinator

Chloe is a Project Coordinator at ISD, working across development and delivery of ISD’s online research, programming and policy advisory work concerning counter-extremism and disinformation. Chloe also supports ISD’s business development strategy. Chloe is currently working across a number of projects that use social media analysis, discourse and network mapping to research hate speech, extremism and disinformation online. Her work at ISD also involves partnerships with the major social media platforms, including Facebook, Google and Microsoft, for whom she advises on global policy responses to the threat of online extremism. Chloe has also co-authored ISD reports on subjects including online discourse shifts in the British far right following the Brexit vote. 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.
Christopher Stewart
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Christopher Stewart

Project Coordinator

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Christopher Stewart
Christopher Stewart

Project Coordinator

Christopher J. Stewart is a Project Coordinator 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.
Cooper Gatewood
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Cooper Gatewood

Project Associate

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Cooper Gatewood
Cooper Gatewood

Project Associate

Cooper is a Project Associate at ISD, working predominantly with the Online Civil Courage Initiative. Cooper focuses on qualitative and quantitative research into extremism and radicalisation on social media platforms, and how they can be best counter-acted through counter-narrative campaigns. He also assists on a number of other research projects within ISD. 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.
Daniel Hooton
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Daniel Hooton

Project Manager

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Daniel Hooton
Daniel Hooton

Project Manager

Daniel Hooton is a Project 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.
Harry Holcroft
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Harry Holcroft

Project Manager

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Harry Holcroft
Harry Holcroft

Project Manager

Harry works across ISD’s Middle East program, delivering and developing programs of work in several countries in the region in the strategic communications and capacity building space. Harry is currently working on youth and local government focussed programs in Tunisia and Jordan, as well as several other projects in Lebanon and Morocco.   Harry has over 5 years of living and working across the region in Syria, Egypt, Qatar and Oman. Prior to joining ISD, Harry worked for a range of strategic communications, political analysis, and governmental organisations, including work Aegis, Alaco, Bell Pottinger and the British Embassy in Cairo.   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.
Henry Tuck
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Henry Tuck

Senior Development Manager

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Henry Tuck
Henry Tuck

Senior Development Manager

Henry Tuck is Senior Development Manager at ISD, responsible for the development of new projects, managing donor relationships, and supporting existing ISD programmes in monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment. Henry oversees the Institute’s educational programme, including Extreme Dialogue, which aims to enhance resilience, critical thinking and digital literacy skills among young people. He also works across various policy-focused projects to counter extremism online in collaboration with a range of stakeholders, including governments, international organisations and the private sector. Henry has previously worked on a series of ISD networks and counter-narrative projects, and conducted research on foreign fighters, deradicalisation and the far-right. He holds a Masters in International Conflict Studies from Kings College London, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Durham University.
Iris Boyer
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Iris Boyer

Partnerships & Networks Manager

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Iris Boyer
Iris Boyer

Partnerships & Networks Manager

Iris manages ISD’s partnerships and networks, currently focusing on the Online Civil Courage Initiative in partnership with Facebook and the Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN). Before joining the ISD, Iris worked at YouTube on the development and coordination of the global campaign Creators for Change. Prior to that, she managed European counter speech and social good programmes at Facebook and spent some time working for French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Jacob Davey
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Jacob Davey

Project Coordinator

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Jacob Davey
Jacob Davey

Project Coordinator

Jacob Davey is a Project Coordinator at ISD working across ISD’s online counter-narrative work. Jacob develops strategies for identifying extremists online and the dissemination of counter-narrative material and has specialist knowledge on far-right extremism and the role of cultural heritage in Islamic State propaganda. Jacob is currently working on ISD’s One to One programme which aims to initiate de-radicalisation processes through direct online interventions with radicalised individuals. He also works on a counter-narrative dissemination programme in partnership with Microsoft. Jacob holds a Masters in Ancient History from University College London where he focussed on the destruction of cultural heritage by Islamic State.
Jonathan Birdwell
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Jonathan Birdwell

Head of Policy & Research

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Jonathan Birdwell
Jonathan Birdwell

Head of Policy & Research

Jonathan is Head of Policy & Research at ISD, 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.
Julia Ebner
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Julia Ebner

Research Fellow

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Julia Ebner
Julia Ebner

Research Fellow

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.
Kelsey Bjornsgaard
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Kelsey Bjornsgaard

Project Manager

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Kelsey Bjornsgaard
Kelsey Bjornsgaard

Project Manager

Kelsey Bjornsgaard is a Project Manager 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.
Khadije Nasser
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Khadije Nasser

Senior Regional Project Manager

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Khadije Nasser
Khadije Nasser

Senior Regional Project Manager

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.
Louis Reynolds
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Louis Reynolds

Policy & Research Manager

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Louis Reynolds
Louis Reynolds

Policy & Research Manager

Louis Reynolds is a Policy & Research Manager at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. Louis works across counter-extremism education, research and policy within the Institute, and is currently developing new educational approaches to build resilience to extremism online in the UK and internationally. Louis also works to develop the Monitoring and Evaluation of counter-extremism programmes, and on a range of other international counter-extremism projects and collaborations including the Policy Planner’s Network. Louis was previously a Researcher at the UK cross-party think tank Demos, where he undertook research on extremism and social and emotional education among other topics. He holds a Masters in Intelligence and International Security from Kings College London and a Bachelors in War Studies from Birmingham University.
Lucie Parker
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Lucie Parker

Project Coordinator

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Lucie Parker
Lucie Parker

Project Coordinator

Lucie Parker is a Project Coordinator at ISD. Lucie works across ISD’s educational programmes, including Extreme Dialogue, which aims to enhance critical thinking skills and resilience among young people in the UK, Canada, Germany and Hungary via a series of short films and educational resources, Digital Resilience, a pilot project designed to increase the resilience of young people in the Netherlands to hate and intolerance online, and Internet Citizens, a major collaboration with Google and UK Youth targeting disadvantaged and at-risk youth. She is responsible for establishing and developing training, outreach and delivery channels for ISD’s education programmes in the UK and internationally, and has published numerous articles on the subject of education and countering violent extremism for education-focused publications including Parentzone and Education Today. Prior to joining ISD, Lucie completed a Masters in War Studies from King’s College London
Melanie Smith
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Melanie Smith

Research Manager

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Melanie Smith
Melanie Smith

Research Manager

Melanie is a Research Manager, working across ISD’s social media analysis projects. Melanie’s research focuses upon the involvement of women in violent conflict, the evolution of lone-actor terrorism and the online behaviours of extremists from across the spectrum. She has three years of experience using social media data to understand the recruitment narratives and infrastructures of violent extremist groups and is currently investigating the impact of disinformation and propaganda on political decision-making. 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.
Natasha Hanckel-Spice
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Natasha Hanckel-Spice

Senior Programme Manager

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Natasha Hanckel-Spice
Natasha Hanckel-Spice

Senior Programme Manager

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.
Nourhan Nassar
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Nourhan Nassar

Project Associate

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Nourhan Nassar
Nourhan Nassar

Project Associate

Nourhan is a programme associate working across projects in the MENA region currently focusing on youth and local government-focussed programs in Tunisia and Jordan. Before starting at ISD in July 2017, she worked in the Market Risk Technology team at Goldman Sachs. Nourhan has worked on conducting research on the drivers of radicalisation and other trends amongst youth in the Arab world and is most interested in upstream programmes which focus on collaborations between civil society, local governments and grassroots youth-led initiatives.
Nayla-Joy Zein
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Nayla-Joy Zein

Project Associate

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Nayla-Joy Zein
Nayla-Joy Zein

Project Associate

Based in Beirut, Nayla is a Project Associate 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.
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 Resident Senior Fellow at ISD where he works across the organisation advising on strategy, programmes and Islamist ideology. Rashad is classically trained in Islamic theology and jurisprudence and Modern Studies in Islam having read at the Markfield Institute and taken courses at al-Azhar University, Cairo. He is an external lecturer for Derby University’s MA courses on radicalisation and counter-terrorism. He is also an author of "A Guide to Refuting Jihadism" and a chapter analysing Hizb ut Tahrir ideology and strategy in Arabic and English in the edited volume "ISIS Incubators - Rise of Salafi Jihadism" published by al-Mesbar.   As a researcher Rashad has also given testimony and contributed submissions to the UK’s Home Affairs Select Committee on Radicalisation, the UK Parliamentary Select Committee on Intelligence and has briefed the London Mayor's office on counter-terrorism strategy. He is regularly consulted by various think tanks and governments across the EU and North America. He has written for The Observer, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Times, Dissent Magazine, Conservative Home, and given commentary for Newsnight, BBC News, been a Researcher and Assistant Producer for the BBC's flagship Panorama documentary show.
Rebecca Skellett
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Rebecca Skellett

Senior Programme Manager

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Rebecca Skellett
Rebecca Skellett

Senior Programme Manager

Rebecca Skellett is a Senior Programme Manager at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) managing the Strong Cities Network (SCN) and working across ISD’s Policy Portfolio. 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 policy makers 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 case work, 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.
Ruth Boey
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Ruth Boey

Project Associate

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Ruth Boey
Ruth Boey

Project Associate

Ruth is a Project Associate for the Strong Cities Network at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. She previously worked as a volunteer for the Strong Cities Network for 6 months before joining the SCN team as a full time employee. Ruth is responsible for the SCN’s membership, project delivery and online engagement.   Ruth graduated in September 2016 as a historian from Ghent University magna cum laude. She is specialised in Modern and Contemporary History and took a Minor in Political Sciences. She wrote her MA dissertation on the destruction of cultural heritage by Daesh, with a focus on religious fundamentalism, while analysing the group’s use of time and history in their discourse. Ruth’s other academic specialities and interests are historical reconciliation, theory of history, conflict studies, and Middle Eastern politics. She is comfortable working in English, Dutch and French. 
Sabine Barton
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Sabine Barton

Project Manager

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Sabine Barton
Sabine Barton

Project Manager

Sabine Barton is a Project Manager at ISD, working on the Institute’s Strong Cities Network (SCN), with a particular focus on youth engagement in P/CVE. Sabine is responsible for managing SCN regions and member engagement and training, including through city exchanges, practitioner workshops, and direct city consultations on local P/CVE strategy and practice to counter all forms of violent extremism and polarisation. Sabine is currently focussing on developing regional models for local youth engagement in Europe, Africa and MENA, including through a joint project with the Nordic Council of Minister’s Nordic Safe Cities Network. She also works on the topics of integration and cohesion, in particular through the SCN’s workstream on Refugees and IDPs. Sabine was previously involved in a research project on countering lone actor terrorism (CLAT) implemented by a consortium led by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), in cooperation with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Chatham House and Leiden University. Prior to joining ISD in June 2015, Sabine worked as a research assistant focussing on consumer rights and ethical consumption in Australia.
Sahar Eljack
Sahar Eljack

Project Associate

Tamer Zumot
Tamer Zumot

Project Associate

Tim Hulse
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Tim Hulse

Project Associate

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Tim Hulse
Tim Hulse

Project Associate

Tim is a Project Associate at ISD, working across the Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN) and Against Violent Extremism (AVE) projects. He is currently responsible for network engagement and project delivery for ISD’s YouthCAN programme. 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 Kings College London and a Bachelors in the Study of Religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Zahed Amanullah
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Zahed Amanullah

Head of Outreach & Networks

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Zahed Amanullah
Zahed Amanullah

Head of Outreach & Networks

Zahed Amanullah heads ISD’s network outreach, bringing the private sector together with activists, frontline workers, and relevant civil society networks to counter extremist propaganda and recruitment. Zahed also works on research and capacity building for counternarrative messaging campaigns to support NGOs in Kenya and the Middle East. He recently co-authored “The Impact of Counternarratives,” a groundbreaking cross-platform study demonstrating counternarrative messaging impact. His writings and analysis have been featured at the BBC (BBC Breakfast, The Culture Show, Radio 4, Radio Five Live, World Service, Asian Network), NPR, Channel 4, Sky News, the Guardian, CNN International, The National, The Daily Star, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Newsweek, among others. Zahed also is Director of the Concordia Forum, a global network of leaders from Muslim backgrounds that holds conferences and exclusive retreats annually in North America and Europe. He is also a founding board member of CEDAR, a pan-European network of Muslim professionals. He has given testimony and contributed submissions to the UK Home Affairs Select Committee on Radicalisation. Zahed has a BS from the University of California, Berkeley and a graduate diploma in management from the University of Bath.
Sarah Kennedy
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Sarah Kennedy

Head of Operations

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Sarah Kennedy
Sarah Kennedy

Head of Operations

Sarah Kennedy is Head of Operations at ISD, where she is responsible for the operational management of the organisation. Sarah leads the operations and finance team to ensure the organisation’s programmatic, financial, operations, HR and legal responsibilities are met to the highest possible standard. Sarah has over a decade of experience in the UK and international charity sectors. Previous roles include UK Director of Kenyan NGO S.A.F.E and Head of Partnerships & Events at the UK think tank Demos. Having worked in a range of NGO functions - particularly communications, programme delivery, fundraising and partnerships - Sarah now specialise in operations and management, with a particular focus on financial management, strategic development, change management, HR and governance. 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.
Daniela Puska
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Daniela Puska

Grants & Compliance Manager

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Daniela Puska
Daniela Puska

Grants & Compliance Manager

Daniela Puska is a Grants & Compliance Manager 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.
Ben Holman
Ben Holman

Finance Coordinator

Rose Beynon
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Rose Beynon

Senior Communications Manager

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Rose Beynon
Rose Beynon

Senior Communications Manager

Rose is Senior Communications Manager at ISD, responsible for media activity and all external communications for the organisation and ISD’s flagship programmes. Prior to joining ISD, Rose has worked for a number of global PR firms delivering integrated campaigns that combined media, digital marketing, and public affairs strategies.  She has over eight years’ experience of devising and implementing communications strategies for high-profile organisations and campaigns, which includes advising FTSE 100 companies, well known consumer brands, government departments and behaviour change campaigns e.g. Disney, Talk to FRANK, Emirates and the AA. Rose also has extensive experience in issues and crisis management, advising senior teams ahead of media appearances and political hearings.
Caitlin MacDonald
Caitlin MacDonald

Media & Communications Coordinator