Against Violent Extremism (AVE)

Empowering former extremists and survivors of extremism to work together to push back against extremist narratives and prevent the recruitment of ‘at risk’ youth

ISD’s Against Violent Extremism (AVE) network is a unique and powerful global force in the ongoing struggle to tackle violent extremism. Former violent extremists (‘formers’) and survivors of violent extremism are empowered to work together to push back against extremist narratives and prevent the recruitment of ‘at risk’ youth.

By connecting former extremists from different backgrounds we facilitate a sharing of best practice and ideas to encourage collaboration between members. The network leverages the lessons, experiences and connections of individuals who have dealt first-hand with extremism in an effort to challenge it effectively.

The AVE network has played a vital role in the success of ISD’s counter-narrative programmes including our Extreme Dialogue counter-extremism education programme and our One to One direct intervention initiative. We draw on the experience of our AVE network members to inform and develop our wider counter-extremism work.

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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.
Moustafa Ayad
Moustafa Ayad

Deputy Director, Technology, Communications, and Education

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.
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.
Charlotte Moeyens
Charlotte Moeyens

Coordinator, Technology, Communications & Education