In 2014, Shahriman commenced at Ministry of Home Affairs, He takes lead in Security evaluation, international terrorism and public order in the Security Division, Ministry of Home Affairs. He manages monitors and assesses the national security and public order policies formulation and implementation in the Ministry focusing on international security and public order issues such us terrorism and terrorism financing.
He also has experience in charge of Appeal and Representation Unit, Division of Security and Public Order, Ministry of Home Affairs and directly involve in monitoring all detainee charged under preventive law. He was monitoring whole process from detention, judgments, rehabilitation and evaluation of detainee.
In 2015, He is involve actively in formulate and establish the Prevention of Terrorism Act Board in Malaysia. He also actively represents Malaysia in International/regional meeting and workshop such as Asean Regional Forum (ARF), Global Counter Terrorist Forum and others.
In recognition for his knowledge and experience, Shahriman has appointed as one of Panel of Trainers of Counter Terrorist Financing (CTF) seminar and workshop organize by South East Asia Regional Centre for Counter Terrorist (SEARCCT).
He was lecturer at the Advance Teachers’ College, Gumel (1976-1978) and Bayero University, Kano (1978-1979). He was Personal Manager of Norait Limited, Kano (1979-1983).
From 1981 to May 1993, he worked for the Federal Capital Development Authority, Abuja in various capacities, rising to become the Acting Director, Personnel Department. He was also chairman of three area councils in the Federal Capital Territory that included Abaji, Gwagwalada and Bwari.
He was appointed Hon. Commissioner, Kano state Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport (1994-1998), Special Adviser (Political) to the Hon. Minister of Defence (2003-2006) and the Executive Secretary, Chad Basin Commission (2009-2011). Ganduje was two-term Deputy Governor (1999-2003) and (2011-2015). He was elected Governor, state of Kano on 11th April, 2015.
On the 29th September, 2014, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan awarded him with the National Honours Award of OFR and is a recipient of many national awards to include Fight Against Drug Abuse; crowned as Peace Ambassador by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); Peace Ambassador/Grand Patron, National Youth Council of Nigeria for initiation of various development/empowerment programmes; Anti-Corruption Crusade/the only state with anti-graft and public complaints agency in Nigeria; Good Governance Award by the Nigeria Union of Journalists; many national dailies.
He established the Ganduje Foundation which champions the cause of education and support for the less privileged.
He has many publications and papers to his credit. He is married to Dr Hafsat and is happily blessed with seven children.
She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology (2010), The University of Manchester, U.K. Her research focus was on anger, aggression and violence in a South Asian sample with and without mental health problems selected from India, Sri Lanka and Maldives She has an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology, NIMHANS, India (1999); MSc in Psychology, India (1996) and in the a16th International Gang Specialist Training Conference, Chicago, USA, 2013 she was certified as an International gang specialist trainer. She has successfully run a two year project of rehabilitating 79 violent gang members selected from Malea city. She has presented papers, and chaired sessions in conferences, seminars held in USA, UK, Nepal, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, China and the Maldives. She has written several books in her local language and regularly appears on local TV and radio shows to create awareness on mental health issues.
She was the local consultant to the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, on the Leaders of Influence Program under Asia Foundation. She was the national consultant and lead researcher of the Rapid Situation Assessment of Gangs in Malea Asia Foundation Publication, 2012; a Prison Assessment and Proposed Rehabilitation and Re-integration of offenders, UNDP, Maldives 2011; Rapid Situation Assessment of Drug Abuse in Maldives, UNDP/FASHAN/NCB, 2003. Current research interests of Dr Naaz includes radicalisation, violent extremism, gang violence and mental health issues.
Right after his retirement from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, he was appointed to the Department of the Interior and Local Government as Assistant Secretary for Peace in Security where he oversees the governments National Advocacy on Violent Extremism and Insurgency
He is actively engage in the security sector as well as represents the department in the different committees of the Anti-Terrorism Council, National Security Council and National Peace and Order Council.
He has been actively participating and involve in various Anti-Terrorism/PCVE Workshops and Conferences in the Philippines as well as overseas.
Alpha is the son of Curtis Cheng who was tragically shot by a 15-year old extremist outside NSW Police Headquarters in Parramatta in October 2015. Since then Alpha has become a vocal advocate for gun control and speaking out against racism hate and prejudice. He is a champion for intercultural education and has delivered keynote addresses for organisations such as Courage to Care, Together for Humanity and the Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Steiner Education Centre. Alpha is currently on a speakers’ circuit Generation Next, using his personal story to highlight the links between crime, mental health and violent extremism for vulnerable young people and communities in Australia.
She is a member of the Board of Regents of Mindanao State University (MSU) and previously a member of the Board of the Mindanao Development Authority. She is one of the leading Muslim leaders in the Philippines working to strengthen peace and development as well as promote human rights, justice and democratic practices in Muslim Mindanao. She has spearheaded the organizing and capacity-building of Muslim women, particularly those who teach in the madrasah, for peace-building and prevention of violent extremism. Her efforts led to the establishment of the Noorus Salam (Light of Peace), an organisation of Muslim women active in Marawi, Iligan, Maguindanao, Tawitawi, Zamboanga City, and NCR.
She has written & edited several books on the Mindanao conflict, Islam, and democracy such as Broken Peace? Assessing the 1996 GRP-MNLF Final Peace Agreement and The Radicalisation of Muslim Communities in Southeast Asia.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of the Philippines, an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management, and a master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
She was a member of the Philippine cabinet under former president Fidel V. Ramos, serving as presidential advisor on Youth Affairs and appointed concurrently as the first chair of the National Youth Commission (NYC), which she organized. In addition, she has served as commissioner of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women, representing Muslims; as a board member of the Philippine National Oil Corporation (PNOC) and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP); and as founding director of the Local Government Guarantee Corporation (LGGC).
In 2007, she received the Muslim Democrat of the Year Award from the Washington, DC-based Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) and is recognized as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims by the Royal Aal al-Bayt Foundation of Jordan.
André Duvillard completed his studies in jurisprudence at the University of Neuchâtel in 1987. Then, he served as delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Iraq, Israel and Lebanon. From 1991 to 1997, he served as secretary of the Security Policy Committees (SiK) in the Parliamentary Services. From 1997 to 2012, he was employed by the police force of the canton of Neuchâtel; first as as deputy commander, and from 2005 on as police superintendent.
Archana believes in information as a vital tool for improving governance, inclusion and empowering communities. She runs a community radio in the most backward district of India, Mewat in the state of Haryana. Her radio serves as a platform to build resilient communities by providing an opportunity to everyone to share their voices and concerns in the predominantly Muslim community, where it operates. The radio is invested in capacity building of people, particularly women and children, to make the right choice and fight gender based violence too.
Archana’s work is focused on the minority regions of Assam, a state in the north-eastern part of India, Maoism impacted areas of Jharkhand, extremism impacted Kashmir and in backward and Muslim area of Haryana, some of the most challenging geographies in India. She is committed to look for local solutions for the global problem of violent extremism and build ambassadors of peace all along.
SMART, under Archana’s leadership has set up Mother Support Groups in conflict zones across India, to help women move beyond victimhood and become mediators, educators, care-givers and supporters. By encouraging the mothers to speak and share, she has provided a platform to build understanding and peace within communities: Mothers on Air. She has produced 30 podcasts on why mothers want peace from the insurgency impacted regions of both Pakistan and India.
Archana is a three-time national award winner for her work on community radio in India.
Brahmpreet believes that the voices of young people are always present, so it is not the matter of giving young people a voice but more importantly the matter of listening to them. As a former elected youth councillor, she has had the opportunity to scrutinise and work collaboratively with her local decision-makers. This includes the city mayor, deputy mayor and local police crime commissioner and mostly as a result of the consultation process for the closure of youth centres. Furthermore, Brahmpreet has had the honour to work with the local counter terrorism department – PREVENT – in researching the meaning of radicalisation and the cultural and religious barriers prevent faces.
Nationally, she is a former dispatch box speaker who spoke about the position of international youth, and democracy at the House of Commons London. Whilst Brahmpreet has also been part of a Youth Select Committee on racism and religious discrimination, this enquiry stemmed from the local “Don’t hate, educate” project, which was about breaking misconceptions of various religion and identities.
Currently, Brahmpreet is working with the UK Youth Parliament on organising various events and conventions for her local region, the East Midlands, whilst studying Government and Politics, Sociology and English Literature.
Mr. Rosand’s op-eds, blogs, reports, and articles on a range of CT and CVE topics have appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Time, Just Security, Lawfare, War on the Rocks, The Hill, Order from Chaos, the Baltimore Sun, and the Global Observatory.
He graduated from Haverford College (BA), Columbia Law School (JD), and Cambridge University (LLM with honours).
Mr. Sobhan has authored articles and publications on international affairs, international security, countering radicalisation and violent extremism. His research includes issues related to regional cooperation, security, radicalisation, terrorism, counter-terrorism, preventing and countering violent extremism. His presentations at national, regional and international seminars and conferences have included the following topics: “SAARC: Towards Meaningful Cooperation”; “India-Bangladesh Relations”; “Bangladesh-Myanmar Relations; “Bangladesh-China Relations”, “Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) through Strategic Communications”; “Role of Civil Society in CVE”; “The Role of Women in CVE”; “The Role of Media in CVE”; “The Boat Migrant Crisis of South and Southeast Asia”; “Countering Radicalisation in Bangladesh; “The Role of the Private Sector in CVE” presented at Australia’s Regional Summit to Counter Violent Extremism; “Countering ISIL Radicalisation Modalities Globally and in South Asia”, “Regional workshop on Countering Violent Extremism in Asia through Development Assistance”, and “Territorial Demise of ISIS: Implications for South Asia”.
Mr. Sobhan has a MA degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and a BA degree in International Studies from George Mason University in USA. He is an alumnus of the Near East and South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies of the National Defence University in Washington D.C., USA.
Mr. Sobhan has been interviewed by New York Times, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Xinhua News, China Central Television Network (CCTN), Channel News Asia, and Yomiuri Shimbun, among others. His articles have been published in the Nikkei Asian Review, the Council for Asian Terrorism Research (CATR), Macquarie University, Australia, the Daily Star, Dhaka Tribune and Dhaka Courier, among others.
His work experience includes positions with major international organizations and companies – such as UNDP, RTI International, etc. He also has a passion to teach and has served as lecturer at the Victory University College in Pristina, American University in Kosovo, Dalhousie University and Mount Saint Vincent University. Between 2009 and 2012, Tony served a Research Fellow at the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies & EU Centre of Excellence (Dalhousie University). Currently, he serves as a Senior Fellow at the Kosovo Public Policy Center and is pursuing his PhD studies in Political Science at the University of Alberta on a SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Scholarship. His wife Nora, daughters Fiona and Olsa, and he live in Edmonton, Alberta.
He was a former Journalist at both the Trinidad Express and Trinidad Guardian Newspaper. During the period of 1995-2010 Mr. Gopaul Boodhan served as the Managing Director of his family Business in Advertising, Public Relations, Imaging and Allied Communications.
Mr. Gopaul Boodhan completed several courses in Project Management, Human Resource Development, Protocol and Diplomacy. Management Courses, at the University of the West Indies as well as Governance, from The Hague Institute of Local Government, Hague, Holland. Mr. Boodhan also completed the Seminar on Economic Cooperation and Mutual Development for Developing Countries at the Academy for International Business Officials in Beijing, China.
Presently Mr. Boodhan continues to pursue a Master’s Degree in Leading Innovation and Change at the York St. John University, UK, at the Robert Kennedy School.
Over the past 30 years Greg has undertaken extensive research on politics and society in Indonesia, and to a lesser extent Malaysia, especially of the role of Islam as both a constructive and a disruptive force. He has been active in the inter-faith dialogue initiatives and has a deep commitment to building understanding of Islam and Muslim society. The central axis of his research interests is the way in which religious thought, individual believers and religious communities respond to modernity and to the modern nation state. He also has a strong general interest in international relations and comparative international politics and democratisation. He has a particular interest in security studies and human security in countering violent extremism. He continues to research the offshoots of Jemaah Islamiyah, al-Qaeda, ISIS and related radical Islamist movements. Since 2016 Greg has been leading the Home Affairs’ Southeast Asian Network of Civil Society Organisations working together against extremism (SEAN-CSO).
Greg is a frequently interviewed by the Australian and international electronic and print media on Islam, Islamic and Islamist movements, security and terrorism around the world, and on Southeast Asia and the politics of the Muslim world.
Under Gulmina’s leadership, IL has conducted intensive research on topics related to media responsibility and freedom, governance, human rights, youth development, violent extremism and etc. Under her supervision, IL recently implemented youth development initiatives including capacity building of youth on the themes of human rights, civic education and leadership. The initiatives targeted youth (at risk) from different cities.
Gulmina has developed a number of political advocacy campaigns and has also penned a report documenting the experience of women parliamentarians titled, “Women Parliamentarians: Swimming against the tide” as well as an impetus report on the need for reforms in the Election Commission of the country titled “Conducting elections for truly public representatives” as well as another report titled Power to the grassroots or grass without roots? “Revisiting Reservations” and “Re-examining Federalism in Pakistan”.
– Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan: M.Phil Psychology 2001-2003
– Peshawar University, Pakistan: M.Sc (Psychology) 1998-2000
Hamzah is also an active participant in the interfaith dialogue in Norway.
Prior to joining the organisation, she previously worked under the Research and News Monitoring team of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process wherein she handled the operations of both Luzon and Mindanao based teams.
Hazri was formerly the deputy country representative in The Asia Foundation’s Malaysia office. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as a consultant with several think tanks and public policy consulting firms internationally as well as in Malaysia. Hazri is known for his civil society development efforts in Malaysia, particularly in the area of human rights and democracy. He has worked in twelve Asian countries to promote democratization efforts, namely in Indonesia, East Timor (now Timor-Leste), Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Taiwan, and his home country, Malaysia.
In 2004, Hazri managed the only International Election Observation Mission for the Afghanistan Presidential Election and deployed 45 long-term and short-term observers to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. This marked the first time an election observation team was allowed to observe an electoral process in Iran. Herizal Hazri has published three books on election observation and electoral politics: Report of the Indonesian Legislative and Presidential Election 2003-2004, Afghanistan Presidential Election 2004, and Politics of the Straits: An Observation of the Taiwan Legislative Election. He served as a member of the International Contact Group (ICG) for the peace process in Mindanao where he assisted the Malaysian Government’s facilitator to the peace process, the Mindanao Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel, as well as the Government of Philippines peace panel from 2009-2014. He has been widely quoted on issues such as countering violent extremism, peace processes, and development economics, as well as contemporary ASEAN issues. He has received fellowships on economics, politics, and democracy from Stanford University and the International Monetary Fund. In 2007, Hazri was a recipient of the prestigious Chevening Scholarship to read International Political Economy at the University of London.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Economic Development, with honours, from the University of Malaya, master’s degree in Global Politics from the University of London.
Currently, he works as a public relations consultant for Mayor of Irbid Greater municipality as well as official media spokesman for the municipality, Jordan.
MR. AL-Hawary previously served as Director of the Office of the Mayor and Director of the Public Relations Department.
MR. AL-Hawary is the focal point of Irbid Strong cities prevention violence extremism network. He is well-known as “social activist” and he is Member of local peace and safety council as well as a number of charitable and community based organisations, voluntary and cultural organisations.
Her current research is focused on three areas of relevance to the broader Women, Peace and Security agenda: Understanding the political economy of violence against women, including sexual and gender-based violence in conflict in Asia Pacific; Examining the gender dimensions and women’s roles in recruitment, support for and prevention of violent extremism and; Analysing gender-sensitive peace agreements and their impact on women’s participation after conflict. This research is funded by the Australian Research Council, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the United Nations. Her book, The Political Economy of Violence Against Women (Oxford, 2012) won the American Political Science Association’s 2012 biennial prize for the best book in human rights, the British International Studies Association International Political Economy book prize in 2013, and the 2015 biennial Australian Political Science Association’s Carole Pateman book prize for gender and politics. She recently edited the volume Scandalous Economics: The Politics of Gender and Financial Crises (Oxford, 2016) with Aida Hozic and is co-editor with Sara Davies of the Oxford Handbook on Women, Peace and Security (2018).
Joshua currently sits on the Australian Federal Attorney-General Department’s Panel of Experts for Countering Violent Extremism and the Victorian Government’s Department of Premier and Cabinet Expert Reference Group for the Research Institute on Social Cohesion (RIOSC).
Joshua was a Visiting Scholar at the East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School 2014-16 where he worked on research related to Sharia in Indonesia and remains the Australian Editor of the Harvard Law School SHARIA source database. Prior to this he was a visiting scholar at the Graduate Centre, City University of New York and Hagop Kervorkian Centre for Near Eastern Studies at New York University whilst conducting research on Islamic law and legal practice in global cities.
An authority on Islam in Western contexts, Joshua is the founder of the New Directions in Islam series with Palgrave Macmillan. He has researched and published extensively on topics including the centrality of masculinity to Islamic State recruitment narratives, western foreign fighters, citizenship and multiculturalism, legal pluralism, Islamic law, political Islam and more recently, the emergence of global populist movements and their relationship with organised religion. His most recent book was titled Political Islam and Masculinity: Muslim Men in Australia (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) whilst his forthcoming book is tilted The New Demagogues: Religion, Masculinity and the New Populism (Oxon: Routledge, 2019).
Joshua has been interviewed for national and international media outlets including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Deutsche Welle, The Jakarta Post, Asia Correspondent SBS World News and The Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
He is the current Secretary of the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies and a commissioned Officer in the Infantry Corps of the Australian Army Reserve.
Mrs. Silyan-Saba has conducted trainings with the U.S. Department of State on community-law enforcement partnerships in both Nepal and India. She has also been featured as an expert speaker at national and international conferences, academic publications, and on media outlets.
Mrs. Silyan-Saba is the recipient of the 2017 Citizen Diplomat of the Year Award from the International Visitors of Los Angeles (IVCLA). She earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement and received her M.A in Negotiation and Conflict Management at California State University Dominguez Hills, where she served an Adjunct Assistant Professor.
Kate is also the co-founder and Chief Impact Officer of STREAT, a Melbourne-based social enterprise (www.STREAT.com.au). For almost a decade STREAT has been providing vocational training, tailored and holistic support, along with supported work experience to a diverse range of marginalised and at-risk youth, including those in the justice system. Kate is committed to supporting young people through direct engagement in the STREAT programs, as well by capacity building within the community sector. She advises on extremism, disengagement and reintegration, as well as early interventions for risky and at-risk young people. The key to disengagement from violent extremism, as with many other self-destructive trajectories, is engagement elsewhere in a way that is meaningful to the young person.
A historian by background, Associate Professor Ramakrishna has been a frequent speaker on counter-terrorism before local and international audiences, a regular media commentator on counter-terrorism, and an established author in numerous internationally refereed journals. His first book, Emergency Propaganda: The Winning of Malayan Hearts and Minds 1948-1958 (2002) was described by the International History Review as “required reading for historians of Malaya, and for those whose task is to counter insurgents, guerrillas, and terrorists”. His second major book, Radical Pathways: Understanding Muslim Radicalisation in Indonesia (2009) was featured as one of the top 150 books on terrorism and counterterrorism in the respected journal Perspectives on Terrorism, which identified Associate Professor Ramakrishna as “one of Southeast Asia’s leading counterterrorism experts”. His most recent books are Islamist Terrorism and Militancy in Indonesia: The Power of the Manichean Mindset (2015), Original Sin? Revising the Revisionist Critique of the 1963 Operation Coldstore in Singapore (2015), and Singapore Chronicles: Emergency (2016).
As first time Mayor of Marawi City, Atty. Gandamra began governance and public service reforms in his city with a commitment to improve the waste management and mobility situation. He also initiated the paving of new roads linking Marawi’s far-flung barangays to the city proper, heightened security in the barangay level by improving the BPAT and the City PNP, improved existing social welfare programs like basic medical services, and initiated new ones. In response to the Marawi City siege, the City Government under his helm launched the City Humanitarian Response and Coordination Center, which has been leading the City’s humanitarian activities since the beginning of the siege, enabling the City Government to keep in constant touch with the displaced Marawi City residents scattered in Lanao del Sur and other nearby areas. Currently, he is actively coordinating with various government and non- government agencies in the task of rebuilding Marawi City.
Prior to his stint as local chief executive, Atty. Gandamra served as a Legislator/Assemblyman of the 1st District of Lanao del Sur. He also once worked at the Commission on Audit as State Auditor and later on as Attorney IV. He is also a member of different civic organisations which eventually facilitated his work as a public servant. Among his advocacies include proper education of the young (as a means to fight against extremism), honest and clean livelihood among the people, better care and services for the elderly, eradication of vices, peace and order, environmental conservation, and
sustainable economic development, among many others.
Atty. Gandamra’s law practice includes a broad range of clients and concerns. This includes, but is not limited to, legal counselling, negotiating, documentation of various arrangements, and consultancy work. He is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Alpha Phi Omega, and the Masons.
As a member of the League of Mayors in the Philippines, Atty. Gandamra is the focal person for Muslim Affairs, and constantly ensures that policies and resolutions made by the group are in touch with the cultural sensitivities inherent among the Muslim ethnolinguistic groups in the country.
Atty. Gandamra is the ninth of the 12 children of Sultan Camid Gandamra Sr. and Bae Saira Usman. He is married to Princess Pala Amera Lantao with whom he is blessed with six children. He enjoys basketball games in his free time. He is a graduate of Philippine School of Business Administration and of the Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) Law School.
He holds a BA in Public Law from the University of Tunis El Manar and the Higher Cycle Diploma of the National School of Administration (ENA) of Tunis.
The National Counterterrorism Commission of Tunisia is a strategy, coordination, regulatory, outreach and advisory body under the supervision of the Presidency of Government created by the CT Law of August the 7th, 2015.
Served as a topnotch City Councillor for two terms and Vice Mayor. In 2007, she was elected member of the House of Representatives and headed the delegation to the Australian Political Exchange. She was one of the principal authors of Republic Act 9710, the Magna Carta of Women. She then became the youngest and only woman Deputy Speaker in the 15th Philippine Congress. These roles enabled her to continue her grandmother Isabel’s legacy, who was a suffragist in championing the Women’s right to vote.
She became the 2nd Lady Mayor of Zamboanga City. Three months into her leadership, she faced her biggest challenge, the 2013 Zamboanga Siege, a Humanitarian Crisis as declared by the United Nations. She rallied the City, and led a unified effort towards its rebuilding and rehabilitation- building back a better Zamboanga.
In 2016, she was appointed by President Duterte as Chairperson of the Regional Peace and Order Council IX. Under her watch, Zamboanga City, one of the largest cities in the country with almost a million people, was adjudged as the Most Improved City in the country. In 2017, Mayor Climaco was recognized as the Most Outstanding Mayor in the Philippines by the Federation of Local Councils for Women.
Security, Health and Education are her priorities.
The team’s work includes innovative and internationally acclaimed research and highly regarded programmes that seek to prevent radicalisation and counter-extremism in over 25 countries. Programmatic work includes the Institute’s international education programme, Generation Global; work supporting leaders in Nigeria and Egypt; and the development of new pilot projects, including one that works with young women from British communities affected by extremism.
Matthew has overseen the development of the Institute’s research team, which focuses on understanding and addressing the role of religious ideology in extremism. The team also invests heavily in the monitoring and evaluation of its programmes, both informing the development of those programmes and providing new opportunities for research and understanding.
Matthew speaks regularly on issues relating to extremism and radicalisation, and has authored articles and papers on the topic. He leads the Institute’s advocacy and policy work in the field, in particular the role education reform can play in addressing the threat of radicalisation.
Before becoming director of programmes at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation in 2013, Matthew spent 15 years in the investment-banking industry, most recently as a director at Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan Cazenove. He has a long involvement with several education, health, and faith-based charities and initiatives.
Matthew is a member of the Institute’s Executive Committee and sits on the Board of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), based in Geneva.
Maye is member of the scientific commission of the International Dakar Forum on Peace and Security in Africa and of the Advisory Council of the African Forum for urban security (AFUS). Maye holds a Master’s degree in Political Science in Risk Management and a Master’s Degree in Political Science in Conflict Regulation in Public Spaces.
He is running the Local development unit in Zarqa municipality, Jordan. Mr. Zawahreh is working for Zarqa municipality since 1990. He participated in several regional and international conferences of various issues. Mr. Zawahreh is the focal point of Zarqa Strong cities prevention violence extremism network. Also he is the chairman of independent trade union of municipalities workers and founder of Zarqa city youth council (Youth imitative), that aims to engage youth in local issues, support governance and enhance dialogue through youth.
Sheikh Mohammad has been a vocal opponent of violent extremism and terrorism in whatever faith form it finds itself. With practical leadership in the greatest refugee crisis since World War II, he provides an insider’s view and analysis of Lebanon and the Syria crisis. Many US leaders are sceptical of cooperation with Muslims given the challenges of religious extremism. While Sheikh is a self-identified Islamic conservative, he contradicts common stereotypes. Sheikh Mohammad is a great resource for understanding how an Islamic view of human rights and religious freedom contributes to the well-being of all Muslims and their neighbours.
He has published 18 books and many studies and researches in Arabic related to issues of: Jihad and Islamic extremism, peace Building and reconciliation from an Islamic perspective, contemporary Islamic thought, law, and Islamic-Christian dialogue. Three of his books were translated into English: The America I have seen (Sponsored by “World Vision”, USA), Copenhagen in Arabic eyes (Sponsored by “Danmission”, Denmark), and From The Heart of the Syrian Crisis (Sponsored by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Germany).
He is married to Safaa El Saleh and has three young children.
My mission is to enhance peaceful mechanisms in a community that is led by Women and youth leaders, in achieving security resolutions 2250 and 1325 respectively.
He is President of Youth Initiatives Association, which works across the Biqaa valley in East Lebanon on youth engagement and peace-building. Nidal studied Political Science at the Lebanese University.
Ashoka, a global social entrepreneur organisation awarded him as Ashoka Fellow 2013 for his social innovation on civic engagement.
He made two documentary films: Jihad Selfie (2016) and The Bride (2018) and two books: My Friend the Terrorist? (2010) and Escape from Raqqa (Forthcoming).
His PhD on masculinity among the Indonesian foreign fighters at Monash University on Australian Award Scholarship will be submitted this year.
Philip holds a B.A. Sociology/Geography from Kenyatta University, Kenya and a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from the American Military University, USA.
Prior to joining ICSR, he travelled independently for over three years through Latin America, the Middle East, and South Asia. This involved a year in the Levant during the ‘Arab Spring’, including time in Syria at the onset of the anti-government protests in March 2011. He has also worked professionally to plan expeditions and community projects throughout the developing world.
Influenced by his parent’s commitment to public service, Robin gained an understanding of the needs of communities in the northern suburbs; which has a very large proportion of people who were born overseas. Interaction with family members from China, Japan and the West Indies provided him with a very personal insight into how multicultural communities function both in their public and private capacities.
This appreciation inspired Robin into public life and he is honoured to serve as the Minister for Multicultural Affairs.
The ability to highlight the needs of marginalised communities has prepared Robin well to be a key representative of the multicultural community in the State Cabinet. Most recently in the state budget, he has secured a record investment for multicultural communities, expanding the programs and outreach capacity of the state government to address the particular needs of our settled and establish multicultural communities but also our newest migrant groups.
Robin believes in creating a community where diversity is not just tolerated, but fully celebrated, by all who choose to call Victoria home.
“By ensuring that everyone is given an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution and participate in our decision-making processes, we will enrich Victoria and we will all benefit.”
Robin is also a self-confessed ‘cricket tragic’.
Over the past 3 years he has been supporting a number of tech partners, civil society, media, and non-traditional actors to tackle intolerance and hate speech, with a particular focus on public-private partnerships and developing innovative research approaches to better inform and evaluate the impact of P/CVE interventions.
Ruici will serve as the senior strategic communications advisor for a upcoming donor-funded CVE project in Indonesia. His academic work at the University of Chicago and Georgetown University focused on identity politics and extremism in Indonesia.
He is a social activist and member of a number of charitable and community based organisations in Karak.
Suzanne Baker joined West Midlands Police in 1995 and has worked in various roles in my 23 years’ service, including Criminal Investigation, Public Protection & Neighbourhood Policing.
She is currently Deputy Head of the Prevent portfolio at West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit(WMCTU). This work focuses on five core elements; Consequence Management, Contact officer provision, safeguarding, community resilience and prevent case management.
Prior to taking on the above role Suzanne was a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) in Investigations at WMCTU. Whilst in this role she was the SIO for several high profile terrorist investigations working alongside their main partner, MI5.
Suzanne is married to Richard, who is a Chief Superintendent in West Midlands Police. They have three daughters, Emily age 16, Sophie age 15 and Lily Rose age 6. To relax and de stress she enjoys running, HIIT gym sessions and spinning. She also loves travelling and skiing.
Thomas is currently working on developing indicators of violence and conflict derived from large event databases. His other research interests include the link between corruption and violence, governance and conflict, and long-term cycles in political violence and conflict.
His particular interest is in exploring the development, implementation and evaluation of public policy to respond to violent extremism.
Tim was elected as a local Councillor for the City of Waverley in 1992 and then as a State Member of Parliament in 1999.
He was Minister for Police in Victoria in November 2005 when the most significant terrorist arrests in Australia were carried out in Melbourne and was also the Minister responsible for the Corrections system during the initial incarceration of those arrested.
As Minister for Emergency Services, Tim was responsible for the roll-out of new assets acquired as a consequence of the 9/11 attacks and the establishment of the State Emergency Service (VicSES) as a statutory authority. He was Victoria’s representative on the National Police Ministerial Council and the National Emergency Services Ministerial Council both of which coordinated national efforts to respond to the threat of terror attacks.
During his time as Finance Minister, Tim had a unique insight into whole-of-government responses to managing risk across the Victorian Public Sector.
In 2006 Tim travelled to the US as a guest of the State Department to review emergency response nationally and in several US States. His professional travel has also taken him to Israel, Iraq, Lebanon, all of the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Nigeria and Ethiopia.
Tim retired from Parliament in 2013.
He has a Bachelor of Laws from Melbourne University and a Masters in Advanced Global Studies from SciencesPo in Paris.
In February, 2018 Tim was appointed as a Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies within the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy at King’s College, London.
He teaches two modules, ‘A History of Terrorism and CVE in the UK’ and ‘Xtreme Hate: the Links between Hate Crime and Extremism’, for the University of Leicester Criminology Dept. He also teaches on their Hate Crime CPD course.
Will has been a consultant for the Office for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and is a member of the EU-funded Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Europe. He has been involved in the Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF) and has consulted on behalf of EU member states to inform their responses to countering violent extremism from the perspectives of national and local government, Police and civil society. He has been enlisted by several Governments to assist with their development of CVE programmes, including the Netherlands, Malta and Kazakhstan and was the UK representative for the 2015 UN General Assembly Youth Summit in New York.
He is currently the Leicester City Prevent Strategy Coordinator in the UK where he manages multiple CVE projects that focus on youth and female participation, far-right extremism, social media counter narratives and street-based outreach and interventions.