Dr Fatima Akilu
Based in Abuja, Nigeria, Dr Akilu is a trained psychologist with over 20 years’ experience. She has written research papers on homelessness, ethnicity and its relationship to mental health and was the Chairman of the Editorial Board of a leading Nigerian national newspaper. She was the Head of Communications for the Senior Special Assistant to the Nigerian President on the Millennium Development Goals and, between 2012 and 2015, she pioneered Nigeria’s Countering Violent Extremism programme as the Director for Behavioural Analysis and Strategic Communications at the Office of the National Security Adviser. She is the Executive Director of the Neem Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation founded in response to insecurity in Nigeria.
- Neem Foundation
Richard Barrett CMG OBE
After a 30-year career with the British Government, which included four overseas postings, Richard was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to head the Al Qaida & Taliban Monitoring Team, an international group of experts mandated by the Security Council. Reappointed by successive Secretary-Generals, Richard stayed in this position for nine years. While at the United Nations, he helped found the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, which coordinates all United Nations activity directed against violent extremism.
- Beyond the Caliphate: Foreign Fighters and the Threat of Returnees
Dr Feriha Peracha
Based in Lahore, Pakistan, Dr Peracha is a clinical neuropsychologist. She is the Director and Supervising Psychologist of the Sabaoon Project, a school run by Social Welfare, Academics and Training (SWAaT) for Pakistan that works towards the deradicalisation, rehabilitation and integration of child soldiers involved with the Taliban in the Swat Valley. Dr Peracha is also a Board Member of the Hum Pakistani Foundation and has a private practice in Lahore.
- Deradicalizing, Rehabilitating, and Reintegrating Violent Extremists
Prof Hamed el Said PhD
A Jordanian national and professor of International Business and Political Economy, Prof el Said has worked against violent extremism for governments and international bodies, including at the Arab Thought Forum and the United Nations. He has conducted field research on the conditions conducive to the spread of violent extremism in several areas of the world and has made a particular study of the factors that draw foreign fighters into transnational terrorist organisations. He has authored a number of books and studies, including: New Approaches in Fighting Terrorism: Designing and Evaluating Counter-Radicalisation and De-Radicalisation Programmes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
- A Not-So-Super Supermax