Staff

Sasha Havlicek 

Co-founder/CEO

Sasha is founding Chief Executive Officer of ISD, responsible for the strategic development of the Institute’s programmes as well as heading up research and policy work in our various programme areas.

Farah Pandith 

Senior Advisor

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.

Rashad Ali

Resident Senior Fellow

Rashad Ali is ISD’s Resident Senior Fellow and a counter-terrorism practitioner. He works on deradicalisation initiatives alongside prisons, probation programmes, police and community groups.

Zahed Amanullah

Head of Counter Narratives

Zahed is Head of Counter Narratives at ISD, involved across a range of counter-extremism projects focusing on extremism, radicalisation, counter-terrorism, and community conflict.

Amarnath Amarasingam

Senior Research Fellow

Amarnath is a Senior Research Fellow at ISD. He is also a Fellow at The George Washington University’s Program on Extremism and the Co-Director of a study of Western foreign fighters based at the University of Waterloo.

Sabine Barton

Project Coordinator

Sabine is a project coordinator at ISD, working on the Institute’s Strong Cities Network.

Jonathan Birdwell 

Head of Policy and Research

Jonathan Birdwell is Head of Policy and Research at ISD.

Kelsey Bjornsgaard

Project Coordinator

Kelsey is a project coordinator, focusing on counter-narratives and is responsible for organising ISD’s regional Innovation Labs.

Lauren Borszczowskyj

PA to the CEO and Operations Coordinator

Lauren is responsible for office operations and provides support to the CEO and senior management team.

Chloe Colliver

Programme Associate

Chloe is a programme associate, working on strategic development as well as ISD’s online research and programming.

Jacob Davey

Programme Associate

Jacob is a programme associate at ISD. He is developing projects which examine extremist assaults on cultural heritage as well as working on the One to One initiative.

Moli Dow

Project Coordinator

Moli is a project coordinator at ISD, working on both the Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN) and One to One initiative.

Natasha Hanckel-Spice

Senior Delivery Manager

Natasha is a senior delivery manager working across ISD’s projects and programmes including Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN) and Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI).

Harry Holcroft

Project Coordinator

Harry is a project coordinator at ISD, working on the Strong Cities Network Denmark-MENA exchange programme.

Ben Holman

Finance Coordinator

Ben is Finance Coordinator at ISD. He is responsible for the organisation’s finances and provides support to the operations team.

Daniel Hooton

Project Coordinator

Daniel is a project coordinator at ISD, focusing on the Strong Cities Network.

Sarah Kennedy

Head of Operations

As Head of Operations, Sarah oversees the financial and operational management of the organisation, including HR, legal, governance and finances.

Jas Kirt

Programme Associate

Jas is working as a programme associate at ISD, focusing on the Youth Civil Activism Network.

Caitlin MacDonald

Media and Communications Coordinator

Caitlin is Media and Communications Coordinator. She is responsible for ISD’s digital, media and design presence.

Charlotte Mumford

Programme Associate

Charlotte is a programme associate at ISD and is working on a variety of international counter-extremism initiatives including the Policy Planners Network.

Khadije Nasser

Regional Project Manager

Based in Beirut, Khadije is the Regional Project Manager for the Strong Cities Network Municipality Exchange Project with Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia. She has extensive experience working in the MENA region ranging from the Danish Foreign Service to NGOs. Khadije holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen.

Lucie Parker

Programme Associate

Lucie is programme associate at ISD. Her work focuses on the Extreme Dialogue project, an offline and online education tool aimed for teachers, parents and youth workers to help facilitate safe classroom discussions around extremism and radicalisation.

Louis Reynolds

Policy and Research Coordinator

Louis is Policy and Research Coordinator at ISD. Louis works across the Institute’s educational and research programmes.

Tanya Silverman

Project Coordinator

Tanya is working as a project coordinator on counter-extremism, primarily on the Institute’s Against Violent Extremism network.

Rebecca Skellett

Strong Cities Network Manager

Rebecca is working as a programme manager on the Institute’s Strong Cities Network.

Melanie Smith

Researcher and Project Coordinator

Melanie Smith works across the organisation on a range of research projects, including ISD’s Women and Extremism (WAE) programme and the Countering Lone Actor Terrorism (CLAT) initiative.

Christopher Stewart

Programme Associate

Christopher is a programme associate at ISD, working on the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI).

Henry Tuck

Policy and Research Manager

Henry is working as a programme manager on counter-extremism, primarily on the Institute’s Extreme Dialogue programme.