Richard Barrett is a Senior Fellow for the Global Center (UK). He is also Director of The Global Strategy Network, a Senior Advisor at the Soufan Group, and a fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington, the Royal United Services Institute in London, and the Centre for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad. He is a former British diplomat and intelligence officer who led the UN monitoring team concerning al-Qaida and the Taliban from 2004 to 2013. Before being appointed to head the monitoring team, he was Director of Global Counter Terrorism Operations in the United Kingdom. London Office

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Rafia Bhulai is a Senior Programs Officer for the Global Center. She conducts research and analysis, manages programs, and helps shape policy related to the Global Center’s work on preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism. Her work focuses on advancing the role of civil society and city-level officials as well as the inclusion of a gender perspective in prevention efforts, particularly in Africa and Asia. Rafia holds an MA from the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University and BA in political science from Florida International University. New York Office

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Michele Cesari is a Senior Fellow for the Global Center. He provides consultancy services to government departments and international and national agencies on strategy design, proposal development, and evaluation of complex programs. With 17 years of international programming and research experience in fragile contexts, including eight years in East Africa, he has designed, managed, and evaluated projects and research initiatives investigating the modus operandi of al-Shabaab and other Islamist militant organizations and their impact on stability, as well as programs engaging multiple armed groups and private sector investment streams. Published in several books and journals, he has an LLB and LLM from Università degli Studi di Urbino ‘Carlo Bo,’ is completing an MBA at Heriot-Watt University, and is a Certified Sustainability Practitioner.

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Danielle Cotter is a Senior Analyst for the Global Center. She focuses on the Global Center’s research and programming related to anti–money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT), particularly in countries in the Greater Horn of Africa and the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). She has contributed writing and analysis to reports on AML/CFT issues and countering violent extremism and works on capacity-building programs with a focus on developing economies. She holds a BA in international relations with an East Asia focus from Tufts University. Washington DC Office

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Naureen Chowdhury Fink is a Senior Fellow with the Global Center, focusing on the international and multilateral response to terrorism and the role of the United Nations and its partners. Previously, she worked for the International Peace Institute, where she developed the counterterrorism portfolio and published on international efforts to promote deradicalization and countering violent extremism, regional counterterrorism cooperation in South Asia, terrorism and political violence in Bangladesh, and the UN counterterrorism program. She has worked closely with the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate on developing its initiatives in South Asia and with the Middle East Programme in Chatham House and the World Intellectual Property Organization and World Trade Organization in Geneva. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and an MA in war studies from King’s College London.

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Christopher Dean is a Senior Fellow for the Global Center (UK), a chartered and registered forensic psychologist, and director of Identify Psychological Services Ltd., providing specialist psychological services to counter violent extremism. From 2008 to 2015, he was a member and then head of a specialist team in the National Offender Management Service of England and Wales, which has pioneered the development of innovative, evidence-based assessments and interventions to counter violent extremism. He has developed and informed policies, processes, and research to identify and address prison radicalization, effectively manage extremist offenders, and successfully reintegrate them into society. He has provided consultancy and training for government departments, agencies, and correctional services and academia, and has authored a number of papers and book chapters in his areas of expertise. He is an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Scientist. London Office

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David Dews is a Programs Associate for the Global Center (UK). He primarily works on the implementation of programs focused on the detention and reintegration of violent extremist offenders and countering violent extremism. Previously, David was contracted to work in an intelligence capacity to help safeguard charities against terrorism and extremism. He also has a background in conflict prevention, including developing training on peacebuilding processes at the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre. He holds a bachelors degree in Social Policy and Politics from the University of Edinburgh and a masters in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden. London Office

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Gavin Durbin is a Senior Fellow for the Global Center, working on the Global Center’s anti–money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) programming. He has 14 years of experience in senior roles in the field of financial intelligence and AML/CFT. At the Australian financial intelligence unit (AUSTRAC), he developed law enforcement and intelligence agencies’ capacities on the operations and ML/TF vulnerabilities for money value transfer operators, and was in charge of outreach to Australia’s 15,000 reporting entities and the implementation of Australia’s 2006 AML/CFT Act. In 2009, he was appointed Senior Manager of AUSTRAC’s International Technical Assistance and Training team, which collaborates with bodies such as the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti Money Laundering Group, the East African Community, and the United Nations to provide technical assistance on topics such as the Financial Action Task Force’s risk based approach, anti-corruption and asset seizure, and the operational development of financial intelligence units. Since leaving AUSTRAC, Gavin has continued providing capacity building support in sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, and the Middle-East as Executive Director of AML Solutions International.

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Tracey Durner is a Senior Analyst for the Global Center. She specializes in financial inclusion issues, including anti–money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) and bank de-risking. Focusing on the Greater Horn of Africa region in particular, she has co-authored and contributed to reports on countering violent extremism and AML/CFT topics and assisted in the design and implementation of regional capacity-building programs. She holds a BA in international affairs and political science from Northeastern University. New York Office

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Sebastien Feve is Director of the London office and Senior Analyst at the Global Center (UK), where he manages research and programming activities related to countering violent extremism (CVE) and counterterrorism. A former Senior Manager at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue focused on global strategy and programming development, he founded the Strong Cities Network, the first global network of local authorities working to counter violent extremism, launched at the UN General Assembly. He also oversaw a multilateral governmental network responsible for CVE strategy development across the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden, in cooperation with the European Commission and the Counter-terrorism Coordinator at the Council of the European Union. He previously worked as an analyst for the Violence and Extremism Program at Demos. He holds an MSc in international public policy from University College London. London Office

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Todd Harland is a Senior Fellow for the Global Center, working on the Global Center’s anti–money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) programming. His career spans across multiple areas, including AML/CFT compliance, capacity building and training, law enforcement, intelligence, counterterrorism, and foreign government assistance. A graduate of the Queensland Police Academy in Australia, he served with distinction for 15 years before fulfilling various counterterrorism roles with the Australian Government. Among them, he oversaw counterterrorism security networks for Australian airlines, airports, and seaports before moving to the Australian financial intelligence unit (AUSTRAC), where he managed organized crime intelligence operations across the country as Manager of the Tactical Analysis and Support Team. In addition to Australian-based compliance work, Todd has provided AML/CFT technical assistance and training throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern and Southern Africa for the past four years in his role as Chief Executive Officer of AML Solutions International.

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Jason Ipe is Deputy Director for the Global Center. He is responsible for oversight of the organization’s programmatic activities. He has provided research and written contributions to numerous book chapters and reports on issues of counterterrorism, money laundering, and nonproliferation. He holds a BA in international relations from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut and an MA in international security policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington DC. Washington DC Office

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Eelco Kessels is Executive Director of the Global Center, overseeing its strategic and organizational direction and daily operations. Additionally, he coordinates research and programming activities related to managing and reintegrating terrorism offenders, identifying and addressing violent extremist radicalization in prisons, countering violent extremism, and rule of law–based approaches to counterterrorism. From 2010 to 2014, he worked as Programme Manager at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. Previously, he was a researcher in counterterrorism at Leiden University and worked for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence in London. He holds a BA (cum laude) in international law and conflict studies from University College Utrecht and an MA (with distinction) in international peace and security from King’s College London. New York Office

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Zeina Khater is a Global Center consultant to the anti–money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) capacity-building project in the Middle East and North Africa region. She has 27 years of experience in banking and has an extensive knowledge of relationship management in the private sector. She has been deeply involved during her career with AML/CFT regulations and best practices. She holds a BA in sociology from Saint Joseph University in Lebanon.

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Melissa Lefas is Director of Criminal Justice and Rule of Law Programs for the Global Center, where she is responsible for overseeing programming and strategic direction for that portfolio. She spent several years managing Global Center programs throughout East Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, the Sahel, and South Asia with a primary focus on human rights, capacity development, and due process in handling terrorism and related cases. Previously, she applied her international, human rights, and immigration legal expertise in fragile and postconflict regions in East Africa and Haiti working for a number of institutions, including the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Additionally, she led development programming for Engineers Without Borders in western and southern Africa. She holds a BS in civil and environmental engineering from McGill University and a JD from the Cardozo School of Law. She is a New York Peace Institute–approved mediator. New York Office

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Alistair Millar is the Howard S. Brembeck Fellow and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Global Center, which he founded in 2004. He is also President of the Fourth Freedom Forum and an adjunct professor at The George Washington University. From 2007 to 2013, he taught graduate-level courses on international security and foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University, where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award for Advanced Academic Programs. He has held lecturing posts at the University of Maryland and conducted trainings on countering violent extremism at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Diplomatic Academy and for the European Union in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He has written numerous chapters, articles, and reports on international security, human rights, and the rule of law, as well as on the nexus between security and development. He is the coauthor, with Eric Rosand, of Allied Against Terrorism: What’s Needed to Strengthen Worldwide Commitment (2006). He holds a BA cum laude from San Francisco State University, an MA from Leeds University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods with distinction from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. Washington DC Office

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Christina Nemr is a Senior Fellow to the Global Center. She works on countering violent extremism (CVE) issues including rehabilitation and reintegration, the role of women in CVE, youth empowerment, counter-narratives, and the nexus between development and CVE. She spent five years with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism where she was a founding member of the CVE Program with a portfolio of policy and program development, research, and multilateral initiatives. Previously, she worked in the State Department’s U.S. Middle East Partnership Initiative office. She holds a BA in foreign affairs and history from the University of Virginia and an MA in forensic psychology from Marymount University, where she focused on motivations to commit violence. New York Office

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Lara Nonninger is a Programs Officer for the Global Center (UK). She focuses primarily on countering violent extremism and criminal justice and the rule of law issues and provides program assistance in these areas. Previously, Lara interned with the Royal United Services Institute and the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law in Malta. She holds a BA in war studies and history (with distinction) from King’s College London, being awarded the Simon O’Dwyer-Russell Prize for outstanding academic achievement. She also holds an MA in international peace and security (with distinction) from King’s College London. London Office

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Junko Nozawa is a Legal Analyst for the Global Center. She provides research and programming support on criminal justice and rule of law issues with a focus on assisting judiciaries in East Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia to improve their strategies for handling complex criminal cases. In the field of international law, she has contributed to the work of the International Criminal Court, regional human rights courts, and nongovernmental organizations. She holds a BA from the University of Washington in international relations and philosophy, a JD from Washington University School of Law, and an LLM in international human rights and criminal justice from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. New York Office

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Franziska Praxl-Tabuchi is a Programs Associate for the Global Center. She conducts research and contributes to the Global Center’s programs on countering violent extremism. She is also the NGO coordinator for the Prevention Project. Previously she worked for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations and the New York City Council. She holds an MA in Transnational Security from New York University, specializing in counterterrorism and countering violent extremism, and a BA in Social- and Cultural Anthropology from Freie Universität Berlin. New York Office

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Peter Romaniuk is a Senior Fellow for the Global Center. He is an Associate Professor of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York, where he is also Assistant Director of the Center on Terrorism. He is the author of Multilateral Counter-terrorism: The Global Politics of Cooperation and Contestation(2010). His articles have appeared in the Review of International Studies, the International Studies Encyclopedia, and The CPA Journal, as well as in leading volumes on terrorism and counterterrorism, terrorism financing, and multilateral sanctions. He holds a BA (Hons) and LLB (Hons) from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, and an AM and PhD in political science from Brown University. New York Office

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Matthew Schwartz is a Senior Analyst and Head of Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for the Global Center. He focuses on supporting evaluative thinking and organizational learning across the Global Center’s diverse program agendas, and the Global Center’s broader research and programming related to criminal justice, governance, human rights, and the rule of law. He has extensive experience designing, managing, and evaluating international cooperation programs in the greater Horn of Africa, the Sahel, North Africa and the Middle East. Before joining the Global Center, he worked with the UN Security Council’s 1267 Al-Qaida Sanctions Monitoring Team providing research and analytical support, and served as a congressional staffer focusing on constituent services and national policy. He holds an MA in international affairs from the New School University in New York, where he specialized in critical security studies. He holds a BA in political science and history from the State University of New York at Albany. Washington DC Office

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Liat Shetret, CAMS, is Senior Advisor for Financial Integrity Programs at the Global Center and is a former Director of its New York office. She focuses on research, policy formulation, and results-oriented implementation of capacity-building assistance programs in emerging markets. Her practical expertise is in policymaking, financial inclusion, and anti–money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT), and she has award-winning regional experience on these topics across several regions. She has strategically advised on the use of the internet and social media for counterterrorism and countering violent extremism purposes. Previously, she worked at Citigroup in the Global AML/CFT Transformation Team in New York and for the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee in Washington DC. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and holds a BA in political science and psychology from the University of Illinois and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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Biniam Shiferaw Ayalew is a Global Center consultant to the anti–money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) capacity-building project in Ethiopia, preparing a project working manual and training judges, prosecutors, and other stakeholders on AML/CFT issues since 2013. He is the author of Money Laundering, International Crackdown and the Law of Ethiopia (2012). He holds an LLB from Haramaya University and an LLM from Addis Ababa University and was vice dean at Debre Markos University School of Law.

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Patrick Tobin is a Programs Officer for the Global Center. He has provided assistance and research for many projects undertaken by the organization. He has helped plan and organize the Global Center’s various workshops and seminars on criminal justice, multilateral security policy, and financial integrity, including events abroad throughout Europe, Africa, South America, the Middle East, and South Asia. He graduated with a BA in political science from the School of Public Affairs at American University. Washington DC Office

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Scott Townley is Chief Financial Officer for the Global Center, overseeing finance, human resources, and operations. He has over ten years of experience in financial management, nonprofit development, and operations management. He is a certified public accountant and holds a BA in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Washington DC Office

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Tinka M. Veldhuis is a Senior Fellow for the Global Center (UK). She is a researcher in the sociology department at the University of Groningen and a research fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. Her research focuses on the analysis and evaluation of policies on countering violent extremism with a particular focus on prison policies and rehabilitation and reintegration programs for violent extremist offenders. She works with the Global Center’s London office on the development and implementation of training curricula in the areas of managing terrorism offenders, addressing prison radicalization, and reintegrating detainees. She holds a master of science degree (cum laude) and a PhD in sociology from the University of Groningen. London Office

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Stephen White is a Senior Fellow for the Global Center (UK) and a freelance security sector consultant providing training, research, and consultancy since 2010 for numerous governmental and nongovernmental organizations on a range of subjects, including countering violent extremism, community engagement, conflict resolution, leadership, and security sector reform. Formerly a UK Chief Police Officer with 26 years of experience, primarily in Northern Ireland and with the EU Head of Mission (Iraq) for five years, he has authored and coauthored a number of papers in these areas, including “Police Primacy” (2014) and “Countering Violent Extremism: Community Engagement Programmes in Europe” (2012). He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and sits on the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law Police Experts Council. He holds an MSc from Queens University Belfast and a master of studies in criminology from Cambridge University. In 2004 he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to policing – domestic and international. London Office

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Naz Yalbir is an Administrative and Programs Assistant for the Global Center. She provides research and program assistance in the areas of countering violent extremism, financial integrity and inclusion, and criminal justice and rule of law. She also supports office administration and outreach efforts based out of the New York office. She holds an MA in politics and international affairs and a BA in politics and Middle Eastern studies from New York University. New York Office

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