Advisory Board Members

Ken Pennington

Advisor – United Kingdom


Mr Ken Pennington is a retired Superintendent Police, Northern Ireland and an independent consultant on policing, counter-terrorism and human rights. He has vast experience in counter-terrorism and security-related issues. Mr Pennington has served as Commander of Counter Terrorism and Public Order.…

Asher Ben Artzi

Advisor - Israel


Asher Ben Artzi is a retired Chief Superintendent of Israeli Police and is the former director of INTERPOL of the Israel National Police (INP). He served 34 years in the INP (Israel National Police) and the ISA (Shin Bet- Israel…

Khalid Muhammad

Advisor - Pakistan


Khalid is the Director General of Command Eleven, a security and defence think tank in Pakistan. As the Director General and Founder, Khalid Muhammad has brought his 27 years of international experience together to build his team to deliver comprehensive,…

Imam Ariff Abi Bakr Olla

Advisor on Islamic Theology - UK


Shaykh Ariff is an Imam, lecturer, Islamic scholar, academic researcher and a writer. He is a passionate student in Islamic knowledge with over ten years of extensive involvement in various disciplines, recognized by two senior professors. Advocating respect for well-founded…

Management Team

Noor Dahri

Founder & Executive Director


Mr. Noor Dahri is the Founder and Executive Director of ITCT and also the Director of Counter-Terrorism at Command Eleven, a national security and defence think tank in Pakistan. Noor was born and raised in Pakistan. He has studied Forensics and…

Faran Jeffery

Deputy Director & Head of South Asia Desk - (Pakistan)


Faran Jeffery is the Deputy Director and Head of South Asia desk on terrorism at ITCT. He is a South Asia-based expert on counter-terrorism, counter-extremism and security-related matters. He closely monitors Jihadist groups in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, especially Islamic State…

ITCT Analysts and Experts

Faran Jeffery

Deputy Director & Head of South Asia Desk - (Pakistan)


Faran Jeffery is the Deputy Director and Head of South Asia desk on terrorism at ITCT. He is a South Asia-based expert on counter-terrorism, counter-extremism and security-related matters. He closely monitors Jihadist groups in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, especially Islamic State…

Jasmine Opperman

Associate - Counter-terrorism - Africa Desk (South Africa)


Jasmine Opperman is Director of Africa Desk at Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC). Jasmine’s areas of expertise include methodological risk analysis and the management of intelligence processes (operations, counter intelligence, covert activities and analysis). Jasmine is qualified as a risk…

Irfan Peci

Analyst - Counter-terrorism - Europe Desk (Germany)


Irfan Peci is originally from Yugoslavia; his family fled the Yugoslavian Civil War in 1991 and escaped to Germany. As he was growing up in Germany, he was recruited by Al-Qaeda and later became a senior member of the German…

Tahir Mehmood

Expert on Dynamic and Scientific Methodology of Counter Terrorism – Europe Desk (Norway)


Mr Mehmood is a researcher and expert in the field of radicalisation and terrorism, Tahir Mahmood has been attached to national projects in Norway, working as a consultant, developer and project director. With studies in CAD/CAM, Process Engineering and Commerce,…

M. Farooq

Analyst - Counter-terrorism - South Asia Desk (Pakistan)


Mr M. Farooq has vast experience in Counter Terrorism in Pakistan. He has nearly thirty-one years of experience in Journalism as a Counter Terrorism expert. He has collaborated as a CT researcher with numerous government security departments such as police…

Musa Khan Jalalzai

Senior Analyst – EU Intelligence – Europe Desk (UK)


Musa Khan Jalalzai is a journalist and senior research scholar. His intellectual experience is adding up to 20 years extensive research in political analysis, Afghanistan, terrorism, nuclear and biological terrorism, human trafficking, drug trafficking, and intelligence research and analysis. During…

Rachel Avraham

Analyst - Counter-terrorism - Middle East Desk (Israel)


Rachel Avraham is the President of the Dona Gracia Mendes Nasi Centre for Human Rights in the Middle East. She is also a political analyst at the Safadi Centre for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights and a…

Riyadh Al Hamdani

Head of Middle East Desk – (USA)


Riyadh al Hamdani is an expert on the Middle East with emphasis on the Iraq War, corruption, and the Arab Spring. He has academic background in journalism, English and Arabic literature, cinema and TV. He is a highly-developed professional researcher…

Mitchell Gray

Counter-terrorism Analyst - Jihadist networks in USA - US Desk (USA)


Mitchell Gray is an Attorney in Oklahoma City, USA and an adjunct professor of Oil and Gas Principles at Oklahoma City University, USA. Mitchell Gray was a former US Army personnel and served at the rank of Captain in Operation…

DSP Khaled Awan

Analyst - Terrorist Networking – Asia Desk (Pakistan)


Khaled Awan is a serving officer in the position of Deputy Superintendent of Police in Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in Pakistan. He is a qualified counter-terrorism officer and has participated in numerous anti-terrorism operations. Mr. Awan has investigated some high…

Dr. Joan Swart

Senior Analyst – Psychology of Terrorism – Africa Desk (South Africa)


Dr. Joan Swart is a South African psychologist, author, consultant and researcher. Dr. Swart has completed Masters in Forensic Psychology at the HLC-accredited Walden University and a doctorate at the BPPE-approved Eisner Institute for Professional Studies, based in Encino, California.…

Dr. Nancy Kobrin

Senior Analyst – Psychology of Child Terrorism – Middle East Desk (Israel)


Dr. Nancy Kobrin began her academic career after receiving a doctorate in comparative literature, with a focus on the Islamic literature of medieval Spain. A graduate analyst of the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis and a PTSD trauma expert, she taught…

Contributing Writers

Shemrez Nauman Afzal

Contributing Writer - Pakistan


Shemrez is an economist and research analyst specializing in international trade, OSINT, SOCMINT, and the identity association(s) of terrorists and terrorist ideologies. An alumnus of the prestigious Aitchison College Lahore, and graduate of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and University…

Huzaifa Baloch

Contributing Writer - Pakistan


Huzaifa Baloch is an International Relations student at the National Defence University of Pakistan in Islamabad and the Co-Founder of Young Diplomats Pakistan (YDP) where he writes and researches on different contemporary diplomatic problems. He has an ongoing research on…

Anılcan Erdoğan

Contributing Writer - Turkey


Anılcan Erdoğan is a Turkey-based conflict analyst who has graduated in History. He dedicatedly follows military conflicts and social, political, economic and military events in the Middle East. He is also researching global jihadist movements and terrorist activities in the…

 

 

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