Advisory Board Members

Advisor – USA

Martin Beck Advisor – USA Martin Beck is a former British Army, Operator Special Intelligence. Martin’s military training began at the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre. Career choices and military restructuring led Martin to further train in all pillars of intelligence with specialisations and trade qualifications in communications and imagery analysis, heavily involved and individually…

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Advisor - Israel

Asher Ben Artzi Advisor – Israel Asher Ben Artzi is a retired Chief Superintendent of Israeli Police and a retire higher ranking officer in Shin Bet (Israeli Domestic Intelligence Agency). He is also a former director of INTERPOL of the Israel National Police (INP). He served 34 years in the INP (Israel National Police) in…

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Advisor – UK

Ken Pennington Advisor – UK 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. He has studied many counter-terrorism courses, including the course of…

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Management Team

Deputy Director

Deputy Director Faran Jeffery is Deputy Director at ITCT and Director General Operations and Head Consultant at Midstone Centre for International Affairs (MCIA). He is an independent observer and an expert on counter-terrorism, counter-extremism and security-related matters. He closely monitors jihadist groups in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region and MENA region especially Islamic State and Al-Qaeda allied…

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Executive Director & Head of CHIIS Project- UK

Executive Director & Head of CHIIS Project- UK Noor Dahri is the Executive Director of ITCT. He was born and raised in Pakistan. He has studied Forensics and Criminal Psychology from Oxford – UK, Counter Terrorism from the University of Maryland – U.S.A and also studied Counter Terrorism from International Institute for Counter Terrorism ICT-…

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CHIIS Project Team

CHIIS- Senior Researcher - Sweden

CHIIS- Senior Researcher – Sweden Dr Magnus Norell is an adjunct Scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Washington DC, USA and also a Senior Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD), Brussels, Belgium. He was a Senior Analyst at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), Stockholm, Kista, Sweden and Senior Analyst…

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CHIIS- Researcher – Sweden

CHIIS- Researcher – Sweden Michael Arizanti is an independent researcher and writer. Mr Arizanti was born in the Netherlands, raised in Norway and currently living in Sweden. He has been an important part of the debate on how to deal violence-promoting extremism, how to counter honour-related violence and oppression in Sweden. He is a researcher on…

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CHIIS Researcher – Egypt

CHIIS Researcher – Egypt Mr Abou Bakr works as a Project Manager at Aid Organisation for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (ASSAF) in Israel and worked as a Security Analyst at International Institute for Counter Terrorism (ITCT) from 2015-15. Sako is also a Co-founder of African Student Organisation as well Organisation for African Communities in Israel.…

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CHIIS- Researcher - Italy

CHIIS- Researcher – Italy Giovanni Giacalone is a senior analyst for the Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues and Managing Emergencies-Itstime (Catholic University of Milan) and for of the Kedisa-Center for International Strategic Analysis based in Athens, Greece. From 2014 to 2016, he was an associate researcher for Istituto Studi Politica Internazionale-Ispi’s “Observatory on Terrorism”.…

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ITCT Analysts and Experts

Analyst- UK

Analyst- UK Arturo Morselli is post graduated in Terrorism and Political Violence from University of St Andrews, Scotland and graduated in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at Kings College London. He has graduated in May 2020 with a dissertation project on Salafi Jihadism and a critical analysis of the theological elements in the ideology of the…

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Analyst – Israel

Analyst – 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 and supervised psychiatry residents in Minneapolis, where she had a private practice.…

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Analyst – South Africa

Analyst – 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. She is currently a consultant and researcher at the Apsche Institute, based…

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Analyst- Spain

Analyst- Spain Carmelo is founder of security defense and intelligent consultancy “Parabellum Intelligence Consulting” in Spain. He is a lawyer and analyst of jihadist terrorism and insurgent movements. He holds Masters in Security and Defence from Complutense University of Madrid and a doctoral candidate in Humanities from Almeria University. His PhD study focuses on how…

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Analyst- Israel

Analyst- 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 contributor at the Haym Salomon Centre.Rachel has a vast experience in newspaper industry,…

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Analyst – USA

Analyst – 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 Iraqi Freedom (OIF). He also Served at Camp Bucca, Oklahoma National Guard…

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Analyst- UK

Analyst- UK Adriana Marin is a lecturer and research professional with a genuine interest in global security, particularly organised crime and terrorism. She is PhD Student in Terrorism and Organised Crime. She holds a Master’s degree in Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security at Coventry University. Miss Marin is currently enrolled as a PhD Student…

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Analyst - Germany

Analyst – Germany Irfan Peci is originally from Yugosalvakia, his family flew from the Yugoslavian Civil War  in 1991 to Germnay and he grew up in there. As he grew young, he recruited by Al-Qaeda and later became a leader of the German section of the Al-Qaeda Propaganda organisation Global Media Front (GIMF). He was…

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Analyst- Cameroon

Analyst- Cameroon Saron Messembe Obia, Holds an MSc in Security Studies and PGD in Criminology and Security Management from the  Pan African Institute for Development-West Africa (PAID-WA). For the past four years, has been involved in stadia security, an staffed at security department during the construction of the Olembe Stadium and CHAN2020. A counter terrorism…

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Analyst– Italy  

Analyst– Italy  Francesco Bergoglio Errico is a Senior Research analyst at International Counterterrorism Youth Network (ICTYN), Venice (Italy) and also a member of the European Expert Network on Terrorism Issues, EENeT. Mr Errico has done his master in Geopolitical and Global Security 110 and praise and an advance course in Terrorism and Radicalization. Mr Errico…

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Analyst - Somalia

Analyst – Somalia Abdi Yusuf is an international affairs researcher and a freelance writer based in Nairobi, Kenya. Born and raised in Somalia, he lived in Israel for over ten years and holds both a BA and MA in Government from IDC Herzliya, with a specialization in Counterterrorism and Conflict Resolution.  He has volunteered at…

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Analyst- India

Analyst- India Dr. Nanda Kishor is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (Formerly Manipal University), Manipal. He completed his Post-doc at University of Leiden, Netherlands with ERASMUS MUNDUS Fellowship from the European Union. He was a recipient of Short-Term Junior Research Fellowship by UNHCR, Brookings (USA),…

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Contributing Writers

Contributing Writer - Israel

Studies and Arabic departments at Bar Ilan University. His research focuses on Terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan and global trends in the Arab Media. Ido holds an experience in counterterrorism from his service as an officer in the IDF and from a Terrorism research internship in the INSS.

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Contributing Writer – Iran

Contributing Writer – Iran Mehdi Dehnavi is a London based Middle Eastern affairs analyst with a focus on Iran’s regional and nuclear polices, Kurdistan, Islamic Fundamentalism, Disarmament and Arms Control. His articles have been published by several journals and news agencies including Modern Diplomacy, Sputnik International, The Diplomatist, Diplomacy & Beyond Plus and The Russian…

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Contributing Writer - UK

Contributing Writer – UK Tamzin O’Malley holds masters in Global Security from Glasgow University where she covered the subjects on strategic and defence pathway, International Security as well as the American way of war. Miss O’Malley worked at the US Library of Congress. She was a Mainboard Model with The Model team in Glasgow and…

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Contributing Writer- India

Contributing Writer- India Prashant Kandpal is a security intelligence professional, currently working as senior OSINT analyst. He comes with diverse experience in the field of security & geopolitical intelligence, physical security, and crisis management. His career involved multiple roles at various firms. He has deep interest in understanding & learning intricacies of terrorism, geopolitics, and…

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Contributing Writer- India

Contributing Writer- India Mohit Sharma-a postgraduate in International Relations and Area Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Currently- Research Associate at the Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi working on a book project titled ‘State of Afghanistan: Post 9/11 and Beyond’. Area of expertise – tracking developments in South Asia with focus on…

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Contributing Writer – Poland

Contributing Writer – Poland Jakub Klepk is a CT intelligence analyst at Counter Terrorism Group at the US based organisation, The Counter Terrorism Group (CTG). He was a Public Affairs Specialist Intern at NATA Allied Command in Turkey as well as Associate Freelance Analyst at SI Risk in the UK. Mr Klepek holds undergraduate degree…

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Contributing Writer - UK

Contributing Writer – UK Daniella is an undergraduate student at the Interdisciplinary Centre in Herzilya, Israel, studying government and diplomacy with specialisation in counter terrorism and global affairs. She served in the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) as a Commander of Foreign Relations for the Elite Combat Engineering Corps. She is currently working on a research…

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