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,…

Management Team

Noor Dahri

Founder & Executive Director (UK)


Mr. Noor Dahri is the Founder and Executive Director of ITCT. Noor 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…

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

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

Head of Scientific Methodology of De-radicalisation – Europe Desk (Norway)


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

Mubashir Farooq

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


Mubashir 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 and…

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…

Mitchell Gray

Analyst - Counter-terrorism & 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…

Sarral Sharma

Analyst - Counter Terrorism – South Asia Desk (India)


Sarral Sharma is a researcher at the Centre for Internal and Regional Security (IReS), Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. He is also a member of the Delhi team of Aaghaz-e-Dosti, an India-Pakistan peace and development initiative. His research interests…

Dr. Tehmina Aslam Ranjha

Senior Analyst - Counter Terrorism - South Asia Desk (Pakistan)


Dr. Tehmina Aslam Ranjha is from Pakistan and currently holds a position as a Research Analyst at Centre for Security Strategy and Policy Research and Assistant Professor at School of Integrated Social Sciences, University of Lahore. She has a distinguished…

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…

Francesco Bergoglio Errico

Contributing Writer – Italy


Francesco Bergoglio Errico is a Senior Research analyst at International Counter-terrorism 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…

Scott Morgan

Contributing Writer - USA


Scott Morgan has been the President of Red Eagle Enterprises since its inception in November 2012. He uses his experience from serving in the U.S.  Marines during the Reagan Administration, attending college for Criminal Justice, Advocacy for Human Rights and…

Ambreen Shabbir

Contributing Writer - Pakistan


Ambreen Shabbir is a contributing writer at ITCT. Hailing from Pakistan, she likes to write on political economy, revolutionary warfare, defence and strategy, foreign policies, major power politics, and the role of non-state actors in the international community. Her past…

Maia Brown-Jackson

Contributing Writer – USA


Maia Brown-Jackson is a Development Analyst at Together Central Buganda and an Editor at Fletcher Security Review. She was a Research Intern at International Institute for Counter Terrorism, Herzliya, Israel. Ms Jackson also worked as an Educator with Yazda, a global Yazidi…

 

 

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