Advisory Board Members

Tahir Mahmood

Advisor and Head of Scientific Methodology of De-radicalisation – Norway

As 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, conducted on…

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…

Management Team

Noor Dahri

Executive Director (UK)

Mr. Noor Dahri is the 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 Counter…

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 also a contributor at Porter Medium and Aurora Intel Network. He is a South Asia-based expert on counter-terrorism, counter-extremism and security-related matters.…

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…

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…

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…

Francesco Bergoglio Errico

Analyst - Counter-terrorism - Europe Desk (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…

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…

Maia Brown-Jackson

Analyst - Counter-terrorism- South Asia Desk (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…

Sonia Faiz

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

Sonia Faiz holds M. Phil degree in Peace and  Conflict Studies from National Defence University, Islamabad, Pakistan. She carried out her research work in ‘Counter-terrorism Narrative’; also, she has been playing a key role as messenger of Pakistan’s counter-terrorism narrative…

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…

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…

Arturo Morselli

Contributing Writer – UK

Arturo Morselli is a second-year student in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics BA at Kings College London. He is to graduate in May 2020 with a dissertation project on Salafi Jihadism and a critical analysis of the theological elements in the…

Saron Messembe Obia

Contributing Writer - Cameroon

Saron Messembe Obia is an Africa-based security expert & consultant and specialist in cyber security, counter terrorism, & jihadist tendencies. He holds M.Sc. in Security Studies from Pan African Institute for Development West Africa (PAID-WA). He has also served as Assistant Editor…

Bartu Eken

Contributing Writer - Turkey

Bartu is a CT researcher from Turkey. He has written many articles on Al-Qaeda and ISIS related groups. Bartu was born in Istanbul, Turkey and graduated from Gazi University in Turkey's capital city Ankara. He is currently pursuing a master's…

Syeda Aminah Gilani

Contributing Writer- Pakistan

Ms. Aminah Gilani teaches the course Terrorism & Counter Terrorism introduced for the first time as part of Political Science study scheme for undergraduate students at the Department of Political Science, Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore. Ms. Gilani has acquired…

Fatima Ayub

Contributing Writer- Pakistan

The author is a lawyer and a South Asian counter-terrorism and strategic security analyst based in Lahore/London. Ms Ayub is presently affiliated with the King's ICSR center and is pursuing her Masters at the War Studies Department.

Saurav Sarkar

Contributing Writer- India

Saurav Sarkar is a Research Associate at the Center for Air Power Studies, Western Air Command, New Delhi, India. Previously, he was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), New Delhi. He holds a Masters degree in…



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