Violent Extremism and Strategic Communications Researcher. P/CVE Practitioner. Humanitarian. Geek.
I am a senior research and strategic communications consultant at the nexus of violent extremism, conflict, and tech issues. For over a decade, I have examined how various forms of radicalization can lead to violence and terrorism, and how to foster resilience to societal divides. From analyzing genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina to actualizing “never again” by designing policies to prevent extremist exploitation of digital spaces, I have conducted actionable research in over 30 countries for United Nations agencies, governments, think tanks, humanitarian and development NGOs, and many of the largest tech platforms.
I enjoy thinking about how to build a more inclusive, safe, and joyful world both online and IRL. Towards that end, I co-founded and convene the Extremism and Gaming Research Network (EGRN) and serve as a Preventing & Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) advisor to a range of clients. I regularly brief governments, the UN Security Council, and private-sector companies on how to prevent the exploitation of online spaces and ICT by extremist and terrorist actors.
I am also an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) within the Terrorism and Conflict research group.
Previously, I have led investigations and strategic communications to prevent violent extremism and terrorism (P/CVE), as well as to support humanitarian response and human rights in countries across Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the Balkans, East Africa, and across Europe, and the US.
I have long-term management experience building teams of up to 40 people where we co-create collaborative, open environments where people are not afraid to experiment audaciously. Alongside my teams, I have produced over 200 analytical products for, among others: Meta/Facebook, Google.org, Discord, YouTube, USAID, GIZ, the British Council, DFAT/DHA, UNDP, UNOHCHR, and other UN agencies.
I hold an MA in Public Policy from Central European University, an MA in Development & Public Policy from the Institute Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, and BA in Global Studies from Arizona State University. Along the way, I have worked, lived, and or whistled through over 80 countries.
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I hold an MA in Public Policy from Central European University, an MA in Development & Public Policy from the Institute Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, and BA in Global Studies from Arizona State University. Along the way, I have worked, lived, and whistled in over 90 countries.
A selection of public-facing work I have authored or edited recently.
Where I learned a few things along the way.