Advisory Board Members



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.…

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…

Brig Barker

Advisor – USA


Brig Barker is a retired Senior FBI (US Domestic Intelligence Agency) Counter Terrorism Agent and highly-accomplished National Security Consultant and recognised as one of the nation’s foremost authorities on counter terrorism, Jihadist mindset, and cell disruption strategies. Over the course…

Martin Beck

Advisor – UK


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…

Management Team



Noor Dahri

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…

Faran Jeffery

Deputy Director


Faran Jeffery is Deputy Director at ITCT. He is also a contributor at Porter Medium and Aurora Intel Network. He is an independent observer and an expert on counter-terrorism, counter-extremism and security-related matters. He closely monitors Jihadist groups in the…

CHIIS Project Team



Noor Dahri

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…

Sako Abou Bakr

Researcher - CHIIS – Egypt


Mr Abou Bakr works as a Project Manager at Aid Organisation for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (ASSAF) in Israel and also worked as a Security Analyst at International Institute for Counter Terrorism (IICT) from 2015-15. Sako is also a Co-founder…

Giovanni Giacalone

Researcher - CHIIS – 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…

Aya Burweila

Senior Researcher - CHIIS - Libya


Aya Burweila is the Founder and Head of Operations of Code on the Road and a BBC Expert Woman in Terrorism and Radicalization. Prior to establishing Code on the Road, she was the head of Research & Public Policy at…

ITCT Analysts and Experts

Jasmine Opperman

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


Jasmine Opperman is a former 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…

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…

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…

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…

Arturo Morselli

Analyst – Counter-terrorism - Europe Desk (UK)


Arturo 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 ideology…

Dr. Nanda Kishor

Analyst - Counter-Terrorism – South Asia Desk (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.…

Saron Messembe Obia

Analyst - Counter-terrorism - Africa Desk (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…

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…

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…

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…

Raman Ghavami

Contributing Writer – UK


Raman Ghavami is an analyst and consultant. He has worked for a variety of national and international organisations in Europe and the Middle East such as the European Union. He has worked on ISIS members, especially on ISIS Amris (commanders)…

Emma Clark

Contributing Writer – UK


Emma Clark is a recent MSc graduate from the University of Glasgow, specialising in the study of the (theorised) ethical and moral aspects of terrorism, and additionally focusing on de-radicalisation programmes and counter-terrorism methods. Her most recent dissertation project included…

Angeliki M. Siafaka

Contributing Writer – UK


Angeliki M. Siafaka is Master of Research in Global Security from the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom. She writes on issues related to extremism, terrorism, global security. She also speaks Greek language.

Prashant Kandpal

Contributing Writer – India


Mr Kandpal is a security professional having experience in leading Hydrocarbon industry and Private Investment Bank in the field of Security/Geopolitical Intelligence and Crisis Management. He also has an expertise in managing aspects pertaining to Crisis Management, Security Risk Assessment,…

Carmelo Galindo

Contributing Writer – Spain


Carmelo 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 illegal…

Hekmatullah Javed

Contributing Writer – Afghanistan


Hekmatullah currently works as a Counter Terrorism Intelligence Analyst (Weapons and Tactics Team) at the US based Counter Terrorism Group. Mr Javed has also worked as a Political and Intelligence Risk Analyst (Internship) – Hozint (Horizon Intelligence). He holds Masters…

Adriana Marin

Contributing Writer – UK


Adriana Marin is a research professional with a genuine interest in global security, particularly organised crime and terrorism. She holds a Master's degree in Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security from Coventry University.  Miss Marin is currently enrolled as a…

Mehdi Dehnavi

Contributing Writer – Iran


Mehdi Dehnavi is a UK based Middle Eastern affairs analyst with a focus on Iranian Political Development, Kurdish Issue, Islamic Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Counterterrorism, US Politics, NPT, Disarmament and Arms Control. His articles have been published by several journals and…

Dimitar Stevchev

Contributing Writer- Macedonia


Dimitar Stevchev currently holds a position as a Head of Surveillance Unit in private oil company and as Counter Terrorism Intelligence Analyst of a Behavioural and Leadership Unit at US based company - The Counter Terrorism Group. He also holds…

Valerio Mazzoni

Contributing Writer – Italy


Valerio Mazzoni is a terrorism analyst in the Italian security consultancy IFI Advisory where he leads the division named IFI Monitoring, a project aimed to track and analyse online extremist contents ad well writes monthly reports on Iraq, Syria and…

Jakub Klepek

Contributing Writer – Poland


Jakub Klepek is an CT intelligence analyst  Intern at Counter Terrorism Group at the US based organisation, The Counter Terrorism Group (CTG). He was a Public Affairs Specialist Intern at NATO Allied Command in Turkey as well as Associate Freelance…

Tamzin O’Malley

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 has also worked at the US Library of…

Fahad Nabeel

Contributing Writer – Pakistan


Fahad works as a Senior Research Associate at Centre for Strategic and Contemporary Research. He is currently pursuing MPhil in International Relations from National Defence University, Pakistan. Fahad has nearly five years of experience in examining South Asian geopolitical issues…

Jack Stewart

Contributing Writer – USA


Jack is a graduate from Indiana University with a B.A in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Central Eurasian Studies with a focus on the Arabic language. He also studied Turkish Language and Literature at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey.…

Simone Matassa

Contributing Writer – Ireland


Simone Matassa is a head of the Women and Extremism Program (WAEP) at “Rise to Peace” organisation. She previously worked at as an International Affairs Consultant at Hong Kong Information Consulting. She is in her final year of a Criminology…

Daniella Myers

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…

Mohit Sharma

Contributing Writer- India


Mohit Sharma is a postgraduate student of International Relations and Area Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His area of expertise lies in tracking developments in South Asia with focus on extremist groups operating in the region. He has…

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