David Morin, Ph. D.

Professeur agrégé, Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines, Université de Sherbrooke

Ghayda Hassan, Ph. D.

Psychologue, Professeure agrégée, Directrice RPC-PREV, Université du Québec à Montréal

Vivek Venkatesh, Ph. D.

Professeur agrégé, Éducation Artistique, Directeur, Projet SOMEONE, Concordia University

MORIN, David – Ph. D.

David Morin is Associate Professor at the School of Applied Politics of the University of Sherbrooke. His expertise and professional experience address national and international security. He co-founded the Observatory on Radicalization and Violent Extremism (OSR), a centre bringing together researchers and experts to observe, document, understand and analyze the phenomena of radicalization and violent extremism. Currently Co-President of Dialogue+ project, which aims to prevent discrimination and radicalization in Canada, Mr. Morin is one of the initiators of Forum Jeunesse – Penser la démocratie autrement, a Québec program aiming to defuse extremist dialogues leading to violence. Since 2018, he is an expert member of the Working Group for the establishment of the Réseau francophone de prévention de la radicalisation et de l’extrémisme violents (Francoprev) of the International Organisation of La Francophonie. In 2016, he was a member of the Scientific Committee for the UNESCO conference titled ‘The Internet and the Radicalization of Youth: Preventing, Acting and Living Together’. Finally, in addition to many scientific activities, Prof. Morin actively contributes to the debate and dialogue on issues related to radicalization.

HASSAN, Ghayda – Ph. D.

Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Québec in Montréal (UQÀM), Ghayda Hassan is the founder and director of the Canadian Practitioners Network for Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (RPC-PREV). She is also a researcher within the Research and Action on Social Polarizations (RAPS) team at the SHERPA Research Institute of the Montréal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (MWI IUHSSC). Her systematic reviews, research and clinical activities revolve around four key themes: 1) Social suffering, relationships between communities, and violent extremism; 2) Intervention in the context of armed conflicts and domestic violence; 3) Identity, sense of belonging and mental health of children and adolescents who are members of ethnic or religious minority groups; 4) The intervention and cultural sensitivity training of various professionals working with immigrants and vulnerable refugees. Her clinical and research activities focus on the interaction between culture, identity, mental health and violence among the specific groups studied.

VENKATESH, Vivek – Ph. D.

In addition to being Full Professor of Inclusive Practices in Visual Arts within the Department of Art Education at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Concordia University, Vivek Venkatesh is Director of the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance, Director of Project SOMEONE, Co-Founder and Co-Curator of the multimedia and musical projects Landscape of Hate and Landscape of Hope and founder of the Grimposium Festival and conference series. He is a filmmaker, multimedia artist and an interdisciplinary applied learning scientist. His research and creative works investigate the intersection between classroom learning, public pedagogy and digital media—especially with respect to the sociocultural impacts of increased mobile and social media use in the broad context of citizen education.


AOUN, Sami – Ph. D.

Sami Aoun is Full Professor at the School of Applied Politics of the Faculty of Literature and Social Sciences and Professor at the Center for Contemporary Religious Studies (CERC) of the University of Sherbrooke. He is also Director of the Observatory on the Middle East and North Africa (OMAN), affiliated with UQÀM’s Raoul-Dandurand Chair in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies and Co-Founder of the Observatory on Radicalization and Violent Extremism (OSR). His major interests are applied politics, and challenges and conflicts in the Middle East, ethics and international decision-making, democracies, democracies and the legitimacy of political systems, religion and modernity, as well as interreligious and intercultural dialogue.



General Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism (UNESCO-PREV Chair), Sylvana Al Baba Douaihy is an engineer with a master’s degree in Multimedia and Networks from the Université des Pères Antonins in Lebanon (2007). Although initially trained in multimedia engineering, Sylvana has a deep passion for politics, religion and modernity. For this reason, she is pursuing a Ph. D. in contemporary religious studies at the University de Sherbrooke, under the supervision of Prof. Sami Aoun. Her thesis focuses on loyalties during the speeches of the Two-Year War in Lebanon from 1975 to 1976. Sylvana is also a teacher in the continuing education program in cybersecurity and integrated security at Cégep de Sherbrooke. Until recently, she was a senior security program planning officer within Canada Post Security and Investigative Services.


MADRIAZA, Pablo – Ph. D.

Pablo Madriaza is General Coordinator of the Canadian Practitioners Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV) and Scientific Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism (UNESCO-PREV Chair). He has participated in numerous research projects and publications on school violence, crime and the prison system. Mr. Madriaza recently conducted various studies on preventing radicalization and violent extremism, social conflicts and collective action, as well as the prevention of crime. Regarding the latter, he conducted a systematic review, an international study of front-line workers and intervention issues and a research action in order to develop a PVE program within the French Penitentiary Services for Integration and Probation (SPIP).


CARIGNAN, Marie-Ève – Ph. D.

Holder of a Ph. D. in information and communication, Marie-Ève Carignan is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication of the University of Sherbrooke. She has extensive professional experience in communications with both small and large organizations, including the Conseil de presse du Québec, where she was a senior analyst and communications manager. Her research focuses mainly on the impact of the media in society, which leads her to focus on journalistic practices, ethics and professional conduct, risk and crisis communication and media content analysis, including coverage of topics related to religion, terrorism and radicalization. Ms. Carignan has collaborated on several collective works and published in national and international journals in communication, journalism and history.