ALAVA, Séraphin – Ph. D.

Full Professor at the EFTS Mixed Research Unit, Mr. Séraphin Alava specializes in education sciences. He is a member of the “Radicalities and regulations” team at the Maison des sciences de l’Homme of Toulouse CNRS. As an expert, he led the UNESCO World Report on the links between radicalization and social media. Mr. Alava is the head of three European research networks, building cross-disciplinary links which provide a better understanding of the processes of radicalization, radical withdrawal issues and the processes leading to violent extremism. He developed a method for evaluating the impact of counter-speech initiatives aimed at preventing radicalization, which is included in the Radicalisation Awareness Network’s best practices.

AUDET, Geneviève

Professor at the University of Québec in Montréal (UQÀM), Geneviève Audet specifically works at the Department of Specialized Education and Training of the Faculty of Education Science. She is Regular Researcher at the SHERPA Research Institute of the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and Holder of the ‘Chaire de recherche sur les enjeux de la diversité en éducation et en formation’. Ms. Audet’s research focuses on intercultural education, prevention of violent radicalization in school settings, relations between school, immigrant families and community, and training of school staff in this area.

BEN HAFAIEDH, Abdelwahab

Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Humanities of the Tunis University (FSHST), Abdelwahab Ben Hafaiedh is the president of the Applied Social Science Forum – Arab Region. He is also the secretary general of CAFA (Civil Actors in Fight against Violent Extremism) network. His most recent books are The Tunisian Labor Market in an Era of Transition (2019) cowritten with Ragui Assaad, ‘Arab Spring : Negotiating in the Shadow of the Intifadat – Analyzing the Arab Spring Springs’ (2015) cowritten with William Zartman, ‘Critical Perspectives on International Education – Series Editors’ (2012) and ‘The Student Visa: The Object of Desire, the Mirror of the Undesirable (International Mobility of the Tunisian Students after 9/11)’ (2005).

BENOÎT, Maryse

Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology of the University of Sherbrooke, Maryse Benoît specializes in intercultural intervention and trauma treatment, particularly in the evaluation of different intervention modalities (cognitive-behavioural therapy, art therapy, etc.) for immigrants and refugees who have experienced violence and severe trauma. Her research also focuses on sociocultural variables that may influence the therapeutic relationship and response to treatment. Ms. Benoît is also interested in compassion tiredness, as well as emotional regulation strategies among facilitators working with immigrants and refugees.

BIRDWELL, Jonathan

Jonathan Birdwell is Deputy Director at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), overseeing the institute’s work on research, education and policy, including the Policy Planners’ Network and the Strong Cities Network. Mr. Birdwell holds a Master’s degree (with distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, in addition to his bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Tulane University in Louisiana. His research currently focuses on developing ISD’s unique partnerships, as well as online analytic technology and capabilities to provide up-to-date understanding of extremist propaganda and recruitment tactics. Mr. Birdwell is also in charge of evaluating ISD’s online campaigns and online one-to-one interventions.

BOULAD-AYOUB, Josiane – M.S.R.C Ph. D.

Josiane Boulad-Ayoub studied philosophy at the University of Lyon III. From 1973 to 1979, she was Director of the Philosophy Department at Cégep du Vieux Montréal. She worked at the University of Québec in Montréal (UQÀM) as Director of the Philosophy module (1980-1984), as Director of the Certificate in Social Sciences—that she helped found—(1983-1985), and as Director of the Department of Philosophy (1992-1996). Ms. Boulad-Ayoub was also Vice-Dean in Research at the Faculty of Human Sciences (2004-2007). In 2011, she was appointed Professor Emeritus. Earlier in her career, in 1999, she became the first holder of the UNESCO Chair in the Study of the Philosophical Foundations of Justice and Democratic Society in Canada, thus recognizing her international influence.

CHOQUET, Sabine Ph. D.

Associate Professor at the Montréal Institute of International Studies (IEIM-UQÀM), Sabine Choquet is Researcher in Political Anthropology, as well as Researcher and Secretary General of the Centre d’Études des Radicalisations et de leurs Traitements (CERT) of the Université Paris-Diderot. Holder of a doctorate from La Sorbonne, a doctorate in humanities from Université Laval and a ‘Habilitation’ to lead anthropological research from the University of Fribourg, Ms. Choquet focuses her work on minority rights, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity management policy, collective identity, radicalization mechanisms and violent extremism prevention policy. She mainly studies Canada, Switzerland, Malaysia and Lebanon. Ms. Choquet is the recipient of various international research prizes, including the first prize for Political Book of the Year in 2012 (Fondation Jean-Charles-Bonenfant), and numerous excellence-based awards, including the Marie Curie Fellowship. She is the author of Unis par la diversité – Ces pays forgés par leurs différences (2018) et Identité nationale et multiculturalisme : deux notions antagonistes ? (2015). Two years ago, she founded an international consortium on the evaluation of radicalization prevention systems. To this day, she is still involved in the consortium.

DJOUADI, Chafiaa – Ph. D.

Urban Planner, Architect and Doctor in human geography, Chafiaa Djouadi is Researcher and European Projects Manager in prevention of radicalization leading to violence at the EFTS Mixed Reasearch Unit. Specifically, she works among the “Radicalities and regulations” team of the Maison des sciences de l’Homme of Toulouse CNRS. An expert in public policy and sustainable development, she has worked for governments and international organizations (UNDP, UNICEF, BADEA, AU, etc.) to promote the peaceful and violence-free development of Africa. She is Peace Ambassador for the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (UN Security Council resolution 1325) and acts as a mediator in preventive diplomacy and conflict resolution. Ms. Djouadi is an election observer for several African countries. In this role, she aims to analyze the engagement of women in political life and in the promotion of peace.

DUCOL, Benjamin – Ph. D.

Assistant Director General of Strategic and Scientific Development at the Center for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV) in Montréal, Benjamin Ducol has a doctorate in political science from Université Laval and was a postdoctoral fellow at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology (ICCC). He is Associate Professor at both the École de criminologie of the University of Montréal and the Department of Social and Public Communication of University of Québec in Montréal (UQÀM). His research focuses on militant radicalness related to jihadism, radicalization processes in the digital age, issues related to the prevention of violent radicalization and mobilizations of victims of terrorism. He is affiliated with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS), the International Centre for Comparative Criminology (ICCC), the ANR – Violences et radicalités militantes (ANR VIORAMIL) and the International Panel on Exiting Violence (IPEV).

EL-HAGE, Habib – Ph. D.

Director of the Research Institute for the Professional Integration of Immigrants (IRIPI), Habib El-Hage is a practitioner and researcher in the field of intercultural relations. Holder of a doctorate in sociology from University of Québec in Montréal (UQÀM), M. El-Hage focuses on prevention, intervention and mediation practices in private and public institutions.  He is Associate Researcher at the Centre de recherche sur l’immigration, l’ethnicité et la citoyenneté (CRIEC) and a member of 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). Lecturer in the master’s program in intercultural mediation at the University of Sherbrooke, Mr. El-Hage has been working in the field of education for 19 years. He has taken part in several research projects on radicalization and recently published the results of a study on the multiple barriers experienced by racialized LGBTQ people in Montréal, as well as a book on intercultural intervention in a college environment.


Larry  Gbevlo-Lartey is Director of the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) and Special Representative of the African Union Chairperson for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation. Holder of a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Ghana, a law degree and a bachelor’s degree in administration, Mr. Gbevlo-Lartey took part in various peace missions, including the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), the United Nations peacekeeping force in Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNPROFOR) and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). From 2009 to 2014, he worked as National Security Coordinator for Ghana.

GEOFFROY, Martin – Ph. D.

Throughout his career, Martin Geoffroy, a sociologist, has worked in New York, Winnipeg and Moncton. Professor of Sociology at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit since 2013, he holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Montréal and a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Québec in Montréal (UQÀM). For over twenty years, he has focused his research on extreme right-wing and right-wing movements in Québec, the United States and France. He is the author of more than twenty-five articles and book chapters, and has co-edited six special issues of scholarly journals and five books. He was an assistant professor of sociology at the Université de Saint-Boniface from 2004 to 2006, and at the Université de Moncton from 2006 to 2009. In 2016, Mr. Geoffroy founded the Centre d’expertise et de formation sur les intégrismes religieux, les idéologies politiques et la radicalisation (CEFIR). He is a senior member of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security & Society (TSAS) and the International Team for Evaluation of Radicalization Prevention (ITERP).


Executive Director of Equitas since 2004, Ian Hamilton first joined the organization as Director of Programs, a position he held for five years. Prior to Equitas, M. Hamilton worked in Bangkok for the Coordinating Committee of Human Rights Organizations of Thailand for sixteen months, assisting its campaign for the establishment of a National Human Rights Commission. From 1992 to 1995, he worked in a variety of positions, including Asia Program Officer for Rights and Democracy, also known as the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in history. In 2016, Mr. Hamilton was appointed to a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCCI).

JOIGNANT, Alfredo Ph. D.

Main Researcher for the Political and Social Conflicts line and Head Researcher for the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES), Alfredo Joignant is a Full Professor at the School of Political Science of the Diego Portales University (UDP). Holder of a doctorate in political science from the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, he was the president of the Chilean Political Science Association from 1998 to 2000. Mr. Joignant has been a visiting professor at the University de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris III (Pablo Neruda Chair in Chilean Studies) and at the Institut d’études politiques de Grenoble. His research interests are political elites and their legitimacy, political and institutional charisma, sociology of the political field, capital and resources in political competition and politics of memory.

KOEHLER, Daniel – Ph. D.

Director of the German Institute on Radicalization and De-radicalization Studies (GIRDS), Daniel Khoeler is the cofounder of the peer-reviewed open access ‘Journal on De-radicalization’ and member of the Editorial Board of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague. Mr. Koehler studied religion, political science and economics at Princeton University and the Free University of Berlin. After completing the postgraduate program ‘Master of Peace and Security Studies’ at the University of Hamburg, he focused on topics such as terrorism, radicalization, and deradicalization. He worked as a deradicalization and family counselor in multiple programs and developed several methodological approaches to deradicalization worldwide, particularly family counselling programs.

KUANY, Simon

Simon Kuany specializes in the prevention of violent extremism through education (PVE-E) at the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable (MGIEP), where he empowers the critical, social and emotional skills of young leaders to help them organize and implement community activities to build sustainable peace. Global nomad from South Sudan, Mr. Kuany finished his high school studies in Kenya as a refugee. He was awarded the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Symbiosis International University Joint Scholarship where he finished his MBA and earned a gold medal. Self-educated in global geopolitics and philosophy, he was trained in inquiry-oriented education and critical thinking. He is currently in charge of #YouthWagingPeace and ‘Talking Across Generations on Education’ (TAGe). Mr. Kuany is also a trainer for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) ‘Young Peacebuilders Programme’ in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA). His book ‘The Enlightened Darkness’ is an intimate meditation on the causes and consequences of the Sudan civil war. The benefits from his book are directed to the education of South Sudan orphan children.

LABORIER, Pascale – Ph. D.

Holder of a doctorate in political science and international relations from Sciences Po, Pascale Laborier is Full Professor of Political Science since 1999 and she has been working at the University of Paris Nanterre since 2011. From 2005 to 2010, she was Director of the Marc Bloch Centre, affiliated with the Unités mixtes des instituts français de recherche à l’étranger (UMIFRE). Ms. Laborier specializes in public policy and police science. Since 2016, she has carried out research on the history of forced university migration, with a particular focus on Tupamaros and Uruguayan refugees hosted in France. From 2015 to 2015, she was Social and Human Sciences Advisor to the French State Secretariat for Research and Higher Education and responsible for issues related to the transfer of research to public policies. Since 2017, she is Scientific Coordinator of the Comité scientifique sur les processus de radicalisation (COSPRAD). Ms. Laborier sits on the expert committee of the UNESCO-PREV Chair, as well as on the International Scientific Council of  Violence: An International Journal, and she is a member of the scientific board of InSPIREurope, part of the ‘Scholars at Risk’ network.


Stéphane Leman-Langlois is Full Professor at the École de travail social et de criminologie of Université Laval. Member of the Intersectoral Team on the Prevention of Social Polarization and Radicalization Leading to Violence of the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale, Mr. Leman-Langlois is Chairholder of the Chaire de recherche du Canada en surveillance et construction sociale du risque. He is Director of the Centre sur la sécurité internationale (CSI) and Co-Director of the Observatory on Radicalization and Violent Extremism (OSR). His research has focused on domestic and international terrorism and right-wing extremism. Mr. Leman-Langois has a doctorate in criminology from the University of Toronto since 2000 and a postdoctoral degree in criminology from the University of Montréal since 2003.


Amer Makarem is a blind Lebanese citizen with a background in philosophy and teaching from the American University of Beirut (AUB). As the manager of the Youth Association of the Blind (YAB) since 1989, he has been a pioneer advocate and practitioner in promoting inclusive education in Lebanon and the region. Mr. Makarem is an instructor at the Special Education Faculty of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) and the coordinator of the Inclusion Network in Lebanon. He is a board member of the Asian Blind Union, as well as a member of the executive committee of the World Blind Union. In 2019, he published a guidebook on training teachers and special educators to include and support students with visual impairment in inclusive schools.


Carol Mottet has worked at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) since 2004. Currently Senior Advisor to the Human Security Division, the FDFA’s expertise centre on peace and security matters, she leads a program to prevent violent extremism, participating in the political work of the Ministry while providing expertise in carrying out various activities with program partners. From 2011 to 2014, as Special Representative, she provided support to ECOWAS’s Economic Community of West African States mediation efforts for the resolution of the conflict in Mali. She also acted as Special Advisor to the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Mali as part of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for the mediation process from 2013 to 2014. Specialized in public international law, humanitarian law and human rights, Ms. Mottet holds a graduate degree in international relations and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Graduate Institute of International Studies.

NAGEM, Rasha

Doctoral researcher at the EFTS laboratory of the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, Rasha Nagem is a trainer and euro-mediterranean expert the field of prevention of violent radicalization and extremism. Mrs. Nagem is Programme Manager for the PRACTICIES H2020, Integra, Erasmus+, JPCOOPS and SAT LAW European projects. Her research focuses on radicalization processes among young people and their related prevention policies, as well as the measures of impact of pedagogical prevention tools. She is involved in a number of European projects and organizations on various topics: violent extremism and radicalization, youth delinquency, migration and integration.

PAUSCH, Markus Ph. D.

Professor at the Department of Social Innovation of the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Markus Pausch is a political scientist with a focus on democracy and participation. He is involved in various research projects such as the EU-H2020 Project Partnership Against Violent Radicalisation in the Cities (PRACTICIES) on inclusive democracy, democratic innovation and civic education as methods of early prevention against anti-democratic extremism. Grounded in the belief that social and political exclusion increases the danger of anti-democratic movements, his theoretical and empirical research focuses on concepts of democratic inclusion and the connection between constructive and non-violent revolt and democracy. Among other topics, Mr. Pausch did research, published papers and delivered lectures on European integration, citizenship education and democracy in the workplace.

POTVIN, Maryse

Full Professor at the University of Québec in Montréal (UQÀM), Maryse Potvin is a political scientist and sociologist who specializes in the field of education. Director of the Observatoire sur la formation à la diversité et l’équité (OFDE), Ms. Potvin is a member of the Research and Action on Social Polarizations (RAPS) at the SHERPA Research Institute of the Montréal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (MWI IUHSSC) and the Accessing Law and Justice (ADAJ) consortium. For the last twenty-five years, her research has focused on racism and ethnic relationships from different angles : sense of belonging and identity-related issues between majorities and minorities, social discourses, public policy and populist groups, “discursive” radicalization, identity experience and construction of youth from racialized minorities, and anti-racist, inclusive, intercultural, civic and rights-based education. Ms. Potvin’s research led her to publish more than a hundred books and articles. She worked as an expert advisor for the European Commission, the Bouchard-Taylor Commission, UNICEF Canada, the Montréal Intercultural Council (CIM), the Intercultural Relations Council (CRI), the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC) and the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES).

ROUSSEAU, Cécile M.D. M.Sc.

Full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University, Cécile Rousseau works for the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, a Department of Psychiatry unit. She is the scientific director of the Research and Action on Social Polarizations (RAPS) at the SHERPA Research Institute of the Montréal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (MWI IUHSSC). Ms. Rousseau leads a research team on the intervention and prevention of radicalization leading to violence in the areas of health, social services and education. She also conducts research on school-based prevention programs for immigrant and refugee youth, on the impact of migration policies on mental health, on creative expression in school programs and on secondary traumas related to organized war and violence.

SAMBE, Bakary Ph. D.

Bakary Sambe is Director of the Timbuktu Institute, affiliated with the African Centre for Peace Studies based in Dakar and Niamey. Coordinator of the Observatory of Radicalism and Religious Conflicts in Africa, he is also Professor and Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Religions (CER) of the Gaston Berger University. Holding a doctorate in political science and a master’s degree in Arab and Islamic studies, Mr. Sambe specializes in transnational networks and the prevention of violent extremism in the Sahel, both in theory and in practice. He is the author of various publications, including ‘Morocco in South Sahara: Strategic Influence in Times of Geopolitical Changes’ (2013), ‘Europe, the Mediterranean and the Arab World at the Turn of the Century’ (2012) and ‘The Mali Crisis, Origins and Impact in Sahel’ (2012).

SAVAGE, Sara Ph. D.

Cofounder of the IC Thinking method, Sara Savage is a social psychologist and a senior research associate at the Department of Psychology of the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral work at the University of Cambridge laid the foundations for understanding the way in which cognitive and social dynamics shape how people think about the social world in fundamentalism, social polarisation and extremism. With her colleagues, she developed an array of interventions to address these phenomenons, operationalizing the construct of ‘Integrative Complexity’ (IC) to measure violence prevention-related cognitive change. Ms. Savage’s work spans universal prevention through critical thinking programs in schools, programs for identified ‘at risk’ youth, and programs for former and current detainees involved in violent extremism. She is the author of thirty-four publications in this field.

SÈZE, Romain Ph. D.

Holder of a doctorate in sociology from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales since 2012, Romain Sèze is a researcher at the Institut national des hautes études de la sécurité et de la justice (INHESJ). Attached to the Sociétés, Religions et Laïcités group, a research laboratory coordinated by the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) and the École pratique des hautes études (EPHE-PSL), Mr. Sèze specializes in religion through the lens of security and justice issues. His research focuses on the political and religious sociology of the Muslim phenomenon in Europe, more specifically on militant violence perpetrated in the name of Islam and on the policies dedicated to it. He is also interested in the political and religious sociology of the Muslim phenomenon in Europe, more specifically in militant violence perpetrated in the name of Islam and on the policies dedicated to it. Mr. Sèze is a professor at Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye.


Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni is Director of the Regional Office for West Africa, the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). She leads a team of researchers based in Dakar, Bamako, Abidjan, Abuja and N’Djamena. The unit works on key policy issues in the region such as violent extremism and terrorism, political instability, local conflicts, peace operations and political processes. Prior to joining ISS in 2012, she worked as a researcher for the Peace Operations Network (ROP) at the University de Montréal, in Canada, as well as for Radio-Canada and the Carter Center in Côte d’Ivoire. Ms. Théroux-Bénoni holds a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Toronto. She conducts research from an anthropological perspective through the studying of conflicts, insecurity and violence to inform current policy discussions and processes at national, regional and global levels.