Alfredo Joignant Ph.D. is the main researcher for the Political and Social Conflicts line and head researcher for the COES Conflict Observatory, and full professor at the School of Political Science at Diego Portales University. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. Also, he is former President of the Chilean Political Science Association (1998-2000), and acted as visiting professor at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris III (Pablo Neruda Chair in Chilean Studies) and at the Institut d’études politiques de Grenoble, France. His research interests are political elites and legitimacy, political and institutional charisma, sociology of the political field, capital and resources in political competition and politics of memory.

Amer Y. Makarem is a blind, Lebanese citizen with graduate studies in philosophy and teaching diploma from the American University of Beirut (AUB). He has been the manager of the Youth Association of the Blind (YAB) since 1989 and  a pioneer advocate and practitioner in promoting inclusive education in Lebanon and the region. He is an instructor at the Special Education Faculty of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ).  He is also coordinator of the Inclusion Network in Lebanon, board member of the Asian Blind Union and a member of the executive committee of the World Blind Union. His latest publication, in 2019, is a guide book on training teachers and special educators to include and support students with visual impairment in inclusive schools.

Bakary Sambe Ph.D. is the Director of the Timbuktu Institute, African Centre for Peace Studies based in Dakar and Niamey. He is also the Coordinator of the Observatory of Radicalisms and Religious Conflicts in Africa; and Professor and Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Religions (CER) of the Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis, specializing in transnational networks in the Sahel.  Mr. Sambe holds a Ph.D in Political Science (IEP de Lyon) and a master’s degree in Arab and Islamic Studies (

Benjamin Ducol Ph.D. is Assistant Director General of Strategic and Scientific Development at the Center for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV) in Montreal. He has a Ph.D in political science from Université Laval and was a postdoctoral fellow at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology (ICCC). He is also an associate professor at the École de criminologie de l’Université de Montréal, and in the Department of Social and Public Communication at UQAM. His research focuses on militant radicality related to jihadism, radicalization processes in the digital age, issues of preventing radicalization leading to violence and mobilizations of victims of terrorism. He is affiliated with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society, the International Centre for Comparative Criminology (ICCC), the ANR Violences et radicalités militantes en France (VIORAMIL) and the International Panel on Exiting Violence (IPEV).

Carol Mottet has been working at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) since 2004. She is currently Senior Advisor to the Human Security Division, which is the FDFA’s expertise centre for peace and security issues.  There, 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. Previously, she provided support, as Special Representative, to ECOWAS mediation efforts for the resolution of the conflict in Mali (2011-2013); as well as to MINUSMA, as Special Advisor to the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Mali for the mediation process (2013-2014). 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 (Geneva, Switzerland).

Cécile Rousseau MD, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, is the Scientific Director of the RAPS Team at the Montreal Research Institute CIUSSS Centre-Ouest. She 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 and on the impact of migration policies on mental health.

Daniel Khoeler Ph.D. is Director of the German Institute on Radicalization and De-radicalization Studies (GIRDS); 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. Daniel Koehler studied religion, political science and economics at Princeton University and the Free University of Berlin. After having finished the postgraduate program ‘Master of Peace and Security Studies’ at the University of Hamburg, he specialized in 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, particularly family counselling programs worldwide.

Habib El-Hage Ph.D. is Director of the Research Institute for the Professional Integration of Immigrants (IRIPI). A practitioner and researcher in the field of intercultural relations, Mr. Habib El-Hage has a Ph.D in sociology from UQAM. His interests focus on prevention, intervention and mediation practices in companies and public institutions.  He is an associate researcher at the Centre de recherche sur l’immigration, l’ethnicité et la citoyenneté (CRIEC) and a member of the Research and Action Team on Social Polarization (RAPS). Mr. El-Hage has been working in the education field for 19 years. He is a lecturer in the Master’s program in intercultural mediation at Université de Sherbrooke. He has collaborated on several research projects on radicalization. He recently published the results of a study on the multiple barriers experienced by racialized LGBTQ people in Montreal, as well as a book on intercultural intervention in a college environment.

Ian Hamilton has been the Executive Director of Equitas since January 2004. For five years prior to this appointment, Ian was Equitas’ Director of Programs and helped shape the organization’s programming. Prior to Equitas, Ian worked for the Coordinating Committee of Human Rights Organizations of Thailand for sixteen months in Bangkok, assisting their campaign for the establishment of a National Human Rights Commission. From 1992 to 1995, Ian worked in a variety of positions including Asia Program Officer at the International Centre for Human Rights and Program Officer for Democratic Development (Rights and Democracy) in Montreal. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in history. In 2016, Ian was appointed to a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.

Jonathan Birdwell is Deputy Director at ISD, overseeing ISD’s work on research, education and policy, including the Policy Planners’ Network and the Strong Cities Network. Jonathan holds a master’s degree (with distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jonathan’s research is currently focused on building out ISD’s unique partnerships and online analytic technology and capabilities to provide up-to-date understanding of extremist propaganda and recruitment tactics, in addition to the evaluation of online campaigns and ISD’s online one-to-one interventions.

Josiane Boulad-Ayoub, C.A., M.S.R.C., Ph.D. studied philosophy at the University of Lyon III. She was Director of the Philosophy Department at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal (1973 to 1979). She also worked at Université du Québec à Montréal as Director of the Philosophy module (1980-1984), and the certificate in social sciences—that she helped found—(1983-1985), then Director of the Department of Philosophy (1992-1996), Vice-Dean in Research at the Faculty of Human Sciences (2004-2007), and, in 2011, Professor Emeritus at UQAM. In 1999, she was the first to hold the Unesco Chair in the Study of the Philosophical Foundations of Justice and Democratic Society in Canada, thus recognizing her international influence.

Pascale Laborier Ph.D., has a Doctorate in Political Science/International Relations from Sciences Po. She has been an associate professor of political science since 1999 and joined the University of Paris Nanterre in 2011. She was Director of the UMIFRE Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin (2005/10). Her publications focus on public policy and police. 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. She is a member of the Scientific Board InSPIREurope MSCAH2020 on Scholar at Risk. In 2015-2017, she was SHS 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 has been the scientific coordinator for COSPRAD. She sits on the committee of experts at the UNESCO-PREV Chair as well as the International Scientific Council of Violence: An international journal.

Larry  Gbevlo-Lartey is the 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. He has a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Legon, Ghana, a law degree, and a bachelor’s degree in administration. Mr. Gbevlo-Lartey has participated in various peace missions, including with 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 with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). He was also the National Security Coordinator for Ghana from January 2009 to May 2014.

Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni Ph.D. is Director of the ISS Regional Office for West Africa, the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin. She leads a team of researchers based in Dakar, Bamako, Abidjan, Abuja and N’Djamena. The Office 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 the ISS in 2012, she worked as a researcher with the Network on Peace Operations at the Université de Montréal, Canada, Radio-Canada and the Carter Center in Côte d’Ivoire. Lori-Anne has a Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Toronto, Canada. She conducts research and analyses conflicts, insecurity and violence from an anthropological perspective to inform current policy discussions and processes at national, regional and global levels.

Markus Pausch Ph.D. 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.

Martin Geoffroy Ph.D. is a sociologist whose career has led him to New York, Winnipeg and Moncton. He has been a professor of sociology at Édouard-Montpetit College since 2013. He has a Ph.D and a master’s degree in sociology from the Université de Montréal and a bachelor’s degree in communication from UQÀM. He has been interested in extreme right-wing and right-wing movements in Quebec, the United States and France for over twenty years. 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. In 2016, he 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), the International Team for Evaluation of Radicalization Prevention (ITERP) and an associate member of the UNESCO Chair in the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism.

Maryse Benoit Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Sherbrooke, specializes in intercultural intervention and trauma treatment, particularly in the evaluation of different intervention modalities for immigrants and refugees who have experienced violence and severe trauma, as well as the study of sociocultural variables that may influence the therapeutic relationship and response to treatment.

Romain Sèze Ph.D. has a Doctorate in sociology from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. He is a researcher at the Institut national des hautes études de la sécurité et de la justice, attached to the “Groupe Sociétés, Religions et laïcité” (CNRS PSL) laboratory, and a teacher at Sciences Po (Saint-Germain-en-Laye). 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.

Sara Savage Ph.D. is co-founder of the IC Thinking method. She is a social psychologist and Senior Research Associate in the Department of Psychology at 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 has developed an array of interventions to address these, operationalizing the construct of Integrative Complexity (IC, Suedfeld 2010) to measure violence prevention-related cognitive change. Her work spans universal prevention through critical thinking programs in schools, programs for identified ‘at risk’ youth, and programs for detainees and formers involved in violent extremism.

Séraphin Alava Ph.D. is a full professor in educational sciences at the EFTS Mixed Research Unit and a member of the “Radicalités et régulations” team at the Maison des sciences de l’homme in Toulouse (CNRS). As an expert within UNESCO, he led the UNESCO World Report on the links between radicalization and social media. He is the head of three European research networks building cross-disciplinary links and providing a better understanding of the processes of radicalization, the question of radical withdrawal and the processes leading to violent extremism. He has developed a method for evaluating the impact of counter-speech initiatives aimed at preventing radicalisation, which is included in the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN)’s best practices.

Simon Kuany is leading 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 organise and implement community activities to build sustainable peace. A global nomad from South Sudan, Kuany finished his high school in Kenya while a refugee; earned the Indian Council of Cultural Relations and Symbiosis International University Joint Scholarship where he finished his MBA. Self-educated in global geopolitics and philosophy, trained in inquiry-oriented education and critical thinking, he handles #YouthWagingPeace and TAGe. Kuany is also a trainer for the UNAOC’s MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) Young Peacebuilders Programme. His book, The Enlightened Darkness is an intimate meditation on the causes and consequences of the Sudan civil war.

Stéphane Leman-Langlois Ph.D. is Professor of Criminology at Université Laval, Quebec. His research has focused on domestic and international terrorism and right-wing extremism. He is a member of the Intersectoral Team on the Prevention of Social Polarization and Radicalization Leading to Violence of the CIUSS in the Quebec Capital.