CEO/Director The Institute for Strategic Dialogue Co-founder of the Women and Extremism (WAE) initiative
As the co-founding CEO of this international think and action tank Sasha has led the organisation’s government advisory work, research and action programmes in the fields of counter-extremism and foreign policy, bringing the private sector to the table alongside senior policy makers and building transformative networks to respond to the cross-border challenges of conflict, extremism and terrorism.
A policy and social entrepreneur Sasha has spearheaded: the first pan-European Muslim mentoring network (CEDAR); a partnership with Google Ideas to counter radicalisation and extremism on and off-line and the first global network of former extremists and their victims (AVE); a major tech sector partnership with Google, Facebook and Twitter designed to counter terrorist and extremist use of the internet and social media; a high level transatlantic task force with Turkey on joint counter-terrorism and conflict resolution work; and a major scholarship and leadership scheme for young people from Europe’s wider neighbourhood from Afghanistan to Bosnia, run with Oxford University.
Sasha chairs the European Policy Planners’ Network on counter-radicalisation, which she initiated in 2008 with the participation of 8 European governments and co-chairs the EU’s Internet Radicalisation working group.
Sasha previously served as Senior Director at the US think-tank, the EastWest Institute (EWI), where she headed the organisation’s conflict resolution and transition work, rolling-out unique cross-border field operations across the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Russia. She was nominated to served on a Task Force of the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe in the aftermath of the Balkan wars.
Sasha currently, serves on the board of the Women Without Borders SAVE Initiative and is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. She is a regular commentator on the BBC News, the BBC WorldService, Channel 4 News, Radio 4 and other networks.