Effective counter-terrorism strategies require the participation of a broad range of actors, including civil society. At the core of such strategies is the notion that prevention of radicalisation is one of the key priorities and that effective groups and individuals need to be supported and empowered with a view to building resilience within relevant communities. The panel will examine the current challenges in empowering alternative voices across Europe and will offer first-hand experience in working on the ground, both at grassroots level and with policy makers.
Roberta Bonazzi founded the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) in 2005 and has guided its growth for over a decade. Her expertise focuses on violent radicalisation, foreign relations, democratic reform and extremism. She has directed successful pan-European campaigns on thes... Read More →
Policy and Advocacy Officer, Cork Equal and Sustainable Communities Alliance
Tehmina Kazi is a European Foundation for Democracy fellow, human rights activist and writer based in Cork, Ireland. She was director of the registered charity British Muslims for Secular Democracy from May 2009 to August 2016, where she worked to raise awareness of secularism among British Muslims and the wider public. She is a trustee of Hope Not Hate, an advisory board member of the Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks project, an Inclusive Mosque Initiative volunteer, and a former Royal Society of Arts Centenary Young Fellow. Tehmina was named one of the... Read More →
Head of Rapid Response, International Media Support (IMS)
After a long career in United Nations peacekeeping, Andreas Sugar joined International Media Support (IMS), a Copenhagen, Denmark-based non-profit NGO, in 2011. Having managed programmes in a number of countries, including Yemen, Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Somalia, he now heads IMS&rsquo... Read More →