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Executive Director

H.E. Maqsoud Kruse has served as the Executive Director of Hedayah, The International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, since its establishment in December 2012. Based in Abu Dhabi, Hedayah Center is an independent international “Think & Do Tank” focused on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in all of its forms and manifestations by conducting dialogue, capacity building, and research. In addition to his executive role, Kruse serves as a Steering Board Member of the Policy, Think and Do Tanks Constituency for the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), which is a public-private partnership dedicated to supporting local initiatives to counter violent extremism.

Prior to joining Hedayah, Kruse served as the Head of Planning Section and later as the Psychological Affairs Advisor at the Global Aerospace Logistics (GAL), a subsidiary of the Emirates Advanced Investments Group (EAIG). Prior to joining GAL, Kruse served in the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces working in a variety of settings related to Military Psychology, Strategic Planning and Leadership Development.

Kruse received a Master’s in Organizational Psychology from the University of Melbourne in Australia, where he also conducted training and research in Mediation, Negotiation, Political Psychology and Peace Studies at the former International Conflict Resolution Center (ICRC).  He also holds a Bachelor in Psychology from the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU).

Kruse has broad and interdisciplinary intellectual and academic interests including, but not limited to: Political Communications and Propaganda, Political Islam, and Contemporary Arabic Thought. His paper titled “Countering Violent Extremism Strategies in the Muslim World” appeared in “The ANNALS” of The American Academy of Political and Social Science as part of the 2016 November Issue Volume 668 (1) on “The Middle East and Regional Transition, Terrorism, and Countering Violent Extremism: What the Next President Will Face” by guest editors Rand Beers, Richard A. Clarke, Emilian Papadopoulos and Paul Salem.

Kruse is an international public speaker, writer and a regular guest on a variety of media outlets and publications including CNN, Phoenix TV, Abu Dhabi TV, Al Hurra TV, SBS Radio, Sharjah Radio, New York Times, Washington Post, and The National. 

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