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Research and Analysis

Research & Analysis

Murat Uzunparmak, Director of Research and Analysis

Murat joined Hedayah as a secondee from the Government of Turkey. Prior to Hedayah, he worked as a District Governor and a Deputy Governor at the Turkish Ministry of Interior. Murat has governed seven different districts in Turkey and has fourteen years of professional experience.

He holds a Bachelors degree in Law from Ankara University and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Van and is currently completing his thesis for a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Çanakkale. 

Sara Zeiger, Program Manager

Sara joined the team in August 2012 and currently leads Hedayah’s portfolio on CVE and education. Sara is also currently a Non-Resident Fellow in International Relations and Counter-Terrorism for TRENDS Research & Advisory. 

At Hedayah, Sara supports the Director in providing oversight for the Department’s programs, including the Counter-Narrative Library, non-resident Fellowship Program and annual International CVE Research Conference.  Sara is currently leading the development of an App for Monitoring, Measurement and Evaluation for CVE projects titled MASAR as well as the development of a collection of counter-narratives for the East and Horn of Africa region.  Sara is also the Co-Director of a NATO SPS Advanced Research Workshop grant on the role of women in CVE. 

Sara was Hedayah’s liaison with the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) to support the development and drafting their framework document, the Abu Dhabi Memorandum on Good Practices for Education and CVE and follow-up Action Plan. Her recent publications include Violent Radicalisation and Far-Right Violent Extremism in Europe;  Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in Africa: The Role of the Mining Sector, and two How-To guides on Undermining Violent Extremist Narratives (South East Asia & Middle East and North Africa).

Prior to joining Hedayah, Sara worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. She also served as a Head Teaching Fellow for the Harvard Extension School and was a Graduate Assistant at Boston University, conducting research on politics and society in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.  Sara holds an M.A. in International Relations and Religion (concentrations: Security Studies and Islam) from Boston University, and graduated as valedictorian with a B.A. in Psychology and Religion from Ohio Northern University.

Lilah Elsayed, Research Associate

Lilah joined Hedayah in February 2013 and has been supporting the Executive Director Office since then in addition to all the translation work for the Center in her capacity as an Arabic-English legal translator - certified by the U.A.E Ministry of Justice. 

Prior to joining Hedayah, Lilah served as a military field interpreter providing optimal interpretation and translation support to the Military personnel especially female soldiers of U.A.E Armed Forces & Presidential Guard Command. Lilah conducted language training programs in Arabic and English at the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit #3, American University and U.S. Embassy in Cairo, and was contracted by the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, VA. 

Lilah graduated with a Masters degree in “International Law, Diplomacy and International Relations” from Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in 2016.

Farangiz Atamuradova, Research Associate

Farangiz joined Hedayah in February 2018. Prior to Hedayah, Farangiz worked at Delma Institute as a political analyst covering various regional issues. Her internship experiences include the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Royal United Services Institute.

Farangiz holds a Master of Letters in Terrorism Studies from the University of St. Andrews and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics with International Studies from the University of Warwick. The title of her Master’s dissertation was, Tajikistan: The Case of Religious Fundamentalism & Empowerment of Women as a Method to Counter Violent Religious Extremism and Radicalism.

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