Our Leadership



With our leadership model and oversight mechanism, we can remain independent and neutral, while ensuring our Steering Board provides us with guidance and input.

CHAIRMAN

Our Chairman primarily manages and provides leadership and governance to the Steering Board and acts as a liaison between the Steering Board and Hedayah through the Executive Director.

H.E. Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi

H.E. Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi is a Member of the UAE Federal National Council for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Defense Affairs, Interior & Foreign Affairs Committee at the Council. Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi is a leading international expert on Extremism and Education. He has more than thirty years of outstanding academic and professional achievements in Government, Non-Government, and Private sectors within the United Arab Emirates and abroad.

As a pioneer of educational reform and policy in the UAE, Dr. Al Nuaimi served as the Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University [UAEU] and the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge [ADEKl in his capacity as a Member of the Executive Council of the Government of Abu Dhabi.

As a prominent advocate of Global Peace, Tolerance, and Coexistence, Dr. Al Nuaimi is currently serving as the first Chairman of the International Steering Board of Hedayah, The International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism based in Abu Dhabi. He also founded and currently Chairs the World Council of Muslim Communities and was the first Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Elders.

INTERNATIONAL STEERING BOARD

The Steering Board is comprised of 12 members of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum and are represented through locally-based Ambassadors or a country’s representative. Its purpose is to ensure Hedayah reflects the insights of GCTF members, while ensuring the success of Hedayah.

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INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

The International Advisory Board (IAB) is a group of international independent experts, practitioners, and academia selected by Hedayah. The IAB’s primarily role is to serve as an advisory body of the Steering Board and Hedayah’s senior leadership on CVE-related topics.

Andrew Glazzard

Edit Schlaffer

Ilwad Elman

Laila Bokhari

Michele Grossman

Murat Yeşiltaş

Paul Spoonley

Paul Foley

Peter Knoope

Raffaello Pantucci

William Braniff

Executive Leadership

Our Executive Leadership includes the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director and they lead the organization and its team.

Expertise

With our expertise, we tackle the threat of violent extremism on all levels from supporting governments in developing their national CVE strategies to engaging with CVE actors on the ground.

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Programs

Through its four main departments, Hedayah develops and delivers a series of interrelated programs that help accomplish its mission.

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Partnerships

We are always keen on collaborating with various partners around the world who can complement our initiatives and aid with the challenges of countering violent extremism.

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