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 Rashid Al Nuaimi is a leading international expert on Extremism, Digital Communication, 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 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 is also the Founder and Chairman of the World Council of Muslim Communities. Furthermore, Dr. Al Nuaimi is a founding member of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies and the first Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders.

As a true believer of the significance of Digital Communication in the modern world, Dr. Al Nuaimi is the Founder and Chairman of Al-Majal Media that is a specialized media company for the development of digital media platforms and for launching strategic communication initiatives at the local, regional and international levels. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Al-Ain News Portal that is a comprehensive Arab news portal covering primarily Arab world news, as well as being the founder of the 7D News based in London covering news from the rest of the world. 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 (ADEK) in his capacity as a Member of the Executive Council of the Government of Abu Dhabi.

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.

Feriha Peracha

Ambassador Daniel Benjamin

Mike Smith

Richard Barrett

David Heyman

Dr. Magnus Ranstorp

Ambassador Ahsan Ullah Khan

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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