Director and CEO, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
Sasha Havliček, Director and CEO, Institute for Strategic Dialogue. As the co-founding CEO of this London-based ‘think and action tank’, Sasha leads the organisation’s government advisory, research and delivery programmes in the fields of counter-extremism and foreign policy. Sasha advises a range of Western governments on countering extremism; she chairs the 11-country Policy Planners’ Network on Countering Radicalisation, and co-chaired the EU’s Internet Radicalisation working group from 2012-2015. She is the co-founder of the Women and Extremism Initiative and has spearheaded, among other things, a partnership with Jigsaw to build the first global network of former extremists and their victims (AVE), and the Innovation Hub - a partnership with Facebook, Google and Twitter - that combines tech and marketing expertise with front line networks to counter the internet propaganda machine of the extremists. She recently launched the Online Civil Courage Initiative in Germany with Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. Sasha previously served as Senior Director at the US think-tank, the EastWest Institute (EWI), where she headed the organisation’s conflict resolution work and served on a Task Force of the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe. Sasha is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, has been invited to testify on extremist recruitment before US Congress and is a regular commentator in the media (CNN, BBC, Channel 4 News and other networks).