founder & CEO, The Active Change Foundation; author, Preventing and Countering Extremism and Terrorist Recruitment: A best practice guide
Hanif Qadir is the CEO of the Active Change Foundation, an organization he co-founded in 2003 to encourage young people to embrace a positive future, and to help prevent young people in danger of becoming radicalized.
A former AQ foreign fighter himself, Hanif travelled to Afghanistan in 2002, but was deterred by the crimes he saw being committed against civilians in the name of Islam and turned his back on them. Returning to the UK, he vowed to safeguard young men and women from similar experiences, losing their lives and harming their communities.
Hanif has a unique understanding of extremist & terrorist networks and their modus operandi, he knows how & why they think and what their objectives are and what drives them.
Since 2003 until 2016 he has been actively involved in advising and assisting senior policy makers in reforming key aspects of the Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE). Working closely with a wide range of governmental institutions, most of the UK’s Police Authorities, as well as research academics across the globe, Hanif has been trying to generate a better understanding of the main issues with countering extremism and the best way to fight Terrorism, its evolution, what drives it and how it manifests.
Hanif and his team are actively involved in using outreach & engagement, including social media to engage young people in condemning ISIS, like the ‘NotinMyName’ campaign, which Hanif and his team launched.
Hanif is a well-known speaker & lecturer, and has addressed hundreds of high level conferences over the past 15 years. He is well known for his frankness and honesty when it comes to ‘What works and what doesn’t’ when it comes to policy, procedures or operational delivery in all aspects of P/CVE.
Follow Hanif on Twitter @hanifqadir