founding director, ConnectFutures
Zubeda is a founding director of ConnectFutures, a social enterprise that delivers training and research for the prevention of extremism and exploitation. She has worked for over 15 years in the public sector as a senior member in a wide variety of local, national and pan-European policy-orientated projects on topics such as extremism, equalities and leadership innovation. She developed an operational accredited mentoring programme on behalf of statutory agencies and partners vulnerable to violent extremism during a two-year assignment with West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit and worked for Birmingham City Council on delivering the Prevent strategy since 2007.
She is the author of A Tale of Three Cities: Public officials and senior representation in the NHS, University, Police and Local Authority (2016) and Formers and Families of Violent Extremists (2015). She graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA in Politics and Modern History and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies.
Zubeda is a Clore Social Fellow 2014/15, an alumni of the IVLP programme (Dept of State, USA) and was invited to the White House Countering Violent Extremism summit in February 2015. She is a current RSA fellow.