Startup Grind with Muddassar Ahmed (Unitas Communications) & Kamran Bokhari (Geopolitical Futures)

National Incubation Center - Plot 24-B, Street #6, First Floor, National Information Technology Board, H-9/1 Islamabad, 44000 Islamabad
Wed, Jan 17, 2018, 6:00 PM (PKT)

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Muddassar Ahmed is Managing Partner at Unitas Communications Ltd, a British PR consultancy, where he’s led on projects for the United Nations, Amnesty international, NFL, the Hillary Clinton Campaign, the US State Department and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation amongst many others. He also founded the Concordia Forum, an annual retreat for senior Western Muslim leaders.

In addition, he’s President of the John Adams Society, the UK’s official US State Dept. IVLP Association. He’s a Director of the European Network of (US State Dept.) American Alumni, The IDEAS fund & Faith’s Forum for London. He’s also a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, an advisory board member at US Atlantic Council and a Global Advisory Council member for US Global Ties.

He also recently completed a term as an Independent Advisor to the UK Government on combating anti-Muslim hatred. He has been listed for 3 years in a row by Georgetown University and RSCIS as amongst the 500 most influential Muslims globally. He has written and commented for the BBC, CNN, NYT, Jerusalem post and the Telegraph.

Dr. Kamran Bokhari is a globally renowned specialist on countering violent extremism and the geopolitics of the Middle East & South Asia. Bokhari teaches courses on national security and foreign policy to Canadian military, intelligence and security officials at the University of Ottawa. He serves as a senior consultant with The World Bank Group and the London-based firm, Unitas Risk.

Bokhari is also a senior analyst with the intelligence firm, Geopolitical Futures. He was formerly with Stratfor (2003-15) as its Advisor on Middle Eastern and South Asian Affairs. In December 2013 he authored Political Islam in the Age of Democratization (Palgrave Macmillan) and is currently working on a second book on how to ideologically combat the self-styled Islamic State and its so-called caliphate, which is due to publish in 2016. He also has contributed chapters to edited volumes such as the Oxford Handbook on Islam & Politics (2013) & Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West (2007).

He has delivered briefings to various American, Canadian and British government departments. Over the years he has published thousands of analytical/theoretical/op-ed articles and has presented research papers in various international academic and policy forums. He has given hundreds of interviews to leading global media outlets, including: The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Reuters, Associated Press, AFP, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, Foreign Policy, NPR, Forbes, The Christian Science Monitor, National Journal, Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, CBC, CTV, BBC, Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, CNN-Turk, Pakistan's GEO TV, India's Hindustan Times, Xinhua and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Bokhari has many years of teaching experience at US & UK universities. Based in Toronto, Bokhari is a PhD candidate in the department of politics and international relations at London's University of Westminster where he is writing his thesis 'Moderation Among Salafists and Jihadists' with Egypt's Nour Party & Afghanistan's Taliban movement as his case studies.



Wednesday, Jan 17
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PKT)


National Incubation Center
Plot 24-B, Street #6, First Floor, National Information Technology Board, H-9/1 Islamabad44000

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