Erroll G. Southers  Dr. Erroll G. Southers is a former FBI Special Agent, Professor of the Practice of Governance, Director of the Safe Communities Institute and Director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies at the University of Southern California (USC) Sol Price School of Public Policy. He is also the Director of International Programs for the Department of Homeland Security National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) and an adjunct subject matter expert for the RAND Corporation. Erroll was Pres. Barack Obama’s first nominee for Transportation Security Administration Assistant Secretary and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Deputy Director for Critical Infrastructure of the California Office of Homeland Security. He served as Assistant Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence at the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department, police officer and gang investigator with the Santa Monica Police Department and enjoyed the distinction of being a member of FBI SWAT. Erroll has testified before the full Congressional Committee on Homeland Security as a subject matter expert. As the author of Homegrown Violent Extremism, he is a noted counterterrorism expert and security analyst to a variety of media networks, lectures and consults around the world. Dr. Southers earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University, and he holds masters and doctoral degrees in public policy from USC.

Erroll G. Southers

Dr. Erroll G. Southers is a former FBI Special Agent, Professor of the Practice of Governance, Director of the Safe Communities Institute and Director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies at the University of Southern California (USC) Sol Price School of Public Policy. He is also the Director of International Programs for the Department of Homeland Security National
Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) and an adjunct subject matter expert for the RAND Corporation. Erroll was Pres. Barack Obama’s first nominee for Transportation Security Administration Assistant Secretary and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Deputy Director for Critical Infrastructure of the California Office of Homeland Security. He served as Assistant Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence at the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department, police officer and gang investigator with the Santa Monica Police Department and enjoyed the distinction of being a member of FBI SWAT. Erroll has testified before the full Congressional Committee on Homeland Security as a subject matter expert. As the author of Homegrown Violent Extremism, he is a noted counterterrorism expert and security analyst to a variety of media networks, lectures and consults around the world. Dr. Southers earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University, and he holds masters and doctoral degrees in public policy from USC.

 Pete Simi  Pete Simi is Director of the Earl Babbie Research Center and an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Chapman University. For more than 20 years, he has been studying the development, persistence, and transformation of violent identities by conducting extensive fieldwork with active and former members of extremist movements and conventional street gangs. Pete's research has been funded by the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. His co-authored book,  American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s Hidden Spaces of Hate , received a 2010 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book Award.  

Pete Simi

Pete Simi is Director of the Earl Babbie Research Center and an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Chapman University. For more than 20 years, he has been studying the development, persistence, and transformation of violent identities by conducting extensive fieldwork with active and former members of extremist movements and conventional street gangs. Pete's research has been funded by the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. His co-authored book, American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s Hidden Spaces of Hate, received a 2010 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book Award.  

 Vidhya Ramalingam  Vidhya Ramalingam is Founder of Moonshot CVE, an organization combining technology with social work to respond to hate and violent extremism online. She oversees digital projects in over 20 countries to connect vulnerable individuals online with support and alternatives. Vidhya’s work is underpinned by a decade of experience engaging directly with white supremacists, building new partnerships with activists, and advancing policy design with international governments. Previously, Vidhya was Senior Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), where she set up and ran the international program on Far-Right Extremism and Intolerance. From 2012-2014, she led the EU capacity building program on far-right terrorism, the Far-Right Extremism in Europe Initiative (FREE Initiative), working with over 300 practitioners across 10 countries.  She holds various roles including Faculty Associate at the University of Oxford and Fellow at the German Institute on Radicalization and Deradicalization Studies (GIRDS).

Vidhya Ramalingam

Vidhya Ramalingam is Founder of Moonshot CVE, an organization combining technology with social work to respond to hate and violent extremism online. She oversees digital projects in over 20 countries to connect vulnerable individuals online with support and alternatives. Vidhya’s work is underpinned by a decade of experience engaging directly with white supremacists, building new partnerships with activists, and advancing policy design with international governments. Previously, Vidhya was Senior Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), where she set up and ran the international program on Far-Right Extremism and Intolerance. From 2012-2014, she led the EU capacity building program on far-right terrorism, the Far-Right Extremism in Europe Initiative (FREE Initiative), working with over 300 practitioners across 10 countries.  She holds various roles including Faculty Associate at the University of Oxford and Fellow at the German Institute on Radicalization and Deradicalization Studies (GIRDS).

 
  Humera Khan    Humera Khanis the President of Muflehun, a resource center specializing in preventing hate, extremism and violence. She recently served as Senior Consultant to the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), developing policy recommendations for countering terrorist narratives. Humera is a recognized expert in preventing & countering violent extremism, and developing metanarratives to undermine terrorist ideologies. Her experience in security strategy and knowledge of theology is utilized in a policy advisory and strategic planning capacity by multi-national organizations, governments and law enforcement agencies in several countries. Focusing on countering online recruiting to violent extremism, her services are sought for capacity-building of governments, organizations, youth, communities and religious leaders. Ms Khan serves as the chair of the GCERF Independent Review Panel and has received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for her work. She has testified before Congress and spoken at SXSW on the topic. Humera is also a specialist in scenario planning, strategy formulation and threat assessment using agent-based modelling, morphological analysis and system dynamics. Previously, as principal at a DC area think-tank, she designed and integrated methodologies for threat anticipation and risk assessment for the Singapore government “Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning” initiative. She was also a team member designing energy security strategy for US government clients. She holds four degrees from MIT: MS Technology & Policy, MS Nuclear Engineering, BS Art & Design and BS Nuclear Engineering. She also has an MA in Islamic Studies from an affiliate seminary of the Washington Theological Consortium.

Humera Khan

Humera Khanis the President of Muflehun, a resource center specializing in preventing hate, extremism and violence. She recently served as Senior Consultant to the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), developing policy recommendations for countering terrorist narratives. Humera is a recognized expert in preventing & countering violent extremism, and developing metanarratives to undermine terrorist ideologies. Her experience in security strategy and knowledge of theology is utilized in a policy advisory and strategic planning capacity by multi-national organizations, governments and law enforcement agencies in several countries. Focusing on countering online recruiting to violent extremism, her services are sought for capacity-building of governments, organizations, youth, communities and religious leaders. Ms Khan serves as the chair of the GCERF Independent Review Panel and has received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for her work. She has testified before Congress and spoken at SXSW on the topic. Humera is also a specialist in scenario planning, strategy formulation and threat assessment using agent-based modelling, morphological analysis and system dynamics. Previously, as principal at a DC area think-tank, she designed and integrated methodologies for threat anticipation and risk assessment for the Singapore government “Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning” initiative. She was also a team member designing energy security strategy for US government clients. She holds four degrees from MIT: MS Technology & Policy, MS Nuclear Engineering, BS Art & Design and BS Nuclear Engineering. She also has an MA in Islamic Studies from an affiliate seminary of the Washington Theological Consortium.

  Damian Loth   Damian Loth is a partner at Media in Motion, where he recently completed the acquisition of the MagCast digital magazine app publishing platform. MagCast by Media in Motion is a SaaS platform serving thousands of independent publishers. In recent years  Damian  has developed news syndication agreements with national news-wire services, facilitating distribution of the business news stories prepared on behalf of clients.  Damian  is an award-winning entrepreneur who has created multiple media properties, professional sporting events and consumer products. He has appeared on national media and is regularly asked to comment on the digital publishing industry. A specialist in market positioning and organizational messaging,  Damian  provides Life After Hate with a viewpoint from outside the CVE community.

Damian Loth

Damian Loth is a partner at Media in Motion, where he recently completed the acquisition of the MagCast digital magazine app publishing platform. MagCast by Media in Motion is a SaaS platform serving thousands of independent publishers. In recent years Damian has developed news syndication agreements with national news-wire services, facilitating distribution of the business news stories prepared on behalf of clients. Damian is an award-winning entrepreneur who has created multiple media properties, professional sporting events and consumer products. He has appeared on national media and is regularly asked to comment on the digital publishing industry. A specialist in market positioning and organizational messaging, Damian provides Life After Hate with a viewpoint from outside the CVE community.

  Tony McAleer   A former organizer for the White Aryan Resistance (WAR), Tony McAleer served as a skinhead recruiter, proprietor of Canadian Liberty Net (a computer operated voice messaging center), and manager of the racist rock band, Odin’s Law. Tony was eventually found to have contravened Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act that prohibits the dissemination of messages likely to expose groups to hatred by telephone. Tony's love for his children led him on a spiritual journey of personal transformation. Financial hardship and the harsh realities of single parenthood brought him to a place of compassion and forgiveness. Tony has spent the past six years as principal of McAleer & Associates Wealth Management and traveling as a motivational speaker. He is a former executive director of Life After Hate.

Tony McAleer

A former organizer for the White Aryan Resistance (WAR), Tony McAleer served as a skinhead recruiter, proprietor of Canadian Liberty Net (a computer operated voice messaging center), and manager of the racist rock band, Odin’s Law. Tony was eventually found to have contravened Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act that prohibits the dissemination of messages likely to expose groups to hatred by telephone. Tony's love for his children led him on a spiritual journey of personal transformation. Financial hardship and the harsh realities of single parenthood brought him to a place of compassion and forgiveness. Tony has spent the past six years as principal of McAleer & Associates Wealth Management and traveling as a motivational speaker. He is a former executive director of Life After Hate.