Zahed Amanullah is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) and leads on ISD’s civil society engagement, communications, and partnerships, coordinating the public and private sectors with activists, frontline workers, and relevant civil society networks to counter disinformation, hate speech, extremist propaganda and recruitment. Alongside his work at ISD, he is also Director of the Concordia Forum, a global network of leaders from Muslim backgrounds that has convened annually in exclusive retreats alternately in Europe and North America since 2009.
At ISD, Zahed has worked on research and capacity building for NGOs in Kenya, Europe, and the Middle East. He has co-authored The Impact of Counternarratives, a cross-platform study on counternarrative messaging impact, Between Two Extremes, a study of extremist messaging during the 2017 Kenya elections, and The Innovation Fund to Counter Hate and Extremism in the UK, a report on a £1m fund for UK civil society organisations supported by Google.org that he helped oversee alongside a similar €10m fund for European CSOs in 2019. He has given testimony to the UK and European parliaments and has been featured at the BBC, NPR, Channel 4, Sky News, the Guardian, CNN International, Bloomberg, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Newsweek among others.
The 2,000-strong Concordia Forum network has received commendations from Hillary Clinton, Theresa May and attendance in person by representatives and parliamentarians from Canada, the UK, and other European countries including Farah Pandith, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, MN Attorney General Keith Ellison, Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Andre Carson, and Rashida Tlaib.