As founding Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), Sasha Havlicek has been responsible for the strategic development of the organisation, heading up programmes, research and policy work in the fields of social cohesion and counter-radicalisation, European neighbourhood and Russia policy and cultural and media dialogue with Muslim communities and the Arab world. She also oversees the Institute's Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme, launched with Oxford University in 2007.
Sasha previously served as Senior Programme Director at the US think-tank the EastWest Institute (EWI), where she developed a prominent portfolio of border management and cross-border conflict mitigation projects, setting up and running field operations across the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Russia. Sasha also served on the Task Force of the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe in the aftermath of the Balkan wars.
She serves on the board of the Women Without Borders SAVE Initiative and is Chairman of the charity Next Generation Nepal (NGN).
A British national, educated at Bachelors and Masters levels at the London School of Economics (LSE), she also holds a graduate diploma from the Institut D'Etudes Politiques (IEP), Paris.
Research and Policy Director, Security and Integration
Rachel Briggs joined the Institute as Senior Advisor to the Islam, Diversity and Social Cohesion Programme in October 2009 and became the Research and Policy Director for Security and Integration in January 2011. As a researcher and analyst, she specialises in security, particularly on radicalisation, counter-terrorism, polarisation and community conflict.
Focusing on ISD’s Islam, Diversity and Social Cohesion and Security and International Cooperation programmes, she is working with the Policy Planners Network to provide policy briefings on issues related to radicalisation, counter-radicalisation and counter-polarisation, and she is conducting a short feasibility study for the development of a cross-country evaluation tool. She is also working on the “Al Qaeda – Affiliated and ‘Homegrown’ Jihadism in the UK: 1999-2010" and “Muslims in the European Mediascape” research projects.
Rachel holds senior research posts at RUSI and UCL, and alongside her work at the Institute she has recently conducted a gap analysis of Prevent work for a UK regional Government office and completed a major research project for the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the role of higher and further education institutions in the Prevent agenda. She is also a guest lecturer for Coventry University.
Formerly, Rachel was Head of International Strategy and head of the Security and Identity Programmes at Demos, and Risk and Security Programme Manager at The Foreign Policy Centre. She is Associate Editor, Renewal; Editorial Advisory Board member, RUSI Monitor; Council member of the Risk and Security Management Forum (RSMF); Advisory Board member, Wilton Park (executive agency of the Foreign Office); Board member of the European Muslim Research Centre at Exeter University; Advisory Board member, STREET; and is also a regular assessor panel member for the ESRC.
Sebastien Feve joined the Institute as a Programme Associate on the Security Programme in October 2012. Prior to this, he worked as a Junior Associate on the Violence & Extremism and Citizens Programmes at Demos. Sebastien also completed a placement at the International Security Directorate at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, and has experience working within national and European civil society networks.
His research interests include international security, counter-terrorism, extremism and emerging threats. He obtained an MSc in International Public Policy from University College London, and a BA in History from Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a bilingual British/French national and has a working knowledge of Spanish.