In an exciting move for Quilliam International’s expansion, Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, has been appointed as Executive Director, North America, where he will be responsible for leading on Quilliam’s new strategic direction in the USA and Canada.  Muhammad is a recognised expert on countering violent extremism and has worked in a wide variety of postings within the US Government having served as a frontline civilian for a decade working for the Department of Homeland Security, Director of National Intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center.

Muhammad has worked and studied throughout the Middle East and Africa with real world experiences at the strategic and local level, he has wrote or co-wrote numerous Presidential Daily Briefs and advised senior USG policymakers at the White House and National Security Council. Muhammad joins Quilliam from a unique perspective and vantage point.

Muhammad’s firm background within the national security arena, is complimented too, by a world class academic pedigree, currently finalising his PhD and scholarly works on Islamic intellectual history, Islam in America and contemporary theology in the Muslim world at Howard University. His last posting came as a Senior Program Officer for the U.S. Institute of Peace, leading on their work in the Horn of Africa and serving as an expert on CVE issues.

Quilliam International Chief Executive, Haras Rafiq, has this to say on Muhammad’s appointment:

Myself and the Board of Quilliam International, could not be more pleased that Muhammad is joining us. His experience in Government, academia and with Muslim communities in the USA and around the world, gives him the perfect background for a leadership role within Quilliam. As we continue to expand and continue to deliver in an increasingly fractured, political and societal landscape, having people like Muhammad, leading the way, is invaluable.”

The newly appointed Executive Director, North America Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, says:

“I am delighted to be appointed as the new Executive Director, North America. I feel my professional, academic and personal story, truly demonstrates my approach and how I have dedicated my life to the service of my country, my local community and my academic integrity.

 As a descendant of the indigenous African American Muslim community, whose families made great sacrifices in America, our story is one built on resilience, the fostering of trust and of dialogue across multiple viewpoints. I look forward to furthering this time honored tradition, rooted in my historical past and envisioning it further in the future with Quilliam.”

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