Counter Terror Expert Naureen Fink and Health Care / Disability Expert Matthew Cortland

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Naureen Chowdhury Fink is the Executive Director of The Soufan Center. Previously, she served as the Senior Policy Adviser on Counterterrorism and Sanctions at the United Kingdom’s Mission to the United Nations, leading representation and negotiations in the Security Council and General Assembly. Previously, she was a policy specialist with UN Women and the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), with a focus on integrating gender into the full spectrum of counter-terrorism issues.

Before joining the United Nations, she was head of research and analysis for the Global Center on Cooperative Security, leading on the multilateral security portfolio focused on international response to terrorism and violent extremism, armed conflict, and political instability, and the role of international and regional actors. In doing so, she built on earlier work at the International Peace Institute, where she developed the counterterrorism portfolio.

She has developed and implemented CT and CVE projects across the globe, in regions as diverse as West Africa and South Asia, and published widely on counterterrorism, gender, the UN and deradicalization efforts. She has been a regular panelist at high level and expert events and brings to her roles the experiences of living and working in diverse regions and dynamic multicultural environments.

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