Dr. Hisham Hellyer

An academic, policy specialist and international speaker, Dr. Hellyer is regularly invited to give advice and evidence to the Department of Communities and Local Government, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, the House of Commons (UK), the Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department (USA). He has been asked to serve as Deputy Convenor of the UK Government’s taskforce after the 7th of July bombings, and Warwick University Senior Research Fellow at the UK Foreign Office to advise on Muslim communities. A contributor to Oxford Analytica, he has also served as a consultant to different British Council and Gallup Poll initiatives in Europe, North America and the Middle East, and was also appointed as Senior Outreach Manager and Senior Academic Advisor at Soliya, a UN Alliance of Civilisations implementation organisation that seeks to improve West – Muslim world relations through new media and university education.

Educated at international schools in the UK and across the Middle East, Dr Hellyer received degrees in law, politics and sociology for the universities of Sheffield and Warwick (UK), and has carried out fieldwork across the Arab world, southeast Asia, Europe and North America. He has been a visiting professor at the American University in Cairo, and at the Universiti Teknologi in Malaysia, as well as being a Member of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies of the University of Oxford. His previous and current policy institute affiliations include memberships and fellowships at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (London, Washington, Singapore) the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (Malaysia) and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (USA). A prolific author, he writes columns in the Washington Post (USA), the Huffington Post (USA), the National (UAE), the Guardian (UK), al-Masry al-Youm (Egypt) and the Straits Times (Singapore), among other publications around the world. He is currently writing two books on European and American security policy, and the Arab Spring.