Dr. Kate Barrelle

Kate Barrelle is a clinical and forensic psychologist with over 20 years of applied experience working in community mental health, private practice and government.

Her PhD research, which won two international awards, involved interviews with former radicals about disengagement from extremism and their subsequent societal reintegration. This work resulted in a model of disengagement from violent extremism (Pro-Integration Model) that informs a holistic, strengths-based, structured approach to early intervention.

Kate is regularly engaged to deliver talks and training on disengagement from violent extremism, with a particular focus on how to support young people within an early intervention framework. Along with Shandon Harris-Hogan, Kate co-designed Australia’s national Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) risk assessment, needs analysis and case management tools. Kate sits on various advisory groups and works with professional bodies and government departments to design awareness training packages on this topic.

Kate is also the co-founder of, and now the Chief Impact Officer of STREAT, a Melbourne-based social enterprise that provides vocational training, holistic wrap-around support and supported work experience to marginalised and at-risk youth. Through STREAT, Kate is committed to supporting young people through direct engagement in the STREAT programs, as well by advising other organisations in the social services sector on the topic of early CVE intervention. In this capacity she advises on extremism, disengagement and reintegration, as well as early intervention for risky and at-risk young people, working with police, prisons, and community programs preventing all forms of violence. The key to disengagement from a destructive trajectory is engagement elsewhere in a way that is meaningful to the young person.

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Professor Tore Bjørgo

Tore Bjørgo is director of the Center for Research on Extremism: The Far Right, Hate Crime and Political Violence (C-REX), professor at the University of Oslo, and adjunct professor at the Norwegian Police University College (PHS).

A social anthropologist by training (University of Oslo), he received his doctoral degree from Leiden University. He was a Fulbright visiting scholar at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, in 2014. His main fields of research have been political extremism and terrorism, racist and right-wing violence, delinquent youth gangs, disengagement from violent groups, political communication, crime prevention, and policing.

He has (co)authored or (co)edited thirteen books, including Root Causes of Terrorism (2005), Perspectives of Police Science in Europe (2007), Leaving Terrorism Behind: Individual and Collective Disengagement (2009, co-edited with John Horgan), Strategies for Preventing Terrorism (2013), and most recently, Preventing Crime: A Holistic Approach (forthcoming), and The Dynamics of a Terrorist Targeting Process: Breivik and the 22 July Attacks in Norway (forthcoming, with Cato Hemmingby).

In Norway in 1996, he initiated of the first Exit project to facilitate disengagement from right-wing extremist groups, an idea that has inspired similar exit projects in a number of other countries.

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Dr. Scott Flower

Scott is a Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Western Australia.

He holds a PhD in Public Policy and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Australian National University, (ANU). Scott has published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals including: the Journal of Islamic Studies, Novo Religio, the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, the Journal of Pacific Affairs, Journal of Pacific History, and the Australian Journal of International Affairs.

Scott has been awarded a number of prestigious national and international research grants for his research projects. He was funded by the Australian Civil Military Centre to lead a project with Dr David Hyndman investigating the use of the social sciences by Western militaries to develop socio-cultural analytical capabilities that support Civil-Military Stabilisation, Peace-Building and Conflict Prevention operations. He is currently leading research in the US and Canada (funded by the US Dept. of Defence and Public Safety Canada respectively) investigating conversion to Islam in each country and the radicalisation of converts there.

Scott also has ongoing research interests in the Pacific region, particularly Papua New Guinea where he has worked as a consultant in security and resettlement advisory roles for Exxon Mobil, BHP Billiton and Xstrata. Earlier in his career (1992-95) Scott was a command post operator and forward observer’s assistant in the Royal Australian Artillery Corps. After the army Scott worked as a mountain guide in New Zealand and as a professional mountain rescuer in emergency services for the Department of Conservation at Mt Cook (1997-2004). Between his Masters and PhD studies, (2006-08) he worked for ASIO as lead intelligence analyst for the Banking and Finance and Oil and Gas sectors.

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Professor Emeritus Gary D Bouma AM FAICD

Gary D Bouma AM is the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious Relations – Asia Pacific, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Former Director of the Global Terrorism Research Centre at Monash University, and the Australian Node of the Religion and Diversity Project, University of Ottawa.

He serves on the Social Cohesion Institute of the State of Victoria, Australia. He served as Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Development at Monash University, President of the Australian Association for the Study of Religions, and Chair of the Board of the Parliament of the World’s Religions 2009 (Melbourne).

His research in the sociology of religion examines the management of religious diversity in plural multicultural societies, education about religions, postmodernity as a context for doing theology, religion and terror, religion and public policy. Author or Co-Author of over 25 books and 370 articles, he has been invested as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to Sociology, to Interreligious Relations and to the Anglican Church of Australia.

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Dr B. (Hass) Dellal AO

Dr B. (Hass) Dellal AO is the Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation.

He has over 25 years’ experience in policy, management, community development and programming for cultural diversity. He has extensive experience nationally and internationally in multicultural affairs. He serves on various boards and committees and has spearheaded initiatives for the development of the general community. He has prepared programs on community relations, social cohesion and integration and prevention strategies on behalf of Government authorities and the private sector.

Hass is and Chairman of the SBS Board of Directors, Chair of the Centre for Multicultural Youth, Chair of the Islamic Museum of Australia, Co-Chair of the Victoria Police Multi-faith Council, Member of the Australian Multicultural Council, Board Member of the European Multicultural Foundation, a Fellow of the Williamson Leadership Program and an Australia Day Ambassador. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to Multiculturalism, the Arts and the Community in 1997, and the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003. In 2006, he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences by RMIT University.

In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the multicultural community through leadership and advisory roles, to the advancement of inclusiveness and social harmony, to youth, and to the broadcast media.

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Professor Ghayda Hassan

Dr. Ghayda Hassan is a Professor of clinical psychology at the Université de Montréal, and holds several research, clinical and community based national and international affiliations. Ghayda’s clinical and research activities focus on the interplay of culture, identity, mental health and violence among the specific studied groups.

She is a reseacher at the SHERPA-RAPS team of the CIUSSS Center-West of the Island of Montreal, and is currently co-leading the research, training and prevention / intervention activities of the FRQSC funded RAPS team (SHERAP subteam for Research and Action on Radicalisation and Social Suffering).

Her systematic reviews, research and clinical activities are centred around four main areas of clinical cultural psychology: 1) Social suffering, inter-community relations and violent extremism; 2) Intervention in family violence & cultural diversity; 3) Identity, belonging and mental health of children and adolescents from ethnic/religious minorities and; 4) working with vulnerable immigrants and refugees.

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