Bjørn Ihler is the co-founder and director of the Khalifa Ihler Institute and co-founder and co-CEO of Glitterpill LLC. Ihler is an internationally renowned researcher and expert in countering and preventing radicalisation into violent extremism by building healthier communities on and off-line. The key focus of his research and work in recent years has been on transnational extremist movements and their modes of communication. This work has been vital in developing a shared understanding of the global threat landscape and informing national and international policy and practice regulating technology, online content and harms while focusing on the impact this may have on human rights.
In the first half of 2022, Ihler participated in The Obama Foundation Leaders Europe. Since 2016 he has worked with the group Extremely Together, under the Kofi Annan Foundation, to empower youth and civil society internationally to challenge violent extremism in their local communities and work against radicalisation across the globe. From 2020 to July 2022, Ihler served as the inaugural chair of the Independent Advisory Committee of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism.
Through his international work, Ihler has worked with and advised local organisations, national governments, private sector companies, and international institutions such as the EU, OSCE and the UN. His work has influenced key strategies and efforts to more effectively prevent and address radicalisation into violent extremism that may lead to terrorism..