Sasha is the Founding CEO of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), a leading international ‘think and do tank’ with teams working in every global region to safeguard democracy and reverse the rising tide of hate, extremism and disinformation. Sasha has spearheaded ISD’s combination of advanced digital research and analysis, government policy advisory work, city and practitioner training, digital education, tech and communications programming. With a background in conflict resolution and an expertise in global extremist movements and digital policy, she advises a range of governments and has spearheaded major initiatives including the Strong Cities Network, Against Violent Extremism Network of former extremists, and the Business Council for Democracy. Sasha previously served as Senior Director at the EastWest Institute where she led conflict resolution programming. Sasha has testified before US Congress and the UK Parliament and is a regular commentator in the media (CNN, BBC, Channel 4 News and other networks).
The Summit unites the public and private sectors, domestic and international, against hate and extremism. Researchers, activists, lawyers, technology experts, political leaders, and more come together, each bringing their unique tools to the fight. Important relationships that were established at the Summit in 2021 have carried forward into working groups with concrete deliverables for 2022 and beyond.