Mubaraz Ahmed is an analyst in the Co-Existence team at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, where he focuses on Islamist extremism. Mubaraz’s research interests and areas of expertise include the development of global jihadism, pathways to radicalisation and Islamist activity in the UK. He also works closely with the Institute’s projects and education teams, providing insight and expertise to better inform programmatic work.
Mubaraz leads the Institute’s work into online extremism, having co-authored a groundbreaking report into the accessibility of Islamist extremist content in Google search results, A War of Keywords. Mubaraz regularly engages with governments and technology companies to support the development of sustainable policy and practical solutions to the challenges of online extremism.
Working with the programme teams, Mubaraz has helped develop resources that are used by the Institute’s global education programme to train teachers on how to better discuss extremism in the classroom. He has also delivered training sessions to help educators around the world better understand different types of extremist ideologies and organisations.
Mubaraz has delivered briefings to government officials and policymakers in London, Brussels and Washington DC, as well as providing policy advice to representatives of Google and Twitter. He has addressed high-level gatherings organised by the European Commission and the Global Counterterrorism Forum and various other international conferences on counter-terrorism and counter-extremism.
Mubaraz has provided analysis and expert commentary for a range of international outlets, including BBC News, CNN and Al Arabiya, while his research has been featured in leading publications such as the Guardian, the Times and the Independent.
Mubaraz read Arabic at SOAS, University of London, and holds a master’s degree in Islamic studies that focused on contemporary trends in Islam, including political Islam, terrorism and integration. The subject of his dissertation was a comparative study of English translations of the Quran published since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.