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Prof. Rohan Gunaratna

Director, International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Prof. Rohan Gunaratna is the Head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore, one of the world’s largest specialist centres for counter terrorism research and training. He was trainer for GIGN France, US Navy SEALS, CTSO Canada, D88 Indonesia, and other elite counter terrorism tactical units including at Balckwater. He visited or worked in conflict zones worldwide including Southern Philippines, Southern Thailand, Eastern Indonesia, Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Xinjiang, Algeria, Israel, Colombia. He debriefed detainees in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Middle East, including high value detainees in Iraq.

Gunaratna has 25 years of operational, policy and academic experience in counter terrorism. Invited to testify before the 9-11 commission on the structure of al-Qaeda, Gunaratna led the specialist team that designed and built the UN Database on the Mobility, Weapons and Finance of al-Qaeda, Taliban and their Entities. A Senior Fellow at the Jebsen Centre for Counter Terrorism Studies, Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy, he is also a Senior Fellow at the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, Oklahoma. A former litigation consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, Gunaratna was a United States expert in the Jose Padilla trial. He is author of 10 books, including the international bestseller “Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror” (Columbia University Press, New York).