professional panel

Friday, December 2nd, we will host a distinguished panel of experts to talk about violent extremism and its alternatives. Our world today faces the challenges of countering violent extremism, particularly among the youth recruited by gangs, ISIS as well as white supremacists among other radical groups. How should academics as well as policy makers frame this challenge? How should CVE programs be conducted given the vulnerability of those most directly implicated in these recruitment initiatives?
NYU Peer 2 Peer (P2P) campaign invites you to learn more about this subject with our distinguished panel.

-Christina Nemr: Christina spent 5 years working on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism. She was responsible for strategy development, program creation, research, and multilateral initiatives and covered thematic issues, including women and CVE, victims of terrorism, and youth engagement. She currently advises on CVE initiatives in a personal capacity. Christina Nemr holds a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.

-Siobhan O’Neil: Siobhan joined the United Nations University’s (UNU) Office in New York as Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration Project Manager in February 2015. She is currently the Children and Extreme Violence Project Lead at the UNU. Dr. O’Neil has a broad experience in both the security and intelligence fields as she held prominent positions at the Congressional Research Service in Washington, DC and at the Intelligence Bureaus of both New Jersey and New York Offices of Homeland Security. Siobhan O’Neil holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master’s degree in National Security Policy Studies from the Naval Postgraduate in Monterey, California, and a Master’s degree in International Security Studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

-Iynna Halilou: After acquiring experience in the international development/ government space, at the United Nations and Cameroonian Embassy in Russia, Iynna found her truest passions in social entrepreneurship and its interplay with tech. She is currently the Strategy and Business Lead at the Edtech startup Enza Academy where she is responsible for spearheading and managing business development initiatives including identifying and winning early customers, and developing key partnerships. Prior to this, Iynna worked in Cleantech and the energy space in New York. Originally from Cameroon and Madagascar, Iynna hopes to return to the continent and be part of the generation of change makers. She earned a Master in International Affairs, specializing in International Development from NYU GSAS and Wagner School of Public Service and previously a BA in International Relations and Spanish from Durham University in England.

The Panel will be moderated by Professor Colette Mazzucelli.