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Digital Fellows Network

The Digital Fellows Network brings together leading experts, academics, diplomats, government officials, journalists and civil society leaders from the US and Canada to cooperatively formulate strategies on countering violent extremism online.  
This Network was originally part of the North American Working Group to Counter Violent Extremism Online established by MIGS in November 2016 with the generous support of the office of public affairs of the US Embassy to Canada 

Wale Adeboye

Adeboye is the founder, West Africa Responsibility to Protect Coalition, a multidisciplinary research and policy think-tank. He worked in the past as a journalist and has been a policy analyst, project coordinator, and researcher and is presently a member of the UN/UNESCO Advisory group on genocide education in Africa. He is a tutor at both Makerere University's Rotary Peace Center and the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, New York, USA.

Since 2016, Adeboye has been a Global Peace Index Ambassador for the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). Through UNDP and the Stanley Foundation, Adeboye contributed to two key policy documents in Africa- 'Framing the Development Solutions to Radicalization in Africa' and 'Taking Stock of the Responsibility to Protect in Africa.' He is also the Secretary/West Africa focal person in the Africa Working Group of the Global Action against Mass Atrocities (GAMAAC).

Adeboye has a culture of maximizing qualitative research to meet clients’ expectations. He adopts high quality, effective and efficient solutions for projects in diverse industries in private/public sectors, government and the military and for organizations such as UNDP Africa Regional Service Centre, The United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU), Global Centre For Responsibility to Protect, PeaceDirect, US Department of Defense, The Stanley Foundation and many others.

He holds a Phd and a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies as well as a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication. He also holds a graduate certificate in Genocide Studies and Prevention from Keene State College, New Hampshire, United States. In addition to being a Digital Fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Adeboye is a graduate of the Rotary Peace Center of Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, an alumnus of Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights Education, Global Rights Conncection program, Kofi Anan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), and the West Africa Civil Society Institute in Accra, Ghana.

Twitter: @waleadeboy

Alyssa Blank

Alyssa Blank holds a Master of Arts degree in Globalization and International Development from the University of Ottawa, where she focused her studies on online hate and the psychological operations of war. She has since served as an online hate expert for several not-for-profits. Her collaborative and pragmatic work combines qualitative and quantitative analyses to bring experts closer to solving the challenge of online hate.

Dr. Joana Cook

Dr. Joana Cook is an Assistant Professor of Terrorism and Political Violence at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA), Leiden University (Netherlands), a Senior Project Coordinator/Editor in Chief at the International Centre for Counterterrorism (ICCT, Netherlands), and an Adjunct Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University (US). Her research focuses primarily on terrorism and counterterrorism, with a specialisation in the roles of women, children, and gender dynamics. More recently, I have also focused on non-state actor governance. She holds numerous affiliations

Her first book, “A Woman’s Place: U.S. Counterterrorism Since 9/11” was published in 2019 with Hurst Publishers, and 2020 with Oxford University Press. She has published a co-edited volume on Islamist Governance (both state and non-state actors) with Dr. Shiraz Maher (Hurst 2023). She has published numerous academic and policy publications on security, counterterrorism and human security published (full list in ‘Publications’).

Previously, she was a Senior Research Fellow with the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization (ICSR) at King’s College London (see also ‘Teaching’). She has worked on an ad-hoc basis with organizations such as the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (UK), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Public Safety Canada, Moonshot CVE and Saferworld, amongst others. She received both my PhD and MA from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, UK, and her BA from the University of Regina, Canada.


Alexander Corbeil

Alexander Corbeil is an independent analyst focusing on conflict, terrorism and radicalization. He has worked with the United Nations Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate, Western militaries and governments, and NGOs on a number of preventing and countering violent extremism initiatives. Alexander holds an MA in Political Science (2011) and HBA in Political Science and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (2010), both from the University of Toronto. He completed an intensive course on violence, conflict and fragility with the World Bank, and obtained a certificate in conflict management in Arab-Israeli affairs at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Alexander possess over five years of experience as a political commentator and open source intelligence analyst focusing on Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. His articles, opinion pieces and commentary have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Carnegie Endowment, Time, The Globe and Mail, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, The Daily Star (Lebanon) and World Politics Review.


Zach Devereaux

Zach Devereaux has been researching social media and it's impact on business, politics, and national security since 2010. Zach won a Gemini Citation of Recognition with the Infoscape Lab at Ryerson University for putting Twitter, YouTube, and Blogs on CBC news during Canada Votes 2008 coverage, and worked in automotive related social media analytics and analysis for 5 years, before becoming a social media expert and defence consultant at the NATO level. Zach is a francophile, sports fan, and dedicated husband and father. 

Jones Enebeli 

Jones Enebeli is a responsible public policy professional with several years of hands-on diverse work experience with international development and partnership agencies. Jones holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Diplomacy, Law and Global Change from Coventry University, England, a MCert. in Public Management and he is concluding a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Saskatchewan.

He is impassioned about Public Policy and International Governance and possesses a deep-seated interest in International Development work; predominately in such areas as: Human Rights, International Aids and Charities, The Responsibility to Protect framework, Atrocities Prevention, Human Security framework, Girl-Child Education, Indigenous Rights and Arms Trade Treaty.

At MIGS, Jones is primarily focused and saddled with galvanizing action and raising voices in respect of getting the Canadian Parliament to pass the 'Paul Dewar Mass Atrocity Prevention Bill' in honor of the late Paul Dewar, a former Member of the Canadian Parliament who was committed to making the world a better place through relentless advocacy for human rights across the globe.

Mark Kersten 

Dr. Mark Kersten is a Senior Consultant at the Wayamo Foundation, senior researcher at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and a law student at McGill University, Montreal. In 2011, Dr. Kersten founded the blog Justice in Conflict, which regularly publishes articles on the challenges of pursuing transitional justice in the context of ongoing violent political conflicts. He has taught courses on genocide studies, the politics of international law, transitional justice, diplomacy, and conflict and peace studies at the London School of Economics, SOAS, and University of Toronto. In 2016, Oxford University Press published Mark’s book, Justice in Conflict: The Effects of the International Criminal Court’s Interventions on Ending Wars and Building Peace. He holds a PhD and MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Guelph. His research focuses on the politics and effects of interventions by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and has appeared in numerous academic fora as well as in media publications such as The Globe and Mail, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post. Mark has previously been a Research Associate at the Refugee Law Project in Uganda and as a researcher at Justice Africa in London. 

Twitter : @MarkKersten

Website : Blog 

Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. ( and Distinguished Fellow in National Security at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI).  He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation.  From 1983 to 2001 he was employed as a senior multilingual analyst at Communications Security Establishment (CSE – Canada’s signals intelligence agency), specialising in the Middle East.  He also served as senior special advisor in the National Security Directorate at Public Safety Canada from 2013, focusing on community outreach and training on radicalisation to violence, until his retirement from the federal civil service in May 2015, and as consultant for the Ontario Provincial Police’s Anti-Terrorism Section (PATS) from May to October 2015.  He was the Director of Security and Intelligence at the SecDev Group from June 2018 to July 2019, focusing on Islamist terrorism online.  From October 2019 to April 2022 he was the Director of the National Security Program at the University of Ottawa’s PDI.  Mr. Gurski has presented on violent Islamist-inspired and other forms of terrorism and radicalisation across Canada and around the world.  He is the author of six books to date:  “The Threat from Within: Recognizing Al Qaeda-inspired Radicalization and Terrorism in the West” (Rowman and Littlefield 2015) “Western Foreign Fighters: the threat to homeland and international security” (Rowman and Littlefield 2017), The Lesser Jihads: taking the Islamist fight to the world (Rowman and Littlefield 2017), An end to the ‘war on terrorism (Rowman and Littlefield 2018), When religion kills: how extremist justify violence through faith (Lynne Rienner 2019) and  The Peaceable Kingdom? A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the present (self-published 2021 – see here for how to buy  He regularly blogs (Today in Terrorism and other issues), podcasts (Canadian Intelligence Eh!  – available on his Web site), and tweets (@borealissaves) on national security and terrorism.  He is a digital fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies at Concordia University.  Mr. Gurski is a regular commentator on national security, terrorism and radicalisation for a wide variety of Canadian and international media.  He is fluently trilingual in English, French and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Arabic and Farsi (Modern Persian). 

Twitter: @borealissaves

Ewelina Ochab

Ewelina U. Ochab is a legal researcher and human rights advocate, and author of the book “Never Again: Legal Responses to a Broken Promise in the Middle East.” Ochab works on the topic of the persecution of minorities around the world, with main projects including Daesh genocide in Syria and Iraq, Boko Haram atrocities in West Africa, and the situation of religious minorities in South Asia. Ochab has written over 30 UN reports (including Universal Periodic Review reports) and has made oral and written submissions at the Human Rights Council sessions and the UN Forum on Minority Issues. Ochab is currently working on her PhD in international law, human rights and medical ethics. Ochab is a Contributor to Forbes. She has also published in the Providence Magazine, Oxford Human Rights Hub, UnHerd, and Washington Examiner.

Twitter @EwelinaUO

Nicolai P​ogadl

Nicolai P​ogadl works at the Canadian International Council. His professional focus is on projects and research at the intersection of digital technology, international security, atrocity prevention, and human rights. More precisely, he focuses on tools and procedures for human rights groups to counter surveillance and suppression, and is motivated to bring policy and tech professionals closer together.  

Through his work he helped conceptualize and organize several conferences and training programs at Concordia University, conducted research at the MIT Media Lab and the Harvard Berkman Center, participated in several conflict and atrocity prevention hackathons, and advised two teams at a Stanford University "Hacking for Diplomacy” course.  

Nicolai is a Swiss/German citizen, he studied International Affairs in Switzerland where he has also been active as an event organizer and alumni representative for the St. Gallen Symposium, a yearly conference which brings together 200+ students from around the globe with 500+ leading politicians, academics, and business executives. 


Jeff Weyers

Jeff holds a Graduate Certificate in Intelligence and Security Studies from the University of Ottawa, a Diploma in Law and Security Administration from Conestoga College, a B.A. in Psychology and Biology from Wilfrid Laurier University and finally a M.Sc. in Investigative Psychology from the University of Liverpool. He is an active contributor to the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium.

Jeff has trained in the areas of Anti-Terrorism Training, Intelligence and Security, Major Case Investigations, Major Case Management, Internet and OSINT Investigations, and Interviewing and Interrogation. Jeff is currently studying the risk assessment of terrorist groups and individuals and terrorist social networks. Jeff has consulted with numerous agencies on identifying individuals vulnerable to violent extremism as well as using social media in intelligence gathering and investigations. As a result he has received numerous commendations for his work in diverting persons from violent extremism.

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