H.A. Hellyer is Fellow at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick (UK) and Director of the research consortium, the Visionary Consultants Group (VCG) (with consultants in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia). Formerly Ford Fellow of Centre for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution (USA), Dr Hellyer is a United Nations ‘Global Expert' (with regional expertise on the Middle East, Europe and southeast Asia) on the politics of the Middle East, minority/majority relations, the interplay between religion and modernity, and radical political violence.
Nominated as Deputy Convenor of the UK Government's Home Office working group on Muslim communities in the aftermath of the July 7th bombings in London, he was also Economic and Social Research Council Placement Fellow at the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, focusing on Arab diaspora and Muslim communities in Europe.
Previously Member of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies of the University of Oxford, Dr Hellyer was also Warwick University's Senior Research Fellow (the equivalent of an Associate Professor), and Professor of Law at the American University in Cairo. A contributor to Oxford Analytica, he is regularly invited to give advice and evidence to the Department of Communities and Local Government, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, the House of Commons (UK), the Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department (USA).
Educated at Hill House, London, and at international schools in the UK and in the Middle East, Dr Hellyer received a Law degree and a Masters degree in International Political Economy from the University of Sheffield. He received his PhD from the University of Warwick. The research consultancy he founded, the VCG, which focuses on issues of relevance to development in the Middle East and broader Muslim world, & Muslim world- West relations, has just completed a six-country study in Southeast Asia and Africa. He was recently offered the SJ Fellowship in the Study of Muslims in Britain at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford - the first such endowed post. He was also recently appointed as Senior Outreach Manager and Senior Academic Advisor at Soliya, a UN Alliance of Civilisations implementation organisation that seeks to improve West - Muslim world relations through new media and university education. He is a specialist on political transition within Egypt and the wider Arab world.
Member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (London, Washington, Singapore) and Fellow of the Young Foundation (UK), Dr. Hellyer was previously Visiting Professor at the Law Department at the American University in Cairo (Egypt), and Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS Malaysia). He is a regular commentator in mediums such as the Guardian (UK), the Washington Post (USA), the National (UAE) and the Prospect Magazine (UK), Reuters, the Daily Beast (USA) and speaks to forums such as the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Brookings (USA), the Azhar University in Cairo and the BBC Doha Debates.
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