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JulieJulie Lenarz is a Founder and the Executive Director of the Human Security Centre.

Her role is to direct strategy and development, research focus as well as staff management and recruitment for the organisation. She leads the HSC’s Middle East group and co-chairs the HSC’s Security and Defence division. Her areas of expertise include: (counter-) terrorism, Islamism, jihadism, Kurdish affairs, religious persecution and military interventions.

Ms. Lenarz’s diverse working experience ranges from political consultancy and journalism to charities and think tanks. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Washington-based The Israel Project, a non-profit educational organization that provides factual information about Israel and the Middle East to the press, policy makers and the general public.

She also acts as Lead Coordinator of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Yemen in the UK Parliament and Feature Writer for the Jewish daily newspaper Hamodia. She previously served as Principle Consultant to The European Parliament Intergroup on the Freedom of Religion or Belief, and Religious Tolerance, and as an independent Foreign Affairs Adviser to Robert Halfon MP.

She regularly appears on prominent television and radio outlets on the subject of radicalisation, extremism and terrorism, including CNNSky NewsChannel 4 NewsBBC and LBC and has written for or has been quoted by several national and international publications, including The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, CNN, The Evening Standard, The IB Times, The Jerusalem Post, The National Interest, and Fox News.

In March 2013, she was part of the British delegation to Iraq by invitation of the Kurdish Regional Government to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Kurds by Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Ms. Lenarz has given written evidence to six UK parliamentary inquiries: The House of Lords Select Committee inquiry into the UK’s soft power (March 2014); The House of Commons Defence Select Committee inquiry into humanitarian intervention – political (April 2014); The House of Commons Defence Select Committee inquiry into humanitarian intervention – legal (April 2014); The House of Commons Defence Select Committee inquiry into the legal framework for future operations (April 2014); The House of Commons Defence Select Committee inquiry into future force 2020 (October 2014); The House of Commons Defence Select Committee inquiry into the situation in Syria and Iraq (November 2014).

She has lived and worked in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Germany and the Netherlands and holds a BA (cum laude) in European Studies and an MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics.

Read all of Julie’s work.

Contact: julie.lenarz@hscentre.org; @MsJulieLenarz

Personal Assistant: Cathriona O’Ceallaigh cathy.oceallaigh@hscentre.org; @CathyOCeallaigh


Dr Dwayne Ryan Menezes is a Founder and Director of the Human Security Centre. He is responsible for government relations, strategic partnerships and public outreach; assists with overall strategy and management; and heads the Religion and Politics division. His policy interests include: the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia; the Commonwealth; the Polar Regions; religious freedom and extremism; and intergovernmental organisations.

Dr Menezes has long pursued a career at the intersection of academia and policy. In his policy career, he currently serves as Consultant to the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and as Lead Coordinator of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Yemen in the UK Parliament. Formerly, he served as Principal Consultant to the European Parliament on the Freedom of Religion and Belief; as Researcher to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions; and as Researcher at the social policy think-tank ResPublica. His evidence to the House of Commons (UK) Defence Select Committee inquiry into humanitarian intervention featured prominently in the Defence Select Committee report Intervention: Why, When and How? (2014). He or his work have also featured in Il Sussidiario, DWThe Telegraph, The GuardianEvening Standard and IB Times and on Sky News, MSNBC, Al Jazeera and Channel News Asia.

In his academic career, Dr Menezes is an imperial and religious historian currently serving as Associate Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. Until recently, he also served as Visiting Academic at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford and as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in History at Heythrop College, University of London. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and also read History at a postgraduate level at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Mumbai. His academic research interests relate to the history of non-Western subimperialism, the history of Christianity in the non-Western world and the history of non-Western Christians in the West.

At Cambridge, Dr Menezes was also a member of the interdisciplinary research team at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) that prepared the study Unlawful Killings in Africa (Cambridge, 2014) for the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. He served as the Principal Investigator looking into the use of excessive force in the context of mass demonstrations. Information presented in the study formed the basis of the UN Special Rapporteur’s report to the UN Secretary-General and UN General Assembly (A/69/265), and the study served as the founding document for a newly-established Unlawful Killings Unit at the University of Pretoria.

In the past, Dr Menezes also served as Governor of a Church of England school in West London and as Director of a development NGO in India. He has travelled to over 60 countries in 5 continents and lived a transnational life spanning Mumbai, Doha, Dubai, Jerusalem, London, Lisbon, Rome, New York, Toronto and Melbourne.

Read all of Dwayne’s work.

Contact: d.menezes@hscentre.org; @Dwayne_Menezes