Sara was appointed Britain’s first Counter-Extremism Commissioner in 2018, tasked with leading the newly created independent Commission for Countering Extremism. She has pioneered national government policy, driving forward innovative thinking and providing solutions to complex policy challenges. Sara has directly advised and worked with three British Home Secretaries.
In March 2021, Sara was appointed by the Prime Minister as the government’s Independent Adviser for Social Cohesion and Resilience as part of government action to tackle extremism in our communities.
In 2008 she co-founded the women’s led counter-extremism organisation, Inspire. For ten years, Sara worked nationally with local communities, schools and public bodies. Countering extremist propaganda and directly challenging extremist organisations, her work with Inspire was recognised as ground-breaking, resulting in numerous awards and distinctions.
Get to know Sara Khan
Watch: Sara as a panelist on a special edition of BBC Question Time following the Manchester bombings.
A pioneer in the counter-extremism field, Sara is recognised as one of the UK’s most high-profile authoritative experts on counter-extremism…
Sara’s areas of expertise include counter-extremism, radicalisation, integration, diversity, human rights and societal cohesion…
In the media
‘There is no right not to be offended… and no one should live in fear for doing their job’
“The woman who calls out extremists”, Hope Not Hate interview, September 2020
Far Right and Islamist extremists are continuing to operate with virtual impunity in our country
Podcast: Sara talks to the Centre of Geopolitics, University of Cambridge about hateful extremism and societal resilience
From the blog
10 years in Inspire gave me first hand insight into how extremists operate in our country today
It has been an honour; and the lived and eye-opening experience I gained during my time at Inspire will come in great use as I move on into my new role as Lead Commissioner of the Commission for Countering Extremism.
5Pillars UK: What are British Islamists thinking?
Despite the global rise of Islamist extremism, the response to it here has been unfortunately predictable and highly counter-productive…