Leading expert on counter-extremism, societal resilience and human rights.

Britain's first Counter-Extremism Commissioner.

Dame Sara Khan is a leading expert and policy specialist on counter-extremism, societal resilience and human rights. She is an inspiring public speaker, author and commentator and her expertise is highly sought after by governments and civil society alike.

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

Listen: Sara speaking to Kirsty Young on BBC Desert Island Discs.

Listen on the BBC website

Read: “Extremists hate her and she responds well boo hoo…” Sunday Times interview with Rosamund Urwin.

Read on The Times website

Watch: Sara as a panelist on a special edition of BBC Question Time following the Manchester bombings.

Sara awarded a DBE in the 2022 New Years Honours List

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Podcast: Sara talks to the Centre of Geopolitics, University of Cambridge about hateful extremism and societal resilience

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Sara Khan has been appointed by the Prime Minister as the government’s Independent Adviser for Social Cohesion and Resilience

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From the blog

Sara giving a speech for the Home Office Confronting Extremism Together campaign

Commission for Countering Extremism: Achievements and Reflections

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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.

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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…

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