Laila Bokhari

Academic, politician and diplomat

Served as Deputy Minister with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as State Secretary to the Prime Minister of Norway from 2013-2017. Bokhari is an academic, politician and a diplomat. She has worked on political violence, terrorism and radicalisation for the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and was a member of the 22 July Commission of Norway (Breivik case enquiry). She has worked on developing counter-terrorism policies both in national and multilateral settings, notably leading the efforts in developing and implementing the Norwegian national action plan on countering violent
extremism and radicalization in 2014. She was posted as a diplomat to the Norwegian Embassy in Pakistan and worked on the UN Security Council’s al-Qaida/Taliban Monitoring Team (1267 Committee) and the UN Counter-terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) in New York.

Bokhari has consulted on terrorism, radicalisation and political developments in Europe, South/Central Asia and the Middle East with NATO, OSCE, UN, several governments and the private sector. A speaker and commentator on security, terrorism and international affairs, and a published author. Bokhari chairs the board of the Lillehammer Museum, and is on the Board of Directors of the Global Centre for Cooperative Security (GCCS), the
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo Metropolitan University, the RAFTO Foundation and the Human Rights House Foundation. She also sits on the Advisory Council of Hedayah (UAE). She is a non-resident fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, USA, and King´s College, UK.


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