Dr Russell Razzaque

'We must bring the conveyor belt of extremism to a halt. But that will take more than just condemnation.'

Russell is a London based psychiatrist with twenty years experience in adult mental health., with expertise in mindfulness and counter-extremism, having authored a book on the psychology of suicide bombing.

As an adolescent watching some of his peers begin to associate with more extreme versions of Islam at university, Russell believes he was able to overcome the lure of the jihadist recruiters through the wisdom of British Muslim elders who had successfully managed to incorporate both Eastern and Western values and tradition into their lives.

He has championed the need for mentoring services, to offer disaffected youth counselling and support when most needed, and to engage young people in the political process.

He has worked for a number of major national and international institutions during his career including the University of Cambridge, the UK Home Office and Ministry of Justice, and he currently works as a consultant psychiatrist and associate medical director in the NHS in east London.