Dr. H.A. Hellyer, FRSA, is a fellow at Cambridge University, a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, and a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. A prominent public intellectual of English and mixed Arab heritage raised on three continents, he has been clarifying the geopolitics of the Middle East, the West, and Southeast Asia to publics and governments globally for more than two decades. In 2020, he was elected to be a fellow of the UK’s Royal Society of Arts in recognition of his scholarship and analysis in international relations, security, and belief.
Dr. Hellyer was appointed deputy convener of the UK government’s Taskforce on Tackling Extremism after the 2005 London bombing and the UK Foreign Office’s first Economic and Social Research Council fellow. He has held positions at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, the American University in Cairo, and the University of Technology in Malaysia as part of his dedication to public engagement in the Middle East and North Africa, the West, and Southeast Asia. As part of his portfolio, he co-steers the European Commission project on “Radicalisation, Secularism and the Governance of Religion,” which brings together European, North African, and Asian perspectives with a consortium of twelve universities and think tanks. A research entrepreneur, he also founded the VC Group for research consultancy and previously served as the first senior practice consultant based in the Arab world at Gallup.
His books and reports include A Revolution Undone: Egypt’s Road Beyond Revolt for Oxford University Press and Hurst and Company, Muslims of Europe: The ‘Other’ Europeans for Edinburgh University Press, “Engagement With the Muslim Community and Counter-Terrorism: British Lessons for the West” for the Brookings Institution, and A Sublime Path: The Sufi Way of the Sages of Makka for Fons Vitae. Having worked in North Africa, the Arabian Gulf, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, Europe, and the United States, Dr. Hellyer writes analysis that has been regularly featured in leading outlets such as the Washington Post, CNN, the BBC, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, the Guardian, Politico, the Financial Times, New Straits Times, and Daily News Egypt.