Ms. Laila Bokhari

oard Director, Nordic Safe Cities; Senior Adviser, Yara International; and Former Deputy Minister/State Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Norway

Bokhari served as Deputy Minister with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as State Secretary to the Prime Minister of Norway from 2013-2017. She is a board director of Nordic Safe Cities a partner to the GSF, and a senior adviser on security and emergency preparedness with Yara International. Bokhari is an academic, politician, writer and diplomat. She has worked on political violence, terrorism and radicalisation for the Norwegian Defense 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 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. Before this she was posted as a diplomat to the Royal 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), Nordic Safe Cities, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo Metropolitan University, the RAFTO Foundation and the Nansen Dialogue Centre. She sits on the International Advisory Council of Hedayah (UAE). She is a Kistefos fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, USA, and an associate fellow at King´s College London, UK.

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