Nikita Malik, Associate Fellow, The Soufan Center


Nikita Malik


Nikita Malik is an Associate Fellow with The Soufan Center and the Director of the Centre on Radicalisation and Terrorism (CRT) at the Henry Jackson Society, a think tank based in Westminster, London.

She is an internationally recognized expert on countering violent extremism, terrorism, and hate-based violence, with a focus on youth deradicalization. In her role, she has worked with key policy makers and government departments in the UK and globally.

A key component of Nikita’s work focuses on the propagation of extremist material online, including on social media platforms and the Darknet. Her research has put forward a number of solutions to foster engagement between UK government policymakers and technology companies.

Her past research reports have been regularly featured in the media, and her findings and policy recommendations have been discussed in the House of Commons, House of Lords, European Parliament, the US State Department, and the United Nations.

In addition to working with government policy makers and the media, Nikita has also engaged NGOs to build partnerships and deliver high impact programs on youth and radicalization, including Save the Children, Child Soldiers, Child to Child, UNICEF, and others. Her work on radicalization has paralleled models on how children are exploited by gangs, cults, and violent groups, and the way technology can help or hinder their exit.

Her work to date has led Forbes Magazine honoring her in 2018 as a 30 Under 30, and a key influencer in law and policy. Nikita was educated at the University of Oxford (where she completed her MA and MSc) and has a second MSc in Middle Eastern Politics and Arabic from SOAS, University of London. She is fluent in four languages.