Mr. Faiz Sobhan

Mr. Faiz Sobhan has over two decades of work experience on a wide range of international political, economic, social and security issues. Prior to joining the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Mr. Sobhan spent 13 years at the Commonwealth Secretariat, in London, England, working on a range of economic, social and environmental issues. He joined BEI as Research Director in the Foreign Policy, Security and Countering Violent Extremism Section in 2009.

Mr. Sobhan has authored articles and publications on international affairs, international security, countering radicalization and violent extremism. His research includes issues related to regional cooperation, security, radicalization, terrorism, counter-terrorism, preventing and countering violent extremism. His presentations at national, regional and international seminars and conferences have included the following topics: “SAARC: Towards Meaningful Cooperation”; “India-Bangladesh Relations”; “Bangladesh-Myanmar Relations; #Bangladesh-China Relations”, “Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) through Strategic Communications”; “Role of Civil Society in CVE”; “The Role of Women in CVE”; “The Role of Media in CVE”; “The Boat Migrant Crisis of South and Southeast Asia”;“Countering Radicalization in Bangladesh; “The Role of the Private Sector in CVE” presented at Australia’s Regional Summit to Counter Violent Extremism; “Countering ISIL Radicalization Modalities Globally and in South Asia”,“Regional workshop on Countering Violent Extremism in Asia through Development Assistance”, and “Territorial Demise of ISIS: Implications for South Asia”.

Mr. Sobhan has a MA degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and a BA degree in International Studies from George Mason University in USA. He is an alumnus of the Near East and South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies of the National Defense University in Washington D.C., USA.

Mr. Sobhan has been interviewed by New York Times, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Xinhua News, China Central Television Network (CCTN),Channel News Asia, and Yomiuri Shimbunamong others. His articles have been published in the Nikkei Asian Review, the Council for Asian Terrorism Research (CATR), Macquarie University, Australia, the Daily Star, Dhaka Tribune and Dhaka Courier, among others.