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Mr Noor Huda Ismail


The Institute for International Peace Building, Indonesia

Noor Huda Ismail is the founder of The Institute for International Peace Building in Indonesia. Ashoka, a global social entrepreneur organization awarded him as Ashoka Fellow 2013 as a social innovator for new approach on civic engagement.

Through the Institute, he reincorporates former convicted terrorists back into mainstream Indonesian society. In the same time, he also empowers women who are affected directly with violence in post conflict areas such as in Poso, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Ismail’s connection to the world of extremism can be traced back to his childhood. His roommate when he studied in an Islamic boarding school in Central Java for six years was one of the Bali bombers in 2002.

Prior to this activity, he worked as a special correspondent for the Washington Post Southeast Asia Bureau from 2002-2005. He then won British’s Chevening Scholarship in 2005 to further his master degree on International Security at St Andrews University, Scotland.
His book, My friend, the terrorist? (Mizan 2010) was recently selected at the Frankfurt International Book Festival 2015. His new documentary film, Jihad Selfie will be screened worldwide this year to challenge the narrative of the radicals.

Mr Ismail's writings have appeared in a number of media outlets such as the Washington Post, The Rolling Stones, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Strait Times, The Jakarta Post, Tempo Magazine, Kompas. He appears regularly on Indonesian TV stations such as Metro TV and TV One and international ones such as ABC TV, SBS TV, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera to comment on security issues. He also gives a Tedx Talk in Hong Kong and a series of public lectures in the US, Australia, UK, France, Holland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Geneva, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.

Mr Ismail is now working closely with Google together with NGOs in Asia Pacific regions on how to use technology to counter the spread of violence ideology. Since 2014, he is pursuing his PhD student of Politics and International Relations at Monash University on Australian Award Scholarship.