The Khalifa Ihler Institute

Asma Khalifa

Asma Khalifa is a Libyan activist and researcher who has worked on human rights, women’s rights and youth empowerment since 2011. She has begun working on peace-building and conflict transformation in Libya. In May 2016, Ms. Khalifa received the Luxembourg Peace Prize during The World Peace Forum in the European Parliament in Luxembourg. In 2017, she was named one of the 100 most influential young Africans by the Africa Youth Awards. In 2018, Ms. Khalifa was named one of the 30 most extraordinary voices by the African Women in Leadership Organization. Ms. Khalifa is the co-founder of Tamazight Women’s Movement, a think/do tank that is working on gender equality and research on the indigenous women of Libya and North Africa.


Bjørn Ihler

Bjørn Ihler is an international counter extremism expert, technologist and activist working as a editor, writer and filmmaker to develop spaces for dialogue and peace-building between people and communities who are radically different. In 2016 Ihler co-founded the Khalifa Ihler institute which works for peace through knowledge, technology and design. Since 2016 Ihler has also been part of the Kofi Annan Foundation initiative Extremely Together and exploring means of countering violent extremism as one of ten young leaders in the field from across the world. Ihler is building his work on a foundation in communication, technology, data and computational sociology as well as his academic background in peace and conflict studies.




Fatima Zaman

Fatima Zaman was selected by the Kofi Annan Foundation to become one of its Extremely Together Young Leader based on her track record in fighting violent extremism in the UK. As a civil servant, she advises key stakeholders on countering violent extremism (CVE). Her expertise lies in the role of education in preventing violent extremism. In 2017, as part of the Extremely Together initiative, she helped write and design the first ever youth-led countering violent extremism tool-kit and guide, a practical resource to empower youth across the world to actively prevent violent extremism. Alongside this, she pioneered a CVE Roadshow in schools and universities across nternationally to help young people understand what violent extremism is and spot early signs of radicalization. Ms. Zaman is currently an Obama Foundation Scholar focusing on the further development of educational resources, workshops and traings for peacebuilding and the prevention of radicalisation into violent extremism.


Sandra Elvebakken Myrland

Sandra has a background in industrial design with a focus on product and service design. Sandra’s recent work was with creating an internal collaboration tool for services between 23 different libraries within the Oslo Public library system.  In the past she has worked on urban development in Fredrickstad, user-experience improvement and enhancing transportation services within Norway.  Her focus is on how to change people’s behavior utilizing user-research, strategies, and new and existing design-thinking methods. Sandra has a Masters from Oslo Met in Product Design.  Her master's thesis was about integration of asylum seekers. 

Sandra is passionate about animal rights, dance, psychology, mindfulness, and new cultures.