Ankit Panda is an international affairs expert and senior editor at The Diplomat, an online Asian Affairs magazine.
He writes daily on politics, security, economics, and culture in the Asia-Pacific region, and hosts a podcast on Asian geopolitics. He is also a columnist on Asian security affairs for the South China Morning Post. He is often quoted in the media on matters ranging from North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear program to Chinese foreign policy.
Senior Editor at The Diplomat
Areas of Expertise: Politics, Security, Economics, Asia-Pacific Region, Asian Geopolitics
Humera Khan is the Executive Director of Muflehun, a think tank specializing in preventing radicalization and countering violent extremism (CVE). Khan contributes in an advisory capacity to the US government (including FBI, DHS, DOJ, DNI, DOS, NCTC, NSC and TSA) and law enforcement agencies in several European countries.
Khan holds four degrees from MIT: an MS in Technology & Policy, an MS in Nuclear Engineering, a BS in Art & Design and a BS in Nuclear Engineering. She also has an MA in Islamic Studies from the School of Islamic and Social Sciences, an affiliate seminary of the Washington Theological Consortium. Previously, Khan designed and integrated methodologies for threat anticipation and risk assessment for the Singapore government, as well as designed energy security strategies for clients of the U.S. government.
Currently, Khan’s work includes the design and launch of the Viral Peace program for the US Department of State to train youth leaders on the strategies of using social media to build communities and counter extremism. She is a frequent speaker on CVE and the role of social media in fighting extremism around the globe. In 2012 she received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for her work.
Executive Director, Muflehun
Areas of Expertise: Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), Social Media in CVE, Security Strategies, Islamic Studies, Ideology of Violent Extremism, Women in Security, Youth CVE Programs, Online Radicalization, Women CVE Programs
Former FBI agent Walter Lamar is a federal law enforcement specialist. He has served as Deputy Director to the the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Law Enforcement, and Senior Adviser to the Department of the Interior’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security.
In his 19 years as an FBI agent, Lamar received the FBI Shield of Bravery twice, and worked on high profile cases such as the Zodiac Killer, the Oklahoma City Federal Building Bombing, and the Branch Davidian standoff near Waco, Texas.
In the past, Lamar has been an overseer to the Tribal Juvenile Alternatives to Detention report to Congress. He is a citizen of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana and descendant of the Wichita Tribe of Oklahoma.
Lamar is the founder and President of Lamar Associates LLC, a security consulting firm that provides professional services for emergency preparedness, risk management, drug/gang awareness and prevention, and law enforcement training attuned to Native American tribal communities and organizations.