Professor Rohan Gunaratna is Head, International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies in Singapore. He is also Senior Fellow, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy's Jebsen Centre for Counter-Terrorism Studies, Boston; Senior Fellow, National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, Oklahoma; Honorary Fellow and Member of the Advisory Council, International Policy Institute for Counter Terrorism, Israel. He holds a masters degree in international peace studies from Notre Dame, US, where he was Hesburgh Scholar and a doctorate in international relations from St Andrews, where he was British Chevening Scholar.
Gunaratna has over 20 years of academic, policy, and operational experience in counter terrorism. He led the specialist team that designed and built the UN database on the mobility, weapons and finance of Al Qaeda, Taliban and their Entities. He adviced Risk Management Solutions, California, to develop their US and Global Risk Models. He is the author of 12 books including “Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror,” published by Columbia University Press, an international bestseller. He serves on the editorial boards of "Studies in Conflict and Terrorism" and "Terrorism and Political Violence," the leading counter-terrorism academic journals.