Anas Altikriti is CEO and Founder of The Cordoba Foundation, a UK-based Think Tank addressing relations between the Muslim World and the West in the War on Terror era. He holds a Doctorate in Political Studies from Westminster University, and has lectured in Translation and Interpreting studies at Leeds and Heriot-Watt Universities at Post-Graduate level. Altikriti is Chairman of the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), whom he served as President in 2004. He advises a number of governments and international NGOs on various strategic matters including conflict resolution and countering extremism. He is also a leading figure in the Anti-War Movement, having organised an chaired a number of demonstrations against the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, including the 2 million march in February 2003. He is a media commentator in both Arabic and English and has appeared on a number of prominent debates including HardTalk, Doha Debates and Al-Jazeera Talks, and has written in a number of international papers and journals, commenting on Islamic Political Thought, the Middle East, Western Muslims as well as extremism, terrorism and government policies thereon. Altikriti is also a Hostage Negotiator, who has been involved in several negotiations in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Algeria and Libya, a result of which was the release of 18 hostages to date.