Vidhya Ramalingam has focused much of the past decade working to counter white nationalist extremism and terrorism. Following the 22nd July 2011 attacks in Norway, she led the European Union’s first inter-governmental initiative on far-right terrorism and extremism, initiated by the Governments of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and the Netherlands, and launched by the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs. She worked with hundreds of practitioners in 10 European countries to design policy, initiate projects, and build capacity to respond to far-right extremism and terrorism.
In 2015, Vidhya co-founded Moonshot CVE, – a company that uses technology to disrupt and counter violent extremism globally. She directs overall strategy and oversees campaigns, software development, and digital projects in over 25 countries. Under her leadership, Moonshot CVE has pioneered new partnerships with tech companies to respond to violent extremism on their platforms – setting up online intervention programs to pull individuals out of violent movements, and the use of automated messaging to disrupt hate groups online.
In her spare time, Vidhya serves on the Board of Life After Hate, an organisation set up by former white supremacists, and dedicated to helping individuals leave hate groups.
Favourite TED Talk:
My identity is not an obstacle – it’s my superpower