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Hadelin Feront

Hadelin Feront

Head of the Countering Violent Extremism Unit, City of Brussels

Hadelin Feront heads the City of Brussels’ Unit for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE Unit), a position he has held since 2013. Based within the City of Brussels’ Crime Prevention Agency (BRAVVO), the PreRad Unit relies on the agency’s more than 300 frontline professionals, as well as an extensive network of specialized partners. As Head of Unit, Mr Feront coordinates the City’s multi-agency platform to counter violent extremism, the Local Integrated Security Cell (LISC). He also manages a team that implements the local government’s P/CVE strategy combining strategic communication campaigns, a community resilience programme, as well as risk-assessments and interventions to disengage individuals from violent extremist behavior and terrorism. As part of the Unit’s mandate to develop and share its expertise, Mr Feront leads its strategic analysis work, training and capacity building. He is regularly consulted by international organizations to contribute his expertise on P/CVE strategies and counterterrorism. He has notably lectured at the Belgian National Defense Academy on counterterrorism since 2016 and contributed to NATO’s Standard Curriculum for Combatting Terrorism. Since 2017, Mr Feront has actively contributed to the Global Counter-Terrorism Task Force (GCTF) ‘s Rabat-Washington Good Practices on the Prevention, Detection, Intervention and Response to Homegrown Terrorism and has led capacity-building workshops with senior judiciary officials form Chad, Cameroon, Mali and Niger. In 2019, he was invited to be part of the OSCE’s expert panel to develop Guidelines for Non-Custodial Rehabilitation of Violent Extremist. Mr Feront holds a Degree in law and political science from the University of Edinburgh and a master’s degree in intelligence analysis and security studies from London Brunel University. Prior to joining BRAVVO, Mr Feront worked as an international lawyer, advising civil society organizations on legal strategies to protect the social, political and environmental rights of developing countries as part of multilateral trade agreements.

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