Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism

Sara Khan

Sara Khan



Sara Khan was appointed by the Home Secretary to lead the Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE) in January 2018.

Before her appointment she was director of Inspire, an organisation she co-founded in 2008 to challenge gender inequality and Islamist extremism.

Inspire’s work has included:

  • conferences and workshops for Muslim women
  • training and support for teachers and schools
  • campaigns to encourage communities to stand up to extremism including the Home Office-supported Making a Stand campaign, which challenged Daesh propaganda

In 2016 she co-authored the book ‘The Battle for British Islam: Reclaiming Muslim Identity from Extremism’.

In 2002 she graduated from the University of Manchester with a master’s degree in Pharmacy and went on to complete her MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London in 2006.

Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism

The Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism is independent of government. In the Commission’s first phase, their role is to:

  • engage widely and openly on extremism and our fundamental, pluralistic values across the public sector, communities, civil society, families and legal and academic experts
  • publish a study into the threat we face from extremism, and the current response
  • advise ministers on the Commission for Countering Extremism’s future structures, work programme and the appointment of further commissioners