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Ahmad Mansour has a degree in psychology and has lived in Germany for thirteen years, where he campaigns for democracy, equality and peaceful coexistence.

” My own Islam is open to criticism, it doesn’t scare me and neither does it scare others. “

Awards

Karl-Carstens-Preis, 2019

Freundeskreis der Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik e.V.

Joseph-Süß-Oppenheimer-Auszeichnung, 2017

Landtag Baden-Württemberg

Botschafter für Demokratie und Toleranz, 2016

Bündnis für Demokratie und Toleranz

Theodor-Lessing-Preis, 2019

Deutsch-Israelischen Gesellschaft (DIG) Hannover

Carl-von-Ossietzky-Preis, 2016

Stadt Oldenburg

Josef-Neuberger-Medaille, 2015

Jüdische Gemeinde Düsseldorf

American Jewish Committee (AJC) Berlin

Menschenrechtspreis, 2019

Gerhart und Renate Baum - Stiftung

Berliner Verdienstorden, 2016

Berliner Senat

Moses-Mendelssohn Preis, 2014

Berliner Senat

Biography

Ahmad Mansour

Psychologist

born July 2, 1976 in Kfar-Saba/Israel, Israeli and German citizenship

Professional Career

Managing Director, Mansour Institute for Democracy Promotion and Extremism Prevention (MIND prevention)

Berlin, Germany | Since the end of 2017

Training for teachers, police officers, educators and security officers on the following topics, among others:

    • Left and right extremism
    • Islamism
    • Radicalization
    • Anti-Semitism
    • Oppression of women in the name of honor

To this end, he works with radicalized adolescents in prisons and offers workshops in schools, asylum homes and welcome classes.
Ahmad Mansour provides expert opinions for courts and is a sought-after keynote speaker among associations, companies and civil society actors.

More information about lectures and bookings

Consultant, LKA 5

Berlin, Germany | since 2014

Advice on violence in the name of honor.

University of Applied Sciences, Münster

Münster, Germany | since 2014

Lecturer: Department of Social Work

HAYAT (an advice center from the Society for Democratic Culture, ZDK and BAMF)

Berlin, Germany | 2013 – 2017

Consultant and research assistant Consultation and coaching of parents, relatives and those affected in dealing with Islamism and ultra-nationalism.

Police school

Berlin, Germany | since 2013

Speaker.
Implementation of a series of seminars on the topic of intercultural competence.

German Islam Conference

Berlin, Germany | 2012 – 2014

Member.
Dialogue forum between representatives of the German state and Muslims in Germany.

European Foundation for Democracy (EFD)

Brüssel, Belgien | 2012 – 2017

Program Director Germany.
Working together for the promotion of democratic values and against extremism, radicalization and Anti-Semitism. EFD is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to upholding Europe’s fundamental principles of individual freedom and equality for all citizens.

“ASTIU” (a project from the ZDK)

Berlin, Germany | 2010 – 2013

Scientific Assistant.
Dealing with Islamism and ultra-nationalism.

Islam in Neukölln: Dialogue and Controversy (a ZDK project)

Berlin, Germany | 2009 – 2010

Scientific Assistant.
A program to get to know each other in the communal area.

FAB e.V.: Families and Advice

Berlin, Germany | 2009 – 2010

Group leader and contact person for Muslim families.

HEROES (a project by Strohhalm e.V.)

Berlin, Germany | 2007 – 2016

Group leader.
For equality and against oppression in the name of honor.

“Yes” TV channel

Tel Aviv, Israel | 2000 – 2004

Marketing Department Manager.

Schneider Children’s Hospital

Tel Aviv, Israel | 1998 – 2001

Psychologist.

Youth Center

Tira, Israel | 1997 – 2000

Director.
For the peaceful coexistence of Jews and Arabs.

Education

Humboldt University of Berlin

Berlin, Germany | 2005 – 2009

Diploma
Psychology

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel | 1996 – 1999

Bachelor
Psychology, sociology and anthropology

Work and research areas

  • Radicalization among Muslim youth.
  • Anti-Semitism in the Muslim Community.
  • Oppression in the name of honor.
  • Integration.

Activities

  • Leads workshops on “Preventing Radicalization” and promoting democracy with refugees, in schools and prisons.
  • Advises the police and German security authorities on Anti-Semitism, Islamic radicalization and repression in the name of honor.
  • Holds monthly courses for trainee police officers at the police school on the subject of intercultural competence.
  • Regular guest in schools all over Germany to train teachers on repression in the name of honor and radicalization.
  • Freelance author; publishes comments in German, Austrian and Swiss newspapers such as Der Spiegel, Der Tagesspiegel, taz, Cicero, Zeit Online, Der Standard, Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
  • Member of the jury of the Chancellor’s National-Integration-Prize and the Shimon-Peres-Prize, member of the “Mosques for Integration” (BAMF) advisory board and curator for “Youth Debates” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
  • Appears regularly as an expert in German print media such as Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Die Welt, Tagesspiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung and taz.
  • Regular guest at panel discussions of foundations (Konrad Adenauer, Friedrich Naumann, Friedrich Ebert).
  • Participant in numerous specialist conferences and symposia.
  • Adviser to ministries (Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, BAMF), public institutions and authorities.
  • Interview partner of national and international TV and radio stations such as ARD, ZDF, Phönix, WDR, mdr, NDR, arte, ORF and SRF on topics such as integration, Islamism, Muslim Anti-Semitism, the Middle East conflict, radicalization and repression in the name of honor.
  • Guest speaker at universities on the subject of Muslim Anti-Semitism, radicalization and repression in the name of honor.
  • Member of the “Mosque for Integration” advisory board of the Federal Ministry of the Interior.
  • Member of the “Youth Debates” board of trustees, an initiative of the Hertie Foundation.
  • Member of the advisory board for the award of the Shimon-Peres-Prize, a highly endowed award from the Federal Foreign Office in cooperation with the German-Israeli Future Forum.

Documentaries

  • Anti-Semitism today – how hostile to Jews is Germany? Broadcast by ARD on October 28, 2013 (by Ahmad Mansour, Kirsten Esch and Jo Goll).

Publications

Research and Guidelines for Professionals

  • “Be in solidarity! Against racism, Anti-Semitism and hatred”, S. Fischer Verlag, October 2020
  • “Freedom begins in the head” – prevention approaches with ReThink, Reflect and ReStart against Islamic radicalization. A practical report. Ahmad Mansour / Dr. Gürcan Kökgiran, RPsych – Year 06/2020, Nomos-Verlag
  • Co-author of “Political Islam does not belong to Germany”, Herder Verlag 2019, (edited by Carsten Linnemann and Winfried Bausback)
  • Effective approaches to the prevention and deradicalization of Islamist or Islamist people at risk, Federal Agency for Civic Education, 2019
  • “Plain text on integration – against false tolerance and scare tactics”, S. Fischer Verlag, August 2018
  • Documentation on the presentation of the Carl-von-Ossietzky-Prize of the City of Oldenburg for Contemporary History and Politics 2016 to Ahmad Mansour, Florian Isensee Verlag, Oldenburg, 2017
  • Co-author of “Flight, Migration and the Left in Europe”, J H W Dietz Verlag, July 2017 (edited by Michael Bröning and Christoph P. Mohr).
  • Co-author of “95 Attacks – Theses for the future”, S. Fischer Verlag, February 2017 (edited by Hauke ​​Hückstädt and Friederike von Bünau).
  • Co-author of “Think! 2017: Suggestions from Harald Welzer, Güner Yasemin Balci, Nils Minkmar, Ahmad Mansour, Byung-Chul Han et al.”, Fischer Taschenbuch, July 2016 (With Harald Welzer, Güner Yasemin Balci, Nils Minkmar and Byung-Chul Han.
  • Co-author of “Salafism and Jihadism in Germany: Causes, Dynamics, Recommendations for Action”, Campus, December 2016 (edited by Janusz Biene, Christopher Daase, Julian Junk and Harald Müller).
  • Co-author of “Approaches and experiences in prevention and deradicalization work (PRIF report)”, Hessian Foundation for Peace and Conflict Research, April 2016 (With Aladin El-Mafaalani, Alma Fathi, Jochen Müller, Götz Nordbruch and Julian Waleciak).
  • “Generation Allah – Why we have to rethink the fight against religious extremism”, S. Fischer Verlag, September 2015.
  • Salafist radicalization and what can be done about it, Federal Agency for Civic Education, 2014
  • Human rights and culture, the human right to culture, published by Johannes Ebert, Goethe-Institut and Ronald Grätz, Institute for Foreign Relations, Steidl Verlag, 2014
  • Co-author of violence in the name of honor (edited by Nina Scholz, Passagen Verlag. Vienna, October 2014).
  • “The ideal Turk”: The ultra-nationalism of the gray wolves in Germany Center for Democratic Culture, November 2013 (with Claudia Dantschke, Jochen Müller, Alper Taparli).
  • “Suppression in the name of honor” in practice of gender-sensitive and intercultural education (Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, 2013) pp. 143-153 31.
  • Co-author of “Educational prevention work against Salafism” in Salafism in Germany: Manifestations and approaches for prevention work in the youth sector, Alevitische Gemeinde Germany e.V., October 2013.
  • “The Middle East conflict as a projection surface. Objectives of educational work with young people with a Turkish, Arab or Palestinian family background” (with Hanna Thoma) In: Amira – Antisemitism in the context of migration and racism: educational approaches to dealing with Anti-Semitism in youth work, 2010.
  • “I only live for Allah.” Arguments and Attractiveness of Salafism. Center for Democratic Culture, June 2011 (with Claudia Dantschke, Jochen Müller, Yasemin Serbest).
  • “We speak your language”. HEROES – Against Oppression in the Name of Honor (with Jenny Breidenstein). In: proJungend. Trade journal of the Youth Protection Agency for the State Office of Bavaria, February 2010.
  • Gender Discrimination as a Function of Stereotypic and Counterstereotypic Behavior: A Cross-Cultural Study. In: Sex Roles. A Journal of Research, Springer Fachmedien, 2000

Language Skills

  • Arabic, Hebrew and German (mother tongue/fluent)
  • English (OK)