Maha Azzam is an authority on Islamist movements. Her DPhil at Oxford University (1989) was a study of Egyptian Islamist movements in the Sadat era, including a fringe group known as al-Jihad. Azzam was Head of the Programme on Security and Development in Muslim States at the Royal United Services Institute, and has been an Associate Fellow of the Middle East Programme at Chatham House since 2000. She was one of fifteen specialists atthe Centre for Strategic and International Studies Trans-national Threats Project, analyzing impact of Islamist radicals in Europe. She was previously a Caabu board member from 2002 to 2006, and rejoined in 2010.