German Institute on Radicalization
and De-radicalization Studies

Vidhya Ramalingam - Fellow

Vidhya Ramalingam is Founder of 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 has pioneered new partnerships with tech companies to respond to violent extremism on their platforms, set up online intervention programs to pull individuals out of violent movements, and trialled the use of automated messaging to disrupt hate groups online.

Vidhya Ramalingam has focused much of the past decade working to respond to far right extremism and terrorism. Following the 22nd July 2011 attacks in Norway, she led the European Union’s first inter-governmental initiative on far-right 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.

She has held various roles including Commissioning Panellist for the UK Security and Intelligence agencies and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Research Associate at the School of Anthropology at the University of Oxford, and Board Member of Life After Hate. She was previously Senior Fellow on Far-Right Extremism at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), and Senior Research Fellow on Migration & Communities at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).