H.A. Hellyer


H. A. Hellyer, Ph.D., is a Senior Practice Consultant and Senior Analyst for the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center and the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies.

Dr Hellyer was previously a Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and was nominated as Deputy Convenor of the U.K. government’s Home Office working group in the aftermath of the London bombings on July 7, 2005. He was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick and was an Economic and Social Research Council Placement Fellow at the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office. He writes reports, articles, and white papers for the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center, presents speeches and conference papers, and engages with opinion leaders in government, media, business, and other sectors. With an extensive background in several geographic regions, he also engages different sectors to further Gallup’s different management consultancy practices worldwide.

Raised in the U.K. and the MENA region, Dr. Hellyer is regularly invited to speak to state institutions and forums in various countries, including the Department for Communities and Local Government and the House of Commons in the U.K., the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department in the U.S., and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. At Gallup, he analyzes complex survey data from the groundbreaking ‘Gallup World Poll’ from over 100 countries and incorporates historical, political, and cultural knowledge to provide context for research findings.

Dr. Hellyer served as Senior Academic Advisor at Soliya, a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations implementation organization focused on relations between Western and Muslim societies. A contributor to Oxford Analytica, he has also served as a consultant for various British Council and Gallup Poll initiatives in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. As founder of the VC Group, Dr. Hellyer created a network of specialists dedicated to improving engagement between the Muslim world and the West. He has served as a visiting professor at the American University in Cairo and at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He is also a member of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (U.K.), the Royal United Services Institute (U.K. and Qatar), and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (U.S.). Dr. Hellyer is a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Expert, a former member of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford, and a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies of London, Singapore, Bahrain, and Washington, D.C.

Dr. Hellyer has written several books and monographs, including Muslims of Europe: The “Other” Europeans (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) and Engagement With the Muslim Community and Counter-Terrorism (Brookings Institution Press, 2007). He has contributed more than 25 book chapters and journal articles to various international presses and publishers, including the recently published “The Chance for Change in the Arab World” in International Affairs, the Chatham House Journal. He has authored several hundred op-eds and media submissions for publications including The Huffington Post, Reuters, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, Prospect, cafebabel.com, Jurist, New Statesman, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Middle East Online, The National, Gulf News, Khaleej Times, The Daily News Egypt, Today’s Zaman, and The Straits Times.

Dr. Hellyer received a multidisciplinary doctorate in the fields of politics, sociology, and law from the University of Warwick. He received a law degree from the University of Sheffield’s School of Law and a master’s degree in International Political Economy from the University of Sheffield.