Sabin Khan has demonstrated a life-long commitment to public service through numerous positions of leadership within civil society, local authority, think tanks, and Government. Sabin is currently at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities where she leads on societal resilience and anti-extremism.
Prior to this, Sabin was on a secondment at RUSI. She authored a paper which marked the culmination of a two-year RUSI initiative seeking to investigate and make recommendations on how the international community should deal with the potential security risks posed by foreign terrorist fighters and their family members in northeast Syria.
Sabin has worked in the Homeland Security Group (HSG) at the Home Office for 10 years. Throughout this period, she demonstrated a very strong personal commitment to serving Ministers, the Government, and the Civil Service in maintaining national security and protecting the public from terrorism. Sabin played a significant role in establishing the Homeland Security Group as a Centre of Excellence. She advanced the Government’s work on counterterrorism and the evolution of its response to the threat of Islamist extremism. Sabin has been central to the development of several counter-terrorism initiatives and Government reviews. She has provided advice to the highest levels of Government at critical moments of national security, and represented the UK at numerous global counter-terrorism forums.
In her previous role, Sabin was the Community Cohesion Officer for the London Borough of Hounslow where she led two sub-regional Pathfinder Programmes on Community Cohesion and Preventing Violent Extremism. In 2009, she secured ‘Beacon Status’ for Hounslow Council from the IDeA for delivering ‘excellence, knowledge, and innovation’. In 2005, Sabin acted as a ‘Critical Friend’ to the first Peer Review of Oldham Council with Professor Ted Cantle and the Institute of Community Cohesion. The Review was to evaluate the progress of Oldham Council and key partners in promoting Community Cohesion since the 2001 social disturbances.
In 2008, Sabin was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve the National Muslim Women’s Advisory Group to support women’s groups tackling violent extremism. In 2006 she was appointed by the Minister for Women and Equality to serve as a Commissioner for the Women’s National Commission. Since 1991 Sabin has addressed, challenged, and shared her expertise with thousands of people from diverse backgrounds across the UK and overseas.
Twenty years on from the devastating 11 September attacks, RUSI Senior Associate Fellows Eric Rosand (US) and Sabin Khan (UK), experts who have worked at the heart of American and British government efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism post-9/11 provide commentary - Global Coalition, 9 September, 2021