Senior Researcher, Quilliam Foundation


Nikita Malik is a journalist and a senior researcher at the Quilliam Foundation, where she focuses on female empowerment against gender extremism. She was educated at the University of Oxford, as well as the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Her areas of interest lie in South Asia and the Middle East, where she was born and raised.

Malik has written for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Telegraph, Standpoint Magazine, and the Huffington Post. She has made regular media appearances on CNN, BBC, Sky News, ITV, and CBCNN.

Malik co-authored “South Asian Terrorist Groups and Global Jihad” in August 2015.

Malik is a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party, the fastest growing political party in the United Kingdom. Her interests lie in economic, social, and political equality of women, for the benefit of all.

BASED IN: London, UK

LANGUAGES: English, Hindi, Arabic and Spanish


British Muslim mums are key to stopping their daughters becoming ‘jihadi brides’, The Telegraph, 2015

Gone girls: why British teenagers are attracted to Islamic State, February 2015

Iraqi refugees from Mosul seek a home away from home, August 2014