Menso joined ICCT as the EU CT/PCVE & Strategic Communications intern in July, 2021. In December 2021, he was appointed as a full-time RAN Policy Support Officer and Junior Research Fellow. Menso holds a BA Arabic Language and Culture from the University of Amsterdam and recently graduated cum laude from the master’s Crisis and Security Management at Leiden University. He is currently writing his thesis for his MA Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

At ICCT, Menso assists in the coordination and implementation of RAN Policy Support (RAN-PS) related activities. As a junior researcher, he specialises in right-wing extremism and online radicalisation. Menso’s other research interests include political ideologies in the MENA region, FTF management, and the impacts and implications of CT policies on traditionally constructed ‘suspect communities’.