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WandrenPD is written by Ali Fisher

Ali Fisher is an advisor, strategist and author on methods of achieving influence across a range of disciplines including Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communication, Counter Terrorism, Child Protection, Human Security, and Public Health. Across these diverse disciplines Ali’s work enables organisations to identify and build networks of influence.

Ali specialises in delivering insight into complex information ecosystems through network analysis and big data. In his work Ali has: collaborated with organisations seeking to track and counter the behaviour of extremists online; helped international foundations to identify, reach and support influential activists working in closed societies; and analysed the use of social media and role of journalists during large scale social movements.

Ali previously directed Mappa Mundi Consulting and the cultural relations think-tank, Counterpoint. He worked as Associate Director of Digital Media Research at Intermedia, where he continues to be an associate, and has been lecturer in International Relations at Exeter University. Ali received his Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham.

His books include Collaborative Public Diplomacy (2012), The Connective Mindshift (2013), and Trails of Engagement (2010),


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As Director of MappaMundi Consulting, Ali Fisher is an independent public diplomacy strategist and researcher. He specialises in providing insight to enhance organizational strategy and evaluation through network analysis. He regularly advises governments, charities, companies, and NGO on best practice for online engagement, collaboration and network building.

Ali edited Trials of Engagement; The Future of US Public Diplomacy (Brill, Fall 2010) with Professor Scott Lucas and recently wrote a chapter on the use of social media following the Iranian election in Yahya R. Kamalipour, Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age;The 2009 Presidential Election Uprising in Iran (Rowman & Littlefield, November, 2010)

He is honorary research fellow in the School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine at the University of Birmingham where he also completed his PhD in the Department of American Studies.

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