Imran Ahmed is the founder and Chief Executive of the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), a not-for-profit NGO that studies online hate and misinformation and develops solutions for countering them, across fields including medical misinformation and climate denial. The CCDH was launched publicly in September, and over the past two months has focused its work on tackling coronavirus misinformation, publishing the government-backed guidance, #DontSpreadTheVirus, for what to do if one encounters misinformation online.
Imran was the Senior Political Adviser to the Shadow Foreign Secretary, Hilary Benn from 2012-16, during the 2015 general election and the 2016 EU referendum campaign. In 2016 he helped Angela Eagle MP with her leadership bid. Before working in politics, Imran worked for Merrill Lynch and as a strategy consultant for the first nine years of his career. Imran co-authored a book, The New Serfdom, on Friedrich Hayek’s economic and social legacy in modern Britain, with Angela Eagle MP in 2018.