Robert Örell

Director at Exit Sweden

    Robert Örell works as a director at Exit Sweden headed by the NGO Fryshuset. He has over fourteen years of experience on work with disengagement from political extremism and criminal gangs. He has professional experiences from social work with supporting victims of crime, parental support, networking and management. He is an internationally requested speaker and expert. Robert is involved in national and international networks focused on sharing knowledge and best practices in the field of radicalisation, disengagement, and intervention. He is adviser on the work of setting up Exit organisations in several countries, as well as participated in- and worked with several EU projects.

    Since 2012 Robert is a member of the steering committee of the European Commission’s RAN (Radicalization Awareness Network) where he co-chairs the working group RAN Exit. Since 2016 Robert is also part of the expert pool at the RAN Center of Excellence. He works together with the Swedish National Coordinators office to set up a national RAN network for practitioners. During 2014 he supervised the work at the family support hotline project Sy.Realize concerning Foreign Fighters. Robert has studied social pedagogy, has completed a basic psychotherapy training and has taken a certificate in Terrorism Studies at the University of St. Andrews.

    In April 2016 Robert made a TEDx talk at the event in Vilnius on the topic: A way out from violent extremism.