Dr. Aquil Basheer the founder and executive director of the Brotherhood Unified for Independent Leadership Through Discipline Program (BUILD). He is an expert on violence intermediation, public safety and hardcore gang intervention. In addition to leading BUILD, Dr. Basheer instructs and consults worldwide, founded the License to Operate Movement and is also an Adjunct Professor for Alliant University International.
His training sessions have garnered international attention and support, having traveled the world over to: train specialty teams in Brazil; SWAT teams from Argentina; elite executive protection specialists from Africa; private crisis elimination teams from London; public safety experts from Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai; gang intersession specialists in El Salvador; and emergency responders/peace keeping intervention experts across the United States. He has provided his expertise in Geneva, Switzerland to the World Health Organization to guild their international violence prevention template and to the United Nations to assist in drafting the International “SaferCity” blueprint.
He is a published author of the critically acclaimed book Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence, which has set the standard for hardcore community-based violence intervention. Dr. Basheer has received awards and honors, including the Doctorate of Letters in Humanities from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and the “California Peace Prize.”