Heavy hitters jetting off to Dungarvan for GIF


What Davos is to global economic interests, Dungarvan is fast becoming to the world of intelligence. On the threshold of its third biennial Global Intelligence Forum (GIF), the Institute for Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University expects to convene some of the world’s most distinguished intelligence leaders July 7-10 in Ireland.

Keynote speakers Louis J. Freeh, former FBI chief, and Europol Director Rob Wainwright headline the influential thinkers from 16 countries converging on the seaside resort town of Dungarvan.

Given the increasingly globalized economy and unprecedented influence of technology in human life, intelligence heavyweights are expected to brainstorm solutions for modernizing today’s intelligence practices.  Among those ranks is veteran solutions-driven exec Tom Carr, head of the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program, who has designed more than 175 law enforcement task forces in the past 20 years and will moderate the Law Enforcement Intelligence Panel.

Richard Marquise, director of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance State and Local Antiterrorism Training program, has managed terrorism investigations around the world, including that of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.  High-powered public servant Robert Watt, Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, will represent the government of Ireland as will Noirin O’Sullivan, deputy commissioner of the An Garda Síochána, the national police force of Ireland.  

As an expert in competitive strategy and strategic leadership, Liam Fahey, executive director of Leadership Forum, Inc., will chair the Business in Intelligence Panel. Bruce Giles, manager of intelligence for the Australian Federal Police, will be part of the National Security Intelligence Panel, along with John Grieve, former director of intelligence for Scotland Yard; and Richard Kerr, former CIA deputy director.

International consultant Thomas Baker, who advises law enforcement agencies worldwide on innovations in forensics, communications and identification systems will take a seat on the Intelligence Technology Panel chaired by James Breckenridge, executive director of the Institute for Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University. Breckenridge along with Mercyhurst intelligence studies program founder Robert Heibel lead the Global Intelligence Forum.

An increasingly hot topic – that of cybercrime – will be front and center with panelist James Emerson, chief operating officer at ICG Inc., who specializes in cybercrime investigation and computer forensics. Among those representing the teaching and research aspect of intelligence is Mercyhurst professor Kristan Wheaton, widely known for his research in using games to teach intelligence and for his popular weblog on intelligence, Sources And Methods.   

For more information on the forum, its panelists and event offerings, please visit www.globalintelligenceforum.com.

The Institute for Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., USA, is the world’s largest full-time applied intelligence studies program in academia and has developed and delivered products and training for national security, law enforcement and competitive intelligence organizations across the U.S. and Europe. It founded the Global Intelligence Forum, held biennially in Dungarvan, IE.







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