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Adjunct Professor

Chris Pallaris is the Director and Principal Consultant of i-intelligence, a commercial intelligence consultancy based in Switzerland. He leads and coordinates the company’s research, teaching and consulting activities in Europe and beyond, working with both public and private sector organisations to improve their strategic intelligence capabilities. His clients have included EU institutions, government agencies, law enforcement services, large multinationals and small-to-medium enterprises. Previous to this, Chris served as Executive Editor of the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) at ETH Zurich. He has also worked as an analyst in the Disputes, Analysis and Investigations division of PricewaterhouseCoopers. In addition to his formal duties, Chris serves on the board of the European Open Source Intelligence (EUROSINT) Forum, where he chairs a working group on best practices in intelligence. He is also a board member of the European Information Network on International Relations and Area Studies (EINIRAS). In addition to Mercyhurst, Chris teaches at the School of Management and Law, Zurich University of Applied Science. 


  • B.S., The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Masters of Business Administration – The Open University

Courses Taught

  • INTL 520: Advanced Analytic Techniques

Research Interests

  • Open source intelligence
  • Competitive intelligence
  • Analytic methodologies
  • Practice and organization of intelligence
  • Information and knowledge management
  • The future of information

Selected Projects

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