2015 Global Intelligence Forum
The Dungarvan Conference
July 12th - 16th, 2015

2015 Speaker/Panelist List

Below is a listing of speakers/panelists for this years conference.


Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan

Commissioner of the Garda, Ireland's National Police Service

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan joined An Garda Síochána, Ireland’s National Police Service, in 1981 and has more than 30 years of professional policing experience across both operational and administrative function areas and has worked in a broad range of police disciplines at both national and international levels. She was appointed commissioner in November 2014.

During her tenure with the Garda, O’Sullivan was promoted in 2000 to Superintendent and served in the Garda College with responsibility for specialist training and as a Detective Superintendent in the Garda National Drugs Unit. In 2003, she was promoted to Chief Superintendent and served as Detective Chief Superintendent at the Garda Technical Bureau and also in Human Resource Management.

She was named Assistant Commissioner in 2007 and served in the Western Region followed by Human Resource Management and was appointed Assistant Commissioner, Crime and Security, in June 2009. She was promoted to Deputy Commissioner Operations in 2011.

O’Sullivan is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute, Executive Leadership Programme, designed for Chiefs of Police worldwide. She earned an Advanced Management Diploma and Master of Business Studies from the Michael Smurfit School of Business, University College, Dublin. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Police Management - awarded by HETAC and delivered by Garda College and University of Limerick

Stateside, O’Sullivan participated in the Executive Education Programme – Driving Government Performance – at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Other accomplishments include being named a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and earning a certificate in Strategic HRM Development from the Irish Management Institute and a Diploma in Addiction Studies from Trinity College, Dublin.


Lewis C. Merletti

Former Director, U.S. Secret Service (Keynote Speaker)

A 25-year veteran of the United States Secret Service, Lewis C. Merletti served as the agency’s 19th director prior to joining the Cleveland Browns organization, where he served as senior vice president for security under the Lerner family ownership (1999-2011). In that capacity, he was responsible for the direction, design and deployment of security for the entire Cleveland Browns operation, including the owners, coaches, players and the Browns Stadium. 

Today, Merletti maintains strong relationships with intelligence sources and all-source analysis groups, conducts counter-surveillance, and carries out special activities relating to the design and deployment of tactical and electronic systems to ensure the safety of the Lerner family in the United States and abroad.   

Before becoming director of the U.S. Secret Service, Merletti served as assistant director in the Office of Training, where he was responsible for the curriculum, methodology and content of training for all Secret Service employees. He served in the Presidential Protective Division under three Presidents: Reagan, Bush, and Clinton; and was named Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division (PPD), the 22nd agent to hold that position in the history of the Secret Service dating back to 1865. 

As the Special Agent in Charge of PPD, he was ultimately responsible for the physical security of the President and First Family.  Merletti maintains close contact with former Presidents George H.W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton.  He also maintains contacts with the Department of Justice, including Attorney General Eric Holder.

Merletti earned three United States Secret Service Special Achievements Awards. Among his other many honors are the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Support to the Security Division; Secretary of Treasury Commendation for Waco Review; and The Treasury Medal, the second highest honor bestowed by the Secretary in recognition of singular accomplishments and leadership in the Treasury Department. Also taking his name is the Lewis C. Merletti Complex for the Office of Training at the U.S. Secret Service James R. Rowley Training Center in Beltsville, Md.



The Honorable Howard Schmidt

Partner at Ridge - Schmidt Cyber (Keynote Speaker)

The Honorable Howard Schmidt currently serves as a partner in Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm that helps leaders in business and government navigate the increasing demands of cybersecurity. He serves with Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He is also executive director of The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode).

Schmidt’s expertise includes business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations, gained from a distinguished 40-year career. Most recently, he served as Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the United States, through which he coordinated interagency cybersecurity policy development and implementation and managed engagement with federal, state, local, international and private sector cybersecurity partners. His former White House appointments include Cyber Advisor to Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Previously, Schmidt was president and CEO of the Information Security Forum. He also held positions as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Security Strategist for eBay Inc., and operated as Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Corp. He was Chief Security Strategist for the US-CERT Partners Program for the Department of Homeland Security.

Schmidt spent more than 26 years in military and law enforcement service. Beginning active duty with the Air Force, he later joined the Arizona Air National Guard. With the AF he served in a number of military and civilian roles culminating as Supervisory Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations. He finished his last 12 years as an Army Reserve Special Agent with Criminal Investigation Division’s Computer Crime Unit, all while serving over a decade as a police officer with the Chandler Police Department.

Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. He also holds an honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters. He was an adjunct professor at GA Tech, GTISC, and is Adjunct Distinguished Fellow with Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab and a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Privacy Institute. Currently, he is a professor of research at Idaho State University.


Ian McCulloh

Sr. Scientist in the Asymmetric Operations Dept of the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

Ian McCulloh is a senior scientist in the Asymmetric Operations Department of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.  His current research is focused on strategic influence in online networks and data-driven influence operations and assessment.  

He is the author of Social Network Analysis with Applications (Wiley: 2013) and Networks Over Time (Oxford: forthcoming) and has published 38 peer-reviewed papers, primarily in the area of social network analysis. 

He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service in special operations, counter-improvised explosive devices, forensics and targeting, and weapons of mass destruction defense.  He founded the West Point Network Science Center and created the Army’s Advanced Network Analysis and Targeting program. In his most recent military assignments as a strategist, he led interdisciplinary doctoral teams at Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) and Central Command (CENTCOM) to conduct social science research in 15 countries across the Middle East and Central Asia to include denied areas, which he used to inform data-driven strategy for countering extremism and irregular warfare, as well as empirically assess the effectiveness of military operations. 

He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, an M.S. in industrial engineering, and M.S. in applied statistics from Florida State University, and a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Washington.  


Abe Usher

Chief Technology Officer, HumanGeo Group

Abe Usher, Chief Technology Officer at the HumanGeo Group, has 18 years of professional experience related to software engineering and system development. 

Prior to co-founding HumanGeo, Abe was a senior engineer within Google’s Enterprise Division where he worked on geospatial and search technology in support of Google Earth and Google Maps.  His other areas of specialty at Google were large scale data mining and quantitative social network analysis. 


Prior to Google, he also has served in a number of government roles with the US Air Force and US Army. Abe is a Cloudera Certified Hadoop Professional (CCHP), and Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP).



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