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 (Keynote)

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) (Keynote)

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)

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

Prior to co-founding HumanGeo, Usher 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 served in a number of government roles with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army.  Usher is a Cloudera Certfied Hadoop Professional (CCHP) and Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP). 




Srinivas Kumar

Chief Technology Officer, TaaSera

Srinivas Kumar has more than 25 years of engineering and management experience in computer networking and information security. Most recently, he was the founder of Taasware, which was acquired by TaaSera. 


During his time at Taasware, he was retained as an entrepreneur-in-residence at SRI International in the field of trustworthy data centers. Kumar heads the research and development team at TaaSera, a cyber-security company based in Cupertino, California, in the creation of innovative solutions to make networks and systems cyber resilient.


Previously Kumar was the solutions architect in the networking & security business unit at VMware, where he was responsible for identity-aware firewalls. He was also the vice president of engineering and principal architect at Applied Identity until it was acquired by Citrix. Earlier in his career, Kumar served in senior project and architect roles at Nortel, Lucent and TranSwitch. 


Prior to joining TaaSera, he authored nine patents in the user and application identity space and has since authored five issued patents with TaaSera, with four additional patents pending. He has led engineering efforts to certify products for Common Criteria, FIPS, US DOD and NATO MIL-STD standards. Kumar has a BE in electrical engineering from Bombay University, and an MS in electrical and computer engineering from Clemson University.


Benedict Ó Floinn

Attorney At Law

Benedict Ó Floinn was called to the Bar in 1992, after reading law at Christ Church, Oxford. He has been in practice continuously as a trial advocate since – predominantly in Ireland, but also in England, France and Belgium.

He has appeared in court on behalf of the Criminal Assets Bureau on numerous occasions since 1997. His cases involve assets accumulated by individual criminals, paramilitaries and organized crime gangs from theft, drug-dealing, ‘VAT Carousel’ fraud, fuel-laundering, corporate fraud and money-laundering, in both Ireland and other European States. He has also appeared on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions in a number of fraud, regulatory and corporate crime trials, including the prosecution of Ray Burke, a former government minister. Ó Floinn regularly advises and represents the Revenue Commissioners in both tax appeals and civil matters and conducts cases for various other state agencies in both English and Irish.

Private-client work has involved a wide range of commercial disputes including corporate restructuring, professional negligence and debt recovery. Recently, he was engaged as one of the counsel representing Irish-based investment companies suing HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Ireland) Limited for the return of 1.5 billion euro entrusted to Bernard Madoff, the disgraced financier.

He served for several years on the Education Committee of the Kings Inns, Dublin, which trains advocates in Ireland. He was also a member of the expert group advising the Law Reform Commission on the Consolidation and Reform of the Courts Acts. He was consultant editor of de Brúin’s Transnational Litigation and is the sole author of Practice and Procedure in the Superior Courts (Dublin 2007, 1610 pp) the leading text on the rules of court in Ireland.

NOTE: During the forum, O’Floinn will deliver a TED talk, drawing on the experience of Irish and European legal communities in tackling cyber-crime. He will address recent court decisions, solutions to the problems posed by multi-jurisdictional fraud networks and opportunities for mutual assistance in the legal context.


David J Dausey, Ph.D., FACE

Dean,School of Health Professions & Public Health, Mercyhurst Universtiy

An internationally respected public health and health care expert, David Dausey, Ph.D., has worked with senior health officials in more than 20 countries and experts at international organizations and foundations such as the World Health Organization, the United Nations, the Global Health and Security Initiative and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Domestically, he has collaborated with more than 100 state and local public health agencies and health care organizations in every region of the country and with large federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Currently, Dausey serves as dean of the School of Health Professions & Public Health at Mercyhurst University; chair and professor, Public Health Department; and director of the Mercyhurst Institute for Public Health. Prior to Mercyhurst, Dausey was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the senior director of health programs and initiatives at CMU’s Heinz College. Dausey also worked at the RAND Corporation’s Global Health Division, engaged in groundbreaking research on public health systems and global health.

Dausey has led and directed externally funded research projects totaling nearly 10 million dollars. He is the author of more than 100 scholarly publications and reports including articles in top-tier journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, and the American Journal of Psychiatry. His work is translated into more than a dozen languages and has been featured by domestic and international media outlets such as USA Today, the Atlantic Journal-Constitution, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, CNN, CBS News and MSNBC. 


James Breckenridge

Executive Director, Institute for Intelligence Studies, Mercyhurst University

James Breckenridge, Ph.D., is founding dean of the Tom Ridge School of Intelligence Studies and Information Science at Mercyhurst University, executive director of the Institute for Intelligence Studies and served as the first chair of the university’s Department of Intelligence Studies. He is also a former dean of the university’s Walker School of Business.

Breckenridge designed the curricular requirements and gained accreditation for the new major in intelligence studies in 2002, the graduate program in applied intelligence in 2004, and the graduate certificate program in 2005. 

During his military career, his leadership responsibilities ranged from commanding the U.S. Army’s first unit to engage in combat since the Vietnam War (in Beirut, Lebanon, 1983) to serving as a professor of military science. He also taught Middle Eastern History and served as the course director for the World History program at the United States Military Academy at West Point. 

Breckenridge is a founding board member of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE), a former president of the Fairview School Board, and a former member of the Transportation Committee of the Erie Chamber of Commerce. 


Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Ph.D.

Provost and Chief Academic Officer, St. Thomas University

Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Ph.D.,  is the provost and chief academic officer at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida.  Since her arrival, she has been working with faculty and staff in cementing the university in renewed scholarship, and identifying opportunities for growth in burgeoning academic fields, working to expand and fast-track the development of undergraduate and graduate programs focused on addressing in-demand jobs, such as cybersecurity and sports tourism.

Prior to her current post, she served in a number of academic and senior management positions at Florida International University since 1994. She has a broad educational background that spans the fields of engineering, IT and business.  She is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of knowledge management, business intelligence, entrepreneurship and disaster management. She also is known and respected as a creative innovator in the design of programs.

Becerra-Fernandez has delivered invited presentations at many NASA Centers, the NAVY Research Lab, universities around the world, and iternational conferences with both an academic and a practitioner focus.

She is the recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Faculty Torch Award, 2006 Faculty Teaching Award,  and 2001 Faculty Research Award.  She was the America's Region representative to AIS Executive Council. She has studied and advised organizations, in particular NASA, about KM practices and has also published extensively in leading journals and authored books: Business Intelligence: Practices, Technologies, and Management (Wiley), Knowledge Management:  Systems and Processes (Routledge), and Knowledge Management: Challenges, Solutions, and Technologies (Prentice Hall), and many others.  Prior to her employment in academia, she was an engineer at Florida Power and Light. She has a bachelor’s and master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Florida International University.


Andrew Roth, Ph.D.

President Emeritus-Notre Dame College / Sr. Consultant, Independant Higher Education Consultancy

In his 45 years in higher education, Andrew Roth’s experience is global. At Mercyhurst University (nee College) he was a tenured faculty member, first in English and Communications, then in Business; a coach – he founded the women’s soccer team, and for more than 20 years a senior administrator – director of admissions, vice president for enrollment, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. In 2003 he assumed the presidency of Notre Dame College, from which he retired in June 2014 and was named President-Emeritus.

During his presidency, Notre Dame College experienced a transformational growth that became the subject of three separate doctoral dissertations. Currently, he is assisting colleges with strategic visioning and planning, executive coaching for college presidents and conducting research on the future of higher education, particularly the impact of competitive intelligence, knowledge management and predictive analytics on institutional decision-making and strategic engagement.

Much of this work with the Tom Ridge School of Intelligence Studies and Information Science at Mercyhurst University is in preparation for a conference in Dungarvan, Ireland, in July 2015. Roth is also engaged with numerous civic organizations in Cleveland and Erie. When not working on his various projects, he enjoys reading, working out and riding his racing bike at Erie’s Presque Isle State Park.  He is married to retired banker Judy Owens Roth; they have three children and seven grandchildren.


News & Announcements

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