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)

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.


James Breckenridge, Ph.D.

Dean, The Tom Ridge School of Intelligence Studies and Information Science, Mercyhurst University (Moderator)

Jim Breckenridge is founding dean of the Tom Ridge School of Intelligence Studies and Information Science at Mercyhurst University, the largest undergraduate and graduate intelligence studies program in the United States. Appointed as the first chair of the Department of Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, he 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. Dr. Breckenridge has designed and taught courses in the intelligence analysis and leadership domains to executives and analysts working for multiple government agencies including the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Energy.

Over the last eight years working under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State, Breckenridge has led an interdisciplinary team that has provided antiterrorism and intelligence training to officials in Sub Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asian nations.  During his 22 year military career he taught Middle Eastern History and served as the course director for the World History program at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Breckenridge is the founder and conference director for the biennial Global Intelligence Forum and is the former dean of Mercyhurst University's  Walker School of Business.


Andrew Roth, Ph.D.

President Emeritus-Notre Dame College / Sr. Consultant, Independent Higher Education Consultancy (Plenary Session)

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.


Mike Barton

Chief Constable, Durham Constabulary, Police ICT Board (Plenary Session)

Mike Barton joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1980 and in 2008 he joined Durham Constabulary as assistant chief constable. He was promoted to deputy chief constable and then chief constable in February 2013.


Barton has led new ways of tackling organised criminals with local beat officers and PCSOs by challenging traditional ways of policing and encouraging paradigm shifts. Durham is now recognised as a leading force in tackling organised crime and was the only force graded outstanding for investigating crime in the recent HMIC PEEL inspections. He has long been a keen exponent of problem-orientated policing and integrated offender management, including restorative justice, and has successfully embedded these concepts in Lancashire and Durham.

Barton is the National Policing Lead for the portfolios of intelligence and troubled families and is also National Policing Lead for PND (Police National Database) and HOLMES (Home Office Large Major Enquiry System) and chairs the Operational Requirements Board (ORB), which is designed to ensure national operational software is much better integrated in the future to reduce cost and improve effectiveness. The development of national standards is integral to this.


He has attracted a degree of media attention through his advocacy for a ‘grown-up’ debate on drugs, challenging the efficacy of outright prohibition.


Barton at his worst has been described as a maverick and at his best as a maverick.


Frank Daly

Chairman of the Board of NAMA (Plenary Session)

Frank Daly is currently Chairman of Ireland’s National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) having been appointed by the Minister of Finance on 21st December 2009. The Agency was established to manage property and related assets secured by loans with a par value of €74 billion which it acquired from Irish Banks as part of the response to Ireland’s banking crisis.

Prior to his appointment to NAMA, from December 2009, Frank was a Government appointed Public Interest Director of Anglo Irish Bank under the Banks Guarantee Scheme.

In 2008 and 2009 Frank chaired the Commission on Taxation which was set up to review the structure, efficiency of the Irish Taxation System. The Commission reported in September 2009.

Frank retired as Executive Chairman of the Revenue Commissioners (Ireland’s Tax and Customs Administration) in March 2008 having been Chairman since 2002, a Commissioner since 1996 and Accountant General of Revenue and Head of Strategic and Business Planning since 1993. He had joined Revenue in 1963 serving initially in Ireland’s Customs Service. 

Frank is a native of Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. He was educated at Abbeyside National School, Dungarvan C.B.S., University College, Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology.  He holds a BComm Degree and a Diploma in European Community Law. In 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Limerick in recognition of distinguished public service.


David J Dausey, Ph.D., FACE

Dean,School of Health Professions & Public Health, Mercyhurst Universtiy (Plenary Session)

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. 


Dale L. Watson

Senior Executive Advisor (Plenary Session)

Dale Watson is senior executive advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he advises top-level management in areas related to law enforcement, counterterrorism and counterintelligence. He acts as liaison between government agency leaders within the FBI, DHS, CIA, DoD and Booz Allen Hamilton’s top management.


Watson retired from the FBI in 2002 after 24 years of service. Previously he was the executive assistant director for counterterrorism (CT) and counterintelligence (CI). He was involved in every major terrorist investigation during the nineties, among them the first World Trade Center attack, the Oklahoma City bombing, the East Africa Embassy bombings, the USS Cole bombing, the Anthrax Attack, and the second World Trade Center/Pentagon attack on 9/11. Additionally, he had overall U.S. counterterrorism responsibilities for the summer Olympics in Australia and the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.


In the area of CI, he was involved in numerous espionage investigations and sensitive intelligence work. Other areas of responsibility included the National Infrastructure Protection Center, the National Domestic Preparedness Office, the development and implementation of the FBI’s Rapid Deployment teams, the expansion of the FBI’s Legal Attaché program, and the information sharing initiatives between the federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Prior to the 9/11 attacks, Watson developed an innovative strategic plan called MAXCAP 05, which identified a method for the FBI to be proactive in CT matters.


Watson has testified numerous times before congress on CI and CT issues. He was a regular participant of the National Security Council and regularly briefed all senior members of the previous and current administrations to include Presidents Clinton and Bush.


Watson has been recognized with numerous U.S. government and foreign awards.


Srinivas Kumar

Chief Technology Officer, TaaSera (Cyber Session)

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.


Steve Zidek

Assistant Professor of Intelligence Studies (Moderator - Cyber Session)

Professor Zidek serves as an Assistant Professor teaching undergraduate and graduate students in the Intelligence Studies Program at Mercyhurst University. Prior to that, he co-founded a cyber intelligence and strategic business company called GenuFi, Inc., catering to corporate and government organizations concerned about intellectual property protection, monetization of premium online content, and cyber security. Prior to founding GenuFi and after leaving the US government, he joined the private sector as Vice President and Director of the Anti-Piracy Intelligence Center at the Motion Picture Association in Los Angeles, an organization dedicated to identifying and mitigating intellectual property and cybercrimes affecting the six major Hollywood Studios. Before entering into the private sector, Mr. Zidek worked as an Intelligence Officer for the U.S. Government in a number of analytical and policy positions at the US Department of State, Defense and Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Mr. Zidek served as a Marine Officer in Iraq (2004) as an intelligence chief and the Persian Gulf War (1990-1991) as infantry company commander, finishing his service as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. As an active duty and reservist, he has served with the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, the Joint Staff’s Intelligence Branch (J2) and Navy-Marine Intelligence Training Command besides several infantry commands.


Robert Hayes

Sr. Director, Global Cybersecurity Group, Microsoft (Cyber Session)

Robert Hayes is an inspirational and proven leader of complex organizations and high-value change programs, who has worked at the director level in the UK government and at Microsoft. He is an acknowledged expert in crisis management, cybersecurity and strategic risk assessment; and an international authority on policy and regulatory issues between government and industry in the internet, communications and computing sectors.

In 2014 Hayes became a senior director in Microsoft’s new Global Cybersecurity Group where his role is to give strategic advice to both public and private sector organizations. He arrived at Microsoft seven years earlier, recruited to be a director and senior fellow of the Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments: an elite group established by Bill Gates to bring the fruits of Microsoft's advanced research and development activities to solve problems for the global public sector; and to give impartial strategic advice to governments and large NGOs in assessing and managing the threats and opportunities posed by emerging technologies.

Hayes’ early career was in the police service, where he served in a variety of operational, training, and policy roles as he progressed through the ranks to assistant chief constable. He was trained as a hostage negotiator, kidnap and siege commander. Hayes was then selected to be the inaugural head of the UK National Specialist Law Enforcement Centre, a multi-agency organization developing specialist covert and computer-based investigative techniques and training programs for UK law enforcement agencies.

His final role in government was as assistant director in British Intelligence and head of the UK National Technical Assistance Centre, where he led the response to demands for technical intelligence following the July 2005 terrorist attacks in London.


Jaroslav Jakubcek

Strategic Analyst for the European Cybercrime Centre at Europol (Cyber Session)

 Headquartered in the Netherlands since 2014, Jaroslav Jakubcek has worked as a strategic analyst for the European Cybercrime Centre at Europol, where he supports cybercrime investigations across the European Union.

Previously he was employed as a programmer and data administrator at AOL (America Online) and a crime analyst with the Irish National Police. In his capacity with law enforcement, he significantly contributed to the investigation of a number of serious crimes including murders, sexual abuse, drug trafficking, money laundering and cybercrime. He is the recipient of two international awards for his practical approach to analysis and the creative collection of open source intelligence.

Jakubcek completed his studies in five countries and holds two MSc degrees in economics as well as forensic computing and cybercrime investigation.


James J. Emerson

COO, ICG, Inc. (Lt. Colonel, USMC, Retired) (Cyber Session)

Lt. Colonel James J. Emerson USMC (Ret) is the COO at ICG, Inc., where he provides management of cybercrime investigation and mitigation services for private sector victims in cooperation with public sector agencies.

Emerson's law enforcement and security background encompasses a wide spectrum of national security and public safety disciplines over 36 years with a focus on cybercrime investigation, computer forensics, and related criminal intelligence over the past 11 years.

During his 25 years of service as a U.S. Marine Corps officer, Emerson acquired both leadership and operational experience in law enforcement, physical security and information security within the DOD, DON and USMC.

He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 151st Session and the U.S. Navy Information System Security Management Course. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in law and justice and a master’s degree in military arts and science. He also holds numerous professional certifications in information security and computer forensics.

He has presented forensic evidence and expert testimony in many federal and state civil and criminal cases over the past 11 years. He continues to be actively involved in forensic investigations, examination of digital evidence and development of the cyberintelligence art and science.

Emerson has been the chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Computer Crime and Digital Evidence Committee for more than three years and is currently leading multi-association research regarding cybersecurity of public safety critical infrastructure and the assessment of law enforcement current and emerging needs to address computer crime and digital evidence.


Melonie Richey

Deputy Director, Camber Corporation, National Intelligence Division (Anticipatory Panel Moderator)

Melonie Richey is a deputy director within Camber Corporation's National Intelligence Division. Her research interests include hybrid analytic techniques spanning network science and network analysis, geospatial modeling and GIS, open source collection methods and intelligence pedagogy.

A graduate of both the University of Florida and Mercyhurst University, Richey manages several analytic contracts within the IC and focuses her analysis predominantly on the Near East.


Abe Usher

Chief Technology Officer, HumanGeo Group (Anticipatory Panel)

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, 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). 


Bill Richardson

Director of Analysis, Thomson Reuters Special Services, LLC (Anticipatory Panel )

Bill Richardson is the director of analysis for Thomson Reuters Special Services, LLC (TRSS), a U.S. subsidiary of Thomson Reuters. Among other priorities, Richardson focuses on insider threat countermeasures and the delivery of critical analytic insights to TRSS’ customers. Prior to joining TRSS, Richardson served for 32 years in various analytic and leadership assignments with the Central Intelligence Agency.

As a member of the Senior Intelligence Service, he presented daily intelligence briefings to President Barack Obama and his national security team. Richardson also served as the intelligence community leader on South Asia, reporting directly to the Director of National Intelligence as his senior advisor on the subcontinent. He was also selected to be one of the leaders of the new Office of South Asia Analysis in response to the growing criticality of the region to U.S. policymakers.

Earlier in his career, Richardson served as an intelligence briefer to Vice President Al Gore and led the team assessing global territorial conflicts, providing direct policy support related to the Middle East Peace Process. He also spent 10 years as an arms control analyst assessing Soviet strategic nuclear force structure and operations. This experience led to two tours as an intelligence advisor to U.S. arms control delegations and a co-drafter of two National Intelligence Estimates on the United States’ ability to monitor Soviet compliance with the INF and START treaties.

Richardson earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in geography and environmental planning from Towson University in Baltimore where he also serves as adjunct faculty. He and his family live in Great Falls, Virginia.


Kevin M. O'Connell

President & CEO, Innovative Analytics & Training, LLC (Anticipatory Panel)

Kevin M. O’Connell has over three decades of experience working at the intersection of intelligence, national security and homeland security. He has written about the importance of anticipation in intelligence and national security affairs. He is also an expert in foreign and non-governmental approaches to intelligence. 

O’Connell is president and CEO of Innovative Analytics and Training, LLC, a “sources and methods” company designed to improve the quality of analysis and decision-making for government and commercial clients. He is the former director of the Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis and vice president for Intelligence Community Programs within Defense Group Incorporated. His professional interests include national security decision-making, intelligence analysis and intelligence policy issues, and issues related to remote sensing.  O’Connell currently serves as a senior advisor to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Deputy Director for Intelligence Integration. 

He is also chairman of NOAA’s Federal Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing and previously served as staff director of the Independent Commission on the National Imagery and Mapping Agency and as the first director of RAND’s Intelligence Policy Center.  

O’Connell joined the Department of Defense in 1982, serving in various positions as a senior staff officer and intelligence analyst. In 1986, he joined the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research as a research analyst. In 1990, he was assigned as the senior analyst in the White House Situation Room, National Security Council, and later served as a special assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs. From 1993-1995, he served on the community management staff of the Director of Central Intelligence. 

O’Connell’s recent activities include research on issues related to intelligence integration, analysis, open source, transparency and intelligence-sharing issues. He has also led research efforts on market and security issues associated with commercial remote sensing.  


Dr. Linton Wells II

Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration and Chief Information Officer for the Department of Defense. (Wicked Session)

Linton Wells has more than 20 years of senior civilian leadership experience with the U.S. government in national security affairs, including service as Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration and Chief Information Officer for the Department of Defense. 

Other executive positions have been related to Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (C3I), and the interface between decision-making and technology. From 2010 to 2014, he led the Center for Technology and National Security Policy, a research center at the U.S. National Defense University. He also was a career naval officer. 

He is now the managing partner of Wells Analytics LLC, linking technology, strategy and decision-making, and a member of The3aGroup.


Patricia Seemann

Founder and CEO, 3am Group (Wicked Session)

Patricia Seemann is founder and CEO of The 3am Group. Trained as physician, her early professional life was spent in and around the operating room. She discovered that her diagnostics skills were equally relevant to the complex challenges faced by senior executive teams in corporate settings.  

For the last 25 years, she has helped CEOs and other senior leaders discern and manage what has now become known as “wicked problems” — those thorny business issues for which there is no simple definition, no obvious “I know” solutions, but if not appropriately resolved, typically lead to organizational havoc and competitive decline.  In enabling organizations to handle wicked problems, Seemann emphasizes how and why executives and other leaders need to develop agile mental models and robust decision-making capabilities.


Liam Fahey

Co-founder and Executive Director, Leadership Forum, Inc. (Wicked Session)

Liam Fahey is co-founder and executive director of Leadership Forum, Inc.  He serves as professor of management practice at Babson College.  Previously, he taught at Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and at Boston University.  He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh and M.B.S. and B. Comm. degrees from University College Dublin, Ireland.

Fahey's area of specialization is strategic management.  His research, consulting and teaching focus on strategic leadership, competitive strategy, marketing and business intelligence.  His research has appeared in such publications as Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Marketing, American Journal of Small Business, Strategy and Leadership, and Harvard Business Review.

He is the author or editor of eight books and more than 50 articles or book chapters.  His books include Learning from the Future: Competitive Foresight Scenarios, Competitors: Outwitting, Outmaneuvering and Outperforming, and The Portable MBA in Strategy.  His next book addresses how to link strategy, intelligence and insight.  He served as editor of Planning Review from 1987 to 1995.  For 10 years, he co‑chaired The Strategic Leadership Forum's annual strategic management conference.

Fahey has received awards for his research, teaching and professional activity.  His Ph.D. dissertation was awarded the A.T. Kearney "Certification of Distinction" by the Academy of Manage­ment.  A (co-authored) Journal of Marketing article received that publication’s 1998 awards for best contribution to marketing theory and for best contribution to marketing practice.  He was voted "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" by the Kellogg School’s students. He received the Meritorious Award for Distinguished Service from the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals in 1990.

Fahey has consulted with and/or conducted executive education programs for manufacturing, service and not‑for‑profit organizations, including AT&T, Bausch & Lomb, DaimlerChrysler, DuPont, Marriott Hotels, Motorola, National Starch and Chemical, Nortel, P&G, Pfizer, Scher­ing‑­Plough, Texas Instruments and Whirlpool.  He has also made presentations in many executive education and development programs sponsored by industry and trade assoc­iations, consulting firms, universi­ties and managem­ent education institut­ions in the U.S., Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe.


Mary Breckenridge, Ed.D

Director, Organizational Leadership Graduate Program (Higher Ed Panel)

Mary B. Breckenridge, Ed.D.,  (Missy) is director of the organizational leadership master’s degree program at Mercyhurst University, a position she recently assumed after serving as an associate professor in the program since 2012. An additional duty during that time was management of the academic assessment process across the university.

Breckenridge returned to Mercyhurst in 2012, after serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Notre Dame College in Cleveland from 2008-2012. Previously, she had spent 13 years in a variety of capacities at Mercyhurst, including graduate program director and associate dean for academic affairs.

Breckenridge has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science in education from the University of Southern California, teaching certification in social science, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Recent publications include an article co-authored with Greg Moore, John Hatzadony and Kelley Cronin titled “Homeland Security – Related Education and the Private Liberal Arts College” in Homeland Security Affairs (2010), and an article co-authored with Janet Wojtalik titled “There’s No Place Like Home: The Effects of Childhood Themes on Women’s Aspirations for Leadership,” Journal of Women in Educational Leadership (2007). 

Recent conference presentations include Professional Development for New Faculty, Council for Independent Colleges CAO/CFO Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia (November 2010), and Women and Leadership at a Crossroad: Reflection on Past Influences and Present Practices, International Leadership Association Conference, Chicago, (November 2006).   Research interests are in the area of women, leadership, and assessment in higher education. 


Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Ph.D.

Provost and Chief Academic Officer, St. Thomas University (Higher Ed Panel)

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.


Stefan Hyman, Ph.D.

Assistant Provost, Stoney Brook University (Higher Ed Panel)

As assistant provost, Stefan Hyman, Ph.D., oversees enrollment strategies, communications and analytics at Stony Brook University, leveraging technology, social media and assessment principles to enable the university to plan and meet a variety of enrollment goals. 

A member of the Stony Brook team for more than a decade, Hyman has developed strategies and recruitment plans to help position Stony Brook as a global destination for top students. He regularly speaks at national conferences, and has been quoted in media outlets including The Chronicle of Higher Education and The New York Times

Hyman is also an adjunct professor of music history at Stony Brook, and regularly teaches courses on digital music, history of rock and roll, and The Beatles.


Matthew Whelan, Ed.D.

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Stoney Brook University (Higher Ed Panel)

Matthew Whelan, Ed.D., is vice president for strategic initiatives at Stony Brook University, a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), an association of the 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada.

In this role, Whelan serves as an advisor to the president in the areas of long-term policy and strategic initiatives. He is charged with developing and executing all university-wide strategic initiatives and has administrative oversight of Stony Brook's satellite locations, which include Southampton, Manhattan and SUNY Korea. He also spearheaded Stony Brook's successful application to the StartUP NY program, New York’s breakthrough economic development incentive plan.  

He oversees the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness and reports directly to the president. Most recently, Whelan was the associate provost for enrollment and retention management at Stony Brook (2006-2012). He has enjoyed a successful 25-year career in admissions and financial aid at a variety of institutions, both small and large, public and private, by utilizing a data-driven approach to develop and implement strategic enrollment plans.

He currently teaches enrollment management in the master's program in higher education at Stony Brook and has presented at local, regional and national meetings on issues of enrollment planning, strategy and team building. He recently presented a paper at the International Leadership Association (2012) on academic turnaround and presidential leadership.


Professor Willie Donnelly

President of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) (HIgher Ed Panel)

Professor Willie Donnelly was appointed president of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in April 2015, having headed research and innovation at the institute for the previous 10 years. He is also chair of the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG), a world-class research mobile service and communications management research centre.

Prior to entering academia, Donnelly worked for 15 years in the telecommunications and utilities industries. He has led more than 30 Pan-European projects, working with key international industry players such as Ericsson, D-Telekom, ATOS and Nokia. He is the Irish representative on the European member state Future Internet Forum. He is a founding member of the European Digital Enlightenment Forum, which is an expert-level think-tank providing guidance to Europe on digital policy.

Nationally he has led two HEA-funded PRTLI projects, M-Zones and FutureCom. Both projects played a vital role in establishing Ireland as a major research and innovation centre in communications management. He was director of the Science Foundation Ireland Strategic Research Centre FAME whose industry partners include Cisco, IBM and Alcatel Lucent. He is a Co-PI on the SFI-funded Principle Investigator Precision Dairy project and of the Science Foundation Ireland research centre Connect. 

Donnelly established the WIT ArcLabs Innovation Centre in 2005, a unique research and innovation platform combining world-class research, entrepreneurial training and business development and high-potential start-ups, which has led to the creation of more than 500 jobs in the region.

The TSSG/ArcLabs has established a cluster of high-potential start-up companies in mobile services at its research centre at Arclabs, which currently employs more than 160 people. He is a founding member of spin-out companies FeedHenry and Zolk C. FeedHenry is a major player in the Enterprise Mobile Applications in the Cloud and Zolk-C is a world leader in location based interaction technologies for tourism.


Patrick Gibbons

Jefferson Smurfit Professor of Strategic Mgmt & Academic Dir.-Exec. Development, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin (Higher Ed Panel)

Patrick is the Jefferson Smurfit Professor of Strategic Management at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland and is Academic Director of Executive Developmant at the School. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Strategy from the University of Pittsburgh. Previous academic appointments have included Peking University; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Penn State University; University of Pittsburgh, and Nanyang Business School in Singapore.


John Goldener

Director, Crumpton Group (Intelligence Trends)

John Goldener leads Crumpton Group’s efforts to design and execute top-tier, strategy-focused initiatives, particularly intelligence-led projects that incorporate services from multiple CG business disciplines and practices. Before this position, he directed the company’s research and analysis program for four years, leading a team that produced comprehensive, customized assessments and research products for clients.

Prior to joining CG in 2010, Goldener served four years as senior analyst and manager in the Walt Disney Company’s Global Intelligence and Threat Analysis Division. He directed a team of analysts charged with providing business leaders with actionable information on security, geopolitical and socioeconomic risks and trends. At Disney, he was responsible for introducing a global travel-tracking and threat mitigation program, an annual intelligence tradecraft education initiative and a counterintelligence awareness program for employees traveling to high-threat locations.

In the public sector, Goldener served as an international security specialist with the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), a federal advisory committee that is part of the U.S. Department of State. While with OSAC, Goldener covered the Iraq / North Africa and East Asia / Pacific regions, traveling extensively throughout the Middle East, Europe and Asia. He coordinated between the department and security directors of U.S companies on antiterrorism efforts, surveillance detection, and intelligence operations. In January and February 2006, he was stationed in the U.S. government’s Joint Operations Command Center and Threat Integration Center at the Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, where he served as an Olympic security coordinator for the U.S. private sector.

Goldener also worked in the Department of State’s Office of War Crimes Issues. He was responsible for covering international war crimes tribunals in The Hague, Rwanda, and Cambodia, briefing senior department and military officials on current issues in war crimes prosecutions and responding to Congressional Questions for the Record.

Goldener holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and a Master of Arts degree from the School of International Service at American University.


Kathleen Moore

Assistant Professor of Intelligence Studies, Mercyhurst University (Intelligence Trends)

Kathleen Moore is an assistant professor of intelligence studies at Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pa., with a former career in both national security and business.

Moore specializes in social media intelligence and analysis with a concentration in social platforms during extreme events, looking at crisis and emergency management teams’ use and assessment of information communication technologies.

Her research experience spans assessing trust and credibility in social media to predicting online deception in semantic settings. She has worked with the US Army Research Office, and the Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Network-Centric Cognition and Information Fusion (NC2IF) and DeceptNet research programs.

Moore has bachelor’s degree in intelligence studies from Mercyhurst University and doctoral degree in information sciences and technology from the Pennsylvania State University.



Aidan Connolly

Chief Executive Officer, Idiro (Intelligence Trends)

Aidan, founder of Idiro, has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry including over 15 years in analytics & CRM for telecommunications, utilities and gaming.


Aidan has worked with numerous companies, including Vodafone Ireland, ESB, AT&T and the European Commission, and graduated from the University College Cork (U.C.C) with a BSc in Computer Science (1990) and a post-graduate diploma in New Business Development (2005) from Dublin City University, Ireland.



Benedict Ó Floinn

Attorney At Law (GIF Talks)

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 "GIF 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.


Paul O'Doircuide

Lecturer, USD Centre for Cyber Security and Cybercrime Investigation (GIF Talks)

Paul is a lecturer at University College Dublin (UCD), teaching on the law enforcement-only Masters degree in Computer Forensics and CyberCrime Investigation. There are currently 150 police and government investigators enrolled on the distance learning course from 28 countries. Paul's GIF talk will be about the Darknet.


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