Meet the Scientific Board

Scientific Board

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Commodore (Rt) Demetrios Tsailas

Naval & Military Issues

Demetrios Tsailas is a Retired Commodore of the Senior Naval Command of Northern Greece and former director of the department of the Supreme Joint War College for Security and Strategy. Prior to this appointment, he commanded HS AXIOS while flagship for the command of SNMCMG-2 NATO flotilla. Previously, he had spent three years as Defense Attaché of Greece in Canada, and three as Aid de Camp to the President of Republic Mr. Kostas Stefanopoulos. His earlier command appointments include the Fast Patrol Ships Guided HS LASKOS and HS ANNINOS, the torpedo boats HS ESPEROS and HS TOXOTIS. Captain Tsailas, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1981. A navigation specialist, he served as Navigating officer in patrol boats and destroyer escorts, was a navigator instructor at the Naval Officers' Training Centre and at the Naval Academy. Operational tours as Combat and Training Officer, in destroyer escorts, had a number of operational and training appointments in that area.  He holds a Masters Degree in Maritime Strategic Studies from Naval War College. He is a graduate of both the Command and Staff Course in the Naval Officers' Training Centre. Commodore (Rt) Dimitrios Tsailas retired from Strategy International's directorate board at the level of Director General of Strategy International.


Commmodore (Rt)Tsailas speaks English.


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Colonel Taxiarchis Sardellis

Security and Strategy Advisor, Director General Strategy International.

Taxiarchis Sardelis (Rt) Brigadier General is the new  Director General of Strategy International. Until September 2012, he was the Defence Attaché of the Hellenic Republic Armed Forces located at the Embassy of Greece in Washington, D.C USA. Until  March 2013, Colonel Sardellis was posted at the head of the International office of the Ministry of Defense of Greece. He has held in the past many professional and military positions such as: Head Branch of Bilateral Cooperation, International Relations Directorate of the Ministry of Defence. Staff officer in the Office of the Inspector General of the Army, Liaison Officer of the Greek Army Staff to the US Army Training and Doctrine Command, Ft. Monroe, Virginia, USA. He was also Staff Officer of Training and Exercises Department of the NATO Headquarters in Larisa, Greece. He commanded the 595 Air Assault Battalion of the 71st Airmobile Brigade. He was also Company Commander, Operations Officer and Deputy Commander (X.O) of an Infantry Battalion in Lesvos island, Greece and earlier as staff Officer in the Defence Planning and Procurement Directorate of the Army General Staff. Colonel Sardellis has attended and conducted classes and multiple seminars on foreign and security Policies at Universities and Institutions such as Harvard, at NATO’s Defense College as well as Oberammergau at NATO School. A much awarded officer with honorable positions and medals for his national and international military and professional services, Coloner Sardellis graduated from the Hellenic Military Officers Academy, the War College of the Hellenic Republic and the NATO Defense College.

Colonel Sardellis speaks, English, Italian, French and basic Spanish.


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Mr. Alexandros Alexiadis

Advisor to Business, Economic & Diplomatic issues


Mr. Alexandros Alexiadis is a first councelor for Economic and Commercial Affairs He is the head of the Office of Economic and Commercial Affairs of Greece in Israel, in Tel Aviv (appointed in October 2012). His las position was a the office of Economic and Commerciall Affairs for Northern Greece, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic. He holds a Degree at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in French Literature. He holds a Master’s Degree in Communication of  Organizations from Charles Sturt University, Australia. After finishing his military obligations, he entered and successfully graduated from the Department of Commercial Attachés of the National School of Public Administration. In 1993, He was a member at the Centre of International and European Economic Law in Thessaloniki, while with parallel duties at the Commercial and Industrial Chamber of Thessaloniki. In 1995, he was  Vice Counselor for Commercial & Economic Issues at the Consulate General of Greece in Sydney, Australia. In 1999 he became a First Secretary for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Embassy of Greece in Warsaw, Poland. In 2003, he was, the Second Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs and the Head of the Office for Economic and Commercial at the Consulate General of Greece in Johannesburg, RSA. In 2006 he became the Second Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs and Head of the Office for Economic and Commercial Affairs of Northern Greece, Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2007, he became the Second Counselor of Economic and Commercial Affairs and Director of the Office of the Deputy Secretary General for International Economic Relations & Economic Cooperation of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2009, he became the First Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs and Head of the Office for Economic and Commercial Affairs of Northern Greece.

Mr Alexiadis Speaks English & French.


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Despoina Afentouli

Advisor Scientific Board, Strategy International


Mrs. Afentouli is the Public Liaison Officer for NATO for Southeastern Europe and Greece. She is a former Journalist at the Kathimerini Newspaper of Greece. Amongst her much primary and secondary and internationally known journalist work, Mrs Afentouli is an honorary member of Strategy International, from its day of start. Mrs Afentouli is a leading member and advisor of the Scientific Board of Strategy International.









Dr. Jasminka Simic

BalKans, Security and Political Science


Jasminka Simic is a journalist and Editor in the National Radio and Television of Serbia. She holds a PhD in Political Sciences from the University of Belgrade, in issues of Euro-Atlantic integration, from the Department of International Studies, University of Belgrade. She holds a Masters of Political Sciences, experting in European Integration and European Parliament, Decision making process, from the faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade and a BA (hons) from the faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. She Published the following books: European Parliament – An Actor In the Decision - Making Process of the European Union“, Službeni glasnik, Belgrde, 2010. In  Search  of  a  New  Mission :  NATO  and  the Yugoslav Crisis  1990-2001“, Službeni glasnik, Belgrade, 2010.  Published articles such as Legislative Procedure of the European Union“ (1996), Challenges facing NATO IN THE 21st Century” in Journal “International problems”, Belgrade, (2009), NATO’s engagement in the former SFRY, 1991-2001” in Journal “International affairs”, Belgrade, (2009), She is also a participant in importance international conferences organized in Belgrade: Lectures on issues : „The International Security“, „Serbia’s European  perspective“, „NATO in the New Era“ : at the Faculty of Humanistic Science, Belgrade.

Ms. Simic speaks English & French.


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Professor Alan Henrikson

Fulbright Professor, EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies Department.


Alan Henrikson is Fulbright Chair in US-EU Relations at the College of Europe during 2010-2011.  He is Director of Diplomatic Studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he teaches US diplomatic history, contemporary US-European relations, global political geography, and the history, theory, and practice of diplomacy.  He has taught “American Foreign Policy Making” at the European Commission in Brussels.  During the Spring of 2003 he was Fulbright/Diplomatic Academy Visiting Professor of International Relations at the Diplomatische Akademie in Vienna.  He also has been Lloyd I. Miller Visiting Professor of Diplomatic History at the US Department of State, Visiting Professor at the National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo, and United Nations Development Programme Visiting Professor of Diplomatic History at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. Professor Henrikson received Ph.D., A.M., and A.B. degrees in History from Harvard University.  He also is a graduate of the University of Oxford where he read Philosophy-Politics-and-Economics at Balliol College as a Rhodes Scholar.  He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.  He also has been an Associate and Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.  His current research focus is the diplomacy of the US-EU relationship, in the larger context of relations between the United States and Europe in the world.


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Dr. Kostas A. Lavdas


Kostas A. Lavdas  is Professor of European Politics,

Chair of Department of Political Science, University of Crete.

Professor Lavdas, was previously Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Born in Athens in 1964, he studied political science, political sociology, public policy and international relations in Athens, the UK (at LSE and Manchester), and the USA (at MIT). He has published extensively in English, German and Greek on European politics, Greek politics and policy, comparative interest group politics and applied political theory. He has taught (as a Professor, an Associate Professor and a Senior Lecturer) and researched (as a Senior Research Fellow and a Research Associate) at various universities and research centers in Europe and the USA. His publications include the books The Europeanization of Greece: Interest Politics and the Crises of Integration (London / New York: Macmillan / St Martin’s Press, 1997), Politics, Subsidies and Competition: The New Politics of State Intervention in the European Union  (with M. Mendrinou) (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 1999), Interests and Politics: Interest Organization and Patterns of Governance (in Greek) (Athens: Papazisis, 2004), Politics between the Potential and the Familiar (in Greek) (Athens: Sideris, 2010), and A Republic of Europeans: Civic Potential in a Liberal Milieu (with D. Chryssochoou) (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2011), America: Political Development and Democratic Institutions in the USA (in Greek) (Athens: Papazisis, 2012), Stateness and Sovereign Debt (with S. Litsas and D. Skiadas) (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), several chapters in edited volumes (including The Political Economy of Privatization, Verbaende und Verbandssysteme in Westeuropa, Republicanism in Theory and Practice, The New Balkans) and several papers in international refereed journals (including the European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics, Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Politics). In 2007-2008 he was the Constantine Karamanlis Professor of Hellenic and Southeastern European Studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA, and in 2009 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the European Institute, Hellenic Observatory, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.




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Mr. Elias Aravantinos

Social Media and Network advisor


Elias Aravantinos is an ICT Consultant and Advisor at with over 5 years experience in the IT and Telecom. He has a strong background in mobile and fixed networks research and an in depth understanding of market dynamics in the IT and telecoms business. Currently he works as IT Account Manager at General Secretariat of Information and Communication in Greece and also covers the LTE research for Maravedis wireless broadband research boutique in Canada. In the past, Elias has worked as a project research manager for Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, leader to perform research and identify solutions on Ultrabroadband networks. He led a team of researchers and engineers from industry and academia to produce pioneering research and acclaimed publications on high speed networks. He worked also as researcher with Lucent Technologies, modeling spectrum licensed secondary markets and has also offered ICT services to KPMG and Intracom Telecom mostly on security and network management engineering. His areas of interest and expertise include Next Generation Networks and Security, IMS, LTE, OFDM, core networks and identifying emerging strategies for the mobile business. Numerous publications and research have been presented to accredited conferences and academic journals. In the past he served as IEEE Chair of Technology Management of New York unit and as Lecturer at Colleges in the USA and Europe. Elias earned a bachelor of electrical engineering from University of Patras (Greece), and also holds an MBA from Oklahoma City University (USA).





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Dr. Valbona Zeneli

Professor National Security Studies Marshall Center Germany

Dr. Valbona Zeneli is a professor of national security studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.  Born in Albania, Dr. Zeneli is an economist with an interest in international economy, marketing and international security politics. Her academic credentials are in the field of economics, and she holds a doctor of science degree in political economy from the University of Study of Bari, Italy. She earned a postgraduate diploma on international marketing from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and graduated with honors in business administration from the University of Bologna, Italy. She is a graduate of the Marshall Center's Leaders Program in International and Security Studies and is actively involved in the George Marshall Center Alumni Association, Albania as a board member. She is also a graduate of the Executive Education Program at Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Zeneli has served as economic advisor to the Albanian ministers of defense and economy, and as chief of protocol and economic advisor to the prime minister. She has also worked for several  Albanian private companies as an international relations adviser. She started her academic career in 2003 as a part time lecturer at the Albanian-Italian University Our Lady of Good Council in Tirana; then at the New York University of Tirana and later as a full time lecturer at the European University of Tirana. Dr. Zeneli's current research and writing interests are in the area of international economy, foreign direct investments, and the importance of the quality of institutions for development in the transition economies. She is fluent in Albanian, Italian, and English and has good knowledge of German.













Professor Shary Cross

International Security, Marshall Center Germany


Sharyl Cross is professor in the College of International and Security Studies at the Marshall Center since 2005. Dr. Cross has served as director of studies for both the Program in Advanced Security Studies and Senior Executive Seminar. She has also taught in the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies, and offers an elective course on United States-Russia/Eurasia security issues. Dr. Cross directed the Marshall Center project on countering ideological dimensions of terrorism involving participation of 60 nations, and routinely lectures for the NATO School in Oberammergau Germany. She is a tenured full professor and former chair of the San Jose State University Department of Political Science in the California State University system. In 1999, she was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar grant to support affiliations as visiting research scholar and professor at the Institute of USA & Canada Studies in the Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Dr. Cross held prior appointments as a post-doctoral scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and as a visiting professor of transregional studies at the United States Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. She has been the recipient of three (2001, 2004, 2006-2007) post-doctoral research grants at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. In 2005, she was invited to serve as visiting professor of trans-Atlantic relations at the Institute of Political Studies/Sciences Po in Lille France. Dr. Cross has edited three major books in security studies with specialists from Russia and China, and has published extensively in leading peer-reviewed academic journals and books.  She has consulted for the U.S. State Department, Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. European Command, and the U.S. Congress. Dr. Cross earned a Ph.D. in political science with concentrations in international relations, comparative politics, and American foreign and security policy from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was a resident fellowship scholar & consultant completing the graduate program in Soviet/Russian studies at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California.  Originally from Arizona, Dr. Cross graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest distinction in political science from the University of Arizona in 1983.






 Professor Elias G. Carayannis

Professor Business School, The George Washington University.


Dr. Elias G. Carayannis is Full Professor of Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as co-Founder and co-Director of the Global and Entrepreneurial Finance Research Institute (GEFRI) and Director of Research on Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, European Union Research Center, (EURC) at the School of Business of the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Carayannis‘ teaching and research activities focus on the areas of strategic Government-University-Industry R&D partnerships, technology road-mapping, technology transfer and commercialization, international science and technology policy, technological entrepreneurship and regional economic development. He has consulted for a wide variety technology‑driven organizations in both government and the private sector, including the World Bank, the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the US Agency for International Development, IKED, the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Program, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Advanced Technology Program, the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM), the USN CNO Office, Sandia National Laboratories‘ New Technological Ventures Initiative, the General Electric Corporate Training & Development Center, Cowen & Co, First Albany International and others. For more information please see:


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 Dan Solomon

Director On Homeland Security Affairs, Atlantic Council, UK


Dan is a senior partner at Hawk ISM, heading the security consulting and risk practice. He is an experienced strategy consultant, and former VP of Consulting, regularly presenting and publishing on converged risk, cyber security, critical infrastructure protection, open source intelligence, and red teaming. He is also the Director of the Homeland Security program at the Atlantic Council of the United Kingdom.


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Igor Okunev

Igor Okunev

Vice-Dean, Assistant Professor Moscow State Institute of International Relations


Igor Okunev, Ph. D. (Cand. Polit. Sc.) in Political Science, Vice-Dean, Assistant Professor at the Department of Comparative Politics, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Associate Professor at Higher School of Economics (Moscow). He received his M.A. (summa cum laude) in Intercultural Communication from St. Petersburg State University, holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He is the author of two books: "Federalism and language policy" and "Geopolitics and microstates" (both in Russian). He is the executive editor of a Russian journal «Comparative Politics». He has publications in Russian and English on political geography, geopolitics, federalism studies and comparative politics. He serves as program coordinator of the Research Committee on Geopolitics at International Political Science Association and board member of Russian Political Science Association. 


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Farid Professor Farid Mirbagheri

Chair of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

Director Strategy International (Cyprus Branch)

SM Farid Mirbagheri received his BA and PhD in International Relations from Keele University, UK. He is currently Professor of International Relations at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, holder of the Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern Studies (sponsored by the A. G. Leventis Foundation) in the same University and the executive director of the Diplomatic Academy in Cyprus (affiliated to the University of Nicosia). His writings cover Cyprus, the United Nations as well as Islam. His latest book on War & Peace in Islam: A Critique of Islamic/ist Political Discourses is out by Palgrave. Professor Mirbagheri is now also holding a position as the Director of Strategy International in Cyprus. 


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Dr. Sotiris Serbos

Foreign Policy, Lecturer, University of Thrace


Dr. Sotiris Serbos is Lecturer in International Politics at Democritus University of Thrace, in Greece. Born in Thessaloniki in 1976, he graduated as full-scholarship student of Anatolia College. He studied International Relations at the University of Macedonia (BA), the London School of Economics & Political Science (MSc) and the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (PhD). He has worked as special advisor/expert in the Ministries of Defense (Institute for Defense Analyses), Foreign Affairs (Centre for Planning and Analysis), Economy & Finance (Management Organization Unit for Community Support Framework), Macedonia & Thrace and the University of Sheffield (South-East European Research Centre). Before joining Democritus University he taught as adjunct faculty, Public Administration and Policy at the Hellenic Open University and International Relations at the American College of Thessaloniki. His publications concentrate on international organization and European integration with emphasis placed on foreign policy analysis via the EU’s enlargement policy in South-Eastern Europe (Turkey, Western Balkans). Research interests also include Greek and Turkish foreign policy.

Dr. Serbos speaks English & German.


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Dr. Miltiadis Sarigiannidis

International Law, Lecturer, Aristotle University.


Dr. Sarigiannidis is Assistant Professor in International Public Law and in International Relations at the Law Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He was a member of the Department of Liberal Arts where he lectured in International Politics and was a member of the Department of Business and Economics where he lectured in International Business Law. He has presented papers at national and international conferences, and has published in the field of international law and politics. He holds a Jur.Dr. in International Public Law, from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, M.A. in International Conflict Analysis, University of Kent at Canterbury. LL.M. in International Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki & LL.B., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research interests are in International Public Law, Peace and Security, Conflict Analysis. He is a member of the Hellenic Company for International law and International Studies Association. He participates with presentations in international and national conferences and publishes in Greece and Internationally his academic and professional work. His interests amongst others include History and Philosophy of Public International Law, the United Nations System and International Conflict Resolution Management Operations and Dispute Settlement.

Dr. Sarigiannidis speaks English  & German.


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Dr. Pythagoras Petratos

Economist, Security and Strategy


Dr. Pythagoras Petratos is an economist, political scientist and engineer. He is currently a Lecturer at the SAID Business School at the University of Oxford. He has completed postgraduate degrees at Cass Business School, City University, University of London and Oxford University. He was awarded a Phd from the University of London in 2009. One of his main research interests lies in defense policy and economics and particularly the economics and financing of information security. He is Visiting Fellow at Buckingham University and Visiting Professor at the University of Thessaly. He has also taught in postgraduate courses at the University of London, University of Crete and University of Peloponnese. 

Dr. Petratos speaks Greek, English, Italian and German.


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Dr. Dimitrios K. Matthaiou

Doctor, PhD candidate Univ. of Crete,


Dr. Matthaiou is a medical doctor in the Department of Internal Medicine at “G. Gennimatas” General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece. He conducts research on the field of Infectious Diseases. Born in Thessaloniki in 1978, he graduated from the Medical School of the University of Ioannina, Greece. He is a PhD candidate on Infectious Diseases at the Medical School of the University of Crete, Greece. He is also an MBA scholarship student in the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.

He has published extensively in top international peer-reviewed medical journals concentrating on Infectious Diseases. His papers have received numerous citations. He also has given lectures and presented many papers in international and domestic conferences and received awards for his research work. He is an associate editor in BMC Infectious Diseases and reviewer in several peer-reviewed medical journals. He belongs to the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, in which he is a founding member of one of the society’s study groups, and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

Dr. Matthaiou (MD) speaks Greek, English & German.


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Professor Nikitas Nikitakos  

Professor, University of Aegean 

Professor. N. Nikitakos is a graduate of Hellenic Naval Academy (1980) and holds a B.Sc. in Economics (University of Piraeus 1986) and 2 M.Sc. from Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, USA (M.Sc. Electrical .Engineering. and M.Sc. in Appl. Mathematics). He spent 25 years as Naval Officer (Captain H.N. ret.) when he participated in several NATO and EU committees. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from National Technical University of Athens (1996). He is Professor of Shipping Informatics and Communications and was Head of the Dept. of Shipping Trade and Transport at the University of the Aegean (2006-2010). He has participated mainly as coordinator/principal researcher in several European and defense related research projects. He was AMMITEC’s (Association of Maritime Managers Information Technology Electronics and Communication) president from 2006-2010 and currently President of Aegean Institute of the Law of the Sea and Maritime law in Rhodes. He holds 3 international patents on renewable energies at sea and he was awarded from Lloyd’s List and EU on Maritime Technological Innovation in 2006 and 2008 respectively. He is a Hellenic Chamber of Shipping consultant participating mainly in NAV and COMSAR IMO subcommittees. He has published 5 books and many articles to referee international journals and conferences.






Kleanthis Kyriakidis (Commander N. GRC)

Editor of SESSTL Journal, Strategy International


Kleanthis Kyriakidis is a Commander of the Greek Navy. He currently serves at the office of the Vice Minister office for Defense. He is a fomer instructor at the Supreme Joint War College in Thessaloniki. He holds a MS in Physical Oceanography and a MA in National Security Affairs/ Middle East Studies with Distinction from the Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, CA. He has also a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he was presented with the prestigious Lucius Littauer Award. He has published seven history and political science books and more than sixty articles dealing with a wide scope of diverse contemporary problems, in Greek and American journals. He has taught History, Terrorism, Deterrence, Modern Strategy, Crisis Management and Geopolitics to various Defense related Institutions. He has participated in four international conferences and has been a Senior Editor for the Kennedy School Review. He speaks English, French and some Spanish and is married to the Greek-Australian ESL teacher Evgenia Koikas. 











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"Dan is a senior partner at Hawk ISM, heading the security consulting and

risk practice. He is an experienced strategy consultant, and former VP of Consulting, regularly presenting and publishing on converged risk, cyber security, critical infrastructure protection, open source intelligence, and red teaming. He is also the Director of the Homeland Security program at the Atlantic Council of the United Kingdom."