Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori is the founder of the Strategists Center, a think tank focused on Middle Eastern geopolitical affairs, and is the Managing Director at Al-Mansoori Consultancy, whose clients include governments, NGOs, and private corporations. Previously, Ahmed was a member of the UAE Federal National Council; pioneered the development of the UAE space sector, including satellite design, manufacturing, and operations; and established Dubai Consultancy, a think tank that has assisted the government in sector development, security, dynamics of power, and international relations. He has also held many positions in the government of Dubai relating to developing Dubai into its current status as a hub for business and tourism. Ahmed is the founder of three museums under the trade name Crossroads of Civilizations, aiming to promote multiculturalism, tolerance, and coexistence.
Charles “Sonny” Hudson retired as a Senior Intelligence Operations Officer (SIS) with over 31 years of government service, particularly in foreign fields, in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations (DO), now known as the National Clandestine Service (NCS). Through his career and years of service, Charles gained experience and expertise in a range of international environments and in all aspects of the Intelligence Collection Cycle. He worked in a variety of positions, including team operator, instructor, and manager, ultimately serving as a Senior Executive leader in the CIA. Charles served multiple tours of duty, primarily throughout Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. After retirement, Charles joined the security team at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC), involved in international exploration and production activity spanning the Far East, Africa, and Latin America and domestically across North America and the Gulf of Mexico. He retired from Anadarko as Director of Corporate Security in late 2019.
Kobi Mor has considerable experience working in security management in a range of public- and private-sector positions in various multicultural settings. His management style entails a unique strategic and business-oriented approach utilizing hand-on program leadership, and he has brought this to his work in the fields of facility security, personal protection, logistics and supply-chain security, brand protection, information security, counter-espionage, travel and aviation security, event security, and pre-employment screening, among others.
Kobi’s first position was with the Israel Securities Authority (ISA), where he worked for 22 years as a practitioner and regulator. He then worked for 15 years as the Vice President for Global Corporate Security for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, which had operations at over 300 facilities in more than 60 countries with approximately 60,000 employees.
In addition to his public and private sector positions, Kobi established multiple security departments and programs, relying on his experience as a consumer of intelligence, defining intelligence needs and requirements, and critically evaluating intelligence deliverables.
Major General Edward M. Reeder Jr. retired from the US Army after nearly 35 years of service, having served as a Special Forces Officer commanding for 30 years at every level in the US Army Special Forces. Edward was the Commanding General of the US Army Special Forces Command, overseeing 15,000 soldiers with a $450M operating budget, and was responsible for manning, training, equipping, and deploying the US Army Green Berets daily in 56 countries. He also served as the Commanding General of the US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and oversaw the entry-level training of the US Army Special Forces, Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs, and the select advanced training throughout the US Special Operations community.
Edward’s experience in military operations includes serving as National Civil Defense Advisor for El Salvador in 1988, organizing, training, and equipping a local defense force of 58,000 and commanding Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha 786 as well as providing support for Operation Just Cause under Task Force Black for Panama in 1989. As part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Edward commanded Special Operations Task Force 32 in 2002 and 2003, oversaw all US Army Special Operations in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and served as the Commanding General of the first Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010. At various points while serving in Afghanistan, Edward also oversaw the special operations of the UAE, Australia, New Zealand, France, Canada, the Netherlands and Jordan. From 2014 to 2015, he also served as the Commanding General of the Special Operations Joint Task Force/ NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Freedom Sentinel, overseeing 12,500 service members from 21 countries with an operating budget of $1.3 billion.
Gary Kessler, PhD, CISSP, is president of Gary Kessler Associates, a principal consultant at Fathom5, and a retired professor of cybersecurity. He is also the Chief of the Cyber Augmentation Branch in the Cybersecurity Directorate of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, guest faculty in the Electrical Engineering & Cyber Systems Section at the US Coast Guard Academy, and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative. He has been involved in the field of information security since the late 1970s, with current research relating to maritime cybersecurity, particularly in AIS and maritime communication protocol vulnerabilities. Gary is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has authored more than 75 papers, articles, and book chapters in addition to three books, including Maritime Cybersecurity: A Guide for Leaders and Managers, which he co-authored and published in 2020. Gary holds a BA in Mathematics, an MS in Computer Science, and a PhD in Computing Technology in Education. He is a Master SCUBA Diver Trainer and holds a 50 GT merchant mariner credential.
Offer Einav is a developer of holistic security solutions and is widely regarded as an expert in the fields of aviation security, counterterrorism, homeland security, and public safety. Following an intensive, 12-year career in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) elite force, Offer joined the Israel Security Agency (ISA) in 1986, was appointed to the Israel National Aviation Security Program as Aviation Security Manager, and was voted Security Director at El Al Airlines in 2005. Offer has managed the development and implementation of innovative domestic and international security programs. Having retired after 27 years in government service, Offer began working in international consulting. As an active partner in various European R&D programs, Offer is involved in various research and development initiatives in Europe, working with advanced holistic security technology solutions to counter emerging threats and with integrating operations, technologies, and procedures in various security fields. He is frequently invited as a speaker and is quoted in the US, European, Indian, and Israeli press on issues relating to aviation security, counterterrorism, and homeland security.
Pete DuFour supports TAM-C clients through risk and security assessments and serves on TAM-C’s personnel recovery management (KRE) team and the Advisory Board. With the US State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) Program, he mentors senior foreign law enforcement on preventing suicide bombings, most recently in Egypt, Kenya and the Philippines. Early in his career, he led international and domestic counter-terrorist strike teams and was involved in activities with the CIA, DEA, DOE, NEST, DARPA, UN, DIA and State Department. He later was a bomb technician for the US Secret Service and Diplomatic Security Services, protecting multiple US Presidents and Heads of State, and managed the federal counter suicide bombing training program for all senior law enforcement, state fusion centers and SWAT teams nationwide. Later in his career, Pete worked with the Boeing Company, leading crisis management and threat prevention teams, supporting Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) security assessments, and managing company security operations in over 40 countries. He has been a member of federal and state strategy programs regarding terrorism intelligence and civil disruption and was the senior targeting analyst for a Congressional security assessment to protect critical infrastructure in Washington D.C.