Who We Are
An interdisciplinary team with access to a global knowledge network.
Chris Pallaris is the Director and Principal Consultant of i-intelligence. He leads and coordinates the company’s training and consulting activities in Switzerland and beyond.
Chris’ professional experience covers a broad range of disciplines including open source and competitive intelligence, journalism, information and knowledge management, network building, market research, strategy consulting, and organizational development.
Previous to this, Chris served as Executive Editor and Head of Strategy and Open Source Intelligence at the International Relations and Security Network (ISN), ETH Zurich. He established the ISN’s OSINT unit and coordinated its intelligence-related projects with Swiss and European stakeholders. Earlier, he served as the ISN’s Executive Editor where he led the development of the organization’s news and information services and its global network of partners and correspondents.
In addition to his formal duties, Chris serves on the board of the European Open Source Intelligence (EUROSINT) Forum, where he also chairs a working group on best practices in OSINT. He is also a regular speaker at conferences on security and intelligence.
A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Chris has previously worked as an analyst in the Disputes, Analysis and Investigations division of PricewaterhouseCoopers, London, and as a writer, editor and communications consultant.
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Aleksandra Bielska is a graduate of the Mercyhurst College Institute of Intelligence Studies (MCIIS) in Erie, PA, in the United States and a current student of the King”s College London. Working as a research assistant at the MCIIS, she was responsible for competitive intelligence and intelligence studies-related research. She completed multiple research projects, including assignments for the US Department of Defense, the Georgia Institute of Technology and General Electric.
Aleksandra has a real passion for the field of intelligence research and intelligence studies. At MCIIS she developed familiarity with a broad range of OSINT tools and research resources. She continues to expand her knowledge on the theory of intelligence and the application of structured analytic techniques.
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Gari Owen worked for the UK Government from 1973 to 2003 in a variety of posts including Research Assistant at the Royal Military College of Science (now the Defence Academy), an adviser with the Home Office on advanced fire-fighting technologies, defence R&D projects (including on laser technology), and as defence science and technology (S&T) liaison at the British Embassy in Washington, DC. On return to the UK, he was involved in defence S&T analysis issues and developed an OSINT capability to support this.
Since leaving the UK MoD in 2003, he has consulted on science and technology analysis for government and industry clients as Annwvyn Solutions. He has been President of the European Open Source Intelligence (EUROSINT) Forum since 2009.
Gari is a graduate in physics from the University of Wales, holds masters and doctoral degrees in chemical physics, and is a Chartered Physicist.