Chris Pallaris – Director

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 – Consultant

Aleksandra Bielska is an educator, analyst and consultant specialising in the collection, analysis and management of intelligence.

As an educator, she has taught intelligence theory and practice to public and private sector organisations, including at NATO’s Centre of Excellence in the Defence Against Terrorism in Ankara, Turkey, and at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany.

As a consultant, Aleksandra has advised a number of EU projects on intelligence and national security. She is currently working on the FP7-funded VALCRI project, which aims to improve criminal intelligence and predictive policing among Member States. Further, she is a member of the national committee heading the Polish chapter of the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP), and is actively involved in local projects including the launch of the first postgraduate program in competitive intelligence in Poland.

Finally, as an analyst, Aleksandra has worked on numerous assignments in Europe and the US, including for such organisations as the US Department of Defense, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and General Electric.

Aleksandra holds an M.A. in Intelligence and International Security from the King’s College London, and a B.A. in Intelligence Studies from the Mercyhurst College Institute of Intelligence Studies (MCIIS) in Erie, PA, in the United States.

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Vytenis Benetis – Director, Asia

Vytenis Benetis is Director of i-Intelligence’s Asia office. He has worked in the defence sector since 2005, serving as a surface naval officer, military analyst and plans and policy specialist. His professional experience covers a broad range of missions and organisations, including the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence, NATO, and the European Union, working on both the operational and strategic levels. In many of his duties, Vytenis has been responsible for developing knowledge management components and systems.

Vytenis holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a BS in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.

 

Craig Dunn – Consultant

Craig Dunn is a consultant working in the fields of cybersecurity, counterterrorism and law enforcement. He is responsible for tracking terrorist uses of the Internet and ensuring developments here are reflected in i-intelligence’s training and consulting practices. Craig is also engaged in the field of information and cybersecurity and is conducting research on the legal and ethical implications on the use of the Internet for intelligence purposes by law enforcement professionals.

In addition to his work with i-intelligence, Craig is pursuing an M.Sc. in International Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He holds an LL.M. from Peking University in Beijing, China, and previously worked as an editor at the Institute of International & Strategic Studies in Beijing. Born and raised in Canada, Craig graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a double B.A. in Political Science and Geographic Information Systems.

 

Cristina Viehmann – Director, Latin America

Originally from Romania, Cristina works as an innovation strategy consultant and educator in Monterrey, Mexico. With a background in political science and entrepreneurship, she focuses her work on strategies of social innovation, empowerment, community development and civic space transformation.

In addition to her work with i-intelligence, Cristina teaches in the undergraduate design programs of the University of Monterrey (UDEM) and at the Center for Design of Monterrey (CEDIM). Her work here combines instruction in business and design to prepare students for emerging fields in the management of information and services. Having lived and worked in Romania, Switzerland, Spain and currently Mexico she is experienced in the co-relation between cultural contents and business. Cristina completed a Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, in 2008 and a Master of Science in Business Innovation at Babson College, US, in 2010.

 

Gari Owen – Consultant

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.