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Patrick Driessen is a taxation policy analyst for Bloomberg Government, which he joined after a career as an economist and revenue estimator at the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Treasury Department. Driessen received a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and specializes in international and accounting tax issues as well as the tax legislative process.


Edward Erickson

Edward Erickson joined IntraPoint as the Vice President of Solution & Business Development in July 2011 to accelerate the company’s growth by developing Enterprise accounts and tailoring the product portfolio to provide a more complete end-to-end Enterprise Resiliency Solution. In March 2013 he assumed responsibility for all Business Development, Solution Deployment and Client Management as SVP of the Americas.

Prior to joining IntraPoint, Edward led the convergence of security, business resiliency and risk technologies as the Director of Cisco’s Global Safety, Security and Business Resiliency organization. The team was comprised of over 950 dedicated personnel worldwide and responsibilities included security operations, technology implementation, business continuity planning and crisis management. He founded and still chairs the Security, Resiliency and Technology Integration Forum.

Edward previously developed Cisco’s supply chain risk management capability which is regarded as a thought leader and practitioner in the field. He holds 2 patents in related analytics and founded the Supply Chain Risk Management Leadership Council. Prior to his focus on Risk Management he lead New Product Introduction in Europe, founded the Supply Chain Architecture team at Cisco and managed the Foxconn relationship; Cisco’s largest manufacturing partner.

Prior to his twelve years at Cisco Edward held Director level positions in both manufacturing and design engineering and has worked in the petrochemical, aerospace and semiconductor capital equipment industries. He has taught and consulted on manufacturing and business process improvement. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from San Jose State University.


Tony Costello

Tony Costello is Bloomberg Government’s Senior Managing Analyst. He spent four years as a buyside investment analyst covering energy at Osprey Partners and Mooring Financial. In these positions, Costello evaluated energy-related securities and made recommendations to portfolio managers. His undergraduate degree is in finance from George Washington University and he holds an MBA from The Darden School at the University of Virginia. He is also a CFA charterholder.


Maurizio Barbeschi

Dr Maurizio Barbeschi, (WHO Scientist) is the Team Leader of the Health and Security Interface. This team provides strategic advices on preparedness for and response to high visibility/high consequence events (bioterrorism, mass gatherings, etc.) to the WHO Director of the Department of Global Alert and Response (GAR), Health Security and Environment Cluster (HSE) of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr Barbeschi’s role is to provide strategic coordination of the safety and security implications of the GAR departments' activities, including (i) the response to deliberate events, by working with teams in GAR and with other Departments to ensure an appropriate WHO response to the deliberate release of pathogens or toxins and the smooth communication and co-ordination with relevant Organisations responsible for security aspects of investigation and containment, and (ii) the central coordination of the programme of communicable disease alert and response for mass gatherings - which provided support for the World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, the Hajji in Saudi Arabia, the Beijing Olympic Games in China and the FIFA World Cup 2010.

Dr Barbeschi joined WHO in 2003 and formerly was a CBRN Inspector with the UNMOVIC (UN Monitoring and Verification Commission, the ad hoc commission of the UNSC on Iraq. He served in Iraq as a Bio-team member for until war-evacuation in March 2003. He also was a Senior Scientific Adviser for the Italian CBRN National Authority (chemical biological and radio nuclear weapons) and member of the Italian delegation to the Conference of Disarmament (BTWC, CWC), Australia Group, EU, Port and Airport Initiative, Major Events Support Group and for the Russian Disarmament (G-8 cooperative agreement) as well as a Member of the Control Expert Group of the EU Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC-IPTS) aimed at producing a study on the Vulnerability of the European society and related security aspects. He joined the UN as Senior Policy Officer of the Verification Division of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (NL) and formerly he was a delegate to the Chemical Weapons Convention negotiations to the Conference of Disarmament. As a Policy Officer the areas of competence included Member States' support on field verification (i.e. evaluation of the results of inspection activities, methodology, effectiveness and verification planning and policy/compliance criteria). His studies include a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry and EMBA in Strategic Management at the A. Sloan School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Cambridge, Ma, US with the Politecnico di Milano).


Gil Meyer

As director of Global Issues Management, Meyer leads issues and crisis management programs for DuPont worldwide. In addition to these roles, Meyer tracks future trends for the company. During his 24-year career at DuPont Meyer has served in a wide range of Public Affairs and Regulatory Affairs roles culminating in his current position at the corporate-level in 2004.


Mathew J. Burrows

Mathew J. Burrows was appointed counselor to the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in July 2007 and director of the Analysis and Production Staff (APS) in January 2010. He is also a member of the Directorate of Intelligence’s (DI) Senior Analyst Service.

From 2003 to 2007, as director of APS, Dr. Burrows was responsible for managing a staff of senior analysts and production technicians, who guide and shepherd all NIC products from inception to dissemination. In addition, he was asked to set up and direct the NIC’s new Long Range Analysis Unit in September 2005. Other previous positions included assignments as special assistant to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke (1999-2001), and deputy national security advisor to US Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill (2001-02). From 1998 to 1999, he was the first holder of the Intelligence Community Fellowship and served at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Dr. Burrows joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1986, where he served as analyst for the DI, covering Western Europe, including the development of European institutions such as the European Union.

Dr. Burrows was the principal drafter of the NIC publication, Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World. This publication has received widespread recognition and praise in the international media and among academics and think tanks. He is now working on Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, to be launched later this year at an Atlantic Council conference in Washington, DC.

Dr. Burrows graduated from Wesleyan University in 1976 and in 1983, and received a PhD in European history from Cambridge University.


Ahmed Seif El-Dawla

Ahmed Seif El-Dawla has been Chief of Section (Africa and Western Asia) at the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) of the United Nations since May 2005. From 2003 to 2005 he was appointed as an Expert Adviser to the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the United Nations Security Council. Since 2003, he has been a Chief Judge at the Ministry of Justice, Egypt, and has been on leave from that role. Prior to this, from 1997 to 2003 he was Senior Prosecutor at the Office for International Cooperation, Head Office of the Prosecutor General, Egypt. Mr. Seif El-Dawla had his own Law Office (Of Counsel) from 1994 to 1997. From 1992 to 1994, Mr. Seif El-Dawla was an Associate Attorney at Law at Shalakany Law Firm.

Mr. Seif El-Dawla gained his Masters of Law (LL.M.) in International Criminal Law from Utrecht in 2000. LL.M in International Business Law, Amsterdam, 2001, and prior to that his Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) from the Faculty of Law, Cairo University, in 1992. He is the author of several academic articles on international criminal law, such as: Effects of Contemporary International Obligations for Combating the Financing of Terrorism on Interstate Cooperation in Criminal Matters, in: M. Cherif Bassiouni, International Criminal Law (3rd Edition) Vol. I, Sources, Subjects and Contents; Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (2008).

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