Dr. White is an Adjunct Professor with the Computer Science Department at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He taught Air Force Academy cadets their senior military course before he retired
from the Air Force in 2004. After retiring, he pursued his interests in education and homeland security, publishing one of the first textbooks on the subject in 2005, and becoming an associate at the UCCS
Center for Homeland Security. For three years he conducted homeland security exercises at USNORTHCOM, and spent a year as an emergency planner at the El Paso County Office of Emergency Management. In 2014 he returned to UCCS under a research contract from DHS S&T to develop a uniform risk analysis methodology for lifeline infrastructure. Dr. White teaches Computing Ethics and Homeland Security and Cybersecurity.
Thomas Henkey served for six years as Senior Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Chicago, where he was responsible for disaster planning and response, as well as special events, physical-security, infrastructure, transportation, and homeland security and antiterrorism analysis. Mr. Henkey also has nearly 15 years of experience in a range of private-sector and nonprofit safety and security management roles. In 2017, publisher Elsevier released his new text Urban Emergency Management. He is currently the Director of Emergency Management for Titan Security Group, and an adjunct instructor at DePaul University’s School of Public Service.
Mr. Henkey is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), a Certified Institutional Protection Manager, and a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, the ASIS Cultural Properties Council, the Chicago Public-Private Task Force, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He is the vice-chair of the Chicago Cultural Properties Security Group, as well as vice-chair of the BOMA-Chicago Preparedness Committee. Mr. Henkey holds undergraduate degrees from St. Louis University, and a Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University.
Kayla Matthews is a cybersecurity writer at WriterZone and technology journalist. Her work has also been published on The Daily Dot, The Week, Security Boulevard and with the National Cyber Security Alliance. To read more from Kayla, visit her blog, Productivity Bytes.
Ardian Shajkovci, Ph.D., is a counter-terrorism researcher, lecturer and security analyst, with field research experience in the Middle East (Iraq, Syria, and Jordan), Western Europe, the Balkans, Kenya, and Central Asia. He is co-founder and director of recently initiated American Counterterrorism Targeting and Resilience Institute (ACTRI), a U.S.-based research center predominantly focused on the domestic aspects of terrorism-related threats. Past positions include Research Director and Senior Research Fellow at the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) and positions and consultancies with domestic and international organizations. Homeland security, disengagement from terrorism, violent extremist and terrorist group media communication strategy and information security, messaging and counter-messaging, and the strengthening of resilience to violent extremism and terrorism through application of the rule of law represent some of the areas of research interest. Ardian obtained his PhD. in Public Policy and Administration, with a focus on Homeland Security Policy, from Walden University. He obtained his M.A. in Public Policy and Administration, from Northwestern University, and a B.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from Dominican University.
Anne Speckhard, Ph.D., is Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) and serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She has interviewed over 700 terrorists, their family members and supporters in various parts of the world including in Western Europe, the Balkans, Central Asia, the Former Soviet Union and the Middle East. In the past three years, she has interviewed ISIS (n=239) defectors, returnees and prisoners as well as al Shabaab cadres (n=16) and their family members (n=25) as well as ideologues (n=2), studying their trajectories into and out of terrorism, their experiences inside ISIS (and al Shabaab), as well as developing the Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter Narrative Project materials from these interviews which includes over 175 short counter narrative videos of terrorists denouncing their groups as un-Islamic, corrupt and brutal which have been used in over 125 Facebook campaigns globally. She has also been training key stakeholders in law enforcement, intelligence, educators, and other countering violent extremism professionals on the use of counter-narrative messaging materials produced by ICSVE both locally and internationally as well as studying the use of children as violent actors by groups such as ISIS and consulting with governments on issues of repatriation and rehabilitation. In 2007, she was responsible for designing the psychological and Islamic challenge aspects of the Detainee Rehabilitation Program in Iraq to be applied to 20,000 + detainees and 800 juveniles. She is a sought after counterterrorism expert and has consulted to NATO, OSCE, the EU Commission and EU Parliament, European and other foreign governments and to the U.S. Senate & House, Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, Health & Human Services, CIA, and FBI and appeared on CNN, BBC, NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, CTV, and in Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, London Times and many other publications. She regularly speaks and publishes on the topics of the psychology of radicalization and terrorism and is the author of several books, including Talking to Terrorists, Bride of ISIS, Undercover Jihadi and ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Caliphate. Her publications are found here: https://georgetown.academia.edu/AnneSpeckhardWebsite: and on the ICSVE website http://www.icsve.org
John Moran, senior product manager for DFLabs, is a security operations and incident response expert. He has served as a senior incident response analyst for NTT Security, computer forensic analyst for the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit and computer forensics task force officer for the US Department of Homeland Security. John currently holds GCFA, CFCE, EnCE, CEH, CHFI, CCLO, CCPA, A+, Net+, and Security+ certifications.