A lecture by an international counter-terrorism expert Ilana Freedman
“Facing Terror: The Israeli Model”
Ilana Freedman is an internationally respected specialist in counter-terrorism preparedness and trend forecasting. As Senior Partner of Gerard Group International, she focuses much of her attention on the events and trends that shape the evolution of post-modern terrorism.
In 1987, Freedman pioneered a system of research and analysis called Strategic Realignment. The system enables the accurate processing and analysis of massive amounts of information within tight time-frames and dramatically shortens solutions delivery schedules. With over twenty years experience in the field, she is best known for her unique and highly accurate approach to analyzing rapidly changing trends and assessing their impact on client concerns. Over the last fifteen years she has forecast some of the most significant impacting trends in the global arena. Her forecasts now focus primarily on global trends in terrorism and counter-terrorism.
Freedman spent sixteen years in Israel as Managing Director of Gerard Associates Ltd., the precursor of her company GGi Consulting. As head of the Jerusalem-based strategic consulting firm, she served as advisor to both government and industry. Working with the Israeli police and military, she carried out an ongoing, in-depth study of Israel’s approach to counter-terrorism and its potential for application in other at-risk environments.
After returning to the United States in 1995, she continued to provide strategic consulting services to major corporations and globally-oriented firms. During the last eight years, she has been a featured speaker on international cooperation at conferences in China, Canada, Israel, and throughout the United States. Since September 11, 2001, she has been a frequent speaker on global terrorism and its impact on American business, government, and society.
Freedman writes a regular column on terrorism and security in the Metrowest Daily News, and her articles have appeared in the Lowell Sun, and other publications. She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and Inc. Magazine. She is a participant on the Bristol County Homeland Security Task Force, working with first response agencies to identify anti-terrorism security vulnerabilities and to solve security and response issues. She is a member of the national Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals and the Institute of Management Consultants.