Eden Intelligence coordinates small closed gathering conferences of senior figures within the worlds of counterterrorism, intelligence, cyber security influence and defence. It does so through an unrivalled network built up by the leaders and advisers of the firm over decades of study and work in these fields.
Most recently, Eden Intelligence has coordinated a number of closed group meetings for parts of the US defence establishment over the past three years. These have focused on, terrorism, cyber security, foreign intelligence systems and counter-radicalisation.
In two successive years marking the Centenaries of Mi5 and Mi6 and timed to coincide with the release of their official histories, two day conferences were held gathering former practitioners, officials, historians and experts to discuss the history of the organisations. Each event was held in the grand surroundings of a former secret building in central London, and each was followed by a gala dinner. At the close of the series, Jeremy Paxman entertained the assembled diners by hosting "University Challenge - Intelligence Officers vs Intelligence Historians." The result remains a closely guarded but unofficial secret.
Comments from the Centenary Conferences:
Ray Batvinis – former FBI Agent “Everything was first class from the assembled guests, the remarkable presentations to the quality of the wine at dinner. It was a delight meeting such interesting and talented people who share common interests in this most fascinating aspect of British history”.
Peter Earnest – Executive Director, International Spy Museum “A thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating event, I was delighted to see a number of old friends and to meet a number of new faces”.
Clarkson, Clarkson & Co “I would like to congratulate you. The conference was well organized and very interesting. There were many in the audience, who shared my impression” – Stephan Clarkson, Clarkson & Co
Annually the most significant transatlantic gathering of counter-terrorism minds between the UK and the US and allies, ITI was held each year in turn between the UK and the US. When in London Eden hosted the meeting at the Royal College of Defence Studies, Belgrave Square and in Washington DC at The Cosmos Club. The meetings brought together leading figures from intelligence, law enforcement, military, academia and the private sector for discussions renowned for their openness and focus on the practicalities of countering terrorism and related threats.
The last holding of the meeting in 2009 was hosted jointly by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and the Research and Assessment Branch of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, who were sponsors alongside Risk Management Solutions, New Century Consulting, The Transnational Crisis Project and Bader Resources. We were also fortunate to welcome as academic hosts the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, and the Center for Biosecurity Research at the University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center. ITI was also run in association with the Leaders in Counterterrorism Alumnus Association.
Comments from the conference:
Professor Erroll Southers, CREATE, University of Southern California, Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence for the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department “As a result of our engagement in the International Terrorism and Intelligence Conference, we were able to influence policy and procedures directly related to the development of intelligence-led policing strategies for the Los Angeles World Airports. LAX is noted as one of the most targeted airports in the United States and a critical economic engine for the world’s economy. Interdisciplinary counter-terrorism strategies are critical to the safety and security of the aviation domain, as it relates to the travelling public and the movement of the world’s commerce. Gavin McNicoll and ITI are important partners in the development of our planning and operational practices.”
Andy Williams, Regional Security Director, UKI, Middle East, Africa and Continental Europe, Marriott International “Congratulations and thank you for organising such a hugely enjoyable conference at the Cosmos Club. When first invited, I was looking forward to engaging in some academic and theoretical insight on terrorism and intelligence, however, as a practitioner and someone who has dealt with the sharp end of the subject matter, I was somewhat sceptical as to how fine words would translate into operational reality. How unfounded this scepticism turned out to be, with such a great variety and balance of delegates/speakers from all fields within the discipline, this turned out to be one of the most productive conferences (especially the workshops) I have attended. I greatly look forward to next year’s event.”
Larry Regens, Presidential Professor, University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center ITI provides an excellent venue for networking in order to establish new contacts and maintain existing ones. I thought it was the best ITI yet!
Marek T Greer, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center “Very professional and well paced to cover a large variety of informative topics. This was my first ITI attendance and would definitely want to attend again, thank you for this wonderful opportunity to be a part of it, I look forward to a future invite.”
Dr. Neal A. Pollard, Georgetown University “ITI and its substantive contributions lead the academic and policymaking communities in identifying and exploring the issues key to understanding terrorism. ITI’s convening power makes it unrivalled in bringing together, into an open academic forum, the top minds in terrorism studies and counterterrorism.”
Marissa Fenech, Head of Intelligence Liaison, Deutsche Bank, UK “ITI provides an invaluable opportunity for the private sector to interact with all facets of government and academia from around the world. This open exchange of ideas on the issue of terrorism, which reaches across borders, agencies and industries, always serves to stimulate new thinking on one of the most complex problems facing the corporate world.”
Dr Gordon Woo, Risk Management Solutions: “The ITI conference has established itself as a key fixture in the international counter-terrorism calendar. The informed talks and lively panel discussions are extremely useful for those involved practically in assessing, mitigating and responding to the terrorist threat.”
David Hamon, ANSER, Inc. Previously Chief, Advanced Concepts Division, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and of Africa Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, US Department of Defense “This conference (ITI annual conference) is a high energy event where individual researchers, governments, industry leaders, and academics come together and assess progress fighting global terrorism. If you only go to one conference a year on terror related subjects, this is it.”
Simon Stringer, Managing Director, Becatech, former Managing Director, Security and Intelligence, QinetiQ
“ITI is the most useful meeting of the year.”