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Ilana Freedman

Ilana Freedman is an internationally respected expert in counter-terrorism intelligence analysis and forecasting. The inter-relationships between developing trends in terrorism and their impact on global security is a special focus of her concern.

With over twenty years experience in the field, Freedman is best known for her unique and highly accurate approach to analyzing rapidly changing trends and assessing their impact on homeland security. In 1987, she pioneered a system of research, analysis, and trend forecasting designed to accommodate the impact of rapid and disruptive change. The Collaborative AnalyticsTM methodology facilitates the identification of key issues and the efficient elimination of distracting clutter in complex and volatile environments. Its multi-dimensional Over the last fifteen years she has forecast some of the most significant impacting trends in the global arena, including the globalization of terrorism and its impact on the world economy.

Freedman spent sixteen years in Israel, where she received training in counter-terrorism and where Gerard Group was founded. As head of the Jerusalem-based firm, she served as advisor to both government and industry. During this period, the firm carried out an ongoing, in-depth study of Israel’s approach to counter-terrorism and its potential for application in America.

After returning to the United States in 1995, and since 9/11 has been leading the company in the provision of counter-terrorism preparedness consulting services and intelligence analysis

She has been a featured speaker on the terrorist threat and counter-terrorism preparedness at international conferences throughout the United States and abroad.

Freedman’s columns on terrorism, civil defense, and security have appeared in the New York Post and other publications. She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and Inc. Magazine and has been a frequent guest on national radio talk shows.