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Government & NGO's


David Bowdich
Deputy Director of the FBI

David L. Bowdich was appointed to the Deputy Director position of the FBI in March 2018. In this role, he oversees all FBI domestic and international investigative and intelligence activities.

Previously, he served as the Associate Deputy Director of the FBI, overseeing the management of all FBI personnel, budget, administration, infrastructure inspection, internal investigations and insider threats. Between December 2014 and April 2016, Bowdich was Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, where he led a number of high-profile investigations, including the San Bernardino terror attack and the LAX active shooter investigation.

Bowdich served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Counterterrorism Division of the LA Field Office from September 2012 to December 2014, leading the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which is responsible for all international and domestic terrorism investigations in the Los Angeles region, surrounding counties and the extraterritorial region of Southeast Asia.

“Whether it was a terrorism, gang or public corruption investigation, I was and continue to be proud of the way our folks respond and work diligently to counter the threats,” Bowdich says. “No one in the FBI accomplishes anything successfully alone. We act on a team to address the threats facing our nation.”

In 1995, Bowdich began his career as an FBI Special Agent in the San Diego Field Office, where he investigated violent crimes and gangs, as well as serving as a SWAT Team operator and sniper. Bowdich joined the Criminal Investigative Division and Director’s Office at the FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC, in 2003 before returning to San Diego to supervise a multiagency gang task force. He was then promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of all non-white-collar crime criminal violations, the Imperial County Resident Agency, the SWAT Team and the Evidence Response Team.

For security professionals looking to follow in Bowdich’s footsteps, he says: “Strive to understand technology and its impact on our profession, the threats we investigate and disrupt, and the way we consume, digest and disseminate information.

“That said, how we interact with others, whether they be the public, partners or victims, cannot be lost with the increased use of technology. The truly successful in the law enforcement profession learn to work collaboratively with others to accomplish a shared goal. They also channel their passion for the mission to inspire others to protect and serve their nation and communities,” he adds..


Mike Evanoff
Assistant Secretary of State
for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security

Michael T. Evanoff is the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), the law enforcement and security arm of the State Department, responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy worldwide. The Bureau includes more than 50,000 employees – including 2,100 Special Agents – and protects and investigates people, property and information at 275 U.S. embassy and consulate missions around the world. Evanoff was confirmed by the Senate and sworn into this position on November 3, 2017.

Before this, Evanoff served in the private sector as the Vice President for Asset Protection & Security for Walmart International, Inc., the Global Security Officer at Coca-Cola HBC and as Global Director of Security at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group.

Having served in both the public and private sectors throughout his career, Evanoff recommends that security professionals not just “practice the art of protection and risk mitigation; also study the entire business that you are charged to protect… To mitigate risk for your company, you need to know how the company operates from top to bottom.”

Evanoff served as a career special agent with the Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security from 1985 to 2011, serving overseas in the Philippines, Pakistan, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Morocco, Denmark and Iceland, among others. In 2003, he was named the Diplomatic Security Employee of the Year for his exceptional work in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

During his tenure with DS, Evanoff was the Executive Director of the State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), the NATO Security Director for the 29-nation Euro-Atlantic Alliance, and the first Diplomatic Security Service officer to establish a permanent liaison office with the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.

Evanoff has a Bachelor’s degree in Police Science from Eastern Kentucky University with a minor in Corporate Security, and he is a member of ASIS International, the European Corporate Security Council (ECSC) and is an honorary member of the International Security Management Association (ISMA).


James M. Gannon
Morris County, New Jersey

James M. Gannon is Sheriff of Morris County, New Jersey, a county of nearly 500,000 people about 25 miles west of New York City. Sheriff Gannon brings more than 35 years of law enforcement and intelligence experience to the table, having worked in both the private and public sectors throughout his career.

Prior to becoming Morris County Sheriff in January 2017, Gannon worked for the Novartis Corporation, a multinational pharmaceutical company, as its Global Head of Security Risk, where he was responsible for product security (anti-counterfeiting, theft and illegal diversion), due diligence and extremism risk globally. He served in the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Newark, New Jersey, investigating sensitive international terrorism and national security matters, liaising daily with federal, state, county and local law enforcement partners, members of the international law enforcement community and more.

For nearly 22 years, Gannon worked in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, climbing the ranks from Detective to Deputy Chief of Investigations, eventually starting the Morris County Cold Case Unit in 2003, co-authoring the “Morris County Counter-Terrorism Task Force Manual,” and leading a team of police officers into New York City to assist with the PENTTBOMB Investigation on 9/11.

In his current role as Morris County Sheriff, Gannon is battling the effects of the opioid epidemic and other addiction challenges in his community daily, striving to provide treatment, not just enforcement.

“The Morris County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with our Department of Human Services and other public and private entities to add treatment to our strategy of education and enforcement,” Sheriff Gannon says. “Hope One is a mobile access vehicle that assists at-risk folks in the community who have addiction and mental health issues and have no support. Our results have been outstanding, and the program is a model that is being replicated in other parts of the state…. My job as Morris County Sheriff is to help people who need it, which will also lend to returning people to being productive members of society and reducing recidivism.”

Sheriff Gannon has a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from William Paterson University. Sheriff Gannon is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 169th Session, Quantico, Virginia.


Rafael Khusnutdinov
Senior Director, Global Safety & Security,
Save the Children

Rafael K. Khusnutdinov is the head of the Global Safety and Security Department for Save the Children, an organization that gives children in the U.S. and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm, reaching more than 155 million children in 120 countries last year.

In his position with Save the Children, Khusnutdinov has functional and operational responsibility for global security strategy and security operations, as well as security risk management, global analysis, workforce protection, critical incident response, crisis management and staff training.

“We have been able to develop a cohort of dedicated young professionals who in their turn continue to contribute to the agency’s successes. Every safety and security focal person in the agency knows that one day s/he can become a security director and – most importantly – is supported with high-quality orientation, resources, training and coaching.”

Khusnutdinov has contributed to the professional development of many colleagues in the NGO security industry, even outside of Save the Children, by providing orientations, conducting briefings, sharing best practices, and inviting members of the community to attend Save the Children courses and trainings worldwide and online. He challenges other security practitioners to drive innovation in the industry, especially in the areas of global analysis, research, security standards, information sharing and more.

Khusnutdinov is an advocate of security forums that enable organizations to share critical information, discuss operational challenges and identify best practices. He is one of the founders of the International Development Working Group of OSAC and currently serves as an Emeritus Steering Committee Member. He is a member of the Security Advisory Group of InterAction, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International NGO Safety and Security Association.