abette Bensoussan is Managing Director of The MindShifts Group, a company specialising in competitive intelligence, strategic planning and strategic marketing projects in the Australasia region. Babette is widely recognised and sought after for her international expertise in competitive analysis, and has provided mentoring and training to executives and organizations to assist with the delivery of the highest level of knowledge and implementation of competitive intelligence.
Recognised internationally in 2006 by being given the highest and most prestigious U.S. award in the field of Competitive Intelligence – the SCIP Meritorious Award, Babette is the first Australian and first female international recipient to be honoured with this award.
Mats Bjore is unique in many ways. He is one of just two Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) pioneers recognized with Royal Awards for his accomplishment in creating the Swedish Military Long-Range Reconnaissance OSINT network. He has gone on to be a successful manager for knowledgement (McKinsey), and advisor to Factiva, and CEO and founder of two companies, INFOSHERE AB and SILOBREAKER AB, as well as a third company-software, Able-to-Act.
From 1992 onwards, he has been one of a dozen people nurturing OSINT, a hybrid discipline now established in over 90 countries around the world.
We credit him with coining the term “commercial intelligence” to provide for 360 degree intelligence that embraces “true cost” accounting as well as intangible valuations that “competitive intelligence” does not appreciate.
We regard Leonard Fuld as “the original” pioneer for competitive intel
Leonard Fuld is a pioneer in the field of competitive intelligence. He has created many of the intelligence-gathering techniques currently used by corporations around the globe. Mr. Fuld’s company, Fuld & Company, founded in 1979, specializes in providing business intelligence to corporations to improve their decision-making for strategy, operations and tactical applications.
Dr. Ben Gilad, considered a leading developer of competitive intelligence (CI) theory and practice in the US, is a former Associate Professor of Strategy at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Management. Gilad’s first CI books, The Business Intelligence System (1988, AMACOM, co-authored) and Business Blindspots (1994, US: Probus/Irwin; 1998, UK: Infonortics), paved the way for the CI evolution in US corporations, many of which emulated the basic principles of Gilad’s CI process model. He is the co-editor of the definitive analysis book, The Art and Science of Business Intelligence Analysis (1996, JAI Press), reprinted and updated with Jan Herring in 2008.
In 2004 Gilad published his breakthrough book,Early Warning (AMACOM, 2004), which defines for the first time a new role and scope for CI practitioners based on his innovative work with two strategic early warning systems in two leading global corporations. For this new risk management perspective of CI, CI Magazine labeled him “our CI guru”. The Society of Competitive Professionals honored him with its highest Meritorious award in 1996.
Jan Herring is President of Herring & Associates LLC, a management consultancy, specializing in intelligence matters, and a fouinding principal at the Academy of Competitive Intelligence, the gold standard for commercial intelligence training at all levels, entry, mid-career, and capstone.
He is unique in the world of commercial intelligence for having been the first modern pioneer and champion in the U.S. Intelligence Community for Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). As the very first person ever to hold the office of National Intelligence Officer for Science & Technology (NIO S&T), he attempted in the early 1980’s to repair the severe deficiency in access to open sources in all languages. His work laid the foundation for work by others that will eventually result in a national Open Source Agency fully independent of but support of the secret world.
Dr. Ran Hock has done more than any single individual to educate both government and private sector parties with respect to the value of the deep web. He has single-handedly trained hundreds of individuals in the nuances of this major new intelligence resource base. Emphasizing individual analytic skills and common sense rather than arcane expensive and generally unproductive technologies, he represents the intersection of integrity, intelligence, and intuition in the service of all legitimate governments and organizations.
Mister Jalopy is a fearlessly experimental welder, woodworker, bicycle mechanic, writer, photographer, embroiderer, artist, electronics troubleshooter, teacher, furniture rebuilder, garage saler, activist, wheeler dealer, street racer, blogger, editor, auto mechanic, speaker, fabricator, builder, large appliance repairman, columnist, designer and entrepreneur.
Empowering consumers to be able to repair, rebuild, reuse and reinvent the products they invest in is at the core of Mr. J’s philosophy. As part of the Maker’s Bill of Rights article in Make: Magazine, Jalopy declared, “if you can’t open it, you don’t own it” Asserting that an individual should be able to open, repair and modify the products that they buy, the Maker’s Bill of Rights gave a clear voice to the Maker Movement’s frustration with increasingly disposable products that lock out consumers.
Ellen Naylor, CEO, The Business Intelligence Source
Ellen Naylor has 30 years of sales and marketing experience across many industries. She initiated a competitive intelligence (CI) process at Bell Atlantic (Verizon subsidiary) and conducted financial competitive analysis and economic forecasting at Northwest Airlines. She started her career in sales, first in fine jewelry and later in telecommunications products and services, where her customers were major financial services companies.
Arpan Patel is Director of Somat Engineering, Inc’s Information Engineering practice in Washington, DC. Mr. Patel has over 17 years of technology, financial advisory and operations experience.
He began his career as an investment banker at leading firms including Lehman Brothers, Lazard Frères, Wasserstein Perella and Credit Suisse First Boston, advising leading corporations and financial buyers on complex financings and M&A transactions exceeding $5 billion.
In recent years, he has gained significant operational experience and insight as a technology and financial services entrepreneur. He previously cofounded eFrontiers, a pioneering online asset management platform for institutional investors, and Plans365, a recognized developer of online personal finance and collaboration solutions.
Mr. Patel holds a BA in economics from The Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from The University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.