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You can request a specific expert or ask our team to recommend the right individual(s) to align with your objectives.

We encourage you to please review our FAQ's here before submitting your request below.
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Please tell us a bit about your organization, your objectives and your timeline.

If you’re interested in more than one expert, please select your primary choice, and also include names of additional individuals in the Message field below.

If you’re interested in specific areas of focus, please list them in the Message field.

A SPYEX representative will review your request and connect with you as soon as possible.

You can also reach us via email at info@spyex.com
Alex Finley
Alex Gerlis
Alvin Acain
Avner Avraham
Barry Broman
Bob Dougherty
Bob Gourley
Bob Hamer
Bradley Steyn
Brig Barker
Callum Tulley
Christina Hillsberg
Christopher Turner
Col. Adelbert “Buz” Carpenter
Daniel Hoffman
Darrell Blocker
Dennis Franks
Doug Patteson
Emily Crose
Enrique "Ric" Prado
Eric O'Neill
Everett Stern
Francis Gary Powers Jr.
Gad Shimron
Gina Bennett
JT Mendoza
Jack Barsky
James Lawler
Jeff Miller
Jim Clemente
John Guyant
John R. Seeger
John Sipher
Joseph Assad
Joshua Polacheck
Kenneth Dekleva
Kevin McDonald
Larry Loftis
Lena Sisco
Lindsay Moran
Marc Polymeropoulos
Matt Devost
Michael Murray
Michele Rigby Assad
Neil Woods
Nic McKinley
Norman Polmar
Peter Warmka
Robin Dreeke
Rodney Faraon
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen
Rosanna Minchew
Ryan Hillsberg
Sarah Carlson
Shawnee Delaney
Sonya Seunghye Lim
Timothy Patrick Gill Sr.
Toby Harnden
Tracy Walder
Trevor Barnes
Tyler Maroney
Ulrich Larsen
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FAQs

Requesting an expert

Can I specify which Expert(s) I WANT?
Absolutely. Please specify on the Request Form which Expert(s) you're interested in. You may also request that our team propose well-suited individuals or expert panels who align optimally with your objectives.
How do I request the services of a Expert?
Just complete the Request Form. Please provide as much detail as possible.
Can I speak to Experts as part of the search process?
We do not guarantee dialogue with Experts prior to contract, but we do facilitate your choice of the best-suited Expert(s), including pre-contract dialogue where possible, either directly or via an appropriate third party.
What if I only need BRIEF guidance (e.g. one or two conversations)?
Many of our Experts are available for brief chats and charge hourly fees for such calls. Please specify in your Request form if you're seeking only a very brief engagement with an Expert. We aim to satisfy all requests!

Costs

What are the typical payment terms?
Typical payment terms include a deposit in the amount of 50% of the Expert's fee due upon contract signing, with the remaining 50% due 30 days prior to the start date or the event date. Expenses are billed separately from the Expert's fee.
Is your commission included in the cost?
Yes. In line with standard industry practice, our commission is included in the contracted fee amount. In addition to exclusive access to hard to find expertise, we provide clients with a consultative partner to ensure your talent-selection goals are met. Our talent consultants have a deep understanding of the various agencies and institutions that our Experts are drawn from, along with experience in the development and production of events and programs.
What expenses might I incur in addition to the Expert's fee?
Expenses beyond the Expert's fee include (but are not limited to) airfare and hotel accommodations (if needed) as required by the Expert's rider; professional, scheduled ground transportation (both in the event city and city of Expert's origin); meals; additional, unplanned time spent and/or services (e.g. extension of contracted engagement duration, unscheduled meet & greet); and incidentals. Some Experts require additional support such as security or an aide. We detail all expenses associated with contracting each Expert prior to submitting the Firm Offer, and we will review them with you again prior to contract signing, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises!

The Experience

Who will be my KEY contact?
A member of our team will connect with you upon receipt of your Request Form. In many cases your SPYEX liaison will be your primary point of contact throughout the engagement. However, in some cases, we conduct a seamless hand-off to the individual Expert or their agent or manager. Our talent consultants have a deep understanding of the various agencies and institutions that our Experts are drawn from, along with experience in the development and production of events and programs.
How can I ASSESS an Expert’s suitability?
Our website lets you search for Experts with specific expertise, and provides detailed information on each individuals background, credentials and experience. Information from your Request Form helps our team understand your goals. Once contacted by a member of our team, you will have the opportunity to expand on your needs and objectives, and our team can assist you further in identifying well-suited Experts for your project. Our talent consultants have a deep understanding of the various agencies and institutions that our Experts are drawn from, along with experience in the development and production of events and programs.
Will I get to work with the Expert prior to MY EVENT?
Yes. We can help facilitate briefings and prep calls to ensure you and your Expert(s) are comfortable with the scope and expectations of the engagement. Once you and your Expert (or their team) have a clear understanding of the details of the engagement and are comfortably positioned to communicate directly, we will leave the rest to you and your Expert.
CAN Expert(s) discuss their PRIOR AGENCY EXPERIENCES?
Most of our Experts have obtained the necessary approvals from their current/former employers (e.g. CIA) to discuss aspects of their own specific experiences. If new disclosures are desired, each Expert will advise in advance whether or not agency approval will be required, and how much time such approval might take.
Can training courses take place virtually?
Absolutely. Our training courses can be delivered virtually to remote participants anywhere in the world, as well as in-person (COVID-compliant), as a hybrid experience, or with custom-tailored pre-recorded instructional content delivered in a dynamic, multi-media presentation experience.
What happens after the engagement?
You will receive a detailed final invoice with a bill for any outstanding charges (if applicable). We also request post-assignment feedback to facilitate continuous improvement. We may also ask for a testimonial to share with others.

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Experts from the world's top agencies and institutions — now available to boost your mission.

Lena Sisco
Ex DoD interrogator & Naval intel officer
Expert on interviewing, deception, leadership, change management, entertainment
Gina Bennett
Ex CIA senior analyst & advisor
Expert on cognitive bias, gender equality, intelligence
Darrell Blocker
Ex CIA officer & station chief
Expert on security, risk, crisis management, diversity & inclusion, entertainment
Christina Hillsberg
Ex CIA intelligence officer
Expert on women in espionage, intelligence tradecraft, parenting
Jack Barsky
Ex KGB sleeper agent
Expert on security, espionage, KGB, Cold War, entertainment
Shawnee Delaney
Ex DIA clandestine ops officer
Expert on cybersecurity, insider threat program development, surveillance, investigation
Nic McKinley
Ex CIA officer & USAF pararescueman
Expert on leadership, intelligence, conflict resolution, human trafficking
Michele Rigby Assad
Ex CIA undercover officer
Expert on terrorism, sales, vetting, and inspiring audiences
Avner Avraham
Ex Mossad lieutenant colonel
Expert on Mossad operations, Israeli law enforcement, entertainment
Daniel Hoffman
Ex CIA senior officer & station chief
Expert on leadership, cybersecurity, intelligence, security
Lena Sisco
Ex DoD interrogator & Naval intel officer
Expert on interviewing, deception, leadership, change management, entertainment
Gina Bennett
Ex CIA senior analyst & advisor
Expert on cognitive bias, gender equality, intelligence
Darrell Blocker
Ex CIA officer & station chief
Expert on security, risk, crisis management, diversity & inclusion, entertainment
Christina Hillsberg
Ex CIA intelligence officer
Expert on women in espionage, intelligence tradecraft, parenting
Jack Barsky
Ex KGB sleeper agent
Expert on security, espionage, KGB, Cold War, entertainment
Shawnee Delaney
Ex DIA clandestine ops officer
Expert on cybersecurity, insider threat program development, surveillance, investigation
Nic McKinley
Ex CIA officer & USAF pararescueman
Expert on leadership, intelligence, conflict resolution, human trafficking
Michele Rigby Assad
Ex CIA undercover officer
Expert on terrorism, sales, vetting, and inspiring audiences
Avner Avraham
Ex Mossad lieutenant colonel
Expert on Mossad operations, Israeli law enforcement, entertainment
Daniel Hoffman
Ex CIA senior officer & station chief
Expert on leadership, cybersecurity, intelligence, security
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Secret Intelligence Service - MI6
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Belfer Center
FBI
CIA

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Former Acting Director, CIA
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