Areas of Expertise
Joseph is available for training, speaking and consulting engagements, with notable expertise in the following areas:
- Security, counterterrorism
- Intelligence, clandestine operations
- Leadership, strategy, vision
- Risk assessment and management
- Collaboration, communication
- Inspiring, motivating
- Avoiding bias, diversity
- Political issues, international business
Joseph Assad is an international security consultant with extensive counterterrorism and counterintelligence field experience. As a former U.S. Government official, Joseph worked on some of the most complex and protracted international security issues in the world. His operational expertise is rare in that it combines intelligence, advocacy, and diplomacy—resulting in a powerful ability to get things done in the most challenging and bureaucratic of environments.
A deeply impactful trainer, Joseph is especially effective in helping clients learn to navigate difficult circumstances—providing them with tools and information needed to operate in challenging environments, bridge cultural gaps, solve complex problems, negotiate successfully, and make informed decisions.
Joseph has a Master’s degree in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and has first-hand experience and insights into issues of conflict resolution, counter-radicalization, and religious extremism. Extensive human rights and advocacy experience, coupled with his government tenure, have positioned him to provide unparalleled support to clients as an international security expert.
Joseph's wife, Michele Rigby Assad, is a former CIA undercover officer and a SPYEX trainer, speaker and consultant.
- Minorities in the Intelligence Community, Diversity and Careers in intelligence
- Waging Peace, an Asymmetrical Approach to Counter-Radicalization
- Religious Persecution and Minority Rights in the Middle East and beyond
- Detecting and Countering Information Operations Campaigns
- Cross-Cultural Communications
- Wit, Grit and the Art of Operating in Hostile Territories
- OSINT, the Evolving Role of Open Source Intelligence
- Baltimore Ravens
- Orlando Magic Soccer Team
- Morgan Stanley
- Virgin Galactic
- United Nations Human Rights Commission
- Central Florida Intelligence Exchange
- Florida Department of Law Enforcement
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