Ilana Freedman is an internationally respected expert in counter-terrorism
and trend forecasting. As CEO of Gerard Group International, she has framed the mission to provide leading edge programs to prepare and protect American interests from the impact of terrorist attack. She has put together a team of leaders in the field from around the globe to provide the blue-ribbon
service that defines GGi. The inter-relationships between developing global trends in terrorism and their impact on America’s safety is a special focus of her concern.
With over twenty years experience in the consulting field, Freedman is best
known for her unique and highly accurate approach to analyzing rapidly changing trends and assessing their impact on client concerns. In 1987, she pioneered a system of research, analysis, and trend forecasting designed to
accommodate the impact of rapid and disruptive change. The methodology
enables the accurate processing and analysis of massive amounts of
information within tight time-frames, and dramatically shortens solutions
delivery schedules. It facilitates the identification of key issues and the
efficient elimination of distracting clutter in complex and volatile
environments. 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 GGi was founded. As head of the Jerusalem-based consulting firm, she served as advisor to both government and industry. She received her training in civil defense and counter-terrorism during this period, and carried out an ongoing, in-depth study of Israel’s approach to counter-terrorism and its potential for
application in America.
During the last ten years, she has been a featured speaker on the terrorist threat and counter-terrorism preparedness at international conferences throughout the United States and abroad.
Freedman writes a regular column on terrorism, civil defense, and security
in the Metrowest Daily News, and a number of her columns have appeared in the New York Post, the Lowell Sun, 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, including FoxNews and
Freedman is a Deputy Sheriff with the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office and a
participant on the Bristol County Homeland Security Task Force, working with first response agencies to identify anti-terrorism security vulnerabilities and to solve security and response issues.