Valens Global is a private firm focused on addressing threats posed by Terrorist Groups and Violent Extremist Organizations across the world.
Valens Global provides governments, non-governmental organizations, and corporations with clear, in-depth, and innovative services. Our risk assessments, situational forecasting, training, research, and strategic action plans provide our clients with all the tools necessary to safeguard their interests, assets, and personnel against the evolving threats prevalent in today’s world. The team at Valens has conducted research in dozens of languages including Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Mandarin, French, and Somali.
Government clients have included the Canadian Department of National Defense, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the U.S. Department of State.
Commercial clients have included Google's Jigsaw, a Fortune 500 hotel chain, major oil and gas companies, top national advocacy and anti-hate organizations, and top law firms around the world.
|Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, PhD, Founder / CEO of Valens Global and Valens Labs, is a prominent scholar, practitioner, and entrepreneur, described by The International Herald Tribune as “a rising star in the counterterrorism community.” His career has focused on understanding how terrorist groups and other violent non-state actors (VNSAs) are changing the world, and helping governments and private clients fashion creative solutions to save lives and safeguard their interests.|
Background Experience - Dr. Gartenstein-Ross is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and an associate fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. Previous positions he held include senior advisor to the director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Community Partnerships, and fellow with Google’s think tank, Jigsaw.
Known for his rigorous scholarship, Dr. Gartenstein-Ross is the author or volume editor of twenty-three books and monographs. He has published widely in the popular and academic press, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and Terrorism & Political Violence.
Dr. Gartenstein-Ross on Russia, the US, and Syrian Peace Talks CNN News
Donald L. Leach, II, is a Jail / Corrections Management expert with over 30 years of experience. Mr. Leach has 20 years of consulting experience on jail management issues nationally, focusing on Risk Management for jails and jail operational methodology. His clients have included the Department of Justice, Ministry of Justice, The Netherlands, National Institute of Corrections, American Jail Association, Voorhis--Robertson Justice Services, among others. Mr. Leach has extensive supervisory experience, having overseen up to 402 employees (indirectly). He also supervised internal affairs investigations, experienced in interviewing, hiring, training, scheduling, motivating, evaluating, and dismissing personnel. He is experienced in administering and managing a large detention facility, developing and administering programs, budgeting, contract development and monitoring, conducting research, monitoring compliance with policies and procedures, community relations, public speaking, controlling costs, problem-solving, and preparing reports. Consulting Services:
Mr. Leach also provides Training Seminars in developing and implementing jail classification systems and risk management methodologies. Training topics include: