Established in 2018, the Global Security Forum is an annual international gathering bringing together a multi-disciplinary network of experts, practitioners, and policy-makers from government, security, academia, media, entertainment, international organizations, the humanitarian sector, the private sector and beyond to come together to discuss the world’s most pressing topics. This invite-only event provides a unique platform for international stakeholders to convene and offer solutions that address the international community’s leading security challenges.

The 2019 Global Security Forum will take place from 15-16 October in Doha, Qatar. This year, the two-day conference will explore the security challenges posed by the proliferation of modern disinformation and the serious implications this has on an increasingly interconnected world.

The nexus between disinformation and technological advances has produced an unprecedented threat landscape, which requires a whole-of-society approach. The global effects of disinformation – whether via organized campaigns that influence elections or policy decisions, or via misinformation given to individuals or groups engaging in violent acts of perceived retribution – have become common and persistent security threats. All nations are dealing with this phenomenon. Private and non-profit organizations are dealing with the effects as well. Relying solely on government or the private sector alone to counter disinformation, however, will not work; it is imperative to convene an open dialogue in a multi-stakeholder environment to develop comprehensive solutions. The 2019 Forum will convene officials and experts from across the world, to include governments, technology platforms, media, advertising & marketing agencies, social media, academia, think tanks, and international organizations, among others.

OPENING CEREMONY

His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani
Prime Minister and Minister of Interior
State of Qatar

KEY SPEAKERS

His Excellency Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs
State of Qatar

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin
Abdulrahman Al-Thani
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs
State of Qatar

His Excellency K. Shanmugam
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law
Government of Singapore

PARTICIPANTS

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Alastair Aitken CBE

Global Managing Director
Storyful Intelligence

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Kevin Baron

Executive Editor
Defense One

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Peter Bergen

CNN National Security Analyst and Vice President Global Studies & Fellows
New America

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Jason M. Blazakis

Professor of Practice Director
Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

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Mia Bloom

Professor of Communication and Middle East Studies
Georgia State University

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Peter Canellos

Editor-at-large
Politico

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Dr. Shuki Cohen

Director of the Center on Terrorism
at the City University of New York’s
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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Dr. Sharri R. Clark

Senior Advisor for Cyber and Countering
Violent Extremism (CVE), Bureau of Counterterrorism and CVE,
U.S. Department of State

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Colin P. Clarke

Senior Research Fellow
The Soufan Center

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STEVE CLEMONS

Editor-at-Large
The Hill

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Jeffrey Cole

Director and Research Professor
Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School for Communication

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Milo Comerford

Senior Manager, Policy
Institute for Strategic Dialogue

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COL CHRISTOPHER P. COSTA, USA, (RET)

Former Special Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism,
National Security Council
Executive Director, International Spy Museum

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Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham

President
Qatar University

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Alexandros Diakopoulos

National Security Advisor
Government of Greece

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Joseph Donnelly Sr

Chairman of The Board
The Soufan Center

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Kimberly Dozier

Global Affairs Analyst
CNN

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Jen Easterly

Managing Director,
Morgan Stanley
Former Special Assistant to the President
and Senior Director for Counterterrorism

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Dr. Ahmed K. Elmagarmid

Executive Director, Qatar
Computing Research Institute,
Hamad Bin Khalifa University

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Yevhen Fedchenko

Co-founder and Chief Editor of StopFake.org
Director of Mohyla School of Journalism
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

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Joshua Geltzer

Former Senior Director
Counterterrorism and Deputy Legal
Advisor, National Security Council
Georgetown University Law Center

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BOBBY GHOSH

Journalist
Bloomberg

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Jivan Gjorgjinski

Chair of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems
United Nations

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Christopher Graves

President & Founder
Ogilvy Center for Behavioral Science

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Karen J. Greenberg

Director
The Center on National
Security Fordham Law

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Dr. Ahmad Hasnah

President of Hamad Bin Khalifa University
member of Qatar Foundation

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Mounir Ibrahim

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Truepic

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Michael Isikoff

Chief Investigative Correspondent
Yahoo! News

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Dr. Hessa S. Al-Jaber

Former Minister of Communications and Technology for the Government of the State of Qatar, Commissoner, United Nations ITU Broadband Commission for Digital Development and Chairperson of Es’hailSat

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Préfet Yann Jounot

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Civipol and President
Milipol Exhibitions

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Susan L. Karamanian

Dean, College of Law
Hamad Bin Khalifa University

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Her Excellency, Lolwah Rashid Al-Khater

Spokesperson
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
State of Qatar

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J.D. Maddox

Technology Advisor
Global Engagement Center
U.S. State Department

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Michael Masters

President
The Soufan Center

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Priyank Mathur

Founder and CEO
Mythos Labs

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Mark Mazzetti

Washington Investigative Correspondent
New York Times

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Maya Mirchandani

Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation
Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies, Ashoka University

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John Montgomery

Head of Brand Safety
GroupM

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Leslie A. Pal

Founding Dean of the
College of Public Policy
Hamad bin Khalifa University

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Mark Power

Deputy Ambassador
British Embassy in Tel Aviv

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Nicholas J. Rasmussen

Acting Executive Director
McCain Institute for International Leadership

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Kacper Rekawek

Head of National Security Programme
GLOBSEC

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Olga Robinson

Senior Journalist
BBC Monitoring

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Candace Rondeaux

Senior Fellow with
the Center on the Future of War
New America

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Keit Pentus-Rosimannus

Member of Estonian Parliament
Former Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Environment

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Bret Schafer

Media and Digital Disinformation Fellow
Alliance for Securing Democracy

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David Scharia

Chief of Branch
Counter-Terrorism Committee
Executive Directive (CTED)

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David Schraven

Founder & Publisher
Correctiv

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Rebecca Skippage

Senior Editor
BBC Monitoring

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Rita Singh

Professor & Research Faculty
The School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University

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Charles Spencer

Assistant Director
FBI

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Marie-Michelle Strah

John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
ICJ Program
CUNY

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Meredith Stricker

Executive Director
The Soufan Center

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Edward Stroz

Founder and Executive Chairman
Stroz Friedberg

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His Excellency Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al Thani

Director, Government
Communications Office, Chairman of
The Media City. State of Qatar

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His Excellency Hassan Al Thawadi

Secretary General of the Supreme
Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC)

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Mr. Mikael Tofvesson

Head of Global Monitoring
and Analysis Section
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

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Emerita Torres

Director of Policy Research and Programs
The Soufan Center

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Chase Untermeyer

Chairman
The Qatar-America Institute and
Former United States Ambassador to Qatar

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Ali Velshi

MSNBC anchor and business correspondent for
NBC NEWS and MSNBC

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STRATEGIC PARTNERS

OFFICIAL CARRIER

LOCATION

The St. Regis Doha
West Bay, Doha 14435
+974 4446 0000

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