Daveed Garstenstein-Ross


Chief Executive Office of Valens Global






Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is the Chief Executive Officer of Valens Global. His professional focus is on understanding how violent non-state actors (VNSAs) are transforming the world. Gartenstein-Ross has specialized in jihadist movements, including undertaking detailed research into al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS), Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia and Boko Haram. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, as well as a Fellow with Google’s Jigsaw, an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program.

Known for his rigorous scholarship, and for putting ideas into action as a practitioner, Gartenstein-Ross is the author or volume editor of twenty-one books and monographs, and is also a member of the Editorial Board of leading peer-reviewed journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. As a practitioner, some of Gartenstein-Ross’s projects have included:

  • delivering regular briefings and assessments to U.S. government agencies on such topics as ISIS’s European attack network, the implications of the failed coup in Turkey on counterterrorism efforts, and the strategic implications of the Libyan civil war;
  • organizing and facilitating a conference in Nigeria, as an EU-appointed Strategic Communication Expert, helping civil society activists understand militant groups’ use of social media and forge an action plan for countering it;
  • mapping the online counter-ISIS narrative space for Google’s think tank Jigsaw as it designed a pilot project to divert users who might be susceptible to the group’s propaganda; and
  • serving as a subject-matter consultant on militant groups during live hostage negotiations.

Gartenstein-Ross has testified on his areas of core competency before the U.S. House and Senate a dozen times, as well as before the Canadian House of Commons. He has also served as an expert witness in seven asylum cases. He is frequently a featured speaker at events and conferences throughout the globe, including delivering keynote speeches at the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Commander’s Conference, the University of Southern California’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), and the Global Futures Forum.