David Wells is a global security consultant, a Non-Resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute, and an Honorary Research Associate at Swansea University’s Cyber Threats Research Centre. His work focuses on developing responses to emerging terrorism challenges, with a focus on the relationship between new technologies and terrorism and counter-terrorism.

Between 2017 and 2022, he was Head of Research and Analysis at the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Directorate in New York, monitoring terrorism trends for the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the Security Council. David began his career coordinating international counter-terrorism investigations for the United Kingdom’s intelligence agency GCHQ, and subsequently worked for multiple agencies in the Australian intelligence community in a variety of practitioner and policy roles.

BA in International History and Politics, Leeds University

Regions of Expertise
South Asia, Middle East

Issues of Expertise
Counter-Terrorism, Countering Violent Extremism, Counter-Intelligence, Geopolitical Trends


Contact Information

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