Michelle C. Watson

Founding President and CEO of Cyber Intelligent Partners (CIP) LLC


Michelle C. Watson


Michelle C. Watson

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Michelle C. Watson – brings 25+ years experience in international business development,information security, telecommunications, cyber intelligence, cyber risk management andentrepreneur expertise to her present role as founding President and CEO of Cyber IntelligentPartners (CIP) LLC. CIP is a Washington D.C. based consulting and executive training firmfocusing on: Cyber Risk Management, Geopolitical Risks Impacting Businesses, 5G-Economic & National Security Risks, Economic Warfare, and Insider Threat ProgramAssessment & Training.


Previously she served as the co-founder and Director of the Cyber Intelligence Initiative at the Institute of World Politics, where she was also Vice-President of Corporate Relations, and co-created, co-taught the Corporate Statecraft and Cyber Statecraft graduate courses.

Michelle began her career in Silicon Valley working for Cable & Wireless plc, then at BritishTelecom plc (BT), in Information Security and Managed Network Services groups, heading up business development in the Hi-tech sector. As Vice-President of BT’s Global SolutionsGroup, Michelle was responsible for leading North American and European based business development teams and partnering with AT&T Solutions on joint global managed network service engagements.

Her academic research as a Professor of Practice focused on Cyber Intelligence; GeopoliticalRisks to Businesses; 5G: Economic and National Security Risks; Nation-State Adversaries &Threat Landscape; Cyber Statecraft; and Corporate Statecraft, the complex relationship between the Public-Private sectors and the impact of those relationships on U.S. Economic and National Security.

Michelle earned a Masters’ Degree in National Security and Statecraft from the Institute ofWorld Politics, studied International Relations at University of Oxford, New College, earned aCertification in Cyber Risk Management from Harvard University, a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky and studied Data Communications at Golden Gate University.


Recent Speaking Engagements:

Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center –
Cambridge, Mass – 23 March 2020 – Webinar: “5G - What is it &

What are the National and Economic Security Risks?

European Corporate Security Association (ECSA) - Brussels, Belgium – 21 February 2020 – “CyberIntelligence & Cyber Risk Management - An Executive Overview”

Brussels Press Club & Bussels Diplomatic Academy (BDA) - Brussels, Belgium – 20 February 2020 - “5G-What is it & What are the National and Economic Security Risks”

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) - Scottsdale Arizona - 6 Decemeber 2019 - “China vsRussia Influence Operations in the US” - 5 December 2019 - “China’s Influence Operations in the US &Influence Operations Kill Chain”

Department of Health and Human Services - Washington DC - 6 November 2019 -“5G & National Securityand Economic Security Risks”

Center for International Security & Governance (CISG): International Security Forum - Bonn, Germany -2 October 2019 -“5G and Huawei Threat to Western Economic and National Security”

Supply Chain & Logistics Summit & Expo - Antwerp, Belgium - 25 September 2019 - “Cyber & GeopoliticalRisks in the Global Supply Chain”

Army Navy Club – Washington DC – 20 September 2019 – “5G National Security and Economic SecurityRisks”

UKWA National Conference - London, England, 5-6 March - “Cyber Risks in the Global Supply Chain andInsurance, Risk Mitigation”

Global Supply Chain Forum - BIS - Berlin, Germany, 27-28 February 2019 -“Cyber Risks in the Global SupplyChain”.

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung's 6th "Adenauer Conference" - Berlin, Germany, December 2018 - "SecurityPolicy Challenges in Cyber Space"

Brussels Diplomatic Academy, Economic Security & Diplomacy - Brussels, Belgium, December 2018,"Safeguarding our Economic Security"

Cyber Intelligence Readiness Workshop – Ritz-Carlton Tysons, Virginia, September 2018 – Founded andHosted Event with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: "Training Today's Professionals to Solve Tomorrow'sCyber Challenges", Keynote was Peter W. Singer.

Supply Chain & Logistics Summit & Expo - Amsterdam, June 2018 - "Cybersecurity: How Secure is yourSupply Chain?"

George Mason University, Cyber Intelligence Analytical War Game - Virginia, July 2018
Cyber Security Symposium - Glasgow, Scotland, May 2017 - "Cyber Security, Cyber Intelligence and Geopolitical Risks"

The European Freight and Logistics Leaders’ Forum - Glasgow, Scotland, May 2017 - "Cyber Supply ChainVulnerabilities and Adversaries"

End-to-End Supply Network Summit - Miami, Florida, November 2017 - "Cybersecurity: How Secure is YourSupply Chain"

George Mason University, Cyber Intelligence Workshop - Virginia, December 2017 Hosted and presented:"Developing Cyber Solutions and Bridging the Gap", Keynote was former Four-Star Admiral Patrick M. Walsh,VP of FireEye.

Institute of World Politics, Co-Founded and Launched, the “Cyber Intelligence Initiative", Ritz CarltonPentagon, Arlington, Virginia, May 2016, Keynote was General Michael V. Hayden, former Director of NSA andCIA.