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David M. Luna


David M. Luna is the Founder and Executive Director of the International Coalition Against Illicit Economies (ICAIE). A former US diplomat and national security official, David is a globally-recognized strategic thought leader, advocate for security of humanity, and a leading voice internationally on crime convergence, transnational threats, international affairs, geopolitical risks, changing character of war, illicit trade, threat finance, and global illicit economies (“dark side of globalization”). He is also President and CEO of Luna Global Networks & Convergence Strategies LLC. David held numerous senior positions with the US Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), including directorships for national security, transnational crime and illicit networks, and anti-corruption and good governance; and was an advisor to the Secretary’s Coordinator for the Rule of Law. David also served as an Assistant Counsel to the President, Office of the Counsel to the President, The White House; and other positions with the US Department of Labor and US Senate. David is a Senior Fellow for National Security and co-Director of the Anti-Illicit Trade Institute at the Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption Center (TraCCC), Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. David is a graduate (M.S.S.) of the US Army War College, and received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, J.D. from the Columbus School of Law, the Catholic University of America. He is a member of the network of experts at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (GITOC). 

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