Meet our Intelligence Division


Federico M. Gaon: Director & Founder 


Born in Argentina, Federico has a BA in International Relations from the Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires and holds an MA summa cum laude in Middle Eastern studies from Tel Aviv University. In Israel, Federico served in a risk advisory firm as Senior Intelligence Analyst in the Americas Division, providing clients with intelligence and security briefings, combining local knowledge with Israeli security outlooks.


In addition, Federico is a columnist for various Latin American media outlets, where he writes about the Middle East and trends in global security. 

Ian Schechtman:

Head of Intelligence 


Born in Brazil, he has a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Brasília and an MA summa cum laude in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Ian worked for two years in a geopolitical risk consultancy as intelligence manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, while also being in charge of several tailored reports for Latin America.


In addition to geopolitics, Ian has organizational and project management experience in the private and NGO sectors.

Jessica A. Simonovis:

Head of Investigations 

Born in Venezuela, Jessica has a Law Degree with a Major in Criminal Law from the Universidad Católica Andres Bello in Caracas and holds an MA with Merit in Community Safety and Applied Criminology from Middlesex University in London, UK.  Jessica served as a Criminal Defense Attorney at hearings ranging from fraud to embezzlement. She has also served as an adviser for several public and private organizations, managing investigations and community safety projects.


In addition, Jessica has several years of experience in the US conducting risk and compliance assessments in the financial services and payment industry.


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