Special Advisors

I. Kenyon

Sanctions and Financial Intelligence SME


Mrs. Kenyon’s more than 11 years in the intelligence community coupled with 13 years as a broadcast and print journalist and public affairs specialist uniquely position her to clearly communicate complex analytic assessments to diverse audiences. She served as the Director of Sanctions Compliance, as a senior intelligence officer whose analytic experience ran the gamut from AML/CFT, illicit finance, sanctions evasion, and counterterrorism, to strategic and tactical threats to US infrastructure, financial system, and homeland. In her last assignment she was detailed to the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) as a senior intelligence officer, providing daily written assessments for executive audiences on strategic terrorist threats to the United States and other western interests, terrorists’ use of the global financial system and evasion of global sanctions, and terrorist facilitators’ and state sponsors’ support of terrorist and extremist activities.

Before being detailed to NCTC, she was the deputy director, and later, acting director of the Office of Illicit Finance at the US Treasury Department, working with and leading analysts in providing Presidential Daily Briefs, Economic Intelligence Briefs, intelligence notes, and memoranda to senior policy makers, and providing intelligence support to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. She worked closely with OFAC to provide intelligence support for the Treasury Department’s Russia sanctions program and traveled with OFAC officials to Ukraine to participate in efforts to strengthen and expand Ukraine’s battle against illicit finance after Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Her office used BSA and other intelligence to create executive-level assessments on issues such as money laundering, sanctions evasion by illicit actors, corrupt state officials, facilitators, and politically exposed persons, identifying financial institutions and jurisdictions of money laundering concern, and analyzing current and future use of cyber currencies by malign actors to threaten US interests.

Sheis fluent in Russian, having immigrated to the United States from the USSR as a child. Mrs. Kenyon has served in the US Army as a journalist and public affairs specialist, was deployed to Kosovo with the Army National Guard, and was stationed in Germany during her active duty Army career. She has a master’s degree in National Security Studies from the American Military University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University.

 

 

S. Didier

Law Enforcement Liaison & Training Advisor


Mr. Didier served as a senior law enforcement specialist at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). During his time with FLETC and after 9/11, Mr. Didier was selected to co-lead a special projects team dedicated to challenging the existing culture of training and provide imaginative solutions to evolve and transform training ideologies, training facilities, products and training methodologies unilaterally, for U.S. and Allied Agencies worldwide.

Mr. Didier project managed and co-developed the widely heralded FLETC 220-acre Counterterrorism Operations Training Facility. He was appointed as an original charter member in the development of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Use-of-Force Policy. Each year Mr. Didier helped train more than 50,000 law enforcement or military students enrolled at or trained through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).

Mr. Didier's "Specialized Government Service Assignments" and experience include: 'Military Joint Task Force Operations,' 'Environmental Terrorism Operations,' 'Contemporary Violent Groups,' 'Physical Techniques Training Coordinator', 'Combatives/Defensive Tactics Instructor', 'Control Tactics Instructor', 'Use-of-Force Instructor', 'National Team Security Manager', 'Emergency Medical Technician,' 'Emergency Medicine (EMP) Master Trainer,' 'Uniform Patrol,' 'Sheriff's Deputy,' 'Rural Special Operations,' 'Investigations,' and 'Search and Rescue Coordinator.'

He is a graduate of the State of Idaho Peace Officer's Standards of Training (POST) and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy (FLETC). He has developed curriculum, established standards and trained civilian, security, law enforcement, and specialized military teams along with basic recruits at agencies and academies around the world.

He has a degree in 'Criminal Justice', technical certificate in 'Law Enforcement' and is a graduate of multiple academies and scores of other Police and Military programs and courses. He has extensive experience in and teaches Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Karate, Muay Thai, Judo, Jujitsu, and Basic Self Defence.