Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Senior Fellow and Valens Global, CEO


Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Chief Executive Officer of Valens Global. His professional focus is on understanding how violent non-state actors (VNSAs) are transforming the world. Gartenstein-Ross is also a Fellow with Google's Jigsaw, an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Georgetown University's Security Studies Program.

Known for his scholarship, and for putting ideas into action as a practitioner, Gartenstein-Ross is the author or volume editor of twenty-two books and monographs, and is a member of the Editorial Board of leading peer-reviewed journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. As a practitioner, some of Gartenstein-Ross's projects have included delivering regular briefings and assessments to U.S. government agencies; organizing and facilitating a conference in Nigeria, as an EU-appointed Strategic Communication Expert, helping civil society activists understand militant groups' use of social media and forge an action plan for countering it; mapping the online counter-ISIS narrative space for Google's think tank Jigsaw's Redirect Method; and serving as a subject-matter consultant on militant groups during live hostage negotiations.

Gartenstein-Ross has testified on his areas of core competency before the U.S. House and Senate a dozen times, as well as before the Canadian House of Commons. He is frequently a featured speaker throughout the globe, including delivering keynote addresses at the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Commander's Conference, the University of Southern California's National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), and the Global Futures Forum.

Gartenstein-Ross holds a Ph.D. in world politics from the Catholic University of America and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.