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Sir David Omand GCB

Sir David Omand GCB is a Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, at PSIA Sciences Po in Paris and the Defence University, Oslo.  His posts in government service included UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator in the Cabinet Office, Permanent Secretary of the Home Office, Director of GCHQ, Deputy Under-Secretary of State for Policy in the MOD and Principal Private Secretary of the Secretary of State for Defence. He served for seven years on the UK Joint Intelligence Committee. He is the Senior Independent Director of Babcock International Group plc and a senior adviser to Paladin Capital Group, investing in the cybersecurity sector. He is the author of Securing the State (Hurst and CUP) 2010 and (with Professor Mark Phythian) Principled Spying: the Ethics of Secret Intelligence (OUP and Georgetown University Press, 2018).

Sir David was educated at the Glasgow Academy and Corpus Christi College Cambridge. He has First Class degrees in Economics and Statistics (Cambridge) and in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (Open University). He is an honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College Cambridge and has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Birmingham and Glasgow.

His latest book, How Spies Think: Ten Lessons in Intelligence is published by Penguin (Viking) Books in October 2020.