David Otto is an active Consultant , Trainer and Capacity Building Specialist for NATO, UN, USAAFRICOM & DoD and other international and corporate bodies on Counter Violent Extremism and defense against terrorist global Networks. He is a pioneer expert for the Interpol Global Counter Terrorism Strategy designed by a group of 5 Globally accredited Subject Matter Experts.
He recently led a NATO southern hub and the UK Home Office field research on drivers and enablers of Serious Organized Crime (SOC) and violent extremism activities in the Lake Chad and Sahel regional states. He has been researching on Terror Networks for the past 15yrs and has developed a huge information systems network throughout the world . He is one of the few counter Terrorism researchers and trainer for the US based Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board (ATAB).
David Otto is a Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist (CMAS) and a Certified Anti- Terrorism Specialist (CAS). He is a Certified Financial Crime Examiner (CFCE) with ATAB. He holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime (UK) and a Certified Field Criminalistics (Mexico). He has a BA-Hons Law and Criminology (UK). He is currently the Director of Stepped in Step Out UK Ltd and the Director for Switzerland based Geneva Centre for Africa Security and Strategic Studies (GCASSS).
David Otto is a mentor and actively contributes towards the shaping of global Counter Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism Strategies in the UK, EU , Lake Chad, Great Lakes, Sahel and Horn of Africa.