GENEVA EVENT: Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) best practices and case studies – 28.05.2019 @ GCSP

Swissintell Event OSINT

Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is much more than a simple collection discipline. Rather, it encompasses the technical, analytic and procedural tools needed to support strategic and operational decision making and action.

This event will demonstrate – through OSINT best practices and case studies – how businesses of all sizes can use OSINT to develop an effective, low-cost intelligence capability that supports all four pillars of intelligence for business.

This event will be held in English, but questions can be asked in German or French.


Members get free access to the event. Renew your Swissintell membership for 2019 now!

Renew or apply for 2019 membership (online payment)

Key Takeaways:

  • OSINT as an instrument of strategic and operational decision making
  • The Lean Intelligence process
  • How to grow your awareness of relevant information sources
  • Open source tools for automated intelligence collection

Program :

  • 18.00: Welcome and registration
  • 18.30-18.40: Welcome message from the President of Swissintell
  • 19.10-19.40: Heptagone Intervention (in French)
  • Martin Longet, consultant at Heptagone
  • Aurélien Vuilleumier, consultant at Heptagone
  • 19.40-20.00: Questions / Answers
  • 20.00-21.00: Drinks and Networking


Aleksandra Bielska is an educator, researcher and consultant specialising in intelligence and its related disciplines. As an educator, she has taught intelligence theory and practice to public and private sector organisations, including at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Switzerland, and the Kozminsky University, Warsaw, Poland.

Aleksandra holds an M.A. in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College London, and a B.A. in Intelligence Studies from the Mercyhurst University’s Department of Intelligence Studies in Erie, PA, in the United States.

Chris Pallaris is Director and Principal Consultant of i-intelligence, a commercial intelligence consultancy based in Zürich, Switzerland. i-intelligence works to improve the intelligence, foresight and risk management capabilities of public and private sector organisations around the globe.

Chris has a degree in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MBA from the Open University.

Martin Longet is a private investigator and intelligence analyst at Heptagone digital risk management and security Sàrl in Geneva and a member of the Swiss Association of Intelligence and Investigation Practitioners (ASPIRE).

Martin holds an M.A. in Russian studies and a B.A. in Arabic and Russian studies from the Geneva University. He is a certified ASPIRE member.

Aurélien Vuilleumier is a private investigator with Heptagone digital risk management and security Sàrl in Geneva and a member of the Swiss Association of Experts in Economic Crime Investigation.

He principally works for law firms on civil and criminal cases linked to white-collar crimes, and for banks and other financial intermediaries on anti-money laundering issues related to crypto-currencies.  He is a certified ASPIRE member.

Swissintell returns to Zurich – The Next Big Thing – First meeting on June, 12




18:00 – Opening by Aleksandra Bielska, Swissintell, Zurich, Greater Area Manager, Consultant & Trainer at i-intelligence, Chair of SCIP Polska, Board Member IAFIE Europe.

18:10 – Guest Presentation

Emerging Technology, Disruption and Future Predictions – What to Expect in the Next Wave of Digital Transformation by Naully Nicolas One Disruption To Rule Them All | Host of #Travelcast Podcast | Author | Speaker | Digital Tourism Marketing Consultant.

Key takeaways:

  • How will emerging technologies, including AI, robotics, blockchain, edge computing, 5G and more, change the face of digital transformation?
  • The future business landscape – insights on how digital disruption will reshape every sector of business
  • The DX imperative – understanding and meeting the challenges of digital transformation


Sensing the Future: Why and How? by Aleksandra Bielska

Key takeaways:

  • Understanding the importance of strategic anticipation
  • The different approaches to strategic foresight in business
  • Tools for identifying, understanding, and responding to the forces and dynamics of change

19:20 – Q&A and Discussion

19:40 – Networking Apéro

Program subject to change.


After a short absence, Aleksandra Bielska start a new Zürich-based series of meetings titled “The Next Big Thing”. We will meet every three months to discuss how to identify, monitor, and respond to those trends that will shape or disrupt business in the decade ahead. Together with distinguished professionals working in Swiss-based companies, we will:

  • Identify practical, actionable approaches – including tools and structured techniques – for keeping up to speed with new trends and ideas
  • Ask difficult questions, debunk the myths and identify strategies for dealing with spurious claims from vendors, consultants and others
  • Discuss the major technological trends, including AI, blockchain-based solutions, and the introduction of 5G communications
  • Identify and explore lesser-known but significant, as well as latent, beyond-the-horizon trends likely to shape business in the 2020s

This event will be held in English, but questions can be asked in German or French.

Participant Benefits

  • Discussion of the latest business trends and their impact to your business
  • Practical knowledge of trend identification and monitoring
  • An opportunity to join a dedicated, intelligence-oriented community of practice
  • Networking with like-minded individuals


  • Meetings will take place once a quarter. They will start at 18:00 and last two hours.
  • Every meeting will consist of three presentations lasting approximately 20 minutes each. Each presentation will answer a carefully chosen question relevant to a leading topic. The questions, or “prompts”, will be provided to speakers before the presentation. “Sales pitch” presentations will be strictly forbidden.
  • The presentations will be followed by a Q&A / moderated discussion.
  • The event will conclude with a networking apéro.