John W. Bass is a director in the Global Data Risk Practice at Duff & Phelps. John has extensive experience in complex international investigations, dispute resolution, government relations, strategic communications and intercultural negotiations. John is an acknowledged CIA thought leader on risk management, the human dimensions of cyber risk, and insider threats.   

Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, John was a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) National Clandestine Service (NCS) operational executive with 27 years of experience in national security and international affairs in Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Europe and Latin America. He has significant experience engaging with foreign partners, law enforcement, militaries and diplomats, along with the FBI and the U.S. military, that resulted in a broad international network of contacts and relationships. He forged strategies to advance U.S. security interests, often in challenging, dangerous and ambiguous environments. 

John’s most recently served as the CIA’s Senior Representative to the FBI for Counterterrorism, charged with preventing another 9-11. He managed the evolving CIA-FBI relationship on counterterrorism, leveraging CIA global human, analytical and technical resources to enable the FBI to identify, disrupt and prosecute terrorism suspects within the U.S., and ensured that FBI domestic investigations fed CIA international investigative efforts to root out terrorist threats at their source.

Prior to that, as a CIA chief of base in an active war zone, John commanded a large CIA installation. He was responsible for assessing and managing risk across physical, political/reputational, human capital and cyber assets. He additionally served as Consul in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the U.S. Department of State.

An alumnus of Mercer Benefits Consulting, John combines a strong quantitative and computer science background with an MBA from Johns Hopkins, focused on enterprise risk management. John earned an undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics from Bradley University. John speaks Farsi, Turkish, Italian and Brazilian Portuguese and has lived around the world.

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