Melissa (Mel) Hersh is a global strategy and risk expert who regularly advises governments, international organizations, federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), and Fortune 500 companies on enterprise risk and strategic communications across a variety of security and defense, energy, agricultural and global health issues.
Besides being an Affiliate of the Nuclear Economic Consulting Group she is also a Research Associate at the Center for Emergency Management & Homeland Security in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University (ASU) where the curricula she developed and taught as a Faculty Associate on U.S. Cyber and Information Security is still being taught as part of ASU’s online MA degree-granting program in Homeland Security & Emergency Management. She is currently a Member of the Board on U.S. Army RDT&E, Systems Acquisition, and Logistics (BARSL).
Mel has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Lab, NATO Centres of Excellence, as well as non-profit and development organizations. She is currently focusing on hybrid threats to the energy and supporting electricity sub-sector including cyber-physical systems security and information influence operations, the role of nuclear power and geopolitics, the use of unmanned and counter-unmanned systems, and third-party risk management related to supply chain security.
Previously held positions include VP, Supply Chain Risk Management, Marsh Risk Consulting; Technical Expert on CBRNe issues, United Nations and the World Health Organization; and researcher and consultant to various international think tanks.
She frequently contributes with articles to publications such as The National Interest, Defense News, Defense One, European Energy Review, The Hill, and The Diplomat. She was educated at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, The Medical College of Wisconsin, and Skidmore College.
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