CEO & President – Global Investigations & Intelligence
Our CEO founded SIP International Group in 1983, following a successful career as an investigator in the United Kingdom. The company has since evolved into a renowned global one-stop-solution organisation for all specialist investigation, intelligence, cyber & digital forensics, protective security & AI security systems integration, cybersecurity, TSCM, reputation management and more.
He has worked with and continues to work alongside many law enforcement and government agencies worldwide, which has entailed conducting a myriad of high-profile investigations, including but not limited to crimes of corruption, extortion, fraud, ponzi schemes, insider trading, embezzlement, cybercrime, copyright infringement, murder, antiquities and drug smuggling.
In earlier years, our CEO led specialist intelligence and recognisance teams overseas to locate and recover abducted children. He was actively engaged in technical surveillance countermeasures (TSCM) at Embassies, other government departments and corporations worldwide. He directed close protection operations for government officials, judges, corporate VIP's and high-net-worth individuals. These often complex assignments have covered the UK, USA, Europe, Russia & the Eastern Block, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
His vast knowledge of legal procedures involving cross-jurisdiction disclosure orders, search & seizure orders and freezing orders to identify beneficiary owners who may be part of a fraud or locate concealed funds and assets globally. He is frequently appointed to legal teams as a litigation strategist, where his input has vastly contributed to the success of the cases in which he has been involved.
His expertise and direction ensure that all SIP clients receive the ultimate bespoke services to achieve their objectives.
International Security Strategic Director
SIP's International Strategic Director (ISD) brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our team. With a distinguished career as a highly accomplished U.S. Diplomat and Senior Special Agent, he has successfully transitioned into the private sector, providing bespoke strategic support to our clients. His extensive knowledge spans physical, protective, and risk mitigation services, making him a conceptual developer for preventive security measures, crisis management, public safety, major events, and financial planning.
Throughout his professional tenure, our ISD has operated and directed budgets totalling approximately $1.8 billion, overseeing interagency programs and managing over 1,200 personnel. He has excelled in supporting complex, high-profile investigations, building efficient incident response teams, and coordinating global information exchanges to enhance U.S. foreign relations and diplomacy. Furthermore, he has established effective collaborations with high-level government officials both domestically and internationally, maximising physical, technical, information, and network security. His expertise extends to protecting vital national security data and developing and implementing global policies and procedures to address emerging security challenges in national and multi-lateral environments.
In his most recent role within the U.S. government, our ISD directed an organisation focused on protecting soft targets as part of the national security strategy in foreign contingency operations. Simultaneously, he played a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of U.S. industry abroad. This involved synchronising a network of over 4,600 U.S. companies and organisations, with more than 18,000 members, including Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organisations, faith-based groups, and government agencies. Through this network, he disseminated crucial overseas security information, public announcements, travel advisories, terrorist group profiles, and country crime and safety reports to its global constituents.
As a trusted advisor to the private sector, our ISD's leadership has helped identify vulnerabilities, predict future types of attacks, and enhance long-term resiliency for various institutions. He approaches security with a visionary mindset, emphasising prevention, problem-solving, and partnerships to protect the most valuable assets of organisations - their people, information, and infrastructure.
In addition to his extensive experience, our ISD is skilled in managing diverse cultures and languages and has a strong background in interfacing with intergovernmental agencies and international organisations. He is internationally recognised for his exceptional aptitude in global investigations and personal/physical security countermeasures.
Head of Cybersecurity Security & AI Development
He joined the SIP group in 2020 and is developing a state-of-the-art Security Operations Centre (SOC) and an Integrated Security Ecosystem with leading cutting-edge solutions for our company, SIP International Cybersecurity & Forensics LLC and our clients.
He has invested over two decades in innovation and towards its successful implementation. With a master's degree in computer science and an MBA in marketing, he has a strong background in data analytics and platform migration. He has worked for organisations including Siemens AG, ABB, Oracle and Apex Technologies Inc, and IPIL (Internet Promoters India).
Key deliverables :
- Has led successful software product developments in Integrated security, secured e-learning,
interactive communications, IoT secured eco systems for enterprise-level deployment.
- Has pioneered the development and deployment of leading-edge technologies in microservices and blockchain to enable secured transactions across all parameters.
- Offshore enterprise project implementation for Boston Edison Power Company and a transport management system for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).
- ERP Product development and deployment for global auto giants, including SAP R3.
- Developing a unified command and control application with Artificial intelligence and IoT framework.
- With a robust database background, he has pioneered distributed database solutions on Oracle and MSSQL, leading to the creation of blockchain frameworks for industrial applications using the cryptographic distributed structure for shared assets.
Digital Forensic Specialist & Fraud Investigator
He has worked with SIP International since 2007 and is head of the UK cybersecurity and forensic department in the UK. He is a highly respected and knowledgeable advanced digital forensic and network security specialist and an experienced police investigator.
His expertise includes computer forensics, criminal investigations, fraud, intelligence and security reviews and analysis of system vulnerabilities. He served 21 years in the Metropolitan Police, 11 of them as a fraud investigator. During this period, he was involved in the investigation of several prominent fraud cases, for which he was commended.
He is considered one of the leading authorities on system vulnerabilities and the analysis of criminal methodologies and techniques international hackers use to penetrate and subvert systems. He has been responsible for the successful subversion of hackers by developing bespoke online finance systems.
Since early 2002, he has provided expert testimony concerning the forensic analysis of computer systems in both the public and private sectors. He has undertaken more than 2,000 examinations for criminal prosecutions on behalf of UK government agencies.
He has also been responsible for authoring and implementing IT security policy in the corporate environment. He has lectured on computer crime system vulnerabilities in closed sessions at several international risk security forums.
Head Integrated Security Solutions & Reputation Management
A former Army Colonel, having served in the Indian Army for 21 years. He has managed Integrated Security Solutions businesses across various sectors in Government and Corporate organisations. He has immense experience managing projects in Cyber Crime Investigation and Intelligence Solutions for LEA, defence and allied agencies. He has raised the Digital Forensics Unit to serve national/state-level intelligence & investigation agencies and giant corporates globally.
He has managed global projects in Information Security Services(VA, DLP & Network and Constituted Specialist), Information Security Compliance for Airports, Government and Large Corporates. He has also supported Brand Management and Social Media Management Projects for HNI, numerous businesses and corporates.
He is a significant asset to the SIP group as he now manages Integrated Security Solutions, Online Reputation Management and Business Branding at SIP.
Head of Global Technical Surveillance Counter Measures
He has worked with SIP for over 25 years and heads our Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) team. Not only is his expertise in conducting TSCM in residential and commercial buildings, but over the last 18 years, he has gained experience and knows how to carry out specialised searches on Corporate Aircraft. Having been certified Airside by ESSIMA to FAA & EASA standards and on aircraft types that include:
• Airbus Corporate Jetliner
• Airbus 319/320
• Airbus A330
• Boeing Business Jet (BBJ & BBJ2)
• Bombardier Global (all models)
• Bombardier Challenger (all models)
• Bombardier Learjet (all models)
• Cessna Citation (all models)
• Dassault Falcon 2000
• Dassault Falcon 7X & 8X
• Embraer Legacy (all models)
• Gulfstream G4, G4SP & G5 G550/650
• Hawker 800 & 800XP
Regarding Maritime, he has over 20 years of experience in comprehensive TSCM searches geared for Major Motor Yachts, Cruise Ships and commercial Vessels. This includes ‘Hull Checks’ for attached devices, Full RF Spectrum Scans, Searches for Passive Devices, Searches for RF Flooding, Physical Searches, Borescope & Thermal Imaging, etc.
He also conducts SIP TSCM Training Courses, as he is a remarkable instructor with his experience, knowledge of equipment, and techniques. He has provided TSCM training for several law enforcement, government agencies and corporate bodies worldwide.
Head of Forensic Accounting
Our head of the forensic accountant department has worked with SIP International since 2009, during which time his forensic accounting expertise has contributed to many investigations. He is also an experienced professional witness as a result of giving evidence in many cases.
A chartered accountant, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and a Member of The Academy of Experts and the Network of Independent Forensic Accountants (NIFA). His forensic accounting expertise includes cases relating to commercial and contractual disputes, misappropriation, fraud and other complex investigations, criminal defence and confiscation proceedings, matrimonial financial disputes, professional negligence claims, transaction dispute advisory and valuation matters.
He has particular expertise in calculating losses in banking disputes, defending confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act, and defending allegations of money laundering, particularly concerning money transfer bureaus.
A few examples of his work include but not limited to:
Fraud & Money Laundering
- He was instructed to defend an individual accused of evading income tax. The work involved
recalculating 12 years of profit and loss accounts to calculate the tax that would have been payable.
- He was instructed to defend an individual accused of a Ponzi fraud. The work involved reviewing and analysing a significant volume of papers to prepare schedules and an expert report for the defence team. Rob engaged in various discussions with the opposing forensic accountant, preparing a schedule of agreed points.
- He was instructed by the defence concerning a client whose cash had been seized by HMRC. The client owned three large newsagents, which were mainly cash businesses. Rob was instructed to perform a cash tracing exercise to ascertain whether the cash could have come from a legitimate trade. As a result of his work, HMRC returned the money to the defendant.
- He was instructed by the defence concerning a convicted drug dealer facing a confiscation order in excess of £5 million. The work involved a review of thousands of emails to create the defendant's accounts and calculate the benefit obtained from his crime. Based on his evidence, the confiscation order was reduced to under £300,000.
Director of U.S. Operations
Director of SIP U.S. Operations and Licensed Investigator in the State of Florida. He has facilitated successful SIP investigations pertaining to extortion, bitcoin fraud, asset tracing & family disputes. He is highly proficient in understanding and listening to clients' needs and interacting with them by utilising his high level of interpersonal skills and bespoke service capabilities.
He is fluent in 5 languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French, which enables him to converse with SIP clients globally.
Before his career change and joining SIP, he spent three decades in the financial sector. He commenced his professional career at Citibank and Credit Lyonnais in the U.S. and Lloyds Bank in Europe. After departing the private banking sector, he took a partnership in one of Europe's top Asset Management Firms, where he created the family office division assisting high net-worth individuals/families in all aspects of their lives, such as Wealth and Succession Planning, Asset Management, Global Real Estate Acquisitions; and Portfolio Investments and Financial Assessments.
Director of Brazilian Operations
Director of SIP International Cybersecurity & Intelligence LTDA, based at our Brazilian Head Office in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to his role as Operations Director, he is the head of ‘Software Development and Platform Support’, where an experienced team of IT specialists supports him.
Software developer, analyst and entrepreneur since 1983. Creator of an ERP for Law Firms offering extensive experience in operational, legal and administrative routines obtained in firms of different sizes and cultures. Besides being the creator of other software, such as hotel and restaurant management, project and construction monitoring, commercial and fiscal management of industries, wholesale commerce management, accounting offices, human resources (HR) department management, and many others.
In constant academic life, he has post-graduate degrees in IT Management, Mobile Development, and Artificial Intelligence and is a post-graduate student in Information Security.
SIP welcomes a person of this calibre to be part of our team, knowing his skills and knowledge in development and entrepreneurship, to guarantee our Brazilian clients the best professional service to meet their goals.
Director – Construction Disaster Investigation Analyst & Panic Room Designs and Installations
A director of SIP International Cybersecurity & Intelligence LTDA, based at our offices in São Paulo, Brazil. He has a wealth of experience in engineering and corporate management. He is a significant asset to SIP as a specialist analyst in construction disaster investigations; his cases include:
- Technical Opinion on the Sinister Flood of the Anhangabaú Tunnel – São Paulo 1998.
- Technical Opinion on the Sinister Flood of the Wal Mart Super Market – São Paulo 2000.
- Technical Opinion on the Claim – Collapse and collapse of SEA WALL in North Miami, Florida USA 2002
- 2002 E.M.E.F. Prof. João de Souza Ferraz Technical Opinion on the Sinister Collapse of School
He also provides SIP with considerable professional input regarding the design and installation of ‘Panic Attack Safe Rooms’ in private residences and corporate offices globally, as well as the more traditional security installations.
Regional Sales & VIP Concierge Travel Director
A director of SIP International Cybersecurity & Intelligence LTDA based at our Belo Horizonte Office in Brazil. He has 35 years of experience working with sales and marketing of companies of products and services across several regions in Brazil. In addition, since 2007 he has specialised in creating bespoke global travel itineraries for VIP's and Executives for social and business trips according to their individual or company needs.
When applicable, this entails working with personal security for a risk assessment on the type of accommodation to be occupied, securing the same prior to the VIP's or Executives arrival to ensure that there are no illicit listening devices or other threats and ensuring fast track access to Charted Aircraft, Yachts and vehicles as may be required etc.
With his valuable connections in the travel industry and detailed analyses of a proposed venue, accommodation and monitoring real-time occurrences at an intended destination, timelines, etc. He provides valuable input to the ‘SIP VIP Concierge Service’ as he ensures our clients benefit from quality, secure accommodation and have comfortable, fast-track transportation to any global destination.