Mr. Luna is a globally-recognized strategic leader. A disruptive innovator for social impact, he is a visionary, thought leader, and a leading voice internationally on the full spectrum application of convergence strategies and net-centric approaches across today's global threat landscapes and markets.
Mr. Luna is the Co-Director of the Anti-Illicit Trade Institute (AITI) of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption Center (TraCCC), Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University (Arlington, Virginia).
In July 2018, Mr. Luna was appointed as the new chair of the Anti-Illicit Trade (AIT) Committee of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB). USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility. It members include some of the biggest and most iconic American brands, global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world, generating $5 trillion in annual revenues and employing over 11 million people worldwide. As the American affiliate in the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD and the International Chamber of Commerce, for example, the USCIB AIT Committee aims to work with other strategic alliances to harness and support public-private partnerships and a global coalition to fight illicit trade, and for more secure, sustainable trade and integrity in markets, supply chains, and institutions across the international community.
A former U.S. Diplomat and national security official, Mr. Luna is a frequent speaker on transnational security threats, international affairs, geopolitical risks, and illicit trade and the global illegal economy ("dark side of globalization") that fuel greater insecurity and instability around the world.
As a U.S. diplomat, Mr. Luna visited 60+ countries, engaging in bilateral consultations/meetings/anti-crime and anti-corruption programming, training, and capacity-building matters. Additionally he partnered with 150+ member states in numerous international organizations, multilateral fora and diplomatic initiatives and worked to promote the U.S. foreign policy and national security goals of the President of the United States, and the Secretary of State, over four successive Administrations. His efforts were instrumental in helping to protect the U.S. homeland and national interests overseas in a more complex and often dangerous world; and strengthening international cooperation to combat transnational threats including fighting international crime, corruption, and terrorism.
Mr. Luna has worked with governments, international organizations, and leading businesses and civil society groups globally to strengthen the rule of law; level the playing field; promote new and open markets; protect intellectual property; and develop international strategies to combat illicit trade and illicit markets, corruption, transnational crime, and terrorism. He has worked with partners globally to help secure an enduring peace; and to address global shocks, geo-security threats and market risks.
With over 21+ years of Federal Service in the U.S. Government, Mr. Luna held numerous senior positions with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), including directorships for national security, transnational crime and illicit networks, and anti-corruption and good governance; and served as an advisor to the Secretary’s Coordinator for the Rule of Law. Mr. Luna also served as an Assistant Counsel to the President, Office of the Counsel to the President, The White House; Special Assistant, Office of the Secretary, Congressional and Inter-Governmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor; and Law Clerk and Special Assistant to the Minority Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Special Committee on Investigations. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, The University of Pennsylvania, and The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America.
Mr. Luna has participated in international summits, dialogues, conferences and meetings, and led and/or chaired strategic efforts in bilateral, regional, and multilateral and diplomatic initiatives involving partnerships with the United Nations, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), UN Development Progamme (UNDP), The World Bank, G7/G20, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), European Union (EU)/European Commission (EC), Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC), NATO, World Economic Forum (WEF), Arab League, African Union (AU), Organization of American States (OAS), INTERPOL, EUROPOL, the World Customs Organization (WCO), and other international organizations and fora.
Mr. Luna provided leadership as a U.S. coordinator in numerous inter-governmental initiatives including the Global Forum on Fighting Corruption II-VI (Netherlands, Korea, Brazil, South Africa, Qatar), Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific Crime-Terror Dialogues on Dismantling Transnational Illicit Networks, and other dynamic public-private partnerships.
Mr. Luna was the President (Chair) of the OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade, 2013-2017. Mr. Luna also previously served honorably as the co-Chair of the U.S.-China Anti-Corruption Working Group of the Joint Liaison Group (JLG) on Law Enforcement Cooperation; Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade and Organized Crime (Member of the Human Trafficking Task Force); Chairman, Vice Chair, APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency (ACT) Working Group, and U.S. Coordinator, APEC ACT Pathfinder Dialogues on Fighting Corruption and Illicit Trade; co-Chair G-7 Experts Group on Combating Illegal WIldlife Trade; co-Chair, The World Bank-U.S. State Department Wildlife Criminology Symposium; U.S. Coordinator, Crime-Terror Nexus Dialogues, and other diplomatic anti-crime initiatives. He remains active with The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (GITOC), WEF, OECD, INTERPOL, WCO, and other international organizations and public-private partnerships.
Mr. Luna is a Senior Fellow for National Security with the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. He is also a co-Founder and Director of a new NGO, The Conservation Project International (T-CPI) based in London, UK, an NGO dedicated to protect endangered wildlife, rainforests, and oceans, and address the global security impacts of climate chang; and Co-Founder of The Ghost Orchid Coalition, an NGO committed to address modern slavery and human trafficking (Nashville, Tennessee).
SOME PERSPECTIVES AND VIEWS OF DAVID M. LUNA FOLLOW BELOW:
Mapping the harms and impacts of illicit trade and the licit-illicit complex system helps the international community to pinpoint illicit "hotspots" and large-scale disruptions to illicit markets and identify effective strategies, tools, capabilities, and capacities to reinforce the most vulnerable points of entry to both the illegal economy and global supply chains, and dismantling related webs of corruption and criminality.
When communities unite and act together, they can do more than imagine – they can inspire, shape, and make our world a better place – for today, and for our children’s sustainable futures tomorrow, harness new markets and investment frontiers, promote the rule of law and ethical marketplace practices and within public institutions, safeguard global supply chains and brand integrity, and help bring our humanity and planet back into balance.
When innovators and creators know their creations are safe from theft, they are more inclined to bring new products and ideas to society that enrich and improve our lives.
Evidence-based research and advanced analytics can buttress market intelligence and enforcement actions. Innovative technologies and pathfinding solutions can not only help engage upstream and downstream coordinated mitigation and disruptions of the illicit trade, but also address gaps in surveillance and monitoring systems to develop more effective early detection and warning systems of the new harms and risks of illicit trade to the formal economy.
All stakeholders have an important role in the fight against illicit trade, shutting down illicit markets, putting criminal entrepreneurs out of business, and safeguarding the integrity and security of public institutions, markets, and global supply chains.