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Former MI-6 Chief to Address BTAC

Sir Colin McColl will present a new framework for identifying threats to the global business community

04 April 2007

New York, NY — The Business Threat Awareness Council will hold a breakfast meeting with special guest speaker, Sir Colin McColl on Wednesday April 18, 2007 at 8:30 AM in midtown Manhattan.

This special event is hosted by McGraw Hill and Oxford Analytica.

Sir Colin McColl will speak about the ways in which his own experiences have helped him to come up with a simple but thorough new framework for identifying threats to the global business community.

Sir Colin capped a distinguished career of government service by heading the UK's MI-6 for several years. Now retired, he has been working on ways in which decision makers in both the public and private sectors might most usefully think about and quantify risk.

He will be introduced by Dr David Young, the founder and managing director of Oxford Analytica, whose company has adopted Sir Colin's formula and is applying it to monitor and assess deep-seated risks to business continuity around the world.

Sir Colin and Dr Young are both associated with Oxford University. Dr Young holds a doctorate in International Relations and Sir Colin is an Honorary Fellow of Queens College.

There is no charge for this event but limited space will require an RSVP to:

McColl, the son of a Shropshire GP, joined Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service in 1950 and spent his first two postings in Laos and Vietnam. He spent the mid-'60s in Warsaw, where he forged a reputation as a far-sighted and competent officer, and his last overseas posting was to Geneva in 1973 as head of station. In April 1989 Sir Colin was appointed Chief of MI-6 where he served until he retired in 1994.

In 1995 Sir Colin became an advisory director of the independent private equity advisory firm, Campbell Lutyens. He has also served on the advisory board of the Dr Magnus Ranstorp Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at St Andrews University, and currently serves on the International Advisory Board of Oxford Analytica.

Founded in 1975, Oxford Analytica is a consulting firm that provides strategic political, economic and social analysis on the implications of world developments. They do this through tailored consultancy studies and, each week day, through the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief.


The Business Threat Awareness Council is a voluntary group of professionals from the private and public sectors whose main goals are to improve threat awareness, promote best practices in threat management and business counterintelligence, and to disseminate this information to American businesses.

BTAC is a non-partisan and non-commercial organization. BTAC meetings are forums to exchange ideas, alert others to new and existing threats, and to meet like-minded professionals for the purpose of strengthening the infrastructure of America's commerce. For further information about BTAC and council events please visit

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