Brigadier General (ret.) Ioannis Galatas, MD, MSc, MC (Army), is a retired military physician with +35 years of military industry experience (Army Medical Corps). He is specialized in Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Board certified) and for more than two decades he served as Head of the Department of Allergy & Clinical Immunology at Army General Hospital of Athens, Greece.
Since 2001 he has been involved in CBRNE operations as planner and instructor trained (including live agent training) in a number of countries abroad. During the 2004 Athens’ Olympic Games, he served as Commandant of the Olympic Hospital CBRN Response Unit – the only hospital-based specialized unit (70 people) deployed for the Olympic & Paralympic Games.
He holds an MA Degree (with merits) on “International Terrorism, Organized Crime, and Global Security” from Coventry University, UK (2010) and he is a Ph.D. candidate (Athens Medical School/Dept. of Forensics & Toxicology).
His last appointment (as of August 2010), was as Head of the Department of Asymmetric Threats at the Intelligence Analysis Branch, Joint Military Intelligence Service of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff in Athens.
After retirement, he conducted CBRNE classes for Abu Dhabi Police Authority (UAE) and continues to participate as an invited speaker in many CBRNE/security conferences, congresses, and workshops around the globe.
Currently, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the monthly online “C2BRNE Diary” (former “CBRNE Terrorism Newsletter”) initiated in November 2005 and delivered free to CBRNE-CT First Responders of more than 80 countries around the globe. He is also a CBRNE Senior Research Associate at the “Center for Security Studies” (KEMEA), Athens, Greece (think tank under the Ministry of Interior) with special focus to disaster/terrorism-related EU research projects. As of January 2015, he is a member of the Didactical Board of University of Rome “Tor Vergata” delivering classes for its two “International CBRNe Masters” programs and a CBRN consultant for the Emergency Department of the Gemelli Policlinico, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome (Italy). As of July 2016, he is the Manager of the CBRN Knowledge Center at the International CBNE Institute (Charleroi, Belgium).