Itay Gil, PhD, Director, Head of CNI / Public Safety and Counter Terror Preparation and Training
Itay is an IDF Captain and served in Israel’s special forces paratroop brigade. After completing his compulsory service, he was chosen to join Israel’s elite counter-terror and hostage rescue commando unit Yamam (“Special Police Unit”,) performing military, counter terror, hostage rescue, SWAT and undercover police duties, where he became a career combatant. The Yamam is an elite Israeli counter terrorism special forces unit and one of four divisions of the Israeli Border Police.
ltay is a counter terror, public safety, border control and hand to hand combat expert, with career long planning and operational experience. Itay was head of training for the security of the Israeli President’s office, an Honorary Distinguished Professor at Aspen University, former Director of Counter Terror, Homeland Security and Intelligence for the Magid Institute / Hebrew University and at Ariel University. Itay is the founder of what is today called by IATA, Unruly and Disruptive Passenger Training and has over 33 years of hand to hand and Krav Maga actual combat study to meet the needs of the real-life situations he faced in 14 years of active duty combat experience. Consequently, Itay became the chief close quarter combat instructor for the unit. From 1992 to 1997 he was the executive director of all training programs for the Israel Border Police as well as the undercover police intelligence unit. During this period, he directed training programs for 5,000 policemen and security personnel each year.
Itay continues to serve in the IDF reserves where he is Captain, Senior Combat Instructor and strategic mission planner for an elite undercover counter-terrorism team. Itay is a VIP Close Protection Instructor trainer, takes on assignments from time to time and trains special forces, counter terror and SWAT teams around the world. He was awarded a PhD by Atlantic University in Miami, Fl in 2018 for a thesis based on human performance under stress.