Our Trusted Leaders

ICAIE provides bespoke policy advice, guidance, intelligence, and solutions to our Members and Partners. We are highly-respected former senior US government officials with significant experience across national security, diplomacy, military, intelligence and law enforcement/judicial actions, policy decision-making, and operations on today’s global threats.

David M. Luna

Executive Director

David is the Founder and Executive Director of the International Coalition Against Illicit Economies. As a former diplomat and national security official, David is a globally-recognized strategic thought leader.

He’s considered a leading voice internationally on transnational threats, international affairs, geopolitical risks, illicit trade, and global illicit economies (“dark side of globalization”) that fuel greater insecurity and instability around the world.

In 2017, after 22 years of public service in the U.S. Government, David established Luna Global Networks & Convergence Strategies LLC.

Professional Background

David held numerous senior positions with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

It includes directorships for national security, transnational crime and illicit networks, anti‑corruption and good governance, and an advisor to the Secretary’s Coordinator for the Rule of Law.

David also served as an Assistant Counsel to the President. He worked at the Office of the Counsel to the President in The White House. He also worked in other positions with the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Senate.

Current Works

David is currently the Chair of the Business at OECD Anti‑Illicit Trade Expert Group (AITEG) and Chair of the Anti‑Illicit Trade Committee (AITC) of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB).

He is a member of the Business Twenty (B20/G20) Integrity & Compliance Task Force and previously served as the President of the OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade.

David is also a Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade and Organized Crime and Chair of the APEC Anti‑Corruption and Transparency (ACT) Working Group.

He has worked in other leadership positions in the G7 and diplomatic fora and public‑private partnerships on anti‑crime and global security.

David is also a Senior Fellow for National Security and co‑Director of the Anti‑Illicit Trade Institute at the Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption Center (TraCCC), Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University.

Academic Background

David is a graduate (M.S.S.) of the U.S. Army War College, and received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, J.D. from The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, and awarded numerous certificates from the Harvard Business School (HBS).

Joshua Potter

Deputy Executive Director

Joshua Potter is the Deputy Executive Director and Vice‑President of Forward Engagement & Partnerships at the International Coalition Against Illicit Economies (ICAIE).

Recently retired from active-duty service with over 27 years of servant‑leader experience, culminating as a Colonel at U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

Professional Background

Joshua Potter has been a driving force in national security and special investigations.

He has led organizations in Special Forces, Civil Affairs, and PATRIOT missile systems through security & intelligence activities and reconnaissance operations in more than 47 countries – including over ten combat and operational deployments.

He has developed multicultural communities across global engagements while orchestrating broad campaigns with local, state, federal, and international partners.

Awards and Other Credentials

As a distinguished veteran, Josh has earned 5 Bronze Star Medals and a Purple Heart (he refers to as the “enemy marksmanship badge”) for meritorious actions in combat zones, among other dozens of other decorations and awards.

He established and led the first-ever Business Intelligence unit within the Department of Defense, responsible as the lead component for Counter Threat Finance (CTF).

Josh has been simultaneously coordinating with Counter Narcoterrorism (CNT) and Counter Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) efforts with 28 interagency organizations.

Other Works

The author of three books and armed with two Master's degrees, a mild caffeine addiction, and a vorpal sense of humor, Josh has served as an executive‑level director in multiple disciplines and programs.

It includes strategic planning, community development, full‑spectrum security, intelligence, counter‑terrorism, counter‑threat finance, anti‑money laundering, and special operations.

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