Dee Smith is a CEO, producer, writer, and specialist in intelligence, foreign policy, and global change. He works professionally in the areas of transactional intelligence, geopolitical and change risk analysis, and media and cultural production. He has worked in over 90 countries and served as an advisor for over US $60 billion in investment transactions. He is founder, principal, and CEO of the private intelligence agency Strategic Insight Group (SIG), and vice chair of the Advisory Board of LLILAS/Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at the University of Texas at Austin. He is creator, executive producer, and host of the television documentary series “A World On the Brink with Dee Smith”, which premiered in October 2017 on Real Vision Television. He has also worked as an international venture capitalist active in Latin America and Europe, and before that, was a founder and president of InterCultura, an international NGO. With expertise and connections in the intelligence, international business, investment, and international relations arenas, he is associated with national think tanks and research institutions in the foreign policy establishment.
He has over 30 years of experience in multiple research and analytical disciplines and has directed thousands of intelligence projects in over 90 countries and in dozens of industries. Areas of work have ranged from investment and transactional intelligence to geopolitical analysis and risk forecasting, corporate market and competitor intelligence, corporate fraud investigations, litigation intelligence, and military intelligence and counter-terrorism.
From 1992 to 1995, he was president of Cima International, a venture capital group based in Europe and active in Latin America. Before that, he was president of InterCultura, an NGO based in Texas and the UK that worked with the US Department of State, US embassies, and foreign governments and institutions in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. He has conduced intelligence projects for the US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), the US Defence Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA), and the US National Research Council (NRC).
Smith is active in the foreign policy and international affairs arena, and is: a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York, Vice Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies and Benson Library, University of Texas at Austin (LLILAS/Benson); a member of the Bretton Woods Committee in Washington, D.C.; Immediate Past President of the Board of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations (DCFR); a member of the a member of the Advisory Board of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations (HCFR); and a member of the High Level Working Group of Inter-American Relations and Bipartisanship of Global Americans, based in New York City.
Also active in arts and cultural organizations, has served as a volunteer leader of many charitable organizations, and is currently: a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Federation of Arts (AFA) in New York; a member of the Advisory Board of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming; a member of the Board of Directors of the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas; a member of the Ambassador Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth; and a member of the Anthropology Committee of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Smith has spoken in venues around the world at conferences, policy forums, universities, and cultural institutions in New York, London, San Francisco, Moscow, Tokyo, Oxford, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Houston, Austin, Nashville, Aspen and many other cities on topics including intelligence, investment due diligence, foreign policy, the arts, cultures in transformation, hyperconnectivity and global change, and on his father's collection of Native American art. He has appeared on PBS, Real Vision, and other television networks, and is a regular contributor on risk analysis for The Octavian Report (New York). He has also written on foreign relations and intelligence for publications including The American Interest (Washington DC), The Spectator (London, UK), The Business (London, UK), and other publications. His academic background comprises a number of research disciplines including archaeology, linguistic decipherment, geology, economics, and musicology. He has a degree in music theory and musicology from TCU, and studied Maya archaeology and epigraphy with noted Maya scholar Linda Schele at the University of Texas at Austin.