David Handley

David Handley is the Managing Director, Europe for Veracity Worldwide. He offers political and business risk advice to a wide range of clients operating in emerging markets. Until August 2012, Mr. Handley served as the Head of Group Strategic Analysis for BAE Systems, the UK’s largest defense and aerospace company. In that role, he tracked international defense politics, monitored the changing military, security, and threat environment, and produced world-class analysis and assessment on the global challenges facing the defense industry.

Prior to his work at BAE, Mr. Handley served in the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI-6) for 27 years, with postings in Lebanon, Hungary, Guatemala, and Egypt. Thereafter, he held a number of senior management positions in London, including a posting to the UK Security Service (MI5), and ended his career with a number of senior roles, including Director for the Middle East and Africa and Main Board Director responsible for Finance, Personnel and Technology issues. He was awarded the Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) in 2000. He received a joint honors degree in politics and economics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.