Dr Donell Harvin

Dr. Harvin is the President and CEO of The Black Cell Group, and homeland security and intelligence consulting firm specializing in countering weapons of mass destruction. He has a public safety background spanning over 30 years which includes water rescue, Fire/EMS, public health, hazardous materials and WMD response, emergency management, CBRNE crime scene management, homeland security, and domestic intelligence.  He has responded to incidents including the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Sandy Hook Shootings and has served as the lead emergency manager for several NYC agencies during large-scale incidents.  Recently, he was the Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence for the Government of the District of Columbia leading up to the attack on the US Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

He is a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corp and graduate faculty at Georgetown University in the Applied Intelligence and the Emergency and Disaster Management degree programs. He serves as a CBRNE subject-matter expert for several organizations including the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), INTERPOL’s CBRNE Directorate, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Executive Education Program (EEP) and the Counter Terrorism Preparedness Network (CTPN).

Dr. Harvin served as the lead research scientist for the NYC’s Radiation Response Unit and served as the project lead research scientist on several key initiatives including NYC's BioWatch program. He holds an undergraduate degree in Fire and Emergency Services Management, graduate degrees in Emergency Management (MPA), Terrorism Studies (MA), and Environmental Science (MPH), and is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) specializing in environmental epidemiology, and biological threats.

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