The illicit economies are thriving from dirty money derived from corruption, illicit trade, organized crime, and threat finance. From human trafficking, arms smuggling, counterfeiting, money laundering, cybercrime, or illegal wildlife trade, these nefarious activities are lucrative business, and therefore, fuel the size of the illicit economy. Bad actors and threat networks benefit from their patronage of illicit economies. They can infiltrate governments, undermine the justice system, exploit impoverished and relegated communities, move counterfeit and contraband across lax borders, and many other illicit activities.
ICAIE is a 501(c)(4) registered in DC with Employer Identification Number 86-3204668 from the Internal Revenue Service. ICAIE will start to develop its strategic footprint and key initiatives to fight illicit economies in 2021-2022. ICAIE will bring together committed champions across sectors and communities, including former members of the public sector, companies and prominent organizations from the private sector and civil society to mobilize energies to combat cross-border illicit threats. Additionally, esteemed experts will serve in advisory roles to help guide day-to-day operations and the policy path of ICAIE. Additionally, ICAIE serves as a valuable asset to partner on transformative solutions, and to engage with U.S. Congress and others.
Meet the Leadership Team
David M. Luna
David is Founder and Executive Director of ICAIE. A former US diplomat and national security official, David is a globally-recognized strategic thought leader, and 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.
David held numerous senior positions with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), including directorships for national security, transnational crime and illicit networks, and anti-corruption and good governance; and was an advisor to the Secretary’s Coordinator for the Rule of Law. David also served as an Assistant Counsel to the President, Office of the Counsel to the President, The White House; and other positions with the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Senate.
David is currently the Chair of the Business at OECD Anti-Illicit Trade Expert Group (AITEG); Chair of the Anti-Illicit Trade Committee (AITC) of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB); 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; Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade and Organized Crime, Chair, APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency (ACT) Working Group, and in other leadership positions in the G7, and other 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. 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).
Deputy Executive Director
Joshua Potter is the Deputy Executive Director, and Vice-President of Forward Engagement & Partnerships, 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), Joshua Potter has been a driving force in national security and special investigations. He has led organizations in Special Forces, Civil Affairs, PATRIOT missile systems through security & intelligence activities and reconnaissance operations in more than 47 countries – including over 10 combat and operational deployments. Orchestrating broad campaigns with local, state, federal, and international partners, he has developed multi-cultural communities across global engagements.
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), while simultaneously coordinating Counter Narcoterrorism (CNT) and Counter Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) efforts with 28 interagency organizations.
The author of three books and armed with two Masters degrees, a mild caffeine addiction, and a vorpal sense of humor, Josh has served as an executive-level director in multiple disciplines and programs including strategic planning, community development, full-spectrum security, intelligence, counter terrorism, counter threat finance, anti-money laundering, and special operations.