Ex-CIA Intelligence Officer & Counterterrorism Specialist

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Michele Rigby Assad is a former undercover officer in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations. Trained as a counterterrorism specialist, Michele served her country for ten years, working in Iraq and other secret Middle Eastern locations.

Upon retirement from active service, Michele and her husband Joseph (also a former agent) joined a group of Americans who wished to aid persecuted Christians. Their efforts resulted in the evacuation of a group from northern Iraq that was featured on ABC’s 20/20 in December 2015.

Michele holds a master’s degree in Contemporary Arab Studies from Georgetown University. Today she serves as an international security consultant, splitting her time between the Middle East, Florida, and Washington, D.C.


  • speaking to large, live audiences (human rights conferences, women’s groups, civic organizations, church groups, college classrooms and chapel services),
  • being on television (providing interviews throughout her educational career and starring in a television commercial in Egypt), and
  • providing training for CIA officers on counterterrorism and counterintelligence issues.

Michele’s presentations are great for sales and negotiation training, managing teams, and working with colleagues/collaboration.

Michele enjoys speaking to women’s groups, providing personal security training to international travelers, and showing business teams how they can apply intelligence lessons to workplace productivity, sales and team culture.