HelloInfo is proud and excited to announce that we have a new team member joining us!
Matthew is a new graduate with a B.A. In History and an M.A. in Intelligence and Security Studies. He has experience researching, analyzing, and writing reports in a series of different formats. Matthew is enthusiastic about helping others find the proper information needed to make critical decisions and enjoys the fields of politics, security, and history.
Matthew has answered a few key questions about himself:
What are your favorite industries to research?
My favorite industries to research are defense and security. With the proliferation of non-state actors in the 21st century more private companies are examining how to secure their interests and assets themselves. I’m most interested in how the private and public spheres of security and intelligence will work together to deter and respond to attacks and espionage. I am very much looking forward to gaining experience at HelloInfo in researching a variety of new fields and answering our clients’ questions.
What inspired you to start a career in research?
In high school I had excellent social studies teachers who pushed me to further my interests in history and political science. Once getting into university I was able to learn more about intelligence and how it aids in decision making in both the private and public spheres. With the knowledge and experience gained throughout my education I hope to provide clients with the insights that help them make decisions.
What was the last costume you wore?
I have a homemade hotdog costume from 2009 that I still squeeze into. I’ve worn it at least 6 times but my friends always love seeing a big hot dog walking around struggling to fit through doors.
What email newsletters do you rely on to stay up to date?
I have subscribed to a couple of private intelligence company newsletters and seminar series along with general news sources to keep up to date on what’s happening. However, social media platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn have become critical to me as it provides more personal views and expands the range of my sources past the anglosphere.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
An early bird for sure. I always kept busy as kid so sleeping in was never an option. This was compounded by early morning basketball practices throughout High School and Junior High.
Looking back at your career to date, what project was most interesting / engaging for you, and why?
As my career is just beginning, I must look back to my university days. The most interesting project I did was a group assignment from my time at Brunel University London. This was a multi-month project to simulate a UK Joint Intelligence Committee report. After months of meetings, research, and analysis, it finished with a well-presented report to a panel of former and current intelligence professionals. This report pushed me to better use analysis skills and techniques, while also ensuring my writing would be understood by those reading the report for the first time.