How to Conduct Enhanced Due Diligence Efficiently: from Open Source to Human Intelligence

Course Summary

The course is intended to provide OSINT tools and knowledge above and beyond compliance checks to help professionals fine tune their due diligence skills, whether they are working in the financial, administrative/trust sector or any other profession which requires such skills. The course will then provide an overview and scenarios of cases which require human source intelligence in addition to open source research. This is generally the case when there are gaps in OSINT results which require an extra mile of on-the-ground, specialist and localised knowledge.

“This course is best suited to those working in compliance or client on-boarding at a junior to mid-level or for more senior staff in this area looking to refresh their skills.


This training will give professionals in the financial and commercial services sectors an overview and an understanding of what thorough enhanced due diligence entails.

In the first part of the session, we will explain how compliance searches should be complemented by efficient OSINT tools for targeting searches. We will review techniques to cross-reference a surplus of information which can at times be overwhelming and misleading.

As part of more sophisticated OSINT tools are automated responses such as deep and dark web searches & social network analysis that help identify and visualise risks.

However, there are gaps in OSINT research that need to be compensated through human source intelligence. This entails on-the-ground, specialised access to sources to provide a full picture of who you are dealing with.

The overall aim is to provide delegates with a more nuanced approach to risk through various angles of due diligence, with the ultimate objective of aiding businesses secure more contracts/clients.


1. Compliance vs. Open Source Research

2. Open Source Research: from Fundamentals to a More Sophisticated Approach.

a) Effective tools, Gathering and Analysing Data.

b) Automated Responses through Cyber Security

3. An Overview of Human Source Intelligence: Why Will it Always be Key?

Tutor Profile

Thalia El Chammah founded Garm Ltd on principles of excellence and is a specialist in in-depth business intelligence.

As CEO, Thalia consults with a diverse set of clients including private sector companies, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Her expertise includes business risk management in EMEA countries.

Thalia focuses on enhanced source-based investigations, risk-assessments and forensic services through her global network providing on-the-ground insights in these regions.

Thalia started her career at K2 Intelligence, a firm founded by Kroll founder, Jules Kroll. During her tenure, she conducted fraud and corruption investigations and carried out due diligence and asset tracing in the Gulf and MENA regions.

Prior to founding Garm, Thalia was a partner at another London based intelligence provider where she founded the French and Middle-East practice and led the Africa team.

Thalia received her M.A. in International Affairs from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) Paris, and Columbia University, New York. She holds a B.A. (First Class Honours) in European Studies from King’s College London.

Course at a Glance

  • Next Start Date: 24 October 2019
  • CPD Points: 3.5
  • Course Cost: £195.00
  • Course Length: Half Day (09:00 - 12:30)
  • Location: GTA University Centre, Guernsey
  • Tutor: Thalia El Chammah

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