Business intelligence, Global region-specific security issues, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, South Asia and other regions
Business Intelligence & Competitive Analysis, Business Intelligence & Corporate Security
Paul C. Kinsinger is a clinical professor of business intelligence at Thunderbird School of Global Management and is an executive director for the school’s Executive Education group. A 30+ year veteran in the professional intelligence field, Kinsinger has helped companies monitor and assess competitive activities, develop strategies for new business development, and assess market trends in industries as varied as healthcare, manufacturing, consumer products, computers and software, telecommunications, and entertainment. Paul specializes in how to think strategically and drive agile decision-making that will prevail in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous business world.
Combining advanced studies in international affairs and a first career that culminated in senior level management within the CIA, Paul’s teaching and consulting is grounded in a relentless focus on understanding the impact of external forces through the “outside-in” thinking that few businesses can afford to short-change anymore. With executive-level experience ranging from Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, cabinet members, political representatives, generals and admirals, as well as business leaders, he knows how to challenge conventional wisdom, to provoke new thinking, to provide discreet counsel, and “to speak truth to power”—as captured by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who praised Paul’s frankness and candor.
Paul has delivered to corporate clients at various executive levels and across several industries, including hi-tech, defense, energy, pharmaceuticals, shipping, agriculture, and the public sector. His extensive Middle East expertise has led to his appointment as academic director for executive education programs for the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior and the Islamic Development Bank, as well as co-AD for a new program with one of the most prestigious companies in Saudi Arabia. With an “in-the-trenches” mindset, Paul teaches in a highly applied, hands-on manner designed to allow students and executives to experience, on their own or in teams, the use of tools and methods that emanate from the best of thought leadership—be it from business, academia, consultancies, or from government. Having led students and executives through nearly 200 project-oriented learning engagements, Paul has deep experience in facilitating learning and in coaching teams to develop outcomes. An avid and broad reader himself, He also is skilled at knowing how to help busy executives leverage disparate data points and perspectives in the pursuit of sounder strategic thinking and decision-making.
Paul earned his master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.