The Honourable Michael Chertoff is the co-founder and Chairman of The Chertoff Group, where he provides high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues, from risk identification and prevention to preparedness, response and recovery. In addition to his role at The Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff is also Senior of Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, and a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group. As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009, Michael Chertoff led the government’s efforts to prevent and respond to terrorist threats, man-made accidents and natural disasters. He also oversaw the transformation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following Hurricane Katrina. Before heading up the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Chertoff served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Earlier, during more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, he investigated and prosecuted cases of political corruption, organised crime, corporate fraud and terrorism – including the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Mr. Chertoff is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College (1975) and Harvard Law School (1978). From 1979-1980, he served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Jr.