Daniel Kaniewski

Daniel Kaniewski, PhD, Senior Fellow, Center for Cyber & Homeland Security; former Assistant Vice President and Deputy Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute 

Daniel Kaniewski has long been affiliated with George Washington University (GWU). In the aftermath of 9/11 no think tanks focused exclusively on homeland security. This was the gap that Frank Cilluffo and Daniel Kaniewski sought to fill when they co-founded the GW Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) in 2003. They recruited a steering committee and a cadre of senior fellows, published reports, and conducted media interviews. [Daniel Kaniewski GW Hatchet interview on impact of 9/11.]

Dan had earlier established the Center for Emergency Preparedness at the GWU Medical Center, which he continued to oversee while serving as HSPI Deputy Director.

In 2005 Dan left HSPI to join the White House staff where he oversaw response policy issues for President George W. Bush. [Daniel Kaniewski interviewed by GW Hatchet on Presidential appointment.]

Three years later, Kaniewski returned as HSPI Deputy Director. Dan expanded HSPI’s programming and enhanced the Institute’s media presence. He also initiated the Preparedness, Response, and Resilience Task Force, comprised of experts with substantial emergency management experience. The Task Force published several reports on homeland security and emergency management topics. [Daniel Kaniewski interviewed on HSPI resilience initiative.]

Kaniewski was subsequently promoted to Assistant Vice President for Homeland Security. In that role he oversaw the daily operations of HSPI, as well as several other University-based programs, including the Center for Preparedness and Resilience and the GW Cybersecurity Initiative. [Daniel Kaniewski comments on cybersecurity in GW Hatchet.]  Dan also helped develop novel policy and academic offerings in the areas of cybersecurity and counterterrorism.

Kaniewski also taught graduate courses on emergency management for the GW Security and Safety Leadership program.

Kaniewski is twice a GW alumnus, having received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at GW. As an undergraduate, Dan was a founding member of the campus EMS service, the Emergency Medical Response Group (EMeRG) [Daniel Kaniewski EMeRG interview with GW Hatchet.]

Dan remains affiliated with GW as a Center for Cyber & Homeland Security Senior Fellow and a member of the Preparedness and Infrastructure Resilience Task Force.

For more current information about Dan, see his Senior Fellow page.