Gari Owen was educated at the University of Wales and holds a B.Sc. in Physics (1970), an M.Sc. (1972) and Ph.D. (1974) in Chemical Physics and is a Chartered Physicist (CPhys) since 1985. He worked for 30 years in Government in the Home Office and Ministry of Defence in research and development, international programmes and identifying new requirements. From 1987-1990, he served as a science and technology liaison officer at the British Embassy, Washington DC. Since 2003, he has been a Consultant to Government and Industry and Education in the fields of Defence, Security, Programme Evaluation and Management and in 2013 was awarded a Government Fellowship in Security Science and Technology in recognition of his contributions. Since 2009, he has been the President of the European Open Source Intelligence (EUROSINT) Forum. He is an associate of Zurich-based i-Intelligence and since August 2014 is Chief Scientific Advisor for the Chiphall Group. He is also a stakeholder and adviser to EU projects involving ICT and Open Source Intelligence. He also conducted an independent review of IT Wales, a EU funded project.
He has recently been supporting the Electric Carbon Group at the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy in the exploitation and commercialisation of nanocarbon thermoelectric technology.