Marianne Elizabeth Nichols is a distinguished figure in the field of global intelligence, drawing upon over 20 years of professional expertise. Since 2016, she has excelled as the global head of strategic intelligence for Invesco Ltd., where she maintains responsibility for supervising teams in Atlanta, the United Kingdom and Asia. In addition to her primary duties, she also reviews global intelligence briefings and informs parties within the organization on specific issues that she and her teams identify through viable sources. Alongside her primary path, Ms. Nichols has served as a lecturer for the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Sam Nunn School for International Affairs since 2022, where she has taught coursework in strategic business intelligence.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Nichols spent significant time in a variety of intelligence roles, having been a supervisory intelligence analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Atlanta from 2011 to 2016 and a political analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C., from 2005 to 2011. Likewise, Ms. Nichols was a project assistant for King and Spalding in 2004, having commenced her career in 2003 as an intern for “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News TV. Previously, Ms. Nichols earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations and critical languages from Samford University in 2004 and a master’s degree in international studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. Thereafter, she completed a program in human rights law and an international summer school in forced migration at the department of international development at the University of Oxford in 2009.
Outside of her primary work efforts, Ms. Nichols has lent her expertise to the written word. Notably, she is the co-author of “Here’s How Businesses Can Adapt to a Changing Risk Landscape,” which was featured in the World Economic Forum in 2023. She is also in the process of writing a book. As a testament to her success in her industry, Ms. Nichols has received numerous accolades. In this regard, she thrice received the Exceptional Performance Award for Excellence in Analytic Tradecraft from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
Looking toward the future, Ms. Nichols intends to finish writing her book, as well as continue building the strategic intelligence program at the Georgia Institute of Technology and helping Invesco Ltd. increase its customer base. Ultimately, Ms. Nichols would like to be recognized as a paradigm for others who have struggled with the same life challenges she has overcome.