Albin Slabe started his work in the Police in 2000 as a Police Inspector in Analyst Department. After 2005 he was working in the office of the director general of the police, where he was responsible for the coordination of the work between ministry and police. In 2014 he was appointed as the head of the subgroup for the police and judicial cooperation in criminal issues and for the operational cooperation in the area of the internal security. He was also adviser to the director general of the police for the area of international cooperation. In 2016 he was appointed as a project manager of the First Line project. Since September 2017 he is working at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU as a Justice and Home Affairs Counsellor for the area of countering terrorism and organised crime.
Panel - Terrorism
Babak Akhgar (PhD , FBCS) is Professor of Informatics, Director of CENTRIC (Centre of excellence in terrorism, resilience, intelligence and organized crime research) He has extensive and hands on experience in development, management and execution of ICT projects in large international security R&D initiatives (e.g. Counter terrorism , Application of social media in crisis management, intelligence based combating of terrorism, Gun crime, cyber security, and Big Data analytics) with multi million Euros budgets. Prof Akhgar is founder of CENTRIC OSINT Hub, which provides law enforcement agencies with state of art capabilities to conduct wide range of open source based investigation from Organised Crime network to Counter Terrorism. He has more than 120 refereed publications. He has written and co-edited 12 books on Intelligence management, Cyber Crime and Counter Terrorism related topics. Prof Akhgar was Trustee of Police National Legal Database (PNLD) for 2 years. Prof Akhgar is member of academic advisory board of SAS UK and Board member of European Organisation for Security.
Panel - Protection of public spaces
Catherine Piana is the spokesperson for Private Security Services across Europe (since 2014) and for Aviation Security Services internationally since 2016.
At a strategic time for private security industry, she aims to increase its visibility and demonstrate its willingness and ability to contribute to the global security offer, in partnership with public law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders, so as to form a security continuum.
Her priorities as the Director General of ASSA-i and CoESS, include Transport Security, Insider Threat, the protection of Critical Infrastructure as well as of public spaces. Catherine coordinates the work on all these issues, and is active in the standardisation activities on behalf of the private security industry, as the Chair of CEN TC 439 “Private Security Services” and a member of ISO TC 292 “Protective Security”.
A professional European lobbyist since 1990, Catherine has been in a European Association leadership role since 1997.
Panel - Border security
Enrique Belda-Esplugues holds a PhD from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), and a Degree in Civil Engineer (UPV), having completed postgraduate courses at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées of Paris, the École Nationale d'Administration (L'ENA) of Paris, the IESE Business School and the University of Navarra, as well as in the National Institute of Public Administration (INAP) and the Spanish Diplomatic School (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation).
Career Officer of the General State Administration, he is currently the Deputy Director General of Communication and Information Systems for Security in the Spanish Ministry of Interior. He was previously working as: Deputy Director General on Road Traffic Technologies in the Ministry of Interior and Lecturer in the Superior Technical School of Civil Engineers of the Polytechnic University of Valencia; he also worked in the private sector as Chief Engineer for the construction of public works and project management.
Dr Belda has received 11 awards and recognitions, both national and international, throughout his professional career. He has written seventeen (17) articles in national publications and six (6) articles in international publications.
Panel - Radicalisation
Frédérique SEGOND, HDR, recently joined Bertin IT as Director of the "Intelligence" division. Prior to that, she was Director of Partnerships and Innovation at Grenoble Alpes University after having spent 6 years at Viseo, where in 2011, she created and managed the Research Center on Data Analysis. She is currently also Associate Professor at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Cultures where she teaches Knowledge Representation and Information Retrieval. Frédérique spent 18 years at the Xerox European Research Center in Grenoble where she held Principal Scientist and head of research group positions, specialized in Natural Language Processing. Throughout her research career, she has defined, worked and managed around thirty collaborative National and European research projects. She also worked at the IBM France Research Center, the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown, USA and was Senior Lecturer at Telecom Paris Sud.
Frédérique is co-author of six books, more than 70 scientific articles and 5 patents and regularly provides her expertise to various national and international entities. She was also, for 6 years, the President of ATALA (Association for the Automatic Processing of Languages).
Panel - Citizens awareness
Gilles PELAYO is the Head of the Unit managing the 'Europe for Citizens' programme at the European Commission's Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
This programme funds projects from both local authorities and civil society organisations that aim at:
- fostering active European citizenship and improving conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level, and at
- contributing to citizens' understanding of the Union, its history and diversity.
A graduate from SciencesPo, Gilles has been working for over 20 years at the European Commission, first in positions dealing with the Union's external relations (democracy & human rights promotion in the Western Balkans; relations with Latin America), and more recently in the Home Affairs department (fight against organised crime, in particular corruption).
Panel - Maritime security
He is currently Head of National and International Technical Collaborations within the Directorate for Innovation and Technology Governance of Leonardo S.p.A. , one of the major global players in the Aerospace, Defence and Security industry. He is Chairman of the Integrated Border Security Working Group of EOS – the European Organization for Security, the voice of the European security industry and research community. He is also Deputy Head of Italian Delegation to the NATO Industry Advisory Group (NIAG). Previously, at Selex Sistemi Integrati, he has been Head of Institutional Relations, Head of Product Development. In the Alenia Marconi Systems (AMS) - Finmeccanica - BAE Systems Joint Venture he has been Director of Business Customer Support Unit for Air Traffic Control (ATC) and earlier Director of External Relations and Marketing Communications. He has previously been Detached National Expert and Auxiliary Agent at the European Commission - General Transport Directorate (1992-1996). His work began in Selenia - Stet Group in 1989. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering - Energy / Management Address in 1988 in Rome, La Sapienza. He speaks fluently English and French; he is familiar with Spanish and Danish. He loves sailing, skiing and outdoor physical activity in general. He was born on 28/7/1961 in Rome, is of Italian nationality, married and has two daughters.
Panel - Citizens awareness
Ingrid Nyborg has a PhD in Development Studies from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of International Environment and Development Studies, with earlier degrees in International Agricultural Development and International Relations from University of California, Davis. She has 30 years of research experience in rural livelihoods, humanitarian assistance, human security, gender and development, focusing on participatory methods and co-production of knowledge with local organizations as an example of capacity-building research. She currently specializes in post-conflict and post-crisis development in South Asia, and is leading the EC Horizon 2020 research project ‘Community-Oriented Policing (COP) and Post-Conflict Police Reform’, a global study (11 country cases) of alternative, non-militarized forms of policing focusing on trust-building, broader understandings of security, and the use of ICT.
Panel - Disaster resilient societies
Dr. Ivonne A. Herrera is a Senior Scientist at SINTEF and Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway. She has degrees in electrical engineering (Colombia), Masters in Aeronautical maintenance and Production (France) and PhD in Safety Management and Resilience Engineering (Norway). She has more than 20 years' experience within the industry and research for aviation, petroleum and recently healthcare domains. Since 2006, she performs research in the area of resilience. Other research areas include safety management, risk governance, societal safety and innovation management. She has been vice-chair of the Scientific Committee of Clean Sky Joint Undertaking. Ivonne currently co-leads STERNA project cooperation Norway – Brazil, high-level education on resilience. She is Project Coordinator of the recently finished H2020 project DARWIN Expect the unexpected and know how to respond addressing operationalization of resilience for crisis management. She was guest editor to journal Reliability Engineering & System Safety on a special issue on Resilience Engineering.
Panel - Terrorism
Panel - Maritime secuity
Mr Leendert Bal is since 2009 Head of Department Operations. This Department is providing maritime information services to Member States and EU bodies and is offering operational assistance for pollution monitoring and response. He was Acting Executive Director of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) from 1 December 2011 till 1 September 2012.
He started working for EMSA in 2004 as a policy adviser of the Executive Director, and has been involved within the Agency, as Head of Unit, in developing operational projects such as the network of stand-by Oil Recovery Vessels, the European satellite oil spill monitoring and detection service CleanSeaNet and the EU LRIT Data Centre since their very beginning. He was part of the ESA-EMSA initiative to create a SAT-AIS capability for Europe. Lately his special projects are: Copernicus Maritime Surveillance Services and the development of services based on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in support of Coast Guard cooperation.
He was previously Transport Attaché in Brussels for the Permanent Representation of The Netherlands to the European Union and has been working for the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Public Works, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael” and the Utrecht University.
Panel - Citizens awareness
Maggie Mort is Professor, Sociology of Science, Technology & Medicine, Dept of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK. She Coordinated the EU Horizon 2020 project CUIDAR: Cultures of Disaster Resilience Among Children and Young People, and lead the Children, Young People and Flooding ESRC research. She teaches and supervises in disaster studies, patient safety, medical uncertainty and health policy and has published widely on the social effects of disaster and technological change in health and social care. Publications include: ‘Displacement: critical insights from flood affected children (2018) Health and Place; ‘From Victims to Actors: the role of children and young people in flood recovery and resilience’, (2018) Environment and Planning C; ‘Technologies of recovery, plans practices and entangled politics in disaster’, The Sociological Review, (2014) and Animal Disease and Human Trauma, Emotional Geographies of Disaster (2008, Palgrave).
Panel - Citizens awareness
Chief superintendent.bGraduate of the University of Strasbourg (political science) he works for more than 28 years in the French National police in several positions as well in the criminal police as in public safety police departments. Advisor of the general director of the French National Police between 2003 and 2007 he acquired in these different positions a solid experience of police organizations management and project management: Challenges from community policing, coordinating cross border operations concerning prosecuting, security of international summits (G8 in Evian 2003 and G7 in Elmau 2015, NATO Summit in Strasbourg 2009), but also administrative tasks. He acquired a wide range of competencies regarding the main tasks of law enforcement agencies. Former French liaison in Switzerland (2003) and Germany (2011 to 2015) he has been involved in the German-French cooperation in the area of civil security research (organization of workshops with the German Police University). Since Septembre 2015, department manager in charge of multilateral cooperation projects in Europe and third countries, developing partnerships with french companies in the field of security solutions and the organization of training courses for foreign law enforcement officers in France. Coordinator of the EU funded project ILEAnet (GA n° 740714)
Panel - Radicalisation
Dr. Veronika Hofinger is a senior researcher and scientific coordinator at the Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology (IRKS) in Vienna. She is a sociologist working in the field of criminal justice with a focus on extremism and radicalisation, recidivism and desistance, and prison studies. She has evaluated the de-radicalisation programme of the Austrian prison system. Just recently, she completed a study investigating radicalisation processes with Austrian juveniles. She has been involved in several international projects on justice and security issues, e.g. on desistance and restorative justice. Hofinger is currently coordinating a project called DECOUNT (Promoting democracy and fighting extremism through an online counter-narratives and alternative narratives campaign) funded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Commission.
Panel - Cybercrime
After 30 years as police officer in the Belgian federal police, among which more than 15 years dedicated to computer forensics and cyber crime fighting, Yves Vandermeer is currently lecturer in the Norwegian Police University College.
Master in Computer Forensics, and developer of software specialised in the computer forensics he performs currently a PhD focusing on the electronic evidence eco-system.
He is the chair of ECTEG, the European Cybercrime Training and Education Group, where he contributes to the creation of specialised lessons available for Law Enforcement in cooperation with Europol-EC3, CEPOL, Council of Europe and other EU cybercrime related projects. His motto is an expert staying in his corner will soon become expert of only the corner.