Institute of Strategic Risk Management
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Lord Toby Harris is one of the most experienced and respected authorities on national level policing and counter-terrorism in the UK.
He is currently Chair, Independent Reference Group, National Crime Agency, was a member of the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy from 2010 to 2014, where he was reappointed for a second term in 2016, was the first Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority, and was appointed as the Home Secretary’s representative on the Metropolitan Police Authority to oversee the national and international responsibilities of the Metropolitan Police, primarily its role in counter-terrorism and security.
He was recently tasked with writing a review of the London CT readiness for the Mayor of London.
As well as his role with the ISRM, Lord Harris is Chair of the Advisory Council of CSARN – City Security and Resilience Network.
Dr. Declan Garrett holds a Doctorate in Security Risk Management from the University of Portsmouth and an MSc in Security & Risk Management from the University of Leicester. He is a Visiting Lecturer to the Berlin Institute of Economics and Law, lecturing on their MA in International Security Management on course modules that include Supply Chain Risk Management.
Dr Garrett serves on ASIS International Cultural Properties Council, chairing their Museum Committee. He is the Director of Academic Research and a Governor of the Board of Governors for Academic Standards at the Security Institute of Ireland. Dr. Garrett has presented in many public speaking environments including the EU Commission, ASIS Europe, the International Arts and Antiquities Security Forum and ISEC, on topics including Museum Security, Situational Crime Prevention, Counter-Terrorism, Private Security Career-Paths and Training and Education.
Dr. Garrett is a thought leader on Career Pathways and was part of the Training Advisory Board to the Irish governments' security regulator. Dr. Garrett has contributed to European research project teams that developed common EU competences and an assessment tool for the European security sector; other projects included the development of de-radicalization training aimed at combating extremism and terrorism within public and private policing areas.
He has published Protecting Works of Art from Theft in the Handbook of Art Crime and has contributed papers to conferences such as Radicalization then and now: comparisons, differences, and lessons learned from the IRA, and has co-written many security manuals including Asset Risk Management and Counter-Terrorism Measures.
Colonel (Ret.) Thafar Maaitah has spent a career dedicated to national security and policing, international liaison and national and regional level strategic development, all backed with an academic background that has allowed him to be recognised as a multi-disciplinary thought leader in a wide range of local and international policing / security fields.
Colonel Maaitah served for many years at the Jordanian National Centre for Security and Crisis Management - NCSCM, Hashemite Royal Court as the head of Counter Terrorism Analysis Office, and was a member of the National Capability Assessment Team.
He has been Security Specialist at RTA /Dubai, Deputy Director of INTERPOL Amman, Special Police Desk, Police Division – DPKO- UN, and served as a member of multiple UN multi-national policing operations, including UNAMID (Darfur), UNMIBH (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and UNMIK (Kosovo). Col Maaitah was a member of the team responsible for drafting the UN MoU regarding special police assistance teams for member states.
Col Maaitah, has lectured in the field of ‘Law and Security‘ and ‘Radicalization and Terrorism’ at NATO Defense College, and is widely regarded as a leading speaker at international conferences and summits.
Colonel Maaitah is an active member of a range of international security and risk organisations.
GB Singh is widely recognised as one of the leading lights in the Indian private security industry. With over thirty years experience across multiple security and risk management sectors, he was Founding President of the Asian Professional Security Association, with members from fifteen countries across the region; was Chairman of ASIS New Delhi Chapter (2009), and is a Member of Electronic Security Systems Committee Bureau of Indian Standards.
GB Singh is the publisher of SECURITY TODAY (www.securitytoday.in) India’s largest circulated security sector publication, and is founder of 1st Academy of Security Science Education and Training (1st ASSET).
Alexander stared his career as a member of the Germany's Federal Border Police (Bundesgrenzschutz), before taking up government secondments in United Nations and OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) peace and security missions. Having spent many years running security operations for a range of global organisations in high risk environments (FYRo Macedonia, Georgia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uganda, DR Congo, Somalia, Nigeria).
Dr Hasenstab is currently based in Kenya, where he is the Regional Security Coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian organisation. As the organisation’s lead security risk management advisor in the region, he is responsible for supporting forty-nine National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Africa in relation to security management.
Teymur combines an academic background in international law (LLM from Baku State University) and business management (MBA from Cass Business School) with strategic level consultancy and senior management roles across Russia, Baltic and Caucasus region.
Teymur has a strong top level experience in project and program management (PMP by PMI), strategy development, security and risk management in both private and public sectors in Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Georgia, UAE, Turkey, Czech Republic, Baltics (Latvia, Estonia), etc.
His extensive experience has been recognised through his top management roles in several large private businesses including Forbes Top 50 listed companies.
Bonnie is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Security Partners’ Forum (SPF), the first-of-its-kind agile international network of security professionals, bridging all domains and disciplines of security. Bonnie also currently serves as part of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network in Cybersecurity.
Since 2013 Bonnie has received 20 international and national-level awards, accolades and honours related to leadership, security and resilience including the prestigious “Women of the Decade” Award presented at the Women Economic Forum in 2018.
Bonnie also currently sits on a variety of committees, working groups and editorial boards, such as the Cybersecurity Journal (Henry Stuart Publications).
Bonnie’s educational achievements include a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Carleton University; a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Calgary; a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Security Executive Leadership from the Burrill Green Business School (UK); and a certificate in Strategic Planning & Leadership for Security at the University of Georgetown (in partnership with the International Security Management Association).
Nuha Eltinay is an award-winning spatial planner and a Licentiate Member of the British Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), holder of MA in International Planning from University of Westminster, and current PhD Researcher at London South Bank University (LSBU). With strong governance experience in building Urban Resilience for Smart Cities infrastructure, smart citizenry and smart governance, Nuha was appointed in 2014 as the director of Urban Planning and Sustainable Development at the Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI), Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Nuha has been highly active in promoting activities at the regional, national and local levels around the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and 2005-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) - Making Cities Resilient projects, and has taken a leadership role in the facilitation and organisation of the Women Entrepreneurship Resilient start-up competition in collaboration with the World Bank Group -Centre of Mediterranean Integration (CMI) at the Third UN (WCDRR) Sendai, Japan 2015, aimed at encouraging innovative female-run business solutions to risk in the MENA Region.
David has a lifetime of experience on the frontlines of complex emergencies.
As well as serving as Director Operations Team, Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs at the Department for International Development (DFID), he spent twenty five years at senior regional and global management positions within the ICRC (International Committee for Red Cross/Crescent) including Head of the Rapid Deployment Unit and then Head, Security and Crisis Management.
In March 2017 David was appointed head of the Crisis Management Cluster at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, bringing his experience in developing and applying CM policy, response and training into a wide range of global complex situations in particular for large International Organisations (IO’s, NGO’s) and governments.
Since his appointment, David has been working with specialist colleagues at GCSP and other academic institutes on the development of an enhanced understanding of crisis leadership and decision making as a distinct skill, one which is not generally nor adequately covered in normative adult education or business programmes.
Brian has over 30 years of corporate experience, predominately discharging roles in the domestic and international financial services profession, including senior roles with HSBC, Visa International and Lloyds Banking Group. He has a wealth of consulting expertise from leading the Fair Isaac (FICO) Global Fraud Consulting team, across multiple financial sectors in a risk, continuity and resilience context.
Brian was one the of founder members of the MIDAS Alliance, a collaboration of senior stakeholders in the Information Security community, looking to forge a new approach in the face of changing regulation and the need for authentication innovation. He has been a Board member and also Business Development Director for the firm, helping to create the BSI Publicly Available Specification 499, and continues to deal in an advisory context only. MIDAS Alliance’s key aim is to develop and promote an international standard for digital identification and authentication of individuals and organisations to enable them to trust each other’s online identity.
Brian is accredited by the Institute of Risk Management as a Registered Risk Practitioner, and by the Business Continuity Institute as a founder member of two of the UK Forums and a mentor. A regular and recognised presence on the international consulting circuit, Brian is regularly sought as a consultant, conference presenter and media commentator.
In his current role with Visa International, Brian is responsible for the public face of Visa's European Ecosystem Risk and all risk client activities including specialist advice, consultancy, Risk Executive Councils, risk product leads and Security Summits. He also deals with merchants, regulators, and government, industry and media engagements.
Grant is widely recognised as a global leader in the development of the modern professional security and risk management sector, as well as being a globally networked thought leader and agenda setter.
He is the co-founder of the Security Partners' Forum (SPF), a global agile network of numerous participating security-related associations, educators and other seasoned professionals who have come together to promote open communication and dialogue across all security and related domains. He also heads the International Judging Panel for IFSEC Global's "Top Influencers in Fire & Security", is a Member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network (Risk and Resilience) and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning, & Cyber Security.
In 2013, after 38 years combined service in HM Armed Forces and the Metropolitan Police Service, Michael moved from a highly successful career at New Scotland Yard as the OCU Commander of the only dedicated Counter Terrorism Protective Security Command (SO20) in the UK, into a Group Head of Operational Security and Intelligence role in a multi-national financial institution.
Prior to his role in the corporate sector, Michael was the Senior National Protective Security Liaison Officer (SNPSLO) for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of his role, Michael authored, developed and delivered the London Olympic Counter Terrorism Protective Security Strategy, which involved extensive UK and global interagency collaboration, particularly with US Government, Federal Agencies and Police Forces worldwide.
In 2013, Michael was awarded his Doctorate, for his research into the use of Counter Terrorism legislation and powers in protection of the communities of London and the United Kingdom. In addition, Michael has a Masters Degree in Business Management. Michael is a Freeman of the City of London, Member of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Managers Institute, Executive Board Member of ASIS and a Fellow of the Security Institute.
Since leaving the Metropolitan Police, Michael has held a number of strategic management and leadership positions in multi-national Financial, Scientific and Security organisations. In 2015, Michael launched a bespoke Risk and Crisis Management Consultancy (6E Consulting Ltd) working with several global organisations, in a wide range of sectors, including Cultural, Media, Sporting,
Governmental and the Third Sector. Michael specialises in identifying, creating, supporting, mentoring and exercising their executive leadership and crisis management response and resilience teams.
In 2017, Michael undertook the role of Global Risk and Crisis Adviser to a global motor racing organisation and continues in this role today. Since 2017, Michael has provided risk mitigation analysis and on-site crisis management advice in over 30 countries worldwide.
Michael has authored several papers and articles for leading industry journals and is currently engaged on a number of high profile Industry related Boards, Advisory Panels and Not-for-Profit Community and Industry Projects.
Paul ‘s path has seen him make the full journey from being a front-line security officer at the bottom rung of a hotel security team, and end up, thirty years later as Vice President Corporate Safety and Security at the Radisson Hotel Group, responsible for developing a group strategy that could support security and safety in over 1,400 hotels across 114 countries.
He was a member of the team that led development of Rezidor's (the Radisson parent company) Code of Business Ethics Program resulting in Rezidor being awarded a place on Ethisphere Institutes list of World's Most Ethical Companies every year since 2010. Rezidor is the only hospitality company that has maintained its' presence on the list for all these consecutive years. In 2014, Paul was rewarded with a Carlson Fellow award. The award is the highest individual honour the company bestows on an employee, honouring exemplary results, great strength of character, strong leadership and dedication.
Paul has represented HOTREC, the umbrella association for hotels, restaurants and cafes in Europe on the Operators Forum at the European Commission in connection with the EU Action Plan on Protection of Public Spaces.
After retiring from the Radisson Group in 2018, Paul relocated to Kelowna, Canada, the same city he left a week after graduating high school in 1978, so ending his "4-decade gap year". Since returning to Canada, together with his wife, Kirsten, Paul has established the Always Care Consulting Company, Inc., through which he continues to support Radisson Hotel Group on the implementation of the safety and security section in their 5 year operations plan, as well as support HOTREC and the European hospitality industry to contribute to their role in the EU Action Plan for improved protection of public spaces.
Dr. Nemeth has spent the vast majority of his professional life in the study and practice of law, security and justice, and since 2012 has combined his legal activities with a deep interest in all aspects of general security and homeland security as Professor and Chair, Security, Fire and Emergency Management at John Jay College, City University New York. He is also Director of the College’s Center for Private Security and Safety.
A recognized expert on ethics and the legal system, privatization and private-sector justice, he also is a prolific writer. Chief among his many works are Homeland Security, 3rd (CRC Press, 2017), Private Security (CRC Press, 2018) and Private Security and the Investigative Process, 4th (CRC Press, 2019). He has been an educator for more than 35 years. He holds memberships in the New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania bars. Dr. Nemeth was previously a Chair at the State University of New York at Brockport and California University of PA- one of Pennsylvania's 14 State Universities. He is a much-sought-after legal consultant for security companies and a recognized scholar on issues involving law and morality.
Kev is currently a Consulting Partner for Wipro Ltd, leading the consulting services for global cyber resilience and for the European Financial Sector SBU in the cybersecurity and risk services’ (CRS) team. He was previously a member of Grant Thornton LLP Cyber Security and Privacy team and was the firm's client service lead for cyber resilience and third party risk matters. Prior to that role he was with JP Morgan Chase bank as a third party risk lead for EMEA and as an information risk manager.
e has also worked as the resilience manager and information security group team leader for a large professional services firm. He was that firm's designated crisis management team leader and he led the firm's responses to crises, business disruptions, cyber breaches and information security incidents.
Prior to these roles, he was a police officer in the City of London Police, and he led the force contingency planning and Gold support teams. He represented the force in the London Emergency Services’ Liaison Panel (LESLP) and assisted with developing the major incident response plans for the capital. He also assisted in the design and delivery of contingency exercises and training, from table top through to live play levels, for both national and international audiences. He assisted with the responses to a number of terrorist incidents, complex emergencies and major incidents. He received ACPO level commendations for his knowledge and expertise in contingency planning and counter terrorism matters. He also owned BCM matters for the force and developed the first recognised BC programme for a blue light agency in the UK. Prior to this role, he held specialist roles in both the uniform and CID sections of the force.
He has assisted in developing national and international standards for crisis management, security management, business continuity, organizational resilience, cyber risk and resilience and he is currently the chair of the European standard's working group, which developed the recently published standard document on crisis management (BS CEN PD 17091). He was also the UK principal expert on security matters to the ISO Strategic Steering Group.
He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Continuity & Resilience Review, which is a peer reviewed academic journal. He is a frequent industry speaker and has had several relevant articles and papers published on the subjects of risk and resilience.
He holds an MSc from the University of Leicester in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management and his research dissertation was entitled “Isomorphic Learning in Business Continuity: A review of how the Lessons Identified were shared after the 7th July, 2005 terrorist incidents”.
Jason Brown F.ISRM is one of the most respected authorities on security and risk management in Australia, as well as being a genuinely global figure in the wider risk and crisis management arena.
He is qualified in psychology and security risk management, and his professional roles have covered Security Intelligence, Counter Terrorism, International Liaison, Leadership, Training and Strategy Development. He has served on a number of senior boards and committees in both the Public Sector and Private Institutions.
Some of his many pubic appointments include:
Prior to joining Thales in 2004, Jason had 27 years experience in Commonwealth Government with appointments which included Assistant Secretary – Defence Imagery and the Geospatial Organisation; Director General – Safety, Compensation and People Development; Assistant Secretary – Defence Security, and various appointments in the Attorney General’s Security portfolio in the areas of counter terrorism and security policy and investigations.
In 2013 he was listed by IFSEC International in their roll of Global Top 40 influential persons in Security and Fire Management.
Juan is widely recognised as one of the most experienced corporate risk and crisis managers operating in Spain today.
He has served in a wide range of corporate security, risk management, crisis management and consultancy roles and has considerable international experience in Europe, LATAM and MENA. He has advised at Board and senior management level to a range of global corporations.
Juan was Spain’s first Chartered Security Professional (C.SyP), and is now its first Fellow of the ISRM. Juan served as President of ASIS (Spain) from 2013-2018 , where he was widely accredited as raising the level of senior and strategic management awareness and capabilities across the region.
Lynn Mattice is Managing Director of Mattice & Associates, a management consulting firm focused in the fields of enterprise risk management and business risk intelligence programs. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Ponemon Institute and a Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the National Intellectual Property Law Institute since 1993, where he remains as Chairman Emeritus.
Lynn served for over 35 years as a senior executive for three major U.S. based global corporations (Northrop, Whirlpool and Boston Scientific) and one mid-cap company (Wescom, Inc.) all of which are in dramatically different business sectors. He was appointed as one of the key industry representatives on the National Industrial Security Program Presidential Task Force, which was established through a Presidential Decision Directive by President George H.W. Bush; other task force’s members included the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Energy and the Director of the CIA. Mr. Mattice was also appointed to the Inaugural Advisory Board for the National Counterintelligence Center (now known as the National Counterintelligence and Security Center). He was appointed by Secretary of State Warren Christopher to serve as a member of the Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council, where he remains a Senior Advisor. Additionally, Mr. Mattice was asked by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald Noble to serve for several terms on the Steering Committee for the Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy, which was established as a cooperative effort by INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization.
Mr. Mattice completed three terms on the Board of Directors for the International Security Management Association, where he remains a life member, and spent several years as a member of ASIS-International’s Standards and Guidelines Commission. Additionally, he was one of the founders and charter member of the Inaugural Board of Directors for the International NGO Safety & Security Association. Lynn is currently President & CEO of the National Economic Security Alliance (NESA), a non-partisan non-profit organisation focused at educating government officials and the private sector on issues affecting economic security.
Mr. Mattice is a frequent speaker at major government and industry conferences. He has authored numerous articles addressing a broad range of management, leadership and enterprise risk topics, as well as being a contributing author to several books addressing enterprise risks. Mr. Mattice is board certified in risk and information systems controls (CRISC) and has been recognized as an expert witness at both the state and federal court level. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors from both the government and private sector for his numerous contributions to the security & intelligence professions.
Information asset protection (including intellectual property, trade secrets, brand protection & anti-counterfeiting), cyber security, compliance, corporate security, management systems, and program evaluations. One of the highlights of his tenure was participating in the drafting of the National Economic Espionage Act and National Trade Secrets Act which was unanimously passed by both the House and Senate in 1996.
His corporate experience base traverses the defense & intelligence, electronics, life sciences, consumer products and service industries. Mr. Mattice’s previous corporate role as Corporate Vice President at Boston Scientific included responsibility for enterprise risk management, information asset protection, anti-counterfeiting & brand protection, resiliency, cyber security, business practices violation reviews, business risk intelligence, physical & personnel security and, corporate aviation.
A particular focus of NESA is educating small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) about the risks and threats they face in today’s complex and dangerous global environment. According to U.S. Small Business Administration, ninety nine percent of America’s 28 million businesses are comprised of SMEs, which generate the vast majority of all new technological innovations and jobs created across in cities and towns across the country. The U.S. Government’s Intelligence Community has stated that they are aware of over 140 countries which are actively and aggressively engaged in stealing American technology. A key element of the NESA’s mission is to educate SMEs to this advanced persistent asymmetrical threat along with the measures they can take to reduce their exposure. The NESA’s board consists of such notables at Judge William Webster, former NSA Deputy Director Bill Crowell, Retired Four Star Air Force General Ron Keys, and Brian Jenkins, noted terrorism expert and Senior Advisor to the President of Rand, to name just a few.
Author of Crisis Ready: Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World, Melissa Agnes is a leading authority on crisis preparedness, reputation management, and brand protection. Agnes is a coveted speaker, commentator, and advisor to some of today's leading organizations faced with the greatest risks.
As a strategic advisor and keynote speaker, Melissa Agnes has worked with NATO, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, financial firms, technology companies, healthcare organizations, cities and municipalities, law enforcement agencies, global non-profits, and many others, helping them understand risk and build invincible brands that can withstand even the most devastating of events.
In 2015, she gave a TEDx talk in Los Angeles where she discussed the secret to successful crisis management in the 21st century.
Agnes is the editor of the Crisis Ready Blog, the host of the Invincible Brand Podcast, a contributor to Forbes, and a go-to source for the press, with recent coverage including the Wall Street Journal, VIBE Magazine, USA Today, and many others.
As a university guest lecturer, Agnes teaches crisis management in university courses around the world, including at NYU and McGill, and her book and Crisis Ready Model continue to be adopted into undergraduate, graduate, and MBA courses around the world.
Dr Adel Alaraifi is responsible for curicullum management and strategic development for the Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University College of Business Administration (Dhamman), which aspires to be one of the top schools not only in the Kingdom, but also in the region, offering academic programs comparable to the top universities of the world.
The University of Dhamman is formally recogised as the sixth best university in KSA, but is the top ranked university dedicated to social sciences. Based in a stunningly beautiful new-build campus in Dhamman, western Saudi Arabia, the university atracts students from all over the world.
Dr Alaraifi led the project to estabish an Institute of Risk and Resilience, the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia, which has a focus on training, education, studies and consulting, as well as setting itself the objective of being recognised for its leadership and expertise that can support strategic policy making at the highest levels in KSA.
Professor David Alexander was formerly Chief Senior Scientist at the Global Risk Forum in Davos, Switzerland (2011-2), Ministerial Contract Professor at the University of Florence in Italy (2005-11) and Professor of Geography at the University of Massachusetts (1981-2002).
He is the author of several books, including "Natural Disasters", "Confronting Catastrophe" and "Principles of Emergency Planning and Management". He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, co-editor of 'Disasters' and a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. David Alexander teaches emergency planning and management and has research interests in this field and in earthquake epidemiology. His most recent books are "Recovery from Disaster" and "How to Write an Emergency Plan".
Dr Hadleigh-Dunn joined Portsmouth Business School in 2007 as a Senior Lecturer in Risk and Project Management. In 2008 she became Curriculum Director for the MSc Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management programme, where she also has teaching responsibility for crisis management, strategic risk, business continuity, research methods and anti-terrorism.
Dr Hadleigh-Dunn’s areas of expertise include crisis management, resilience, risk perception, decision making in stressful situations and anti-terrorism. She has been involved with several projects to improve crisis and risk management within several Higher Education establishments as well as working with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to develop an operational decision making training course for all BA crews.
Roberto Manunta was born to be a risk management specialist, being the son of renowned risk management academic, teacher and writer Dr Giovanni Manunta. Roberto holds a degree in Economics and Politics from the University of Bath, and a MSc in Military Operational Research from Cranfield RMCS, Shrivenham, UK. He has lectured at the MSc in Corporate Security Management at Cranfield RMCS, and at the MA in Intelligence and Security at Link Campus University of Malta. He is a former Member of ASIS International and AIPROS (Associazione Italiana Professionisti della Sicurezza), Advisor to the Colegio de Detectives Privados de Catalunya, and Member of the Editorial Committee of Puzzle, Revista de Inteligencia Competitiva.
His professional experience includes over 15 years as an international strategy and security consultant for a range of public and private organizations, including governments, police forces, nuclear, pharmaceutical companies, law firms and financial institutions. He writes on a wide range of security-related subjects, including terrorism, security and decision-making, as well as specialist research in the areas of Operational Research, Game Theory, System Thinking and Military Strategy.
Guy is widely recognised as one of the leading members of the UK corporate security sector. A previous winner of the prestigious UK Manager of the Year Award, he has been a Board Director of the Security Institute, is Chair of the Food and Drink Security Association, Chair of the UK Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) Eastern Region, and was previously Chair of the UK Pharmaceutical Industry Security Forum. He is currently Chair of the UK Security Commonwealth, an umbrella organisation representing over 40 different organisations from across the security and risk management sectors.
Ashley is a multidisciplined Security Professional, having worked at all levels of Security and Risk Management for over 20 years. His experience has seen him operate in strategic and operational roles covering Government, Commercial, Retail and Aviation sectors within Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
His experience in diverse roles and environments has given him an extensive understanding of both the business drivers and key challenges in all Security and Facility Management business functions throughout EMEA.
Ashley currently heads up the Security Consultancy division of the ICTS Europe group of companies, working with a number of prestigious global blue-chip clients.
Prior to this role, Ashley managed a successful Risk Management company that had responsibility for managing a multimillion-dollar real estate portfolio spread throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. This included all Security Design and Engineering Services covering Security Planning, Security Design, Security Management and Construction Management.
He is currently a Committee Member of the City of London Crime Prevention Association, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Freeman of the City of London, a Member of the Security Institute, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, and an Associate Member of the Business Continuity Institute.
Originally from the UK but since 1993 in Cape Town, Peter has spent 25 years teaching, facilitating and advising at executive and board level on strategic issues of sustainability and resilience. From 2002-14 he was South African Director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
For the past five years he has worked with Africa’s largest general insurer, Santam, to help change the way systemic risk is understood and dealt with across the industry. In the wake of the near-disastrous Cape Town drought of 2015-18, he and a film-making partner have developed the Cape Town Drought Response Learning Initiative, a ground-breaking approach to helping a city reflect on, document and learn from the ways it responded to the crisis.
Peter has a degree in medieval history from Oxford University and thinks of himself as a professional generalist.
Rick is a leader and pioneer in Strategic Risks, Organisational Resilience and Crisis Management with over 30 years’ experience. He is a Partner at Deloitte and founded their Reputation, Crisis and Resilience practice.
He regularly provides strategic crisis leadership training and exercising for executives and boards and has supported senior executives in responding to crisis events. He has been appointed to conduct several high-profile post-crisis event reviews, including preparation of public reports for parliamentary select committee and has worked with regulators to develop contingency plans for existential crisis situations.
During his career he has led large-scale multi-party scenario exercises and overseen the programme of Games Readiness rehearsals for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. He has been interim Group Head of Resilience at two global banks and has worked with central government departments to enhance crisis response capabilities.
He is a recognised industry leader in his field and Chair of the British Standards Institution Technical Committee for Continuity and Resilience. He is currently providing expert input to a new standard on Emerging Risks.
Hoda A.Alkhzaimi is currently a research assistant professor in New York University and the Director of Center of Cyber Security in NewYork University AD, as well as holding the role of President, Emirates Digital Association for Women (EDAW). She served in different posts for research and development in Cyber Security and Cryptology for the past years. She headed the Department of Research and Development for Cyber Security and Cryptology in different national initiatives in the United Arab Emirates along with her participation in a variety of security initiatives nationally and internationally.
Hoda obtained her PhD in Cryptanalysis from Denmark Technical University, and has a specific expertise in cryptology; cryptanalysis, constructing and validating security hardware and software components, constructing trusted security architectures for different environments in different products for the respective industries. Her current research interests include Space, Aerospace, and UAV security, constructing and analyzing cryptographic primitives, validating and investigating links between different cryptanalytic approaches and utilizing cryptographic primitives in different cyber security architectures, including the Internet of Things and big data analysis among others.
Deborah was appointed Head of EPC in March 2018 in a new role designed to lead and grow the EPC as the UK centre for resilience learning and development in the UK. Deborah’s previous role was as Head of Professional Development for the BCI, a global membership organisation with a focus on research, thought leadership, and learning and development.
Deborah has a background in Emergency Planning, response and recovery in local government and the Police both in Canada and in the UK. She was a member of the first multi-agency provincial wide exercise team in preparation for a pandemic. In the UK she was an active member of a Local Resilience Forum representing the Police.
Deborah has played a proactive part in UK resilience and internationally as a UK Principal Expert to the International Standards Organisation. As a practitioner Deborah has contributed to the work on developing many British and International standards and industry guidelines, including crisis management, organisational resilience and as editor-in-chief of the 2018 good practice guidelines for business continuity.
Dr Robert MacFarlane is Deputy Director in the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office. He has oversight of the Emergency Planning College and leads the programme of Central Government Emergency Response Training in the Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms (COBR). He has trained situation cell and crisis teams across government, and internationally, and is an OECD expert on crisis management doctrine. Rob was one of the principal authors of the JESIP Joint Emergency Services Doctrine, BS11200 Crisis Management: Guidance and Good Practice and BS65000: Organizational Resilience, and he chairs the British Standards Institution Societal Security Management Technical Committee. He has a PhD in geospatial analysis from the University of Aberdeen, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Durham.
A chartered Civil Engineer and an Associate Director in Arup’s Infrastructure Advisory group, Juliet leads a diverse team of engineers, analysts, risk and climate specialists, delivering bespoke solutions to infrastructure clients requiring improved resilience of their systems.
Recent projects include advising Highways England on how to enhance the resilience of the strategic road network to geotechnical failures through improved hazard knowledge and response guidance.
Juliet also holds the role of Technical Director for the Resilience Shift, responsible for delivery across a portfolio of projects designed to enhance the resilience within and between critical infrastructure systems.
Specialities: Infrastructure resilience, systems thinking and interdependencies. Resilience of transport systems to climate and natural hazards. Geotechnical earthquake engineering (including earthquake hazard and risk; liquefaction; site response analysis; performance of structures subjected to earthquake-induced ground failure). Risk-based asset management (including technical risk assessments for infrastructure assets, proritisation of assets for renewal or intervention on a risk basis). Environmental Risk Assessments for infrastructure projects.
After holding a series of senior leadership and managerial roles during his successful 21-year career as a Commissioned Officer in the British Army, Michael has established himself as an expert across the defence, resilience and national security environments, in the UK and internationally, both as an individual and with his business, Global Resilience Partners.
Michael was the principal design consultant for the multi-agency National Olympic Security Co-ordination Centre in London’s New Scotland Yard for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; this was the key capability in providing a national level of resilience, safety and security. Responsibilities included drafting the National Olympic Security Coordination Blueprint for the Olympic Security Directorate and Olympic Police Coordination Team. Following on from London 2012, he drafted the safety and security concept of operations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and designed crisis management centres and capabilities for the Kuwait oil and gas sector and Beirut policing and counter-terrorism. Global Resilience delivered risk assessment, information management and crisis management command and control training to the UK's International Nuclear Services organisation and between 2016-2018, the company implemented a secure IT solution for the UK’s Civil Nuclear Resilience organisations and for the Government’s EU Exit planning and negotiations.
Michael is in high demand as a national-level strategic planning and management consultant. He was recently the Portfolio Director for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Defence and Security Transformation Programme, where responsibilities included the design and management of multiple programmes to support the delivery of national defence and security capability.
Dr Rita Parker is a Europa Fellow, at the Centre for European Studies, Australian National University and an Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Canberra (UC). She formerly managed the Australian Centre for Armed Conflict and Society, University of New South Wales (UNSW) at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Prior appointments included as Distinguished Fellow (Associate Professor) at George Mason University (GMU), USA (2009-2014), Visiting Fellow UNSW Canberra (2011-2016). Dr Parker also held senior policy advisor roles in Australian Federal Government departments (including Prime Minster and Cabinet, Defence, Attorney-General’s) and to State governments, where she established her expertise in international transnational security and resilience issues. Dr Parker’s contribution has been sought in high level policy forums such as the EU-Australia Leadership Forum sectoral policy workshop on the rules-based international order.
Rita is co-editor of Global Insecurity: Futures of Chaos and Governance (2017) and her research has been presented internationally and published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters in Australia, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and USA; she also writes for professional journals.