Past Conferences

The Behavioural Analysis conference was formed in 2018 and since its inception has run four times. Learn more about our past conferences – the programmes and speakers – below.

Behavioural Analysis 2023

8 – 9 June

University of Northampton, Northampton, UK

Programme & Speakers


Behavioural Analysis Week Online

5 – 8 October

Programme & Speakers


Behavioural Analysis 2019

21 – 23 May

Mall of America, Minneapolis USA



Behavioural Analysis 2018

14 – 15 March

Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales




Behavioural Analysis 2022

Day One: Wednesday 8th June 2022

Behavioural Analysis 2022: Chairman’s Opening Address | Philip Baum, Managing Director, Green Light Ltd & Visiting Professor, Aviation Security, Coventry University, UK

Zelensky, Putin & Johnson: the good, the bad and the…profiling perspective | Dr. Sagit Yehoshua, Criminologist, Reichman University, Herzliya and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel & Author, ‘Terrorist Minds: from social-psychological profiling to assessing the risk’

Welcome to University of Northampton | Prof. Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor, University of Northampton, UK

University of Northampton: combatting radicalisation, hate crime, sexual violence and substance abuse by means of behavioural analysis on a university campus | Lorna Clarke, University of Northampton Policing Team Sergeant; Ben Miles, Team Leader Residential Life Team, University of Northampton; and, Rebecca Duggan, Student Behaviour Coordinator, University of Northampton, UK

From Academic Research to Workplace Deployment: Part I: common fallacies relating to behavioural analysis | An Gaiser, Senior Manager Forensic Integrity & Compliance, KPMG Nederland, The Netherlands

Session Theme: Venues & The Duty of Care

Session Chair: Dr. David Rubens, Executive Director, Institute of Strategic Risk Management, UK

Night Time Industries: providing entertainment…and security | Michael Kill, CEO, Night Time Industries Association & Chairperson, UK Door Security Association, UK

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: From Martyn’s Law to Protect Duty: a very personal mission | Figen Murray OBE, UK

Session Theme: Threat Detection: strangers and insiders

Session Chair: Dr. Abbie MaroñoUniversity of Northampton; Director of Education, Social-Engineer, LLC.; and, Director, BRINC (Behavioural Research in Communications), UK

Royal Canadian Mounted Police: airport interdiction | Corporal Brent W. London, Organized Crime Unit – Drug Target Team, Vancouver International Airport, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada

Keep the Red Flags Flying: insider threat detection | Mathias Reveraert, PhD Researcher, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium

From Academic Research to Workplace Deployment: Part II: creating a workplace environment to identify the insider threat | An Gaiser, Senior Manager Forensic Integrity & Compliance, KPMG Nederland, The Netherlands

Session Theme: Marauding Firearms Attackers & Suicide Bombers

Session Chair: Philip Baum, Chair, Behavioural Analysis 2022

Pre-Homicidal Communication: bizarre expressions as red flags | Dr. Lee Mellor, Vice-President, and Head of Behavioral Committee, American Investigative Society of Cold Cases, UK

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Mike’s Place: more than just a case study | Avi Tabib, Israel

Day Two: Thursday 9th June 2022

Session Theme: Transportation Security

Session Chair: Philip Baum, Chair, Behavioural Analysis 2022

Guardia Civil: behavioural analysis within the aviation industry | Lieutenant D. Froilán Blanco Fernández, Analysis and Investigation Bureau on Airport Security, Guardia Civil, Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas Airport, Spain

British Transport Police: combatting Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and sexual harassment on the rail network | Det. Supt. Sarah White, Major Serious Organised Crime, British Transport Police, UK

Session Theme: The Body: top to toe behavioural analysis

Session Chair: Dr. David Rubens, Executive Director, Institute of Strategic Risk Management, UK

The Head & The Mask: the consequences of Covid-19 on social interaction | Marta Calbi, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Milan, Italy

The Lower Body: nonverbal cues of emotional distress | Dr. Abbie Maroño, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Northampton; Director of Education, Social-Engineer, LLC.; and, Director, BRINC (Behavioural Research in Communications), UK

Timeline Analyses | Dr David Keatley, Associate Professor in Criminology; Chair of Crime Science & Director of Researchers in Behaviour Sequence Analysis, ColdCaseReview, & Forensic Linguistics Analysis Group, Murdoch University, Australia

KEYNOTE: On The Beach: creating a unit to maintain law and order | Commissioner of Police, Atlee P. Rodney, Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda

Session Theme: Communication

Session Chair: Dr. Abbie MaroñoUniversity of Northampton; Director of Education, Social-Engineer, LLC.; and, Director, BRINC (Behavioural Research in Communications), UK

Conflict Resolution Through Effective Conversations | Anne-Maartje Oud, Behaviour Advisor and CEO & Founder, The Behaviour Company, The Netherlands

Hell is Other People: understanding the mechanisms of aggressiveness, one’s own aggressiveness and therefore that of other people | Angelique Laenen, Psychologist, The Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg

Session Theme: Behavioural Analysis Training

Session Chair: Dr. David Rubens, Executive Director, Institute of Strategic Risk Management, UK

Training Behavioural Detection: pitfalls and challenges | Krystyna Ljubymenko, Lecturer, Tomas Bata University, & Founder BD & Protection s.r.o., Czech Republic

Behavioural Analysis & the CBRNe Threat: updating training in light of war in Ukraine | Dr. Marian Kolenčík, PhD., President, International Security and Emergency Management Institute, Slovakia

Discussion: Racial Profiling, Artificial Intelligence & Civil Liberties

Moderator: Philip Baum


  • Krystyna Ljubymenko, Lecturer, Tomas Bata University, & Founder BD & Protection s.r.o., Czech Republic
  • Dr. Marian Kolenčík, PhD., President, International Security and Emergency Management Institute, Slovakia
  • Dr. Abbie MaroñoUniversity of Northampton; Director of Education, Social-Engineer, LLC.; and, Director, BRINC (Behavioural Research in Communications), UK
  • Commissioner of Police, Atlee P. Rodney, Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda
  • David Rubens, Executive Director, Institute of Strategic Risk Management, UK

Chairman’s Closing Remarks & Close of Conference

Philip Baum, Managing Director, Green Light Ltd  & Visiting Professor, Aviation Security, Coventry University, UK

Conference Proceedings End


Keynote Speakers

Figen Murray OBE | UK

Figen Murray is the mother of Martyn Hett, who at 29 years of age was tragically killed alongside 21 others in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack of May 2017.

Since the attack, Figen’s mission has been to promote peace, kindness, and tolerance in Martyn’s memory by speaking at schools, colleges, and universities across the UK, whilst also working with the government and security industry to make the tangible changes that may help ensure no other family has to go through a similar experience.

Figen is the force behind Martyn’s Law (Protect Duty) – legislation requiring publicly accessible locations to improve security against the threat of terrorism. Her ambitions to better understand counter terrorism saw her achieve a distinction in a counterterrorism master’s degree from the University of Central Lancashire.

Figen’s dedication and work in counter terrorism saw her awarded an OBE in the 2022 New Years’ Honours List.

Atlee P Rodney, QPM | Commissioner of Police, Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda

Atlee Rodney has, since April 2018, been the Commissioner of Police in the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.

He was enlisted in the Constabulary in January 1982 and, over the past 40 years, has worked in several key areas including the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the Narcotic Department, the Special Service Unit (SSU), and The Prosecution Department. He has also served as the Chief Instructor at the Police Training Academy.

In 2014 Commissioner Rodney was seconded to the Regional Security System (RSS) Headquarters in Barbados for two-years. During 2017 he responded to several disaster situations – leading the Antigua Police Operation in Barbuda to coordinate the evacuation of the population after the passage of Hurricane Erma and the impending threat of Hurricane Jose. He was mandated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to be the Director of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) in the British Virgin Islands after the passing of Hurricane Erma. Shortly after, the RSS called upon him to be the Commander of RSS Deployment sent to Dominica following the devastating Hurricane Maria.

In 2020 he was awarded the Queens Police Medal (QPM) for distinguished service to National Security in Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean Region. And, in 2022, Prince Edward presented Commissioner Rodney the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Anniversary Medal for National Security in Antigua and Barbuda. This year, the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) also nominated Commissioner Rodney for the Outstanding Operation Success Award.

Mr. Rodney holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Science from the Universidad Del Valle de Puebla in Mexico and Certificates in Public Administration and Public Relations from the University of the West Indies.

Avi Tabib | Israel

Avi Tabib is a motivational speaker and an Israel Defence Force’s Chief of Staff medallist. He has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science/Criminology, is a martial arts instructor and a security manager.

Not many people can say they came back from the dead

Avi’s life was forever changed on 30 April 2003 in a suicide bombing attack at Mike’s Place in Tel Aviv, Israel. As the security guard on duty, Avi successfully prevented the terrorist from entering the establishment, saving dozens of lives in the blast.

Avi’s injuries were so severe, emergency personnel pronounced him dead at the scene, only to discover he was miraculously alive.

Today, Avi runs workshops for soldiers, security and law enforcement professionals, and shares his inspirational story of personal and national triumph and, most importantly, of choosing life.

Conference Chair

Philip Baum | Chair, Behavioural Analysis 2022, Managing Director, Green Light Ltd., & Visiting Professor, Aviation Security, Coventry University,  UK

Philip Baum has long been an ardent proponent of behavioural analysis and security decision-making based upon common-sense. Whilst his company, Green Light, is a provider of consultancy and training in this area, he initiated the Behavioural Analysis series of conferences in order to provide security professionals with a greater understanding of the science behind the approach and, ultimately, proof of concept.

Philip launched the concept in 2018, with a live event at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, which attracted 136 participants. In 2019, Behavioural Analysis took place at Mall of America in the USA with 141 taking part, before the online version took place in 2020 with 211 tuning in.
Philip is the recipient of the 2021 award for Lifetime Achievement and Contribution to Aviation Security.

He was appointed Visiting Professor, Aviation Security by Coventry University in 2018. Philip served 24 years as the editor-in-chief of Aviation Security International from 1997 until 2021 and his book, Violence in the Skies: a history of aircraft hijacking and bombing, was released on 29 February 2016.

Speakers and Sessions Chairs

Froilán Blanco Fernández | Lieutenant Chief of the Intelligence Centre | Spanish Guardia Civil Unit, Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas Airport, Spain

For more than 28 years, FROILÁN BLANCO has been working in different security sectors both in Spain and abroad. His specific expertise is related to criminal investigation, intelligence and risk analysis.

Within the Spanish Guardia Civil, FROILÁN has primarily been engaged in border control, developing his activities in areas such as investigation into cross-border criminality, counter-terrorism measures, on-airport security and irregular migration.
He considers his personal motto to be:

“Nemo vir est qui mundum non reddat meliorem”[What man is a man who does not try to make the world a better place]

…the perfect definition of what we seek to accomplish.

Marta Calbi | Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Milan, Italy

Marta Calbi is a research fellow at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Milan, Italy, where she is working on a two-year research project entitled, “Masks and sense of self. The impact of facial and body prostheses on proprioception mechanisms and intersubjective relations”.

She obtained her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Parma, Italy, in 2017, under the supervision of Professor Vittorio Gallese. She developed research projects to study the influence of contextual factors on the comprehension of emotions from an embodied perspective.

Marta has published several studies on body language, specifically focussing on the neural mechanisms underlying the comprehension of emotional body language, in international and peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Lorna Clarke | University of Northampton Policing Team Sergeant, Northamptonshire Police, UK

Lorna Clarke is a Police Sergeant with Northamptonshire Police and is seconded to the University of Northampton alongside five police constables. Her team was established in September 2018, following an agreement between the University of Northampton and Northamptonshire Police, for the University to contribute towards the cost of policing the University and all who are linked to it.

Lorna Clarke feels positively challenged by the task of having to deliver on her role as a police officer both within and for another organisation – one which often had conflicting views or perspectives. She feels both organisations have developed and benefitted from this unique team approach.

Previously, Lorna held several other policing roles – in both Northants and, prior to that, with Cambridgeshire Police – from response and neighbourhood work through to being a navigator in a police helicopter and in charge of public order officers in high-risk level incidents.

Rebecca Duggan | Behaviour Coordinator and Sexual Violence Liaison Officer, University of Northampton, UK

Rebecca took on the newly created role of Student Behaviour Coordinator for the University of Northampton in 2019, tasked with identifying and managing negative behaviours on campus. Working closely with the policing, residential life and security teams, Rebecca has effectively been able to identify and address criminal activity, hate crime and sexual violence with the use of behaviour analysis and detection methodologies. She has a passion for sharing knowledge about the misconceptions of behaviour and raising awareness of non-racial profiling.

Rebecca’s 15 years’ experience includes working in children’s services, forensic mental health, and as a behaviour manager for a special educational needs school. Gaining a BA in childhood and youth, she has continued her professional development with a focus on criminal exploitation, positive handling, and de-escalation techniques. She also qualified as a sexual violence liaison officer in 2020.

Her work has had interest from other universities across the UK and she has recently been shortlisted for the professional services staff member of the year award.

An Gaiser | Senior Manager Forensic Integrity & Compliance, KPMG Nederland, The Netherlands

An Gaiser is an expert nonverbal profiler, investigative interviewer, trainer and executive coach. She has 20 years of experience in complex and high-stake interviewing in the domain of forensic investigations, as well as part of screening programmes.

An started her career in the probation service, where she reported and advised courts on causes of behaviour and supervised suspects and ex-prisoners. She subsequently made the switch to the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) where she, as a security and clearance officer, conducted hundreds of conversations with people to identify interests and motives to assess the risks of behaviour.

From 2017 until 2021, An was a managing partner at the Institute for Non-verbal Strategy Analysis (INSA) which conducts scientific research into the meaning of micro-movements in the face and their relation to behavioural patterns.

In 2021 she started her own consultancy firm, An Gaiser Consultancy. In 2022, An also joined KPMG as a Senior Manager Forensic Integrity & Compliance.

Dr David Keatley | Professor in Criminology, School of Law, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia

Dr Keatley is an Associate Professor in Criminology and Chair of Crime Science at Murdoch University, Australia. David is also the Director of Researchers in Behaviour Sequence Analysis (ReBSA), Cold Case Review (CCR), and Forensic Linguistics Analysis Group (FLAG). David is a consultant to police departments around the world including Cold Case Task Forces in multiple countries. He has consulted on a number of current and cold criminal cases and has appeared on major television networks and podcasts. David collaborates on a number of international research projects into violent crime, including atypical homicide, sexual assault and rape cases, and interpersonal violence. This has resulted in over 60 academic publications and case reports. David has also published 3 books on criminal behaviour analysis.

Michael Kill | CEO, Night Time Industries Association & Chairperson, United Kingdom Door Security Association, UK

With several decades’ experience working within independent, corporate and public sector environments, and having held senior management roles at Luminar Leisure Plc, The Drinks Group and the University of East Anglia, and now as the Chief Executive of the Night Time Industries Association, Michael Kill has been exposed to a considerable range of businesses within the night time economy business sector and has been involved with many high-level initiatives within both local and national government.

His roles have involved the facilitation of best practice for independents and multi-site operators of venues, bars and pubs, and more recently with festivals and live venues, in conjunction with the Police and local authorities.

As Commercial Director at the University of East Anglia, he was seconded to the Central Office of National Union of Students (NUS) where he was responsible for the restructuring of their procurement strategy for all licensed premises for their university retail sites across the country.

Michael has also been fundamental to the roll-out of a national music event strategy for the largest late-night entertainment multi-venue operator in Europe and has worked closely with a number of artists and music brands in developing bespoke shows for both stand-alone events and larger scale festivals across the UK.

Dr. Marian Kolenčík | President of the Management Board, International Security and Emergency Management Institute, Slovakia

Dr. Kolenčík has, since 1995, been providing advisory services, training and analysis for various security forces around the world, including European and international institutions, in the area of the detection and identification of CBRN-E threats, crimes scene analysis, criminal and predictive profiling, profiling vulnerabilities of public places and critical infrastructure, threat and risk assessment, gap analysis, and CBRN-E related crime analysis.

He was previously employed by the Slovak police for 5 years, and holds EU and NATO secret level security clearance.

Dr. Kolenčík graduated the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia (Master, Special Education), and obtained his doctorate from the University of Trnava – Faculty of Health and Social Work. Thereafter, he obtained his postgraduate university diploma in CBRN Security Management including counterterrorism operations. This study programme was conducted by the University of Lodz (Poland) together with the Military Institute of Chemistry and Radiometry, Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Polish Police Academy and General Headquarters of the Polish Police. He studied in France (Institut International de Droits de l´Homme – L´Université Shuman – Strasbourg and L´Ecole Nationale d´Administration, Paris) and was trained in Countering CBRN Terrorist threats by French special forces. He has completed postgraduate study of Criminal Profiling and Crime Scene Analysis at The Forensic Criminology Institute in Sitka – USA. Dr. Kolenčík is now the founder and president of ISEM Institute and contributes to research in the area of CBRN-E crime.

He speaks Slovak, English, French, Czech, Russian and sign language for deaf or individuals with hard of hearing.

Angélique Laenen | Consultant Psychologist, The Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg

Coming from Belgium, yet resident in Luxembourg for almost 20 years, Ange is a self-employed psychologist, sworn legal expert with the courts of Luxembourg, and is also a consultant psychologist at the Court of Justice of the European Union as well as being an approved trainer by Luxembourg’s Ministry of Education.

Ange is a consultant for international safety and security companies, profiler, speaker and consultant specialising in the identification of, and responses to, aggressive behaviour.

Krystyna Ljubymenko | Lecturer, Tomas Bata University (Zlín) Faculty of Applied Informatics & CEO, BD & Protection s.r.o., Czech Republic

Krystyna started as a security technician and security guard, subsequently gaining further valuable experience as a security director of the Clementinum historic complex in Prague in the areas of technical, physical and fire protection as well as the coordination of social events.

During her studies, she began conducting behavioural analysis and detection of suspicious behaviour and, as a result, she participated in the creation and training of the BDO team (behaviour detection officer) for Prague Airport. Nowadays, Krystyna focuses on security training, recruitment of security personnel and developing ways of engaging with and educating the lay public and security professionals in behavioural detection techniques.

Corporal Brent W. London | Organized Crime Unit – Drug Target Team, Vancouver International Airport | Royal Canadian Mounted Police | Canada

Corporal Brent London is a 15-year member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police specialising in airport interdiction and is the lead facilitator for all domestic offerings of the RCMP’s Jetway Interdiction course.

He is a subject matter expert on behalf of the RCMP’s International Capacity Building and, as such, has facilitated airport interdiction courses around the world with the goal of improving the host nation’s ability to address trans-national crime.

Further, Cpl London is a subject matter expert on behalf of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and, as such, has facilitated AIRCOP courses on behalf of the UNODC.

Dr. Abbie Maroño | Lecturer in Psychology University of Northampton; Director of Education, Social-Engineer, LLC.; and,
Director, BRINC (Behavioural Research in Communications), UK

Abbie Maroño is the director of education at Social-Engineer, LLC. and the director of BRINC (Behavioural Research in Communications) in the UK.

Abbie is also a lecturer in psychology at the University of Northampton, UK, and a nonverbal communication coach. She is an active member of internationally respected research groups, including CREST and ReBSA, collaborating on several cross-disciplinary research projects into behaviour analysis. This has resulted in publications across fields such as counter terrorism, atypical homicide, crimes against children, and investigative interviewing.

As both a scientist and a practitioner, Abbie specialises in nonverbal communication, social influence, trust and trustworthiness, and cooperation.

Dr. Lee Mellor | Vice-President, and Head of Behavioral Committee, American Investigative Society of Cold Cases, UK

Dr. Lee Mellor is the vice-president of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases and head of its Behavioral Committee.

He specialises in linkage analysis, the interpretation of signature behaviour at crime scenes, understanding paraphilic offenses, and the role of media and identity in perpetrators of violence.

His books include ‘Cold North Killers: Canadian Serial Murder’, ‘Rampage: Canadian Mass Murder and Spree Killing’, ‘Homicide: A Forensic Psychology Casebook’, and ‘Understanding Necrophilia’.

Ben Miles | Residential Life Team Leader, University of Northampton, UK

Ben Miles has headed up the Residential Life Team at the University of Northampton (UON) for the last 10 years.

When UON experienced a growing number of behavioural problems within the university’s accommodation, he took over UON’s disciplinary policy and utilised positive behaviour change, and a community-lead mentality, to effectively tackle negative behaviour.

As a firm believer that, with the right support, all students can reach their full potential, Ben has worked tirelessly to create a culture of holistic care for students at UON. With a passion for equal opportunities, he has developed a sector-leading support team and is now called upon to deliver presentations on residential life best practice in order that others can benefit from UON’s experience.

Anne-Maartje Oud | Behaviour Advisor and CEO & Founder, The Behaviour Company, The Netherlands

For 20 years, Anne-Maartje Oud has been a behavioural advisor/consultant, trainer, chairwoman and keynote speaker. She is the CEO and founder of The Behaviour Company based in Amsterdam, customising personal development programmes for companies and organisations worldwide.

Anne-Maartje studied dramatic expression through verbal and physical behaviour at the School of Arts in the Netherlands. She graduated as a teacher/director and her thesis centred on the role of a theatre-maker as a professional trainer.

After her studies, Anne-Maartje started giving workshops on presentation techniques and non-verbal communication. In 2006, she set up ‘The Behaviour Company’.

Anne-Maartje specialises in creating better working environments, improving interpersonal skills, and ensuring more effective communication. Her focal point is creating awareness within organisations by focusing the attention of managers, executives, and teams in effective (non-verbal) communication, behavioural issues, leadership and influence. Through analysis and participation, she challenges individuals and groups to address issues, bad habits and bad practices directly so they can reach their full potential by embracing better communication techniques and more pro-social and effective behaviour.

Dr. David Rubens | CEO, Deltar Group & Executive Director, Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM), UK

Dr David Rubens is CEO of the Deltar Group and Executive Director of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM), which he founded in 2018. He is a recognised authority on the strategic management of complex events, particularly within a multi-agency crisis management framework. He has worked with government agencies, multi-national corporations and global NGOs in modelling, preparing for and engaging with the complex risks that the world is currently facing.

David holds a doctorate in security and risk management from the University of Portsmouth (2015), writing his thesis on alternative command and control frameworks for strategic management and critical decision-making in complex crisis environments. He has been a Visiting Lecturer and Dissertation Supervisor on the Leicester University ‘Security, Policing and Terrorism’ MSc programme, and a Visiting Lecturer on the Strategic Leadership programme at Cranfield University, where he lectured on terrorism and public policy, and strategic management of complex operations. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer on the International Security Management Masters programme at the Berlin School of Economics and Law.

David contributed to the UK Critical Infrastructure Resilience Executive Steering Committee as a Subject Matter Expert for the strategic management of complex crisis management and was a founding member of the London Resilience Gold Command Crisis Management Project Academic Advisory Group. He is currently a member of the UK National Preparedness Commission and on the Advisory Board of numerous organisations. Dr David Rubens was voted the IFSEC No 1 Global Security Thought Leader of 2019.

Mathias Reveraert | PhD Research, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium

Mathias Reveraert holds a Masters degree in International Relations and Diplomacy obtained at the University of Antwerp (UA), Belgium.
Mathias undertook an internship at the Research Group International Politics of the UA, sponsored by the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium. The internship resulted in a peer-reviewed article, co-authored by Professor Tom Sauer and published in The Non-proliferation Review in December 2018. Reveraert was also part-time voluntary research assistant at the University of Antwerp working on the Belgian part of the European Project PoMigra.

In February 2019 he started his PhD examining the ‘insider threat’. In the context of his PhD research, he presented his findings at the Counter Insider Threat Student Symposium organised by The Threat Lab in March 2021 and published peer-reviewed articles on the insider threat problem in ‘Security Journal’ in December 2021 and ‘Information Security Journal’ in February 2022, both co-authored by Professor Tom Sauer.

Detective Superintendent Sarah White | Head of Major Serious Organised Crime, British Transport Police; and, Force Lead for Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), Sexual Offences and Domestic Abuse, UK

Detective Superintendent White has spent twenty six years in policing, predominantly as a detective, but also as a station commander and event commander in an operational capacity.

She has managed a number of departments including Public Protection and Vulnerability, the Sexual Offences Unit, Robbery Squad and Disruption to name a few.

Throughout her career she have achieved a number of qualifications including a First Class BA Honours Degree in Applied Investigation.

Detective Superintendent White has a reputation of being at the forefront on violence against women and girls (VAWG) activity within policing. Her achievements in the field of VAWG include the successful development and launch of the first ever national confidential reporting service for sexual offences and the pending launch of the innovative ‘Railway Guardian’ app, available for passengers and staff on the rail network, making it a hostile environment for VAWG; this will be launched in June 2022.

Dr. Sagit Yehoshua | Lecturer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Reichman University, Herzliya, Israel

Dr. Sagit Yehoshua is a criminologist, specialising in criminal and terrorist profiling, radicalisation and de-radicalisation processes and the application of risk assessments. Sagit was awarded her PhD, by Kings College, London, UK; her doctoral thesis was entitled “The social-psychological profile of terrorist leaders in Israeli prisons”.

Sagit is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Counter-Terrorism (I.C.T.), Reichman University, Herzliya, Israel, and in 2009, an Atkin Research Fellow at ICSR – International Centre for the Study of De-radicalization – at King’s College London, UK. Currently, Sagit also lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a member of ‘Forum Devorah’ which supports women in national security and foreign policy.

Sagit has extensive experience as a consultant for official intelligence agencies, multi-national corporations and private sector risk management companies and is a recognised profiler and risk assessor of extremists both in Israel and internationally.

Sagit is a qualified NLP therapist, specialising in trauma and difficult life circumstances and a published author of academic book, “Terrorist Minds: From Social-Psychological Profiling to Assessing the Risk”

Behavioural Analysis Week Online 2020
Day One: Monday 5 October 2020

Session Theme: Industry Experience

Chairman’s Opening Address | Philip Baum, Managing Director, Green Light Ltd., Editor, Aviation Security International, UK & Visiting Professor, Aviation Security, Coventry University, UK

Keynote 1: Behavioural Analysis: a security perspective | Prof. Paul Gill, Professor of Security and Crime Science, University College London, UK

Security Perspective 1: Behavioural Analysis: the United Kingdom’s perspective |Dr Sarah Knight, Principal Senior Psychologist, DSTL, UK

Behavioural Analysis at the Coalface

  • Operational Angle 1: Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament | Stephen Carr, Head of Organisational Development, Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament, Wales
  • Operational Angle 2: Eurovision Song Contest | Lt. Col. (Retd.) Itzik Ashkenazi, former Head of Security, Israel Broadcasting Authority; Head of Security of Eurovision Song Contest 2019, Tel Aviv; Business Development Manager for VIP Security Company
  • Operational Angle 3: Casino Security | Sarina Persall, Director of Security, Crown Melbourne Limited, Australia

Session Theme: Behavioural Analysis in the Spotlight

Academic Paper 1: Non-Verbal Behaviour: a scientific panorama | Prof.Pierrich Plusquellec, Professeur, Faculté des Arts et Sciences, Universite de Montreal, Canada

Academic Paper 2: Does Pinocchio’s Nose Actually Exist?: distilling myth from fact in the area of deception detection | Prof. Gordon Wright, Goldsmiths University of London, UK

Session Theme: Keynote 2

Obstacles and Challenges in Behavioural Analysis: Engaging the Complexity of Behaviour | Dr. David Matsumoto, Professor of Psychology, San Francisco State University (SFSU), Founder and Director, SFSU’s Culture and Emotion Research Laboratory and President & CEO, Humintell, USA

Day Two: Tuesday 6 October 2020

Session Theme: In the Mind of the Profiler

Security Perspective 2: The Halo Effect: good looking people and women are innocent! | Diana Nowek, Training & Research, Institute of Nonverbal Communication, Austria

Operational Angle 4: Deviant Behaviour: perception driving the need for baselining | Jeanette Boland APM, Lecturer, University of Tasmania & former Det. Sgt. (Counterterrorism), Australian Federal Police, Australia

Security Perspective 3: Human profiling: an intelligence-based profiling technique | Anne-Maree Quarmby, COO Intelligence Rising, Australia

Session Theme: Questioning Behavioural Analysis

Lunch Time, Question Time | Philip Baum; Will Bernhjelm, Security Director, Mall of America; USA, Dr. Vincent Denault, LL.M., Co-Director, Center for Studies in Non-Verbal Communication Sciences, Université de Montréal, Canada; Dr Sarah Knight, Principal Senior Psychologist, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), UK; Andrew Palmer, Border Security Manager, Gatwick Airport Limited, & Chief Operating Officer, International Association of Behaviour Detection and Analysis, UK; Billy Shallow, Manager, Smart Security, Airports Council International – ACI World, Canada; Kenneth S. Trump, President, National School Safety and Security Services, USA

Session Theme: Suicidal Terrorism

Academic Paper 3: Inside the Mind of a Suicide Bomber | Dr. Ilan Diamant, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Academic Paper 4: Taking on the Persona of a Suicide Bomber | Dr. Anne Speckhard, Director, International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism & Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University School of Medicine, USA

Security Perspective 4: Suicide Bomber Intervention: when time is not on your side | Ivor Terret, Founder & General Manager, Enablement Advisors, Israel

Session Theme: Sponsored Session

This session is sponsored by Behavior  & Law

The three main pillars of Behavioural and Forensic Sciences: training, scientific research, and dissemination | Silvestre Cabezas García, International Sales Manager and Marketing Director, Behavior & Law, Spain

Day Three: Wednesday 7 October 2020

Session Theme: Airport Screening

Operational Angle 5: Towards Unpredictability in Airport Screening: should we all be treated the same? | Dr. Signe Maria Ghelfi, Head of Research & Development, Zurich State Police, Switzerland

Session Theme: Mental Health in the Crosshairs

Keynote 3: Greenland’s Security Dilemmas | Vittus Qujaukitsoq, Minister of Finance, Naalakkersuisut (Government of Greenland)

Academic Paper 5: Jumpers: identifying those with suicidal intent | Dr. Jay-Marie Mackenzie, University of Westminster, UK

Security Perspective 5: Stalkers: behavioural indicators of the fixated | Totti Karpela, Peace of Mind Threat Management, Finland

Operational Angle 6: Upskirting: non-consensual lingerie models | Det. Insp. Ashley Cooper, ViSOR Unit, British Transport Police, UK

Session Theme: Voice Analytics & the Insider Threat

This session is sponsored by Clearspeed

How to Identify, Confirm and Continuously Manage for Insider Threats: using voice analytics technology to address insider threats | Alex Martin, Co-founder and CEO, Clearspeed, USA; John Chesson, VP and Chief Security Officer of a Silicon Valley start-up & Former FBI Special Agent, USA, Chase Hughes, Analyst and best-selling author specialising in behaviour sciences, USA

Session Theme: Technology to the Rescue

Academic Paper 6: Assessing Behaviour in Written Communication | Lisa Kaati, Swedish Defence Research Agency & Nazar Akrami, Uppsala University, Sweden

Security Perspective 6: Automating Behavioural Analysis: using technology to decrease risk in crowded places | Brandon May, DSTL, UK

It’s the Way That S/He Walks, Talks and Moves

Detecting Criminal Intent: identifying suspicious signs in CCTV footage | Dr. David Keatley, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Murdoch University, and Director, Researchers in Behaviour Sequence Analysis (ReBSA), Australia
Head Movement Vibration Analysis: already deployed at airports and the Winter Olympic Games | Prof. Yana Nikolaenko, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Special Pedagogy and Psychology, Russia

Day Four: Thursday 8 October 2020

Session Theme: Insider Threat Detection

Security Perspective 7: Holistic Insider Threat Management | Elsine van Os, CEO/Founder, Signpost Six, The Netherlands

Operational Angle 7: Insider Threat Detection in the Airport Community: the value of behavioural analysis layer | Peter Nilsson, Head of Airpol and Police Commissioner, European Union

Academic Paper 7: Linguistic Indicators of Insider Deception | Prof. J. Mark Bishop, Director, The Centre for Intelligent Data Analytics, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Session Theme: Online Behavioural Analysis

Security Perspective 8: Recruited Online: detectable online? | Anat Agron, Senior Terrorism and Extremism Analyst, MEMRI – The Middle East Media Research Institute, USA

Operational Angle 8: Online Addictive Behaviours: offline suspicious signs | Kalliopi (Kelly) Ioannou, Clinical Criminologist & Managing Director, Cyber Security International Institute, Greece

Academic Paper 8: Fake News in the Aftermath of an Attack: distinguishing fact from fiction | Ken Chen Xingyu, Senior Behavioural Sciences Research Analyst, Resilience, Safety and Security Psychology Branch, Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre, Singapore

Session Theme: Training & Operational Mindset

Operational Angle 9: Policing & Security Operative Psychology: training to detect | Bart Cappaert, Project Manager Behaviour Detection Programme, Federal Judicial Police, Belgium

Operational Angle 10: Teaching Awareness to Non-Security Staff: human trafficking in the crosshairs of the hospitality industry | Paul Betley, Director of Security EMEA, Hilton, UK

Operational Angle 11: The Customer is Not Always King: training aircrew in unruly passenger identification | Joe Carpenter, Corporate Security Specialist, Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd., UK

Conference Takeaways: what is going to change on Monday morning? | Philip Baum, Managing Director, Green Light Ltd & Editor, Aviation Security International, UK & Visiting Professor, Aviation Security, Coventry University, UK

The International Association of Behaviour Detection & Analysis | Andrew Palmer, Border Security Manager, Gatwick Airport Limited, & Chief Operating Officer, International Association of Behaviour Detection and Analysis, UK


Key Note Speakers

Prof. Paul Gill | Professor of Security and Crime Science, University College London, United Kingdom

Paul Gill is a professor of Security and Crime Science at University College London. He has over 80 publications on the topic of terrorist behaviour. He has conducted research funded by the Office for Naval Research, the Department of Homeland Security, DSTL, the European Union, the National Institute of Justice, CREST, Public Safety Canada and MINERVA.

Prof. Gill currently manages the European Research Council Starter Grant project entitled GRIEVANCE. Collectively, these grants have been worth over 9 million euro. These projects focused upon various aspects of terrorist behaviour including IED development, creativity, terrorist network structures, risk assessment and management, and lone-actor terrorism. His doctoral research focused on the underlying individual and organisational motivations behind suicide bombing. This piece of research won the Jean Blondel Prize for the best Ph.D. thesis in Political Science in Europe for 2010. He has published in leading psychology, criminology and political science journals.

Dr. David Matsumoto | Director of Humintell, Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University, United States

David Matsumoto is a renowned expert in the field of microexpressions, gesture, non-verbal behaviour, culture and emotion. He is the director of Humintell, a company that provides training to individuals and organisations in these fields.

Dr. Matsumoto is also a professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University. He is the founder and director of SFSU’s Culture and Emotion Research Laboratory, a laboratory that focuses on studies involving culture, emotion, social interaction and communication.

In 2009, Dr. Matsumoto was one of the select few to receive the prestigious Minerva Grant; a $1.9 million grant from the US Department of Defense to examine the role of emotions in ideologically-based groups.

Dr. Matsumoto is also the founder and programme director of the East Bay Judo Institute in El Cerrito, California. He holds a 7th degree black belt, as well as class ‘A’ Coaching and Referee Licenses.

A more comprehensive biography may be found at

Vittus Qujaukitsoq | Minister of Finance, Naalakkersuisut (Government of Greenland), Greenland

Vittus Qujaukitsoq is Greenland’s Minister of Finance and, as such, has responsibility for the nation’s finances, taxes and tolls, as well as the establishment of its sustainable development goals and all aspects of its national planning and statistics, including the Greenland Geological Survey.

Minister Qujaukitsoq has worked in governmental roles in both Greenland and Denmark since 1994, initially as a parliamentary interpreter before becoming active within the Siumut (social democratic) party and a negotiator for the Labour Union of Greenland. He was the author and chief editor of the first Labour Handbook in Greenland.

In 1999, he became the Secretary General of Siumut, which has been an influentional force in Greenlandic politics since the establishment of ‘home rule’ in 1979.

Between 2001 and 2006 the Minister worked in senior management roles in the corporate world, including spells at Royal Greenland, Greenland Power Company and KNI. Political life was, however, his calling and he occupied various governmental positions and, in 2013, became a Member of Parliament. He held various cabinet posts, usually related to finance, labour and trade. Between 2014 and 2017 he was also responsible for foreign affairs and security issues.

In 2018, he was elected to the Greenlandic parliament, but now representing Nunatta Qitornai. Indeed, Vittus Qujaukitsoq was the founder of the party in 2017 and has been its chairman ever since. Nunatta Qitornai primary political objective is securing Greenlandic independence from Denmark.

Away from the world of politics, his passion is taekwon-do and Vittus can claim to have founded the most northern taekwon-do club in the world.

Conference Chairman
Philip Baum | Managing Director of Green Light Ltd., Editor of Aviation Security International and Visiting Professor of Aviation Security, Coventry University, United Kingdom

A veteran of the aviation security industry and ardent proponent of behavioural analysis solutions and common sense-based decision making in all security arenas, Philip Baum provides consultancy and designs and delivers security training programmes around the globe.

Through his company, Green Light Ltd., Philip developed T.R.A.P. (Tactical Risk Assessment of People), a profiling methodology, which is free from racial stereotyping and designed to counter the broad range of threats society faces – not just that of terrorism. T.R.A.P. is the result of over 25 years of development and is applicable to all environments from transportation hubs to sports stadia, entertainment complexes to festivals, beaches to tourist attractions, and shopping malls to governmental institutions.

Philip regularly chairs, organises and speaks at security-focused conferences internationally, and he appears on national and international TV and radio news programmes as an aviation security expert. He is the editor of Aviation Security International and the author of Violence in the Skies: a history of aircraft hijacking and bombing. In June 2018, he was appointed visiting professor of Aviation Security at Coventry University.

The Behavioural Analysis series of conferences was devised by Philip; they started in Cardiff in 2018, continued in Minneapolis in 2019, and have now moved online in 2020. He also established the DISPAX World series of conferences, now running since 2009, addressing the challenges associated with unruly airline passenger behaviour.

Speakers and Panellists

Anat Agron | Senior Terrorism and Extremism Analyst, Middle East Media Research Unit, United States

Anat Agron has been working in the intelligence field for the past seven years. She has worked in both the private and non-profit sectors and focuses on jihadists, neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Her work has been featured in media outlets such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, and she has supplied various law enforcement agencies with valuable information.

As an intelligence analyst at Macquarie and Madison Square Garden, Anat covered a wide range of corporate security concerns, both online and offline. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University and her master’s degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr. Nazar Akrami | Associate Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden

Nazar Akrami holds a Ph.D. (2005) from Uppsala University. Akrami began his post-doctorate research and teaching career at Uppsala University before moving to the National University of Singapore for a short period. In 2008, he was appointed as a research assistant professor by the Swedish Research Council until 2010. He now holds a senior lecturer position (docent) at Uppsala University.

Akrami’s research falls within the area of personality and social psychology and includes stereotyping and prejudice, personality niche-building processes, personality assessment, and extremism and radicalisation. Akrami works, together with colleagues from the Swedish Defence Research Agency, on projects dealing with extraction of personality characteristics from text, hate speech detection and risk assessment.

Lt. Col (Retd.) Itzik Ashkenazi | Former Head of Security, Israel Broadcasting Authority; Head of Security of Eurovision Song Contest 2019, Tel Aviv; Business Development Manager for VIP Security company
Lieutenant Colonel (Retd.) Itzik Ashkenazi is the co-founder of Contego Security, which specialises in providing tailored, holistic homeland security solutions to its clients. With more than 30 years of experience in the defence and security arenas, Mr. Ashkenazi gained practical knowledge in areas such as: governmental facilities security, security fieldwork, security architectural design of office buildings, critical site defence, residential compound security, VIP protection, advanced technologies integration and operations.
Prior to Contego Security, Mr. Ashkenazi was the Head of Security for the Israeli Broadcasting Authority for more than 20 years. Before that, he was the Head of Security for the Israeli embassy in Mexico. In addition, Mr. Ashkenazi serves as the security coordinator for the ‘Hapoel Jerusalem’ basketball team.

Mr. Ashkenazi holds two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Law and the other in Public Policy & Philosophy, and Masters in Public Policy and Administration. He is a professional mediator, helping to solve disputes between companies, organisations and individuals.

Will Bernhjelm | Security Director, Mall of America, United States

As the security director for North America’s largest entertainment and retail complex, Will Bernhjelm’s primary responsibility is ensuring the safety of the 40 million annual visitors, employees and celebrity guests to Mall of America.

His role includes managerial direction and control of over 170 personnel, managing the department budget, and a taking a pro-active approach to designing and implementing unique procedures and programmes focused on prevention rather than reaction to incidents. He also believes in extensive training, which empowers his staff to make good decisions, expediently solve problems and allows them to remain flexible. He has an FBI-sponsored security clearance and is a member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) Executive Board. He also serves on the Training and Education Committee for the FBI’s Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).

Bernhjelm started at Mall of America in 2002 and prior to becoming director, he held the positions of deputy director, patrol captain and training supervisor for the security department. Bernhjelm holds an A.A. in Law Enforcement from Alexandria Technical College and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University. During college, he enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard and in his 10-year career, was deployed twice overseas. In 2003-2004 he was deployed as an infantry team leader on a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and from 2005-2007, Bernhjelm was deployed to Iraq as an infantry squad leader in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. For his efforts, Bernhjelm was awarded the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge.

Paul Betley | Director of Security, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Risk & Resilience, Hilton Hotels, United Kingdom

Paul Betley is a highly experienced leader in security for Hilton Hotels, responsible for the strategy, implementation and design of operational requirements, the development of training and proportionate mitigation using a risk-based approach, the management of reputational risk, and ensuring business continuity in the ever-changing and challenging landscape of global hospitality.

Betley previously managed multi-functional teams in the UK counter-terrorism network, investigating complex criminal and terrorism cases across national and international boundaries using covert and overt investigation techniques. He worked as an intelligence manager and advisor to International and UK security partners, creating a safe ‘London 2012’ and, before leaving to join Hilton in 2017, he worked on numerous national security projects, leaving a legacy of professional intelligence assessment in the recognition of behaviours of those who may be involved in extremist activity.

Prof. John Mark Bishop | Director of The Centre for Intelligent Data Analytics (TCIDA) and Professor of Cognitive Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom

John Mark Bishop is director of The Centre for Intelligent Data Analytics (TCIDA) and professor of Cognitive Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London and a member of the Karel Čapek Center, Czech Republic.

At TCIDA, he leads a team that pioneered AI for fraud detection and B2B e-procurement, research deployed by the UK National Audit Office to identify £500m potential savings in the NHS consumable budget. TCIDA are currently developing AI for HR analytics, data security & insider threat detection. Bishop is regularly invited to advise on AI policy at the UN (Geneva/Turin/Birmingham), the EC (Brussels) and the UK (Westminster/Whitehall).

Jeanette Boland APM | Lecturer, University of Tasmania & former Det. Sgt. (Counterterrorism), Australian Federal Police, Australia

Jeanette Boland APM is currently employed as an academic at the University of Tasmania in Policing and Emergency Management, having retired this year following 32 years as a detective sergeant in the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

Prior to retiring, Boland was the senior AFP subject matter expert on countering violent extremism (CVE), and the initiation and implementation of government supported capacity and capability programmes to community and civil society organisations. Over the last decade she has led the AFP Counter Terrorism Engagement Team in New South Wales and acted as the frontline liaison representative for major CT operations, including: APPLEBY (Australia’s largest CT operation to date); ARABELLA (responding to the Lindt Café Siege); and SILVES (countering an attempt to place a bomb on an international flight).

Boland has substantial experience working with national and international stakeholders. In 2019, she was seconded to the Indonesian National Police through the Australian Embassy in Jakarta and worked on CVE projects that developed strategies to manage the return and reintegration of foreign terrorist fighters. She is currently working on a project to build capacity and capability within the Yezidi refugee intake facility in regional Australia.

Boland was awarded the Australian Police Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2018 and received the Commissioner’s Commendation for Conspicuous Conduct, both for her outstanding and significant contributions towards CVE outcomes and enhancing the AFP’s strategic position in national security. She has also worked in an advisory capacity with Cricket NSW, is a mentor with the Australian Afghan Youth Association and the Lebanese Muslim Association and a specialist consultant to the Commonwealth CVE Unit.

Bart Cappaert | Project Manager Behaviour Detection Programme, Federal Judicial Police, Belgium 

Bart Cappaert obtained his Master’s degree in Criminology at the University of Ghent in 2000 and joined the Integrated Police the same year. He’s been a member of the Federal Judicial Police since 2005 and has worked at a strategic level ever since.

For five years he was responsible for Special Ops at the Directorate of Judicial Operations, overseeing the deployment of Special Units, (transborder) observations and infiltration. He implemented the federal CHIS-database (informant handling).

Since 2010 he has been the deputy chief of unit of the Central CT Division responsible for, amongst other things, drawing up the comprehensive CT-strategy of the Integrated Police and the follow up activities relating to border security, risk & threat assessment, soft target protection, terrorist fighters and insider threats.

As a national and international CT point of contact, he is responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships with LEA, intelligence services and the private sector.

Ongoing projects and training mainly focus on the Federal Behaviour Detection Programme and the CoPPRa-training (Community Policing and the Prevention of Radicalisation and Terrorism), but also relate to generic CT-training (for the police and judiciary) and topics such as ethnic vs. professional profiling.

Joe Carpenter | Corporate Security Specialist, Virgin Atlantic, United Kingdom

Joe Carpenter brings a unique combination of skills, experience and expertise to his current role as security specialist at Virgin Atlantic. With a fresh business degree in his hand, he quite literally ‘took off’ to work for five years as long-haul cabin crew for Virgin Atlantic. This was followed by thirteen years in the police force, during which time he specialised in counter terrorism as a detective in the Counter Terrorism Command for the London Metropolitan Police. He also worked in Special Branch at Gatwick Airport where he specialised in behavioural detection and the insider threat.

In 2016, Carpenter returned to Virgin Atlantic as a security specialist. He applied his investigative skills and experience in behavioural detection in this new context and introduced measures to better prevent security incidents. He delivers bespoke training to cabin crew to enable them to use behavioural detection techniques during boarding to identify passengers who could later pose problems in flight, ranging from intoxicated passengers to victims of human trafficking, as well as potential terrorists.

Stephen Carr | Head of Organisational Development, Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament, Wales

Stephen Carr is currently programme manager for the Welsh Government’s Safer Communities Programme, aimed at refreshing and reinvigorating community safety partnership working in Wales, following his work in 2017 leading the Working Together for Safer Communities Review.

His unique partnership role, a long-term secondment, involves working collaboratively across Wales on behalf of local government, policing and Welsh Government. Prior to his secondment, his substantive role at the National Assembly for Wales was senior parliamentary security manager, leading on: operational planning; staff recruitment, training and development; emergency planning and business continuity; security site/asset surveying and provision of protective security advice to AMs, and liaising with the dedicated assembly police unit and Wales Extremism & Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU).

Before joining the assembly in 2012, he was head of community safety for Cardiff and led the design, development and implementation of the Tilley award-winning ‘Transforming Neighbourhoods’ model of intelligence-led, evidence-based, multi-agency neighbourhood management.

John Chesson | Vice President, CSO of Silicon Valley Startup Company and Former FBI Special Agent, United States

John Chesson is the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of a stealth startup company in San Jose, California which has developed disruptive technology with high Intellectual Property (IP) value impacting multiple industry sectors.

Prior to working for a startup company, John served over 25 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent specialised in international computer intrusion investigations. After leaving the FBI in 2015, he became the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Director of Product Security for Brocade Communications Systems. In 2018, he joined the stealth startup company.

John is a graduate of the Virgina Military Institute (VMI), with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Colorodo Technical University (CTU), with a MS in Management – Information System Security. He has several professional information security certifications, including several Global Information Assurance Cetifications (GIAC) and he is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP).

Ashley Cooper | Detective Inspector, ViSOR Unit, British Transport Police, United Kingdom

Ashley Cooper is a Detective Inspector with the British Transport Police based in London.

He is the head of the Violent and Sexual Offender Unit (ViSOR) within BTP – a national unit concerned with the monitoring and management of sexual, violent and other high harm offenders who use the transport networks. Ashley manages a team of 19 staff between London and Glasgow and he and his teamwork with other police forces whilst undertaking engagement work with external stakeholders.

Ashley has 27 years’ service with the police and during his career has worked in a variety of roles including neighbourhood policing, training, intelligence, and crime investigations. He is a graduate of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology holding a BSc in Chemistry. He lives in St Albans and enjoys sport, beer and walking having completed the Hadrian’s Wall path and climbed the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales.

Dr. Ilan Diamant | Clinical Psychologist, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Ilan Diamant is a senior certified clinical psychologist. He teaches the Clinical Psychology graduate programme at the School of Psychotherapy at Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Diamant is the director of the Israeli Center for Mentalizing, which specialises in teaching and supervising mentalising-based treatment. Diamant received his Ph.D. at the University of London (UCL). He maintains a private practice, treating adults suffering from emotional disturbances, mainly diagnosed as having personality disorders.

Over the last 20 years, Diamant has been involved in Prof. Ariel Merari’s research project to assess and analyse motives, personality characteristics and mindsets of suicide bombers and lone actors.

Silvestre Cabezas García | International Sales Manager and Marketing Director, Behavior & Law, Spain 

Silvestre is a criminologist and psychologist, who graduated from the University of Salamanca, and a behaviour analyst trained by Behavior & Law. He specialises in criminal profiling and also in environmental criminology.

At Behavior & Law, he holds the position of International Sales Manager and Marketing Director, although he has also worked in other areas, always linked to behaviour analysis. He is specifically interested in behavioural economics.

He is also a Criminology and Psychology professor at the Valencia International University and the European University Miguel de Cervantes. He has given training and spoken at conferences at various criminal profiling events and has researched serial killers and sex offenders.

Dr. Signe Maria Ghelfi | Head of Research and Development, Zurich State Police – Airport Police Staff Department, Switzerland

Signe Maria Ghelfi is the head of the research and development group of Zurich State Police – Airport Division. Zurich Airport Police are responsible for passenger and baggage screening and for landside and airside security.

Ghelfi is involved in research projects investigating different aspects of airport security, human factors, and police psychology. Furthermore, she consults with the airport operator regarding the improvement, development, and optimisation of airport security, including operational processes, evaluation of new technologies, and performance measurement. She works closely with the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation; for example, in the ECAC Behavior Detection Study Group.

Ghelfi graduated in Social Psychology and European Ethnology at the University of Zurich and holds a doctoral degree in Science from the ETH Zurich. She is an expert in social cognition, consumer behaviour, and decision-making during uncertainty. In her spare time, she keeps busy by swimming, cycling, and running – preferably in this order.

Chase Hughes | Analyst and best-selling author specialising in behaviour sciences, USA

The leading military and intelligence behaviour expert with 20 years of creating the most advanced behaviour skills courses and tactics available worldwide:

Chase Hughes is a leading behaviour expert in the United States and the #1 bestselling author of two books on tactical behaviour skills. He is the author of the worldwide #1 bestselling book on advanced persuasion, influence and behaviour profiling.

Chase teaches elite groups, government agencies and police in behaviour science skills including behaviour profiling, nonverbal analysis, deception detection, interrogation, and advanced behavioural investigation. His Tactical Behavior Science course is a critical, life-saving course designed for law enforcement, and his Human Tradecraft course is specifically designed for intelligence operations personnel who depend heavily on serious human behaviour skills.

Chase developed the ground-breaking, world-first interrogation behaviour analysis tool and the T.F.C.A. cycle that revolutionised law enforcement training in the U.S. He is also the creator of the Pre-Violence Indicators Index, designed to alert personnel to pre-attack behaviours and save lives.

Kalliopi Ioannou | Clinical Criminologist & Managing Director, Cyber Security International Institute, Greece

Kalliopi Ioannou is a PhD candidate of Criminology at the University of Essex, having graduated in Clinical Criminology at the University of Leicester where she specialised in revenge pornography and cyberterrorism. She has clinical experience in the field of cyber trauma (online addictive behaviors /online blackmail, bullying, harassment), as well as in the management of parent divorce-breakup.

As the managing director of the Cyber Security International Institute (CSIi), she advocates for educational and public service objectives, such as the prevention and confrontation of cybersecurity issues, as well as the education, activation and scientific research of new technologies and the Internet.

She is an alumna of the Department of Communication and Media, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where she also worked as a journalist for seven years and specialised in police and legal reportage and in covering organised and cyber crime. She has worked for media such as Huffington Post, SKAI Radio, Alpha TV, ERT TV,, and in the Real newspaper.

She is the founder of Traumahelp and is internationally certified as a coach by the Association for Coaching.

Dr. Lisa Kaati | Senior Researcher FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency, Sweden

Lisa Kaati is a senior researcher at the Swedish Defense Research Agency (FOI) where she is the head of the Interdisciplinary Data Science Group. She received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Uppsala University in 2008.

Kaati’s research focuses on analysing digital phenomena and groups. Her recent research is about threat assessment of written communication, violent extremism in digital environments and influence operations in social media.

Totti Karpela | Director, Peace of Mind Threat Management Company Ltd., Finland

Totti Karpela, a graduate of Finland’s Police University College, had a 20-year career in the National Police of Finland where he worked as a unit supervisor and subject matter expert. During his career, Karpela was part of a team that specialised in managing threats against law enforcement and judicial officials. He also spent nine years as a member of the hostage negotiator team in the national SWAT team. For the majority of his career, Karpela also worked at the National Police University, teaching management of aggressive behaviour and conflict resolution skills.

Karpela holds Certified Threat Manager (CTM) accreditation, a professional accreditation for security professionals related to the assessment and management of violent behaviour. He is also accredited to provide consultation and training related to the European equivalent, CETAP. Karpela was previously president for the Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals (AETAP).

Dr. David Keatley | Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Chair of Crime Science at Murdoch University, Australia

David Keatley is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Chair of Crime Science at Murdoch University, Australia. He is also the director of researchers in behaviour sequence analysis (ReBSA) and cold case review (CCR). Keatley collaborates on a number of international research projects into violent crime, including atypical homicide, sexual assault and rape cases, and interpersonal violence. This has resulted in over 50 academic publications and case reports.

In addition to academic work, Keatley is also a consultant to security and threat management organisations and police departments around the world. He has consulted on a number of current and cold criminal cases, and has appeared on major television networks and podcasts. He has also authored two books on his applied methods: ‘Pathways in Crime’ and ‘The Timeline Toolkit’.

Dr. Sarah Knight | Principal Psychologist, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), United Kingdom

Sarah Knight is a principal psychologist at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL); a UK government organisation responsible for delivering research and advice to address defence and security challenges. She leads a portfolio of transport security research that focuses on understanding and influencing human behaviour (of transport staff, passengers and hostile actors).

Knight has been involved in understanding the evidence base of behavioural detection for 20 years as, prior to joining DSTL, she spent 10 years at the University of Portsmouth in various teaching and research posts related to deception detection. Knight’s Ph.D. examined the relationship between beliefs, attitudes and behaviour regarding moral dilemmas, and her postdoctoral fellowship investigated the role of emotion as a ‘gut reaction’ that can drive attitudes and actions. She now works with a range of stakeholders and experts across government, industry and academia, and has published various peer-reviewed publications on radicalisation, extremism, and terrorism.

Dr Jay-Marie Mackenzie | Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Westminster, United Kingdom

Dr Jay-Marie Mackenzie is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Westminster. Her research focuses on understanding and preventing suicide and self-harm.  She has carried out research in several settings, for example with the UK National Probation Service, with Network Rail, and UK universities.

Most recently Jay has worked with Dr Lisa Marzano (PI), Dr Bob Fields and other colleagues from the University of Middlesex on two projects aimed at understanding why people choose to end their lives on the railway, and what role bystanders might play in the prevention of suicide at these locations. As part of these projects they sought to understand what identifiable behaviours might precede a suicide at a rail location. This involved interviewing people with lived experience of suicide attempts at these locations, interviews with people who had intervened at these locations, and analysis of CCTV footage of completed suicides.

Alex Martin | Co-founder and CEO, Clearspeed, United States

Alex Martin is co-founder and CEO of Clearspeed, a voice analytics technology company that accurately vets personnel to ensure confident hiring of a trusted workforce and to support continuous vetting missions to reduce insider threats globally.

Prior to Clearspeed, Alex served in the U.S. Marine Corps leading infantry, reconnaissance and Force Reconnaissance platoons in 4 operational deployments. He then founded a maritime security company based in Oman and later worked in rural Kenya as Team Leader and Country Manager for Nuru International, a social enterprise dedicated to ending extreme poverty.

Alex is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Stanford Business School’s IGNITE Program in Entrepreneurship, the Marine Corps War College, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves.

Brandon May | Applied Cognitive Psychologist, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, United Kingdom

Brandon May is an applied cognitive psychologist at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and doctoral candidate at the University of Portsmouth under the supervision of Professor Rebecca Milne.

May’s research interests are broadly concerned with emergency response decision-making, investigative interviewing, behavioural detection and behavioural analysis. He has presented research internationally and has authored/co-authored several publications.

Prof. Yana Nikolaenko | Professor of Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Special Pedagogy and Psychology and Chief Psychologist at Elsys Corp., Russia

Yana Nikolaenko has a Ph.D. in Special Psychology. She spent 13 years at the Institute of Special Pedagogy and Psychology in various related teaching and research posts. She was also engaged in research activities at the Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and the Biochemistry Russian Academy.

Nikolaenko is the author of three science monographs examining deviant behaviour and assessment methods of abilities. Over 40 of her research-based articles have also been published in various peer-reviewed journals.

Nikolaenko is a software developer in the field of preventing and countering various forms of extremism. She is currently working with a range of stakeholders in the field of ability diagnostics, recognition and detection of various emotions, deviant behaviour and technical profiling, including head movement vibration analysis (‘Vibraimage’ technology).

Peter Nilsson IPMc | Head of Airpol, Police Commissioner

Peter Nilsson is a Police Commissioner and has been Head of Airpol since 2016. Airpol is the European network, financed by the European Commission, for Airport Police and Border Guard organisations at EU airports. Airpol has several expert groups ongoing and has recently issued handbooks supporting policing/security and insider mitigation in the airport community.

Nilsson has a law degree (LL.M.) from the University of Uppsala and a Master’s Degree in Sociology and Political Science from University of Leeds and University of Lund. He graduated from the Swedish Police College in 1991. After holding various positions, both within and outside the police, he was appointed Head of Border Police in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2005. He managed successfully this unit ( of 485 staff) for ten years.

Nilsson has a vast experience of airport security and airport policing, working with it for the last 15 years in an international context. In 2016, he awarded the International Police and Public Safety Medal by the 9/11 Award Committee at a ceremony in San Diego, USA. And, the same year, he was awarded the PPA Cross, Medal of Merit by the Estonian Ministry of Interior for services made to Estonia and the Estonian Police.

Diana Nowek | Behavioural Profiler and Trainer in Behaviour Recognition, Founder of the Institute of Nonverbal Communication, Researcher at the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria

Diana Nowek combines academic, psychological, and training knowledge on non-verbal communication with a practical command of emotion recognition technologies and lie detectors based on artificial intelligence. She trained police officers and border guards from many European countries and other regions.

In cooperation with the European Agency, Nowek developed and conducted specialised workshops on predictive profiling. She is also a co-author of courses on the detection of dangerous behaviours and victims at airports and border crossing points and author of the “Manual for Border-related Behaviour Recognition”.

Andrew Palmer | Border Security Manager, Gatwick Airport Limited, & Chief Operating Officer, International Association of Behaviour Detection and Analysis, UK 

Having previously served in the British military as a counter-terrorism specialist, Andy Palmer went on to spend several years in the immigration field before joining the Gatwick Airport security team. Whilst at the airport Andy led the introduction and development of a Behavioural Detection capability which is now considered by many to be leading best practice in the subject. Internationally recognised as a subject matter expert on behavioural detection and security awareness, Andy is Chief Operating Officer for the International Association of Behaviour Detection and Analysis, has spoken globally on the topic and advised various critical national infrastructure and crowded place sites on the matter.

Andy is also currently supporting UK Government led trials in High Footfall Screening, developing future strategies and tactics for widespread implementation. He has recently been ranked number one on the IFSEC Global list of Influencers in Security Management and is a member of the International Association of Critical Infrastructure Protection Professionals with further expertise in areas including Border and aviation security.

Sarina Persall | Director of Security – Crown Melbourne, Australia 

Sarina Persall is currently the Director of Security at the Crown casino in Melbourne. She has 27 years of private sector security experience over a broad range of industries and specialises in risk assessing, managing and performing security at greenfield sites within the entertainment industry, during close personal protection operations and at places of mass gatherings.

Sarina has worked broadly throughout Australia and Asia and has also some time spent in both London and Wales. She enjoys developing and mentoring security personnel who present with a strong work ethic, demonstrate environmental and self-awareness, high level communication skills and who originate from diverse backgrounds.  Sarina has a particular interest in creating pathways into security for women and supporting their development within the security industry. She gets a great deal of fulfilment from designing, risk assessing, developing and implementing security strategies in environments that are complex and dynamic in nature.

Prof. Pierrich Plusquellec | Associate Professor, Faculté des Arts et Sciences, Universite de Montreal, Canada

Pierrich Plusquellec is an associate professor in the School of Psychoeducation at the University of Montreal, the co-director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress and the co-founder and director of the Non-verbal Communication Science Study Center. He is an ethologist, whose main expertise is in the quantification of observed behaviours and how to statistically analyse and interpret such data.

A few years ago, Plusquellec was certified in the Facial Action Coding System, the state-of-the-art system designed to quantify facial reactivity and detect emotions efficiently. He has developed an e-learning website and mobile apps dedicated to the prevention of chronic stress, and is involved in a start-up using the latest advances in machine learning in order to automatically detect emotions from facial expressions. His research deals with emotion detection, emotional contagion and burnout prevention. His work was awarded a Canadian excellence award in 2012 for sharing scientific knowledge with professionals.

Anne-Maree Quarmby | Chief Operations Officer, Intelligence Rising, Australia

Anne-Maree Quarmby graduated top of her class, gaining a master’s degree in International Security Studies with the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence. She is a published author and has worked with intelligence at federal and state levels, as well as in commercial enterprise.

Quarmby spent several years working for a state law enforcement agency, during which time she helped uncover major financial crime syndicates, provided strategic advice on major structural reform and developed new operating procedures for the handling of missing persons cases. At the same time, she was able to implement and test intelligence-based profiling techniques as an alternative to traditional criminal profiling, which proved to be successful.

Alongside managing Intelligence Rising, Quarmby now assists an Australian environmental regulator in building and expanding their intelligence capabilities.

She has travelled extensively, including undertaking volunteering expeditions to the Pacific Islands, West Papua and Ecuador.

Billy Shallow | Manager, Smart Security, Airports Council International (ACI), Canada 

Billy Shallow leads ACI World’s Smart Security programme, focusing on working with innovative airports, airlines and regulators to implement improved security effectiveness, customer experience and operational efficiency. The key objective of the programme is to define the future of passenger and baggage screening, representing the world’s airports. He was the author of ACI World’s Vision 2040 release, focusing on a collection of security innovations in the future.

Before ACI, Billy worked at London City Airport for five years designing and implementing their security transformation programme. Billy then went on to lead consulting projects for 18 months working at King Abdulaziz International Airport Jeddah, Brussels Airport, Birmingham Airport and Belfast City on security and optimisation programmes.

A British national, with a passion for operational improvement, Billy is a lean six sigma black belt. He sits on ICAO’s working group on innovation, as-well as a number of industry groups. He holds a University of London Bachelor’s degree in Management and Organisational Analysis.

Dr. Anne Speckhard | Director, International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) & Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University School of Medicine, USA 

Anne Speckhard has interviewed over 700 terrorists, their family members and supporters in Western Europe, the Balkans, Central Asia, the Former Soviet Union and the Middle East. In the past five years years, she has interviewed 245 ISIS defectors, returnees and prisoners as well as 16 al Shabaab cadres and their family members as well as ideologues, studying their trajectories into and out of terrorism, their experiences inside ISIS (and al Shabaab), as well as developing the Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter Narrative Project materials from these interviews which includes over 200 short counter narrative videos of terrorists denouncing their groups as un-Islamic, corrupt and brutal which have been used in over 150 Facebook and Instagram campaigns globally.

Dr. Speckhard has also been training key stakeholders in law enforcement, intelligence, educators, and other countering violent extremism professionals, both locally and internationally, on the psychology of terrorism, the use of counter-narrative messaging materials produced by ICSVE as well as studying the use of children as violent actors by groups such as ISIS. She has given consultations and police trainings to U.S., German, UK, Dutch, Austrian, Swiss, Belgian, Danish, Iraqi, Jordanian and Thai national police and security officials as well as trainings to elite hostage negotiation teams.

She is a sought after counterterrorism expert and has consulted to NATO, OSCE, the EU Commission and EU Parliament, European and other foreign governments and to the U.S. Senate & House, Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, Health & Human Services, CIA, and FBI and appeared on numerous TV networks and in Time and many other publications. She regularly writes a column for Homeland Security Today and speaks and publishes on the topics of the psychology of radicalisation and terrorism and is the author of several books, including Talking to Terrorists, Bride of ISIS, Undercover Jihadi and ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Caliphate.

Her publications can be found at:

Ivor Terret | Founder and Manager of Enablement Advisors, Israel

Ivor Terret is currently based in Israel where he founded and manages Enablement Advisors, a boutique risk management consultancy. Upon leaving national service in the Israeli Defence Force and Israeli Police, Terret was selected to help found and build a government surveillance detection and covert security unit tasked with protecting heads of state and strategic sites. Prior to joining the unit, Terret was the first in South Africa to lead a security organisation securing 60 medium- to high-risk faith related sites in Cape Town.

Terret has designed and implemented security master plans for covert counter terror units, high-risk facilities, protective details and has consulted on a myriad of projects including mass transport hubs, business parks, hotels, residences, high risk facilities and factories. He brings over two decades of international counter-terror experience to both the public and private sectors, including instructing hundreds of students from high-risk facility security teams, government covert VIP units, government surveillance detection units, hotel security senior management, aviation security personnel and senior management, specialised law enforcement and counter-terror units, as well as corporate executive protection and surveillance detection units.

Terret met the stringent standards for teaching counter-terror security procedures as set forth by the Israeli Police Force and has delivered counter-terrorism focused security training to security forces working in high risk areas within Israel. He enjoys public speaking and has presented at several of the industry leading conferences and regularly appears as a security expert on international news programmes.

Terret holds an MSc in Security and Risk Management from the University of Leicester where he was awarded the esteemed Dissertation of the Year Award for his research. Terret is the elected Chairperson of the ASIS Israel Chapter for year 2016 through 2019.

Kenneth S. Trump |M.P.A., President, National School Safety and Security Services, USA 

Ken began his work in school safety as an officer, investigator, and youth gang unit supervisor for the Cleveland City Schools’ safety division, and as a suburban Cleveland school security director and assistant gang task force director. As one of the leading U.S. school safety experts, Ken has gone on to serve more than 30 years in the school safety profession where he has worked with school and public safety officials from all 50 states and internationally.

Ken is currently a doctoral student (ABD) at The Johns Hopkins University School of Education in the Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education specialisation where his research focuses on strategic crisis leadership and, superintendent and principal communications with parents about school safety issues in highly ambiguous and uncertain contexts. He earned Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Social Service (Criminal Justice concentration) degrees from Cleveland State University. He has completed more than 2,500 hours of specialised training on school safety and security, emergency preparedness planning, gang and drug issues, terrorism and emergency management, and related school and youth public safety topics.

Ken is the author, co-author, and/or editor of three books, five book chapters, and more than 450 articles on school safety and emergency preparedness issues. He is one of the most widely quoted school safety experts, appearing on (US) national news networks and cable TV, in U.S. market newspapers, and in international media.

Ken is a four-time invited Congressional witness testifying on school safety and emergency preparedness issues, and he testified on the role of the federal government in bullying at a hearing of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He serves as an expert witness on school safety litigation cases in federal and state courts around the nation. Ken has testified on school security and emergency preparedness to the Connecticut Governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, Oklahoma School Security Commission, New Jersey School Security Task Force, National Lieutenant Governors Association, Council of State Governments, Education Commission of the States, and other public policy agencies.

Elsine van Os | CEO, Founder and Insider Risk Manager, Signpost Six, The Netherlands

Elsine van Os is the founder and CEO of Signpost Six, an insider risk management consultancy firm with behavioural science at its heart. She is a clinical psychologist and intelligence and security expert. Elsine has worked on high profile assignments for the Dutch Ministry of Defense and Shell International, and worked in various capacities in over 50 countries.

Working for years in the oil and gas sector, a high-risk environment for all forms of (cyber) security threats, van Os experienced the growing threats in the cyber domain. She observed, however, the heavy reliance on technological solutions at the expense of the human factor. This led her to focus on behavioural intelligence and threat assessment as an integral part of Signpost Six’s insider risk programme. She is also the owner of Signpost Film Productions and recently released a documentary about Edward Snowden.

Dr. Gordon Wright | Lecturer in Psychology and Co-director of the Forensic Psychology Unit, at Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom

Gordon Wright is a lecturer in Psychology and co-director of the Forensic Psychology Unit, at Goldsmiths, University of London. His ESRC-funded doctoral research examined individual differences in the abilities to produce and detect lies in interactive settings, employing a range of diverse experimental techniques and novel analytic approaches. His postdoctoral work, funded by the CPNI, developed a psychological model for the detection of insider threats. This research was a collaboration between Oxford, Cardiff and Leicester Universities.

Since joining Goldsmiths, Wright has been teaching Forensic and Investigative Psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His on-going research explores individual differences in deceptive ability and propensity, alongside other aversive behaviours, with a particular interest in the cognitive and socio-cognitive processes recruited to such tasks, and how they manifest in observable behaviours. Wright continues to research and publish in these areas with recent grants from the College of Policing and Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST).

Ken Chen Xingyu | Senior Behavioural Sciences Research Analyst, Resilience, Safety and Security Psychology Branch, Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre, Singapore

Ken Chen Xingyu is a senior behavioural sciences research analyst at the Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre. Some of his published work includes ‘Fake News After a Terror Attack: Psychological Vulnerabilities Exploited by Fake News Creators’ in Learning from Violent Extremist Attacks: Behavioural Sciences Insights for Practitioners and Policymakers (2018), and ‘Crime-Fake News Nexus’, an examination of the intersection of crime and fake news in Encyclopaedia of Criminal Activities and the Deep Web.

His current research interests include online misinformation, information operations, strategic communications and natural language processing.


Stephen Ackroyd | Managing Director, Avsec Resilience Ltd., United Kingdom 

Stephen is the Managing Director of consultancy company Avsec Resilience Ltd, having previously held the roles of Head of Aviation Security for UK airline British Midland International (known as bmi), operating out of Heathrow airport and was a Senior Lecturer in Aviation Security at Bucks New University, UK.

His early career was in the British Royal Marines Commandos, entering the commercial security industry in 2003, working in Iraq and then moving over to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, covering the airline (bmi) country security operations, prior to moving back to the UK and up the corporate security ladder.

Holds a Master’s Degree in Security Management from Loughborough University, the Certificate in Terrorism Studies from the University of St Andrews, is a registered Charted Security Professional (CSyP) and validated to Fellow at the UK Security Institute.

Nina Brooks | Director, Security, Facilitation and IT Airports Council International (ACI) World

Nina Brooks is Director, Security, Facilitation and IT, at ACI World. In this role, she provides guidance and support to the airport community, represents airports interests with regulators, and encourages industry innovation to identify improvements in passenger processes and the travel experience while promoting security throughout.  She has extensive experience in facilitation and security for both airlines and airports.

Following a career in IT, business analysis and project management, Nina started in aviation at Virgin Atlantic Airways in the Government Affairs Team. She moved to IATA in Canada in 2007, as Head of Security and Facilitation Projects, and also worked as Director, Borders and Security at InterVistas Consulting prior to joining ACI in 2015.

Nina is the official observer to the AVSEC and Facilitation Panels at ICAO, is on the editorial board for Aviation Security International and teaches Aviation Security at McGill University in Montreal.

Dr. Vincent Denault | Co-founder and Co-director, Center for Studies in Nonverbal Communication Sciences, Canada

Vincent Denault is a former litigation lawyer and currently a lecturer and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication at the Université de Montréal. His research focuses primarily on issues related to credibility assessment, deception detection, and nonverbal communication during trials.

Vincent is also the co-director of Montreal’s Center for Studies in Nonverbal Communication Sciences and the inaugural recipient of the Emerging Scholar Award (2016) of the Nonverbal Division of the National Communication Association.

Dr. Sagit Yehoshua | Lecturer at the Hebrew University, Research Fellow at The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College, London and the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (I.C.T.), Inter-Disciplinary Centre, Israel

Sagit Yehoshua is a criminologist specialising in psychological profiling and risk assessment of terrorists. She completed her Ph.D. thesis, entitled ‘The Social-Psychological Profile of Terrorist Leaders in Israeli Prisons’ at King’s College London University in 2013. Her work involves years of researching and teaching the mindset and conduct of individuals and groups involved in terrorism and political violence.

Yehoshua is a research fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (I.C.T.), Inter-Disciplinary Centre, Herzliya, Israel, and she also joined The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London as an Atkin research fellow in 2009.

Currently, Yehoshua works as a lecturer at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, as well as the Interdisciplinary Centre (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. She also works as a consultant for intelligence, commercial, and private security companies, as well as a profiler and extremist risk assessor in Israel and internationally.

Her most recent work, Terrorist Minds: From Social-psychological Profiling to Assessing the Risk is due to be published by World Scientific in October 2020.


Mall of America, Minneapolis, USA

Day One: Tuesday 21st May 2019

Keynote: Behavioural Analysis Federal Bureau of Investigation

Lessons Learned from Recent Terrorist Attacks | Karie Gibson, Supervisory Special Agent, Behavioral Analysis Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation, USA

Session 1: Behavioural Analysis in the Spotlight
Understanding the Strengths and Weaknesses of Behaviour Detection: past failures and future potential | Dr Sarah Knight, Principal Psychologist, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, UK

Perceptions Uncovered: the science of non-verbal communication, more than 60 years of research for security practitioners | Vincent Denault, Co-director, Centre for Studies in Nonverbal Communication Sciences and Lecturer, Department of Communication, Université de Montréal, Canada

Myth-busting: dispelling fake news | Louise Jupe, Portsmouth University, UK

Session 2: Industry Experience

Sports Stadium Security | Billy Langenstein, Director Security Services and Investigation, National Football League (NFL), USA

Securing Places of Worship | Michael Masters, National Director & CEO, Secure Community Network, USA

Hotel Security | Mark Walker, Senior Manager, Global Security Training, Marriott International Inc., USA

Session 3 Xenophobia

Xenophobia & Extremist Ideology: an analysis of recent attacks and the behaviours of the perpetrators | Joanna Mendelson, Senior Investigative Researcher & Director of Special Projects, Center on Extremism, Anti-Defamation League, USA

Pittsburgh: a reflection on the ‘Tree of Life’ attack of October 2018 | Michael Masters, National Director & CEO, Secure Community Network, USA

Session 4: Questioning Behavioural Analysis 

The Mall of America: our hosts perspective | Ashly Helser, Security Special Operations Captain, Mall of America, USA

Session 5: Suicidal Terrorism

Suicide Bomber Intervention: when time is not on your side | Michael Rozin, President, Rozin Security Consulting LLC, USA

Case Study: Stade de France, 13 November 2015

Day 2: Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Session 6: Aviation Security

Operational Angle 5: Behavioural Analysis within the US Transportation System | Michael Silata, Specialized Screening Program Branch Chief, Transportation Security Administration, USA

Gatwick Airport: challenges in, and the successes of, implementing behavioural analysis in the UK | Andy Palmer, Border Security Manager, Gatwick Airport, UK

Israeli Profiling: new challenges in aviation security require an old approach | Roni Tidhar, Head of International Consulting Services, Israel Airports Authority, Israel

Transportation Screening Personnel: coping with increased cognitive load | Amir Neeman, Founder & Principal, Amir Neeman Consulting, USA

Session 7: Questioning Techniques and Deception Indicators

The Art of Questioning: developing rapport, effective strategies and countering resistance | Dr. Christian Meissner, Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University, USA

New methods for training in deception detection: Advantages of Game-Based Learning | Prof. Norah Dunbar, Department of Communication, University of California Santa Barbara

Forensic Linguistics: warning signs in speech patterns | Frédéric Tomas, Univeristé de Paris 8, France

Session 8: Sexual Assault and Sexually Deviant Behaviour

Contextual and Behavioural Risk Factors for Sexual Harassment and Assault in Public Venues | Zoë Peterson, Director of the Sexual Assault Research Initiative, Kinsey Institute, USA

Session 9: Mental Health

Behavioural Indicators of Mental Health Issues | Karina Mesarosova, Aviation Psychologist and Managing Partner KM Flight Research & Training, Slovenia & Adjunct Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA

Suicide Intervention: City of Malmo | Stefan Landenberg, Head of Unit, Culture Department, City of Malmö, Sweden

Session 10: The Counterargument

Profiling and the Threat to Civil Liberties | Hugh Handeyside, Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union, USA

Session 11: Human Trafficking and Flight Attendant Role in Aviation Security

Human Trafficking; flight attendants observing behaviour | Nancy Rivard, President and Founder, Airline Ambassadors International, USA

Day 3: Thursday 23rd May 2019

Session 12: Artificial Intelligence and Technology’s Role in Behavioural Analysis

Extremist Risk Assessment in the Workplace | Dr. Sagit Yehoshua, Criminologist, Israel

Automated Credibility Assessment: AI in border security | Prof. Aaron C. Elkins, Director, Artificial Intelligence Lab, San Diego State University, USA

CCTV: how can behavioural analysis techniques enhance surveillance operations | Prof. Craig Donald, Adjunct Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

Behavioural Analysis: future applications of technology | Andrew Tatrai, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Session 13: Mega Events and Crowded Places

School Shootings: on scene behaviour of perpetrators | Kenneth Trump,  President, National School Safety and Security Services, USA

Joining the Dots: avoiding the silo mentality | Neville Hay, INTERPORT POLICE and Green Light Limited, UK

The Importance of Behavioural Analysis During an Actual Emergency | Andy Peloquin, Redrock Entertainment Services, USA

Session 14: Concluding Thoughts

What is going to change on Monday morning? | Philip Baum, Managing Director, Green Light Ltd & Editor, Aviation Security International, UK & Visiting Professor, Aviation Security, Coventry University, UK

Afternoon Optional Programme: Security Tours Mall of America


Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Day One: Wednesday 14th March 2018

Keynote: Behavioural Analysis
Lessons Learned from Recent Terrorist Attacks

Session 1: Behavioural Analysis in Practice: Industry Focus

Places of Worship: communities protecting themselves | Michael Whine MBE, Community Security Trust, UK

Sporting Events: combating court-siding and gambling | Andrew Wolfe Murray, Partner, Theseus Partners, UK

Transport Security: human trafficking in focus | Sarah-Jane Prew, Wales Anti-Slavery Leadership Group, UK & Airline Ambassadors International, USA

Session 2: The Biology of Fear & Deception

Fight, Flight or, Perhaps, Freeze: anxiety isn’t always what it seems | Louise Jupe, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, UK

Case Study: The Impact of Integrating Real-time, Multichannel Behaviour Analysis and Elicitation/Engagement Strategies in
High-stake Contexts | Sorin Losnita, Romanian Intelligence Service, Romania, and Cliff Lansley, EIA Group, UK

Session 3: Stereotyping, Perception & Racial Profiling

Understanding Intuitive Bias | Wim De Neys, CNRS & Université Paris Descartes, France

Good Looking People & the ‘Halo Effect’ | Ran Cohen, SDR® Academy, The Netherlands

Panel Discussion: Religious Sensitivities in Security Decision-Making | Panel Members: Gurmel Singh, Secretary General, Sikh Council UK; Usama Hasan, Quilliam Foundation; Michael Whine MBE, Community Security Trust, UK

Session 4: Addressing, by Understanding, Specific Criminal & Anti-Social Activity

Profile of the Fixated Threat in Action | David James, Theseus Partners, UK
Profile of Group Offenders | Dr Jessica Woodhams, University of Birmingham, UK
Profile of Frotteurs & Sexual Deviants | Dr Lynsey Gozna, University of Leicester, UK
Profile of a Cyber Criminal | Nadine Touzeau, Profiler, net-profiler, France

Day 2: Thursday 15th March 2018

Session 5: Policing Perspectives

Stop & Search: reasonable grounds? | Nick Glynn, Senior Programme Officer, Policing & Security Governance, Open Society Initiative for Europe, UK

Case Study: British Transport Police from concept to operation | Rae Jiggins, Polarm International Ltd., UK

Super Recognisers | Mick Neville, Super Recognisers International, UK

Case Study: Securing The O2 Arena | Paul Williams, Security Operations Manager, The O2, London, UK

Session 6: The Role of Technology

Intelligent CCTV: can the camera focus on unusual behaviour? | Simon Moore, Cardiff University, UK

Facial Thermographs: might heat spots identify negative intent? | Reyer Zwiggelaar, Aberystwyth University, UK

Layered Voice Analysis: the way we speak? | Amir Liberman, Nemesysco, Israel

Session 7: The Response

The Art of Questioning: having THE conversation | Charlotte Hudson, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, UK

Emergency Response: when you think the threat is real | Ofir Malka, CEO SafeZones, Germany

Insider Threat Response: identifying radicalisation in the workplace | Usama Hasan, Quilliam Foundation, UK

Session 8: Marauding Firearms Attacks & Suicidal Terrorism

Marauding Firearms Attacks: not always by suicidal terrorists | Leeran Gold, Registered Psychologist, Promises Healthcare, Singapore

The Suicidal Terrorist: recruitment & training | Dr. Sagit Yehoshua, Criminologist, Israel

The Proof of the Pudding: attacks against aviation identified by behavioural analysis | Philip Baum, Managing Director, Green Light Ltd., UK

Sessions were chaired by: Neville Hay, Brooklyn Associates, UK & Katharine Ng, OneCrew Limited, Hong Kong