Meet our Speakers

Our expert speakers come from both the security industry itself and from the world of academia. They come together on our stage to share best practice on behaviour detection in action and the outcomes of research providing proof of concept.

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Meet our Chairs

Sandra Adiarte | PhD Researcher, Tactical Research Unit, Bond University, Australia

Sandra is an internationally trained specialist for structured movement analysis (Laban Movement Analysis, Kestenberg Movement Profile ®) and the analysis of video footage in a forensic context. After a professional career in dance and pedagogy, she started her academic dive into psychology, dance and movement therapy and the behavioural sciences.

Currently, Sandra is enrolled as a PhD candidate at the Tactical Research Unit in Health Sciences and Medicine with Bond University, Australia. She investigates the practices of behaviour observation and threat assessment via human observers. Her research and lectures apply interdisciplinary and mixed-method approaches for the training of security, law enforcement and military personnel with the aim of supporting trainees and professionals in health care and security management through practice-based and field-oriented research.

Dr. Aynabat Atayeva | Chief, International Hub on Behavioural Insights to Counter Terrorism, United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, Doha, State of Qatar

Dr. Atayeva is a national of Turkmenistan with over 20 years of experience of working with United Nations system. She is the Head of UNOCT Office in Doha, the State of Qatar, that performs three core functions: research in behavioural sciences to better understand the drivers and factors contributing to radicalisation leading to violent extremism and terrorism; capacity-building assistance to Member States, regional organisations and civil society partners to develop and implement programmes, projects and initiatives that integrate behavioural insights to counter terrorism; and communication, outreach and partnerships to share knowledge, expertise, experiences and lessons learned on behaviourally informed counter-terrorism interventions.

Prior to the current assignment, Aynabat worked an UNFPA Representative in Honduras, acting UNFPA Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Country Director for Serbia, the Republic of North Macedonia and Director for Kosovo, and a Programme Specialist in the Policy and Standards Division, UNFPA Headquarters in New York. Previously she served in the Office of the UNFPA Executive Director as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Executive Director of Programme, and as a Programme Specialist in the Division for Oversight Services at UNFPA HQ. She also served in various positions in the geographical divisions for Arab States, Europe and Central Asia, and conducted oversight and programme support missions in various field locations including Sudan, India, Vietnam, Turkey and Central Asia.

Dr. Atayeva carries MD in Internal Medicine from the Turkmen State Medical University and MSc. in Demography and Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. She has published and contributed to over 15 works on medicine, public health and international development.

Philip Baum | Chair, Behavioural Analysis 2023, UK

A security professional with an international civil aviation background, Philip’s reputation is built on his common-sense approach to risk management. He encourages others to think outside the box and develop effective security solutions capitalising on human intuition and the intelligent use of technology.

In 2021, he was the recipient of the Lifetime Service to Aviation Security Award presented by Emirates Group Security and Edith Cowan University.

Philip devised and developed T.R.A.P.® (Tactical Risk Assessment of People), a risk-based security system based on non-racial profiling, observational and questioning techniques. He has developed and chaired the Behavioural Analysis series of conferences, as well as the DISPAX World series, addressing unruly airline passenger behaviour, and Body Search. He was an expert witness in the United Kingdom’s House of Commons’ Home Affairs Committee inquiry into aviation security in the aftermath of the attempted downing of an aircraft by a suicide bomber on Christmas Day 2009.

He is a visiting professor of Aviation Security at Coventry University. He is an accredited instructor and courseware developer for both the Airports Council International (ACI) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), for whom he has led projects around the globe. Currently he is working on both UNODC and UNOCT projects relating to behaviour detection and the behavioural sciences.

Philip was editor-in-chief of the global journal of airport and airline security, Aviation Security International, between 1997 and 2021. He also appears on CNN, Sky News and the BBC, providing expert comment on aviation security issues and is the first port of call for event organisers in need of a dynamic speaker or conference chair, regularly being called upon to facilitate debates at international symposia. In 2016, his book, Violence in the Skies: a history of aircraft hijacking and bombing, was published.

Kim Covent | Advisor, Ghent Local Police Force, Belgium

Currently serving as a police advisor, Kim Covent has over 12 years of experience in communication and policy in local law enforcement. She combines her background in education and journalism to graft courses on observation skills, non-verbal communication, and the theory of mind using gamification techniques.

Kim is one of the creators of the cross-disciplinary programme ‘Behind Enemy Minds’, teaching first-line police officers in spotting and understanding deviant behaviour. Furthermore, she advises and supports colleagues in the fields of situational crime prevention, museum security, and customer safety.

Alan Crawley | Universidad del Salvador; Academic Coordinator, Behavior & Law; Psychologist and Disseminator of Nonverbal Communication, Argentina

Alan graduated with an Honours in Psychology from the Universidad del Salvador (USAL) and has a diploma in Non-Verbal Communication from the Graduate School of Communication, Universidad Austral, Argentina (where he was a teaching assistant 2017-2018).

He is the academic coordinator of the postgraduate course “Analysis of Non-Verbal Communication” at the Heritage University, USA. He is a university professor in Research Methodology; postgraduate teacher in Spain for a Master’s programme in Non-Verbal Behaviour. Alan is the academic director of the 2021 online congress of Non-Verbal Communication organised by the Behavior and Law Foundation, Spain.

Alan has a certificate of specialisation in Recognition and Coding of Facial Movements with the FACS Method (Facial Action Coding System), whilst also being a scientific researcher for the Universidad del Salvador, a speaker and disseminator on social networks (YouTube and Instagram) under the pseudonym Sin Verba.

Dr. María Carmen Feijoo Fernández, Chair, ECAC Behaviour Detection Study Group and Head of Behaviour Detection, Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas Airport, Spain

Carmen is a First Corporal with 33 years of experience working at the Guardia Civil and she is currently working within the Madrid Airport Unit (Guardia Civil Customs and Borders Police Unit). She is Head of the Guardia Civil behaviour detection group and responsible for the ICARO (Identification of Anomalous Behaviour and Operative Response) project which develops and implements Spain’s behaviour detection programme.

Additionally, Carmen is the Chair of the ECAC (European Civial Aviation Conference) Behaviour Detection Study Group.

Carmen is a negotiator for crisis situations and an AVSEC trainer certified by Civil Aviation Authority in Spain (AESA).

Her university degree is in Clinical Psychology and Carmen has a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. She has a PhD in Psychology, for which her doctoral thesis was entitled, “Criminal behaviour analysis and deception detection in the airport context”.

Neville Hay | Director of Training, INTERPORTPOLICE, UK

Neville has 38 years’ diverse experience within the security environment. He has wide-ranging operational and tactical experience at the heart of the UK’s strategic security sector and has worked closely with many key stakeholders within the aviation industry, UK government departments, and law enforcement agencies both domestically and internationally.

He was a member of the operational risk assessment group at Gatwick Airport and instrumental in the development of the National Crime Agency (NCA). His functional expertise lies in risk and threat assessment and its mitigation; operational situational and intelligence analysis; and, law enforcement within the aviation, transport, and infrastructure security environments.

Neville has worked with the UK government’s Centre for Protection of the National Infrastructure (CPNI) and that of national organisations’ strategic security management. He is part of the Airports Council International (ACI) global faculty and was instrumental in the compilation of INTERPORTPOLICE’s community security best practices for air and seaports.

Samuel Juchtman | Chief Security Officer, ACTS-Aviation Security, Inc., USA

After completing his military service in Israel, Sam started his aviation security career at the airport in Tel Aviv where he worked for several years in various different capacities. He was later to become the head of security for El Al Israel Airlines and the Israeli Embassy in Cyprus and, thereafter, head of security for El Al in the Czech Republic.

Sam was part of the group that developed the first behavior detection programme in the USA in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and he also delivered training to many airports and police departments around the world. He joined the ICTS Europe group in 2005 and worked for ICTS UK as the Station Manager at London Heathrow and Birmingham airports before moving with ICTS Europe back to the USA. Sam is currently the Chief Security Officer for ACTS Aviation Security and President of ACTS Airport Services providing security services to both airports and airlines in the United States.

Thomas S. Karat | Behaviour Analyst, The Netherlands

Thomas is a senior manager for one of the world’s largest tech innovators, a company responsible for critical federal IT infrastructure. To accommodate for corporate business requirements related to credibility assessments and negotiations, Thomas obtained a string of certifications and diplomas related to behaviour analysis and deception detection. In addition, Thomas holds a Master of Science in Communication and Credibility Analysis from Manchester Metropolitan University and he conducted academic research related to deception in high-stakes negotiations.

Dr. Cliff Lansley | Director, Emotional Intelligence Academy, UK

Cliff is a Director of the Emotional Intelligence Academy (UK) – providing consultancy and related psychological services for emotional intelligence and high-stake deception detection contexts (including military/commercial /intelligence/security/fraud/police). His company delivers online, live/virtual behaviour analysis training up to MSc level (in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University). He is the Scientific Advisor to Warner Bros/Discovery Channel (‘Faking it: Tears of a Crime’ now in Series 6). He is the author of a range of peer-reviewed publications, plus his book ‘Getting to the Truth’, which covers the behaviour analysis system his team and clients use.

He has been a keynote speaker for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, ABRESCE, SRI, ECAC, AvSec(Rom), ICF, ICC, ASTD(ATD), the Chartered Institute for Professional Development, Euro Air Marshals, the Greater Manchester Police, DSI (UK), the Law Society, the International Bar Association, Euro Chamber of Commerce, plus multiple corporate/agency conferences globally. His recent Ph.D. research generated a new ability model for emotional intelligence, which is the basis for new diagnostic and assessment instruments that will measure EQ in a similar way to IQ – first for adults and later this year for children.

Aaron Le Boutillier | Regional Vice President (South-East Asia), ASIS International; PhD. candidate, Rangsit University; and, CEO, Le Boutillier Group, Thailand

For more than 25 years, Aaron been involved in all aspects of corporate and aviation security, running complex multi-million-dollar fraud investigations to leading close protection details for some of the world’s most well-known names and brands. He runs specialised defensive tactics and self-preservation courses for law enforcement and special forces units and, alongside Dr. Rodney King, developed the ‘Weaponise your Body’ programme.

Aaron is an accredited (International Coaching Federation) coach, holds a master’s in criminology, is currently undertaking a master’s in Neuroscience at Kings College, London, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Criminology at Rangsit University, Thailand. He is the author of ‘And Then One Morning’, which recounts his survival of the 2004 tsunami; he ran the ‘Marathon Des Sables’ across the Sahara Desert in 2015 and the ‘Coastal Challenge’ across the rain forests of Costa Rica in 2017; and, he is the creator and owner of Tree Roots Retreat. In 2019, Aaron received his honorary Thailand Special Forces wings for his involvement in the Chiang Rai cave rescue.

Dr. Karel Lehmert | Head, CBRNe Forensic Sampling Laboratory, Czech Republic

Karel has been working in the field of global counterterrorism and security for 20 years. He worked as an inspector for the National Office for the Prohibition of Biological Weapons and then, as part of the General Secretariat of INTERPOL, he served as a scientific expert in the field of bioterrorism. Later, as head of the CBRNe forensic laboratory, he led research projects related to nanotechnology, security and natural sciences, as well as contracts for law enforcement.

In addition to forensic work, Karel participates as an expert on security projects for domestic and foreign entities. Beyond CBRNe projects, he also deals with psychology, especially suggestive and manipulative negotiation. Karel developed specific competencies by completing courses in neurolinguistic programming with hypnosis and tactical profiling of persons at risk. Throughout his life, he has been engaged in teaching and research activities both within the security forces and in the academic sphere.

In addition to forensics-related MBA and LLM, Karel has three doctorates – in Forensic Chemistry, Social Work and he is a Doctor of Philosophy in infectious diseases and epizootiology.

Dr Sarah Lloyd | Research Consultant and Senior Trainer, Pace (Parents Against Child Exploitation), UK

Sarah’s professional background is in youth and community work and parent support. She has worked in the voluntary sector within the UK for over 20 years, mainly in the field of exploitation. Her doctorate explored social workers’ understandings of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and sexually exploited girls. She was awarded the Association of Child Protection Professionals Research and Practice award in 2019. Her paper, ‘She doesn’t have to get in the car: exploring social workers’ understandings of sexually exploited girls as agents and choice-makers’, was published in Children’s Geographies in 2019.

Since completing her PhD, Sarah has worked as a trainer and evaluator within a multi-agency child exploitation team in South Yorkshire, UK. She currently works at Pace (Parents Against Child Exploitation) as a senior trainer and research co-ordinator. She has also worked as a trainer for the Contextual Safeguarding Network and as an evaluator on a number of independent evaluations relating to CSE and the abuse of women and girls.

Her main area of interest is contextual safeguarding, supporting both the parents affected by child exploitation and the professionals’ understandings of the agency of exploited young people.

Prof. Galit Nahari | Head of Department of Criminology, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Galit is a professor in the Department of Criminology at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. She is currently the head of the department and its M.A. Criminology track and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Legal and Criminological Psychology (LCP). Recently, she initiated and now manages a graduate programme in investigative interviewing.

Her research spans over a variety of topics in deception, investigative interviewing and decision-making. A prime contribution of her work is the widely recognised Verifiability Approach that has impacted both research orientation and professional training in verbal lie detection. She places a high emphasis on ecological validity and relevancy to the ‘real world’; thus, she works closely with practitioners, promoting fruitful academia-field cooperation in higher education, research and training. She advises, lectures and conducts research and training workshops on verbal lie detection nationally and internationally.

Dr. Abbie Maroño | Behavioural Scientist, Director of Education, Social-Engineer, LLC, and Professor in Psychology, UK 

Dr. Abbie Maroño is a behavioural scientist and the director of education at Social-Engineer, LLC. She completed her PhD in Behaviour Analysis and Psychology and, by the age of 23, had already become a Professor of Psychology. Abbie is also an affiliate of JNForensics and a nonverbal communication coach, as well as being an active member of several cross-disciplinary internationally recognised research groups, including CREST and ReBSA. She is an expert consultant and, in 2020, Abbie was awarded ‘Reviewer of the Year’ for her continued dedication to scientific best-practice.

Abbie has been responsible for a range of original contributions in the empirical literature across fields as diverse as nonverbal communication, counterterrorism, atypical homicide, stigmatisation, and criminal psychology. Abbie specialises in nonverbal communication, trust, social influence, and the psychological mechanisms underpinning human decision-making.

Most recently, Abbie co-founded the International Organisation for Reconstruction (IOR) which was set up to support the development of structures, policies and programmes that aid in the recovery and reconstruction of post-conflict nations.

Diana Nowek | Behavioural Profiler and Trainer in Behaviour Recognition; Director, Institute of Nonverbal Communication; and, Researcher, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria

Diana is a behavioural profiler and a researcher investigating behaviour recognition through technology. For many years, she has been running a training and consulting firm called the Institute of Nonverbal Communication, under which she carries out research using biosensors. As a strategic advisor and trainer on behavioural science, she has worked for both the European Coast Guard Agency and the International Organization of Migration. She is currently working for the UNOCT (United Nations Office for Counter Terrorism) International Hub on Behavioural Insights to Counter Terrorism.

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

Mi Ridell | Nonverbal Communication Analyst, Sweden

As an accomplished actress and a nonverbal communication analyst educated by former FBI Special Agent Joe Navarro, Mi Ridell brings together two powerful skills she teaches the Swedish Police Authority, Customs, Military Forces, Security Service and Correctional Service: how to decipher the human behaviour of others and how to behave yourself. Because Shakespeare was right in that, “All the world is a stage” on which we perform. Mi is also brought in by TV and media to decode the body language of politicians and celebrities at speeches, debates, and other public events. By implementing her empirical skills, she teaches her audience how to decipher the nonverbal cues and make the unconscious leakage that we all do more conscious. She authored the Swedish book, “The body never lies – the art of reading body language”, together with former undercover agent Lucas Bruhn (pseudonym).

Dr. Katariina Rosenblatt | Founder, There Is Hope For Me, Inc., & Author, ‘Stolen: The True Story of a Sex Trafficking Survivor’, USA

Dr. Kat has authored two books – ‘Trafficking in America’ and ‘Stolen: The True Story of a Sex Trafficking Survivor’. Her third book, ‘Human Trafficking: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Prevention, Intervention and Survival’ will be out in the US in July 2023. Dr. Kat has aided in legislation to the EU, at the request of the ECLJ, on limiting access to pornography (2019).

She has personally triumphed over childhood abuse, human trafficking, teen pregnancy and domestic violence, as well as open heart surgery. Dr. Kat now works alongside law enforcement and is a federal consultant in the fight against human trafficking. She started her own non-profit in 2010 called There Is Hope For Me, Inc. where she provides specialised peer-to-peer support and services to help other survivors of human trafficking.

Dr. Kat offers training, workshops, and classes to seasoned law enforcement and others on: human trafficking identification, strategic investigations, survivor empowerment and supportive programming.

She earned her degree in Management from Trinity International University, Florida, her LL.M Law degree in Intercultural Human Rights from the prestigious St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, and her PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University, Florida.

Dr. Kat is a much sought-after speaker, consultant, and trainer in the area of human trafficking. She will be available for signing books at the Behavioural Analysis 2023 conference.

Dr. Lenka Scheu | Police University of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic

Lenka graduated from the Law Faculty of Charles University in 2017 when she defended her Ph.D, thesis “Common policy on environmental protection in the light of the regulation of the internal market of the European Union”. She started her professional career in 2009 at the legislative department of the Czech Ministry of the Environment. In 2017 and 2018 she lectured on various legal subjects at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. Since 2019 she has been teaching administrative law at the Police University of the Czech Republic. Lenka also leads a number of research projects at the Institute of State and Law of the Czech Academy of Sciences. In her research she focuses on issues of administrative procedure related to security forces, occupational health and safety, illegal employment, and whistleblowing. She has authored or co-authored articles in the above-mentioned fields and she is a co-author of the Commentary to the Czech Administrative Code.

Kanan Tandi | CEO, Cognicue Analytics Private Ltd., India

Kanan Tandi is an MBA from a premier business institute in India and has been always interested in human behaviour. She started her own body language and micro-expressions reading and decoding training firm in 2014 and has also worked as head of human resources in a start-up. Kanan’s love for psychology led to her doing her Masters in the subject and, currently, she is aiming to make the world judgement free and honest through her start-up CogniCue.

Zdeněk Truhlář | Security Strategy and Administration Director, Prague Airport, Czech Republic

Zdenek graduated from the Czech Technical University and commenced his aviation security career from the regulatory side – with the Ministry of Transport/Civil Aviation Department. Later, he transferred to Prague Airport where, for more than 10 years, he was the Director of Security Control (the unit responsible for screening of passengers and baggage). In 2016,he moved to his current role as Director of Security Strategy and Administration (the unit responsible for maintaining airport security strategy documents, the administration of security technologies, security administrative processes and the Airport Security Training Centre).

In his present capacity, Zdenek is actively engaged in developing the airport’s long-term security strategy, looking for the right balance between risks and mitigation measures, delivering an appropriate combination of different technical and procedural means to maintain the requisite level of security. For many years, Zdenek has been a member of ACI Europe’s Aviation Security Committee.

Elsine van Os | CEO, Signpost Six, The Netherlands

Elsine is the founder and CEO of Signpost Six, a global insider risk consultancy firm. She works on mitigating threats from nation state espionage and organised crime at multinational organisations. She is a regular public speaker at international forums. Elsine has several academic affiliations, among others with the Dutch Defence Academy and she is a peer reviewer of the Counter-Insider Threat Research and Practice in the US.

Elsine has an educational and professional background in psychology and intelligence and security. She has worked on high profile assignments for the Dutch Ministry of Defence and Shell International, where she was responsible for security threat assessment at country, asset and individual levels worldwide. She has worked in various capacities in over 50 countries. She is also the owner of Signpost Film Productions which produced a documentary about Edward Snowden.

Dr. Barbora Vegrichtova | Associate Professor, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic

Barbora is an Associate Professor at the Czech Technical University having attained her Ph.D. in Security and Law Studies. Her primary research focus lies in security studies and criminal sciences. She has published several papers on radicalisation, terrorism, gang sub-cultures, criminal symbols and rituals.

Her professional career started in 2000 with the Criminal Police and Investigation Service, and later, at the Organised Crime Unit of the Czech Police, she was responsible for investigating and detecting drug crimes and related criminality, organised crime in the field of extremism and terrorism, as well as money forgery. Since 2011, Barbora has served as an academic employee continuously developing her position as a leading researcher, organising and leading training programmes and courses of further education on topics such as radicalisation, extremist manifestations, online propaganda, indicators of radicalisation in prison facilities, migration, gender and integrated border management. She performs as an expert to, and provides tuition for, the ICMPD, EUROPOL, CEPOL, different law enforcement authorities and prestigious universities in European countries, as well as in Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon, India, Qatar, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Armenia.

Dr. Sagit Yehoshua | Author, ‘Terrorist Minds: from social-psychological profiling to assessing the risk’, and Criminologist, Reichman University, Herzliya and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Sagit 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 in London, UK; her doctoral thesis was entitled ‘The social-psychological profile of terrorist leaders in Israeli prisons’.

She is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Counter-Terrorism (I.C.T.), Reichman University, Herzliya, Israel, and in 2009, became an Atkin Research Fellow at ICSR- International Centre for the Study of De-radicalisation at King’s College London. 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. She is a recognised profiler and risk assessor of extremists in both Israel and overseas. 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’.