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.

To find out more about the speakers who have addressed previous Behavioural Analysis conferences, click here.

Varsha Avadhany, Founder & CEO, Vibe Consulting, India

In a career spanning over two decades, Varsha Avadhany excels in crime prevention across non-profit, corporate, and startup sectors. Renowned for her expertise in behaviour analysis, risk culture, and change management, she’s a sought-after speaker in Asia Pacific region on human threat management.

Collaborating with the United States’ Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Bangalore, she led a programme on ‘Political Stock Enhancement of Security Professionals.’ Notable assignments have included the responses to the Sri Lankan Easter Sunday blasts, the Ukraine conflict, and the Turkish earthquake. Varsha has delivered impactful talks, including on Employee Behaviour Change at APATAP 2019 and Workplace Violence at ASX 2023.

Honoured to be amongst India’s Top 20 Women Influencers in Security 2020, Varsha is an Executive Committee member of OSAC Bangalore. She has been a member of the ASIS Steering Committee on Human Threat Management, cementing her influence in shaping future security practices.

Philip Baum, Chair, Behavioural Analysis 2024;
Managing Director, Green Light Ltd; and,
Visiting Professor, Aviation Security,
Coventry University, 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. 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.

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 established and now chairs the DISPAX World series of conferences (addressing unruly airline passenger behaviour), as well as the Behavioural Analysis series – this being the sixth edition.

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). Currently he is working on both UNODC and UNOCT projects relating to behaviour detection and the behavioural sciences.

Philip was editor-in-chief of Aviation Security International between 1997 and 2021. In 2016, he authored, and Summersdale published, Violence in the Skies: a history of aircraft hijacking and bombing.

Dr. Emma Bradford, Principal Consultant: Behavioural Sci & Psych Unit, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, UK

Dr. Emma Bradford is a forensic psychologist who specialises in socio-cybersecurity and the psychology of artificial intelligence (AI). Working within Frazer-Nash Consultancy’s Behavioural Science and Psychology Unit, Emma has acted as subject matter expert on a wide range of projects exploring the utility, feasibility and desirability of behavioural analytic approaches and AI in different contexts, including a project with the Alan Turing Institute’s Centre for Emerging Technology and Security on the use of behavioural analytics within UK National Security.

Emma’s work promotes the importance of people and process in traditionally technology-focussed arenas, and ensures the human in the system is considered at every level of tool development and deployment. Emma has worked closely with stakeholders from across different industry sectors and delivered bespoke products, recommendations, and strategic direction to private and public sector organisations, both nationally and internationally.

Julian Claxton, Managing Director, Jayde Consulting Pty Ltd., Australia

Julian Claxton is a highly sought-after security professional offering over three decades of counterespionage, investigation, and behavioural intelligence experience. He is the founder of Jayde Consulting, recognised as Australia’s premier provider of specialised technical surveillance countermeasure and insider threat management services.

As a trusted confidant to senior executives worldwide, Julian provides unique counsel to ensure they navigate sensitive situations with certitude and discretion. His clientele includes government, defence, critical infrastructure, and private sector organisations.

Julian holds a Master of Science in Communication, Behaviour, and Credibility Analysis, along with a Postgraduate Diploma in Behavioural Analysis and Investigative Interviewing. He has also undertaken specialised training in government investigations, security risk management, linguistic analysis, and surveillance countermeasures. Julian’s master’s thesis, entitled ‘Let’s Face it, I’m Lying: An Exploration of the Correlation Between Deception and Impression Management Among Corrupt Politicians’, showcases his academic rigor and insight into human behaviour.

Combining his academic research with hands-on expertise, Julian applies innovative methodologies to identify insider threat actors within his client organisations.

Kim Covent, Advisor, Ghent Local Police Force, Belgium

Currently serving as a police advisor, Kim Covent has over 14 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.

Rod Cowan, Security Writer & Director,, UK

Rod Cowan is an accomplished security affairs writer, communications trainer, and special advisor. His portfolio career spans over three decades of writing, teaching, speaking at conferences and public events, as well as assisting in various Government investigations and academic research.

Approaching national security matters through the nuanced lenses of business, government, and academia, his work focuses on media communications in security contexts, especially propaganda, rhetoric, and violent extremist material. He also advocates for a human-centric approach to technology through developing meta-literacy skills.

Cowan’s articles and op-eds have appeared in mainstream and trade press worldwide, including the New York Times and Washington Post, as well as on radio and television.

He has worked for corporations, government departments, NGOs, universities, and businesses, as diverse as international airlines, and private security contractors, to advertising agencies, and video production companies.

A highly regarded trainer, Cowan has conducted courses and workshops for law enforcement, intelligence agencies, the United Nations, NGOs, government entities and corporations in Australia, the Middle East, the UK, and the EU. Balancing practical application with intellectual rigour, he teaches communication skills, such as media management, digital communication, interviewing, and practical writing skills, to all levels of organisations, from chief executives to frontline staff.

Before his communications career, initially serving in Glasgow and then the Metropolitan Police, London, he was an unarmed police officer and investigator in some of the UK’s toughest districts, where communication is a survival skill.

Maciej Dachowski, Political Affairs Officer,
Team Leader of Capacity Building Unit,
International Hub on Behavioural Insights to Counter Terrorism in Doha United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, Qatar

With more than 15 years in international affairs, Maciej Dachowski has developed expertise in project management, political analysis, and conflict resolution. His career path began at the Polish Embassy in Georgia and progressed through significant roles in the EU External Action Service in Armenia and as head of the Politico-Military Unit at the OSCE Centre in Kyrgyzstan, focusing on Security Sector Reform and counterterrorism.

Since 2016, Maciej has been a Political Affairs Officer with UNAMA, dedicated to promoting regional peace and stability. Presently, at the UN Office of Counter Terrorism in Doha, Maciej leads the Capacity Building Portfolio for the UNOCT BI Hub. Here, he is tasked with the global implementation of the UN Quintet of Change, aligning their actions with the UN’s peace and security mandate.

Fluent in English and Russian, and knowledgeable in Arabic, Maciej holds a Master’s in International Relations from Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza in Poznan.

Benjamin Delachal, Head, Behaviour Detection Working Group, AIRPOL; and, Deputy Head, Aviation Security Department, General Secretariat for Defence and National Security, France

As deputy head of the transport security and borders department at the border police national directorate for 11 years, in 2015 Benjamin Delachal developed the first training programme on behaviour detection for the French police. Created first for border police officers, the behaviour detection training was subsequently extended to all police officers in charge of public order and close protection.

Since 2016, Benjamin Delachal has also been the head of the Airpol Behaviour Detection experts group that brings together 15 EU law enforcement organisations implementing behaviour detection techniques. With the support of the European Commission, this experts’ group organises different activities (training, technical meetings, capacity building, mentorship) to better support behaviour detection implementation by police officers.

Today, his expertise is required by several EU and non-EU countries and organisations to develop their own behaviour detection programmes and train police officers on behaviour detection techniques.

Dr. Craig Donald, Director, Leaderware, South Africa

Dr. Craig Donald has formulated a range of approaches and techniques for crime behaviour detection based on analysis and experiences in some of the highest crime environments in the world. With a focus on detection of crime indicators, even before the incident happens, his research and training looks at understanding crime tactics in various environments and enhanced recognition of subsequent crime dynamics and involvement.

Craig has personally trained crime behavioural detection to over 7000 delegates across six continents in sectors such as police, customs, airports, casinos, most major international mining groups, banks, cruise lines, and some of the largest shopping centers. He has also been responsible for the development of selection tools evaluating visual analysis skills that are key to effective surveillance performance, has worked with some leading international research agencies, and has been an Adjunct Associate Professor with Edith Cowan University in Australia.

Karen Fullerton-Chalmers, the Centre for Action Against Stalking & University of the West of Scotland, UK

Karen Fullerton-Chalmers is a doctoral student and associate lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland. She is currently undertaking her PhD which focuses on ‘The Realities of Stalking: Understanding if cinematic and televised productions represent stalking victims’ experiences. She hold a BA Honours and MSc in Criminal Justice, alongside a decade of experience within the justice sector with both local authorities and third sector organisations. Karen has won multiple awards including the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Impact Competition 2023 and University of the West of Scotland Researcher Development Award 2023. She is the co-host of the award winning podcast Surviving Stalking.

An Gaiser, Managing Director, An Gaiser Consultancy BV, The Netherlands

An Gaiser is a specialist in non-verbal profiling and investigative interviewing. She works as a speaker and consultant, specialising in non-verbal analysis work in the context of culture change, fraud and behaviour detection. She previously worked at the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) for eight years as a security and integrity clearance officer, trainer and screener and as Senior Manager Forensic Integrity & compliance at KPMG, with which she still collaborates.

An mainly advises businesses and government agencies on how to better understand impactful (security) incidents such as corruption, fraud, (sexual) harassment, discrimination and security threats, using non-verbal information, and how they can prevent and combat these kinds of cases more effectively.

Dave Gregg, Head of Operations, Facilities & Ground Safety Officer, Brentford Football Club, UK

Dave Gregg has extensive work experience in the field of operations and event planning.

He started his career in 1985 as a Police Constable with the Metropolitan Police and worked his way up to the position of Police Sergeant. In 2012, he transitioned to the role of Event Planner within the same organisation.

In 2015, Dave joined Brentford Football Club as a Match Day Operations Assistant and gradually progressed to become the Deputy Operations Manager and then the Operations Manager. Currently, he holds the position of Head of Operations, Facilities and Ground Safety Officer at the club.

Philip Grindell, CEO & Founder, Defuse Global, UK

Philip Grindell is a UK thought-leader in protective intelligence, behavioural threat management and protecting prominent figures’ privacy, reputation and safety. He has the unique experience of being taught threat assessment directly by Dr Robert Fein, one of the authors of the US Secret Service’s Exceptional Case Study Project. Philip has an MSc in Security Management and is a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP).

He served as a New Scotland Yard Detective in the Specialist Operations and Crime Commands for 30 years, during which he was seconded to British Intelligence for three years. As a counterterrorist security coordinator, he coordinated security plans protecting events with the Royal Family.
Following the assassination of Jo Cox MP in 2016, Philip was responsible for setting up a protective intelligence and investigative team in Parliament, identifying the next attack planned in 2017, which prevented an MP and a police officer from being killed.

Dr. Julian Hargreaves, Lecturer, Quantitative Sociology, City, University of London, UK

Dr Julian Hargreaves is a lecturer in Quantitative Sociology within the Department of Sociology and Criminology at City, University of London.

His research interests include social science, ethnic and religious minorities, Muslim and Jewish communities in the UK, antisemitism, Islamophobia, counter extremism and counter terrorism, policing, issues related to public health (including mental health and the impact of Covid-19 on faith communities), and broader social and political issues relating to prejudice, discrimination, diversity, and social cohesion and integration policy.

Alexandra James, Analysis Output Manager,
Osprey Flight Solutions, UK

Alexandra is the analysis output manager and analytical lead on human trafficking and irregular migration at Osprey Flight Solutions. She has a masters degree in Forensic Linguistics from Cardiff University. Her dissertation analysed linguistic patterns in verbal aggression through the examination of mobile phone footage of unruly passenger incidents on commercial flights in the US. Prior to her current role, she worked with Green Light assisting in training and the organisation of conferences.

Oliver Kastens, Crowd Safety Manager,
KOKO Crowd Management, Germany

Oliver Kastens is one of the leading European experts in the field of crowd management and event safety. He works on and establishes new working methods and integrative concepts for securing. and ensuring the safety of, major events.

Oliver authored the book ‘Event Security – Handbook for Event Security’ in 2013; since then, the book has served as a guideline for the basic training of security staff at major events. He also studied Crowd Safety Management at Buckinghamshire New University, United Kingdom.

Prof. David Keatley, Murdoch University, Australia

Professor Keatley, from Murdoch University, Australia, specialises in understanding complex patterns of human behaviour. He is the Chair of Crime Science and Director of several research groups. Prof. Keatley is also a consultant to police and law enforcement organisations around the world, with a particular focus on cold case reviews. David has worked with various security and legal agencies and is always keen to collaborate on applied projects. He has published over 70 articles, and 3 books on the topics of behavioural forensics, forensic linguistics, and temporal analyses.

Kee Ein Cern, Deputy Director (Profiling), Home Team Science & Technology Agency (HTX), Singapore

Ein Cern works on technology which detects suspicious behaviours, also known as tell-tale indicators (TTIs). Working in Singapore’s HTX, which force-multiplies the Home Team through technology, he collaborates with screening officers and security consultants to first analyse the TTIs, essentially signs of anxiety and nervousness. He then utilises AI and video analytics to recognise these unusual behaviours and abnormal facial expressions. It is envisaged that in the foreseeable future, authorities in border security and large-scale events shall be able to sift out suspicious characters amidst a crowd automatically.

Ein Cern also evaluates contactless lie detectors that help investigators to shed light on cases where the interviews are held in an controlled environment. He has tested different types of lie detectors ranging from eye-trackers to voice analysers to facial expression readers. Importantly, he customises and enhances the devices based on concept of operations and users’ requirements in the Home Team.

Allon Knetemann, Naga Consultancy BV, The Netherlands

For the past 20 years, Allon Knetemann has dedicated himself to refining security practices for a diverse array of clients. He focuses on the application and implementation of cutting-edge methods, such as red teaming and predictive profiling.

Allon’s rich tapestry of experiences has allowed him to forge practical and applicable solutions, often uncovering vulnerabilities (physical, digital, and procedural) previously unknown to his clients. As a speaker at Behavioural Analysis 2024, Allon invites attendees to embark on a journey of discovery, challenging preconceived notions and inspiring a paradigm shift in the approach to security.

Aaron Le Boutillier, Regional Vice President (South-East Asia), ASIS International; 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 globally.

Aaron is an accredited (International Coaching Federation) coach, holds a Master’s in Criminology, and is currently on his final thesis submission for  a Master’s in Applied Neuroscience at Kings College, London. He is also 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. Aaron is the creator and owner of Tree Roots Retreat, a mindfulness retreat in Thailand.

In 2019, Aaron received his honorary Thailand Special Forces wings for his involvement in the Chiang Rai cave rescue.

Dr. Xavier L’Hoiry, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy, University of Sheffield, UK

Dr Xavier L’Hoiry is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy at the Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield. His research interests focus on serious and organised crime, specifically human trafficking and the use of online platforms to facilitate commercial sexual exploitation.

Xavier’s work involves collaboration with law enforcement and other practitioners to develop new ways of combatting human trafficking and sexual exploitation. One such project (being presented at Behavioural Analysis 2024) resulted in the sexual trafficking identification matrix (STIM) to aid in the identification of victims of trafficking, and the traffickers themselves, through the wording of advertisements on adult services websites.

Detective Chief Superintendent Maria Lovegrove, National Coordinator for Interventions, Counter Terrorism Policing, UK

Maria Lovegrove began her police career by joining the Metropolitan Police Service as a Police Constable in 1994 and undertook a variety of roles within Frontline Policing before, initially, moving into Counter Terrorism Policing in 2005, supporting Operation Theseus the investigation into the 7/7 London bombings amongst other significant CT investigations.

Maria has progressed through the ranks and worked widely across CTP departments, within London, CTP South East and within CTP headquarters.

In October 2020, Maria joined CT Nominal Management as the Deputy Lead of the capability before taking over as the Capability Lead for CT Nominal Management and Prisons in April 2022. In January 2023 Maria additionally took on the role of National CTP Coordinator for Prevent.

Maria’s current responsibilities include leadership for three national CTP capabilities alongside being the Inclusivity, Diversity and Equality Lead for CTP HQ.

Abdibasid Ali Mohamed, CEO, Nuance Intel, Norway

Abdibasid Ali is an expert in emotional intelligence, behavioural analysis, and is a SCAnS® – High Stakes Behaviour Analysis trainer. He also provides psychotherapy, helping clients overcome challenges by utilising CBT, mindfulness, and self-compassion.

Abdibasid Ali has a master’s degree in Behaviour and Credibility Analysis. Under the supervision of Manchester Metropolitan University and the EIA, Abdibasid conducted research in 2022 on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on ICU nurses within the Norwegian Health Authority. This research introduced a mindfulness technique designed specifically for high-stakes work environments. It reduces stress and improves emotional intelligence in employees working in these environments. Abdibasid wants to raise mental health awareness in the security and law enforcement sectors in order to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

Joe Navarro, Nonverbal Communications Expert; Founding Member, FBI’s National Security Division Behavioural Analysis Program; and, author ‘What Every BODY is Saying’, USA

For 25 years, Joe Navarro served as an FBI Special Agent specialising in behavioral assessment. He was a founding member of the FBI’s elite National Security Division Behavioral Analysis Program, and created and taught along with Jack Schafer the Advanced Counter-Terrorism Interviewing course for the FBI. He has taught at the CIA, NSA, US Secret Service, and the security services of over two dozen countries.

In 2004, at the invitation of the US State Department and the Government of Colombia, he created the first Multi-Disciplinary Criminal Profiling Unit in Latin America.

Since retiring Joe has authored 14 books dealing with human behaviour, and is now considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on the application and use of nonverbal communication in a forensic setting. He is the author of four books used by the intelligence and law enforcement community: Advanced Interviewing Techniques (coauthored with Jack Schafer); “Hunting Terrorists a Look at the Psychopathology of Terror”; “Dangerous Personalities;” and “What Every BODY is Saying,” which has sold one million copies in 29 languages and remains the #1 selling body-language book in the world.

Nkechi Onyenso, Managing Director & CEO, Pathfinders International Ltd., Nigeria

Nkechi Onyenso is the Managing Director/CEO of Pathfinders International Limited (Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone), an aviation security company providing aviation services to airlines for over three decades in West Africa. She also serves as: Facilitator of the Governance and Institutions Policy Commission of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG); Chairman of Aviation Sectoral Group of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN); Alternate Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja Bar Journal Committee; and, Chairman of the Publicity and Advocacy Committee ICSAN.

Nkechi has won several awards including Africa Travel 100 Women Award 2022, Aviation Services Personality 2023 by the African Leadership Review Hall of Fame, Aviation Security Award by Aviators Africa Tower Award 2023 and Aviation Ambassador Award 2023. She also holds a Law degree from University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Master of Laws from Queen Mary, University of London.

Harel Peled, Operational Psychologist, Israel

Harel Peled is an operational psychologist from Tel Aviv, Israel. Aside from his private practice, Harel has been consulting for various security agencies, providing them profiling services and advising them in high-risk crises. Harel is deeply familiar with cross-cultural therapy and assessment. Thus, he also provides consultancy related to sensitive issues with complex geo-political implications.

Harel is currently a PhD candidate at University College London (UCL) and is writing his thesis under the supervision of Professor Paul Gill. In their study, they examine the different unique profiles of hackers and cyber criminals through mixed qualitative and quantitative methods.

Catherine Piana, Director General, Confederation of European Security Services (CoESS) and International Aviation Security Services Association – (ASSA-i), Managing Director of Help2Protect, Belgium

Catherine is the spokesperson of the private security industry to the EU and international institutions and stakeholders. She covers a wide range of subjects, including transport security, AI, insider threat, the protection of critical infrastructure and public spaces. Catherine was the coordinator of the EU-funded project AITRAP on the Insider Threat – with DHL and Securitas – that led to the creation of the e-learning platform Help2Protect.

A European lobbyist by profession, Catherine has been in a trade association leadership role since 1997. Influence, and understanding how human beings function and communicate, is her passion and subject of research.

Catherine has a Masters in Translation (Italian, English, French), Certificates in Counterterrorism, Neurolinguistics (MP NLP), Coaching, Hypnosis, and she is a certified trainer. She has delivered training in negotiation, charisma, leadership skills and is a guest speaker at Nancy University, France, and at Buckinghamshire New University’s School of Aviation and Security, UK. Catherine can communicate in six languages (French, English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and German).

Eleanor Prince, Senior Behavioural Scientist, Strategic Insight Unit, Metropolitan Police Service, UK

Eleanor Prince is a behavioural scientist specialising in policing and crisis behaviour change. Eleanor spent four years as a behavioural scientist in the GCS Behavioural Science Team. This team was central to the government’s communications response to Covid-19 and London Bridge, as well as large scale and strategic communications endeavours including Violence Against Women and Girls.

Eleanor holds a degree in psychological and behavioural sciences from the University of Cambridge and is currently a senior behavioural scientist at the Metropolitan Police.

Dr. John Rose, Chief Risk Officer, ALTOUR, & Lecturer, San Diego State University, USA

Dr. John M. Rose is a global business, intelligence, risk, and insurance expert, boasting over 20 years as a C-Suite Executive in the insurance, assistance, and intelligence sectors. Currently the Chief Risk Officer at Internova Travel Group, his extensive expertise spans Threat Intelligence, Travel Risk Management, Emergency Medical/Healthcare Assistance, and Security Assistance.

John has shown comprehensive leadership in mergers and acquisitions, P&L responsibility, business development, strategic planning, operations, and international expansion. His industry recognition has earned him roles on prestigious association boards, including Chair of the GBTA Risk Committee and Vice-Chair of the ASTA Corporate Advisory Council. With a professional background encompassing roles with global industry leaders and military service in the United States Marine Corps, John brings a wealth of experience.

He has both a Doctorate and a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Actively engaged with MENSA, his intellectual pursuits extend to groundbreaking research in M&A integration. Media outlets have recognised John’s expertise, solidifying his status as a trailblazer in travel risk management.

Prof. Alex Sutherland, University of Oxford & Strategic Insight Unit, Metropolitan Police Service, UK

Alex currently works part-time at the Metropolitan Police in the Strategic Insight Unit. Alongside, he’s part of a team conducting a multi-site experiment on ‘focused deterrence’, is a Professor of Criminology & Public Policy at the University of Oxford, and advises several UK government departments on research and policy. He has published a book on randomised experiments, with another in progress.

Alex was previously Chief Scientist and Director of Research & Evaluation at the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT). Prior to BIT he was Senior Research Leader at RAND Europe, and a lecturer at the University of Cambridge. Alex is a member of the UK Government Evaluation & Trial Advice Panel.

Eiríkur Valberg, Detective Chief Inspector, Reykjavik Metropolitan Police & Lecturer in Criminal Investigation, University of Akureyri, Iceland

Eiríkur Valberg has been working with the Icelandic Police since 2002 and spent most of his policing career investigating organised crime. Currently, he serves as a Detective Chief Inspector in Major Crime at the Reykjavik Metropolitan Police in Iceland, tasked with leading a team investigating homicide, unexpected deaths, violence against children and hate crime.

He has a BSc degree and a MSc degree in policing and criminal investigation from the University of Portsmouth, UK. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Policing at the Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, focusing on management and decision-making in major crime investigations. He has also conducted research on investigative interviewing.

Eiríkur is a part-time lecturer in criminal investigation at the University of Akureyri in Iceland. He is also heavily involved in detective training at the Centre for Training and Continuous Professional Development at the National Police Commissioner of Iceland.

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

Barbora Vegrichtová is an Associate Professor at the Czech Technical University in the Czech Republic and graduated with a Ph.D. from the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Security and Law Studies.

Barbora’s primary research focus lies in security studies and the criminal sciences; she has published several papers on radicalisation, terrorism, gang subcultures, criminal symbolism and rituals.

Her professional career started in 2000 at the Criminal Police and Investigation Service, and later with the Organised Crime Unit of the Czech Police, where she was responsible for detecting and exposing drug crimes and related criminality, organised crimes in areas of extremism and terrorism, and money forgery. Since 2011 Barbora has served as an academic employee continuously developing her reputation as a leading academic researcher, organising and conducting training and courses for further education, including a programme on Radicalisation and Extremist Manifestations Online.

Tony Werts, RMB Psychology, Australia

Tony is a former Australian Federal Police officer with extensive national and international operational and capability-building experience.

He initiated the transnational crime intelligence network (TNCC) that now spans the Asia-Pacific region, co-supported by the USA, that delivered over $1bn of benefits in its first year of operation. Australian aviation security has been enhanced through his development/delivery of counterterrorism synergy/capability programmes to disparate aviation stakeholders.

Tony’s application of contemporary behaviour theory to understand criminal intentions, resulted in the discovery of the world’s largest (clandestine) methamphetamines manufacturing operation in Fiji, and his current area of research – the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance behavioural analysis. This intuitive, Theory of Mind capability for AI, brings perception to innate inferencing processes in a survival optimisation context, where deception masks hostile intentions.

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’.