Our expert speakers come from a variety of backgrounds within the security industry and will join us to present their findings and experiences from either an academic or practical perspective.

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Speakers

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 enaging 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 Mellow

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”

Moderators

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.

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.