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International Speaker Panel (to date) – 7th CSO 360 Congress 2023

Opening Global Security Landscape Updates


BBC’s Security Correspondent and Author

Frank spent nine years as an investment banker in New York, London and Bahrain before switching to journalism and joining the BBC in 1995. Frank has reported extensively on the global ˜War on Terror’ in Guantanamo Bay, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.  In 2004 Frank survived being shot six times at close range by Al-Qaeda terrorists in a Riyadh suburb in Saudia Arabia. He went on to write the best-selling book Blood and Sand, the poignant story of what can happen to your belief system when the culture you have embraced ends up trying to kill you.  Frank has gone onto write three best-selling spy thrillers Crisis, Ultimatum and Outbreak. He was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to journalism. In 2018 he was awarded the University of Southern California’s Tommy Trojan Trophy for distinguished speaking. As a career broadcaster and a witty and gifted communicator, Frank shares his passion for the Middle East, travel and adventure. He draws on a unique perspective and understanding of both domestic and international security.

Bruno Kalhoj is an international security leader with extensive experience in security strategy, security risk management, resilience, and crisis management for top-tier global private and public sector organizations in a range of international environments, currently as security director at EY. After a career as an Air Force officer, since 2007, he has been heading high-performing security functions for employers in private and government sectors, initially for the dynamic clothing company, Bestseller, then a three-year period protecting Danish embassies in high-risk environments before leading global security for Maersk Oil.  Since 2016 he played a lead role in transformation the security function at the European Central Bank, motivating a large team of security professionals to deliver best practice security. He also managed a large security budget and managed to save costs through innovation and use of data. Career highlights include pioneering an innovation and cultural turnaround at ECB, professionalizing processes, systems, and teams to drive major gains in strategy, performance, safety, and risk mitigation. Currently Bruno is successfully building and developing a security and crisis management Center of Expertise across 25 countries in Europe and Africa at EY, building a strong foundation for six different security, CM and BCM disciplines. The breadth of his international background means he has worked in over 30 different countries for a wide range of organizations, coordinating with international stakeholders to deliver robust solutions in training, operations, audit, logistics, strategy, and HR, before focusing on security leadership. Many of his biggest achievements have come from an ability to create inclusive teams and successful relationships, networks, partnerships, and psychological safe environments that gets the best out of people “There is nothing more satisfying than helping talented people to exceed their own expectations”.

Carolin Jameson is a “Quereinsteiger” into the security world, who found her calling in the challenging world of Corporate Security over 15 years ago.

She has been working for a wide array of industries, such as mobility, automotive and now healthcare.

Her current role as Deputy CSO and Head of Business Resilience is to develop both the overall security strategy as well as being responsible for Risk Intelligence, BCM and Crisis Management for Siemens Healthineers.

She led the global crisis management effort at her previous employer when the Covid pandemic began to change the world.

She holds an MBA in International Management and believes it is very important to keep one’s eyes and mind open to new, different, and opposing voices. She thus also worked for a children’s NGO as well as the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Cheryl Steele is the Vice President of Global Security & Resilience (Chief Security Officer) at Starbucks Coffee Company, a global fortune 150 company operating more than 35,000 retail locations in over 82 markets around the world. In this capacity, Cheryl oversees safety and security operations for all partners (employees) and facilities (retail, non-retail and manufacturing), including executive protection, physical security infrastructure, occupational health and safety and supply chain security. Cheryl also leads the company’s crisis management and business continuity practice, leveraging a network of intelligence experts to identify and escalate future risks and frame an enterprise-level perspective. Based in Seattle, her team includes partners in Hong Kong, London, and Shanghai.

Cheryl’s career spans executive and management roles across the private and public sectors. Her background includes leadership of business development for Fleishman Hillard and directing Booz Allen Hamilton’s work at the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and special projects for the U.S. Special Operations community. At Booz Allen, Cheryl contributed to the establishment of the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Partnership Initiatives and the launch of the Global Counterterrorism Forum. Cheryl is a former diplomat at the U.S. Department of State with domestic and overseas assignments in the Middle East and multiple tours directly supporting the now head of the CIA, William J. Burns. She has resided in both Egypt and Jordan and works to maintain her Arabic language skills. Cheryl serves on the Extended Executive Board of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) and is a member of the International Security Management Association (ISMA). She is an Independent Board Member at AlertMedia and a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council, Seattle. Cheryl is a native of Massachusetts. She has her BA from Hobart & William Smith Colleges and an MA in Political Science from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Crawford is Group Head of Security & Investigations at British American Tobacco, a consumer goods and tobacco company ranked number one in the FTSE 100 with operations in over 180 countries across the globe and over 50,000 employees.

As the most senior security professional in BAT, Crawford is responsible for BAT’s security, investigations and resilience programmes.

Aside from his national and international policing background, Crawford has multi-sector experience in previous senior roles in the pharmaceutical, food and charitable sectors in security, investigations and compliance over a period of 20 years.

Crawford’s business knowledge and pragmatism are complemented by a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Master’s in Information Security (with distinction).

In addition to having fulfilled a number of Trustee and non-Executive roles in the Charitable sector he is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Chartered Security Professional, founding member of the Association of Corporate Investigators (ACi), and a Freeman of the City of London.

In May 2017 I reach 20 years working in the security industry, 18 of those recruiting within the corporate security & resilience field. I have placed candidates in senior level and niche roles across 40+ countries and 5 continents in a wide range of industry sectors including oil & gas, mining, pharmaceutical, tobacco, FMCG, food, engineering, technology, telecoms and financial services. In 2013 I joined Barclay Simpson, the world leader in Corporate Governance recruitment, to develop their global corporate security recruitment function. Our consultants, based in offices in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and New York work with clients throughout the globe and we place permanent and interim positions within internal and IT audit, risk, security & resilience, compliance, legal, and treasury across all economic sectors. Alongside my work at Barclay Simpson I launched Intelligent Access International in January 2017, connecting CSOs to proven security service providers internationally to save time and money. Why pay for a consultancy to fly halfway around the world, or pay a large mark-up when the project is sub-contracted anyway, when you can utilise a reliable local firm who can fulfil your requirements? Whether it be site security surveys in Turkey, executive protection services in Cote D’Ivoire, threat intelligence in Saudi Arabia, brand protection support in Malaysia, security training in Mexico, crisis management support in Russia or forensic investigations in Ghana; IAI are here to help you identify the best resource for you to use in a specific country.

Eduardo Jany is a global security executive for a large multinational firm where he has led the award-winning unit’s physical security, travel, crisis management, health and life safety, and event security efforts covering more than 20,000 people at over 190 offices worldwide through innovative strategies and processes.

Eduardo is a career military and police veteran who immigrated with his family to the United States in 1968, was naturalized a U.S. Citizen and speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish.

Eduardo provided advisory services for public safety and security projects with special emphasis on the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.  He retired from law enforcement as a Captain – Assistant Chief of Police after more than 25 years of police service in Florida, Minnesota and Washington State.   He held command and supervisory assignments in patrol, SWAT, canine, narcotics and mounted units.   He also retired as a Colonel from the United States Marine Corps having served 33 years of combined active and reserve duty in Reconnaissance, Special Operations and Infantry assignments as well as prior service in the Army Special Forces.   He was a Foreign Liaison Officer, force protection and anti-terrorism specialist with overseas assignments in U.S. Embassies, the Department of Homeland Security and NCIS and commanded the Anti-Terrorism Battalion with over 1,200 people at 11 sites spanning six different time zones.

He received a Master’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin and attended the University of Minnesota for undergraduate studies. He was a 2014 Senior Executive Fellow at the Harvard University – Kennedy School of Government, and completed the Kennedy School National and International Security Senior Executive Program, the National Defense University Reserve Components National Security Program, and is a graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the FBI DSEA Academy.    He was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, three foreign parachutist and military free fall badges, several US and foreign awards as well as the Police Medal of Valor and Officer of the Year-Excellence in Service Award.

He was the Chairman of the Latin American Regional Council (LARC-CIC) for the Overseas Security Advisory Council, is a member of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, the FDR Four Freedoms Park Board, the Domestic Security Alliance Council, ASIS, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is an active volunteer with several philanthropies and a Veteran’s mentor with American Corporate Partners.  Eduardo’s Team were the proud recipients of the 2017 OSPA – Outstanding Security Performance Award for Best Internal Security Organization and runners up in 2019 and 2020.

Staff Officer d.R. in the Cyber and Information Domain Service of the Bundeswehr and prior to that in the Special Operations Division.

2016, participation in the Security Policy Course for Senior Officials at the Federal Academy for Security Policy.
Lectureships for strategic steering of Corporate Security Organizations at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and the European Business School.

2007-2020, Member of the Board of the Allianz für Sicherheit in der Wirtschaft NRW e.V. (2014-2018 Chairman of the Board), 2019-2020 Member of the Board of the European Energy – Information Sharing & Analysis Centre (EE-ISAC). Member of the Advisory Committee of the Bundeswehr University Munich for the accompanying research project IT-Security in critical infrastructures, Member of the federal working group Cybersecurity of the Economic Council Germany e.V., in the CSO Roundtable of ASIS International, in the International Security Management Association, the European Institute of Corporate Security Management and others.

Publisher of the book „Risiko Blackout – Krisenvorsorge für Wirtschaft, Behörden und Kommunen“.  Since 2007, publisher of the Online Security Portal www.sicherheitsmelder.de of the Richard-Boorberg-Publishing Company

Cybersecurity Leader Award, 2019
Outstanding Security Performance Award 2015 und 2019
CSO50 Award 2018 und 2019
Security Innovation Award 2018
The Most Influential People in Security 2016

G.L. Moroni (MA Security & Information Analysis, MA Disaster & Risk Management) is a Field Emergency specialist for warzone and disaster operations with 36 field deployments to conflict/disaster areas (including Sudan, S.Sudan, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, DRC, Haiti, Mali, CAR, etc.)
With a  career spanning positions from Security and Operations to field technical projects, he is now an Integrated Security Manager on for field humanitarian Sector.  At present he is in UNISFA as expert for the new Peacekeeping  Smart Camps project.

Guy is a subject matter expert on Extremism and a former recipient of the prestigious “UK Security Manager of the Year Award for Services to Industry”

He directed counter extremist operations for the Research & Pharmaceutical sector, during an unprecedented campaign of public order threat, violence & intimidation, notably as Chair of The UK Pharmaceutical Industry Security Forum, leading on strategies for security, staff protection and pre-employment screening. He worked in a pivotal role to develop and maintain close, effective working relationships with industrial, academic, Police and Government sectors.

He has also lectured on the threat posed by Extremism to industrial, academic and government sectors & International Security, Police & UK Government bodies.

Guy was a corporate security advisor to GSK, responsible for auditing global manufacturing facilities and writing a treatise entitled “Extremism: Past, Present, Future”

A Fellow of the Security Institute, Guy served a six-year elected stint as Validation Board Chair & Strategy Director.

In 2017, he was appointed Chair of the Food & Drink Security Association.

In 2018 he was appointed Chair of Eastern Region Cross Sector Safety & Security Cascade (CSSC).

In 2019 he was appointed Chair of The Security Commonwealth until 2021 to then become Immediate Past Chair, continuing to serve on the SyCom Board.

In 2019, Guy was also chosen amongst the top ten thought leaders at the 2019 edition of IFSEC’s Global Influencers.

In 2020, Guy was appointed by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to its Strategic Forum. The Strategic Forum is a group of senior and experienced stakeholders with significant  private security expertise,which works with the SIA on the development of ideas around public protection.

He has conducted several risk and security reviews for organisations in the research, academic & pharmaceutical sectors.

Guy is currently the Risk & Operations Director at Suntory.

James has been (physical) red teaming for over a decade and has successfully infiltrated some of the world’s largest organisations, including top-tier banks, Insurance, Legal, Healthcare, Critical National Infrastructure and other highly sensitive environments, all with a proud, never been caught record.

“After a strong sales career spanning decades, from selling batteries, to retail/sales management, to being a self-employed Wedding Photographer, I fell into InfoSec accidentally and found a passion for my calling in life, that quickly took off. In 2013, and within only a month in industry, I’d produced a sales plan and a 12 month marketing road-map – including filming a new red teaming video for our pen testing team, who at the time had never had this kind of focus = Legend J.  The more that I sat with this team, listening to the daily “whoops” and high-fives, when we’d pwned another global organisation (on day one, black box) as well as truly believing I was selling the best – I wanted part of this too!  The question remained, how could I when I regard myself as non-technical? Inspired by some of, and still to this day, the best hackers out there I became obsessed and quickly progressed to a member of the red team (black team – physical breach/Simulated Threat Lead). Working with one of the original red teams (formed circa 2000) that 10yrs before I joined, had a proud “never been caught” red team record, the pressure was genuinely on me.  This only fuelled me further and after successfully infiltrating some of the largest banks, insurance, legal, CNI & other sensitive environments, I’m proud of my “never been caught” record to this day too.  It could be argued that a great deal of sales people are social engineers anyway, what could go wrong….Thankfully, absolutely nothing (so far!).”


Julia Vincke is a criminologist and senior executive with extensive international expertise and leadership in the field of security. Since 2022 she holds the position as Vice President Security at BASF Group.

Over the past 25 years, she gathered experience in various leadership and management functions within the Lower Saxony Police Force, during foreign assignments as well as on corporate level. During this period, Julia worked for the German Police Project Team (GPPT) in Afghanistan in 2012 as well as for the European Union Border Management Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya) in 2014.

Since 2015 she has been holding leadership roles in the field of Corporate Security in several commercial enterprises including the retail, automotive and chemical sector. Her main focus is on topic areas such as public security, international security, security strategies, risk management, crisis management and geopolitics. 

Julia obtained an international MA in Criminal Justice, Governance and Police Science in 2015 at Ruhr-University-Bochum, in her master’s thesis she explored Libya’s border crisis in the post-revolution era.

Julia is author, lecturer and speaker on security topics, especially on women in security which is a matter of the heart to her.  Furthermore, she is an active (board) member of national and international security associations and networks such as Allianz für Sicherheit in der Wirtschaft (ASW), Global Player Initiative, Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) and International Security Management Association (ISMA).

Lana is a security professional with more than 20 years of experience in national, international and corporate security. Before joining Swiss Re as Group Head of Corporate Security, she spent several years as director of regional security in EY, responsible for leading internal security risk management of GSA. Prior to that, she has been building and coordinating Global Security Situation Center for Deutsche Post DHL Group’s Corporate Security, where she focused on comprehensive and strategic security intelligence analysis. Before joining DP DHL, Lana worked nationally and internationally in several positions in the field of security for Ministry of Defence and was awarded a NATO medal while working for ISAF in Afghanistan. She holds master level degrees in Law, International Relations and National Security and Business Administration (MBA).

Lana is a published book author (Corporate Security in the age of COVID-19 (2020)), OSAC Germany Steering Committee member-at-large where she is driving young security professionals agenda, ISMA’s Education Committee member and as well occasional LinkedIn blogger and international conference speaker on various topics like impact of digital transformation on the corporate security function, insider threat, DEI or climate security resilience.

A best-selling author, an award-winning speaker, and a serial entrepreneur, Kai Roer is the CEO and co-founder of Praxis Security Labs, an innovative, research-based security management software company. He is dedicated to improving the knowledge and understanding of the human factors that influence security and the organizational impact they have, and is widely recognized as a leading global authority on the topic of security culture.

Kai Roer has been providing actionable advice founded on empirical evidence to public and private organizations around the world since the 1990s, and has spent the past decades working with the information security community on a global stage. He has written and co-written several best-selling books on leadership and technology, as well as Build a Security Culture (IT-Governance, 2015) and The Security Culture Playbook (Wiley, 2022), which are well-considered as industry-guiding resources on the topic of security culture. He is also a popular keynote speaker, expert lecturer, a frequent guest on podcasts and is often featured in national and international media.

Kai focuses on presenting complex challenges in easy-to-understand language, and explains security in ways that resonate with non-security people. Thanks to his invaluable contributions to the industry and unique background which combines leadership, communication, and technology, Kai has received several awards throughout his career – including the Ron Knode Service Award by the Cloud Security Alliance CSA for his extensive volunteer work for the security community around the world.

When Kai is not working, he enjoys spending time outdoors, riding his motorcycles and BBQing with his family and friends. You can connect with Kai at www.linkedin.com/in/kairoer.

30 years as a Police Officer (25 as a Detective) with the Metropolitan Police, the last 3 transferred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)/ National Crime Agency (NCA).

During police career mainly engaged in investigations, intelligence, surveillance and handling national and international informants referred to as Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS)

Jobs since retiring from the police in 2009:

Investigation Manager – Insurance Fraud

Investigation Consultant – Al-Sweady Public Inquiry (4.25years) – Inquiry into the British Army, allegations that 4 Iraqis had been murdered post a significant battle with local fighters on route to an army base.

Control Manager – Rank Group supervising 200+ casinos and bingo halls re cheat theft, security, data protection and money laundering.

Short-term contract work involving Public Inquiry security and security driving for foreign politicians and sporting VIP’s.

Investigation Consultant – Infected Blood Inquiry (4.75 years).

Allegations that the UK Government between the late 1960’s and 1993, had given patients HIV and Hepatitis (B & C) via contaminated blood and blood products, during treatment for haemophilia and operations.

Mr Kobe Shwartz started his Cyber Threat Intelligence career in 2008, working for a governmental agency, monitoring Russian Cyber Crime communities.

Later on Mr. Shwartz moved to work in the private sector in companies like Payoneer and K2integrity (later on the Darknet function brand became BlueVoyant) as Darknet and Cyber Threat Intelligence monitoring Analyst.

Since 2016 Mr. Shwartz is the head of the Cyber Threat Intelligence team in Signify, a leader in smart lighting systems.

Mr. Shwartz is an expert in cybercrime, Russian hacking scene and the world of hacktivism.  Mr Shwartz has a deep understanding of Cyber Threat Actors and motivations. Detailed understanding of Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) and associated tactics. Understanding of computer intrusions, malicious code, cyber terrorism, threat finance, money laundering / fraud / eCrime, and other criminal activities.  Deep understanding and years of experience in the world of Russian cyber crime and intelligence networks.

Born at a very early age and growing up in a culture where cyber was a prefix for anything automated, menacing and malevolent (how history has a tendency of repeating itself), Marcus entered the world of Data Processing as it was known back then after graduating from university.

Progressing from programming into analysis and then data architecture Marcus became the first devolved Information Risk and Security Manager for Barclaycard.

After seven years in that role he moved financial institutions and became Head of Information Security for Abbey National plc, now Santander UK.  After six years at Abbey and a move into consulting for a large UK utilities company Marcus joined KPMG as a Principal Advisor.

Eighteen months later he joined Lloyd’s of London as its CISO and subsequently became its Head of Digital Risk Management and Compliance, also embracing responsibility for data protection and privacy, during his 10 years tenure there.

Having worked in IT for over 40 years, specialising in information risk, protection, security and compliance for the latter 27 years or so, Marcus decided to leave full-time corporate life and move to the South Coast of England in mid-2017, ever the seafaring Fisherman’s Friend.

As well as being a proud member of the Pulse Conferences family, Marcus now actively volunteers for the heritage Swanage Railway where he undertakes various customer facing roles, Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice and care provider, a local school as a governor and is a guest lecturer at the University of Portsmouth.

After 25 years’ service as an officer in the Royal Marines, Mark made the transition into Corporate Security in 2006. He has been the Director of Global Security at Smiths Group, Cadbury, Philip Morris International and PwC before taking up their present position as Group Security Director at CRH.

Specialties: Security of People, property, information and reputation. All levels of investigation (including fraud and corruption), risk assessment and mitigation, contingency planning, crisis management, business intelligence and business continuity.

Michael Bender is an Intelligence Analyst for Macquarie USA. He possesses a PhD in International Relations and Politics from Florida International University with a background in global security issues, the geopolitics of the Middle East and South Asia, and emerging (political, security) threats to O&G markets. Michael is a member of the OSAC: Energy Sector Committee (ESC) steering committee member and has 10+ years of experience in the analysing, writing, and educating on issues related to geopolitics and international security. Prior to working for Macquarie, Michael held positions in academia, political risk analysis and as a researcher at a DC-based, policy think-tank.

Michael is a technology leader with over 28 years of experience in guiding international public sector organizations, DAX 30 businesses, and mid-sized international firms through strategic technology initiatives.

He is an expert in digitization and IT transformation and a thought leader in cyber security, organizational risk management, and IT compliance.

He advises small and large enterprises ranging in size from 20 to 220,000 employees in the medical, pharmaceutical, biotech, translation, and manufacturing industries worldwide, just to name a few.

Throughout his career Michael has led complex, diverse organizations toward enhanced operations while saving hundreds of millions in operating costs.

He is passionate about mentorship, coaching, and removing cultural barriers. He was born in the USA, raised in Texas, and has travelled the world helping people maximize potential. Michael lives in Germany and is focused on family, volunteer work, and supporting a multitude of international clients at Hays.

Mike Croll is a Senior Lecturer in Security, Intelligence, and Resilience at Buckinghamshire New University, near London. Having spent much of his career leading global security operations for the UK’s Diplomatic Service, the European Union, the United Nations and for Facebook, he is more of a pracademic than an academic. He is also the author of the 2023 book, THE RISE OF SECURITY: And Why We Always Want More.

Mustafa is a Security Management Professional with military background, specialized in CIP (Critical Infrastructure Protection) especially in Oil and Gas Sector. Holding a CSMP certificate from ISMI.
During his 23 years of service in military, served at various positions in Turkish Armed Forces and NATO E-3A Component Command in Geilenkirchen/Germany.
During his civilian career, he designed, formed, and managed Security Management Programs of International multi-billion-dollar projects in Oil and Gas sector in Türkiye, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia for about 10 years and currently is working in KRI (Kurdish Region of Iraq) as a Project Security Manager.

Lady Olga Maitland, Chairman of the Board at Algeria British Business Council; President, Defence and Security Forum; Board Advisor

Lady Olga Maitland has wide experience in all major Governance, risk Management and Compliance issues in general and global Fraud and Corruption problems in particular. She is a special adviser to a number of dignitaries and a widely sought after speaker at all Major Conferences on several Corporate Governance issues. Lady Olga is a former British MP for the Conservative party. Prior to her political career she was a reporter for the Fleet Street News Agency, a columnist in the London.


As Head of Global Intelligence & Security Programs, Ned oversees all aspects of security for Transocean, a world leader in ultra-deep water and harsh environment offshore drilling. Closely supporting senior leadership, Ned is tasked with proactively mitigating geopolitical and security risks to operations worldwide. Prior to Transocean, as Geopolitical Risk Manager at American Airlines, Ned designed and implemented the geopolitical risk and security intelligence program. Ned has also served in a variety of leadership positions within the US State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).


Ned previously worked at Royal Dutch Shell, the Inter-American Development Bank, the US Congress, and Morgan Stanley. Ned received his B.A. in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal and his M.A. in International Affairs from American University in Washington, DC. He also studied at the Universidad de Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. His graduate coursework focused on European energy security and Islamic extremist terrorism in Europe. He is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French.

Appointed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as its first Director of Aviation Security on 1st April 2014.  Peter is the Aviation Security Regulator for the UK and overseas cyber security performance of the UK aviation sector. He previously served as Director of Security & Business Continuity for the Home Office for 5 years.  Prior to this, Peter had served for 32 years in the Royal Air Force from which he retired as an Air Commodore in April 2007.  His last appointments were as Provost Marshal for the RAF and Commandant General of the Royal Air Force Regiment.  He has been a Corporate Security Director for 20 years.

Philip Grindell has a MSc in Security Management and is one of only 300 Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) globally.

He founded the consultancy Defuse in 2019, specialising in countering disputes, threatening & concerning behaviours & approaches from problematic people to corporate & private clients, including workplace harassment and violence and insider threats.

Philip has rapidly become known as the UK thought leader in Protective Intelligence, Behavioural Threat Management, and the protection of prominent figures, regularly commenting on this subject in the media.

Philip appears in both Spears 500 and the Tatler Address Book as a recommended adviser for the UHNW and Private Client communities.

Previously, Philip served as a Scotland Yard Detective in the Metropolitan Police Specialist Operations Command for 30 years, during which he was seconded to British Intelligence for 3 years.

Following the assassination of Jo Cox MP in 2016, Philip was responsible for setting up the new protective intelligence and investigative team in the UK Parliament and identified the next attack being planned in 2017, preventing an MP and a Police Officer from being attacked.

As a former Counter Terrorist Security Coordinator, he was responsible for the security plans protecting numerous events with the British Royal Family, Military and Government.

Philip launched The Online Bodyguard podcast in 2022 bring together globally renowned experts to discuss the latest research and practices that ensure the safety of private clients and prominent people.

Robert is the Interim Head of Information & Technology Security Strategy at DS Smith PLC. He also holds a number of board positions including Chair of Crossword Consulting Ltd Board, Non-Executive Director of Crossword Cybersecurity PLC, Chair of the Board at Think Cyber Ltd and advisor to the Government of Singapore Ministry of Health. He is also a Governor/Trustee and Audit Committee Member of the University of Brighton.  Robert has over 35 years of audit, risk and security experience and has held a number of senior leadership positions, including CISO for the NHS and health & care system, GSK, National Grid, and Merrill Lynch and Head of InfoSec at Royal Bank of Scotland, and he was a partner at KPMG.
Robert is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Assurance Research and Engineering at George Mason University, Washington DC. He is also an Honorary Professor at UCL. He was awarded a PhD in psychology by the University of Leeds for his work on the perceptions of information and IT risk and has published and presented on this and other topics. He continues to undertake research in these areas. He was also awarded an MBA from Manchester Business School.

Rachael is a Threat Intelligence Manager for General Mills where she oversees all aspects of Travel Security in addition to sharing responsibility for the Global Threat Intelligence program.

She has a master’s in international Affairs from Penn State University with a background in International Security Studies and Insurgency warfare.

Rachael is the President of the Midwest Regional Analyst Roundtable a chapter of the Analysts’ Roundtable which services to further the professionalization of the fields of intelligence and risk analysis.

Prior to working for General Mills, Rachael held positions in travel risk management vendor services, NGOs, and other fortune 50 companies.

Ryan Long leads the Global Intelligence, Crisis Management, and Executive Protection functions at McDonald’s and has served as the acting CSO since November of 2022. He started in 2013, when he was hired to help launch the company’s first intelligence program. Ryan began his professional career in 2003 as a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer. He’s held a variety of analyst, advisory, and management positions of increasing responsibility in both a reserve and active capacity and deployed multiple times to both Iraq and Afghanistan where he served with distinction while receiving numerous decorations. His most recent command position was leading a strategic intelligence organization in support of the United States European Command.

Ryan previously served a two-year term as the President of the Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals (AIRIP), an industry association dedicated to professionalizing intelligence analysis, and was a founding board member of the Veterans Leadership Council, the foremost business network for the current generation of Veteran leaders. Ryan is the host of The Business of Intelligence podcast and he most recently started INTELAB Ventures, a unique incubator that connects corporate risk and resilience practitioners with thought leadership, a trusted peer-to-peer network, and cutting-edge initiatives. Ryan has a bachelor’s degree with Honors in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a law degree from The University of Illinois Chicago School of Law.

Dr Sally Leivesley is interested in all catastrophic risks to people, infrastructure cyber security and to the stability of organisations and governments – see www. Newrisk.com, Sally@newrisk.com.

She is a former Scientific Advisor for all-out nuclear attack protection of the public, infrastructure and government and was trained by the British Home Office during the Cold War.

She commenced her career in Australia working across petrochemicals, oil and gas and mining infrastructure and worked on resilience of power generation and distribution, railways mainline and underground, bulk shipping, banking and other areas of critical industry. She has spoken at many international events on energy security including EIS industry meeting in the Capitol Building Washington and to the Baker Institute on catastrophic supply chain risks.

In Australia she was the first civilian director of a disaster recovery unit and held government appointments for reforms of emergency services and health and safety.

She has been contracted on nuclear power plant incidents – TMI, Chernobyl and Fukushima and as an international media commentator for BBC World Service and other news outlets. She has commentated on the 2023 Chinese spy balloon over USA nuclear missile site, uranium package at London Heathrow airport, cyber; terrorism; aviation losses; nuclear reactor disasters; South China Sea; Polonium-210 and Novichok poisonings, Beslan siege; Iran; DPRK; Covid-19, unexplained incidents such as MH370 and chemical incidents.

In cyber and physical security she has worked closely with governments and emergency services in the design and execution of large field exercises, table tops and board level exercises. In recent years she has chaired international scientific meetings on risks of emerging nuclear weapons, Covid-19, infrastructure resilience and hazardous near-earth objects. She has worked on a small panel of advisers for the UK government supported publications on cyber security in the built environment and served in the community of interest of the Information Assurance Advisory Council.

Dr Leivesley holds memberships with the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists, the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, and the Royal United Services institute for Defence Studies.

Sam’s core responsibility is the development, implementation, and management of Air Canada’s intelligence program. Previously, Sam has served as the Geopolitical Risk and Intelligence Advisor for WestJet Airlines and as a Corporate Security Analyst for Shaw Communications. Sam also holds several external positions: Co-chair of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Geopolitical Risk Taskforce, steering committee member of the U.S. State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Aviation Sector Committee (AVSC), and director of external partnerships for the Threat Intelligence Exchange Roundtable (TIER). Sam has a master’s degree in strategic studies and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Calgary.

Steve served 20 years in UK law enforcement investigating economic crime specialising in the pro-active investigation of Banking Fraud, Bribery & Corruption, Whistleblowing and Money Laundering. This was followed by 6 years at Citigroup Inc. as EMEA Regional Director of Investigations, and 8 years as Barclays Bank Plc, Global Head of Investigations for Investment Banking & Wealth Management. Currently Head of Fraud & Investigations in Group Compliance at Lombard Odier, based in Geneva. To date, 40 years of international economic crime experience in both a law enforcement and corporate environment.

With over 29 years of managerial experience in different telecommunication fields, including eight years as Chief Information Security Officer, and Security Executive Director, added to six years as Internal Audit Executive Director, Sami has extensive knowledge of information security, cyber-security, privacy, Internal Audit, Risk Management and Internal Control.

As Telecom Engineer, Sami has also good expertise of telecommunication technologies and trends. He was Mobile O&M Director at Tunisie Telecom and supervised as Regional Director the infrastructure deployment for both fixed and mobile networks in three Tunisian Departments.

Additionally, Sami is an expert assistant at the Tunisian University where he teaches Management Information Systems and Information Security. He holds an MBA of Paris Dauphine University-France and two Telecom Engineering diplomas of SUPCOM Tunisia.

Sami is the winner of The Inspiring Leader of the Year 2022 Award at North AfricaCom Event

Thorsten Neumann has 20 years’ experience in leadership roles in the Industrial Loss Prevention & Security

After joining the Transported Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA) Board of Directors in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region in 2003, he went on to serve as Chairman of TAPA EMEA between 2006 and 2019 before being appointed as the supply chain security
and resilience Association’s first-ever full-time President & CEO in 2020.

Since then, TAPA EMEA has built a full-time professional team to support it membership of nearly 800 companies, including Manufacturers, Logistics Service Providers, Insurers, Security Service Providers and Consultancies, as well as Law Enforcement Agencies and Associate Partner organisations from across the EMEA region.

As well as its highest-ever membership in the region, TAPA EMEA is also seeing record growth in companies achieving certifications for its
Facility, Trucking and Secure Parking industry standards. Supported by the Association’s biggest-ever training programme.

In 2022, the launch of the TAPA EMEA Intelligence System (TIS) now provides members with a new and intuitive intelligence tool to support their risk management and loss prevention strategies by providing a searchable database of all cargo crime incidents reported to the Association.

As well as representing TAPA EMEA during its work with, and support of, Europol, INTERPOL, the European Commission, and other supply
chain security stakeholders, Thorsten is a NATO Civil Expert for Transportation, Communication & Cyber Threats.

He also serves as Chair of the Board (Vorstandsvorsitzender) of ASW NORD, the Alliance for Security in the Economy of Northern Germany (ASWN).
He is now based at TAPA EMEA’s offices in Germany.  To learn more about TAPA EMEA, go to www.tapaemea.org

A absolute positive thinking team player with excellent analytical and problem solving skills with almost 20 years of Management experience in law enforcement and Corporate Security sector for a huge company and a startup. Equipped not only with a MBA in Safety & Security, but also with a record of success in building up, managing and leading a team of global Security experts to develop and mature security processes and risk mitigating measures. Always focused on the matter to contribute to team success through targeted analysis the business environment, hard work, attention to details and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.

If you would be interested in getting involved as a Speaker, please let us know! We would also very much value your input into companies, topics or specific persons you may like to see on the 2022 agenda!

We are looking for:

  • best practice corporate case studies
  • interactive formats
  • future-facing persons and companies
  • practical and actionable takeaways
  • inspirational speakers – the world’s smartest thinkers and doers!

We welcome your input into shaping the agenda. Please emaisara.hook@pulseconferences.com with your thoughts.

Many thanks!

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