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Security Research Event 2018 - Speakers

High-level panel 1



Dharmendra Kanani

Director of Insights at Friends of Europe

Dharmendra Kanani has been in senior leadership roles in the Public and Voluntary sectors across the UK and Europe over a period of 26 years. In 2005, he was appointed as Director of Scotland of the Big Lottery Fund. Subsequently, from 2010 to 2014, Kanani was the England Director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK. Since 2016, he has supported Friends of Europe’s strategic development across all its policy areas with a strong focus on Climate and Energy; Peace, Security and Defence as well as Digitalisation. Prior to this role, Kanani was the European Foundation Centre’s (EFC) first Fellow in July 2014.



Pascal Lamy

From September 2005 to August 2013, Pascal Lamy served for two consecutive terms as General Director- of the World Trade Organization (WTO). A committed European and member of the French Socialist party, he was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors from 1985 to 1994. He then joined the Credit Lyonnais as CEO until 1999, before returning to Brussels as European Trade Commissioner until 2004. Mr. Lamy holds degrees from HEC School of Management, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).

Pascal Lamy was appointed in 2016 President of the French Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and chair of the European group of experts in charge of evaluating the impact of EU research funding. He shares his other activities between the Jacques Delors Institute (President emeritus), the presidency of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, as well as various mandates or missions related to international affairs. He is also President of the Board of Directors of the Musiciens du Louvre (Orchestra of Marc Minkowski), member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, Transparency International France and the Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE); senior advisor to the Brunswick Group, to Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) and to the World Trade Board, member of the Advisory Boards of Transparency International, the Oxford Martin School, UNITAID and the Friedland Institute. He is affiliate Professor at HEC. He is currently also member of the Global Future Council on regional Governance at the World Economic Forum.

Pascal Lamy is author of various books and reports on global governance, Europe and international trade. His latest publications are: Oxford Martin Commission: “Now for the long term” (2013); “The Geneva Consensus” (Cambridge University Press, 2013); “Quand la France s’éveillera” (Odile Jacob, 2014), Où va le monde ? (Odile Jacob, 2017)

Pascal Lamy also lectures to the benefit of Institut Jacques Delors among other engagments, on issues related to globalisation, global governance, international trade, international economics, regional integration, European and French issues.



Peter Goldgruber

Mr. Goldgruber served as a police officer until 1986, after which he completed training as senior police officer. He worked in the field until 1990, after which he moved to the training department of the Federal Police Directorate, where he worked as a teacher for future police officers until 1995. Meanwhile, Mr. Goldgruber also studied law, graduating in 1994. On the basis of this degree, Mr. Goldgruber was able to move to the Donaustadt District Police Commissariat in 1995 as safety administrator, from where he went to the Währing District Police Commissariat in 1998 as chief security officer. In 1999 he held the position of head of department in the Office for Legal Affairs and Supervision. In 2001, he was appointed head of the Special Investigations Office, which he headed until the end of 2001. At the beginning of 2002, Mr. Goldgruber was promoted to Head of the Security and Administrative Department of the Federal Police Directorate in Vienna. Following the restructuring of the security authorities in 2012, he became a member of the Board of the Office for Quality Assurance, an activity he held until his appointment as Secretary General on 18 December 2017.



Jean-David MALO

Jean-David Malo studied in the Institut National Supérieur des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (Paris) and the University of California (Berkeley).
He started his career as Head of internal control management in the Comité Professionnel de la Distribution de Carburants in France before joining ARMINES, a body managing contractual research and innovation for French engineering schools (Ecoles des MInes, Ecole Polytechnique, ENSTA, …), where he created, developed and managed the European Affairs Directorate. He joined the European Commission in January 2001. In the Directorate General for Research, he participated actively to a number of developments on the design of funding instruments, rules for participation, funding schemes, etc, both for FP6 and FP7. From 2003 to 2006, he was the assistant of Director Robert-Jan SMITS. After heading the unit in charge of the regional aspects of FP7, ie. the "Regions of Knowledge" and "Research Potential" programmes, from 2006 to 2010, he was managing from 2011 to 2013 a newly created unit in DG Research and Innovation, the main objective of which was to contribute to increase private finance and close market gaps in investing in research and innovation by expanding the scope and scale of existing EU innovative financial instruments (like the Risk-Sharing Finance Facility) and by developing new ones in the fields of debt (including guarantees) and equity financing, notably in the context of Horizon 2020 ("InnovFin"). The EU state aid framework, tax incentive schemes and philanthropic funding were also areas covered by the work of the unit. From 2014, this unit was also covering the SMEs dimension of Horizon 2020, including in particular EUROSTARS II and the design and coordination of the SME Instrument and the Fast Track to Innovation pilot. On February 2017 he has been appointed as Director of the Directorate in charge of "Open Innovation and Open Science". The European Innovation Council, the Pan-European Venture Capital Fund(s)-of-Funds Programme, the RDI dimension under the European Fund for Strategic investments, the European Open Science Cloud, the long-term sustainable investments for Research Infrastructures, the monitoring of the ERA Roadmaps, etc… are among the various files he is in charge of or contributing to.



Catherine De Bolle

Before taking up her post as Europol’s Executive Director in May 2018, Catherine De Bolle served as General Commissioner of the Belgian Federal Police from 2012. Prior to her appointment as Belgian Police Commissioner, Ms De Bolle was Chief of Police in Ninove. In January 2015 she has received the title of Public Manager of the year and since November 2015 she is a member of the Executive Committee of Interpol. Ms De Bolle studied law at Ghent Univeristy and then went on to graduate from the Royal Gendarmerie Academy in Belgium.





Alberto de Benedictis

Alberto was CEO of Finmeccanica UK from 2005 to 2015, where the Group had revenues of over £2 billion and with more than 8,000 employees, supplying defence, aerospace and security solutions to the British Government and to numerous foreign government customers. In 2013 Finmeccanica (currently Leonardo) was rated the best overall supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence. The Group’s major activities included military helicopter development and manufacturing, airborne defence electronics systems, and physical and Cyber security solutions for major customers, including the UK Government, NATO and the Commonwealth Games.

From 1996 to 2005, Alberto was head of strategy, business development and mergers and acquisition for the Finmeccanica Group in Rome. Prior to this he was head of Finmeccanica in North America.

Alberto has chaired or served on the Boards of many Finmeccanica Group companies and other companies, including companies listed in Europe and in the United States.

He was Chair of the Security Business Unit of ASD in Brussels, the industry association representing defence, aerospace and security industries in Europe, from June 2014 to January 2016.

Alberto provides management advisory services in the defence, aerospace and security sectors through his consultancy DB Advisors Ltd. of which he is Principal.

He is currently Chair of the Protection and Security Advisory Group of the European Commission, Vice Chair of Ansaldo STS SpA, Chair of Pellegrini Catering Overseas SA, Vice-Chair of Clearwater Tracking Ltd., Chair of Janus Srl.

High-level panel 2



Normund Popens

Normunds Popens is currently Deputy Director General for Implementation in the Directorate General Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission in charge of overseeing the implementation of structural and cohesion fund programmes in EU member states and candidate countries. Before joining the European Commission in March 2011 he has occupied several posts in the Latvian diplomatic services. Notably from 2007 till 2011 he was a Permanent Representative of Latvia to the EU. Before that he dealt with European affairs as Undersecretary of State of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has been also responsible for the issues of foreign trade and transatlantic relations and has worked as an Ambassador in Norway, Iceland and in the USA as a diplomat.




Vladimir Sucha

Vladimir Šucha is Director-General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, its in-house scientific service. He was Deputy Director-General of the JRC between 2012 and 2013. Prior to that, he spent 6 years in the position of director for culture and media in the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. Before joining the European Commission, he held various positions in the area of European and international affairs. Between 2005 and 2006, he was director of the Slovak Research and Development Agency, national body responsible for funding research. He was principal advisor for European affairs to the minister of education of the Slovak Republic (2004-2005). He worked at the Slovak Representation to the EU in Brussels as research, education and culture counselor (2000-2004). In parallel, he has followed a long-term academic and research career, being a full professor in Slovakia and visiting professor/scientist at different academic institutions in many countries. He published more than 100 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals.



Fabrice Leggeri

Fabrice Leggeri, has been Executive Director of Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, since 16 January 2015, overseeing an unprecedented period of expansion at the Agency.

He joined Frontex from the French Ministry of Interior, where he ran the Division on Irregular Migration, with key responsibilities arising from Schengen-related public policies and illegal immigration. Earlier, he served as Head of the Unit dealing with cross border traffic, frontiers and visas.

Mr Leggeri has worked extensively in the area of migration and international law. Following his first stint at the Ministry of Interior, he worked as national expert at the European Commission in 2000-2003, where he contributed to drafting the Commission paper that led to the creation of Frontex.

He graduated from the École nationale d'administration (ÉNA), École normale supérieure (ENS) and L’Institut d’études politiques de Paris.



Gernot Grimm

Dr. Gernot Grimm is Head of Staff Group for Technology Transfer and Security Research, Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology and since 01.02.2018 CEO of” Neusiedler Seebahn GmbH”. He was born on October 30, 1957 in Graz, Austria, is married and has two daughters. In 1975 he graduated from high school and started law studies at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz. There he graduated in 1980 and got a doctorate in law. In 2013 he got an honorary doctorate of Sigmund Freud private university.

After his studies he started working and coaching in different fields for many Federal Ministers. From 1986 to 2000 he was head of unit, then Head of Department for foreign trade policy. In 2001 he became CEO of Federal Institute for International Transfer of Education and Training (BIB). In the same year he structured and managed the Federal Institute for International, Education and Technology Transfer. After that he became Head of Staff Group for Transfer of Education and Training in the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture.

Panel Border Security




Aija Kalnaja – Director of Capacity Building Division at European Border and Coast Guard Agency

With over 25 years of policing experience and international law enforcement expertise, Aija Kalnaja joined Frontex in June 2018, as the Director of Capacity Building Division, leading 3 units that conduct Agency’s core business: pooling of resources, training as well as research and innovation. Prior to that Ms Kalnaja led the Training and Research Unit and later Operations Department at EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training – CEPOL.

She joined Latvian Police in 1993 dealing with international crime investigations and was also responsible for heading the Latvian SIRENE Bureau as well as managing the establishment of the national bureau.

Between 2007 and 2011, Ms Kalnaja was Latvia’s Police Attaché to the United Kingdom, acting as a strategic advisor to the Latvian government on police matters and cooperation with the United Kingdom, after which she was appointed the Deputy Chief of Latvian Police.

Ms Kalnaja is a graduate of the University of Latvia, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Science.




His education comprises studies of Telecommunications & Electronics at the Technical University of Vienna, a PhD for Infocommunications of the ITA - International Telecommunication Academy, as well as several high-level training courses at high ranked European Institutes in Sales, Marketing, Project Management, Leadership, Corporate Management, and Controlling.
His qualifications were strengthened by his Officers Education with the Austrian Armed Forces (Mountaineers and Guards Regiment, Rank: Company Commander, Captain), his participation in NATO – SERA Course (Session European Responsables de Armament), and in high level Strategic Leadership Courses of the Austrian Defence College.




Enrique BELDA

Enrique Belda-Esplugues holds a PhD from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), and a Degree in Civil Engineer (UPV), having completed postgraduate courses at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées of Paris, the École Nationale d'Administration (L'ENA) of Paris, the IESE Business School and the University of Navarra, as well as in the National Institute of Public Administration (INAP) and the Spanish Diplomatic School (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation).
Career Officer of the General State Administration, he is currently the Deputy Director General of Communication and Information Systems for Security in the Spanish Ministry of Interior. He was previously working as: Deputy Director General on Road Traffic Technologies in the Ministry of Interior and Lecturer in the Superior Technical School of Civil Engineers of the Polytechnic University of Valencia; he also worked in the private sector as Chief Engineer for the construction of public works and project management.
Dr Belda has received 11 awards and recognitions, both national and international, throughout his professional career. He has written seventeen (17) articles in national publications and six (6) articles in international publications.




Prof. Ferryman is a data scientist and leads the Computational Vision Group within the Department of Computer Science, School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences (SMPCS), University of Reading. His current research interests include multimodal biometrics, automated video surveillance and benchmarking. He is the author of more than 100 scientific publications. He has participated in a wide range of UK and EU funded research programmes including, under border security, the EU EFFISEC project (FP7-217991) on efficient integrated security checkpoints, the EU IPATCH project (FP7-60756on automated surveillance and decision support system for detection and classification of piracy threats to shipping, and the EU FastPass project (FP7-312583) on development of a harmonised modular reference system for all European automated crossing points, the latter of which he led the largest technological workstream on traveller identification and monitoring. Prof. Ferryman currently coordinates the EU PROTECT project (H2020-700259, 2016-2019) on exploration of current and future use of biometrics in border security and is a partner in the EU FOLDOUT project (H2020-787021, 2018-2021) on development of an effective and robust intelligent detection platform for border surveillance in harsh environments. Prof. Ferryman is a member of the British Computer Society and has acted as the Director of both the British Machine Vision Association and the Security Information Technology Consortium. Since 2000, he has been a Co-Chair of the IEEE International Workshop on Performance Evaluation of Tracking and Surveillance.




Pascal Fallet is the Senior Vice President Europe Public Security within Idemia. Public Security includes Border Control, Criminal Justice and Road Safety.

Pascal has a 16-year history within Idemia starting as Sales and the taking management responsibilities mainly in Europe and in Africa.

He was previously working within System Integrators, Sema, Atos…

Pascal is married and has a 10-year-old son.

Panel Maritime Security




From 2009, for the Italian Space Agency (ASI), on behalf of the Italian Council Presidency, is the national coordinator of the European Integrated Maritime Surveillance projects, involving the Italian and European maritime administrations. Was co-chair of BluemassMed, the CISE pilot project for the Mediterranean, coordinator of the cost/benefit analysis for the impact assessment of CISE in the European project CooPeration, is the European scientific coordinator of the project of Security Research EUCISE2020 ( ), which develops the CISE reference implementation.

Was national coordinator of the European project of Security Research CLOSEYE on the subject of Border Control.

From 1998 to 2008, in the Italian Space Agency, was a member of the Board of Directors and Vice-President, board member of the Joint Venture ELV (European Launch Vehicle) SpA, for the development of the VEGA launcher, and e-GEOS SpA, for Earth Observation applications.

Italian delegate to the FP7 Transport European Program Research Board; ASI representative in the Industrial Policy Board of ESA (European Space Agency); Italian representative in the "Galileo Program Public Private Partnership Task Force" of the European Commission.

From 1974 to 1998, was in the major Italian ICT group Italsiel/Finsiel, public companies of computer science. Coordinated advanced ICT applications in the areas of Health, Transportation and Public Accounting.

Director of strategic planning; Director of Large Projects in Health Care and Decision Support Systems; Development of Expert Systems in National Health Planning for the Italian Ministry of Public Health; Research coordinator of Software Engineering applications and methods; member of EUROMETHOD development group.

University degree in Statistical Sciences at the La Sapienza University of Rome in 1973; course of Artificial Intelligence at the Yale University in New Haven (USA) in 1986; professional courses in management and technologies.




Mr Economou is Head of Unit at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) with responsibility for sea-basin strategies, maritime regional cooperation and maritime security.
He joined the Commission in 2000 where he worked in various positions at the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) dealing with maritime transport, land transport and lastly with innovation in railways, from the position of Interim Executive Director for the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking. Prior to 2000, he worked for the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) in Brussels. He studied Business Administration in the University of Athens, and holds Master's degrees of European Economics and of Maritime and Aviation Law, both from the University of Brussels.




Dan Chirondojan is Director of the Directorate for Space, Security and Migration (since 2016) in the Joint Research Centre, the scientific and knowledge service of the European Commission. The mission of the Directorate is to focus on aspects regarding technology innovation in security, emergency preparedness, disaster risk management, cyber security, hybrid threats, transport and border security, safety and security of buildings and public spaces, space infrastructures as well as migration. Prior to that, for five years he was Director being responsible for the management of infrastructure and services for the JRC site of Ispra, Italy (the third largest site of the Commission). Before joining the European Commission, he spent 17 years in the private telecommunications sector in Romania, being in charge with operations and development of the infrastructure associated with the radio and fixed networks, business continuity planning, security risk assessment and crisis management. Between 1997 and 2001, he held various positions in the Romanian public administration in the area of ICT regulations, regional implementation of Government policies and civil protection. Mr. Chirondojan holds a degree as Engineer in Electronics and Telecommunications, at Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania and an MBA in "Economies in Transition and Managing Global Companies", at Vienna University of Economics and Business - WU Wien, Austria.




He is currently Head of National and International Technical Collaborations within the Directorate for Innovation and Technology Governance of Leonardo S.p.A. , one of the major global players in the Aerospace, Defence and Security industry. He is Chairman of the Integrated Border Security Working Group of EOS – the European Organization for Security, the voice of the European security industry and research community. He is also Deputy Head of Italian Delegation to the NATO Industry Advisory Group (NIAG). Previously, at Selex Sistemi Integrati, he has been Head of Institutional Relations, Head of Product Development. In the Alenia Marconi Systems (AMS) - Finmeccanica - BAE Systems Joint Venture he has been Director of Business Customer Support Unit for Air Traffic Control (ATC) and earlier Director of External Relations and Marketing Communications. He has previously been Detached National Expert and Auxiliary Agent at the European Commission - General Transport Directorate (1992-1996). His work began in Selenia - Stet Group in 1989. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering - Energy / Management Address in 1988 in Rome, La Sapienza. He speaks fluently English and French; he is familiar with Spanish and Danish. He loves sailing, skiing and outdoor physical activity in general. He was born on 28/7/1961 in Rome, is of Italian nationality, married and has two daughters.



Sandra SILVA

Sandra Isabel Cortinhal Parreira da Silva was born in 1971 in Barreiro.She holds a Degree in Management from the Higher Institute of Economics and Management (ISEG), the Technical University of Lisbon.

She began her professional activity at the Water Institute, I. P, as a Head of Division in the Administrative and Financial areas. Since 2013 she has held positions at the Directorate-General for Maritime Policy, initially as a Head of Division of Investments and Planning and currently she is a Programming Services Director.

Her expertise is on the management of National, European and other funding instruments, namely: EU funds, from the perspective of the beneficiary and from the perspective of the Managing Authority, of the European Economic Financial Mechanism (EEA Grants), was responsible for the management of the " Programme PT02 - Integrated Marine and Coastal Waters Management" of the EEA Grants 2009-2014 and currently under the new Blue Growth Program of EEA Grants 2014-2021, as well as the Blue Fund, which aims the development of the sea economy, scientific and technological research, protection and monitoring of the marine environment and maritime safety and security.

Within the scope of her duties as DGPM's Director of Programming Services she has been responsible for the areas of Integrated Maritime Surveillance, in particular the implementation of the EU Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) and the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) and also the National Integrated Maritime Surveillance and Monitoring project (NIPIM@R) focused on the interoperability of information sharing between the seven maritime communities in Portugal.

Sandra Silva is also responsible for Pre-Commercial Procurement of the Marine-EO Project to promote the exploitation of the information produced by the Copernicus Program through the development of innovative solutions to address the critical challenges facing Europe today in the maritime and marine environment, in particular the monitoring of the marine environment and climate change, and at the same time illegal migration and border security, and maritime safety.

Panel Citizens awareness




Gilles PELAYO is the Head of the Unit managing the 'Europe for Citizens' programme at the European Commission's Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

This programme funds projects from both local authorities and civil society organisations that aim at:

  • fostering active European citizenship and improving conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level, and at
  • contributing to citizens' understanding of the Union, its history and diversity.

A graduate from SciencesPo, Gilles has been working for over 20 years at the European Commission, first in positions dealing with the Union's external relations (democracy & human rights promotion in the Western Balkans; relations with Latin America), and more recently in the Home Affairs department (fight against organised crime, in particular corruption).




Ingrid Nyborg has a PhD in Development Studies from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of International Environment and Development Studies, with earlier degrees in International Agricultural Development and International Relations from University of California, Davis. She has 30 years of research experience in rural livelihoods, humanitarian assistance, human security, gender and development, focusing on participatory methods and co-production of knowledge with local organizations as an example of capacity-building research. She currently specializes in post-conflict and post-crisis development in South Asia, and is leading the EC Horizon 2020 research project ‘Community-Oriented Policing (COP) and Post-Conflict Police Reform’, a global study (11 country cases) of alternative, non-militarized forms of policing focusing on trust-building, broader understandings of security, and the use of ICT.



Maggie MORT

Maggie Mort is Professor, Sociology of Science, Technology & Medicine, Dept of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK. She Coordinated the EU Horizon 2020 project CUIDAR: Cultures of Disaster Resilience Among Children and Young People, and lead the Children, Young People and Flooding ESRC research. She teaches and supervises in disaster studies, patient safety, medical uncertainty and health policy and has published widely on the social effects of disaster and technological change in health and social care. Publications include: ‘Displacement: critical insights from flood affected children (2018) Health and Place; ‘From Victims to Actors: the role of children and young people in flood recovery and resilience’, (2018) Environment and Planning C; ‘Technologies of recovery, plans practices and entangled politics in disaster’, The Sociological Review, (2014) and Animal Disease and Human Trauma, Emotional Geographies of Disaster (2008, Palgrave).




Chief superintendent.b Graduate of the University of Strasbourg (political science) he works for more than 28 years in the French National police in several positions as well in the criminal police as in public safety police departments. Advisor of the general director of the French National Police between 2003 and 2007 he acquired in these different positions a solid experience of police organizations management and project management: Challenges from community policing, coordinating cross border operations concerning prosecuting, security of international summits (G8 in Evian 2003 and G7 in Elmau 2015, NATO Summit in Strasbourg 2009), but also administrative tasks. He acquired a wide range of competencies regarding the main tasks of law enforcement agencies. Former French liaison in Switzerland (2003) and Germany (2011 to 2015) he has been involved in the German-French cooperation in the area of civil security research (organization of workshops with the German Police University). Since Septembre 2015, department manager in charge of multilateral cooperation projects in Europe and third countries, developing partnerships with french companies in the field of security solutions and the organization of training courses for foreign law enforcement officers in France. Coordinator of the EU funded project ILEAnet (GA n° 740714)




Georgios Kolliarakis is Advisor for Research Strategy at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin. Georgios has a track record in the analysis of strategic, regulatory, and organisational impacts of security policy. He advises national ministries and international organisations on anticipatory governance of security-related technology R&D and its interface with policymaking. After his Engineering studies, Georgios earned a Master’s degree in Political Geography, and a PhD in International Politics. Recent publications include: ‘Anticipation and Wicked Problems in Public Policy: The Emergence of Unknown Knowns.’ International Handbook of Anticipation (2018, forth.); ‘A Communities-of-Practice approach for Policymaking in the fields of Security and Resilience.’ European Commission/JRC (with Ph. Quevauviller, 2018); ‘In Quest of Reflexivity: Towards an Anticipatory Governance Regime for Security.’ Discourses of Privacy and Security. Routledge (2017).



Richard JAMES

Richard is the Managing Director of Intensive Engagement Limited. Following 30 years in police operational command roles Richard undertook a Master’s Degree at Cambridge University. His thesis focussed on effective community engagement in complex and challenging locations. As part of the CENTRIC team Richard developed an evaluation framework for the EU Horizon 2020 Unity Project. The framework was successfully applied at all the EU pilot locations. Richard is currently providing advice and support to leaders and practitioners in police forces and local authorities across the UK who seek to develop more effective engagement in complex and challenging locations. He is an associate at the UK College of Policing where he is a visiting speaker on the International Leadership course and part of the national peer review team. Richard is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His work with Muslim communities following the London bombings of 2005 received nationally recognition by the National Association of Muslim Police.

Panel Disaster resilient societies



Alexander ALMER

Alexander Almer is head of the Geoservices & Multi Sensor Applications unit at JOANNEUM RESEARCH. He has been acting as coordinator in national research and commercially targeted projects. He has been participating also in EU and ESA projects. Furthermore, he has been lecturer at the Graz University of Technology, Montanuniversität Leoben and UMIT. He has more than 100 publications in the field of Security, Mobile Computing, Remote Sensing and Image Processing. The research interests concentrate on Security Research including Remote Sensing, multi-sensor analysis, Geo-Information and Decision Support Systems. He has more than 10 years’ experience in the field of emergency and disaster management.





Dr. Ivonne A. Herrera is a Senior Scientist at SINTEF and Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway. She has degrees in electrical engineering (Colombia), Masters in Aeronautical maintenance and Production (France) and PhD in Safety Management and Resilience Engineering (Norway). She has more than 20 years' experience within the industry and research for aviation, petroleum and recently healthcare domains. Since 2006, she performs research in the area of resilience. Other research areas include safety management, risk governance, societal safety and innovation management. She has been vice-chair of the Scientific Committee of Clean Sky Joint Undertaking. Ivonne currently co-leads STERNA project cooperation Norway – Brazil, high-level education on resilience. She is Project Coordinator of the recently finished H2020 project DARWIN Expect the unexpected and know how to respond addressing operationalization of resilience for crisis management. She was guest editor to journal Reliability Engineering & System Safety on a special issue on Resilience Engineering.




Marc Castellnou is President of the Pau Costa Foundation and Incident Commander and Strategic Wildfire Analyst for the Catalan Fire and Rescue Service since 1999. He is also Director of the prescribed burning program in Catalonia since 2001. Marc has filled various international fire specialist positions, including: senior expert for the European Forest Institute 2014, technical expert for the European Civil Protection Mechanism, member of the European Mission on Chile wildfires in 2017, and member of the Independent Technical Commission for Portugal fires in 2017. In 2015, he received the International Association of Wildland Fire Safety Award and in 2017 the Montero de Burgos Award for fire ecology public communication from the Official College of Forestry Engineers in Madrid.





Nacira works as Head of unit for "Disaster Risk Reduction, European Voluntary Humanitarian Corps" the European Commission. Prior to joining this unit, she worked in the Security Directorate of the European Commission Directorate General or Migration and Home Affairs (2015-2017).

Nacira Boulehouat has worked in different assignments under the EU Common Foreign and Security policy, notably in relation to the Middle East and the European Neighbourhood for 10 years. She was deputy head of the Middle East at the European External Action Service, dealing with the Syria crisis and its regional ramifications from 2011 to 2015. Before that, she has worked on the enlargement policy at the time of negotiations for the accession of ten countries to the EU and was posted in the EU Delegation to Cyprus from 1998 to 2000.




Stefan Tangen is a senior advisor at the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency where he works with international relations and standardization activities. He currently serves as the Chair of the Capability Gap committee within the International forum to advance first responder innovation. For the past 13 years he has been working internationally mostly with various standardization committees related to security, crises management and risk management both within CEN (the European standardization organization) and ISO (the International standardization organization). He served as secretary for several committees, for example ISO/TC 223 on Societal security. Currently he is Convenor of a communication group for ISO/TC 292 on Security and resilience and active in numerous of international standardization projects. He became a civil engineer at the Royal Institute of Technology in 1999 and holds a PhD in Production Engineering.



Montserrat Marín FERRER

Montserrat Marín Ferrer joined the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in 2002 as PhD Student coming from the Department of Ionizing Radiation Physics (Autonomous University of Bellaterra, Barcelona), where she worked as associated lecturer. Her PhD project consisted in the development of a Neutron Detector for Nuclear Safeguards activities. She was appointed Technical Manager of the Illicit Trafficking Radiation Assessment Program (ITRAP+10), a program initiated by the European Union and the United States, in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), that highlighted the importance of nuclear security and promoted systems and measures for the prevention of, detection of, and response to nuclear or other radioactive materials out of regulatory control. Montserrat has worked in the field of Nuclear Emergency Preparedness and Response before being nominated Coordinator of the Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC). At the DRMKC she is currently dealing with actions meant to provide Scientific support for the efficient and coherent implementation of different policies and agreements in the context of Disaster Risk Reduction, such as European Union of Civil Protection Mechanism, the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Sendai Agreement for Disaster Risk Reduction.



Frédéric DOMPS

Frédéric Domps is a Senior Policy Officer at the European Commission and works in the Galileo Program Management Unit. He is currently responsible for the development of the Galileo Emergency Warning Services and the associated technical cooperation with Japan.

Frédéric joined the European Commission in 2009, initially working on the procurement of the Galileo system, then on the preparation of the Galileo Initial Services.

Frédéric holds an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Lille, France, and a Master of Science in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, England.

Panel Cybercrime




Dr. Boris Hemkemeier is Director for Security Consulting & Research at Commerzbank in Germany. He brings more than 10 years of experience in combatting cybercrime and customer security. Boris studied mathematics and philosophy and holds a PhD in mathematics. He contributed to the development and introduction of a user-friendly, innovative two-factor authentication method, which is now used by many banks all over the world. He is a co-founder and co-organizer of an annual national cybercrime conference for law enforcement and banks, which has been taking place for ten years. Another focus area is web application security and his engagement for the OWASP project with its European and German conferences.

For many years Boris assists the Commission as an independent expert on the evaluation of research proposals and project monitoring. Currently he is a member of the Horizon 2020 Protection and Security Advisory Group (PASAG).



Cheryl BAKER

Cheryl Baker is the Director of the Centre for Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Investigation (CCI) at University College Dublin. Cheryl is a member of the Europol Academic Advisory Group and a founding member of the European Cybercrime Training & Education Group (ECTEG). Having led CCI since its establishment in 2007, Cheryl is committed to the mission of supporting law enforcement in the fight against cybercrime, and has coordinated a number of EU funded projects that reflect this goal. Cheryl is a strong advocate of active law enforcement involvement in research projects that are targeted at the LE community. One such example is FREETOOL, under which CCI worked with experts from 16 different law enforcement agencies, developing free forensic and open source intelligence gathering tools. To date, LE agencies from 54 countries have requested access to the tools. Cheryl is currently a partner in the H2020 ILEAnet project, the objective of which is to develop a network to support better alignment between the needs of the security practitioner, and relevant R&D project outputs.




After studying physics at Bristol University, Graham worked from 1983-1995 as a nuclear engineer on various U.K. nuclear power stations. He then joined the European Commission to develop assistance programmes to nuclear regulatory authorities in Central and Eastern Europe.

In 2000, he joined a team that was preparing a major reform of European chemicals regulation, work which led to the adoption of the REACH regulation in 2006. He became head of the REACH unit in 2008.

From 2013 until 2016, he was head of unit for research into civil security and industrial policy for the security industry.

Since October 2016, he is head of unit for cybercrime in DG HOME of the European Commission. The unit's responsibilities include development of policy and legislation to address all aspects of cybercrime. This includes illegal content, with a focus on addressing child sexual exploitation.




Dipl.-Ing. Helmut Leopold, PhD, Head of Center for Digital Safety & Security, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology.

Since January 2009, Helmut Leopold is with the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology where he holds the position of Head of Center for Digital Safety & Security. before AIT he was with Alcatel-Lucent and then Telekom Austria, the largest network operator in Austria, in various management positions.

He studied Computer Science at the Vienna University of Technology and made his PhD at the University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom.





Julia Davidson, PhD is Professor of Criminology in the Department of Business and Law at the University of East London. She is one of the UKs foremost experts on policy, practice and offending in the area of child online abuse and cybercrime. She plays an active role in key national committees such as the UK Council for Internet Safety (Chairs the Evidence Group) and provides expert advice to national and international organisations such as NICE, the Home Office, the National Crime Agency , UNICEF , Europol, the US Sentencing Commission, the US Department of Justice and the UN ITU. She is a member of the Europol EC3 Expert Academic Advisory Group. She has directed a vast amount of research spanning 30 years, recent examples include European Commission funded studies in 5 EU countries exploring offender online grooming and exploring industry and policing practice in the prevention of online offending She has also recently co-directed a study exploring young peoples pathways into cybercrime undertaken in collaboration with the Europol Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and University College Dublin and is currently directing research exploring the motivations of ethical hackers. She has also acted as an advisor on child online safegurading to governments and practitioners in South America , Africa and the MENA region, recently helping the Kingdom of Bahrain to develop a national Internet Safety policy Framework ( 2010, 2016).

Professor Davidson has worked with the media since 2003 working on live and recorded interviews for the BBC News, BBC World News, ITV, C4, BBC R4 News , BBC R4 Woman’s Hour. She has also worked on documentaries and has published widely in the cybercrime and child Internet safety area, she has written 5 books and many academic articles, her latest book : Child Abuse and Protection: Contemporary issues in research, policy and practice ( Davidson J & Bifulco, A) will be published by Routledge in 2018. She has a PhD in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and was made Honorary Research Fellow at Royal Holloway University of London in May 2010 and has been Adjunct Professor in the School of Law at QUT, Australia . She is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.



Philipp AMANN

Philipp is the Head of Strategy of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). EC3 Strategy is responsible for the delivery of strategic, situational and tactical cyber-related products such as the Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA). Other key areas of responsibility include prevention and awareness, outreach, stakeholder management, training management and internet governance.
Prior to joining the EC3, he held management positions with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the International Criminal Court.
Philipp has more than 17 years of relevant working experience and hands-on skills in information and cyber security management, policy development, combatting cybercrime, electronic evidence management and the analysis and management of intelligence.
He has worked in various fields, including the financial sector, global disarmament and arms control, CBRNe, law enforcement and international law. He is also a member of ENISA’s Permanent Stakeholder Group and the program advisory board of the Cyber Akademie.
Philipp’s professional experience is complemented by a PhD degree and a Master’s degree in business informatics from the University of Vienna. He also holds an MSc in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation from the University College Dublin.




After 30 years as police officer in the Belgian federal police, among which more than 15 years dedicated to computer forensics and cyber crime fighting, Yves Vandermeer is currently lecturer in the Norwegian Police University College.
Master in Computer Forensics, and developer of software specialised in the computer forensics he performs currently a PhD focusing on the electronic evidence eco-system.
He is the chair of ECTEG, the European Cybercrime Training and Education Group, where he contributes to the creation of specialised lessons available for Law Enforcement in cooperation with Europol-EC3, CEPOL, Council of Europe and other EU cybercrime related projects. His motto is an expert staying in his corner will soon become expert of only the corner.


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Babak Akhgar (PhD , FBCS) is Professor of Informatics, Director of CENTRIC (Centre of excellence in terrorism, resilience, intelligence and organized crime research) He has extensive and hands on experience in development, management and execution of ICT projects in large international security R&D initiatives (e.g. Counter terrorism , Application of social media in crisis management, intelligence based combating of terrorism, Gun crime, cyber security, and Big Data analytics) with multi million Euros budgets. Prof Akhgar is founder of CENTRIC OSINT Hub, which provides law enforcement agencies with state of art capabilities to conduct wide range of open source based investigation from Organised Crime network to Counter Terrorism. He has more than 120 refereed publications. He has written and co-edited 12 books on Intelligence management, Cyber Crime and Counter Terrorism related topics. Prof Akhgar was Trustee of Police National Legal Database (PNLD) for 2 years. Prof Akhgar is member of academic advisory board of SAS UK and Board member of European Organisation for Security.




Principal Border Advisor within the United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT) in the UN Secretariat in New York related to the areas of Rule of Law, Border Security and Management, Avert of Transnational Threats and Fight against Cross Border Organized Crime, Risk Management and Threat Assessments, Institution and Capacity Building, as well as Good Governance for Member State’s Public Administration Systems in countering terrorism and foreign terrorist-fighters (FTF). 39 years of service within the German Police Service. Since 1998, working for international organisations such as United Nations (UNOCT, UNCCT, UNODC), OSCE, European Union, European Commission and supranational organisations. Since 2003, member of the Centre for International Peace Operations of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Berlin/Germany.




Vito Morreale is the Director of the Industry and Security Technologies, Research and Innovation (IS3) laboratory at ENGINEERING Ingegneria Informatica. He coordinate more than 70 researchers (based on Palermo, Trento, Rome, Lecce, Naples, Siena, Milan) plus several dozens of software developers and functional analysts, involved in more than 35 running European and National research projects. Among such projects implemented by the IS3 lab within European consortia, DANTE, ASGARD, SURVANT, ANITA, and TRILLION address the counter terrorism topic or develop technologies and solutions that are relevant for counter terrorism. In the security domain, the IS3 Lab also addresses the topics of Critical Infrastructure Protection and DisasterResilience, Border and External Security and Digital Security, as well as Defense. Since 2002, he has been coordinating several complex research projects. His scientific background, expertise and experiences include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Agent-Oriented Computing (AOC), Software Engineering, Service-Oriented Computing (SOC), Big Data. He is the author of more than 30 scientific papers.



Emmanuel SALIOT

Emmanuel Saliot is a French senior civil servant at the Ministry of Economy and Finance (Inspection générale des finances) with 22 years of experience in the public sector. He is currently seconded as an adviser on Security and Defense at the Council of the EU since January 2017, leading on various issues including cybersecurity and new technologies, counterfinancing, Sub-Saharan Africa, CBRNe, development and defense policy.

Since 2010 he was serving at the Ministry of Economy and Finance. During this period, he participated and led some audit missions on various public policies for the Government. In addition, he hold the position of Chief of Operating Officer of the French African Foundation for a shared growth, aimed at creating a network of African and French businessmen (2014-2016), and he was sent as an expert on economic topics in the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Trade for 5 months (2012).

He was previously a senior supply officer in the French Navy, where he served for almost 15 years (1996-2010). He started as a supply officer on board 3 warships (missions in Mediterranean, Adriatic, Africa, Gulf, Indian Ocean, Pacific and South-East Asia), was appointed head of counter pollution and maritime litigation at the Maritime Coastguard Agency for Channel and North Sea, then joined the cabinet of the Chief of Defence in Paris before joining the cabinet of the President of the EU military Committee in Brussels.

Emmanuel Saliot is graduated in Politics (Sciences Po Paris, 1996) and in European Law at Free University of Brussels (2008). He is a member of the German Marshall Fund (MMF alumni) and currently lecturer at Sciences Po Paris in public policy management.




Jonathan Middleton is the Temporary Head of International Programmes within PSNI. Jonathan Middleton has been a Project Manager within the International Programmes Office for over five years. He has over 28 year's project management experience including international research and innovation projects; international conflict, stability and security funded projects and within the construction sector, 19 of which have been spent within the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the UK Ministry of Defence. He is responsible for managing the PSNI participation in H2020 projects which includes the Project Coordinator role for the H2020 TENSOR project. He also has experience as Work Package leader, Dissemination Manager, Scientific Referent and Project Security Officer in FP7 and H2020 projects, including HOMER, EXERTER, CONNEXIONs, ILEAnet and Prophets.

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Andrea Soehnchen is a graduated Civil Engineer, specialised in infrastructure and transport planning. She joined UITP in 2001 as a European Project Manager and built up UITP’s security related activities in the wake of the bombings in Madrid and Moscow. After some years working for Securitas, a leading private security company, Andrea joined UITP again and took responsibility for service and product development.






Catherine PIANA

Catherine Piana is the spokesperson for Private Security Services across Europe (since 2014) and for Aviation Security Services internationally since 2016.
At a strategic time for private security industry, she aims to increase its visibility and demonstrate its willingness and ability to contribute to the global security offer, in partnership with public law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders, so as to form a security continuum.
Her priorities as the Director General of ASSA-i and CoESS, include Transport Security, Insider Threat, the protection of Critical Infrastructure as well as of public spaces. Catherine coordinates the work on all these issues, and is active in the standardisation activities on behalf of the private security industry, as the Chair of CEN TC 439 “Private Security Services” and a member of ISO TC 292 “Protective Security”.
A professional European lobbyist since 1990, Catherine has been in a European Association leadership role since 1997.



Hans DAS

Hans Das joined the European Commission in 2004. In May 2010, he was appointed Head of DG ECHO's Emergency Response Unit, where he coordinated the EU’s response to various natural and man-made disasters. In March 2012, he was appointed Head of the Civil Protection Policy Unit. In this capacity, he has led inter alia the negotiation of the European civil protection legislation and the Emergency Support Instrument. Since October 2016, he heads the unit dealing with terrorism and radicalisation in DG HOME.

Hans Das holds a Ph.D degree in public international law and started his career at Leuven University. From 1997 to 1999, he was Head of the Legal Department of the International Commission for Real Property Claims of Refugees and Displaced persons (CRPC), established by the Dayton Peace Agreement, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Afterwards, he served as a consultant on post-war property restitution issues to the UN in Kosovo (1999-2000).




With an Electronic-Engineering background, his professional carrier started as Specialist in Multimedia Research & Development and Software Architectures. While continuing the engagement in National and EU funded Research & Innovation projects, his activity afterword focused on the development of real time functions for innovative Radar-Sensors and Air Traffic Management Systems. Experienced in satellite market studies and manager for an ESA funded project on Satellite/Internet based e-commerce system, Nicola also coordinated the ARTEMIS-JU “Security, Privacy and Dependability” working-group, addressing the EU industrial R&D for the Embedded System, as well as the large project SHIELD funded in the field. Seconded in EOS (European Organisation for Security), he has followed the activities of the working-groups dedicated to the Border Security sectors and the Civil Protection Area – also as manager for the CRISYS project - together with some other R&D projects in the Supply Chain Security area. Recently he enlarged his attention to different challenges for the EU security via his participation at the EOS Board and the Security Business Unit in ASD (Aeronautics, Space and Defence) Association.



Sébastien VIANO

Sébastien VIANO gained Master’s Degrees in International Relations from the University Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne and in European Politics from the Brussels Institute for European Studies. He also holds the diploma of the Bordeaux Institute of Political Studies and studied European and International affairs at the University of Hull. He has conducted research on child soldiers, security in the Euro-mediterranean area, paradiplomacy of cities. From 2005 to 2008, he worked as Finance and Contract officer in DG External Relations especially on grants and the EU’s stability instrument. From 2009 to beginning 2015, he served as Parliamentary assistant in the European Parliament providing political advice to MEPs in the following commitees : ITRE, ENVI, AFET, IMCO. Since March 2015, he has joined the City of Nice and the Metropole Nice Côte d’Azur as Director of European Affairs and External Funding, working in particular on security issues.



Francesco AMODEO

Policy Officer, Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development, DG REGIO





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Albin Slabe started his work in the Police in 2000 as a Police Inspector in Analyst Department. After 2005 he was working in the office of the director general of the police, where he was responsible for the coordination of the work between ministry and police. In 2014 he was appointed as the head of the subgroup for the police and judicial cooperation in criminal issues and for the operational cooperation in the area of the internal security. He was also adviser to the director general of the police for the area of international cooperation. In 2016 he was appointed as a project manager of the First Line project. Since September 2017 he is working at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU as a Justice and Home Affairs Counsellor for the area of countering terrorism and organised crime.





Alexandra Antoniadis is the Head of Sector for preventing violent radicalisation within the European Commission’s DG HOME since July 2013 and Coordinator on Radicalisation of the Security Union Task Force within the European Commission since October 2018. In this double function she is not only responsible for initiatives and networks aimed to prevent and counter radicalisation within DG HOME (such as the Steering Board on Radicalisation, the Network of Prevent Policy Makers, the Radicalisation Awareness Network and the EU Internet Forum), but is also coordinating relevant actions among the different services of the European Commission and between the main stakeholders in the Member States. Alexandra Antoniadis passed the Second State Examination in Law at the University of Hamburg in 1999. Earlier she obtained a Licence spéciale in European Law and a specialisation in International Economic Relations. In 1995, she started her career in the law firms Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann and Deringer Tessin Herrmann Sedemund in Brussels. Between 1999 and 2003, she was active in the field of Competition and State Aid at the EFTA Surveillance Authority. In 2003, she entered the European Commission, where she worked on state aid control within DG COMPETION until 2008 and on Competition Law in the Legal Service from 2008 to 2013.



Frédérique SEGOND

Frédérique SEGOND, HDR, recently joined Bertin IT as Director of the "Intelligence" division. Prior to that, she was Director of Partnerships and Innovation at Grenoble Alpes University after having spent 6 years at Viseo, where in 2011, she created and managed the Research Center on Data Analysis. She is currently also Associate Professor at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Cultures where she teaches Knowledge Representation and Information Retrieval. Frédérique spent 18 years at the Xerox European Research Center in Grenoble where she held Principal Scientist and head of research group positions, specialized in Natural Language Processing. Throughout her research career, she has defined, worked and managed around thirty collaborative National and European research projects. She also worked at the IBM France Research Center, the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown, USA and was Senior Lecturer at Telecom Paris Sud.
Frédérique is co-author of six books, more than 70 scientific articles and 5 patents and regularly provides her expertise to various national and international entities. She was also, for 6 years, the President of ATALA (Association for the Automatic Processing of Languages).




Dr. Maura Conway is Professor of International Security in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University (DCU) in Dublin, Ireland and Coordinator of VOX-Pol, a EU-funded project on violent online political extremism ( Prof. Conway’s principal research interests are in the area of terrorism and the Internet, including cyberterrorism, the functioning and effectiveness of violent political extremist online content, and violent online radicalisation. She is the author of over 40 articles and chapters in her specialist area(s). Her research has appeared in, amongst others, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Media, War & Conflict, Parliamentary Affairs, and Social Science Computer Review. Prof. Conway has presented her findings before the United Nations in New York, the Commission of the European Union in Brussels, the UK House of Lords, and elsewhere. She is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of Europol’s Counter-terrorism Centre.




Merel Molenkamp MA MSC is a senior expert and programme manager for the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) project of the European Commission. Her academic background is in international relations and business administration. Before joining RadarAdvies and RAN she worked in the non-profit sector on socio-economic projects focused on building bridges between higher education and urban social development programmes. Within RAN, mrs. Molenkamp has developed her expertise on prevention of radicalisation. Especially in the areas of: online prevention, the role of youth, families and communities, prisons and probation and evaluation of CVE programmes and interventions





Dr. Veronika Hofinger is a senior researcher and scientific coordinator at the Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology (IRKS) in Vienna. She is a sociologist working in the field of criminal justice with a focus on extremism and radicalisation, recidivism and desistance, and prison studies. She has evaluated the de-radicalisation programme of the Austrian prison system. Just recently, she completed a study investigating radicalisation processes with Austrian juveniles. She has been involved in several international projects on justice and security issues, e.g. on desistance and restorative justice. Hofinger is currently coordinating a project called DECOUNT (Promoting democracy and fighting extremism through an online counter-narratives and alternative narratives campaign) funded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Commission.

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Matthias OEL

Matthias Oel is Director for Migration, Mobility and Innovation in DG Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission. Before assuming this position in May 2017 he was Director for Migration and Security Funds in the same DG from January 2016, Head of Unit for Asylum (as of April 2012) and Special Adviser in the Cabinet of the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy (as of January 2010).Matthias Oel started his career in the German Federal Ministry for Economics and joined the European Commission for the first time in 1995 as Seconded National Expert in the Cabinet of Commissioner Dr. Monika Wulf-Mathies (Regional Policy). In 1997 he moved to the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU where he worked as Counselor for Industry and Regional Policy during the German EU-Presidency 1999. Afterwards he became a Commission official and worked as Parliament and Council coordinator and Assistant to the Director General for Personnel and Administration. From 2004 to 2006 he was Member of the Cabinet of Vice-President Günter Verheugen mainly covering the Industry Policy dossier.In 2006 he was seconded to Berlin where he worked as Head of the Task Force "2007 EU-Presidency" and subsequently Director for European Union Affairs in the Federal Ministry of Interior until joining the Cabinet of President Van Rompuy.