London Conference – Tackling Kidnapping Hijack & Hostage Taking

The conference takes place on 21-22 May, 2014, at Radisson Blu Edwardian,  London Heathrow.

To what extent are criminals gathering intelligence from social networking sites to select better targets? What is the deep web and what can criminals achieve from it? Who could be at risk of kidnap within your own organisation and what are the latest trends in ransom demands? Why are web domains being kidnapped for ransom and how might this threat evolve?

These and many other issues will be explored at 5th international ‘Tackling Kidnapping, Hostage Taking and Hijacking’ conference which will update delegates on this persistent and ever-changing threat by highlighting the current hotspots, both those publicized and lesser known and discussing how the threat of kidnapping and hijack is evolving in those areas where employees could be most at risk.


Chaired by Andrew Kain, Founding Chairman of AKE Group, the conference will feature presentations from;

Aidan Lines, Crisis Response Consultant, Aegis Response Ltd

Alex Murray, Operations Manager (Consulting), NYA International

James Lockhart Smith, Principal Analyst, Latin America, Maplecroft

Roberto Manunta, Strategy and Security Advisor, Manunta Group

Mark Harris, Director, Crisis Response Services, Olive Group

Dan Solomon, Director, Cyber Risk & Security Services, Optimal Risk Management Ltd

Andy Townsend, Computer Forensics Director, Newport Africa

David Wilkinson, Partner, Kennedys

Michael Cannon DCM, FSyl, CPP, CMAS , Managing Director, Security Surveillance Solutions

Graeme McGowan, Director, Cyber Risk & Security Services, Optimal Risk Management Ltd

Pascal Michel, Director, International Services, Result Group GmbH

Martin Fuller, Chief Operations Officer, Colossal Security

Douglas Walker, CEO, Claymore Security Solutions

Hannah Storm, Director, International News Safety Institute

Clint Miles CSC, Director, Dignity Hostage Survival Consultancy Ltd.

Chief Inspector Andy Brown, Deputy Head, Scottish Police College

Professor Neil Greenberg, Occupational Psychiatrist , King’s College London

A close family member of a hostage survivor

Sue Williams, Specialist Kidnap Consultant

Mark Henderson, former hostage survivor

Diane Newnham, National Crime Agency

Prof. Adam Dolnik, PhD, Professor of Terrorism Studies, University of Wollongong

Jim Preen, Head of Media Services, Crisis Solutions

You can download the full programme here

or visit to book a place on-line.



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