Tackling Kidnapping Hijack & Hostage Taking Conference – 22-23 May 2013

Crisis events such as kidnap for ransom, hostage taking and hijack continue to pose a threat to global commerce and industry, NGOs and other organisations or individuals who travel around the world.

Pirate attacks on oil tankers and other ships cost the world economy billions of pounds a year. Likewise, multinational companies operating in high risk areas are becoming targets for criminals, creating security risk to both personnel and the company infrastructure. Companies are under increasing pressure to ensure the personal safety of employees and contractors travelling or working abroad. Kidnapping for ransom is a significant form of terrorist financing with the size of ransom demands and payments on the increase. This persistent and ever changing threat is evolving beyond ransom demands to extorting substantial annual payments from companies in the form of protection money.

Quaynote’s 4th annual ‘Tackling Kidnapping, Hostage Taking and Hijacking’conference aims to 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. The conference will identify and assess those criminal gangs and terrorist groups who are operating in each of the hot spots and to demonstrate how effective crisis management strategies and risk assessment can be used to mitigate the effects of these events.

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Speakers Include:

Chaired by: Andrew Kain, Founding Chairman, AKE Ltd.

Hugh McLeod, Director, Stirling Assynt International Group
Charles Gurdon, Managing Director, Menas Associates
Anthony Skinner, Director, Middle East and North Africa, Maplecroft
Rudy Diaz, Chief Operation Officer, PICA Corporation
Pascal Michel, Corporate Security Solutions, Result Group GmbH
Michael Cannon DCM,FSyl, CPP, CMAS, Security Surveillance Solutions
Det. Captain Michael Holstein, former Asst.Director of Interpol
Jurica Ruic, former hostage survivor
Dr Mike Drayton, Founder and Director, Opus Performance
Dr. Everard M. Phillips, Expert in Kidnapping & Extortion. Visiting Lecturer at International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology
Kate Nowlan, Chief Executive, CiC
David Wilkinson
, Partner, Kennedys
Doug Melia, Director, ELLE – TrainingSolutions Ltd
Dr Lesley Perman-Kerr, Consultant Chartered Psychologist, C.Psychol AFBPsS
Mark Harris, Director Crisis Response, OliveGroup
Richard Filon, Crisis Manager, AKELtd.
Sue Williams, Specialist Kidnap Consultant
Arjan Erkel, Former Head of the Relief Mission, Médecins SansFrontières (MSF)
Ian Millen, Director of Intelligence, Dryad Maritime
Charlotte Butterworth, General Counsel,Protection VesselsInternational Limited Dr. Ian M. Ralby, Executive Director, I.R.Consilium 


Tackling Kidnapping Hijack & Hostage Taking Conference : 22-23 May 2013, Holiday Inn – Regent’s Park,

How to book
Click here to book on-line or visit www.regonline.com/kidnap2013  (Invoices can be issued for online bookings)

Telephone: Call Caroline Fuller on 0797 4406 673 to book your place over the phone

Email:  Contact info@quaynote.com to book your place via email
Fax:  Complete booking form and fax to +44 208 181 6662



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