2018. Forum Speakers


Confirmed speakers and panelists for the 3rd Zagreb Security Forum, scheduled on March 16-17, 2018.

At the 3rd Zagreb Security Forum you will be able to listen, see and meet following experts that will offer their knowledge from the domains of various critical infrastructure protections (energy, water, and cyber).


Anna Abelmann, Research associate and PhD candidate of the Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany, Executive Director of the “International Intelligence History Association” and member of the Editorial Board „Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence“. Her doctoral thesis deals with the work of German political foundations in Israel. She specializes in German relations in Israel and the Middle East since 1945, Intelligence and Security Studies and transatlantic security cooperation after World War Two.



Dr. Goran Belamarić, Assistant Professor(1956), (Faculty of Maritime Studies/PFST, University of Split), holds a PhD in the Scientific field, Technical Sciences, field,"Transport Technology". Served 30 years at sea, with 20 years sea service experience as ship’s Captain/Master of the vessels on top world marine containers companies. In possession of Unlimited Master License for ship 3000 GT & Over with all other relevant certificates according STCW95/2010. On 2005 quit from sea, 2008 joined PFST. “Lecturer at the Faculty of Maritime Studies Split and University of Zadar –  Marine Department on courses/subjects for students in the fields of Cargo handling and ship stability, Safety management and maritime risk, Ship control and inspection, Cargo and ship knowledge, Ship Maneuvering and Handling, Seamanship skills. Working on scientific research project on international, EU and domestic projects and studies.


Prof.Dr. Mirko Bilandžić, has a PhD in political science, with a specialization in international relations. At the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, University of Zagreb, he works as an associate professor, where he lectures: Terrorism and society and Sociology of national and international security. He is head of postgraduate degree study "Crisis management“ on University of Zagreb and the chief editor of the scientific and technical journal Polemos for interdisciplinary research on war and peace. As a result of scientific research he published 8 books and 50 scientific papers which are primarily sociological and in the field of political science: the area of national security, international security, terrorism, counterterrorism, comparative systems of national security, conflict theory, theory of power. Some important books are: The Seed of Evil: introduction in terrorims studies (2014); The Seed of Evil: Elements of the Sociology of Terrorism  (2010); Northern Ireland between War and Peace (2005); Fundamentals of National Security (2005, coauthor). 



Prof. Dr. Marc Cools, University of Gent, (b. 1962) holds a PhD in Criminology (Free University of Brussels) and certificates in Business Economics (IPO Management School- Antwerp University) and International Management in the Telecommunications Industry (London Business School). He had different higher-management and board positions in the private security services industry:  Bell Telephone ITT nv, Alcatel Bell nv, Shield nv and Faceo Security & Prevention nv. Currently, he is a member of the board at Securitas Training nv and member of the Mont Pèlerin Society.

He lectured at the Antwerp Police Academy and at the School for Criminology of the Justice Department. He was advisor for the former Belgian Justice Minister, Mr. Marc Verwilghen. Today he is Professor of Criminology at the Free University of Brussels and at Ghent University, he is also Visiting Professor at the Nyenrode University and Paris X University. He also lectures at Antwerp Management School and at the Intelligence & Security School of the Ministry of Defence.


Dr. Roman Domović was born in 1973 in Zagreb, Croatia. He is a senior lecturer at the Zagreb University of Applied Sciences at the Department of Information Technology and Computing and also a vice president of Hybrid Warfare Research Institute from Zagreb. He went to natural science and mathematics gymnasium where he graduated physics, after which he attended University of Zagreb and graduated in the field of information sciences and phonetics. At the same university he earned his doctoral degree in the field of information and communication sciences. The title of his doctoral thesis was „Information operations in media representation of Croatian war of independence”. His research interests are information security, computer cryptography, classical cryptography, information operations and critical infrastructure protection.



Prof.Dr. Zoran Dragišić is full professor and vice dean for development on Faculty of Security Studies – University of Belgrade. He has served in the National Assembly of Serbia since 2016 as part of the parliamentary grouping of the Serbian Progressive Party (Srpska napredna stranka; SNS). He was previously a candidate for president of Serbia in the 2012 presidential election. He graduated from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Security Studies in 1991 as valedictorian and subsequently earned a master's degree (1999) and Ph.D. (2004) from the university's law faculty. Dragišić was a founding member of Vuk Obradović's Social Democracy (Socijaldemokratija; SD) party. This party eventually became divided and factionalized, and in January 2008 Dragišić established a breakaway group called the Independent Social Democrats (Nezavisni Socijaldemokrata, NSD). In August 2009, Dragišić merged the NSD into the newly formed Social Democratic Party of Serbia (Socijaldemokratska partija Srbije; SDPS) led by Rasim Ljajić. In October 2011 he was chosen as leader of a new group called the Movement of Workers and Peasants of Serbia (Pokret radnika i seljaka; PRS). He is currently a member of the parliamentary defence and internal affairs committee; a deputy member of three other committees; a deputy member of Serbia's delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly; the head of the parliamentary friendship group with Turkey; and a member of the parliamentary friendship groups with China, Israel, Syria, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. 

Dr. Adi Frimark

Dr. Adi Frimark is a lecturer at the Political Studies Department, Bar- Ilan University, Ramat- Gan, Israel. A Senior  Research Fellow at the Regional Security and Intelligence Research Unit, leading by Prof. Shlomo Shpiro. She specializes in security, intelligence and humanitarian aspects of conflict.  She has worked extensively on European and national security research projects, including the development of project communication strategies and on end user requirements analysis. Holding a BA in  Political Science and International Relations of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a Certificate Studies with honors in Journalism and Media Studies, an M.A in Political Studies and a PhD in Political Studies of Bar- Ilan University.  She has also worked a year in Washington DC on developing security research methodologies in social sciences.  From 2014 onward teaches a course "Civilian Infrastructure of National Security". December 2000- March 2003 worked as  a journalist  at Kol Israel (Israeli Broadcasting Authority), Reshet Bet (National Radio Station), The International Hour desk.



Dr. Pavle Kalinić, Zagreb City Office of Emergency Management, Croatia. Graduated at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Zagreb in 1982. In the same year, he received his master's degree in International Relations. He worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Political Science from 1986 to 1987, and at the College of Technical Science from 1987 to 1991. In 1989-1990, as an assistant at the Faculty of Political Science, he participated in the scientific project "Characteristics of Political Behavior in the Region". In 1989 he founded Fokus, the first independent magazine in Croatia, which was published until the end of 1990. During 1991, he participated in the Homeland War as an army officer. He underwent medical treatment in the US after being wounded on the battlefield. He resided in the United States the following two years, returning to Croatia in 1994.

He worked for the Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in 1994 and 1995. In 1997, he became a member of the Zagreb City Assembly, as well as a member of the Croatian Parliament in 2000. In 2006, he became head of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports in Zagreb; as of 2008, he is the head of the Zagreb Office of Emergency Management. In July 2012, he obtained his PhD with the thesis The politics of G.W. Bush administration and Islamic terrorism.


Damir Kovač, project manager at Adriatic Security Solutions d.o.o., born 1970 in Baden, Switzerland, earned his bachelor degree from the Polytechnic Electrical Engineering and later graduated from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Traffic and Transportation Sciences. Previously actively involved in research and development of mobile core networks on projects like GPRS Gateway Support Node, Policy Control Server, Intelligent Packet Solution, Packet Data Gateway. Currently involved in security systems design, project management and consulting.



Brigadier General (Res.) Dr. Ephraim Lapid,  Bar Ilan University, Israel. Extensive and diverse experience in the military and public affairs arenas. He holds a BA in Middle East Studies and Arabic from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a teacher's degree, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science. His research examines the development of the Israeli intelligence community during the years 1964 to 1979. 

During his long military career, Lapid was a senior officer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Intelligence Corps, served as an IDF Spokesperson, and was a senior instructor at the National Defense College. He was also the head of Israel Army Radio, Galei Zahal. Following his retirement from the army, Lapid has served in both the public and private sectors.  A prolific author, Lapid has written numerous articles on Israeli intelligence, media and security. He edited a book in English on Israeli intelligence (Israel's Silent Defender). Active in public life, Lapid serves on the board of several public education and non-profit organizations. 



Assistant Professor Robert Mikac, PhD

Robert is a versatile person with very rich practical and theoretical experience from various structures of the security sector of the Republic of Croatia. During his career he worked on various duties in Croatia and abroad from operative, over tactical to strategic level. He is an internationally recognized expert for various security areas. His narrower specializations are the following areas:

International Relations

International and National Security

Security and Strategic Management

Small Arms and Light Weapons

Crisis Management and Disaster Recovery

Civil Protection


Privatization of Security

Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience

Migrations challenges

Project Management

During his career in the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia he served as a soldier, non-commissioned officer and commissioned officer. He worked for two years in the unit for the protection of VIP persons, for five years he was an operational officer in the antiterrorist military police and his last position was a military police company commander. During this period he worked on very demanding tasks, three secret operations and participated in a NATO mission ISAF in Afghanistan as a commander of the international military police platoon within the Kabul Multinational Brigade. For merit in Afghanistan he was awarded with the NATO Medal and the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

After that he was the Head of the State Centre 112, the body responsible for monitoring all emergency situations and conditions in the state and neighbourhood on daily basis, and coordinating the activities of emergency services. At that time, he was a member of different working groups of the Government of the Republic of Croatia in developing several national security strategies. For two years he worked as an independent police inspector within the Ministry of the Interior, primarily in the work of harmonization of national regulations and legislation with the EU Acquis Communautaireduring the accession phase of the Republic of Croatia into full membership. He then spent four years as Commander of Civil Protection of the Republic of Croatia and actively participated in solving numerous natural and humanitarian national and regional crises and disasters – from fires, floods to a major migration crisis in 2015.

Currently he is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Zagreb, the Head of military studies Military Leadership and Management, and the member of the Homeland Security Council of the President of the Republic of Croatia. He is author of two books and more than thirty scientific articles.

Contact: robert.mikac@yahoo.com



Prof.Dr. John M. Nomikos, RIEAS, Greece, Director at the Research Institute for European and American Studies, Chairman of the Mediterranean Council for Intelligence Studies (MCIS), Chairman of the Greek Intelligence Studies Association (GISA), Chairman of the European Intelligence Academy (EIA) and Founding Editor, Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence (JMBI). He is Assistant Professor in the Webster University (Athens Campus) and Head, Department of International Relations, History and Politics. He is also Visiting Professor at the Peace Keeping Security Studies (postgraduate program) in the University of Rome (Tre) in Italy. He was Adjunct Professor (2005-2007) at the Department of International Relations in the University of Indianapolis (Athens Camus). He earned his Bachelor Degree in Sociology at the Northeast Louisiana University in 1987, his Masters Degree in European Integration and Cooperation at the University of Hull, 1991, and his Doctorate Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy at the Washington International University in 2001. He specializes on transatlantic intelligence studies, intelligence reform, and national security architecture. He has done research and studied in various research institutions in USA, UK, Norway, Finland, Germany and Israel.


Velimir Ostoić, Adriatic Security Solutions d.o.o., Croatia, CEO of Adriatic Security Solutions d.o.o., born 1950. in Varaždin, Croatia, graduated from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Traffic and Transportation Sciences. He is an entrepreneur mainly involved in project management, consulting, development of threat assessments and risk analysis,  security systems design, project revision and facility security plan development. Involved in the area of intelligent transportation systems applications in which he published several papers.




Yossi Peled was born as Jeffke Mendelevich in Belgium in 1941. During World War II, he was adopted by a Christian family along with his sister. After the war, his mothe  r returned to take him to Israel. Yossi Peled served in the IDF for 30 years. During the Six-Day War, he was a company commander in the 84th Armored Division. In the War of Attrition, he served as a battalion commander on the Suez Canal. In the Yom Kippur War, Peled was in command of the reservist 205th Armored Brigade. His brigade moved from Jerusalem to the Golan Heights and engaged the Syrian army on the northern front. His final military position was the command of the IDF's Northern Command, which he held from 1986 to 1991, with the rank of Major General. Peled holds a B.A. in General History from Tel Aviv University. He has served as Chairman of the Second Radio and Television Authority and as chairman and director of several public companies. He joined the Likud party in 1996 and was elected to the 18th Knesset in February 2009.Yossi Peled was appointed Minister in March 2009, serving until March 2013.


Prof.Dr. Shlomo Shpiro, president of International Intelligence History association, Israel, Head of the Europa Institute at bar Ilan University and Senior Research Fellow at the BESA Center for Strategic Studies. Since 2008 he is also Chairman of the International Intelligence History Association (IIHA). 

He specializes in intelligence, terrorism and security studies. His research activities concentrate on the role of intelligence services as political mediators in the international arena, the intelligence activities of terror organisations, intelligence ethics and political influence, and on security crisis management and crisis communication.


Rear admiral (lower half - ret). Marin Stošić is a retired from Croatian Navy. He completed all levels of naval education, including the "Ban Josip Jelačić" War School in Zagreb in 2003. He has been managing many operations and joint sea exercises in the national and international (NATO) environment.He has spent majority of his career on high command duties related to the protection of national interests at sea. In the period from 2011. to the end of 2014.,he served as the Commander of the Coast Guard of the Republic of Croatia.At the same time he participated in domestic and international conferences (round tables) in the field of international and national maritime security.He published several scientific works referring to general maritime security.


Dr. Darko Trifunović, Fakultet bezbednosti, Srbij, MSL, PhD  Senior Research Fellow and representative for Serbia and Montenegro of the International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA), Defense & Foreign Affairs publications, and the the Global Information System (GIS). 

He is a Research Fellow and lecturer at the Faculty of Security Studies-University of Belgrade, a specialist in Counter-Terrorism, National and International Security Studies. He has been elected to the position of the visiting professor at the Fudan University in China, Center for American Studies as well as Research Fellow of the Shanghai Institute of European Studies. Senior Advisor at the RIEAS- Research Institute for European and American Studies as well as member of Advisory Board of the Institute of Transnational Studies. He is former First Secretary of the Foreign Service of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the UN, Adviser to the State Secretary for War Crimes of Republic of Srpska for Terrorism and Violence and he was (in 2005) Adviser to the Minister of Police of the Republic of Srpska, BIH. The Shanghai Center for International Studies appointed Dr. Darko Trifunovic  as the first foreign expert for the Olympic Games (2008) security preparation in China. He was engaged in World Expo Security preparation 2010, Shanghai, Chaina. Dr Darko Trifunovic is one of the founding members of  ICTAC – International Counter Terrorism Academic Community.



Prof.Dr. Miroslav Tuđman, St. George Association, Croatia, (b. 1946, Belgrade) Professor of information theory at the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Zagreb. Deputy Director of the Office for National Security (UNS) and the Director of the Croatian Intelligence Service (HIS) from 1993 to 1998, and from 1999 to 2000. Contributed to various scientific projects, published four books and over a hundred articles in scientific journals; editor of a dozen miscellaneous works. Active in research, both in the field of information theory and national security and intelligence.




Prof.Dr. Mladen Vedriš, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law – Head of Department of Economic Sciences. Prof.dr. Mladen Vedriš was born on 29 December 1950 in Zagreb. His scientific research career began at the Center for the Research of Migration of the University of Zagreb. In 1990, he became president of the executive council of the city of Zagreb (the equivalent today is the position of mayor). In 1992, he became a member of the national government, eventually serving as the deputy prime minister for economics. From 1993 to 1995 he was president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. In 1996, he founded the strategic consulting company Sonder d.o.o. Since 2005, he has been a professor at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb and the head of the Department of Economic Sciences. He has been a member of the council of the Croatian National Bank, the president of the Advisory Council for the Agency for Promoting Exports and Investment, a member of the Economic Council of the Prime Minister of Croatia, and since 2011, president of the Partnership Council of Zagreb. He is an expert in the area of macroeconomic analysis, regional development, industrial policy, and competitiveness. He has published several scientific and professional works and has participated in several foreign and domestic scientific research projects.




Prof.Dr. Slavko Vidović, Infodom d.o.o. Croatia. Throughout his career he has been active in leading large-scale projects in the area of state authority, public companies and organisations. In addition to that, through his scientific-educational efforts he has contributed to a number of scientific and research projects, such as artificial intelligence-specific area, supporting systems in decision-making and application development. He lectures at the Faculty of Organisation and Informatics of the University in Zagreb and holds membership at the National Competitiveness Council, PMI and Tele Management Forum.




Dr. Laris Gaiser, ITSTIME. Graduated in Law at the University of Verona in 2002 with a final dissertation on “The consequences of the devolution of power in United Kingdom and the new role of the State in public economy”, earned his Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) of Milano and, after a specialization in crisis management and humanitarian action at UN Staff College, obtained a Ph.D. in Geopolitical Economy at University Guglielmo Marconi of Rome.From 2012 to 2014 he was Vice President, acting President, of Euro Mediterranean University – EMUNI and member Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs’ Strategic Council. Laris Gaiser is president of Slovenian Paneuropean Movement and Presidency member of International Paneuropean Union (Strasbourg). Involved in strategic consultancy, he also served as general manager in several international companies. As a member of ITSTIME – Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues and Managing Emergencies - at Catholic University of Milan (Italy), Senior Scholar at Center for the Study of Global Issues at University of Georgia (USA) and Visiting Lecturer at Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, he regularly teaches geopolicy, geoeconomy and intelligence issues



Dr. Tonći Prodan, Portus et Navem Ltd., Croatia, (born 1965), graduated from the Split Faculty of Maritime Studies. He worked for a number of years in the field of maritime affairs, first as a merchant naval officer in international traffic, then as crew member on oil platforms, and later as employee and manager in the area of maritime economy. He resumed his studies by enrolling at the Faculty of Criminology from which he graduated and earning a bachelor’s degree in criminology. Furthermore, he obtained a master’s degree at the Faculty of Political Science with thesis titled Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union and Combat against Terrorism and later  received PhD in Comparative Politics with a doctoral thesis titled The USA and the EU in the Combat against Terrorism – Strategies, Models and Results.

After his maritime service, he had been professionally involved in issues related to national and international security for a number of years as member of the Croatian security system. He published a several scientific articles in the fields of terrorism and counterterrorism in journals and proceedings.



Professor Michael Fredholm is an historian and former military analyst who has published extensively on the history, defense strategies, security policies, and energy sectordevelopments of Eurasia. He currently is the Head of Research and Development at IRI, an independent research institute in Stockholm.IRI emerged out of the work carried out at the Stockholm International Program for Central Asian Studies (SIPCAS), which originated at Stockholm University and from 2012 was based at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul. At Stockholm University, Michael Fredholmmade a special study of Central Asian geopolitics, Afghanistan, Islamic extremism,and the causes of and defense strategies to counter terrorism. He has worked as an independent academic advisor to governmental, inter-governmental, and non-governmental bodies for more than two decades, including on Foreign Ministry official reports on Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and failing states. He led the team which developed the lone actor terrorism counter-strategy and training program for the Swedish National Bureau of Investigation and Swedish Police Authority, which was implemented in 2014-2015. The counter-strategy was based on the work subsequently published as Understanding Lone Actor Terrorism: Past Experience, Future Outlook, and Response Strategies (Routledge, 2016). Among Michael Fredholm’s other published works is The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Eurasian Geopolitics: New Directions, Perspectives, and Challenges (Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2013). Michael Fredholm also delivered a keynote speech at the European Intelligence & Security Informatics Conference (EISIC) 2013.

Educated at Uppsala, Stockholm, and Lund Universities, Michael Fredholm taught at Stockholm University (South and Central Asia Program), Uppsala University (Orientalist Program), the Swedish Royal Military Academy and Defence University (various courses), and at a special educational and advisory program on East Asia for the Commander-in-Chief. He also lectured, during conferences or as visiting professor, at numerous institutions and universities in cities around the world includingAnkara, Bishkek, Greifswald, Istanbul, Karlskrona, Kolkata, Krynica, Leuven, Madrid, New Delhi, Oslo, Shanghai, Srinagar, Stockholm, Tashkent, The Hague, Tsukuba, Uppsala, Vienna, Vilnius, and Warsaw. In addition, he has taught at the NATO Centre of Excellence-Defence against Terrorism (COE-DAT) academy in Ankara, Turkey.



Dr. Giliam de Valk initiated, coordinated, and lectured at different academies a minor intelligence studies. Dr. G.G. (Giliam) de Valk (1961) studied at the Law Faculty of Leiden University. He wrote his dissertation (2005) at the Law Faculty of University of Groningen on the quality of intelligence analyses: Valk, Giliam de, Dutch Intelligence: Towards a Qualitative Framework for Analysis. Den Haag: Boom juridisch, 2005. Since 2016 he is assistant professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of the Leiden University. He lectures and researches on intelligence, analysis and methodology. After his dissertation he started to work as a lecturer at the Department for Political Science (2006-2008) and at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (2007- 2016) of the University of Amsterdam. At this Institute, he was the initiator and coordinator of the Minor Intelligence Studies (2007-2016). In 2012, he transformed this Bachelor Minor Intelligence Studies into a center: the Ad de Jonge Center for Intelligence and Security Studies. In 2016, he and his team transferred to the ISGA (see above).From 2006-2011, he was a lecturer for the History of International Relations Section at the University of Utrecht. He taught on issues as intelligence studies, strategy (Von Clausewitz), humanitarian intervention, counterinsurgency, terrorism and counter-terrorism. 

  • 2006 onwards, he participates as a guest lecturer in the analyst education of the Defense Intelligence and Security Institute (DISI). 
  • 2010-2012, he was employed at the Netherlands Defense Academy in Breda, at Faculty of Military Sciences, where he had put up and coordinated a Bachelor Minor Intelligence Studies.
  • 2004-2012, he was the secretary of the Netherlands Intelligence Security Association, of which he is still a board member. 
  • 2006-2012, he was a member of the Archive Committee of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
  • Since 2009, he participates in the Dutch Counterinsurgency Network.
  • Since 2012, he is a member of the Dutch Think Tank Integral Security.
  • De Valk participates for many years in Red Team exercises concerning vital infrastructure and corporate business.



Dr. David Gioe (Lieutenant Commander, US Navy Reserve) is an internationally recognized academic scholar of intelligence and a veteran professional practitioner of the craft. He is experienced in civilian, military, corporate and law enforcement intelligence with expertise in intelligence analysis and overseas operations. After a decade of public service as an intelligence officer, he became a leading intellectual with several conference presentations, media engagements and publications on intelligence and national security issues. PhD from UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Politics & International Studies, 2014. Assistant Professor of History and History Fellow, Army Cyber Institute (2014 – Present) at United States Military Academy, West Point, NY

US Department of Defense, US Africa Command, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (with regional travel incl. Kenya and Somalia), Oct 2015 – Sep 2016 Director for Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence (J2X). Responsible to Commanding General and Director for Intelligence for the CJTF-HOA Area of Operations, including 10 African countries, incl. liaison with multinational forces as well as US Embassy Country Teams and Combatant Command. Led and managed all facets of a 44-member team comprised of all military branches, senior Defense Intelligence Agency civilians and contractors.

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Langley, VA, Clandestine Service Operations Officer, Directorate of Operations / NCS (N/A-2011) Served several multi-lingual operational tours undercover, working in over a dozen countries in the Middle East and in Western/Central Europe. Ran secure and productive human intelligence operations, collected and reported timely, high-impact, and policy-relevant intelligence. Experienced in Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism, and Covert Action.



Dr. Jelle Janssens (1981) is an assistant professor at the Department of Criminology, Penal Law and Social Law of  the Faculty of Law (Ghent University) and a member of the Institute of International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP). He  holds a Master’s Degree in Criminology (Ghent University, 2005) and in Public Management (Ghent University, 2006). He received his Ph.D. in Criminology from Ghent University in March 2013. The research focused on plural policing and international police missions in transitional societies through a case study of Kosovo. His research interests focus on policing in post-conflict environments, criminology of war, (international) criminal policy and law enforcement violent extremism and organised crime.



Prof.Dr. Iztok Podbregar is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor and Dean. His major interests concern crisis management, critical infrastructure and human resource management. He teaches at undergraduate, master and doctoral level. He is author of several monographs, books, scientific articles published in Slovenia and abroad.





Polona Šprajc (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of  Maribor in the Department of Personnel and Vice dean for educational activity. Her major research interests concern human resource management, marketing and business ethics. She teaches on undergraduate and masterlevel. She is author of chapters in books and articles in scientific and professional journals, published in Slovenia and abroad.




Ir. Yvan De Mesmaeker Secretary general of the European Corporate Security Association – ECSA, Yvan De Mesmaeker is a Civil Engineer with over 25 years of professional experience in Corporate Security and Resilience. The European Corporate Security Association - ECSA, a non for profit Professional Association of Managers and Officials in charge of the Security & Resilience of Corporations and International Institutions.



Dr. Adrian Hänni is a writer, public speaker, and educator who is passionate about shedding light on contemporary geopolitical issues and contributing solutions to current challenges. Dr. Hänni combines his multidisciplinary expertise in terrorism, propaganda and intelligence history with a global perspective at the intersection of History, Political Science, and Economics. He has been interviewed by various international media outlets, including CBS 60 Minutes (USA), SRF (Switzerland), Stern (Germany), Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland), Le Point (France), Le Temps (Switzerland), and SWR (Germany).

Board memberships:

  • International Advisory Board of Terrorism: An Electronic Journal and Knowledge Base, published by the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies
  • Editorial Board of the Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence, published by the Research Institute for European and American Studies
  • Austrian Center for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies (ACIPSS)
  • Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group (CSTWG) of the British International Studies Association (BISA)
  • Swissint: Association of Swiss Intelligence Officers



Dr. Gordan Akrap, Hybrid Warfare Research Institute, Croatia

Born 1966, graduated at Zagreb Faculty of electronics and computing in 1994. In 2011 he received a PhD at the University of Zagreb, in the field of Information and Communication sciences. The title of his PhD was “Informational strategies and operations in public knowledge shaping”. He had an active role in Homeland war. During his career in diplomatic and security structures of Croatia he completed a number of professional courses, including Diplomatic Academy. He is active in research of national and regional security, intelligence and history of Homeland War. He published a number of books, and papers in journals and proceedings.



Professor Michael S. Goodman, FRHistS, Department of War Studies, King’s College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS, England, a Professor in Intelligence & International Affairs in the Department of War Studies and Visiting Research Professor at the Norwegian Defence Intelligence School, Oslo, currently on secondment to the Cabinet Office where he is a Official Historian of the Joint Intelligence Committee. Works:

  • 2017- Pro-Dean for Innovation and Impact, Faculty of Social Science an Public Policy, King’s College London.
  • 2016- Visiting Professor, Sciences Po, Paris
  • 2015- Series Editor, ‘Intelligence, Surveillance, and Secret Warfare’, Edinburgh University Press 
  • 2015- Editorial Board Member, The International Journal of Intelligence, Security and Public Affairs
  • 2015- Visiting Professor, Norwegian Defence Intelligence School.
  • 2015- Professor in Intelligence and International Affairs, Dept. of War Studies, KCL
  • 2014-5 Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • 2013- Editorial Board Member, Journal of Intelligence History
  • 2013-15 Reader in Intelligence and International Affairs, Dept. of War Studies, KCL
  • 2012- Member, ESRC Peer Review College
  • 2011- Co-Convenor, AHRC ‘Lessons Learned’ Project
  • 2011- Member of the International Advisory Forum, Italian Institute of Strategic Studies “Niccolò Machiavelli”.
  • 2011- Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence
  • 2011- Editorial Board Member, Inteligencia y Seguridad: Revista de Analisis y Prospectiva [‘Intelligence and Security: Journal of Analysis and Prospective’]
  • 2010- Editorial Board Member, Intelligence and National Security
  • 2010-13 AHRC/ESRC Policy Placement Fellow
  • 2009- Series Editor, ‘Intelligence and Security Studies’, Hurst/Columbia University Press.
  • 2008-13 Senior Lecturer, Department of War Studies, King’s College London.
  • 2008- Elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • 2007- Official Historian of the Joint Intelligence Committee
  • 2007- Secretary, Study Group on Intelligence
  • 2006-9 Consultant, Special Forces Club Historical Sub-Committee
  • 2006- Director, King’s Intelligence Studies Programme (with the Cabinet Office)
  • 2005-8 Tutor, Royal College for Defence Studies
  • 2005-2006 Committee Member, British International History Group
  • 2005-10 Academic Advisory Board, AHRB Nuclear History Project, Mountbatten Centre for International Studies, University of Southampton.
  • 2005- Editorial Board Member, Contemporary British History
  • 2004-7 Reviews Editor, Journal of Strategic Studies
  • 2004-8 Lecturer, Department of War Studies, King’s College London.


Vlado Zorić (1976) studied at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences in Zagreb, where he was born. Employed at the Croatian oil pipeline operator JANAF, since 1999, he worked at various positions in the Oil Transport and Safety & Security Division of the Company. During the past he lead investments in areas of corporative safety and security, matters of homeland defense and critical infrastructure. He served also as advisor to the management board for safety and security affairs. He currently holds the position of the Director of the Safety & Security Division at JANAF. Zorić is a certified security manager (Corporate Security Managers Academy London, UK), a lecturer at conferences and seminars and a long-standing member of the world’s largest security association ASIS International, where he obtained the position of the president of the Croatian chapter. Married and father of three children, and when time permits, he enjoys in hunting and fitness.


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