March 15-16th, 2019


Recognizing and Facing Emerging Hybrid and Cyber Challenges - Making Society and Critical Infrastructure Resilient 

Organized by Hybrid Warfare Research Institute & St. George Association

Hotel Sheraton, Zagreb, Croatia

Day 0: Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Arrival and Registration at Sheraton Hotel Zagreb (Sheraton Hotel Zagreb Location map)

20.00 – Dinner for Speakers, Panel Chairs, and Guests of Honour 
(Hotel Sheraton, Invitation only)


Day 1: Friday, March 15th, 2019

09:30 – 10.00  Arrival and Registration at Sheraton Hotel Zagreb (Sheraton Hotel Zagreb Location map)

10:00 - 11.00  Opening Ceremony

Dr. Gordan Akrap, Hybrid Warfare Research Institute, Zagreb Zagreb Security Forum, and Hybrid Warfare Resiliency in East, and South East Europe and East Mediterranean 

Prof.Dr. Shlomo Shpiro, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan: Scientific, Theoretical, and Practical Approaches to Hybrid Warfare


Guests of Honour:

(to be published)


11:00-12:30  Panel I

Hybrid Threats and Strategic Communications – Solving the Modern Social Pandora Box 

Chair: Prof.Dr. Shlomo Shpiro, Bar Ilan University

Ben Heap, NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (StratCom COE): Hostile influence on democratic countries. 

Sebastian Bay, NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence: Social Media as a Tool of Hybrid Warfare

Sanda Svetoka, NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence: (Dis)information activities in Western Balkans

Marius Laurinavičius, Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis: A Guide to the Russian Tool Box of Election Meddling: a Platform to Analyse the Long Term Comprehensive Kremlin Strategy of Malign Influence 


12:30-13:00  Coffee Break


13:00-14:30  Panel II

Protection of Critical Infrastructure at Maritime Domain – Experienced Based Scientific Solutions

Chair: Hrvoje Sagrak, INFODOM, Zagreb

Dr. Tonči Prodan, Portus et Navem Ltd., Prof.Dr. Josip Kasum, University of Split, and Rear Admiral (ret) Marin Stošić, Croatia: Protecting offshore oil and gas installations in the Adriatic sea with a special focus on the aspects of underwater security of maritime critical infrastructure

Col. (ret.) Eyal Pinko, Israel: Cyber Threats and Solutions in the Maritime Domain

Dr. Marko Mladineo, University of Split: Multi-Criteria-Analysis based Decision Support System for Incident Situations in Maritime Traffic: Case Study of Adriatic Sea  

Dr. Goran Belamarić, Capt, Master Mariner, University of Split: Safe Marine Traffic in Croatian Ports with accent to The Port of Šibenik and The Channel St. Ante


14:30-16:00 Lunch

16.00-17.30 Panel III

Integration Activities Models Between State, Private and Academia Knowledge for Protection and Resiliency of Society and Critical Infrastructure

Chair: ir. Yvan de Mesmaeker, European Corporate Security Association, Belgium

General (res.) Ephraim Lapid, Dr., Bar Ilan University, Israel: Safe City concept - The Israeli experience

Prof.Dr. Giliam de Valk, University of Leiden: The vital infrastructure and the inside threat

Dr. Laris Gaiser, ITSTIME, Catholic University of Milan: NATO and EU and HW challenges 

ir. Benny Carlé, Manager of the Security Office of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre

MSc. Suzanne Oyen, Group Security Head - EUROCLEAR


20:00Reception for all Forum participants, Dverce Palace, Katarinin trg 6

Evening with klapa Nostalgija



Day 2: Saturday, March 16th, 2019

09:00-10:30 Panel IV

Hybrid and Cyber Warfare – International Problems and Joint Solutions Suggestions

Chair: Prof.Dr. Mladen Vedriš, University of Zagreb

Prof.Dr. Iztok Podbregar, Dr. Polona Šprajc, University of Maribor:  Using Social Networks and Hybrid Cloud for Protection of Critical Infrastructure

Dr. Vira Ratsiborynska, NATO Defense College: Russia’s Hybrid Warfare in the Form of its Energy Manoeuvres: How the EU-NATO can Respond Together 

Prof.Dr. Zoran Dragišić, Dr. Darko Trifunović, University of Belgrade: Countering Hybrid Threats –New Scenarios and Old Methods

Dr. Alessandro Lazari, KPMG Advisory- Information Risk Management: Fully fledged approach to Resilience: How to Handle Hybrid Threats?


10:30-11:00  Coffee Break

11.00-12.30 Panel V

Hybrid and Cyber Warfare – International Problems and Joint Solutions Suggestions (2)

Chair: Prof.Dr. Marc Cools, University of Gent

Dr. Aleksandra Gasztold, Dr. Przemysław Gasztold, University of Warsaw; IPN, Poland: Polish Counterterrorism System and Hybrid Warfare Threats

Dr. Robert Mikac, University of Zagreb, Croatia: Hybrid Threats to Critical Infrastructures and How to Protect Them: Different Case Studies and Practices

Prof.Dr. John Nomikos, RIEAS, Athens: Hybrid Warfare in the Eastern Mediterranean

Dr. Arturas Petkus, NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (ENSEC COE): Hybrid Threats to Energy Security: NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence Strategic Perspective



Future challenges, Joint Responses

Co-chairs: Dr. Gordan Akrap (HWRI), Prof.Dr. Shlomo Shpiro (Bar Ilan University)



Networking lunch for all Forum participants

End of the Forum