March 15-16th, 2019


Recognizing and Facing Emerging Hybrid 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, Ramat Gan

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

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

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

Dr. Gordan Akrap, Hybrid Warfare Research Institute, Zagreb: Strategic Communications and Challenges with Roots of Radicalization 

Prof.Dr. Shlomo Shpiro, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan: Crisis Communication in Hybrid Crises


12:30-13:00  Coffee Break


13:00-14:30  Panel II

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

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

Dr. Tonči Prodan, Portus et Navem Ltd., 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

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

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

Velimir Ostoić, Damir Kovač, Adriatic Security Solutions, Ltd., Croatia: How to Protect Oil and LNG Maritime Terminals

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


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

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

Suzanne Oyen, Group Personnel & Physical Security Manager - EUROCLEAR

Prof. Dr. Derrick Gosselin, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford

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


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




Day 2: Saturday, March 16th, 2019

09:00-10:30 Panel IV

Hybrid Warfare – International Problems and Joint Solutions Suggestions

Chair: Prof.Dr. Slavko Vidović, INFODOM, Zagreb

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

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

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, European Comission: Fully fledged approach to Resilience: How to Handle Hybrid Threats?


10:30-11:00  Coffee Break

11.00-12.30 Panel V

Hybrid 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

Dr. Arturas Petkus, NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (ENSEC COE)

Gen. (ret.) Rainer Meyer zum Felde, ISPK – University of Kiel

Gen. (ret.) Yair Cohen; TSG IT, Israel



Future challenges, Joint Responses

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



Networking lunch for all Forum participants










Sheraton Hotel Zagreb offered particularly favorable prices for the Forum participants. 
Please use  Sheraton Hotel Zagreb BOOKING FORM  to accomplish the discount prices.