UK Security Week reveals speaker line-up

A high profile array of international speakers have been announced for the 2018 World Counter Terror Congress, part of UK Security Week.

Taking place on 6-7 March, UK Security Week will address the evolving terror threat and how emergency services can prepare for future incidents. As part of that, the World Counter Terror Congress contains counter terror leaders from across the globe.

Grant Mendenhall, assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), will give a unique insight into how the organisation detects, deters and disrupts terror threats to the United States, the first time the FBI are partaking in the event.

Guests to the conference will also hear from: Rob Wainwright, director of Europol; Dr. Gerhard Conrad, director of the EU Intelligence and Situation Centre; chief commissioner Michel Goovaerts, chief of the Brussels Police; and Gunnar Carlsson, president and co-founder of Ayasdi – a US-based artificial intelligence software business.

Additionally, Assistant Chief Constable Terri Nicholson, deputy senior national coordinator, Counter Terrorism Policing National Operations Centre for the Met Police will be complemented by numerous other UK-based speakers, including Claudia Sturt, Director of Security, Order and Counterterrorism for HM Prison and Probation Service, and Detective Chief Superintendent Scott Wilson, National Co-ordinator Protect & Prepare, National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ.

Richard Walton, UK Security Week Special Advisor and former Head of Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) at New Scotland Yard, commented: “UK Security Week’s conference programme will address critical issues in our preparedness and ability to prevent and protect nations, businesses and the public from future attacks. The speakers lined-up for next year’s events are leaders in their fields and no other event can match the expertise they will bring together. It is an invaluable experience for everyone working in the security industry and is not to be missed.”

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