DISPAX World 2024 Speakers & Moderators

Sandra Adiarte

Analyst, Bond University, Australia

Sandra is an internationally trained specialist for structured movement analysis (Laban Movement Analysis) and the analysis of movement and behaviour in video footage in the forensic context. After a professional career in dance and pedagogy, she started her academic dive into psychology, and the behavioural sciences.

Currently, she is enrolled as PhD Candidate at the Tactical Research Unit (TRU) within the Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University, in Australia. In her practice-based and field-oriented research she investigates the practices of behaviour observation and threat assessment via human observers. Her research and lectures apply an interdisciplinary approach for the purpose of training of security, law enforcement, and military personnel with the aim of supporting effective security management.

Philip Baum

Chair, DISPAX World 2024; Managing Director, Green Light Ltd; and, Visiting Professor, Aviation Security, Coventry University, UK

A security professional with an international civil aviation background, Philip’s reputation is built on his common-sense approach to risk management. He encourages others to think outside the box and develop effective security solutions capitalising on human intuition and the intelligent use of technology.

In 2021, he was the recipient of the Lifetime Service to Aviation Security Award presented by Emirates Group Security and Edith Cowan University.

Philip devised and developed T.R.A.P.® (Tactical Risk Assessment of People), a risk-based security system based on non-racial profiling, observational and questioning techniques. He has developed and chaired the DISPAX World series of conferences, as well as the Behavioural Analysis series (addressing the identification of hostile and negative intent through non-racial profiling techniques), and Body Search. He was an expert witness in the United Kingdom’s House of Commons’ Home Affairs Committee inquiry into aviation security in the aftermath of the attempted downing of an aircraft by a suicide bomber on Christmas Day 2009.

He is a visiting professor of Aviation Security at Coventry University. He is an accredited instructor and courseware developer for both the Airports Council International (ACI) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), for whom he has led projects around the globe. Currently he is working on both UNODC and UNOCT projects relating to behaviour detection and the behavioural sciences.

Philip was editor-in-chief of the global journal of airport and airline security, Aviation Security International, between 1997 and 2021. He also appears on CNN, Sky News and the BBC, providing expert comment on aviation security issues and is the first port of call for event organisers in need of a dynamic speaker or conference chair, regularly being called upon to facilitate debates at international symposia. In 2016, his book, Violence in the Skies: a history of aircraft hijacking and bombing, was published.

Dr. Tony Bleetman

Consultant in Emergency Medicine; Associate Professor & Honorary Senior Lecturer, Warwick Medical School and Queen Mary University of London; and, Medical Advisor, SWC Experts Ltd., UK

Tony Bleetman is a consultant in emergency medicine and has been pursuing a parallel career in the provision of safe solutions for managing challenging and violent behaviours.

He was awarded his PhD by the University of Birmingham for work on developing body armour for the police; this arose from his work for the UK Home Office and the Police Federation on officer safety programmes, addressing protection from knives and bullets.

In 1998, Tony qualified as a police instructor for unarmed defensive tactics, safe prisoner restraint, handcuffing, tactical communication skills, incapacitant sprays and knife defence. Since then, he has been able to work with mental health, custodial and other services to minimise the risks of physical intervention and restraint.

Tony is an associate professor and honorary senior lecturer at Warwick Medical School and Queen Mary University of London. He is leading an MSc programme on safer care and custody. He also serves as a medical advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence.

He is a principal associate of SWC Experts Ltd – a company providing expert advice on behaviour management and physical interventions – and a director of Independent Sector Emergency Medical Ltd, a company providing emergency medical services for the private sector.

Tony has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed professional journals and authored a number of chapters for medical textbooks.

Kim Chau

Faculty & Director of Student Success, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Asia, Singapore

Kim Chau has over 10 years’ expertise in communication training within higher education and for industry partners in areas ranging from Aviation English to Technical Writing and Professional Communication.

With an interdisciplinary background in language, communication psychology and psychotherapy, Kim seeks to foster ‘do no harm interactions’ in highly complex environments. As a passionate traveller and advocate for fostering positive in-flight experiences, Kim focuses on empowering cabin crew as effective mediators to navigate challenging situations with poise and confidence.

Kim Covent

Senior Manager & Trainer, Counterplay, Belgium

Police Advisor Kim Covent has almost 15 years of experience in local law enforcement. She co-created the cross-disciplinary programme ‘Behind Enemy Minds’ on non-verbal communication, situational crime prevention, and customer safety. She trains and advises frontline colleagues in spotting and understanding deviant behaviour and preparations for a criminal attack. Furthermore, Kim applies her expertise to both cultural heritage security and nuclear security.

Fabio Gomes

Security Consultant & Senior Master in Ving Tsun, Brazil

Fabio Gomes is a renowned security specialist with 25 years of experience, serving as a guest instructor for the Special Operations Forces of the Brazilian Army. He holds a degree in Security Management and is a Senior Master in Ving Tsun under the mentorship of Grandmaster Leo Imamura.

Fabio is a pioneer in using this martial system in elite training, collaborating with units such as the 1st Special Forces Battalion and the Special Operations Instruction Center. He has trained peacekeepers, amphibious commandos of the Brazilian Navy, as well as officers of the Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE) in Rio de Janeiro. His work encompasses strategic mindset and behavioural skills.

He received the Medal and Diploma of Merit for Bravery from the Rio de Janeiro City Council and is a member of the Leadership Committee of the Moy Yat Ving Tsun Safeguard Group.

Manuel Heinemann

Senior Threat Assessment Consultant/Research Fellow, Institute for Intelligence and Security Management, Germany

Manuel Heinemann is a threat assessment consultant dealing with the behaviours of people on a daily basis. From his first steps as a social worker and probation officer to his Master’s degree in criminology, criminalistics and police sciences, Manuel has committed himself to the exciting topic of behavioural threat assessment.

Manuel is also a research fellow at the Institute for Intelligence and Security Management (I2SM) at the Northern Business School in Hamburg, Germany. He is currently researching violence prevention in airline security as well as violence occurring in online gaming communities.

Trevor Jensen

Senior Consultant, Avlaw Consulting, Australia

Trevor Jensen began his aviation career in 1967 as a Qantas cadet pilot. He served as Technical Director of the Australian International Pilots Association before being appointed to the Qantas Flight Operation’s management team in 1982. There, he held several senior appointments, including Superintendent of Flight Safety and General Manager of B-747 Operations.

Resigning from Qantas in 1996, he has since held ‘C’-level appointments within large international/domestic airlines, at low-cost carriers, and for freight airlines within Australasia, Asia, and Europe. Most recently, he was Chairman of the Board of Nauru Airlines Corporation.

He has held regulatory responsibility for Air Operator Certificates and Certificates of Approval (Maintenance) issued by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), the New Zealand CAA, and the Myanmar DCA.

Trevor is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia, and a Liveryman of the Guild of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots.

Susanne Kahlich

CEO, SINGE Network, Germany

Susanne Kahlich is the founder of SINGE GmbH, a multimedia production company creating educational content for cross-border, cross-town and cross socio-economic migration. A serial entrepreneur and education innovator, she has been a passionate advocate against gender-based violence for over 30 years.

She is the founder of Pretty Deadly Self Defense, certified in DV awareness, and has consulted individuals, companies, NPOs and NGOs on women’s safety throughout the US, EU and Southeast Asia. Born and raised in the US, she is a dual German-American citizen, and has lived in the US, France and Germany. She is also a published author, art collector, martial artist, and violent crime survivor.

Magnús Brimar Magnússon

Partner, Nordic Flight Department, Iceland

Magnús Brimar Magnússon is a seasoned aviation professional from Reykjavik, Iceland, with extensive expertise in aviation security and operations management. He currently serves as a partner at the Nordic Flight Department, where he oversees company operations and customer relations.

Magnús has held prominent positions at Air Iceland Connect, World Airways Inc., and Air Atlanta Icelandic, where he was responsible for managing ground operations, security protocols, and emergency response systems. His notable security achievements include supervising the safe transportation of US Armed Forces MRAP vehicles to Afghanistan, managing the evacuation of personnel from Lebanon during a conflict, and serving as an airline advisor to Boeing. Magnús has completed specialised training in aviation security and operations. He is an active board member of several aviation-related companies and non profits.

Prof. Peter F Mahoney CBE

Consultant Anaesthetist, IFM, UK

Professor Peter Mahoney is a medical doctor working both in anaesthesiology and forensic investigation. He served with the British Military (Reserves and Active Duty) in a variety of roles including Field Hospital Director and Combat Casualty Evacuation with the Helicopter-borne Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT).

Current research projects include improving emergency services safety from knife attacks. He has worked with Krishna Godhania for around 15 years educating different professional groups in conflict de-escalation and management.

Katharine (Katie) Ng

Head of Training, OneCrew, Hong Kong SAR

Katharine (Katie) Ng, a leading specialist in Aviation Human Factors, empowers commercial, business and general aviation to prioritise safety. She heads OneCrew Aviation Training Services in training pilots, cabin crew, dispatchers, engineers, managers and leadership on essential Crew Resource Management skills, fostering a strong safety culture.

Previously, Katharine shaped Cebu Pacific Air and Cebgo’s (Cebu Pacific Cargo) human factors safety programmes and co-founded Viva Macau Airlines. Katharine’s aviation journey started as a flight attendant for Singapore Airlines and later with Cathay Pacific Airways, followed by eight years with Cathay Pacific’s Human Factors Department as a project leader.

Katharine is an advocate for aircrew mental health and psychological safety at work.

Peter Nilsson

Police Commissioner & Head of AIRPOL, Sweden

Peter Nilsson is a Police Commissioner and Head of AIRPOL. He has extensive experience in airport security, airport policing and counterterrorism after working in an international environment for over 20 years.

AIRPOL, financed by the European Commission, is the European Network for Airport Police and Border Guard Units at European Union airports. The mission of AIRPOL is to enhance the overall security of EU airports and the broader civil aviation domain by optimising the effectiveness and efficiency of airport and aviation-related law enforcement and border guard issues, and by contributing to a more harmonised approach of enforcement. AIRPOL collaborates with a large number of law enforcement organisations globally, as well as with other important aviation-related organisations, in order to develop effective working methods.

Peter has a Law Degree (LL.M.) from the University of Uppsala and a Master’s degree in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Leeds and University of Lund.

He graduated from the Swedish Police College in 1991. After various positions both within and outside the police, he was appointed Head of Border Police which included the role of Airport Police Commander at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm, in 2005. Peter successfully managed this unit for ten years.

In 2016, Peter was awarded the International Police and Public Safety Medal by the 9/11 Award Committee at a ceremony in San Diego, US. The same year he was awarded the PPA Cross, Medal of Merit by the Estonian Ministry of Interior for services made to Estonia and the Estonian Police.

Juliana Oliveira

Cabin Crew Instructor, Be Secure, The Netherlands

With 12 years of experience as a flight attendant and as a cabin crew instructor, Juliana Oliveira is dedicated to improving work conditions, promoting mental health, and bringing out the best in aviation. Through her role, she focuses on ensuring that crewmembers are well-trained and supported. Passionate about observing, learning, and giving voice to the experiences of cabin crew, she strives to contribute to a safer and more supportive aviation industry. Juliana’s stated goal is to create an environment where every crewmember feels valued, supported, and equipped with the necessary tools to excel in their roles. By advocating for better work conditions and mental health support, she aims to enhance the overall well-being and effectiveness of the aviation community.

Thiago Pereira

Security Consultant & Master in Ving Tsun, Brazil

Thiago Pereira is a Master in Ving Tsun, a disciple of Senior Master Júlio Camacho, and has been teaching the Ving Tsun system traditionally for almost two decades.

Thiago is a member of the Leadership Committee of the Moy Yat Ving Tsun Safe Guard Group – an organisation, led by Grandmaster Leo Imamura, that is responsible for preserving the Ving Tsun tradition and developing customised training programmes for the corporate sector, including the security industry. Thiago is recognised for his dedication to the authenticity of the Ving Tsun system and his ability to adapt his teachings to the specific needs of the corporate and security environment. He has previously worked alongside Senior Master Fabio Gomes during activities with the Special Operations Forces of the Brazilian Army.

Thiago is also the leader of the internationally known website ‘Blog do Pereira’, online since 2007, dedicated to Ving Tsun.

Aleksandra Perković

Aviation Inspector, Croatian Civil Aviation Agency, Croatia

As an aviation inspector at the Croatian Civil Aviation Agency, Aleksandra Perković combines extensive aviation management experience with a strong academic background. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Faculty of Law in Osijek and is currently pursuing a PhD at the Faculty of Administration in Ljubljana.

Since starting in aviation in 1997, Aleksandra has served as a cabin crew member and senior cabin crew member and, from 2019 to 2023, as Head of the Cabin Crew Department at Croatia Airlines. In December 2023, she began her role as an aviation inspector.

Aleksandra is also an associate of the Chair of Maritime and General Transport Law at the Faculty of Law in Osijek and has published works on aviation law and safety regulations.

Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to enhancing aviation safety standards and integrating legal frameworks within the industry. Aleksandra continuously engages in professional development to stay current with industry standards and practices.

Diāna Marta Ruka

Chief Ground Instructor, AVSEC instructor, airBaltic, Latvia

As an aviation instructor with a strong background in aviation security, emergency and safety equipment, crew resource management, and dangerous goods, Diāna brings over five years’ experience to the table. Currently serving as the Chief Ground Instructor, she is dedicated to ensuring the highest level of safety and security in the aviation industry.

With a passion for educating others on the importance of proper training and procedures, Diāna is thrilled to be speaking at the upcoming aviation security conference. Join her as she shares her experience and insight gleaned from airBaltic’s aviation security measures and best practices. Diāna encourages all stakeholders to work together to create a safer and more secure future for all air travellers.

Leonardo Gastón Vandone

Instructor, Escuela Aeronavegantes, Argentina

Leonardo Vandone is an instructor in Human Factors-CRM-TEM, as well as in Airport Accessibility for People with Disabilities; he is also a member of cabin crew and a sign language interpreter.

Leonardo is qualified as an aerocommercial administrator and airport manager, having graduated from the Technological University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has worked with aeronautical personnel providing training on disabilities including deafness, blindness, and language disorders, as well as in – being a forensic expert – the analysis of body language.