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Peter Reijnders

Dutch National Police
Program Manager of the National Reinforcement Program against Child Abuse (Images)

Peter ReijndersBorn and raised in Maastricht, the Netherlands, Peter Reijnders has been working for the Dutch Police in different fields of work both nationally and internationally.

His career includes setting up a new national Unit Synthetic Drugs (USD); As a Counselor for the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Justice Peter worked to facilitate cooperation between Police and Justice affiliated with the Dutch embassies in Brussels and Luxembourg in the field of security, cross-border cooperation and crisis management; Peter was national project manager for the 2008 European Football Championship.

Over the past 35 years, he has gained extensive operational experience in law enforcement, especially in criminal investigations – in which child pornography and sexual offense cases are playing an increasingly dominant role. These offenses have a major impact on the personal integrity of children – a very vulnerable group in our society. The emergence of the internet has made international cooperation and coordination in the fight against child pornography and exploitation more necessary than ever. It is Detective Chief Inspector Peter Reijnders ambition to facilitate and strengthen this cooperation in the years to come.

For the last six years, Peter has been working as the Program Manager of the National Reinforcement Program against Child Abuse (Images). In cooperation with the Public Prosecutor’s Office and under the guidance of the responsible Chief Constable, Peter has been responsible for building up a new multidisciplinary National Child Abuse Images Unit, while under close political and media pressure.

Peter holds a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Leuven. He has been a teacher at the Benelux University and has been working within the Dutch police since 1984.

Pierre Nezan

Superintendent – Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer in Charge – Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children/Behavioural Sciences Branch

Pierre NezanSupt. Pierre Nezan has been a police officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for 30 years. He was stationed in British Columbia for almost 16 years performing various uniform assignments. Much of his service, however, was as a Major Crime investigator. Pierre has led single, double, triple homicide investigations, as well as homicides investigations linked to serial offenders. He is a trained crisis negotiator and has performed these duties many times over his career in cases involving barricaded persons and hostage situations. He was a key member of a well trained team which was called upon to conduct interrogations in the most serious criminal cases.

In 2001, Pierre was selected to undergo the intensive Criminal Profiling training program and was transferred to Ottawa, Ontario. In 2004, he was board certified as a Criminal Profiler and since that time has worked on many cases across Canada and internationally. Most of his profiling work has been related to homicide, sexual crimes, arson and violence threat/risk assessments. Pierre remains to be one the RCMP’s most senior profilers.

In 2008 Pierre was promoted to the Inspector rank and took charge of Canada’s National Sex Offender Registry and the RCMP’s national Criminal/Geographic Profiling programs.

In 2015, he was promoted to Superintendent and assumed the duties of Officer in Charge of the Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children/Behavioural Sciences Branch.

Michael Moran

Assistant Director of the Vulnerable Communities Sub-Directorate at INTERPOL in Lyon

Michael MoranMichael joined the An Garda Síochána (Ireland’s National Police Force) in 1990 as a uniformed officer before moving onto work in various specialized units including Drugs and Serious Crime. In 1997 he began to work online in the development of operation capacity in relation to Child Exploitation on the Internet. In 2004, he moved to the Computer Crime Unit at the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation where he worked as a forensic examiner and team leader. During this period he travelled to many international destinations as an instructor.

In June 2006, he moved to Lyon in France as a Criminal Intelligence Officer specializing in online child exploitation cases. In 2010, he was promoted to Coordinator within the Executive Directorate of Police Services and appointed to the crimes against children team. The team specializes in all aspects of international criminality against children and especially in online child sexual exploitation. During this period he also took a temporary role as the acting Assistant Director of Cyber Security and Crime.

In February 2013, Michael was promoted to Assistant Director of the Vulnerable Communities Sub-Directorate which includes trafficking in human beings, people smuggling and child exploitation. Michael has an MSc. in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation from UCD (MSc FCCCI) and a BA (Hons) IT, from IPA as well as a diploma in Project Management from UCC. He has a higher Diploma in Information Systems.

Michael is an advisor to the University College Dublin Centre for Cybercrime Investigation at the School of computer science and informatics and continues to lecture there. Michael delivers presentations at many conferences, trainings and is a member of a number of advisory boards.

Patrick J. Lechleitner

Deputy Assistant Director
Homeland Security Investigations U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Patrick J. Lechleitner serves as the Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) for the Cyber Crimes Division within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). In this capacity, Mr. Lechleitner is responsible for strategic planning, national policy implementation, and the development and execution of operational initiatives.  Mr. Lechleitner has oversight of approximately 110 employees and contractors responsible for providing investigative services to HSI Special Agents located throughout the United States and abroad.  These services include oversight of the HSI Cyber Crimes Center (C3) that addresses transnational cybercrime threats and criminal exploitation of the Internet through specialized units which focus on cybercrime, computer forensics, and child exploitation investigations and the HSI Forensic Laboratory.

In his senior leadership role, Mr. Lechleitner also ensures effective coordination between HSI and other DHS components, federal agencies, and international partners in order to combat domestic and international cybercrime. Mr. Lechleitner represents HSI as a board of management member of the Virtual Global Task Force (VGT).  This international task force is composed of 13 international law enforcement agencies and 12 non-government organizations and private companies that have joined together to combat online child sex abuse on a global scale.

Prior to his most recent HSI headquarters assignment as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Cyber Crimes Division, Mr. Lechleitner served as the Deputy Special Agent in Charge (DSAC) in HSI Philadelphia and the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) in HSI Denver.

Mr. Lechleitner began his government service with the United States military in 1990. While in the military, Mr. Lechleitner served as a U.S. Navy signals intelligence specialist supporting national security interests.  Mr. Lechleitner began his law enforcement career as a Fairfax County Police Officer in 1997.  In 2002, he became a special agent with the U.S. Customs Service in Philadelphia, PA. In 2007, Mr. Lechleitner transferred to headquarters where he served in various leadership capacities in the ICE Office of International Affairs and as Chief of Staff to the ICE Deputy Director.

Mr. Lechleitner is a Senior Department of Homeland Security Fellow.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from George Mason University in Virginia, a Masters of Arts degree in Criminology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and a Graduate certificate in Executive Leadership from American University in Washington, D.C.

Tim Anderson

National Manager Criminal Investigations Group, Detective Superintendent, New Zealand Police

Tim Anderson is a Detective Superintendent based in PNHQ with the responsibility for the investigation and oversight of serious crime across New Zealand. Tim has previously relieved as the District Commander in BOP, Auckland City and Southern Districts. He is the lead security adviser to the NZ Olympic Committee in their preparation for the Olympic games in Rio this August and has previously deployed to the Delhi  and Glasgow Commonwealth Games in a Police liaison role. As a trained Personal Protection Officer Tim was part of the operational security planning team prior to APEC and CHOGM held in Auckland in 1999.

Prior to joining Police Tim worked as a professional maritime diver. He has held a range of appointments across Auckland and BOP-  including work as a Prosecutor and Detective Sergeant in charge of serious crime squads during which he led investigation teams over a variety of offences such as homicide, child sexual abuse, aggravated robberies, kidnappings, and drug dealing. As a Senior Sergeant, Tim managed Police prosecution offices in Auckland. In 2008 he moved to Rotorua where he has had significant experience in serious crime investigation and the covert side of investigating organised crime (with a focus on proceeds on crime). He was previously the Crime Manager in the BOP for four years and has an intense interest in resolving unsolved historic homicide cases and has recently presented at the “unsolved homicide” symposium held in Sydney.

Tim holds a Bachelor of laws degree with honours from the School of Law, Auckland University and has a strong interest in law reform that targets organised crime offenders and child sex offenders.

Major General Nasser Salem Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi (Chair)

Major General – Ministry of Interior for the United Arab Emirates

General NasserGeneral Nasser was born in Al Ain in 1967 and grew up in the city before joining the police for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 1986.

His police career includes work in the traffic investigation and criminal investigation departments and the training and development department before he moved to the General Headquarters. He was promoted to be the General Director of the Office [Diwan] of His Highness, the Minister of the Interior. In this role he oversaw the development of a department for Strategic Development in both the Abu Dhabi Police and the Ministry of Interior. He is currently General Secretary to His Highness the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the UAE.

General Nasser is chairman of a number of high level committees dedicated to developing and improving policing throughout the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He has been instrumental in establishing a centre in Abu Dhabi to trace those individuals pedaling on-line pornography involving children in the Middle East and he is the UAE representative on the international Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), the first Middle East country to join.

General Nasser holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the UAE University and a Master of International Law from the American University, Washington DC. He is currently continuing his studies, for a PhD in the field of child development strategies in the UK.

Away from public service General Nasser is passionate about animal welfare, animal rights and species protection. He established a private zoo, which is involved in a number of captive breeding programs of endangered wildlife. He has established links with the world famous Chester Zoo in England and is developing his zoo as an educational resource for schools in the Emirate.

General Nasser is married and has a young family.

Shane Connelly

National Manager Crime Operations – Australian Federal Police

Shane ConnellyAssistant Commissioner Shane Connelly joined the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in 1984 where he served in various community policing roles predominantly in the Australian Capital Territory. These roles included Traffic Operations, Diving Squad, Fraud Squad, General Crime Squad and Drug Squad.

In 1992, he served in Cambodia as part of a UN Peace Keeping Mission.

In 1995, he was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant and transferred to the Internal Affairs Division of the AFP. From 1996 to 1997 he served as the Station OIC of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, an external territory of Australia.

He returned to Australia in 1997 to lead an Organised Crime Team for a period of two years.

In 1999, he was appointed as the AFP Law Enforcement Liaison Officer for the Australian Federal Minister for Justice and Customs.

In 2001, he returned to Federal Policing Operations and was promoted to the rank of Superintendent. He then served in a variety of National Policing Roles in the Protection portfolio including the Coordinator Witness Protection and National Coordinator Close Personal Protection.

In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Commander and took up the position of Director of National Investigations.

In 2005, he returned to ACT Community Policing where he took up the role of Deputy Chief Police Officer.

In 2008, he was transferred to be the Manager of Operations and Mission for the Australian Federal Police International Deployment Group.

In January 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner and appointed as National Manager Aviation. He established a fully sworn AFP Aviation Policing workforce at the 10 designated airports, and met all of the recommendations of the Federal Audit of Policing Capabilities review by Roger Beale AO. The all-in-model was delivered to Government two years ahead of schedule and exceeded all anticipated efficiencies with a fully sworn single AFP workforce of 825.

In February 2014, he was appointed as National Manager Human Resources, where he undertook a large scale change project, known as Project Saturn.

In July 2015, Assistant Commissioner Connelly was appointed as National Manager Crime Operations, the position he currently holds.

During his 31 year Policing career, Assistant Commissioner Connelly has undertaken academic studies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Administration from the University of Canberra, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management from the Australian Institute of Police Management and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Canberra.

Johnny Gwynne

Director – Child Exploitation & Online Protection (CEOP) Command – National Crime Agency

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Before joining the NCA Johnny was a serving Chief Officer with Police Scotland and had previously been Deputy Director General of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. He was seconded to the NCA in June 2013 and was Deputy Director of the Organised Crime Command before competing for and being appointed to the role of Director of the CEOP Command.

Steven Wilson

Head of European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) – Europol

Steven originates from Ayrshire, Scotland. He was a Police Officer in Scotland from 1985-2015.

During this time, he served with Strathclyde Police, Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and, since 2013, with the reorganisation of policing in Scotland into a national force, Police Scotland.

Steven performed a variety of senior Detective roles and was responsible for the national units in Scotland delivering: witness protection, covert technical policing, fugitives, undercover policing, assisting offender programme and all forms of cybercrime and cyber enabled crime including online child protection.

Steven was the Scottish representative on UK cyber governmental and policing groups and led on industry and academic partnership groups on cyber resilience in Scotland.

Steven has also worked in covert policing, major investigations, sex offender management, Counter Terrorism investigations and represented the UK on International policing matters.

Steven commenced as Head of EC3 on 18 January 2016.

William Rene Salamanca Ramirez

Brigadier General, National Police of Colombia
Director of Protection and Special Services – National Police Colombia

GonzalezBrigadier General Julio César González Bedoya, was born in Bogotá, Colombia on September 26, 1968, He is considered by those who know him as an innate, purposeful and charismatic leader, with humility and has served to the Colombian National police for 30 years. During this time, he has been in charge of ensuring the welfare of the Colombian people and his subordinates at the National Police.

He joined the Police Cadet School “General Francisco de Paula Santander”, on January 17, 1987 and graduated as a second lieutenant on November 1, 1989, within the Promotion course 59, Brigadier General Valdemar Franklin Quintero.
He began his career as a second lieutenant in the Metropolitan Police of Bogota, and later, took a course in criminalistics. In 1992, as a lieutenant, he commanded a special group of the Criminal Investigation Section, standing out as an excellent officer. His knowledge in the Anti-Narcotics Department leaving a mark with his vigor and interest to carry out the institutional projects, later from the School of Criminal Investigation his knowledge allowed him to train young police newcomers.

In the rank of Major, became commander of the Tolima Police department, helping to improve citizen security, reason why He was proposed for a commission abroad in Europe.

As Lieutenant Colonel was commander of the Chocó Police Department, and also was part of the Police Intelligence Directorate. Then after he returned to the investigation line at the Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Interpol. In the rank of Colonel, as a reward for his arduous work he was proposed for a commission in Sweden and then He was nominated as a police attaché in Chile, where the image of the Colombian National Police was improved due to his excellent police service.

After being in Chile he had the great honor of being nominated as the Head of the Protection Group of the Colombian Congress, which is undoubtedly one of the charges that made an impeccable resume of his police carrier.
Within his professional training, he has an undergraduate degree in Police Administration, a course in the Secondary Identification of Aircraft with the FBI in United States Department of Justice, a Computer Crime Course with the Department of Justice Federal Bureau in 2002, a Criminal Justice course with the University of Virginia in 2009 and a Cyber Terrorism Investigation Unit course with the in the United States respectively. His excellent performance at the Colombian National Police has been recognized with 39 medals, and 163 public compliments.

Kim Jin-pyo

Korean National Police Agency (KNPA)
Director General, Cyber Bureau

Kim Jin-pyo

Kim Jin-pyo, Superintendent General of Police, is the head of the KNPA’s Cyber Bureau, the headquarters of more than 1,400 Korean cybercrime investigators, researchers and digital forensic examiners nationwide. He joined the KNPA in 1987 as an Inspector, and has been serving his country for 30 years. Director General KIM’s previous posts include the following: Director of Foreign Affairs Investigation Division (KNPA) ; Director of National Security Division (Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, SMPA) ; Director of Police Administration Division (SMPA), Director General of Department 1 (Ulsan Metropolitan Police Agency).

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law at the Korean National Police University, and a Master’s degree in Law from Hanyang University.

Tobias A. Bolliger

Commissioner – Federal Office of Police
Head of the Cybercrime Coordination Unit Switzerland

Commissioner Tobias A. Bolliger, Master of law, is head of the National Cybercrime Coordination Unit (CYCO) within the Swiss Federal Criminal Police. He joined CYCO in 2007 as an analyst and legal advisor and was nominated deputy head of CYCO in 2009.

After finishing his studies as a lawyer in criminal and European law in 2005, he worked several years for a criminal court and the largest Swiss Telecommunication Company.

During the last years at the Cybercrime Coordination Unit, Tobias. A. Bolliger gained experience in different fields like international police cooperation, public-private-partnership, legal advisory, networking, leadership, project management as well as tactical, operational and strategic analyses.

Besides being in the board of the Virtual Global Taskforce combating online child sexual abuse (VGT), he also is the Swiss representative in the Global Alliance against child abuse online, #WeProtect children online, the Interpol Global Cybercrime Expert Group (IGCEG) and the European Union Cybercrime Taskforce (EUCTF).

Actually Tobias A. Bolliger is working on the implementation of the national strategy to protect Switzerland from cyber-risks (NCS), leading a concept to gain a national overview on cybercrime cases and to improve coordination of complex national and international cyber investigations.

Commissioner Tobias A. Bolliger grew up bilingual (German/French) and speaks English as well. He is married and father of two children.

Reczon Tito T Acabado

Police Senior Superintendent- Philippine National Police
Director, PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group

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PSSUPT ACABADO is an experienced Police Officer with a strong dedication in law enforcement and with expertise that spans across the fields of investigation, intelligence, operations, and community relations. He is one of the main proponents of the PNP’s Cyber Security programs and holds numerous Cyber Security Qualifications and Trainings from Europe, Asia and the United States.

He was assigned as the Regional Chiefs of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Units of Cordillera and Bicol Regions from 2011 to 2013. He was later designated as the Chief of the Information Operations and Research Center in 2014 wherein he spearheaded the successful Inter-Agency Fusion Centers of the Synchronized Communications Group during the APEC Meetings in 2015 and the recent National and Local Elections in the Philippines. His commitment to the craft contributed to the overall achievement of the PNP and the country on these International events.

Likewise, he has a great understanding and appreciation of making a difference for the future of cyber security innovations to sustain an aggressive, rigorous, and resilient campaign.

Board of Advisors

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Private sector partners

Blackberry

Blackberry, the company behind the BlackBerry product line, is a global leader in wireless innovation which revolutionised the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999.

The Child Rescue Coalition (CRC)

A Boca Raton-based nonprofit organization with global reach, has spent the past decade building the world’s most sophisticated technology to hunt online predators. Through proactive partnerships with law enforcement, the nonprofit’s system has tracked 44 million offenders around the world in order to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse. With a vision of protection through justice, the technology developed by the CRC has aided in the prosecution and conviction of more than 6,500 online predators and rescued over 1,000 abused children in the last four years alone. For more information, visit childrescuecoalition.org or call (561) 208-9000.

ECPAT

ECPAT is a global network of organisations committed to protecting children from commercial sexual exploitation. By having an in-depth understanding of the online experiences of children, ECPAT is able to share valuable research and intelligence with other VGT partners and law enforcement agencies.

Ms. Lemineur has two decades of experience in the field of human rights education, the protection of children from abuse and exploitation, as well as in ICT for development. She has authored and co-authored several publications on online child pornography and human rights education.

A law graduate from the University of Jean Moulin, Lyon, France, Ms. Lemineur earned a master’s of international human rights law from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. She has worked as a consultant or in management positions for the Council of Europe Youth Centre Budapest, UNICEF Costa Rica, the International Telecommunication Union and several NGOs.

Currently, Ms. Lemineur is the Head of the global programme Combating Sexual Exploitation of Children Online at the Bangkok-based ECPAT International Secretariat. She also serves on the International Advisory Council of Public Interest Registry the operator of the .ORG and .NGO domain names.

ICDL Arabia

ICDL Arabia is the regional arm of the ECDL Foundation, a vendor-neutral, not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to raising digital competence standards in the workforce, education and society. Initially funded by the European Union Commission in support of its Member States and later adopted by UNESCO-UCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) for Arab States, the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) certification programme validates the skills of the masses through structured training and testing on the latest ICT proficiencies required by today’s workplace and society. ICDL is delivered through a network of more than 24,000 accredited centres across 100 countries in 41 languages. It enables individuals as well as organisations to assess, build and certify their competence in the use of computers and digital tools to the globally-recognised ICDL standard.
As a thought-leader on the topic of basic ICT skills and the responsible use of technology aimed at the masses, with more than 54 million ICDL tests taken, we made a solemn commitment to advocate the topic cyber safety, not only in our teaching, but also through raising public awareness on the subjects of cyber bullying, cyber addiction, and online exploitation- all in the interest of protecting children. Today, ICDL is a major contributor to national cyber safety initiatives working with policy-makers within the governmental and educational authorities.

ICMEC

ICMEC is leading a global movement to protect children from sexual exploitation and abduction. ICMEC works with partners on six continents to provide governments, law enforcement agencies, private sector companies, and non governmental organisations with the training, expertise and support required to enforce and protect the rights of children.

INHOPE

INHOPE supports and coordinates worldwide internet hotlines dealing with illegal content online, primarily child sexual abuse material. With internet hotlines being an effective first line of defence against illegal activity online, INHOPE’s work strongly aligns with the VGT’s aims of keeping children safe online.
Verónica Donoso (PhD) is INHOPE Executive Director. INHOPE is the global umbrella organisation uniting National Internet hotlines engaged in combating online child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse material. Verónica has more than 13 years of academic and professional experience in the field of children and child internet safety and is a strong advocate for the need to better protect and empower children online through effective and coordinated multi-stakeholder approaches. Through her career Verónica has advised a number of institutions including the European Commission, UNICEF, the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA) and the World Federation of Advertisers. She has developed methodologies to assess the compliance of industry-based self-regulatory initiatives such as the Safer Social Networking Principles for the EU and the EU Pledge. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the International Advisory Board of the WePROTECT Global Alliance.

INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION (IJM)

International Justice Mission (IJM) is leading the fight in the developing world to protect the poor from violence. The largest organization of its kind, IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims from trafficking and other forms of violent abuse, bring the criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems. Through our projects in the developing world, IJM’s unique model is proving that stronger law enforcement can reduce the victimization of the poor through trafficking and slavery and sustainably protect all vulnerable people in a community from future exploitation. IJM’s team includes hundreds of lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists and other professionals at work in nearly 20 communities throughout Africa, Latin America and South and Southeast Asia.

Melanie Martinson is with International Justice Mission. She joined IJM in 2013 after 15 years in U.S. federal law enforcement conducting computer forensics, intrusion investigations, and child exploitation cases. Melanie held a position as Resident Agent in Charge at the NASA Office of Inspector General, where she managed all cyber related investigations at NASA centers in the Eastern U.S. Melanie is also a former U.S. Air Force officer. Melanie currently serves as IJM’s Director of Cyber Investigations and Data Fusion. She assists IJM teams in combatting cybersex trafficking and developing digital forensic tools and is developing a criminal analytics capability at IJM Headquarters.

Kik

Kik Interactive, Inc. is the maker of Kik, a username-based smartphone messenger that lets more than 200 million people chat with their friends no matter where they meet. Using Kik’s Promoted Chats, brands can engage chatters in one-to-one conversations at scale and measure the results using Kik’s management dashboard. Kik is currently a Top 10 App on Google Play and a Top 30 App in the App Store, and continues to grow rapidly with more than 250,000 new users joining every day. Founded in 2009, Kik Interactive, Inc. is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and is funded by Foundation Capital, RRE, Spark Capital, Union Square Ventures, and other leading venture capital firms. For more information, please visit: http://www.kik.com/.
Lisa van Heugten, Trust and Safety Manager
Lisa van Heugten manages the Trust and Safety team at Kik Interactive, Inc. She is responsible for developing and implementing policies and processes that govern law enforcement support and reports of illegal activity on Kik. Lisa is actively involved in company wide projects that assist with detecting and deleting child exploitation content and created and manages Kik’s employee resilience program.

Magnet Forensics

Magnet Forensics is a global leader in the development of products for law enforcement, military and intelligence agencies that acquire, analyze and report on digital evidence from smartphones, tablets and computers. Its products are used by thousands of agencies in over ninety countries on cases ranging from the exploitation of children to terrorism, cybercrime and almost every other form of criminal activity that is enabled by the internet.
The company was founded by a former law enforcement officer who developed a solution to recover a user’s activity and communications from their digital devices while investigating cases of child exploitation during his time serving in the digital forensics unit. The company maintains a deep commitment to serving its partners in law enforcement in their efforts to combat the exploitation of children.

Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit

Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Transforming the fight against digital crime through partnerships, and legal and technical breakthroughs that destroy the way cybercriminals operate.
The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) is a unique team in the tech industry, focused on making the world safer by disrupting some of the most difficult cybercrime threats facing society today – including technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation and malicious software crimes, particularly botnet-driven Internet attacks. With cooperation across industry, law enforcement, academia, government, and NGOs worldwide, DCU aims to put cybercriminals out of business and help the global Internet community protect itself and thrive.
Courtney Gregoire works as a senior attorney for Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, where she fights technology-facilitated crime against vulnerable populations including children and the elderly.

Before returning home to Washington State, Courtney spent nearly 10 years working in Washington D.C. in senior-level positions in both the legislative and executive branches. From 2009 to 2012, Courtney served as Director of the National Export Initiative for President Obama and Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Before joining the Obama administration, she served as Legislative Director and Chief Counsel for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. Courtney began her career at K&L Gates, an international law firm, counseling companies on legislative and regulatory matters.

Courtney was re-elected as Commissioner for the Port of Seattle in 2015 where she focuses on expanding our regional economy, supporting family-wage jobs and protecting our natural environment. Courtney serves as a Board Member of the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Courtney graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Willamette University and received her law degree from Harvard Law School. She lives in Seattle with her husband Scott Lindsay and their two young daughters.

National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC)

Since its opening, the NCAC has aided in the establishment of more than 1,000 Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) in communities throughout the United States and in 26 countries, with another 24 countries working to develop these programs in support of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Lanzarote Convention. These programs have revolutionized the response to child abuse, serving more than 315,000 children in 2015 alone. The mission of the NCAC is to model, promote, and deliver excellence in child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership. To accomplish this mission, the NCAC continues to operate as a Child Advocacy Center in our community while also providing training to more than 10,000 professionals each year through our diverse, international training and technical assistance activities.

Chris Newlin, MS LPC, is the Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center where he is responsible for providing leadership and management of the NCAC and participating in national and international training and leadership activities regarding the protection of children. The NCAC was the first Child Advocacy Center in the world, and continues to provide prevention and intervention services for child abuse in Huntsville/Madison County, AL; and, also houses the NCAC Training Center, the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, the NCAC Virtual Training Center, and the Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO). The NCAC is a past multi-year winner of the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Workplace Ethics, 2012 Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year, 2016 Federal Bureau of Investigation Director’s Community Leadership Award, 2017 Best Places to Work Winner, and a Private Sector Member of the Virtual Global Taskforce. Chris has provided training in more than twenty countries throughout the world at numerous international conferences, and also provides technical assistance on a regular basis to professionals working to develop Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout the world.

NCMEC

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) -Established in 1984, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. As part of its Congressional authorization, NCMEC has created a unique public and private partnership to build a coordinated, national response to the problem of missing and sexually exploited children, establish a missing children hotline and serve as the national clearinghouse for information related to these issues.
Michelle C. DeLaune is the Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
During her 18-year career at NCMEC, she was responsible for establishing NCMEC’s extensive program of work and policies responding to the explosion of online child sexual exploitation. Under her leadership, the CyberTipline has received more than 15 million reports regarding the sexual exploitation of children and currently makes critical information available to more than 100 countries around the globe. Ms. DeLaune was instrumental in the development of multiple voluntary Industry initiatives aimed at reducing the amount of online child sexual abuse material.
In 2002, to ensure a victim-centric approach to digital crimes, Ms. DeLaune created the first-ever Child Victim Identification Program to assist with the identification and rescue of child victims featured in sexually abusive images and videos. Globally-regarded as the premier victim identification program, NCMEC has dramatically increased the number of identified children victims to more than 12,000 children.

NetClean

NetClean is an organization that develops technical products to stop the spread of online child abuse images.
Mr. Christian Berg founded NetClean Technologies 10 years ago with the purpose to develop technical solutions to stop the spread of child sexual abuse content. He has grown the company to its current global market position, partnering with law enforcement all over the world and IT-companies such as Microsoft and Intel.
With a strong technology background in software development, security and cloud services, Christian has an extensive global network of technical experts. He is an experienced speaker and is often invited to speak about technical solutions against child abuse content as well as media management solutions at events around the world.
Mr. Christian Berg has a Master’s Degree in Automation Engineering from Chalmers University of Technologies and a Master’s Degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship.
The product and services from NetClean Technologies are used all over the world by over 3000 law enforcement agencies, ISPs and Fortune500 companies.

PayPal

PayPal is a payment processor, which employs multiple sophisticated models to detect and remove accounts that are involved in the distribution of child sexual exploitation material. PayPal is also a member of the Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography and the Asia Pacific Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography.

Telstra

Telstra is one of Australia’s leading providers of mobile phones, mobile devices, home phones and broadband internet.
The Code Of Conduct For The Protection Of Children From Sexual Exploitation In Travel And Tourism (The Code)

The Code Of Conduct For The Protection Of Children From Sexual Exploitation In Travel And Tourism (The Code)

engages the tourism industry (hotels, airlines, tour operators) to request their commitment in accepting their Code of Conduct. Already more than 1000 travel companies from 42 countries have signed This Code of Conduct, which seeks to protect children from travelling child sex offenders. The VGT and The Code will work together to link the travel and tourism industry and law enforcement and raise further awareness of this Code of Conduct.
Damien Brosnan manages The Code’s global secretariat, based in Bangkok and with members across the globe. He works with local NGOs, UN agencies and the private sector to raise awareness and promote action on child protection in travel and tourism. He has worked with The Code since 2015, following roles with Care/UNICEF working on emergency relief.

Web-IQ

Web-IQ is a company based in the Netherlands that has built an Intelligence platform “VoyagerOne” analysing both the open Internet and the Darknet. This Online Intel Platform is used by Law Enforcement to build knowledge on phenomena like TCSO (Transnational Child Sex Offenses) and to detect, identify and prosecute offenders and networks of offenders that produce and distribute child abuse material. By doing so they are able to save children from being abused and as a result make Cyberspace safer and the world a better place.

World Vision

World Vision (WV) is a child-focussed humanitarian, development and advocacy organisation which is well placed to assist VGT partners and law enforcement agencies with vital information and intelligence. As part of the World Vision global partnership, WV has access to invaluable information on emerging trends and best practice in preventing and responding to child sexual exploitation. WV will work to harness the perspectives of children and communities to enhance law enforcement efforts.

ZiuZ

ZiuZ – with 50 people, headquartered in the Netherlands, is on the front line of developing applications in the field of digital image and video processing. Our core competence is Visual Intelligence. We develop high-tech hardware and software products that derive valuable and actionable intelligence from images and video. Intelligence that is used by our customers in their primary processes. Our mission is to use our core competence to help solve socially relevant problems.
ZiuZ has two business lines: Medical and Forensic. Within Medical we produce equipment that uses machine vision and artificial intelligence to check the contents of pre-packaged pill pouches at high speeds. Forensic is predominantly focused on the development of applications to support police investigations involving, amongst other things, child sexual abuse. Forensic successfully markets the VizX product line, a wide range of integrated applications covering the entire chain of investigation from capture, intake and fast analysis. VizX is in use in all Dutch regional police forces. VizX products are also used in Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, UK, Sweden and Switzerland. Outside the EU, products are used in the US, South Africa and Australia.
The last twelve years ZiuZ proved it can close the gap between high-tech science and markets. ZiuZ has expert knowledge of product development and system integration.

Jos Flury
Jos Flury joined ZiuZ early 2013 as Executive Vice President responsible for the Forensic business unit. His main focus is to strengthen and expand ZiuZ’ international presence and to promote collaboration with all stakeholders fighting child exploitation and abuse.

Jos has a Master degree in the Development and Application of Information Systems and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Management Science. He has a wealth of experience in developing systems that support the primary process of its users and managing large scale projects in different types of industries.

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