Board of Management
The VGT Board of Management comprises:
Dutch National Police
Program Manager of the National Reinforcement Program against Child Abuse (Images)
Born 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.
Superintendent – Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Officer in Charge – Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children/Behavioural Sciences Branch
Supt. 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.
Assistant Director of the Vulnerable Communities Sub-Directorate at INTERPOL in Lyon
Michael 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.
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 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.
National Manager Crime Operations – Australian Federal Police
Assistant 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.
Director – Child Exploitation & Online Protection (CEOP) Command – National Crime Agency
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.
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
Brigadier 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.
Korean National Police Agency (KNPA)
Director General, Cyber Bureau
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
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.