Board of Management
Ben Van Mierlo
Dutch National Police
National Coordinator for Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Travelling Child Sex Offenders
Ben van Mierlo has been working for the Dutch Police in different fields of work, most recently as Divisional Commander. Over the past 38 years, he has gained extensive operational and leadership experience in law enforcement, especially in criminal investigations and cybercrime – 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 Chief Superintendent Ben van Mierlo ambition to facilitate and strengthen this cooperation in the years to come.
For the last six years, Ben has been working as the National Coordinator for Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Travelling Child Sex Offenders. In cooperation with the Public Prosecutor’s Office and under the guidance of the responsible Chief Constable, Ben is responsible for all operations in this area in the Netherlands.
Ben holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership from Stirling University (Scotland). He has been a teacher at the Police Staff College and has been working within the Dutch police since 1980.
Royal Canadian Mounted police (RCMP)
Officer in Charge – Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children/Behavioural Sciences Branch
Chief Superintendent Marie-Claude Arsenault has been a member of the RCMP for 30 years. She started her career in the province of Newfoundland. She then worked in various Federal Policing units in the Greater Toronto Area where she gained experience investigating trans-national serious and organized crime cases. After 10 years, she moved to Cornwall, Ontario where she became responsible for the Central St-Lawrence Valley integrated intelligence unit which was comprised of Canadian and US law enforcement agencies. She truly enjoyed working in a team with diverse backgrounds and build the first co-located Canada/US law enforcement unit.
For the next 5 years, Supt. Arsenault was the RCMP National Human Trafficking Coordinator responsible for the Human Trafficking National Coordination Centre. In that role, she became an active member of the Interpol Task Force on Human Trafficking. She participated in several Human Trafficking capacity building/missions in Cambodia and West African countries. She also oversaw the development of the RCMP National Human Trafficking Strategy.
C/Supt. Arsenault was then transferred to National Intelligence for the development of the new RCMP National Intelligence Coordination Centre (NICC). As a new Inspector, she was responsible for the RCMP National Intelligence Priorities and the Cyber team at the NICC. She was later promoted to the rank of Superintendent and became the director of the NICC. In that role, she had the opportunity to lead national and international operational intelligence projects identified as priorities for the RCMP.
In 2017, Supt. Arsenault assumed the duties of Officer in Charge of The Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children/Behavioural Sciences Branch.
C/Supt. Arsenault is married and has two wonderful children who are both currently in University.
Coordinator of the Crimes against Children team at the INTERPOL General Secretariat since October 2016
He joined the Swedish Police force 1991 and spent the first 15 years working with juvenile crimes. Having experienced years of investigations related to these crimes he decided to start working on internet related sexual crimes on children at the Swedish NBI at 2006.
Starting as a criminal investigator on victim ID, he was promoted as team leader in 2008 and has since then experienced an increasing number of team members and a widened organization, which from the beginning only dealt with CAM cases and victim ID and now covers the whole spectra of internet related
sexual crimes on children including internet related child prostitution, travelling sex offenders, sextortion, possession and distribution of CAM and victim ID.
Bjorn has also been in charge of the national training program on the subject, has conducted training for hundreds of investigators, forensics, intelligence officers and has also been a frequently requested speaker on the subject for a broad audience to raise awareness not only for judiciary but for all kind of professions that might come across children who suffered from sexual abuse. He also serves as a national expert on the subject and has been the national point of contact for legislators, politicians and the media.
In 2015 he was appointed as responsible for implementation of national guidelines in Sweden related to all types of internet related sexual crimes on children and has by that raised the national level of disposal and an increasing number of staff, focusing on the crime area, forcing the regions to build capacity and enhance their ability to address the phenomena.
David Lee Denton
Deputy Assistant Director
Homeland Security Investigations U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
David L. Denton accepted the position of Division Chief (DC) for Homeland Security Investigations – Cyber Division on January 22, 2017. In his capacity as Division Chief, DC Denton supervises approximately 70 personnel in 4 separate units within the HSI Cyber Crime Center and Forensic Laboratory. DC Denton previously served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Alabama from 2015-2017, supervising approximately 40 HSI Special Agents and support personnel throughout Alabama, as well as approximately 25 Task Force Officers. HSI offices in Alabama include Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery and Mobile. DC Denton also served as the Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) for Birmingham from 2012-2015, and before that was the Deputy Attache in Montreal for HSI Canada from 2007-2012. As Deputy Attache in Montreal, DC Denton was responsible for facilitating investigative requests between HSI domestic offices and HSI’s Canadian LE/Government counterparts regarding border related national security, immigration and customs criminal enforcement matters. Prior to his service in Montreal, DC Denton was based in ICE headquarters and served as a Program Manager and Section Chief within the Financial, Narcotics, & Public Safety Investigations Division, Cornerstone/Financial Programs Unit. DC Denton began his career in federal law enforcement in 1996 as a Special Agent with the former U.S. Customs Service where he served in the San Ysidro and San Diego field offices. DC Denton is a licensed attorney and an alumnus of the University of Alabama, where he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1995.
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
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.
Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner – Australian Federal Police
Debbie Platz is an Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner, responsible for the Crime Operations Response portfolio and the Victim Based Crime portfolio. Crime Operations Response investigates a broad range of crime types including drug importations, firearms trafficking and matters considered to be politically sensitive or may adversely impact on the Commonwealth Government, a Member of Parliament or any other political figure.
The Victim Based Crime portfolio aims to reduce the incidence and impact of Commonwealth crimes against the person. The portfolio focuses on Child Exploitation, Human Trafficking, and People Smuggling. The function has recently expanded its responsibilities to include Australian citizens killed, harmed or missing overseas. The portfolio also delivers a number of outreach and prevention programs, in relation to missing persons and exploited children, as well as the management of Australian victims, who have suffered harm as a result of a critical incident, through our Family Investigative Liaison Officers program.
Prior to joining the Australian Federal Police, Debbie enjoyed a 30 year career with the Queensland Police Service (QPS), commencing when she was sworn in on 27 September 1985. As a Detective, Debbie was involved in ensuring child protection and criminal investigations. As a Sergeant in Police Prosecutions, she prosecuted many murder, rape and sexual offence trials, and was responsible for the training of Queensland’s prosecutors and brief managers.
Between 2000 and 2014, Debbie was heavily involved in the performance review of QPS, an internal review of Information Communications and Technology and the 2011 Flood Crisis Review Group. Debbie also worked as the chief of staff to the QPS Commissioner and was later in charge of the training and development of police, managing two police academies, a leadership centre, recruitment, workplace safety and wellbeing.
Debbie has a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of the Sunshine Coast, a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary/VET) from the University of the Sunshine Coast and a Masters of Studies (Applied Criminology) from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Deputy Director at CEOP
Keith Niven is the Deputy Director at CEOP. Prior to joining the National Crime Agency he served in the Metropolitan Police Service for 31 and a half years. During his time there he spent 15 years in the Homicide and Major Crime Command where he investigated the murder of Victoria Climbie and led a number of high profile murder enquiries abroad. For 4 and a half years he was Head of the Child Abuse and Rape Command as well as leading the MPS and national response to FGM. Keith was awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list. He joined the NCA’s CEOP Command in May 2016 as Head of Safeguarding; responsible for Child Protection, Education, Missing Children and Missing Person’s teams. Keith was appointed as Deputy Director for CEOP Command in January 2017.
Head of European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) – Europol
Mr. Cathal Delaney is the Head of Team for Analysis Project Twins at Europol. This team deals with child sexual exploitation online and offline related crimes affecting more than one EU Member State. He has worked at Europol since 2013 and in this crime area since 2003. A member of An Garda Siochana, the Republic Of Ireland’s national police agency, he is currently on special leave from there while working at Europol.
JULIO CESAR GONZALEZ BEDOYA
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
Cheol-goo Lee, Senior Superintendent General of Police, is the head of the KNPA’s Cyber Bureau, the headquarters of more than 1,660 Korean cybercrime investigators, researchers and digital forensic examiners nationwide.
He joined the KNPA in 1988 as an Inspector, and has been serving his country for 30 years. Director General Lee’s previous posts include the following: Deputy Director General of Investigation (KNPA) ; Director General of Forensic Investigation Center (KNPA) ; Director General of Department 2 (Jeonnam Provincial Police Agency) ; Director of Investigation Department (Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency).
Between the year of 2014 and 2017 he was stationed in Tokyo as a residential police attaché.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in law at the Korean National Police University and a master’s degree in law from Bae-jae 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.