Thursday 7 April - Opening Session and Keynote Speaker
Mark Rowley, Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations, Metropolitan Police Service, UK
Mark Rowley has been the Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations in the Metropolitan Police since June 2014. He leads the Counter Terrorism Policing Network in the UK and represents CT Policing in its engagement with Government on operational and policy issues associated with tackling terrorism, espionage and proliferation. This portfolio also includes responsibility for the investigation of war crimes, Official Secrets Act offences, and the protection of VIPs. He is also responsible for Protection, Security and Counter Terrorism/Domestic Extremism in London. Prior to this he was responsible for creating 'Specialist Crime and Operations'. In its first two years SCO led major reduction in gang violence, improved detections for serious crime such as rape and launched Operation Nexus, working with the UK Border Agency regarding foreign national offenders. Mark has also led successful high profile complex operations such as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Margaret Thatcher's Funeral, and the enquiry into the allegations of child sexual offences by the late Jimmy Savile and others. Mark has a wide policing experience across West Midlands, National Crime Intelligence Service and as Chief Constable in Surrey he oversaw a radical change program that uniquely addressed austerity challenges. He has a reputation for success in crime reduction, complex operations, increasing public confidence and innovative change. Mark began his policing career in 1987 in West Midlands Police, having graduated from St Catharine's College, Cambridge. After a broad uniformed and detective career in Birmingham, he moved to the National Criminal Investigation Service as a Detective Superintendent. He transferred to Surrey in 2000 and was promoted to Chief Constable in February 2008. In 2011 he was awarded the Queen's Police Medal.
Friday 8 April - Openning Remarks and Keynote Speaker
Juan-Carlos Pastor, PhD, Professor of Organisational Behavior, IE Business School, Spain
Juan-Carlos Pastor is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the IE Business School. Before, he was Assistant Professor of Management Behavior at the Richard Ivey School of Business in the University of Western Ontario and visiting professor at Lancaster University Management School and Concordia University. He earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University. He has an academic background in Social Psychology, earning an M.A. in Social Psychology from Clark University and a BA in Psychology from the University Autonoma of Madrid. His research interests include a social psychological approach to leadership that focuses on the psychology and social environments of both leaders and followers. Regardless of management efforts to provide clear visions and strategies to their employees, leaders' messages inevitably go through a process of reinterpretation and sensemaking. Juan-Carlos research has focused on how followers use their social networks to make sense of events and develop perceptions of leadership. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Learning Education, Leadership Quarterly, Human Resource Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Personality and Individual Differences, and Work and Stress. He was selected as one of the world's next generation leaders in the Next Business Generation Handbook (Subir Chowdry, ed.). His work received a competitive award from the Center for Creative Leadership. He teaches courses on Organizational Behavior, Leadership, Organizational Change and Managing People Skills and has received numerous teaching awards. He is the director of the Innovative Leadership open program for executive leaders and has consulted with numerous companies in issues related to leadership development and change.
Friday 8 April - Closing Session and Keynote Speaker
Aimen Dean is known as the "The Spy who came in from Al-Qaeda". Dean started his jihad in Bosnia as a teenager before becoming embroiled in Islamic charities linked to Al Qaeda that took him to conflict zones across the globe. His initial drive "to defend a defenceless people" was shattered as extremist terrorism grew. He ended his time with Al Qaeda on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border working closely with Osama Bin Laden's inner circles. Unbeknown to them he had been working for British Intelligence.
Accidentally exposed by an American journalist and with his life in danger he was resettled by his intelligence handlers. He has remained an expert in jihad, Islamic finances and extremist terrorism, advising not just the British Government but other agencies and companies globally. His insight and understanding of the threats we see today from extremists come from a deep inside knowledge of their psyche.