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20th November 2019

Phillip Baum

Managing Director, Green Light Ltd.

Visiting Professor, Aviation Security, Coventry University

Editor, Aviation Security International

Behavioural Analysis: overcoming barriers to implementation

Philip started working within the aviation industry in the 1980s, when he joined Trans World Airlines’ security subsidiary at London Heathrow. From Duty Manager at Heathrow he moved to TWA’s International HQ where he ultimately became Manager Security Training and Auditing. He left, in 1996, to establish Green Light, through which Philip serves as a subject matter expert for the Airports Council International (ACI) in the area of Behavioural Analysis and runs training courses for them accordingly. Likewise, Philip designs and delivers the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Inflight Security courses and has worked with IATA on the way behavioural analysis might be incorporated into (what was originally called) the ‘Checkpoint of the Future’, the pre-cursor to ‘Smart Security’. 

Philip is the Editor of Aviation Security International. Philip’s first book, ‘Violence in the Skies: a history of aircraft hijacking and bombing’, was released on 29th February 2016. He was appointed Visiting Professor, Aviation Security by Coventry University in 2018.

Amit Bar-av

Regional Security Director in Central/East Europe at the Israeli Aviation Security Division (ELAL Security)

Trends & Threats 2020

Amit has over 25 years of experience in the field of aviation security, amongst 15+ years of various senior management positions.
Currently He is the Regional Security Director in Central/East Europe at the Israeli Aviation Security Division (ELAL Security). His main role is to run the security operation and innovative plan and technology.
Prior to this role he held several management roles, managing hundreds of top level security experts around the world.
He is highly experienced with leading and creating process, projects and regulations. In the field of aviation security rules and regulations are mostly important but as a person who thinks out of the box I know how to solve real time problems and give solutions to crises, which are also creative.
His core fields of expertise are security, physical security, Crisis Management, Operations Management, Emergency Management, Aviation, Manage a large work force.

Andy Blackwell


Real-World experience of SeMS

Andy was formerly Head of Security with Virgin Atlantic, where he was responsible for all aspects of the airline’s security programme, including Security Management Systems (SeMS) implementation and development. Prior to joining Virgin Atlantic, he was UK Security Manager and Lead Threat Assessor with DHL.

Andy has a law enforcement and intelligence background, with previous service with UK Customs, British Transport Police, the National Criminal Intelligence Service and the National Drugs Intelligence Service of the Czech Republic. Andy has been commended by the Metropolitan Police for demonstrating a high degree of professionalism and providing an exceptional level of service during a period of heightened threat against civil aviation interests.

Andy is a Registered Independent Security Consultant with the Association of Security Consultants and member of the Advisory Boards of UK Security Expo and International Airport Review. He also sits on the Editorial Panel of Aviation Security International magazine and holds full membership of the Emergency Planning Society.

Andy is a subject matter expert on SeMS and a wide range of transport security matters. He is a regular speaker at international security conferences and events.

Wilfried Covent

Senior Security Expert, Brussels airport

The screeners with autism spectrum

Wilfried has a very rich career that has spanned almost all the key organisation in the aviation security industry including the Police, airlines, cargo and currently, Brussels Airport as the Airport’s Senior Security Expert.

The Europe aviation security benefits from this wealth of experience with Wilfried currently ACI Europe’s Chairman of the Security Committee. Wilfried was the Airport’s Security Manager when the Brussels Airport was attacked on 22 March 2016.

Lumir Dvorak

Director of the Security Department of the Internal Services and Security Division of the Civil Aviation Authority

Background check and possibility of using explosive detection dogs

Lumir works in security since 2001.

Lumir worked in various positions in the field of security and protection of classified information under the authority of the Czech Air Force, of which almost 5 years as a security manager of the Czech Air Force.

Lumir is currently in charge of the Director of the Security Department of the Internal Services and Security Division of the Civil Aviation Authority, and also I am the Security Director of the Authority.

Alfonso Horna

Head of the Inspection and Processes Department in Aena

Security Manual for Airports Design

Aeronautical Engineer by the Politechnical University of Madrid and title of Security Director by the UNED University in Madrid.

Head of the Inspection and Processes Department in Aena with more than eleven years of experience as Security Inspector plus development of Security Procedures and the design of airports from the security point of view. In this Department he keeps a short relation with the Spanish CAA, law enforcement agencies and international stakeholders.

Before security he worked in Engineering and Consultant aeronautical companies developing constructive projects for airports infrastructures, airports master plans and several aeronautical studies.

Filip Kopecky

Technology Development Director, Airport lab

Airport Lab presentation

Filip has been working as the Director of Technology Development at Prague Airport since 1 August 2018. He came to the newly created position after eight years spent at ZOOT, where he held the position of IT director and was a member of the company’s management. Previously, he also worked as technology director at LMC, Web Design Factory and GLOGSTER. Filip is in charge of the new PRGAirportLab team, whose main task will be the design and implementation of projects in the field of airport technology development, especially with regard to the use of modern technologies. Filip has a total of 24 years of experience in technology, of which 11 years in management positions. He graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University.

Richard Kubelka

Security Manager and Chief Cabin Crew Instructor for Czech Aviation Training Centre (CATC)

Security Training for Crew – practical point of view

Richard joined civil aviation business in 1990´s and worked as a Cabin Crew and Security Officer at Fischer Air before leaving to Czech Airlines in 2005 when he was responsible for AvSec and safety training of crew members.
He focuses in in-flight security and safety and delivers Aviation Security Courses for airport staff, crews and military personnel both in Czech and Slovak Republic. He currently works as a Security Manager and Chief Cabin Crew Instructor for Czech Aviation Training Centre (CATC).

Sabina Lajdova

Aviation security specialist, Prague airport

Dealing with UAV (drones) at the airport

Sabina graduated from the Czech Technical University in Prague with a master´s degree in Air Transport, specialization of Communication, Navigation and Surveillance Systems. She joined Prague Airport on part time job during the studies. Since 2013 she works as a Security systems specialist for Security Strategy and Standards branch and since 2017 as a Security Technologies Team Leader. Her field of expertize is Security Systems. She is responsible for Security Systems such as Access Control with biometric readers, Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (such as near fence detectors, radar, thermal -vision cameras) and Video Management System including video-analytical functions where the responsibility ranges from acquisition, implementation and development. She is currently engaged with Security Systems Integration project that will upgrade the capabilities of the Security control room, the Perimeter Security Improvement project and the projects dedicated to drone problematic such as drone detection around the Airport and use of drones for Airport purposes.

Karel Lehmert

Head of CBRNe Forensic Sampling Laboratory – VAKOS XT

Unintentional Methamphetamine Contamination as Possible Cause of Suicidal Airplane Accidents

Karel Lehmert has started with bioterrorism prevention practicing on „anthrax letters“ and agriterrorism in 2002. Later he took part in development of INTERPOL Bioterrorism Prevention Curriculum and worked for INTERPOL Bioterrorism Prevention Unit as scientific expert. Also works as consultant for various governmental and business subjects.

Tomas Radej


Modus operandi November 2018 – November 2019 and return foreigners from IS back to Europe

Tomáš completed his Ph.D. studies in Political Science at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University, Brno in 2010. His dissertation work was published under the title of: “The Iraqi uprising in 2003-2009. Strategy, tactics and ideology of Islamic radical and nationalist clusters”.

He served as a diplomat in Baghdad during the sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia militant groups. In 2010-2011, he lived as a research scholar at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon and, in 2013-2015, he was the 1st Secretary (and Deputy Ambassador) of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tehran. Tomáš is a Czech Army lecturer, teaches at Academic Institutions and at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

He focuses on Islamic Radicalism, Suicidal Terrorism and contemporary Arab world. He is the author of a number of expert analyses, articles and journalistic texts.

Stefano Ragazzi

Business Development, SITA

The airport in 2030: Safe and Secure

Stefano is Head of SITA Business Development, Passenger Services, Europe. After earning a degree in Electronic Engineering at the University of Rome in 1997, he worked in the telecom industry for a while and joined SITA in 2007. Over the years Stefano covered many different positions: from Solution Design to Bid Management, leading large and complex deals with key airline and airport customers.  Since 2017 he is leading the EURO Business Development team – Passenger Services and Baggage Management. Son of a former Alitalia pilot, Stefano has been attracted by the aviation world since his infancy. He is married and father of two kids aged 3 and 11 years. Stefano is passioned about technology and likes practicing outdoor sports.

David Ryder

Head of Aviation Security, ACI Europe

Explosive Detection Systems for Cabin Baggage – the future and lessons identified from Operational Trials

Cybersecurity – legislation and the airport

David Trembaczowski-Ryder joined ACI EUROPE in February 2010 as Senior Policy Manager responsible for aviation security issues. In August 2013, he was promoted to Head of Aviation Security. David is a retired UK Royal Air Force wing commander, and ex-fast jet navigator/weapon system operator, with a whole career in the aviation and security field. In addition, he has significant experience in EU policy development and extensive lobbying experience.

David last appointment was with the UK Permanent Representation (UKREP) to the European Union (2006-2008) as a senior military adviser on European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). Prior to joining UKREP David was seconded to the EU Council General Secretariat (2003–2006) dealing with ESDP organisational structures and policy, as well as dealing with EU Third States policy issues (Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Norway, Iceland, Croatia, FYROM and others). Before coming to Brussels, David was the CEO/Station Commander of Gibraltar Airfield/RAF Gibraltar (2000-2003), where he was responsible for all aspects of the airfield operations, with significant security related challenges especially after 9/11. He has also worked in several NATO and national appointments and has nearly 3000 hours fast jet flying experience.

David holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics (University of Hull), and is a graduate of the Royal Air Force Staff College and the European Security and Defence College.

Roman Vokac

specialist of optimalitizion security control operations, Prague Airport

Improving Centralized Security Checkpoint area at Prague Airport

Roman Vokáč deals with capacity issues of passengers handling with the focus on airport security processes. He works at the Prague Airport and graduated master and doctoral studies at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Transportation Sciences in the study field Air Traffic Control and Management, with specialization in aviation security. Currently, he also works at the Faculty of Transportation Sciences as assistant professor, member of Aviation Safety and Security Laboratory and supervises bachelor’s and master’s thesis. In his research activities he focuses on the approach to operational efficiency which can ensure and maintain high level of security and passengers’ satisfaction. Besides the current issues of security, his interests include new trends in aviation safety and new technology and its utilization in the aviation.


John Wood

Real-World experience of SeMS

John is a Security Management Systems (SeMS) subject matter expert, and was responsible at the UK CAA for developing the SeMS framework published jointly by government and the CAA. As the CAA’s SeMS expert, John worked with many industry stakeholders and guided the first two pathfinder organisations in developing their SeMS.

Experienced in guiding the design and implementation of effective strategic change in public and private sectors to improve operational effectiveness, John has been a lead designer of numerous governance, risk and compliance systems.

He is adept at unifying strategic vision with its practical delivery to drive business change and align objectives with business requirements; innovating practical solutions to strategic and operational challenges, removing obstacles to change and achieving strategic goals and training / mentoring multi-disciplined teams to embed fresh working practices and behaviours which drive performance improvements.

John is a qualified project, programme and risk manager, (PRINCE2, MSP, MoR) and holds a masters degree in Physics from Oxford University