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AfATAP Inaugural Online Conference:
- Dates: 16 - 17 November 2021 from 13h30 -17h10 each day
-Cost: Free for AfATAP, AETAP, ALATAP, APATAP, ATAP, CATAP members (registration required)
-Non-TAP members: R1800.00 (approximately US$127)
- Topics include: Insider threat programs; Threat assessment in the corporate environment; Large scale threats
- Speakers from the private sector, Google, PWC, tertiary institutions from Africa and across the globe.

AfATAP Inaugural Online Conference

We are proud to launch the African Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (AfATAP) 
conference  the first since the establishment of the Association in 2019. We are also happy to announce that 
Absa bank has confirmed its sponsorship for this event. Topics to be addressed range from 
Insider threat programs and threat assessment in the corporate environment to large scale threats such as 
mass shootings in the education context, cyber extortion, and terrorism.  
 
Speakers from across the globe, representing the private sector, Google, PWC, Deloitte, and tertiary institutions have been secured. We have designed the program to allow significantly 
time to each speaker to discuss the topics in-depth, thereby maximizing the experience for 
attendees. Through this conference, AfATAP hopes to grow its footprint across the African continent, 
and work towards its goals of developing the profession of threat assessment and threat 
management on the continent.  
 

The agenda for the conference can be downloaded below.

Conference speakers

Professor Gérard Labuschagne, PhD

Professor Gérard Labuschagne PhD was the Section Head of the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) specialized Investigative Psychology Section (IPS) for 14 years and resigned on the rank of a Brigadier. The IPS is responsible for assisting the SAPS with investigations of psychologically motivated crimes, which include threat assessments. He is a Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the British Psychological Society, and a criminologist. He is an admitted, but non-practicing, Advocate of the High Court in South Africa.

He is the founder and current President of the African Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, and a US Association of Threat Assessment Professionals Certified Threat Manager, one of only two from the African continent. He is a member of the Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals. He is currently a Director in L&S Threat Management, South Africa’s only sole-purpose threat assessment and management company focusing on workplace violence. In this capacity he has consulted with large corporations on threat cases, provided training in threat assessment and management, and assisted in developing polices to assist corporations manage the process of threats facing their employees. He is also a regular speaker at international threat assessment conferences.

Dr.Gene Deisinger

Dr. Deisinger is President of Deisinger Consulting, LLC, a professional services firm specializing in protective intelligence and behavioral threat assessment & management services for an international base of clients. As an internationally recognized threat management practitioner with over 25 years of experience, Dr. Deisinger helps organizations to enhance policy, processes, & practices to identify, assess, & manage situations that may pose a threat of violence or significant disruption to continuity of operations.

He has helped hundred of organizations build comprehensive & collaborative processes, enhance practices incorporating relevant and contemporary standards, mitigate risk for violence, and enhance the safety and well-being of their organizations. Dr. Deisinger earned his doctorate in psychology from Iowa State University. He is a licensed psychologist, a certified health service provider in psychology, and, until his retirement, a certified law enforcement officer.

Jasmine Opperman

Jasmine’s proficiency associates to methodological risk analysis and the management of intelligence processes (operations, counter-intelligence, covert activities and analysis). Jasmine is qualified as a risk analyst and holds a Masters Degree in History at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa). Her aptitude emanates from 19 years employment in formal intelligence structures, at which time she attended the position of Provincial Head Eastern Cape Province. During her tenure as Provincial Head, she engaged in senior Government liaison, inclusive of Premiers, MECs and Ministers. 

Jasmine was also commissioned as Senior Trainer at the Intelligence Academy, focusing on analysis, operational analysis, counter-terrorism, low-intensity conflict and intelligence management within a constitutional democracy. Jasmine is also well versed in information management and compilation of both tactical and strategic analysis products. 

Her interests are primarily related to Africa’s security trends and developments and the impact thereof on various governance sectors. Jasmine tracked and analysed the Cabo Delgado insurgency culminating in numerous articles for the local media, interviews by all major TV networks in South Africa Internationally as well as participation in international webinars.

Bradley Markides

Bradley Markides is currently heading up the Insider Trust Program at Absa which focus on the detection and mitigation of insider threats. The Program, by way of benchmarking with industry, is the first of its kind on the African continent. Bradley has managed to design, build, implement and is busy embedding the Insider Trust Program within the bank.

The threat landscape is constantly evolving, and staying ahead of threat actors to protect organisational assets is a significant part of his day job. Before becoming the head of ITP, Bradley specialised in cyber security risk management for the Bank, helping Absa maintain security testing strategy as the head of Threat and Vulnerability Management. 

Bradley has also led a number of secure IT solutions and services as a Lead Security Consultant for Absa/Barclays. Bradley has a Master’s Degree in IT from the University of Johannesburg and has a passion for research and innovation.

Robert Besseling

Robert Besseling founded specialist intelligence company EXX Africa in 2015, after pursuing a decade-long career in political risk forecasting at industry-leading firms in the UK and US. In late 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, EXX Africa was rebranded as PANGEA-RISK to cover 68 African and Middle East countries.

At Pangea-Risk, Robert leads a team of partners, researchers, and contributing analysts to produce commercially relevant and actionable analysis on political, security, and economic risk in Africa and the Middle East. Robert also retains the lead on many consulting projects for blue chip corporations in a wide variety of sectors.

Mrs Gurdip Rai

Gurdip Rai is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), with over 14 years of experience as a Human Resources professional. Having acquired her work experience in multiple industries from financial, non for profit to tech, she acted as HR business partner before pursuing a specialist role in Employee Relations investigations. 

Before setting out her career, she received her Bsc Honours in Psychology after which she continued her studies in Human Resource Management, completing her Masters at Kingston University in London. Gurdip joined Google in October 2017, where she undertook the role of Employee Relations Investigator. 

In January 2019, Gurdip became a member of the global Security and Resilience Services team to lead the C.A.R.E program for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Since then, she has held a pivotal role designing the program for the region before the pilot began in April 2019. As October 2019, the program became fully operational in all 32 jurisdictions within EMEA.

Dr. Michael G. Gelles

Dr. Michael G. Gelles, managing director with Deloittte Consulting LLP, advising a wide variety of clients in the public and private sector. Dr. Gelles is a know insider threat specialist focused on cyber and physical security risks, asset loss, exploitation, terrorism, workplace violence and sabotage. Dr. Gelles works to improve their insider threat posture with a specific emphasis on people, mission and risk. 

Dr. Gelles works has led the development of over 60 insider threat programs including Deloitte ‘s own program that entails a number of proprietary innovative solutions. D. Gelles’ approach to insider threat is data driven with large security transformations based on the client’s strategy, operations, workforce and broader culture focused on mitigating enterprise risk.

He is an author of two books as well as numerous articles and is a frequent guest speaker. His books include: “Threat Assessment  Risk Managed Approach” (Taylor Francis) and recently released “Insider Threat; Prevention, Detection, Mitigation and Deterrence” (Elsevier Press). Most recently, a book chapter on insider threat program development in the International Handbook of Threat Assessment edited by Reid Meloy and Jens Hoffmann published (Oxford Press). Before joining Deloitte, Dr. Gelles spent 20 years with the Navy and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Kristina Anderson

Kristina Anderson is a survivor of the Virginia Tech tragedy and the founder of Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools, a non-profit which creates resources and content for raising the level of awareness toward campus safety for students, parents and educators. The foundation also works to provide resources and support for survivors of trauma.

Kristina started the non-profit after surviving the worst school shooting committed by a single perpetrator on April 16th, 2007. Kristina was shot 3 times during the Virginia Tech shooting–twice in her back and once in her toe -while attending an IntermediateFrench class. She became one of the most critically injured survivors with the largest number of casualties in her classroom.

Thanks to a genius surgeon, strong family, and an immense outpouring of support, Kristina made a full recovery and proudly returned to Virginia Tech to finish her degree in International Studies and Foreign Languages.As her perspective on life has significantly changed, Kristina travels extensively for trainings and presentations on emergency preparedness, safety, and motivational speaking with law enforcement and corporate audiences.

Dr. Lorraine Sheridan

Dr Lorraine Sheridan is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist. She completed Europe’s first PhD on stalking and has so far published five books and more than 70 papers on the subject. Her research has taken an applied, interventionist angle and she frequently trains professionals involved in investigating stalking crimes.In the UK, Lorraine was a police accredited offender profiler and she compiles psychological reports related to offenders, highlighting the risks posed by known or unknown suspects.

She regularly gives case management advice to the police, security personnel, public figures and others on stalking, harassment, violence, risk assessment, threat assessment, malicious communications and similar topics. After a long stint as a senior academic in universities in the UK, Lorraine is now an Associate Professor at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. She is currently President of the Asia Pacific Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.

Junaid Amra

Junaid is a Partner in the Advisory division of PwC South Africa where he is leading the Forensics Technology Services practice. In his role he assists clients with digital forensics investigations, incident response and proactive cybersecurity reviews & implementations.

He has been with the firm since 2004 and holds a BCom degree. He has passed the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exams as well as the EnCE digital forensic examiner exams of which there are approximately 4,000 people certified globally, he is also certified to conduct investigations on mobile devices. Junaid is a full member of the Institute of Commercial Fraud Practitioners and has previously served on the ISACA South Africa Board overseeing the Cybersecurity portfolio for the Chapter.

Junaid has also provided expert witness testimony in the High Court of South Africa and in multiple disciplinary hearings for clients. He further provides support to some law enforcement agencies in Southern Africa in terms of conducting search and seizure operations where the focus is on electronic devices. Junaid has provided support to private sector clients in respect of executing Anton Piller orders in cases of industrial espionage.

In this capacity, he has assisted in servicing a number of the firm’s medium to large clients across various industry sectors including local banks, reserve banks, listed clients, law enforcement agencies and public sector organisations. He was also involved in assisting a major banking client based in London in 2008. Junaid has been invited to speak at numerous events on the topics of Cybercrime and Cybersecurity.

AfATAP Inaugural Online Conference
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Don’t Miss Out!

  • Topics include: Insider threat programs; Threat assessment in the corporate environment; Large scale threats
  • Speakers from the private sector, Google, PWC, tertiary institutions from Africa, and across the globe.
  • Dates: 16 and 17 November 2021 from 13h30 – 17h10 each day
  • Cost: Free for AfATAP, AETAP, ALATAP, APATAP, ATAP, CATAP members (registration required)
  • Non-TAP members: R1800.00 (approximately US$127)