EWDSC 2014 - 19-21 February, Sofia, Bulgaria

DAY 3: The PMSC Industry & Peacekeeping Operations

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21 February 2014 (Friday)


09:00 Registration & Pass Collection

09:30 Panel 5 - The PMSC Industry: Land-based and Maritime Security

  • Maritime Counter-Terrorism - A look at the history, trends and countermeasures with respect to piracy in the Gulf of Aden and West Coast of Africa
  • The evolution of the maritime private security industry
  • Private Security in High Risk Environments - Standards Redefine Industry Practices
  • The Psychological Health of Security Professionals: Truths, Fiction and Known Unknowns
  • Evolution of regulatory structures for the Private Maritime Security Industry, including:
    • The need for regulatory structures in the maritime domain
    • How the standards were developed
    • When will the standards be in place and what impact will they have on the private maritime security industry
    • Next steps in regulatory evolution
  • Update on the global regulation of private security companies and whether or not those initiatives are consistent with current trends in the industry
George Manos
President / CEO
T-H-O-R Executive Security Teams Inc.

Dr. Patrick Cullen
Senior Research Fellow, Defence & Security Affairs
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo

Dr. Marc Siegel
Global Standards Initiative, ASIS International
ISO/PC284 Committee

Prof. Neil Greenberg
Professor of Defence Mental Health - King's College London
Managing Director - March on Stress

Peter Cook
Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI)

Dr. Ian Ralby
Executive Director
I.R. Consilium

11:00 Morning Coffee Break

11:30 Panel 5 - Continued & Discussion

13:30 Networking Lunch

14:30 Panel 6 - Peacekeeping Operations & CIMIC (civil-military co-operation)

  • International contributions to peacekeeping operations
  • CIMIC in multinational operations
  • The participation of Bulgarian military medical teams in Afghanistan 2002-2013, the contribution of Bulgarian military medics to ISAF & proposals for future development
Maj. Gen. Andrew Sharpe, CBE
Executive Vice President
I.R. Consilium

Col. Vladimir Lalov
State Expert
Force Training and Operations Directorate, Ministry of Defence, Bulgaria

Col. (Ret.) Alexander Dimitrov, MD, PhD
Emergency Response Unit
Military Medical Academy, Sofia

16:00 Afternoon Coffee Break

16:30 Conclusions & Closing Remarks

Ivo Trayanov
Epsilon Arms Ltd.

Prof. Dimitar Dimitrov
Head of the National & Regional Security Department
University of National & World Economy (UNWE)

Ioanna Peeva
Managing Director
Haldane Systems Ltd.

17:00 Networking Reception

Conference Times
19 February 2014, 08:30 - 19:30
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21 February 2014, 09:00 - 19:30