The 2023 Benelux OSPAs will be presented following a Thought Leadership Summit scheduled to take place at the Leonardo Hotel in Breda on October 4th. This summit promises to be a hub of insightful discussions and networking opportunities for security professionals. 


13:30   Registration / refreshments

14:15   Thought Leadership Summit

            Welcome and introduction – Professor Martin Gill

14:30   Bias in conducting security risk assessments; what are the dangers security professionals should avoid?

  • Johan de Wit – Technical Officer Enterprise Security at Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Risk assessments and especially security risk assessments are often based on predictive human judgment. The professionals, on whose judgement the security in organizations and society is depending, are however prone to systematic errors, so called biases.  Although a lot of these biases are identified since decades their effect on security risk assessments was, until recently, not studied. During the last years the Safety and Security Science Group of Delft University of Technology committed a PhD research program to study security risk assessments of professionals working in the security domain. During this presentation a summary of the results is presented.

15:00    The value of in-person events in the digital age

  • Michiel Gen – Director, European Projects | ASIS International

During the pandemic, hybrid and online event formats made content much more widely accessible than before and at much lower cost. However beneficial this development is, employers should keep sending their teams to physical events. This talk will explore the unique value in-person events offer and how event design is evolving to deliver a superior attendee experience.

15:30   Refreshments/comfort break

15:45   Trafficking in human beings: a form of modern slavery

  •  Prof. dr. Conny Rijken – National Rapporteur

Trafficking in human beings or human trafficking is a devastating crime with high profits and severe consequences for victims. It involves the exploitation of another person. This is done using one or more forms of coercion, such as violence, blackmail or abuse of the victim’s vulnerability or dependence. Trafficking not only takes place for the purpose of sexual exploitation, but labour exploitation, criminal exploitation and forced removal of organs are other forms of trafficking.

Human trafficking occurs in many different sections of society and often goes undetected. Victims find it difficult to talk about what has happened to them, and they are often threatened, blackmailed or ashamed of what happened.

As National Rapporteur Conny Rijken researches the nature and scale of human trafficking in the Netherlands and issue recommendations on how to improve the comprehensive approach to combat human trafficking. In this presentation she will inform the audience on this devastating crime, her work as national rapporteur and member of the Council of Europe expert group GRETA. 


16:45   Drinks reception / Canapés

18:00   END