Benelux OSPAs 2022 Judges


Werner Cooreman

Werner Cooreman is Chief Security Officer for the Solvay Group, a global advanced materials and specialty chemicals company with over 130 industrial sites, 21 R&D sites and 25.000 employees. Previously Werner held international security roles in DHL Express, Ingram Micro and Engie with incremental responsibilities.

Prior to his 17 years in security management in the private industry, he was a career officer in the Belgian Military for 20 years in combat units, where he participated in several assignments with the United Nations and NATO during the Balkan Wars in the nineties.

Werner’s is an active member in several professional security associations, and holds a Master in Military Sciences from the Belgian Royal Military Academy, a certificate in Terrorism Studies from St Andrews University, as well as other professional security certifications across multiple domains of security

Yuri Dimitruk

Yuri Dimitruk (48) is Head of Security & Loss Prevention at A.S. Watson Continental Europe B.V. In this role he leads a team of security professionals (advisors & supporting staff) in the BeNeLux and is responsible for the security and loss control activities of 1750 stores, 4 distribution centers and 3 headquarters. His team focusses on fraud prevention, investigations, physical security, supply chain security, corporate security, business continuity & crisis management.

After his Masters in Political Science Yuri started his career in the military (Royal Naval Academy). His first business role was unit manager at G4S. After almost 5 years and several specialist educational courses he became a public servant as a security consultant at the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) where he maintained a broad network of governmental organizations and companies to enhance resilience against terrorist and espionage threats. Before his current role at A.S. Watson Yuri was Head of Corporate Security at KPMG for almost ten years, responsible for developing and maintaining the security framework to mitigate physical- & information security risks.

Yuri holds several security certifications and has been a ASIS member since 2008. His current ancillary positions are Member of the National Taskforce Mobile Organized Crime and Vice chairman of the National Retail Security Platform. In his professional life Yuri’s driver is to foster cross functional collaboration, applying a human scale approach, and looking for newer and smarter (technological) ways to improve processes to counter classical problems.

Dr. Pieter Leloup

Dr Pieter Leloup

Dr. Pieter Leloup is Postdoctoral Fellow (FWO) at the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP), Faculty of Law and Criminology, Ghent University, Belgium. The principal focus of his work has been on historical and contemporary patterns of (private) security provision and changing relationships between state and private security actors. He is currently working on a project titled: ‘Private security in Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom: A cross-national comparative analysis of late modern policy trends in a Continental European and Anglo-American context’.

He has been a visiting lecturer for the ‘Crime, Law and History’ course at the University of Sheffield, UK, and visiting scholar at Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. Since 2015, he has been a board member of the Criminologists Association for Private Security (CAPS).

Yvan De Mesmaeker

Yvan De Mesmaeker graduated as a Civil Engineer (academic degree between a MSc and a PhD) from the Free University of Brussels (1986) and has over 30 years of professional experience in Corporate Security and Resilience.

The European Corporate Security Association – ECSA, a Professional Association of Managers and Officials in charge of the Security & Resilience of Corporations and EU & International Institutions.

In addition, ir. Yvan De Mesmaeker is:

  • Vice Chairman of the Board of the Security Office of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre – AWDC, the Foundation that officially represents and coordinates the Antwerp diamond sector and operates in close cooperation with the competent Police and Security Authorities and with the Heads of Security of the diamond industry
  • Lecturer at the National Academy for Senior Police Officers – ANPA and Director of the High Studies Police, Justice & Corporate Security, organized in cooperation with the Institute for Judicial Training, the Universities of Gent and Liège and the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium
  • Secretary General & Executive Committee Member of ATHENA, the Alumni Association of the Graduates from the High Studies Security & Defense, organized by the Royal Higher Institute for Defense (RHID) and the Royal Institute for International Relations (Egmont)
  • Founding Board Member and past Chairman of ASIS BeNeLux Chapter
  • Secretary of the US Department of State Overseas Security Advisory Council, Belgium Brussels Chapter

He often lectures at EU and INT meetings on the challenges and opportunities of Public-Private cooperation in combatting terrorism and organized crime.

In 2017 H.R.H. the King of Belgium awarded him the Honorary distinction of Officer in the Order of the Crown as recognition for his exceptional contribution in the Corporate Security domain and for promoting Public-Private cooperation in corporate and public security.

Ben Nagel

Ben Nagel

Ben Nagel has been working as a safety & security risk manager for Rabobank for the last ten years. He is an expert bridge builder both within and outside the Security industry and and is a strong promoter of new initiatives.

He has specialised in Security Intelligence and has gained a lot of experience in drawing up and implementing Safety and Security policies in complex and large organizations.

As the vice-president of the Dutch Security Association VBN, he has a large and up-to-date network in the industry.

Elsine van Os

Elsine van Os is the founder and CEO of Signpost Six. Elsine is the market expert and thought leader on insider risk and has an educational and professional background in psychology and intelligence and security. Elsine has worked on ‘high profile’ assignments for the Dutch Ministry of Defence and Shell International, where she was responsible for security risk assessment at country, asset and individual levels worldwide.

Elsine has worked in various capacities in over 50 countries. In her work, she has developed and implemented methodologies to develop safety awareness and risk assessment skills of management team members and employees. Elsine is also the owner of Signpost Film Productions.

René Polfliet

Rene Polfliet OSPAs Judge

After completing his studies in Business Administration at the Hogeschool Zeeland he was admitted to the Royal Netherlands Military Academy to become a Logistics Officer in the Royal Netherlands Army. This was followed by various managerial positions within an Armoured Infantry Brigade. In 1991 he was retrained to a Senior Officer of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (i.e. a special police unit of the Ministry of Defence with specific police tasks), where he performed senior managerial functions in the field of (border) security at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, counter-terrorism and policing. Later as a senior special operations officer he was responsible for (international) special operations and the guarding of the Royal Palaces.

In 2000 he joined Proseco B.V. as Global Security Advisor for HEINEKEN and in this function he was responsible for preparing security aspects on strategic meetings of the Executive Board and Team, providing security advice and support to local management of the HEINEKEN operating companies worldwide (e.g. Nigeria, Russia, Surinam, Sierra Leone, Poland, China), provide security briefings to HEINEKEN expatriates and their families to prepare for postings abroad, prepare security aspects and act as security manager of the Holland Heineken House during the Olympic Games in 2002 in Salt Lake City, 2004 in Athens, 2006 in Turin and 2008 in Beijing.

For more than 10 years he has been Managing Director of Proseco B.V. and Head of Global Security for HEINEKEN and in this role is responsible for the security of the HEINEKEN interests worldwide and security of the members of the Heineken family. Also in this role he was responsible for the successful evacuations of HEINEKEN expats, their families and international contractors during severe civil unrests and wars in Tunisia, Egypt, Burundi and Haiti.

A member of ASIS International since 2002 and in 2003 he became Certified Protection Professional (CPP). Since 2008 he has been a member of the European Institute for Corporate Security Management (EICSM), an independent, non-profit membership organisation, dedicated to serving European Corporate Security Managers of various multinational industries and in 2010 was chosen as Secretary-General of their Board.

Hendrik Vanderkimpen

Hendrik Vanderkimpen

Hendrik Vanderkimpen, master in Criminology, started his railway worker career in 1977. Between 1977 and 1985, he carried out several operational functions as corporate executive in the passenger and the freight sectors. From 1986 to 1991, he was responsible for the Brussels North Station. In 1991, he served the function of secretary of the Director General who was also a member of the Committee Management and the Board of Directors. In 1998, he becomes Head of Corps of the Railway Police. In 1999, the Internal Security Service following the reform of the police by the Government is created. As Head of Corps of the Railway Police, Hendrik Vanderkimpen was designated responsible for the Security in the SNCB Group. In 2004, a security service with higher skills emerges which leads to the creation of the Corporate Security Service with Hendrik Vanderkimpen as Chief Security Officer.

Since 2017, Hendrik Vanderkimpen is the General Manager Passengers Transport & Security at SNCB and manages the national railway security, including 700 security agents. He is the liaison officer between the SNCB and the local and federal police, the justice department and Home Office. Since 2019 he became head of Safety and well-being for SNCB.

At the international level, Hendrik Vanderkimpen is vice-president of COLPOFER, a Special Group of UIC (International Union of Railways).

He is also the president and co-creator of Private Security Association (PSA) which is a discussion forum composed of Belgian internal security services from many different industrial and non-profit sectors and security services of the public transport companies.