• Armand van Bercheycke – Security Professional of the Year 2018 -2020
  • Prof. Dr. Marc Cools – Professor of Criminology at Ghent UniversityBVBO-APEG
  • Werner Cooreman – Chief Security Officer, Solvay Group
  • Stefanie De Greef – Policy Officer at G4S Belgium, CAPS
  • Prof. dr. ir. Derrick Gosselin – Chairman of ECSA
  • Rudy Hoskens – Chairman of IFA
  • Michel de Jong MSc  CPP  CFE  FSyI  CSyP – Head of Global Security, COFRA Amsterdam, ASIS Benelux
  • Pieter Christiaan van Oranje – Chairman, VBN
  • Freddy Pardon – Chairman, VBA
  • René Polfliet – Head of Global Security for Heineken
  • Hendrik Vanderkimpen – Chairman of PSAvzw

An independent panel will judge each nomination based on the criteria set out for each award category. Judges, all of whom have experience in security and or business, are required to assess each entry on its merits and act impartially and ethically.


Armand van Bercheycke

Armand CU

Armand van Bercheycke has almost 30 years of experience in the field of high security. After service in the Royal Netherlands Air Force as Electronics Officer, he worked as an Electronic Warfare Officer and Policy Advisor for intelligence agencies in the Netherlands. Afterwards he founded different safety & security consultancy companies and security training companies. He became a regular guest lecturer on various topics of safety & security at University of Applied Sciences in the Hague, the University of Applied Sciences Avans+ in Breda, SOBA Security Training and the Dutch National Police Academy.

Armand is a Registered Security Expert (RSE) with a strong track record in the field of the protection of critical infrastructure.  He has provided, and implemented, advisory services to some of the leading companies and governmental organisations in the Netherlands on how to protect and safeguard goods and people in different and sometimes remote locations.

Clients recognise Armand as an expert on high-tech security solutions  and as tactical surveillance measures. Furthermore his strong experience on electronic access management & control is widely appreciated.

In November 2019, Armand was elected security manager of the year 2019 and 2020.

Prof. Dr. Marc Cools

Marc Cools holds a PhD in Criminology (Free University of Brussels) and certificates in Business Economics (IPO Management School- Antwerp University) and International Management in the Telecommunications Industry (London Business School).

He had different higher-management and board positions in the private security services industry: Bell Telephone ITT nv, Alcatel Bell nv, Shield nv and Faceo Security & Prevention nv, Securitas Training nv and was member of the board at the Free University of Brussels. Currently, he is a member of the board at the Belgian Intelligence Studies Centre, the Ludwig von Mises Institute Europe, Royale Union des Services de Renseignement et d’Action,  Deradiant vzw and member of the Mont Pèlerin Society.

He lectured at the Antwerp Police Academy, the School for Criminology of the Justice Department, Antwerp Management School and Paris X La Défense Nanterre University. He was advisor for the former Belgian Justice Minister, Mr. Marc Verwilghen.

Today he is Professor of Criminology at Ghent University and the Free University of Brussels,  Visiting Professor at Nyenrode University, member of the scientific council Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers – Criminologie Paris and teaches at the Intelligence & Security School of the Ministry of Defence. He also is ‘Officier in de Kroonorde (B)’, ‘Ridder in de Leopoldsorde (B)’ and ‘Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes académiques (F)’.

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

Stefanie De Greef 

Stefanie de Greef OSPAs Judge

Stefanie De Greef works as a policy officer for G4S Belgium, the leading integrated security company in Belgium, specialising in the provision of security services and solutions to customers. She concentrates on legislation relevant for private security companies, including legislation on drones and surveillance cameras, privacy and GDPR etc., as well as legislation and research regarding the Belgian Police forces and other security actors.

Before joining G4S Belgium, Stefanie worked for the Belgian Federal Government (Justice Department and Federal Police force) and for the Belgian Association of Private Security Companies.

Stefanie believes in strong and solid public-private security partnerships and in a critical view on the fundamental and essential functions of the public security actors.

Stefanie obtained a master’s degree in Criminological sciences and a master’s degree in European Criminology and Criminal Justice Systems, both at the University of Ghent. She also holds position as a board member of the Criminologists Association for Private Security.

Prof. dr. ir. Derrick Gosselin

Derrick GosselinDerrick Gosselin is Professor of Strategy and Futures Thinking, and Founder-Director of the Institute for Futures Research at Ghent University. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Belgian Academy of Sciences (KVAB) and of Academia Europaea (AE).

He is appointed by Royal Order Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Belgian Nuclear Sciences Research Institute SCK.CEN and Governor of the Royal Higher Institute for Defense (Belgium). He is also pro Vice Chairman of NATO’s research center The Von Karman Institute (VKI) and Chairman of the European Corporate Security Association (ECSA). He is Special Advisor for Brexit & EU Affairs at CANZUK International. He is as well Associate Fellow at Green Templeton College (Oxford).

He was a member of the Global Agenda Councils at the World Economic Forum (2008-2014), an Associate Fellow at the Oxford Martin School’s Institute for Science, Innovation and Society INSIS (2006-2010) and Government Commissioner at the Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (2009-2012) (Belgium). Previously he served as Cabinet Office Secretary & Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of the Government of Flanders. Earlier in his career, he held international senior executive positions in the ICT and the energy industry (1990-2009). Between 2004 and 2016 he held an academic appointment at the Belgian Royal Military Academy (RMA).

He holds an M.Sc. in control engineering, an M.Sc. in electrical engineering and a D.Phil. in economic sciences from Ghent University. He received his M.B.A. in technology management from the Vlerick Business School and holds an M.A. in international politics and defense sciences from the Royal Higher Institute for Defense. He is an alumnus of the London Business School, INSEAD and the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET). Prof. Gosselin has received wide recognition for his contributions to economic development and research, including having been knighted by the French Government and nominated Grant Officer in the Order of the Crown by H.M. King Philip of Belgium.

Rudy Hoskens

Rudy Hoskens

Rudy Hoskens is a Risk & Compliance Partner at PwC in Belgium and has been the competence leader of Forensic Services since 2002.

Prior to that, Rudy has served 16 years in the Belgian Federal Police. There, he gained amongst others over 10 years’ of experience as a team leader of one of the first federal fraud investigation bureaus in Belgium. He played an important role in putting together a specialist fraud team and carrying out special investigations in close collaboration with national and international judicial and fiscal authorities, handling and heading up fraud and other investigations.

In 2000, before joining PwC,  he pursued his career with E&Y Forensic Services, also leading a team of forensic auditors.

Currently, Rudy is also the Chairman of IFA, the Belgian Institute of Forensic Auditors and the Chairman of the Accountancy Europe AML Working Party.

Michel de Jong

Michel de Jong

Michel de Jong is Head of Global Security for COFRA, the holding company for a privately owned group of companies located in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Its main interests include retail – C&A – and real estate, as well as corporate and private equity investment management.

With over 170 years of experience, spanning six generations of the same family, C&A is one of the world’s leading fashion retailers, with an expansive network of stores and online shops in Europe, Brazil, Mexico and China.

Michel is a cheerful, loss-prevention strategist with extensive hands-on management experience in security, safety, investigations and crisis management. He is Chairman of the ASIS International Benelux Chapter and a member of the Board of Trustees of Krijger & Partners, a government affairs and geopolitical risk consultancy.

Pieter Christiaan van Oranje

pieter-christiaan van oranje

Pieter Christiaan currently holds positions as founder and co-owner of the Milan Group, is shareholder of Certus Port Automation, Chairman Advisory Board for Syntus BV (part of Keolis Group, a public transport company), Partner and co-founder of TIGNUM, Chairman of Laureus Foundation of the Netherlands and Chairman of Dutch Association of Security Managers (VBN). He previously held the position of VP, Business Development and Country Manager, AGT Netherlands.

His experience includes work at Equity Capital Markets in London, a joint venture between ABN AMRO and NM Rothschild and he is a reserve Colonel of the Directorate of Operations of the Royal Military and Border Police Staff in Holland. In 2019 Pieter Christiaan assists in regard to the international activities of the Marechaussee (FIEP, EGF).

Pieter-Christiaan obtained a Master of Law (LLM) from Utrecht University and an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland.

His personal aim is to use big data and AI to assist companies in their processes, products and clients.

Freddy Pardon

Freddy pardon

Freddy is a Master in Criminology. He has worked at BASF since 1984, working his way up to his current role, since 2017,  of Area Security Manager Benelux & Expertise Lead Security EMEA North and Lead Information Protection Officer Benelux.

He has been Chairman of Vlaanderen Bedrijfsbeveiliging Associatie (VBA) since 2009 and Vice-Chairman Private Security Association (PSAvzw) since 2013.

He is also a member of VBO commission security, the expertise commission of the National Authority Maritime Security of Belgium and of the working group Essenscia as security expert.

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, 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 more than 2500 employees, 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.