Hans Adolfsson
Vice-Chancellor, Umeå University
Micael Säll Lindahl
Head of police, Northern Sweden




Richard Bent

President of GLEPHA


Richard Bent has been a Senior Research Associate with the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies (ICURS), Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, since 2009. Prior to joining ICURS he served 35 years as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a variety of diverse roles, and ended his career in the executive ranks of the RCMP.

Richard’s research interests include mental health calls for service, policing complexity, performance management for police organizations, national security, governance, and public policy pertaining to justice and policing issues.

Richard has developed strong ties with CEAMOS at the University of Chile and Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.



Rick Sarre

Emeritus Professor Rick Sarre is a former legal practitioner and human rights lawyer from Adelaide, Australia. He was head of the University of South Australia School of Law and Legal Practice for six years and retired as the Dean of the Law School in 2020. He also taught law and criminology in the United States, Hong Kong, and Sweden during his 34 years in the tertiary education sector. He is a Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, and a Fellow of the Society. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Umeå University in 2015. 

Ingrid Nyborg

Ingrid Nyborg began her career working with research and education programs in agriculture and resource management issues in Africa and South Asia. She now specializes in post-conflict and post-crisis development in South Asia, with a focus on Pakistan and Afghanistan. In both countries, she has studied human security, livelihood security, gender and development, exploring how local perceptions of security and development compare with policy narratives. She has also studied humanitarian policy and social vulnerability to climate change in Pakistan, where she has conducted fieldwork in Swat and Sindh, areas hard hit by the 2010 superfloods. In her research, she focuses on participatory methods and co-production of knowledge with communities and other stakeholders as key components in both knowledge production and capacity-building. From 2015-2020 she led the EC Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action ‘Community-Based Policing in Post-Conflict Police Reform.’ This was a global study of 12 case countries spanning four continents where she and her team studied examples of alternative, non-militarized forms of policing which focus on trust-building, broader understandings of security and well-being (human security), and the use of ICT. She is currently the Head of the Center for Community-Based Policing and Post-Conflict Police Reform, based at the Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.


Joachim Kersten

Joachim Kersten (Professor, Dr. soz. habil., Dr. soz., M.A.) studied science, history, and politics at the Free University Berlin, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He holds a doctorate from the University of Tübingen and a post-doctoral degree from the University of Konstanz. He has written numerous books and journal articles on juvenile prison, youth crime, gendered violence, and police accountability/police and minorities. He has taught at the University of Melbourne, Australia (1986-1991), at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan, and at Limburg University in Maaastricht, The Netherlands (1991-1993). From 1994 to 1999 and from 2001 to 2007 he was Professor of sociology at the University of Applied Police Studies in Baden-Württemberg. He also was Professor for German and Political Science at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL/USA. After 2007 he was Professor and Chair at the German Police University in Münster, with guest professorships in Sydney, Australia, Zurich, Switzerland, and Maastricht, The Netherlands. He is currently Senior Research Professor at the Criminology Dept. of the German Police University (DHPOL), a graduate school for German and European police leadership. He is leading an EU FP7 research program on Improving Access to Services for Victims of Domestic Violence by Accelerating Change in Frontline Responder Organisations.


Malin Eriksson

Malin Eriksson is a social worker, associate professor in Public Health and professor in Social Work at Umeå university. Her overall research concerns social inequalities in health and life circumstances, social sustainability and social capital. She is conducting research on how social capital could be used as a resource in the planning and design of socially sustainable and health-promoting communities, as well as research on community policing in so called vulnerable areas in Sweden.


Volodymyr Tymoshenko

Volodymyr Tymoshenko, Ukrainian law enforcement, statesman, scientist. Professor, PhD in law science, Academic of the Political Science Academy of Ukraine. General. Public official of the 1st rank.

His doctoral research is on the topic of “National and international systems against modern drug-business”.

Professor of the National Defense University of Ukraine and the National Academy of the Security service of Ukraine. Head of the Eurasian Drug policy Institute.

Mr.Tymoshenko was a Head of the State Service on Drug Control in 2010-2014. In 2001-2003 and in 2013 he was a representative to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).

Volodymyr Tymoshenko served at different positions within the Security service of Ukraine (SSU): as the 1st deputy to the Head of Security Service of Ukraine and as a Head of Anti-terroristic center of the SSU; as the 1st deputy to the Chief of the Head Department on anti-corruption and organized crimes; Chief of the Head department on counterintelligence; Chief of the Kyiv oblast SSU department.
He was a rector of the National Academy of SSU, and the President’s envoy oversighting work of the SSU. Mr. Tymoshenko also served as an adviser to the Head of the Parliament of Ukraine.
General Tymoshenko was awarded with a Honorary Award of the President of Ukraine, Order of Merit, many medals and was honored by the National Science Academy of Ukraine ‘for contribution to science’.

Volodymyr Tymoshenko is an author of many articles and books on criminology, national security and defense, anti-corruption work, money laundry and organized crime, drugs and drug-business, anti-terrorism and war law.


May van Schalkwyk

May von Schalkwyk completed a post-graduate medical degree at the University of Sydney, Australia. After immigrating to the UK, she worked as a Research Associate in the Research Oncology department at King’s College London. May then undertook the UK Foundation Programme at the South Thames Foundation School followed by a position in HIV Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital, London. This was followed by a position as a Clinical Research Fellow in Lung Oncology and Translational Medicine at Guy’s Hospital. 

She entered specialty training in August 2016 as a Public Health Specialty Registrar and Academic Clinical Fellow. During her Academic Clinical Fellowship her research focused on the commercial determinants of health as well as the impacts of trade and Brexit on public health. She has published research on the tobacco, alcohol, gambling and other industries. In 2020, May commenced a PhD on UK gambling policy and the gambling industry as a NIHR Doctoral Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She also has a special interest in the use of film for public health advocacy and social change.


Aleksander Kwaśniewski 

Aleksander Kwasniewski is a former President of Poland. He served for two successive terms in the period 1995-2005. Aleksander Kwasniewski has been a member of the Polish United Workers' Party (PZPR) from 1977until its dissolution in 1990. He was particularly active in the student movement, and worked as the editor-in-chief of the student weekly ITD magazine from 1981 until 1984, and of Sztandar Młodych from 1984 to 1985. Mr. Kwasniewski participated in the famous “Round-Table” negotiations in Poland that finally brought the peaceful transformation of Poland and the whole Central and Eastern Europe from communism to democracy. Once the Iron Curtain had fallen, he co-founded the Social Democratic Party of the Republic of Poland (SdRP) and became its first chairman. Aleksander Kwaśniewski won the Polish presidential elections in December 1995, defeating incumbent Lech Walesa. One of Mr. Kwasniewski’s first great achievements was to bring about a new democratic Constitution in Poland, which became effective in July 1997. Highly popular in his country, he was re-elected in 2000 for a second and final five-year term.

During his Presidency, he played a key role in the reconciliation between the Poles and the German, the Jewish and the Ukrainian people. He further inspired the international mediation efforts during the 2004 Orange Revolution in Ukraine, helping the young democracy to prevail. Finally, he also was a strong advocate of EU and NATO integration, and made Poland join both institutions during his tenure. Mr. Kwasniewski was appointed Distinguished Scholar in the Practice of Global Leadership at Georgetown University, where, as a visiting faculty member, he taught for several years students at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Until November 2013, Mr. Kwaśniewski co-lead the European Parliament monitoring mission in Ukraine to monitor the criminal cases against Yulia Tymoshenko, Yuriy Lutsenko and Valeriy Ivaschenko. He is Founder of the Amicus European Foundation, member of the Atlantic Council of the United States, Chairman of the Board of Yalta European Strategy, member of Club de Madrid and of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Member of Supervisory Board of Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center. Since 2019 Mr. Kwasniewski is a Member of the International Advisory Council (IAC) to Uzbekistan. In 2020 he become a Chair of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Commission on Drugs.


Gary Ritchie

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie is the executive lead for Partnerships, Prevention and Community Wellbeing.

ACC Ritchie’s portfolio consists of the following business areas:

  • ​Mental Health
  • Children and Young People
  • Drug and Alcohol Strategy
  • Violence Reduction
  • Rural Crime
  • Hate Crime
  • International Development Unit
  • Scottish Business and Resilience Centre
  • Prevention / CT Prevent
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Missing Persons
  • Emergency Service Reform
  • Civic Government & Liquor Licensing
  • Cyber Education
  • Academic Research and SIPR liaison
  • Community Planning and Engagement
  • Public Health and Whole Systems Approach
  • Partnership Strategy

ACC Ritchie joined Strathclyde Police in 1991. He was a Superintendent leading the Local Policing Development and Support team at the inception of Police Scotland.

He was promoted to Chief Superintendent and appointed Divisional Commander of Dumfries and Galloway in 2016. From 2018, he worked in Operational Change and Resilience.

He was appointed ACC in 2019 and in his current role, he is responsible for developing new approaches to working with other public services to achieve better outcomes for communities.


Diane Stockton

Diane Stockton is a Consultant in Public Health.  Her national roles have included Director of Public Health Sciences in NHS Health Scotland, covering public health surveillance, evidence and evaluation aimed at improving health and reducing health inequalities, and co-director (and co-founder) of the Scottish Public Health Observatory. Earlier in her career she led on cancer research and surveillance for Information Services (ISD) Scotland.   During the COVID-19 pandemic, Diane led the Scottish public health response for children and young people (with a particular focus on education) and the national COVID-19 vaccine surveillance programme.

Diane is currently the Health and Justice lead for Public Health Scotland, working with Police Scotland on public health approaches to policing, with the Scottish Prison Service on the health and wellbeing of prisoners and prison staff, with Community Justice Scotland looking at throughcare and diversion, and with The Promise Scotland to improve the life chances of children in contact with the care system.  Diane also leads the Scottish Burden of Disease study which aims to ensure that decision impacting on public health is data and evidence informed – with policies and interventions targeted where they can have most impact.  

Diane is the head of clinical, health improvement and research in Public Health Scotland and has a wide range of research interests, with around 100 scientific publications.


Jeff Thompson

Jeff Thompson, Ph.D., is an adjunct associate research scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He retired recently after serving more than 20 years as a detective in the New York City Police Department (NYPD) where he was a hostage negotiator and was their first-ever mental health and wellness coordinator.

Dr. Thompson conducts research and trainings on resilience, mental health, leadership, suicide pre/postvention, and crisis communication. His trainings have been provided across the world to members from police agencies including from the Australian Federal Police, FBI, Los Angeles Police Department, New Zealand Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Scotland Police, and the Swedish Police Authority.

Dr. Thompson is also an instructor at Lipscomb University in the College of Leadership and Public Service and his work has been published in research journals, books, and other publications such as  


Kristy Docherty

Kristy Docherty is the Director of Public Services at the Edinburgh Futures Institute, a thought-laboratory focused on tackling complex issues by bringing people, organisations and disciplines together. She has a PhD in Collective Leadership and Collaboration and draws from this research and her practice experience to support multidisciplinary and cross-boundary teams who want to work differently and collaborate more effectively. 

With over 20 years' practice experience, spanning the public, private and third sectors she has held senior positions for organisations in the Social Housing, Urban Regeneration and Renewable Energy fields where she has led teams to deliver change and infrastructure projects,  advised organisations on the 'how' of complex collaboration, the process of brokering successful partnerships and understanding the challenges of cross sector engagement, all in pursuit of addressing complex, intractable and 'wicked' issues.  

Kristy is passionate and committed to building system wide connections,  promoting relational approaches to leadership and supporting the collaborative 'group process', across all sectors to promote innovation and change. Prior to her role at the Futures Institute, she was a Lecturer in Leadership and Organisational Behaviour, Associate Director and Public Service Portfolio lead for a Consultancy providing strategic advice on social housing led regeneration, and the Business Director for a large-scale wind, solar and hydro energy developer.

Kristy is currently working with colleagues from Police Scotland and Public Health Scotland to develop a 'Prevention Hub', an innovative ecosystem focused on reducing inequalities through actions to improve health and wellbeing. The Hub will be situated within the Edinburgh Futures Institute.


Jane Townsley

Jane Townsley (UK) is a UN Women Senior Police Expert, as well as the co-author of the UN Women Handbook on Gender-responsive Policing Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence.

Jane is a senior police officer (retired) with over 30 years’ policing experience in the UK, retiring in 2013 at the rank of Chief Inspector.  Since retirement, she has established her consultancy specializing in capacity building for gender-responsive policing and service delivery to local communities and a focus on the empowerment of women in policing. She provides capacity building advocacy and training on both women's and general policing issues, strategic planning, leadership, gender-responsive policing and networking; she has been a keynote speaker at a range of international law enforcement conferences.

Jane is the Executive Director of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP), having previously serving as President between 2009 and 2015. She has helped to lead the IAWP with members in over 70 countries

Jane has a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Security, Conflict & International Development during which she carried out research into the impact of Gender Responsive Policing on women officers, police organisations and local communities. She has also co-authored an academic paper - Risks versus Transformational Opportunities in Gender-Responsive Security Sector Reform.