SPEAKERS

João LAZARO
President, Victim Support Europe
Welcoming Remarks

João Lázaro is President of Victim Support Europe and of the Portuguese Victim Support Association (APAV). With a degree in Law and a postgraduate degree in Victim-Aggressive Mediation and Restorative Justice, he also practices law. João has collaborated with APAV since 1995, having served as Secretary-General until 2007, when he became Executive Director. He also held important positions in several renowned national associations and was a professor in different criminology courses at distinguished Portuguese Universities. Moreover, he collaborated as an expert for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Home Affairs. Over the years, he has been a speaker at conferences on issues related to the rights of victims of crime and victim support services and has also published several articles in the area of restorative justice and victimization.

Katarzyna JANICKA-PAWLOWSKA
Commission’s Coordinator for Victims’ Rights
Welcoming Remarks – Victims’ support and protection in a digital era

Katarzyna Janicka-Pawlowska is the European Commission Coordinator for Victims’ Rights. Katarzyna is heading the Victims’ Rights Team in DG Justice and leading on victims’ rights policy, including enforcement of the EU rules, policy development and mainstreaming of the victims’ rights policy.

Katarzyna joined the European Commission in 2002 and since then has contributed to the enlargement of the European Union, completion of the single market, including digital single market, economic relation between the Union and third countries, the EU transparency and open data policy, non-discrimination and EU criminal law. She has contributed to the enactment and enforcement of several EU legal acts in these domains. Katarzyna has an extensive expertise in the EU decision-making and in the enforcement of EU law.

Katarzyna has an LL.M. in European law from the College of Europe, Bruges and a master of law degree of the Warsaw University. She has also a Diploma in English Law and the Law of the EU from the Cambridge University. She has also studied French law at the Law Faculty in University of Orléans in France. Katarzyna was born in Poland; she is fluent in Polish, English, French and Spanish.

Marco PANCINI
Director Public Policy and Government Affairs EMEA, Youtube & Google, Inc.
Introduction Session – Inspirational keynote speech
Title of the presentation: “Our approach to responsibility”

Marco Pancini was appointed Director Public Policy EMEA for YouTube in 2018. Prior to this role, Marco led Google’s EU Commission and Council team in Brussels, as Director for public policy and Government relations. Marco is a former European policy counsel in charge of government relations for Google in Italy, representing Google in important international meetings as the Internet Governance Forum of the United Nations. Before Google, Marco was Head of legal and Trust and Safety at eBay.it, the Italian subsidiary of the world’s biggest online marketplace from 2002 to 2007. After his studies in law, Marco started his professional career as part of the start-up project of iBazar, the first online auction web site in Europe, and then joined eBay, when iBazar was acquired.

Sandy W. MADAR
Denmark
Introduction Session – Live Testimony

Sandy Madar was born and raised in a harsh part of Copenhagen in the 80-90’s, were violence, crime and gang conflicts was part of her everyday life. She comes from a hard background and has since young age fought for the most vulnerable people in Denmark and now also in Europe. Sandy has started many organizations (such as DSRF) with the help of volunteers and since has helped many crime victims and socially vulnerable people in Denmark. Sandy is also the President of The European Consumer Debt Network (ECDN), a European civil society network established in 2007.

Levent ALTAN
Executive Director, Victim Support Europe
Introduction Session – Conclusions

Levent Altan is Executive Director at Victim Support Europe since November 2014. Before joining VSE, he worked as Principal Legal Advisor at Milieu Ltd, a multi-disciplinary consultancy, where he led a team running various multi- country projects on justice and home affairs. He worked twice for the European Commission (DG Justice) as a national expert. During that time, he was responsible for drafting and negotiating the EU Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime. Prior to this, Levent had been working for around 10 years as a UK civil servant in the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Cabinet Office.

Frederico Moyano Marques
Senior Adviser and Chief Operations Officer, The Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV), Portugal
Generic Support
Title of the presentation: “From information to communication: how to make sure that victims really get it?”

Frederico Moyano Marques is a Lawyer and a Senior Adviser and Chief Operations Officer at the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV). Frederico is also the Technical manager of European projects in different areas related to the rights of victims of crime, namely project Infovictims focused on the right to information, project Protasis, on online identity theft, and project Victims and Mediation, on the victim’s participation in Restorative Justice Mechanisms.

Thomas BOTTERMAN
Head of the Crime Investigation unit, Politiezone Deinze-Zulte-Lievegem, Belgium
Police – Using technologies for the benefit of victims within police setting

Thomas Botterman possesses over twenty-five years of professional experience within the Belgian police and worked for different multi-lateral international organizations, including the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Europe in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. He is a graduate of the Police Academy of Brugge. During the Belgian EU presidency in 2010, he supported the development of activities, which led to a widespread project on early detection and prevention of radicalization named CoPPRa (Community Policing and Prevention of Radicalization). His national police career continued from 2012 as head of a rapid response unit in the Belgian Capital.

Sarah DE VALCKENAERE
Politiezone Deinze-Zulte-Lievegem, Belgium
Police – Using technologies for the benefit of victims within police setting
Title of the presentation: “Tools for victims across the boundaries of police zones” (TBC)

Sarah De Valckenaere is Chief of the Social Police Service within the local Belgian police force at Deinze-Zulte-Lievegem. She has a background as a social worker and a victim counsellor. Sarah holds a master’s degree in Solution-Focused practitioner and a Postgraduate in Solution-Focused and Cognitive Systems Therapy.

Evi VANDENDRIESSCHE
Politiezone Gent, Belgium
Police – Using technologies for the benefit of victims within police setting
Title of the presentation: “Tools for victims across the boundaries of police zones” (TBC)

Evi Vandendriessche is the Head of the Police Care Bureau within the Belgian Police Forces in Ghent. She is a First Chief Inspector and a Victim Counsellor.

Andy RHODES
Chief Constable, Lancashire Constabulary HQ, UK
Police – Using technologies for the benefit of victims within police setting
Title of the presentation: “Lancashire Constabulary: Digital Innovations in Support of Victims”

Andy Rhodes is the Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary force. Specialized in wellbeing, he is also the NPCC lead for wellbeing, staff engagement and organization development and the service lead for the National Well Being Service (NPWS). He is currently preparing a doctoral research study, which will focus on wellbeing. Andy has worked with experts from across policing and academia. His policing background has been mainly in the uniform & specialist operations disciplines including Counter Terrorism Firearms Command.

Danny NACHMULY
VP Sales and Marketing, Octopus ltd, Israel
Private Sector – Design and implementation of web-based and VR tools that increase the availability of, or improve access to, products and services that are necessary for people to survive and thrive

Dan KLEIN
Head of Communication, SACC-EJC, Belgium
Private Sector – Design and implementation of web-based and VR tools that increase the availability of, or improve access to, products and services that are necessary for people to survive and thrive
Title of the presentation: “The Jewish Security Application – The use of technology to report Hate Crime”

Dan Klein is the Head of Communication at SACC by EJC. Dan is responsible for SACC by EJC’s Control Room that monitors more than 35 European Jewish Communities. He is also leading the JSA project (Jewish Security App) that aims to provide an alerting application to all the Jewish community leaders across the continent. Dan provides trainings and exercises in the technological field focusing on control rooms and innovative communication tools. He is also responsible for SACC by EJC’s external communication (website, social medias). Moreover, Dan provides trainings and workshops on Crisis Communication. He joined SACC by EJC in October 2018.

Charlie PEARMUND
Managing Director, Virtual Bodyworks, Spain
Private Sector – Design and implementation of web-based and VR tools that increase the availability of, or improve access to, products and services that are necessary for people to survive and thrive
Title of the presentation: “The future of therapy: virtual reality”

Charlie Pearmund is currently CEO at Virtual Bodyworks, a spin-off from the University of Barcelona and Hospital Clinic Barcelona. Charlie joined the founding team having worked for several years in Technology M&A in London, where he raised capital totaling c. €1bn for start-ups and growth businesses through IPOs and capital raises. Since joining Virtual Bodyworks, Charlie implemented the World’s first neurorehabilitation tool based on the advanced VR concept of embodiment into Madrid’s leading neurorehabilitation hospital, Hospital Los Madroños. Charlie’s background is in Economics, he has a Master’s degree from Trinity College in Dublin. He also holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona.

Eduardo MATEO SANTAMARIA
The Fernando Buesa Foundation, Spain
Education – Lightning Talks: Gaming and other educational technology tools for social change
Title of the presentation: “Concordia Bloggers: a video game as a tool to delegitimize terrorism”

Eduardo Mateo Santamaria is currently Project & Communication Manager at the Fernando Buesa Blanco Foundation. In 2017, he obtained the VII Prize for victimological investigation, “Antonio Beristain”, for the research work on “The contribution of associations and foundations to the visibility of the victims of terrorism in Spain”. He has published ‘Fernando Buesa, una biografía política’ (2020) and has co-edited ‘Verdaderos creyentes. Pensamiento sectario, radicalización y violencia’ (2018), ‘Víctimas y política penitenciaria’ (2019) and ‘Las narrativas del terrorismo’ (2020).  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Public Administration (University of the Basque Country) and a Postgraduate degree in European Union Studies (UOC).

Gigi GUIZZO
The HIT Project, EU
Education – Lightning Talks: Gaming and other educational technology tools for social change
Title of the presentation: “The Hate Interrupter Teams Creative Tool”

Gigi Guizzo is Director of European Projects at the CEPS Projectes Socials in Barcelona, Spain. With a background in contemporary art and cultural memory she now designs and manages projects concerned with social and cultural issues, and specialises in the following subjects: Intersectionality, LGBTQI+ equality and digital discrimination. She is co-author of ‘Lost in translation? Comparative and international work on gender-related violence’ (The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence, ed. N. Lombard, 2018).

Albert ‘Skip’ RIZZO
Ph.D., Director, Medical Virtual Reality – Institute for Creative Technologies, Research Professor – Dept. of Psychiatry and School of Gerontology, University of Southern California
Health Sector – The Use of Virtual Reality in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Albert “Skip” Rizzo, PhD, is a clinical psychologist/neuropsychologist and director of medical virtual reality at the University of Southern California (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies. He is also a research professor with the USC Department of Psychiatry and the USC Davis School of Gerontology.

In spite of the diversity of these clinical research and development areas, the common thread that drives all of his work with digital technologies involves the study of how interactive and immersive virtual reality simulations can be usefully applied to address human healthcare needs beyond what is possible with traditional 20th-century tools and methods.

In 2010, he received the American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Practice of Trauma Psychology, and in 2012, the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Satava Award for excellence in the use of VR for therapeutic applications. In 2015, he received the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Pioneer in Medicine Award, presented to individuals who have significantly contributed to the scientific advancement in the fields of medicine through a multidisciplinary approach.

Henrik ENGELL RHOD
President of the Court, Denmark
Justice – Technology in the courtroom: digital justice
Title of the presentation: “Technology in the courtroom used to the benefit of victims”

Henrik Engell Rhod is currently Chief Judge at the District Court on Bornholm, in Denmark. The District Court on Bornholm was the first Danish court to implement videoconferencing technology in courtrooms, in 2007. Henrik is also a substitute member of the Board of the Danish Court Administration, and a member of several committees regarding developing and implementing of digital solutions within the Danish courts.

Rauno KIRIS
State Prosecutor Internal Control Department, Office of the Prosecutor General, Estonia
Justice – Technology in the courtroom: digital justice
Title of the presentation: “Victims in the courtroom: support through digital technology”

Rauno Kiris is a State Prosecutor in the Office of the Prosecutor General of Estonia. He leads the digitalisation and digital transformation of criminal pre-trial proceedings and is specialised in the field of cybercrime. He is also a lecturer of criminal law in the University of Tartu and co-author of the Commentaries on the Estonian Penal Code. Prior to joining the Prosecutor’s Office, Rauno was an advisor to the criminal chamber of the Supreme Court of Estonia and the head of the analysis department of the Supreme Court.

Eneli LAURITS
District Prosecutor in North District Prosecutor’s Office, Estonia
Justice – Technology in the courtroom: digital justice
Title of the presentation: “Victims in the courtroom: support through digital technology”

Eneli Laurits has been working as a prosecutor in Estonia since 2006. She has specialised in crimes committed against children and human trafficking, therefore having practical experience in investigating and prosecuting crimes where the protection of victims is one of the highest priorities in the pre-trial investigation and also in court proceedings. In addition to law degree, she has graduated from Estonian Information Technology College and is now a PhD student in the University of Tartu writing thesis about digital evidence and territoriality in Internet. She is also a lecturer in Tartu University (IT Law masters programme) and Tallinn University of Technology (teaching Digital evidence).

Young-Suk OH
Senior Inspector, Korean National Police Agency Victim Protection Division, South Korea
Specialist Services / Specific Types of Victims – Victim protection smart watch to help victims of dating and domestic violence

Young-Suk Oh first joined the Korean National Police Agency in 2015, in the National Security Division. In 2018, he joined the Police Administration Division of Seoul Jong-Am Police Station, where he spent two years before starting to work with the Victim Protection Division of the Korean National Police Agency.