Security Management Initiative

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The Security Management Initiative is a project of the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research which is an international research and policy program based at the Harvard School of Public Health.

The aim of the initiative is to "advance the development of policy and information tools on risk and security management of international aid agencies in conflict areas." [1]


  • Katarina Ammitzboell joined Control Risks Group in June 2006. Ms. Ammitzboell is responsible for development and integration of governance into relevant areas of Control Risks and to apply risks management approaches to governments and international organisations, and to identify options for private sector in support of good governance. Ms. Ammitzboell has more than ten years of experience with governance, conflict resolution and post-conflict situations including Afghanistan, East Timor, Burundi, Mozambique, South Africa, Egypt, Lebanon, Senegal, Chile, and the HQ of United Nations in New York and she has worked for the United Nations, NGOs, research institutions and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ms. Ammitzboell's areas of specialisation include state-building and political institutional development with focus on democratisation, governance, constitutional processes, rule of law, justice, human rights, Islamic law and legal pluralism, elections and security sector reform. Ms. Ammitzboell has served in strategic and high-level positions, guided implementation and coordination of UN's assistance in Afghanistan and East Timor to support transitional administrations. Ms. Ammitzboell holds a M.Sc. in International Development and Public Sector Economics, Roskilde University, Denmark and LLM in International Human Rights Law and Islamic Law, Warwick University. [2]
  • Andrew Bearpark is the current Director General of the British Association of Private Security Companies. Mr Bearpark serves as an adviser to governments, international organizations and the commercial sector on post conflict reconstruction. Mr. Bearpark is the former Director of Operations and Infrastructure for the Coalition Provisional Authority, Iraq ( 2003-2004 ) and served as UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General and EU Representative with responsibility for economic development in Kosovo ( 2000-2003 ). Mr. Bearpark has also served as the Deputy High Representative, Reconstruction and Return Task Force, Sarajevo, Bosnia ( 1998-2000 ) and as Head of Information and Emergency Aid Departments, Overseas Development Administration. Mr. Bearpark also served as Press Secretary to Minister Baroness Chalker ( 1991-1997 ) and as Private Secretary and later Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher ( 1986-1991 ). [3]
  • Vincenzo Bollettino is a Consultant with the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research and an instructor at the Harvard University Extension School. Dr. Bollettino received a PhD in International Studies at the University of Denver and held a post-doctorate at the Harvard Program on nonviolent sanctions and cultural survival. He worked as a senior analyst with Virtual Research Associates where he led projects to design and deploy field security reporting systems with the United Nations and non governmental organizations. Dr. Bollettino also gained field experience at the Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance where he led projects to improve communication among UN agencies, peacekeeping and peace enforcement forces in complex humanitarian emergencies. [4]
  • Claude Bruderlein is the Director of the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research. He is a Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health and in Winter 2004 was appointed as Jeremiah Smith, Jr., Lecturer on Law at the Harvard Law School. He has been engaged in international humanitarian protection since 1985. He served with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a delegate in Iran, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Yemen. In 1996, he joined the United Nations in New York as Special Advisor on Humanitarian Affairs. Mr. Bruderlein holds a B.A. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a law degree from the University of Geneva Law School, where he specialized in International Law. He also holds a Master's degree in Law from Harvard Law School and was admitted to the New York Bar. [5]
  • Fredrik Bynander is Research Coordinator of CRISMART (Center for Crisis Management Research and Training) at the Swedish National Defense College, where he also holds a assistant professorship. Fredrik has been involved in designing and leading education and training programs for the Swedish Cabinet Office and other major national organizations. He teaches university classes on crisis management studies, political psychology, and international relations. His current research concerns political leadership succession, civil-military relations in international peacekeeping operations, and foreign policy analysis. Fredrik has a Masters degree and a PhD in Political Science from Uppsala University. [6]
  • James Cameron is Associate Director Governance and Development in Control Risks. Prior to that he spent two years as Assistant Director Counter Terrorism in the British Ministry Of Defence. In that role Mr. Cameron acted as a consultant to several foreign governments analysing their counter terrorism risks and designing solutions. Most of Mr. Cameron's work was with and on behalf of other Government Departments such as the Foreign Office and Security Agencies. His responsibilities in the Ministry of Defence also included contributing to the UK strategic crisis management mechanisms, the design and conduct of exercises testing the nation's response to crisis and advice to other Departments during crises such as the 7 July London bombings. During his military career Mr. Cameron commanded Infantry units up to Battalion level on operations in several conflict zones, including Northern Ireland, and he established a pedigree of close interaction with development organisations and NGOs whose objectives he was able to enhance and blend with Security imperatives. Mr. Cameron was seconded to the UN in Croatia in 1995 as a strategic planner and commanded forces in Kosovo and during the 2003 elections in Macedonia. In Kosovo he carried out a strategic risk assessment process that enabled the remodelling of the security structures and approach to guarding vulnerable populations. In Bosnia, during the seminal NATO deployment of 1996, he was responsible for developing the plan for creating synergy between all the strands of the campaign and for transition to civil government. Mr. Cameron's recent work for Control Risks includes analysing the risks faced by priority countries on behalf of the UK Foreign Office, assessing their Crisis Management plans, structures and capability and designing and delivering training to improve problem areas. [7]
  • Nick Clissitt set up the Governance and Development Department in Control Risks (CR) in March 2005. The practice was established to provide expert capability for stabilisation, capacity building and crisis prevention & mitigation in complex environments. Mr. Clissitt joined CR from the UK Government's Post Conflict and Reconstruction Unit, where he led the FCO/DFID/MOD team that established this new, cross-departmental venture, set up mainly in response to lessons identified in Iraq. Mr. Clissitt's early career was in the British Army in which he saw operational service in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq and gained wide staff and policy experience in operational headquarters and in Whitehall. Mr. Clissitt has extensive knowledge of national crisis management both domestically in the UK and in the context of international interventions and overseas capacity building. As Deputy Director of Strategic Plans in the UK Ministry of Defence he was responsible for the development of UK government cross-departmental strategic campaign planning tools and methodologies. In spring 2003 he was he was responsible for the integration of the international civilian elements into the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. Since joining Control Risks Mr. Clissitt has concentrated on developing the thinking and methodologies behind the delivery of proactive stabilisation and capacity building from the private sector, bringing together practitioners, policy makers and academics. Mr. Clissitt is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and of the Advanced and Higher Command and Staff Courses (MA in defence and International Relations). [8]
  • Dr. Jonathan Crego is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Liverpool. He serves as the Director of the International Centre for the Study of Critical Incident Decision Making. Dr. Crego earned his doctorate in Immersive Learning Environments at Salford University and is a Senior Research Fellow at University College of East London. Dr. Crego is the current Director of the National Centre for Applied Learning Technologies, where he is responsible for the delivery of Critical Incident Decision Making scenarios to the British Police. Dr. Crego is the author of many publications including "Legacy and Control as Facets of Criticality: Observations on Critical Incident Management in and Electronic Focus Group," Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. [9]
  • Edward Patrick Flaherty is attorney at law of American and Irish nationality, admitted to practice before the Courts of the US States of Massachusetts and Maine; Mr. Flaherty is registered as a foreign qualified lawyer with the Ordre des Avocats de Geneve ( He is the founder and senior partner of the law firm Schwab, Flaherty Hassberger & Crausaz based in Geneva, with subsidiary offices in the cantons of Fribourg and Vaud. Mr. Flaherty specializes in commercial litigation and the law of the international civil service. He has litigated more than 100 cases before various international Tribunals including the United Nations Administrative Tribunal and the International Labour Office Administrative Tribunal. Mr. Flaherty is outside counsel to a number of international organisation staff associations including the Federation of International Civil Service Associations (FICSA) and he has authored numerous articles published in The International Tax Report and in the general interest magazine SwissStyle, and other publications, most recently, "Rule Without Law: Injustice at the United Nations", which appeared in the inaugural issue of The Geneva Post Quarterly (April 2006). [10]
  • Pierre Gassmann works with HPCR as a Project Advisor, with a primary focus on the activities of the Security Management Initiative. He worked for 24 years with the International Committee of the Red Cross, finishing his service as the Head of Delegation in Baghdad from July 2003-June 2004. Mr. Gassmann has also been the Head of Delegation for the ICRC in Colombia, Former Yugoslavia, El Salvador, Uganda, Mozambique and Angola. His high-level operations management assignments at the ICRC Geneva included Head of Operations for Eastern Europe (2000-2003) and Africa (1988-1991). He has also held the position of Chair of the Inter Agency Standing Committee Working Group on the Millennium (1999-2000), during which time, he edited the IASC publication "Humanitarianism in the 21st Century". Mr. Gassmann received a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva and an MBA from the European Institute for Business Administration (INSEAD), Fontainebleau, France. [11]
  • Major Chris Jacobs joined the UK Joint CIMIC Group as Second in Command in late 2005. Work experience includes tours with UNFICYP in a humanitarian post, UNPROFOR, SFOR and the British Peace Support Team (South Africa). Major Jacobs earned a Masters Degree in Post-war Recovery from the University of York and a Masters Degree in Development Management from the Open University. [12]
  • Mukesh Kapila is currently Director in the Department of Health Action in Crises (HAC) at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. Dr. Kapila was the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, and the UNDP Resident Representative for the Sudan in 2003-2004. Prior to this, Dr. Kapila was Special Adviser to the United Nations from 2002-2003, latterly to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and earlier to the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Afghanistan. Dr. Kapila is on secondment to the United Nations from the United Kingdom Government where he served as Head of Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs in the Department for International Development (DFID) from 1998 to 2002. In 2003, Dr. Kapila was honoured with a CBE by Her Brittanic Majesty, The Queen, for international service. Dr Kapila has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and the International Peace Academy (IPA) and he has worked extensively in relation to crisis and conflict management, humanitarian aid, disaster reduction, and post-conflict recovery in relation to many countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, leading or participating in several international missions. Dr. Kapila is also a member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Co-ordination (UNDAC) system and his educational background is in medicine and public health, and subsequently in international development, with qualifications from the Universities of Oxford and London. [13]
  • Andrew Pickthorn is an insurance broker with Lloyd's of London firm Humphreys Haggas Sutton & Co Ltd, part of US-based Integro Insurance Brokers Limited. He has some 22 years of commercial experience. Following a spell as a British Army officer he has been continuously involved in the non-marine market at Lloyd's. For the last five years he has been part of a team providing insurance solutions to organizations operating in hostile environments, be they involved in Private Security Company work, Logistics or Training companies or Construction companies involved in post-conflict rebuilding. [14]
  • Raj Rana serves as Project Advisor for the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University and as an independent consultant. He has spent the last decade working internationally, including experience as a peacekeeper while a serving Canadian Army Officer in Bosnia-Herzegovina, (1993-1994). He spent 8 years as a delegate with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in field missions including Afghanistan, Chechnya, Darfur and Iraq. In 2003 he joined the ICRC headquarters, where he led projects to revise the organization's policy and guidance on civil-military relations, and enhancing institutional responses to emerging international crises. Mr. Rana holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Architecture from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. [15]
  • Gregory B. Saathoff M.D. received his undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame, his MD at the University of Missouri and his residency in psychiatry at the University of Virginia. Dr. Saathoff is currently Associate Professor of Research in Psychiatric Medicine at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, and Executive Director of the Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG). Since 1996, Dr. Saathoff has served as the Conflict Resolution Specialist for the FBI's Critical Incident Response Group. During the Gulf War, Dr. Saathoff was called from reserve duty and deployed overseas, earning the Army Commendation Medal in 1991. Dr. Saathoff retired from the Army Reserves with the rank of Major. A member of the University of Virginia's Kuwait Project, he studied societal trauma in Kuwait subsequent to the Iraqi occupation. Dr. Saathoff has served on the faculty of the Saudi-U.S. Universities Project located at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He serves as the Chair of the Committee on International Relations for the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. Dr. Saathoff has written The Negotiator's Guide to Psychotropic Drugs for the FBI's Crisis Negotiation Unit, and was a co-author of the FBI's threat assessment monograph: The School Shooter. He serves as a Senior Fellow on the Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) at the George Washington School of Medicine, where he also serves on their adjunct faculty. He has conducted research in public preparedness in relationship to the concept of Community Shielding, and his group has received recognition for that work in the Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education and a Joint Resolution of the General Assembly in the Commonwealth of Virginia. [16]
  • Sabrina Schulz joined the British Association of Private Security Companies (BAPSC) as Director of Policy in February 2006. Previously, she was a Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. Sabrina studied at the Universities of Konstanz (Germany) and Louvain (Belgium) and holds a Postgraduate degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Potsdam. Furthermore, she holds a Masters degree in International Politics from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth where she also completed her PhD in 2005. She has worked for MPs in the German Bundestag and as assistant to an MEP in the European Parliament in Brussels. [17]


  1. ^ Security Management Initiative, "Security Management Initiative",
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  3. ^ ICRC, "Interview with Andrew Bearpark",
  4. ^ ATHA, "Core Training (October 2006): Faculty Biographical Sketches",
  5. ^ATHA, "Core Training (October 2006): Faculty Biographical Sketches",
  6. ^ Crismart, "Fredrik Bynander",
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  9. ^ University of Liverpool, "Professor Jonathan Crego",
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  11. ^ International Humanitarian Law Research Initiative, "Discussants",
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  13. ^ World Health Organization, "Dr Mukesh Kapila",
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  15. ^ ATHA, "Security Management (Nov 2006): Faculty",
  16. ^ University of Virgina, "Gregory B. Saathoff, M.D.",
  17. ^ BAPSC, "Dr Sabrina Schulz - Director of Policy",