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CHAIRED BY: Andrew Kain, Founding Chairman, AKE

Whilst Somali piracy has dropped off, the number of kidnapping incidents reported on an annual basis is rising and is being brought into sharp focus by constant media headlines of K&R incidents from around the world.

Kidnapping for ransom is a significant form of terrorist financing with the size of ransom demands and payments on the increase. This persistent and ever changing threat is evolving beyond ransom demands to extorting substantial annual payments from companies in the form of protection money.

If your organisation operates in an industry or geographic location that could lead your employees, contractors or volunteers open to such threats, you will be under increasing pressure to ensure their personal safety. Multinational companies and NGOs operating in high risk areas have become targets for criminals, creating security risk to both personnel and the company infrastructure.

As more governments sign up to the policy of not paying ransoms, the onus of dealing with kidnapping ransoms is fallings into the lap of employers and the families of hostages.

Quaynote’s 5th annual ‘Tackling Kidnapping, Hostage Taking and Hijacking’ conference aims to update delegates on this persistent and ever- changing threat by highlighting the current hotspots, both those publicized and lesser known and discussing how the threat of kidnapping and hijack is evolving in those areas where employees could be most at risk.

The conference will identify and assess those criminal gangs and terrorist groups who are operating in each of the hot spots and to demonstrate how effective crisis management strategies and risk assessment can be used to mitigate the effects of these events. Organisations will learn how to assess their own vulnerability to the risk of kidnapping and learn how to adopt good practices for kidnap avoidance from key thought leaders in this area. The conference will explore the vicious cycle of ransom payouts and the preventative measures that companies should take when considering the personal security of staff working in at risk areas.

This conference is CPD accredited by The Security Institute. Attendance will reward visitors with Continuing Professional Development Points.

For more information please email Caroline Fuller on Info@quaynote.com or telephone 44 (0) 7974 406673

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