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Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South-East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity awareness raising and legal framework

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 Funded by the European Union

Team Leader and Legal Expert - John Jones

John is currently an independent consultant providing high-quality consultancy and assurance on all aspects of countering CBRNE. John has over 35 years experience in the field of crime reduction, security and counter-terrorism He was for over 10 years Deputy Head of the CBRNE Unit in the UK”s Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT).

He has experience of the delivery of CBRNE capabilities at national and international level from counter-proliferation to front-line operations. John was a key expert in other CoE Project, reviewing UK legislative frameworks and taking forward joint work with French counterparts. He has been acting as Legal Expert on Work Package 7 of Project 46.

Starting June 2017 John is the Project Team Leader.

Key Expert 2 – Philippe Stroot, PhD

Philippe Stroot holds a PhD in biological sciences from the University of Namur, Belgium. After 7 years of academic research and one year as scientific expert for the Belgian federal administration, he joined SmithKline Biologicals (now GSK Vaccines) in 1990. Successively international vaccine training manager, biosafety officer for the Belgian sites, R&D operation manager, and finally global biosafety manager for the company worldwide, he moved into independent consulting in 2007 and launched his own company, Xibios, specialized in biosafety and biorisk management.

Since then, Philippe has been providing expertise in technical and regulatory aspects of biosafety and biorisk management for the academic, public and private sectors. He has been involved in the design and construction of several biocontainment facilities and has in particular participated to audits and training programmes in Western Europe but also in North Africa, Pakistan and Southeast Asia. Philippe is particularly motivated in designing and supporting the implementation of pragmatic and sustainable solutions.  

Philippe has been a member of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) since 1993, was one of the founder members of the European BioSafety Association (EBSA) in 1996 and joined the Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association (APBA) in 2007. He was also the chairman of the Belgian Biosafety Professionals (BBP) from 2009 to 2011, is a honorary member of the Tunisian biosafety association and member of the advisory panel of the Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA).

Key Expert 3 – Matteo Guidotti, Ph.D.

Born in 1972, he studied in Milan where he received his Degree in Chemistry in 1997 and his PhD in Industrial Chemistry in 2000, with periods as visiting researcher in France, Russia, Spain and the Netherlands.His work involves the study and development of heterogeneous catalysts for the synthesis of fine chemicals and the degradation of highly toxic chemicals. He is author (or co-author) of 96 scientific publications and some 130 communications at international congresses, Deputy President of the Region Lombardy Section of the Italian Chemical Society and Officer of the ACISMOM Auxiliary Sanitary Corps of the Italian Army.

He has a 10-year experience in CBRN materials detection, identification, protection, abatement and risk assessment and served as an expert for EU-CBRN CoE. He is member of the Academy of Sciences of the Institute of Bologna. He was awarded by Italian Chemical Society the “Chiusoli” Gold Medal for Industrial Chemistry in May 2014. He is currently employed at the Institute of Molecular Sciences and Technology Institute - ISTM Italian National Research Council - CNR, Milano, Italy

Key Expert 4 – Mark Francis Wheatley, C.Eng B.Eng MCIBSE

Mark Wheatley holds a B.Eng degree with Honours from the University of Reading, UK in Building Services Engineering, Design and Management. Mark became a chartered engineer in 2001 and has been a full Member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) since then. Mark also has an HNC in Instrumentation and Control Engineering and two ONC’s, one in Mechanical and Production Engineering and one in Electrical and Electronic Engineering; he also holds BTEC level II in Building Services Engineering. During the period preceding his full time 3 year degree course and after his 4 year apprenticeship mark worked in the construction industry as a pipe fitters mate for 1 year and as a control systems project engineer for two years. 

During his 15+ years working almost exclusively in the high containment sector Mark has carried out a number of roles including lead designer, design team leader, principle engineer and project manager. Mark has worked on projects and buildings of various size from small ventilation and controls modifications, through autoclave replacements and fumigation chambers right up to new standalone containment facilities. Mark has taken many of these projects, including two large new constructions from concept to completion and beyond.

L. Sacco Project Manager - Giovanna Fotia

Giovanna Fotia holds a BA in International Sciences and European Institutions as well as a MA in International Relations. She is also trained in project management has a solid background in European Project Design and Management. She has been working at “Luigi Sacco” University Hospital for four years as both Project Manager and Junior Expert. As Project Manager, she is in charge of coordinating the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies Grants Office as well as Sacco activities in different EU-funded projects. She is responsible for the identification of possible new grants and calls for proposals, as well as for the drafting of project proposals within the framework of different international and European programs (such as EU CBRN CoE, EU Instrument for Stability and Peace, Horizon 2020, EDCTP, etc.). As a Junior Expert, she is offering a technical contribution to the department activities concerning the international and European legal framework. In particular, she has been working on international environmental law and arms control law.

Fondazione FORMIT Area Manager - Simona Cavallini

Simona  Cavallini  is currently director at FORMIT Foundation, Responsible of the Research and Innovation Area. Prior to joining FORMIT Foundation, she built her research competences through a master in economics and through experience in several academic and research institutions, among others the University of Eastern Piedmont and the University La Sapienza of Rome. During the past few years at FORMIT, she has managed different EU projects and contributed as senior researcher within the field of economics of security and in particular on relevance of interdependencies between infrastructures, on effects of critical infrastructure failures, on importance of information sharing, on analysis of optimal security investments and on definition of security policies. On these topics, she is author of publications at the international level. Currently she is also Delegate for Research of the Board of the UNINT University (Rome) and member of several institutional working groups in the security and resilience area, among others OSN (Observatory for National Security) coordinated by the Italian Ministry. She also seats in the Board of Director of the Italian Association of Critical Infrastructures experts. He holds PRINCE 2 certification.

Fondazione FORMIT Project Manager - Pietro Costanzo

Pietro Costanzo is project manager and analyst at Fondazione FORMIT since 2008, mainly working on European and international research and consultancy projects in the field of public security (crisis management, homeland security, Police and Institutional Cooperation, CBRN risk prevention).
Co-funder and Secretary General of Il Caffè Geopolitico association and foreign affairs magazine.
Degree in Law, Master Degree in “Theories and Methods in criminal investigation”, Master Degree in "Strategic Information and Information Security".
Specialized in Project management with PRINCE2 certification, stakeholders and Institutional relationships management, Organizations analysis, OSINT and international security issues analysis.

Former team members
Former Team Leader – Nigel Paul Tottie, LLB (Hons), PGCE  -In charge up to June 2017

Nigel Tottie is a former UK Police Officer with 26 years’ experience in law enforcement. In 2009 Nigel joined the UK Police National CBRN Centre (PN CBRN C), initially working on the UK Police CBRN Operational Response Programme, aimed at training and equipping the UK Police Service to respond to acts of CBRN terrorism. Nigel then took over as the Head of Training at the PN CBRN C where he was responsible for management of the training team as well as the design, development and delivery of Strategic, Tactical and Operational CBRN Multi-Agency Command training for the UK’s first response agencies. In 2012 Nigel became the PN CBRN C’s International Programme Manager, assuming responsibility for the Centre’s involvement in a number of international CBRN projects.

Nigel has also worked extensively with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on a number of projects, including the design and delivery of multi-agency nuclear security response workshops, the development of guidance documents on a framework for managing the response to nuclear security events and on the development of national response plans, and as part of a team carrying out International Nuclear Security Advisory Service (INNServ) missions. Nigel holds a first-class honours degree in law (LLB Hons), a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and holds Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in the UK. Nigel is also a qualified Prince2® Project Management Practitioner. 

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