Crime Stoppers International Hosts 39th Annual Conference

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Law enforcement, public and private industry gather in Creating Alliances Against Crime

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS – Today, Crime Stoppers International (CSI) opens its three-day, 39th Annual Conference. The theme—Creating Alliances Against Crime—reflects CSI’s unwavering belief that success comes from aligning its collective goals with government, private industry, media, the public and law enforcement. Dozens of presenters from across the globe will facilitate a robust discussion about the challenges and opportunities that exist in fighting crime.

“CSI is the global authority on anonymous reporting and represents an unparalleled network of trusted reporting platforms—hotlines, websites and mobile applications,” said CSI Chief Operating Officer Devrol Dupigny. “While technology is a valuable tool in this fight, our conference fosters an opportunity to discuss the transformative strategies that combat crime.

During the conference, attendees will discuss transnational crimes such as money laundering, cybercrime, human trafficking, smuggling and kidnapping, and the trafficking of drugs, weapons, endangered species, body parts, toxic waste and nuclear material, and illicit goods. As criminal networks expand, they diversify activities to evade law enforcement often in plain sight of citizens.

Conference daily themes include tactics that fight crime and encourage citizen reporting:

  • Monday 29th October: The Issues –Organized Crime, Illicit Trade and Related Crimes: Size of the problem; What’s being done?

Opening Ceremony 9 am

  • Welcome by Deputy Mayor Saskia Bruines, City of the Hague
  • Address by Brigadier General P.J. Simpelaar EMPM, Koninklijke Marechausee
  • Keynote by John M. Sellar, OBE, FRGS, Independent Anti-Smuggling, Fraud and Organized Crime Consultant


  • Tuesday 30th October: How can we tackle the problem?
    • Presentation of Awards 4:00 pm


  • Wednesday 31st October: Crime Stoppers’ unique proposition.
    • President’s Dinner and Awards at 7:00 pm

Conference Presenters

  • Michael Ellis MSc, International Advisor on Illicit Trade, Chairman of the International IP Crime Investigators College
  • Louise I. Shelley, Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy, University Professor; Director, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center
  • John M. Sellar OBE, Independent Anti-Smuggling, Fraud, and Organized Crime Consultant
  • Robert “Bob” Barchiesi, President, International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC)
  • Stefano Betti, Deputy Director General, TRACIT
  • Cathy Haenlein, Senior Research Fellow, National Security and Resilience Study group, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
  • Chris Vansteenkiste, Cluster Manager IPC3, EUROPOL
  • Huw Watkins, Head of Intelligence, Intellectual Property Office (UK)
  • Alvise Giustiniani, VP Illicit Trade Prevention, Philip Morris international (PMI)
  • Jack Radisch, Senior Project Manager, OECD
  • Dimosthenis Chriysikos, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, UNODC
  • Ian Monteith, Global Director for AIT and Diversion and Seizures Investigations, Japan Tobacco International
  • Michael Jander, Business Development, Digital Ally Inc.
  • Dale L. Sheeman, M.O.M., Director Sport Integrity, International Centre Sport Security (ICSS)
  • Tomas Elemans, Brand Protection, EMEA, Calvin Klein
  • Nick Hodsman, Director, KPMG Global Strategy Group
  • Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
  • Neil Giles, Director, STOP THE TRAFFIK, Centre for Intelligence Led Prevention
  • Stephenie Rodriguez, Founder, Jozu for Women Inc.
  • Mick O’Connel, Vice President and Executive Advisor, NEC Europe Ltd.
  • Marios Anastasi, Criminal Intelligence Officer, FIS
  • Nick Pailthorpe, Law Enforcement Outreach Lead, Europe, Uber
  • Tobias Freeman, Senior Legal Officer, Siracusa Institute
  • Thomas Compernolle, Senior Global Engagement Manager, British American Tobacco
  • David Shore, Senior Director, Pfizer, Global Security, EMEA
  • Danile Stein, Branch Chief for Cyber Security Education and Awareness, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

CSI has long served as an integral linchpin in the global fight against crime.  Data shows that 70 per cent of the information that Crime Stoppers receive and relay to law enforcement, would not have been provided to law enforcement by any other means. This unique network, on average solves a crime every 14 minutes, somewhere in the world.

About CSI

Crime Stoppers International is the global authority on anonymous reporting and is the umbrella organization for approximately 800 certified Crime Stoppers programs operating in 26 different countries across seven geographic regions. Its mission is “to mobilize the world to report information on crime anonymously.” Since its founding in 1976, information provided through the network has led to more than one million arrests and 1.5 million cases solved. The group maintains a co-operation agreement with INTERPOL and has collaborative agreements with organizations such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the CNN Freedom Project (CNN), Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) and the International Police Training Institute (IPTI). For the full conference schedule visit