Hennie van Vuuren
Director, Open Secrets
Head of Security Operations and Investigations, Hitachi-Power Grids
Kevin has been appointed as head of Security Operations for a new joint merger between two multi-national companies. Currently based in Switzerland, Kevin has been tasked to lead a new Security Investigation program with global capacity to respond an investigate all reported security incidents.
He started his professional career in the British Armed Forces before joining a civilian police force. During his police service he was assigned to an armed counter terrorist role before accepting an instructor’s position at the police training school. Leaving the police service after 7 years he enjoyed a variety of security contracts working in both government and private sectors.
Positions were usually in the field of close protection, nonetheless the constant workflow allowed a regular rotation in other aspects of security such as undercover roles, investigations and surveillance operations. During this period Kevin operated across the globe where diverse security and protective operations brought him in contact with drug trafficking, money laundering, tax evasion, international art and technology smuggling, human trafficking, counterfeiting, industrial espionage, high value thefts and hi-jacking.
Prior to the COVID crisis Kevin enjoyed frequent international travel from his home base in Switzerland, where apart from focusing on many diverse levels of threat and investigations he is a subject matter expert in Physical Protection Systems, Security Audits and Surveys, and devotes considerable personal resources on Threat Analysis & Risk Management and Intelligence Gathering including, mainly HUMINT and OSINT. in the role of a Global Operations Manager – Group Security for a large multi-national company, where some of his investigations have focused on Organized Crime. He is currently studying an MSc in Counter-Terrorism at the Liverpool and John Moore’s University, and holds the following certificates; Advanced Terrorism Certificate. St. Andrews University.
ASIS Board Certified: Certified Protection Professional (CPP) ASIS Board Certified: Physical Security Professional (PSP) ASIS Board Certified: Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) IACSP Board Certified: Certified Anti-Terrorism Officer (cATO) CCTP Board Certified: Certified Counter Terrorism Practitioner (CCTP)
Director, Open Secrets
Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, Michigan State University
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