1st EU Law Enforcement Leadership Workshop for Police Chiefs






Terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime increasingly threaten societies across the EU.

Europe faces the spill over effects of political instability in its immediate neighbourhood. As new threats emerge, our societies are further challenged by social turmoil caused by a volatile global economic environment.

The European Agenda on Security and Migration issued by the European Commission earlier this year call for clear and common policies.

How can the European law enforcement leadership respond to those key challenges and at the same time seize opportunities for better policing?

CEPOL was called to develop a comprehensive EU Law Enforcement Leadership Programme by the European Police Chief 2013 Convention (EPCC). The EU Law Enforcement Leadership Workshop is part of CEPOL’s Leadership Programme.

This one-of-a-kind event aims at bringing together the police chiefs from all EU Member States, providing a unique opportunity to set the future strategic agenda on policing.

It will enable the EU’s top police executives to discuss good practices on the security challenges faced by the EU and exchange ideas on law enforcement leadership.

This workshop also seeks to provide a platform for networking - creating and maintaining meaningful and long-lasting professional partnerships.



COM(2015) 240 final - Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - A European Agenda on Migration

COM(2015) 185 final - Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - The European Agenda on Security


Mihai Acsinte


Chief Legal & Ethics Officer, Renault Group Romania

Mihai Acsinte started his career in 1995 as judge within a local court of justice after he graduated as valedictorian at the Faculty of Law and previously at the Faculty of Automatics and Computers in Iasi.

In 1998 he was detached within the Ministry of Justice as Director General of the General Directorate for Organisation, Human Resources and the Relation with Public Ministry.

After a short detachment in 2001 as Inspector General within the General Inspectorate and Internal Audit, he returned to the court and afterwards he joined Vodafone Romania.

Shortly before the launch of the Logan car, Mihai Acsinte joined the Renault Group Romania in April 2004 as Chief Legal & Ethics Officer with the mission to develop and implement the legal security strategy of the company in order to insure the safe and sound way of what would later become the remarkable international success story of Dacia cars.

Ferenc Banfi


Director, CEPOL

Ferenc Bánfi was appointed Director of CEPOL in February 2010.

Prior to joining CEPOL, he headed the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM). He also acted as Senior Political Advisor to the EU Special Representative to Moldova. Before taking up this position, he worked as Project Manager of the Euro-Atlantic Advisory Team in Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova. He has a long career within the Hungarian national police, starting in 1980, then rising through the ranks to Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Hungarian National Police in 1997, before taking up the position of Head of Department for South-East European Cooperation at the Hungarian Ministry of Interior. From 2000 to 2004, he led the South-East European Cooperative Initiative Regional Center for Combating Trans-border Crime in Bucharest.

Kris Bush


Director, Ascolto Ltd

Kris Bush is a registered chartered occupational psychologist and an experienced coach and facilitator. She has worked for a variety of organisations, both public and private, applying psychological evidence and techniques to bring about changes and improvements.

As the executive coach on the UK Police Strategic Command Course (SCC) for the last eight courses (2007-15), Kris has worked with many of the current UK ACPO. She has also designed several SCC modules, including the external organisational module, the introduction module, the developmental psychometrics and the leadership and ethics module.

Kris started her career in the public sector, holding a number of operational and staff roles, both provincially and in central government. She has been running Ascolto Limited since 2000, which is a personal and organisational development consultancy. Until recently, Kris was a part time Senior Leadership Adviser at the College of Policing based at Bramshill.

Béatrice Comby


Director of the Capacity Building Division, FRONTEX

Born in Germany, she graduated in Paris with an MBA degree and started her career in Luxembourg as an economist in the European Statistical Office (Eurostat), and later as director of the French Chamber of Commerce.

In 2004 she worked on French Maritime Affairs before working for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon as Senior Project Officer. In 2010 she joined the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) in Vigo (Spain) as Head of the Capacity Building Unit.

As Director of the Capacity Building Division at FRONTEX, she is responsible for long-term development to improve capacities in the area of border management, covering educational standards and training for border guards, pooling resources for FRONTEX coordinated joint operations including acquisition of technical equipment, as well as research and development.

Over the past years she has dealt with various law enforcement and maritime surveillance issues. She holds the rank of Commander in the French Navy.

Glyn Lewis


Executive Director for Strategy and Governance, INTERPOL

Glyn Lewis started his secondment to INTERPOL from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in January 2013. While at INTERPOL, Glyn also performed the role of Director of Specialized Crime & Analysis, and prior to that, he worked as Assistant Director of Public Safety and Terrorism.

Glyn joined the AFP in 1989 and undertook a range of operational policing and managerial functions in various cities in Australia. His more recent senior roles at the AFP were on International Police Capacity Development, Anti Human Trafficking and Special Reference. Glyn’s employment with the AFP took him to several overseas posts including Tonga, where he took Command of Australia's contribution to the Tonga Police Development Program; the United Kingdom, where he was a Visiting Fellow at the Senior Police College in Bramshill; India as a Visiting Fellow for the Mid-Career Training Program for the Indian Police Service; Kuala Lumpur as Acting Police Attaché; and with the United Nations Police in Cyprus, Timor Leste and Sudan.

During his career with the AFP, he spent a one year sabbatical as a Forensic Fraud Manager at KPMG. He holds a Masters of International Law, postgraduate finance, leadership and development effectiveness qualifications and a Bachelor of Business in Management.

Ernesto Savona



Ernesto U. Savona is Director of TRANSCRIME, Joint Research Centre of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and the Università degli Studi di Trento.

Since 2003, he works as professor of Criminology at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. From 1986 to 2002 he was professor of Criminology at the Faculty of Law at the Università degli Studi di Trento.

He has been consultant to the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the European Union and various national governments. He was also nominated President of the European Society of Criminology for the years 2003/2004. In June 2011 he was appointed Chair for the term 2011-2012 of the Global Agenda Council on Organized Crime of the World Economic Forum. He is today member of the EU Commission expert group on ‘Policy needs for data on crime & criminal justice' and of the expert group on 'Firearms'.

Philippe Schrantz


Director General, Grand-Ducale Police, Luxembourg Presidency

Philippe Schrantz is Director General of the Grand-Ducale Police.

Until 2015, he was Human Resources Director at the Luxembourg Railways and between 2006 and 2011 he worked as Human Resources Director within the Grand-Ducale Police.

Philippe Schrantz was Director of the police district of Grevenmacher from 2000 to 2006. His initial post was as Commander-in-Chief of special gendarmerie units.

Philippe Schrantz completed his military studies in Belgium and France.

During his career, he was awarded several honorary distinctions, amongst which Chevalier avec couronne dans l’Ordre de Mérite Civil et Militaire d’Adolphe de Nassau (2009) and Officier dans l’Ordre de Mérite Civil et Militaire d’Adolphe de Nassau (2015), to name just a few.

Wil van Gemert


Deputy Director, EUROPOL

Wil van Gemert was appointed Deputy Director of EUROPOL and Head of the Operations Department on 1 May 2014. He is managing a Department staffed with over 300 experts, specialists and analysts, dealing with serious and organised crime, terrorism and cybercrime.

Throughout his career, he held several high-level positions between 1995-2014 within the Dutch National Police (KLPD) and the Dutch National Intelligence Service (Ministry of Security and Justice). He also occupied various positions in international organisations and cooperative groups (INTERPOL, EUROPOL).

He started his career with the Amsterdam police force, where he filled several positions in basic policing, policy support and from 1991 particularly financial investigation and combating fraud.

Cecilia Verkleij


Head of Sector, DG HOME, European Commission

Ms. Cecilia J. M. Verkleij holds a degree in Law from Leiden University (the Netherlands). From 1984 to 1988 she worked as a Constitutional Law lecturer and European Law research fellow at the University of Tilburg (the Netherlands).

Since 1988 she has been a civil servant and has worked at the European Commission in a number of areas, including Competition and Internal Market. She joined the Directorate General for Justice, Freedom and Security (now DG HOME) in 2005. Her current area of responsibility is to facilitate access to information for law enforcement authorities and agencies within the European Union, with a particular focus on personal data collected by private companies to prevent and combat terrorism and other forms of serious crime. Within this area she has developed a wide expertise on the interaction between security and privacy.

She was a member of the EU teams that negotiated the Passenger Number Record (PNR) agreements for Canada (2005), United States (2006, 2007 and 2012) and Australia (2008, 2012). She also was a member of the EU team that negotiated the EU-US TFTP agreement and participated on behalf of DG HOME in the negotiations with the United States on a data protection framework agreement in the law enforcement area.

David S. Wall


Professor of Criminology, Durham University

David S. Wall is Professor of Criminology in the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (UK) where he researches and teaches cybercrime, identity crime, organised crime, policing and intellectual property crime.

He is currently working with various European academic partners and policing agencies on two EU funded research projects on the proceeds of organised crime and the infiltration of legitimate economies by organised crime groups. He is also conducting research into Cybercrime and also Policing Cybercrime in the Cloud.

David is a member of various Governmental working groups, such as the Ministerial Working Group on Horizon Planning 2020-25, the Home Office Cybercrime Working Group looking at issues of policy, costs and harms to society. He is on the HMIC Digital Crime and Policing working group.

Thomas Wuchte


Head of the Transnational Threats Department/Action against Terrorism Unit, OSCE

Before assuming his duties at the OSCE, Mr. Wuchte was the United States Special Coordinator for United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540 – a component of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy with a focus on keeping weapons of mass destruction from terrorists.

In 2010, Mr. Wuchte received the U.S. Department of State's Award for Excellence in International Security Affairs from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for his efforts in working collaboratively with international partners.

He has extensive experience in government to government, non-governmental, academic and military multilateral cooperation throughout the OSCE region. He has also worked with regional organisations such as the ASEAN Regional Forum and the Organization of American States.


Office address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
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Correspondence address

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