International experts provide expert advice for the organization of the PROTECT series.

  • MARIA RESSA

    is the CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler, a social news network which uses a hearts and minds approach to news through a unique mood navigator. Rappler combines the best of professional journalism with citizen journalism and crowdsourcing.

    Ms. Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for more than 25 years, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila (1987-1995) then Jakarta (1995-2005). She was CNN’s lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia and wrote “Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia” (Free Press, 2003).

    In 2005, she took the helm of ABS-CBN News and Current affairs, for six years determining strategic direction and managing more than 1,000 journalists for the largest multi-platform news operation in the Philippines. Her work aimed to redefine journalism by combining traditional broadcast, new media and mobile phone technology for social change.

    She taught courses in Politics and the Press in Southeast Asia for her alma mater, Princeton University and in broadcast journalism for the University of the Philippines. She worked on her second book, “From Bin Laden to Facebook” as Author-in-Residence and Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research in Singapore. She is also the Southeast Asia Visiting Scholar at CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

  • DR. ROHAN GUNARATNA

    is a Specialist of the Global Threat Environment, with expertise in Asia, the Middle  East and Africa threat groups. He is Head of Singapore’s International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), one of the largest specialist counter terrorism research and training centre in the world.

    He is also Professor of Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Gunaratna serves on the advisory board of International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague.

    He is Member of the International Advisory Board of the International Institute for Counter Terrorism in Israel, Member of the Steering Committee of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute, and Member of the Board of STET Homeland Security Services Pte Ltd. Gunaratna was a Senior Fellow both at Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy and at the United States Military Academy's Combating Terrorism Centre at West Point.

    He holds a Masters in International Peace Studies from Notre Dame, US, and a Doctorate in International Relations from St. Andrews, Scotland. Invited to testify before the 9-11 Commission on the structure of Al Qaeda, Gunaratna led the specialist team that built the UN Database on Al Qaeda, Taliban and their Entities. He debriefed detainees in the U.S., Asia, Middle East including high value Al Qaeda detainees in Iraq. He chaired the inaugural International Conference on Terrorist Rehabilitation in February 2009.

    Author and editor of 18 books including “Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror” (Columbia University Press), an international bestseller, Gunaratna is also the lead author of Jane’s Counter Terrorism, a handbook for counter terrorism practitioners. His latest book with Michael Chandler, former Chairman of the UN Monitoring Group into the Mobility, Weapons and Finance is "Countering Terrorism: Can We Meet the Threat of Global Violence?”

    A litigation consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, Gunaratna was United States expert in the Jose Padilla trial.

  • STEPHEN CUTLER

    is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of FSC Holdings Corp, a consulting company in Makati that provides I.T. and management consulting services. He lectures frequently on technology, security, terrorism, and as a motivational speaker. He has strong experience in data and physical security management, and disaster preparedness arenas. He consults with companies on strategic high-level security matters, including infrastructure development projects and critical infrastructure protection.

    Stephen is retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after a long and distinguished career. He was recognized for broad based leadership in the US and several of the FBI’s international locations. He has authored and published two books, as well as several articles in international professional magazines.

  • ENRICO RAMPINELLI

    currently Chairman of ZETOS Swiss Forensic Supply Philippines, Inc. is a well known expert in Europe for Document security. Over the years he has served as consultant for Government Agencies in different European Countries. He has also worked as consultant and project manager for international companies, producing official travel- and ID- documents. He has attended all Symposiums organized by the European Union on the subject of document security and security standards. He is a member of an ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) working group for standardization of travel documents.