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

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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 degree 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.

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.

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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.

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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 arena. He consults for 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.

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ENRICO RAMPINELLI

currently the Senior Document Expert at Document Security Consultants (DSC), 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 Symposia 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.

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ATTY. RICARDO BLANCAFLOR

was the Director General of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines from 2010 to 2014. With Economics and Law degrees from the Ateneo De Manila University, he worked for the government at the Department of National Defense, Office of the President, and the Department of Justice. At the Office of the President, he contributed significantly to the Anti-Terrorism campaign, particularly in the enactment of the Human Security Act, the dismantling of the different armed terrorist groups, and the strengthening of the public institutions addressing anti-terrorism. At the Department of Justice, he headed the campaign against human traffickers and media killers. In 2010, as head of the ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation (AWGIPC), he finalized the 2011-2015 ASEAN IPR Action Plan in anticipation of the ASEAN Economic Integration.

Was voted one of the most influential people in the world of intellectual property in 2012 by Managing Intellectual Property, a Euromoney publication. The Managing IP’s Top 50 most influential people issue picks out individuals shaping the IP industry worldwide. In the said year, he shared the honors with world renown figures; like Michael Jordan (NBA), Larry Page (Google), Christian Louboutin (international shoemaker) and director generals of WIPO, Francis Gurry; European Patent Office Benoit Battistelli; U.S., David Kappos; and European Trademark Offices Antonio Campinos. In 2012, he participated for the Philippines in the finalization of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances (BTAP) to strengthen the economic rights of film actors and other performers. Because of this treaty, the works of Dolphy and other Pilipino performers will now be protected worldwide.

In 2013, he represented the Philippines in the adoption of the international community of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled, another significant achievement in the field of copyright. Because of this treaty, there are over 400,000 blind and visually-impaired Pilipinos who can now purchase books without need to pay royalties.

Currently a member of the Supreme Court Committee on drafting the Implementing Rules of the Financial Rehabilitation and Insolvency Act (FRIA). Also a Pre-Bar Reviewer in Intellectual Property subjects.