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Ex-intelligence chief offers advice to tackle city terrorism

The Global Resilience Summit, organised by London First’s Security & Resilience Network, aims to face up to and overcome the challenges that threaten the future of our cities.

We are pleased to announce that two renowned speakers have confirmed their attendance at the Summit:

  • Richard Barrett CMG OBE is a former head of counter-terrorism at the British Secret Intelligence Service. Richard is now a senior vice president with The Soufan Group, a security consultancy based in New York.He will be speaking on urban terrorism and is sure to give a fascinating account of the threat of Islamic fundamentalists to the security and safety of cities around the world.
  • Dr Benjamin Barber is an American academic and is the author of numerous books including, Strong Democracy, Jihad vs. McWorld and If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities.
    He will be speaking on how mayors are becoming the new power brokers in managing city resilience. His session will lead to a discussion panel on how we reconcile the interests of major cities and national interests, and whether a city needs a resilience strategy.

These speakers will be joined by a host of other fascinating presenters in both keynotes and discussion panels.

At the Summit dinner on the evening of the event Misha Glenny, a well-known author and journalist, will speak on organised crime, globalization, south-eastern Europe and US-Europe relations. His most recent books include McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld, and DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You.

As cities continue to grow economically, technologically, socially, and inter-dependently, it is vital that we exploit the ideas that link together concepts and best practices so that we can meet the challenges that threaten the future of our cities.

The Global Resilience Summit, will be held on 15 October 2015, will offer a unique and crucial opportunity for security professionals from the private, voluntary, and wider public-sectors to collaborate and learn from one another.

If you would like to attend this Summit, please contact Robert Hall.

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