Project advisors

  • Kate Gibson,
    Vice President Corporate Responsibility, IHG

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    Kate is the Co-Head of IHG’s Global Corporate Responsibility Team, which works to reduce the environmental impact of IHG’s operations and make a positive difference in the local communities around its more than 5,000 hotels around the world.

    In addition to her leadership role on the CR Team, Kate has global accountability for IHG’s Community Investment Programmes. These programmes include the IHG Academy, which partners IHG hotels and corporate offices with community organisations and educational institutions to help local people build their skills and improve their employability in the hotel sector while creating a pipeline of motivated potential recruits who will deliver better service to guests. Kate is also responsible for IHG’s international disaster relief agenda, helping IHG hotels and corporate offices respond quickly and effectively in times of disaster and working to foster resilience in the communities around IHG’s hotels worldwide.

    Kate also played a leadership role in setting up the IHG Foundation, which was launched in February 2016. The IHG Foundation aims to set the foundations for stronger, healthier, more prosperous communities around the world. The foundation has four areas of focus: helping communities develop hospitality skills, supporting those impacted by disasters, encouraging grassroots community groups, and protecting the environment.

    Kate joined IHG in February 2006 and worked in the Global Strategy Team for five years with responsibility for Europe, Middle East and Africa before joining the Corporate Responsibility Team in 2011.Prior to joining IHG, Kate worked as a management consultant for Marakon Associates where she played a leading role in major strategy projects for clients across the consumer goods, financial services, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries in the UK, Europe and the USA.

    Kate holds a Bachelor’s Degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics.


    Bernie Gravett,
    Director of Specialist Policing Consultancy Ltd

    Bernie Gravett

    Bernie Gravett is a retired Police Superintendent from the Metropolitan Police. He completed 31 years in the police service in April 2011. He is a Senior EU Expert in combatting transnational organised crime and trafficking in human beings. He is now the director of Specialist Policing Consultancy Ltd.

    Bernie is also an expert on the Europol AWF Intelligence system and an accredited Eurojust expert on Joint Investigation Teamsm and Mutual Legal Assistance.

    The company also specialises in consultancy and specialist training on international cooperation projects and European funding streams for law enforcement.

    He was a lead partner on the EC funding project RACE in Europe delivering human trafficking training to police, prosecutors and NGOs from all 28 EU member states. (HOME/2011/ISEC/AG/THB/4000002205). The project focused on trafficking for forced criminality and the criminalisation of victims by the state. The project report on these subjects was the first of its kind identifying a change in THB methods.

    Bernie has advised the Home Office, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on organised crime, trafficking of human beings and Romanian Organised Crime. He has presented at the International Crime Symposium at Cambridge University and at a number of NGO forums across the UK. He has developed training for law enforcement officers that has been delivered to the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency, UK Police forces, CEPOL, Europol, Interpol, Eurojust, IOM, ICMPD, OSCE, the UNODC and TADOC.


    Mathieu Hoeberigs

    Mathieu Hoeberigs

    Born in 1952 in Manokwari, Papua New Guinea, which means “place of new life", Mathieu has more than 30 years of varied experience in the leisure sector. He is particularly interested in promoting sustainability.

    He qualified in Law and became a University Teacher, a practising Solicitor and entrepreneur. He started to work for the European Communities in 1983, specialising in economic and financial law; and then Sports, Tourism and Leisure.

    As a European civil servant he served in many different departments. His very first work experience was in the tourism sector in a small hotel and restaurant owned by his family in Liege, called L'Hopitalité (Hospitality). For many years Mathieu also dealt with Child Rights.

    He has been involved in tourism for peace initiatives throughout the world. As a former army officer he promotes safety and security in Tourism, Sports and Leisure.

    He is a strong believer in innovative action and involvement of the young and not so young. He assists start-ups in finding their way through administrative complexities, especially in international markets.


    Mike Hurst

    Mike Hurst

    Mike Hurst FIRP MSyI has been involved in the security sector for over 25 years and is a director of security recruitment specialists HJA Fire and Security. 

    Outside of his commercial activities, Mike has worked with the UK's security regulator the SIA and is currently is a Director of the Security Institute and Vice Chairman of the UK Chapter of ASIS International and a member of its European Advisory Council.  In these roles he promotes education, certification, standards and networking within the security sector. He organises security conferences and meetings and has spoken at events across Europe.  He writes regularly for security publications and is very active on media.


    Dr. Eila Linna

    Eila Linna

    Dr. Eila Linna, Reseach, Ph.D.(Educ.), Director of RDI in Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI), Rovaniemi in Finland. Dr. Linna is coordinating the research, development and innovation activities of the Institute in cooperation with our regional, national and international partners. She has wide professional experience from tourism development and her research focuses on societal impacts of higher education.


    Iana Matei

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    Iana Matei is a Romanian psychologist and one of the leading activists fighting against human trafficking. In Piteşti she opened the first center and shelter for the rehabilitation of underage survivors of trafficking. Iana Matei was declared the Hero of the year by the State Department of the US – 2006, awarded the Abolitionist Award by the Upper House – 2007, declared the European of the Year by the prestigious Reader’s Digest – 2010.

    Iana leads Reaching Out (Piteşti, Romania), one of the oldest private shelters in the country and works daily with the underage victims of modern day slavery. Reaching Out provides services for the rehabilitation of the human trafficking victims, brought in by policemen or through the efforts of other international organizations. The center shelters girls and a growing number of boys that were forced to prostitute, and try to find their stolen identity. Through Reaching Out, more than 470 girls were rescued and brought to a normal life.

    In 2011, Iana wrote a book focused on the phenomenon of sexual exploitation of victims from Romania and Eastern Europe: ‘For sale – Mariana, 15 years old’, which was translated in almost every European language. 

    Iana Matei, through Reaching Out, contributed to the publishing of a good practices guide in combating trafficking of minors, part of a Daphne III funded project (“Action against Trafficking Minors. Increasing the efficiency of EU and EEA police force by implementing EU directives and norms in the field”) in partnership with Romanian, Dutch and Danish stakeholders.


    Cora Moţoc

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    Cora Moţoc is currently a Senior Political Officer in the Political Section of the British Embassy in Bucharest. She leads on the Migration Dossier, which also includes trafficking in human beings and Roma issues.

    Cora has previously been an Adviser to the Romanian Government (PM's Office) with the Unit for Sustainable Development in charge of the Prince of Wales’ initiatives in Romania and Coordinator of Projects with the Rule of Law Program of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. She is a graduate of Political Science (University of Bucharest).

    Cora is a fellow of the 2008 ASPEN Young Leaders Program.


    Paul Moxness,
    Vice President Safety & Security, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

    Paul Moxness

    Paul and his team are the driving force behind the development of Carlson Rezidor’s industry-leading Safety & Security Programme. The programme, with its ‘Always Care’ motto, is fully embedded in Carlson Rezidor operations and recognised across the group, the hospitality industry and beyond.

    Paul joined Carlson Rezidor in 1987, and has dedicated his entire career to Safety & Security, becoming one of the pioneering hoteliers to promote this within the industry. Starting out as a Security Officer, he has also been Special Programmes Coordinator, Director Corporate Security and finally, Vice President Safety & Security. In addition to security, he provides wide-ranging support to Carlson Rezidor. He was the initiator on the efforts that led to Carlson Rezidor being selected as one of the world’s most ethical companies for an unprecedented 6 continuous years. He is a founding member of the OSAC Hotel Security Working Group and a reference for corporate security executives in all industries as he has assisted on major high profile global events including the Olympics and US Presidential visits in a number of countries.

    In 2014, Paul was awarded a Carlson Fellow – Carlson Rezidor’s highest recognition for long-term employees with an exceptional personality and career.


    Veli-Pekka Rautava

    Veli-Pekka Rautava

    Mr. Veli-Pekka Rautava was nominated as the national Anti-Trafficking Coordinator for the Finnish Government 1st June 2014. This is a horizontal task in the Finnish Government that covers all sides of the anti-trafficking work including criminal investigation, assistance to the victims and also international co-operation . Mr. Rautava leads the Finnish anti-trafficking work holding the chairmanship of the new Anti-trafficking Coordination Secretariat.

    The Anti-Trafficking Coordinator is based in the Ministry of the Interior, Police Department which enables effective contacts to all administration and access to the key information channels. Mr. Rautava cooperates closely with all relevant authorities including the parliament, the national Anti-Trafficking Rapporteur, and various NGOs which are very active in this field. Mr. Rautava also actively cooperates with his European and international partners such as the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, Mr. Rautavas regional counterparts and various diplomatic representatives that are involved with the anti-trafficking policies.


    Gabriel Sotirescu 

    Gabriel Sotirescu

    Gabriel Sotirescu (Romania) was adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Republic of Moldova in the last 4 years in a EU project implemented by UNDP.

    His career includes over 27 years in the Romanian Police, where he occupied different operational and managerial positions. He was Deputy Director General of the General Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and the Deputy Director, for a two years mandate, of the SECI Regional Center for Combating Trans-Border Crime, an international organization for the law enforcement cooperation.
    Gabriel was actively involved in the police reform process in Romania and later on he used his experience working as an international expert in the EU projects covering police reform and law enforcement cooperation in SE Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.

    He is graduate of the Law School of the University of Bucharest, specialized in criminal sciences.