Kidnap! The Next 24 Hours

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024 12:30pm EST

Through case studies and expert analysis, participants will gain unique insight into the intricate landscape of kidnapping, ransom and extortion (KRE) incidents and their management under a risk finance vehicle provision. This webinar is a continuation of the 2 May 2023 webinar Kidnap! The First 24 Hours.

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Contributed by the ASIS Crisis Management and Business Continuity Community

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 12:30pm EST

This webinar continues the conversation from Kidnap! The First 24 Hours, originally conducted 2 May 2023, where experts discussed a proven plan of action in managing kidnap and ransom cases, left listeners eager to learn about the benefits and limitations of KNR insurance as well as the justification for hiring experienced consultants. 

Kidnapping, ransom and extortion (KRE) pose significant threats to individuals and organizations around the world. Through case studies and expert analysis, participants will gain unique insight into the intricate landscape of KRE incidents and their management under a risk finance vehicle provision. The commitment an organization makes to be prepared ahead of any crisis conveys the importance the organization has for the safety and well-being of all people. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the primary principles including a covered incident, exclusions and benefits of a Kidnap Ransom Extortion (KRE) insurance policy for improved risk mitigation
  • Gain insight on the Response Consultant Role in managing a kidnapping incident within an insurance setting 
  • Understand KRE claims and the benefits of risk finance and insurance vehicles 
  • Understand the financial and reputational impact of KRE incidents through case studies in Africa and Latin America

Credit Information

Completion of this webinar is eligible for 1 CPE credit.  CPE credits for ASIS-sponsored webinars will be updated in your user profile within 48 hours of completion.  Self-reporting of CPE credits is not required.  


Michael “Mike” Clayton

Mr. Michael (Mike) Clayton is the training and program manager and senior case officer for Kidnap, Ransom, and Extortion (KR&E) incident response team, as well as the Crisis Assistance Team leader for the Crisis Assistant Program (CAP) covered events.  He has over 28 years of senior-level crisis management experience.

Mike has been involved in the response to and successful resolution of crisis events involving

kidnap for ransom and extortion, threat assessment, malicious or accidental product tamper investigations, security awareness, and crisis management planning. He has successfully resolved

kidnap for ransom & extortion matters in the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Prior to Mike’s own company, Mike managed several of the largest KR&E consultancies responsible for global response to crisis events.  During his time providing response service to clients, Mike managed and/or supervised a team to successfully respond to over 200+ kidnap for ransoms cases, 350+ extortions cases, and 10+ product recall / contaminations cases.

Mike’s responsibilities include leading a company’s or family’s efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of the clients’ crisis response protocols; crisis communications; security awareness and preventative measures; and actual response to global crisis events. Mike is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Portuguese.

Patricia G. Coureas, CPP         

Patricia has a global background in high-risk, complex domestic and international environments with both Government and private-sector experience.  Patricia served 30 years as an FBI Special Agent and Assistant Legal Attaché in Greece conducting criminal, counterintelligence and counterterrorism investigations while building relationships with law enforcement and security services around the globe with host countries.  Patricia’s transition into a Senior Security Manager role with a Fortune 500 Company provided numerous opportunities to deliver threat prevention and resolution to the global business system and to strengthen incident management and crisis resolution programs through scenario-based exercises.  Patricia has experience delivering innovative, strategic solutions to build threat detection and increase response capabilities around Enterprise Risk Management, Intellectual Property Protection, Cybersecurity and Workplace Violence Prevention.  As a Business Process Analyst, Patricia attained her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification in May 2023 demonstrating success in addressing problems by identifying the root causes and implementing solutions to mitigate the causes in order to ensure strategic and financial benefit to the business.

Patricia has an active role in American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and earned her Certified Protection Professional (CPP) credential in April 2022.  In early 2023, ASIS HQ selected Patricia to co-instruct the CPP Review Course prior to GSX 2023 in Dallas, Texas.  Patricia presented a session titled, ‘A Roadmap for the Design and Implementation of Pre-Crisis Training and Procedures’, at GSX 2022.  Patricia currently participates in ASIS International’s Turning Pages Podcast with numerous, distinguished security leaders.    

Mark Courtney                                                    

Mark Courtney's reputation as a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies is grounded in more than 30 years of crisis management support in some of the world’s most hostile and unpredictable environments.

Mark R. Courtney & Associates was launched in Johannesburg in 1992 and has provided executive protection and related security services in 73 countries.

Between 2001 and 2011 Mark was the sole resident kidnap for ransom responder on the African continent on behalf of Clayton Consultants Inc. and Triple Canopy Inc., premier global crisis management companies. He led the in-country crisis management teams and secured the release of over 50 kidnap victims with zero death or dismemberment.

Mark became a member of the South African Police Reserve in 1989 and retired as Head of the elite Endangered Species Protection Unit (ESPU) Reserve with the rank of Captain.

The ESPU’s mandate was to protect national fauna, flora and significant artefacts targeted by local and foreign criminal syndicates. This included counter poaching duties in National Parks, covert surveillance and investigations.

Mark has been an international speaker since 2001 addressing amongst other organizations The Energy Security Council (Houston, USA) on Kidnapping in Africa and ASIS International on Kidnapping and Terrorism Threats (San Diego, USA), Kidnapping and Security Threats in Africa (Paris, France) and The Risk to Business in Africa (Beijing, China).

Mark is the recipient of the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award for outstanding community service.

David Mace
Producer/ Member, Latitude Risk a business of Lockton Affinity, LLC

David Mace, formerly of FocusPoint International, recently joined Lockton Affinity to launch the crisis management and global casualty insurance practice, Latitude Risk. This practice is a strategic initiative, between insurance intermediary and service provider entities, for continued disruption and growth within the global assistance and critical event management market.

*Note:  Speakers and content are subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 12:30pm EST
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