Program

The two days of the conference will be full of mingling, discussing the most urgent matters, making connections and listening to our competent speakers.You get to meet speakers and participants from many areas of interest, from researchers and activists to government officials and politicians. The first evening includes a three-course dinner for participants on site.

Speakers

Keep an eye out for changes on this list, as we continuously improve the conference schedule with more speakers!

Mehdi Adnan Mossa is an activist and visionnaire who strives to change young people’s image of the criminal life – as well as the society’s attitude towards young people from marginalized areas. He has experienced himself how it is to arrive in Sweden as a child, only to face segregation and bullying. This led him to follow a criminal path for a while, before he brought himself out of it. Today he works towards making a better future for other young people with similar experiences of exclusion and frustration.

Juliana Buzi joined the UNDP SEESAC team in March 2014 and is primarily responsible for coordinating SEESAC’s regional cooperation and arms control policy related activities as well as overseeing SEESAC’s activities related to the coordination and monitoring of the Western Balkans Roadmap. She has studied at the University of Tirana as well as the Albanian Diplomatic Academy, and has previously worked in Nato support agency and the Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) with matters regarding disarmament and demining.

 Karin Enström (m) has been a member of the Swedish parliament since 1998 and has held the office of Defence Minister. Karin is also a co-founder and member of the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PFSALW). Today she is group leader of the parliamentarian constitution committee as well as a member of the social committee and labour market committee.

Anders Kompass is a former Swedish diplomat and official of the United Nations. In 2014 he received global attention after his reveal of several incidents of sexual child abuse conducted by UN employees in Central African Republic. After serving as Swedish ambassador to Guatemala since 2017, Anders Kompass has retired from his duties in 2020.

Erik Nord grew up in Gothenburg and has been a police officer since 1982. Starting in 2014, he is chief of police in Gothenburg and has been announted the city’s most powerful man. He is often quoted in media and has been interviewed by foreign journalists about gang crime in Sweden.

Amir Rostami holds a PhD in sociology from Stockholm University and is associate professor and senior lecturer in criminology at the University of Gävle. He is also researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies and Research Fellow at Rutgers University, Miller Center for community protection and resilience. Rostami is also a seated member of the IACP Homeland Security Committee. Rostami’s main research interest is the social organizing dimensions of criminal phenomena such as organized crime and violent extremism.

Ann Sigvant is the CEO of Boost: an NGO founded by FC Rosengård, one of Sweden’s most famous soccer teams. Boost is a successful example of how to get individuals from high risk areas more active and included in society by offering alternative life choices and occupation. 

Mr. Dragan Božanić is the Gender and Research Project Officer at UNDP SEESAC where he is leading the gender and SALW portfolio. His current focus is on increasing capacities of institutions in South East Europe to mainstream gender in SALW control through coaching, training and research. He is the author of SEESAC’s Gender and SALW in South East Europe study. Prior to joining UNDP SEESAC in 2016, Mr. Božanić served as Gender Advisor in public administration in the Republic of Serbia.

Arin Karapet is a Swedish parlamentarian since 2018, as well as a member of the social committee and the committee on justice, among others. He is often heard in media and has often criticized the Swedish system regarding segregation and the attitude towards marginalized individuals.

Balqis Lamis Khattab is Malmö born and raised, and has worked with Swedish public television, youth recreation in Malmö and other areas. Moreover, she has 10 years worth of experience of meeting young people who are at risk of being exposed to crime. Through her efforts she has helped over 300 young adults to find employment and an alternative to a life in crime, accomplishments for which she has been honoured with several awards.

Joakim Palmkvist is a swedish journalist and author that has received national attention for his reports on severe gang criminality and other crimes such as murder. He is currently working as a crime reporter for Sydsvenska Dagbladet and has written the book Maffiakrig (mafia war) about gang criminality in Malmö and how it has affected the city’s identity.
Photographer: Sofia Runarsdotter

Sigrun Sigurdsson is operations manager for employment and entrepreneurship at Fryshuset Syd, a Swedish organization committed to helping young people find a sense of community, inclusion and future prospects. She has vast experience of working with youth on matters such as violence, integration and inclusion, and has been a reference person to a Malmö project against shootings.

Linn is a behavioral scientist and criminologist who is currently employed as a youth councelor in the municipality of Nacka, Sweden. As councelor she gives support to young individuals who have encountered crime in various ways. For example, they can be the victim of a crime, be at risk of getting involved in or committing crime, or be suspected of committing crime.

Maja Brancovic Djundic is Gender equality portfolio manager at UNDP:s country office in Serbia. Her role is to manage projects focused on gender-based violence and equality through cooperation with government bodies, civil society and the media. She has over 15 years experience of working against gender-based violence.

James Densley is Professor and Chair of the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University, as well as co-founder and co-president of The Violence Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research center. Densley has received global media attention for his work on street gangs, criminal networks, violence, and policing. He is the author of six books, including the award-winning, How Gangs Work (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), over 40 peer-reviewed articles in leading social science journals, and more than 70 book chapters, essays, and other non-refereed works in prominent outlets.

Ardavan Khoshnood has a rich experience from a multitude of areas. He is an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at Lund University, and holds an advanced degree in Criminology and Political Science at Malmö University, as well as a degree in Intelligence Analysis from Lund University. Ardavan’s research focus have been gross violent crimes, offender profiling, criminal intelligence and foreign intelligence organizations. 

Rasmus Ling (green party, mp) comes from Mamö and is a member of the Swedish parliament since 2014. He is migration policy spokesperson and member of the green party’s board, as well as a member of the parliamentarian justice committee, constitution committee and more.

Mustafa Panshiri is a former police officer who has visited more than 250 municipalities and spoken to ten thousands of newcomers. His own background of arriving in Sweden as a young immigrant is an inspiration to everyone listening, including politicians and decision makers. 

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Daniel de Torres is the director of the Small Arms Survey, where he oversees the organization’s strategy and guides its mission and vision. He has previously been the leader of departments and initiatives at DCAF (the Geneva centre for security sector governance), has been ensigned in the spanish marines, worked at the Spanish embassy, as well as worked with research and advocacy. He holds a master’s degree in international development from American University in Washington, DC.