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Lina Kolesnikova


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Lina Kolesnikova is a specialist in consultancy, training and research, especially in the fields of: Risk, crisis and disaster management tactical, operational and strategic level); homeland security; CBRNE; OSINT.

She is an Associate of CS&A (International Risk and Crisis Management) and Rossnova Solutions; a Senior Analyst at G3 Geopolitical Intelligence Team; a Fellow at the Institute of Civil Protection and Management; Rep to EU institutions; an OSCE ODIHR Democratisation Expert; a Council Member of the Gerson Lehrman Group Security Experts Council; and an Expert for the European Forum for Urban Safety in France.

Lina holds an MSc Degree in Risk, Crisis & Disaster Management from Leicester University, UK; an MA in History (Novosibirsk State University, Russia, 1996); and post graduate qualifications in International and European Relations (Amsterdam School of International Relations, the Netherlands, 2000), Communication and Languages as Strategic Skills (CLASS) (ErasmusHogeschool, Belgium, 2005), Logistics Management (American Military University, 2011), and is working on further qualifications in Terrorism Studies (American Military University, completion anticpated 2018).

She has taken part in numerous UNITAR courses, including: Peacekeeping and International Conflict Resolution; Global Terrorism; International Humanitarian Law; Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution; and Negotiation of Financial Transactions. Furthermore, she has studied courses at the Inter-American Defence College (Introduction to Conflict Resolution and International Negotiations; Inter-agency Process in Crisis Management; and Introduction to Inter-American System), and holds certificates in decontamination processes from the US Homeland Security Institute.

Other areas in which Lina has studied include: Crisis Negotiations for First Responders; Corporate Emergency Crisis Management; The psychology of Criminal Justice; and the Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster.

Lina is a regular presenter and chair at high-level conferences around the world, including on mass hostage takings, terrorism response and negotiations, assisting the victims of large-scale terrorist attacks, community resilience, critical infrastructure, leadership challenges, soft targets, European emergency response, international co-operation and crisis management.

Lina is a Member of the Crisis Response Journal's Editorial Advisory Panel and blogs regularly on security issues for

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June 2022: Lina Kolesnikova looks at new crisis management training strategies to stay ahead in the changing cyber threat landscape
January 2022: Owing to the relaxation of quarantine measures, influenza – which almost disappeared last year – is returning, according to international and EU medical authorities, writes Lina Kolesnikova
January 2022: CRJ Advisory Panel Member, Lina Kolesnikova analyses the challenges involved in protecting large crowds from vehicle attacks and she explores how the threat is evolving as technology plays a greater role
Lina Kolesnikova reports on the dangers of ransomware attacks that healthcare institutions face
Lina Kolesnikova explores the merits of the crew resource management (CRM) team training process first developed by the aviation sector
Organised crime involving fisheries is a severe impediment to the realisation of the UN SDGs, says Lina Kolesnikova. However, a new project will take a transnational approach to solve the problem
On November 11, the European Commission announced that it was the taking first steps to build a European Health Union, reports Lina Kolesnikova
Last Friday, November 13, France marked the fifth anniversary of terrorist attacks in Paris. Six multifaceted, co-ordinated attacks were carried out by nine IS suicide terrorists and gunmen, taking the lives of more than 130 people and leaving more than 3
CRJ Advisory Panel Member, Lina Kolesnikova, reports on the worldwide phenomenon that has grown alongside our increased use of videoconferencing and calling during the global Covid-19 crisis.
Everyone who passes a first aid course is familiar with the ABC protocol – airway, breathing and circulation – as a sequence of initial steps when dealing with a casualty. This protocol is a memory aid when dealing with someone who is unconscious or unres
Lina Kolesnikova explains the somewhat mysterious concept of ‘red teams’ in organisations seeking to improve their structures and processes.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Beslan school hostage taking in North Ossetia, Alania (Russia), writes Advisor Panel Member Lina Kolesnikova. More than 1,000 hostages were held by terrorists for three days. The final death toll reached 356 peo
Lina Kolesnikova, member of Advisory Board of Crisis Response Journal and a Fellow of Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM), has been named as an expert within the Expert Advisory Board of PACTESUR (2019-2021).
In my latest blog I would like to attract the attention of terrorist attack responders to the Catch-22 dilemma and to ask for points of view on it.
Lina Kolesnikova took part in the Second International Conference on Risks, Security and Citizenship in Setúbal, Portugal, held from March 28 - 29, 2019. On behalf of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM), she made a presentat
In November 2018, Advisory Panel Member Lina Kolesnikova took part, as an international expert, in the regional workshop on ‘The challenges posed by terrorist acts on critical infrastructure (CI) and soft targets in the Maghreb States’. The event was join
Editorial Advisory Panel Member Lina Kolesnikova took part in the 20th Homeland and Global Security Forum (Crans Montana Forum), chairing the session on Cybersecurity and the Governance of Information in Geneva, Switzerland.
Forty five years after the hostage taking that gave birth to the concept of Stockholm syndrome, Lina Kolesnikova says that emergency services workers need to be aware of the paradoxical phenomena whereby abused people develop emotional dependency on their
As regular readers of CRJ will be aware, we have often reported on how young people have been exploited by criminal and terrorist groups. In our current issue, just published, we not only look at school safety as part of crisis and resilience planning, bu
Editorial Advisory Panel Member Lina Kolesnikova suggests that perhaps the reactions of 'run', 'hide' and 'fight' could be harnessed to protect crowded places in emergencies.
This week marks the 15th anniversary of the Moscow Dubrovka theatre siege, where hundreds of people died during rescue operations after a group of terrorists stormed a theatre and took more than 900 people hostage. Lina Kolesnikova says many questions rem
Some Russian cities have been near-paralysed after being targeted by repeated, simultaneous mass bomb threats phoned through to police and emergency services, reports Lina Kolesnikova, who says that hackers are thought to be behind the attacks. But what a
As predicted by European security experts, this summer has brought more cases of terrorist attacks in Europe, as well as around the world, writes Lina Kolesnikova. Two recent terrorist acts in the Finnish town Turku and Surgut in Siberia, Russia, are part
Lina Kolesnikova reflects on the ongoing situation in the Philippine city of Marawi, where thousands of residents have fled after fighting between the country's armed forces and rebels.
CRJ Editorial Advisory Panel Member Lina Kolesnikova recently took part in the annual Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe conference in the Hague, the Netherlands. Here, she summarises her presentation on lessons learnt from the terro
Six people were killed and about 20 wounded after a gunman (or gunmen) opened fire at a mosque in Québec City on January 29, 2017, writes Lina Kolesnikova.
The special Security and Crisis Management Summit was jointly organized by ACI EUROPE and ACI ASIA PACIFIC and took place in Brussels (Belgium) on November 22 – 23, 2016, writes Lina Kolesnikova. It is very symbolic that this event took place in Brussels
The Euconcip (European Co-operation Network on Critical Infrastructure Protection) Final Conference was held in Brussels from June 8 – 9, 2016. This final event represented an interactive two-?day networking opportunity for the European Critical Infrastru
Editorial Advisory Panel Member Lina Kolesnikova reports on a conference that looked at crime in the Balkans, including human rights, the impact of the refugee crisis, growing fears of radicalisation in certain countries - just a few of the serious proble
In an interview at the end of January, Europol brought attention to another very tragic aspect of the refugee crisis in Europe crisis, namely the disappearance of almost 10,000 unaccompanied children over the past two years after their arrival in Europe,
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