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Dr. Harald Haelterman (°1972) is a Belgian author, academic and crime prevention practitioner with extensive international experience in Corporate Security, Ethics and Compliance. He holds a Bachelor's Degree, a Master's Degree and a Ph.D. in Criminology (Ghent University, Belgium), a Master of Science Degree in Security and Crime Risk Management (Leicester University, United Kingdom) and a Certificate of Higher Education in Philosophy (KU Leuven, Belgium). He further specialized at the Free University of Brussels, Antwerp University and University College London. He is a former research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and Information Technology (KU Leuven) and a former guest lecturer at the Free University of Brussels and the University of Antwerp Management School. Since 2006 he has been an associate member of the Faculty of Law and Criminology at Ghent University, alternately as an Academic Advisor, Postdoctoral Researcher and Visiting Professor, and in 2017 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the Law Faculty of KU Leuven. He started his professional career in 1997 as a Corporate Investigator and Crime Risk Management Consultant, providing investigative and consultancy services to a variety of multinationals and industry sectors. In 2002 he joined TNT Express where he held various (senior) management positions in Security and Compliance prior to being appointed Global Head of Business Ethics in June 2013. Following the acquisition of TNT by FedEx Corporation he became a Manager Legal Compliance and Integrity for FedEx Express Europe. He further served as an independent expert for the European Commission Research Executive Agency and as a chairman of the European Express Association Security Committee, representing the express cargo industry in stakeholder meetings and working groups with European institutions and a range of international regulatory bodies. He lectured and published extensively and has been participating in a wide range of international studies, projects and expert groups. His current research interests include environmental criminology, crime against business, compliance management and modus operandi research.
Breaking Silos of Legal and Regulatory Risks (2020) | The ever evolving legal and regulatory landscape and resulting pressure on organizations to adapt and comply is just one of many factors that have turned compliance management into a crucial yet increasingly complicated activity. In recent years, numerous compliance challenges have been reported on and traditional approaches for managing legal and regulatory risks are increasingly being scrutinized. Published in the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, this paper provides an overview of the main challenges faced by commercial organizations and goes on to focus on what is referred to as a holistic, integrated approach to managing compliance. It explores the key characteristics and suggested benefits of the approach, as well as some factual and more substantive arguments in support of its claims and underlying logic. Borrowing from criminological theory, it further argues that despite the potential benefits of a holistic view of compliance, there equally remains room for caution.
Hard, Soft or Situational Controls (2019) | In this paper it is argued that cross-functional collaboration between a (Corporate) Security, Compliance and Internal Control Department can potentially be established or improved if practitioners come to realize that the measures and controls developed and introduced to mitigate the risk of employee crime and misconduct are very much alike. Following an exploratory review of the types of controls referred to in literature, it borrows from environmental criminology to demonstrate that similarity.
Suggestions to Improve Security Procedures (2019) | Published in the Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management, this paper highlights a number of triggers or incentives for organizations to upgrade existing security procedures or to develop and implement novel ones. It further positions script analysis as a promising tool to ensure that controls and procedures remain effective and fit for purpose.
January 16, 2020 | Delivered the afternoon session of the ICC Belgium Compliance Pro Register Training in Brussels, providing an academic and user perspective on a holistic view of compliance.
April 24, 2019 | Delivered the afternoon session at the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) 'Anti-Corruption Workshop' in Tirana, Albania.
February 26, 2019 | Appointed Academic Advisor at Ghent University Faculty of Law and Criminology - Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law (renewal decision by the Faculty Board for a three year period, ending September 30th, 2022).
CRISP Report (2013) | The tenth report in the ASIS Foundation's 'CRISP' series provides a reference guide on how best to approach the introduction of situational crime prevention in a business environment