Yaacov Laher retired as Brigadier General from the Israel Police in May 2013.
He has over 30 years’ experience as a police officer, 4 of them as the Deputy Chief Negotiator for Israel National Police (1993-1997) and since then served in the Israel Crisis Negotiation Unit, as a reserve member. He’s managed and resolved many crises throughout his career, ranging from suicide attempts to terror-related activities, kidnapping and hostage situations.
As a senior officer he directed for 2 years (2010-2011) a National Project of planning and establishing a new Police Academy (with a 2.2 Billion i.s budget). He led the H.R field by serving 3 years as the Head of Personal Department (2007-2010). Serving as the Deputy Head and Chief Instructor, Police Academy for 3 years (2004-2007) made him an expert in Police training. His Criminal Intelligence experience came from serving 3 years as the Head of the Research Division, Criminal Intelligence Department (2000-2003).
Yaacov is an expert in crisis negotiation, Intelligence Data Collating and research, crisis operational management, with a particular focus on Instruction, training and Intelligence aspects.
Mr. Laher holds an M.A. in National Security from the I.D.F National Defense Academy and Haifa University, and graduated from the FBI academy in the crisis negotiation field.
Shmuel Zoltak has over 30 years’ experience as a police officer, primarily as the Chief Negotiator for Israel National Police. He is an expert in crisis negotiation, psychological profiling and crisis management, with a particular focus on anti-terrorism. He’s managed and resolved hundreds of crises throughout his career, ranging from suicide attempts to terror-related activities, kidnapping and hostage situations.
Chief Superintendent Yoram P. Lavon has retired from the Israel police (2013) after serving as the Crisis Negotiation Unit commander (2009-2013). He was with the Israel National Police for the last 20 years as a crisis manager and crisis negotiator.
He’s worked as a crisis manager and crisis negotiator on hundreds of National, Terror, Criminal, Domestic and new media crises. Those crises involved: Hostage taking, Suicide bombers, Kidnappings, Civil riots & massive suicide attempts, Barricading, Suicides attempts, Hunger strikes at prison, Cults, Missing soldiers and many others.
Yoram has a master degree in Psychology and was qualified as a negotiator by the FBI course in Quantico and by the New Scotland Yard course in Hendon.
Yoram shared his experience by giving courses and lectures all over the world. He is an expert in crisis management, crisis negotiation, profiling, cognitive interview and polygraph.
Ilai Alon is Professor of Islamic Studies at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Philosophy, with extensive knowledge of culture, conflict and negotiations in Arab-speaking Islam. He holds a Ph.D. in Arabic Philosophy from Oxford and the Hebrew University. He’s published influential academic works, and notably served as a member of the Israeli delegation for negotiations with Syria and the Palestinian Authority between 1999 and 2001.
He’s worked at Harvard and Princeton in the US, and has conducted workshops for security agencies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, covering topics such as identity, conflict and recognition, politics and traditional conflict resolution institutions in Islam. This in-depth profiling has provided a much greater understanding of the behaviors of individuals in relevant groups.