Dr. Bibi van Ginkel, LLM (1971), is the owner and founder of The Glocal Connection – Platform for Shared Security, a newly founded consultancy firm dedicated to facilitating multistakeholder engagement on highly sensitive security issues with a special focus on rule of law and prevention solutions.
Van Ginkel’s expertise spans the wide variety of focus areas of CT and CPVE, from rule of law issues to trends and threat developments, counter-terrorism, countering violent extremism responses, and prevention strategies in combination with development-aid initiatives. Having worked on the topic since 1995, she has witnessed the various trends in threat developments as well as the responses in international policy-making. She has vast experience in leading and coordinating highly complicated, multi-stakeholder and international (research) projects. Furthermore, her experience extends to the role of consultant and implementing partner for international organisations, of trainer and moderator, and of specialist in monitoring and evaluation of policies.
Recent highlights are the research projects on the Foreign Fighter Phenomenon in the EU, the evaluation project on EU Counter Terrorism Policies (see list of publications), the development (as implementing partner) of the GCTF Abuja Recommendations and the Glion Memorandum (forthcoming), and trainer for the Human Security Collective developed ODA-PVE toolkit. She has established close working relationships with the UN, the EU and other international organisations, as well as with government agencies and civil society actors. Recently, she has been working closely with UNCTED, national governments and civil society actors on developing national action plans on a project towards the prevention of violent extremism in countries such as Tunisia and Kenya. She is often invited as a (keynote) speaker to international conferences. She has briefed the Dutch Parliament, Standing Committee on Defence several times on topical security questions, the Green Party at the German Parliament, and the Flemish Parliament on issues of Radicalisation, as well as UNCTED, the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament, the joint COTER/TWP meeting of the European Union, CODEXTER (Council of Europe), and the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Xenophobia.
She is a regular commentator in national and international media. She has worked as a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Security Unit of the Clingendael Research Department of the Netherlands Institute for International Relations ‘Clingendael’, the no. 1 think tank in The Netherlands for International relations. She is still working as associate fellow to both organisations. She has also worked as a senior consultant to United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (UNCTED) on a project developing global guidelines to facilitate the collection of information and evidence by military and other relevant criminal law actors within a rule-of-law framework. She holds a PhD from the Law Faculty of Utrecht University, where she also worked as a lecturer for almost 10 years. Finally, she has served as a member of the Peace and Security Committee of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs for 12 years. She is a member of the Advisory Council to the Royal Netherlands Marrechaussee, and the Netherlands Advisory Council on Public International Law (CAVV).