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Pedro das Neves is CEO of IPS Innovative Prison Systems, a research and consulting firm specialized on justice and correctional service. Board of the BSAFE LAB Law Enforcement, Justice and Public Safety Lab of Beira Interior University and vice-president of APROXIMAR (NGO) & founder of EASI the European Association for Social Innovation.
Holds a Sociology degree and an MA from the College of Europe in Bruges. Works on public administration reform for 20 years, and on Criminal Justice Innovation since 2002 in Europe and Latin America. Has been involved in the design and implementation of innovative pilot projects lately awarded and recognized as best practices and had the opportunity to visit and learn about the operation of 39 jurisdictions and more than 400 prisons and juvenile centres.
Pedro has extensive experience as policy and programme advisor for several prison administrations, government and multilateral organisations. Guest at meetings and frequently a speaker in international events organized by the European Commission, Council of Europe, EUROPRIS, ICPA, EPEA, COMJIB (Conference of Ministers of the Justice of the Ibero-American countries), the IADB Inter-American Development Bank, IDC HERZLIYA International Institute for Counter Terrorism, UNODC, etc.
Pedro is the founder and editor of JUSTICE TRENDS, a magazine on innovation and best practices in prison and probation systems distributed in 120 countries.
In 2017 has been recognized with the 2017 ICPA Correctional Excellence Award (Management and Staff Training).