About the TISPOL Executive

The TISPOL Executive Committee is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Council. It comprises of the president, general secretary and other selected members.

TISPOL Executive April 2019 1 Aidan Reid (Past President, General Secretary until 30 Sept 2019)
2 Demetris Demetriou
3 Elvira Zsinkai
4 Volker Orben (President, Germany)
5 Sanja Veic
6 Paolo Cestra (Past President, President of Honour, Italy)
7 Egbert-Jan van Hasselt (Vice-President)

TISPOL President

Volker Orben

TISPOL President from April 2019

Here are some key facts about Volker Orben:

  • Dipl. Vww. (FH)
  • Chief Superintendent
  • Ministery of the Interior Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
  • Unit for Police Operations with focus on traffic safety strategy (2010 to present)
  • Degree Police University (1996)
  • Member of Leadership Development Team (1998-2016)
  • Police Headquarter Mainz, situation center (1999-2003)
  • Deputy chief motorway police (2003-2010)
  • Loves running as a compensation to everyday stress


Paolo Cestra

TISPOL Past President & President of Honour

Colonel Paolo Cestra

Italian Traffic Police

TISPOL President from October 2016 to April 2019

Paolo Cestra graduated in Law, Science of Public Administration and International Relations. He is Colonel of the Italian State Police, and Head of the Provincial Traffic Police’s Section of l’Aquila.

From May 2001 to March 2002 he was Deputy Commander of the Italian State Police Contingent within the UNMIK mission in Kosovo. He holds a Master Degree in Peacekeeping and Security Studies and performed successfully, among others, the Senior Police Officers Planning and Command Course  for Crisis Management Missions / Operations at the European Academy of Police and the Peacekeeping Mission Commander Course the United Nations Institute for Training and Research - POCI.

He is an expert in Traffic and Road Policy, International Law of Armed Conflict and Peace Support Missions. He  has attended at the CASD the Ministry of Defence the 7th Course for Legal Advisor  to the Armed Forces and the 29th Civilian and Military Cooperation Course. From 2014 to 2015 he was in service at the Department of Public Security of the Ministry of Interior as Acting Head of the Investigative Division of the National Traffic Service.

Paolo is a member of TISPOL Executive Committee and President of the TISPOL Working Group on “High Risk Drivers”, he was President of CARPOL Subgroup within the LEWP of the Council of the European Union in Brussels during the period July to December 2014.

He is the Italian Representative to the LANDSEC Committee within the DGMove at the European Commission in Bruxelles and also Member of the Experts Committee on Road Transport-Social Rules. 


Egbert-Jan van HasseltTISPOL Vice-President

Egbert-Jan van Hasselt

Commissioner, Dutch Police

Commissioner Egbert-Jan van Hasselt (1953) is a senior police officer with almost 25 years of active service within the Dutch Police. He is currently the national Project leader  Development Road and Traffic Policing of the National Police and TISPOL Council member for the Netherlands.  He was formerly deputy police chief of a regional police force and has professional  experience across a broad range of police disciplines.

Before  joining the police force for the second time in 2003 he has a career in the automotive industry for nine years.  As board member  of the importer of Volkswagen and Audi  in the Netherlands he was responsible for the services and sales of commercial vehicles and the development and quality of the dealer network. He  moved to the brand identity sector as managing Director of a project management company. In 2000 he became an independent marketing and communications consultant.


Heinz Albert StumpenTISPOL General Secretary

Heinz Albert Stumpen

In a police career spanning 33 years Mr Stumpen served in the German federal state of Northrhine-Westphalia, where he rose to be Deputy Head of Traffic Police for the city of Münster. Since 2013 Mr Stumpen has been Deputy Head of Faculty and a lecturer for traffic science and traffic psychology at the German Police University.

“I feel very honoured to take over as General Secretary. The activities of TISPOL are very important all over the EU and for each Member State. As we all know, traffic safety activities are often not the number one priority in policing, and stand back behind other tasks, such as combatting terrorism, organised crime and other threats,” he said.

“But there is no similar field of activities which can be as successful as roads policing in safeguarding our citizens and communities safe, and helping them avoid losing loved ones  or suffering from lifelong disability because of a single moment.” 


Demetris DemetriouTISPOL Executive Member

Demetris Demetriou

Cyprus Police

Demetris Demetriou was born in Nicosia in 1963. He joined Cyprus Police in July 1984, and since August 2017 he has been serving as Assistant Chief of Police for Training and Education. Previously he served as a Director of the Traffic Department of Police Headquarters for six years, whereas throughout his career, he has served for another six years in different positions in Traffic Departments. Since July 2018, both the Traffic Department and the Divisional Traffic Branches have been placed under his Administration, because of his relevant expertise.

He has also served at various Police Departments, Services and Units, among which as Officer in Charge of the Press and Public Relations Office (2002-2006), as Nicosia Divisional Police Commander (6/2014-3/2017) and as Director of European Union and International Police Cooperation Directorate (3/2017-8/2017). 

Mr. Demetriou has completed a degree in Business Administration at the University of Piraeus and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Nicosia. He also gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from the Mediterranean Institute of Management and a Master’s Degree in Arts with a specialization in Strategic Planning from Middlesex University, UK. Additionally, he holds a Certificate in Investigation and Reconstruction of Road Traffic Accidents from Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, for which he was granted a scholarship.

He has attended various seminars, workshops and conferences in Cyprus and abroad, on many different topics, such as road safety, crisis management, hostage negotiation, to name a few. He has himself organised a lot of seminars, and lectured in most of them as well. Moreover, he has published numerous articles on Police related subjects and especially on Traffic and Road Safety issues.

In 2016 he was a member of a Committee, which conducted a study on road traffic collisions in Cyprus, commissioned by the Chief of Police due to a remarkable increase in the number of fatal traffic collisions in Cyprus.

In 2019 he was appointed Head of a Committee, which conducted a study concerning the Road Traffic problem in Nicosia, also commissioned by the Chief of Police.

Between 1999 and 2014 he participated in various meetings of TISPOL Council in his capacity of a member. In 2018 he rejoined TISPOL Council, since the Traffic Department was placed under his Administration.


Elvira ZsinkaiTISPOL Executive Member

Elvira Zsinkai

Hungarian Police

I have been working for the police for 22 years now. I started as a patrol at one of the public order units at the Budapest Police Headquarters and later I worked different fields of the police (call centre and custody but as a response officer also). Besides my work I started my studies at the National University of Public Service. I graduated as Law Enforcement Administrator in Traffic Policing so after my graduation l was appointed as traffic accident investigator at the traffic unit and I dealt with investigating of serious traffic crimes for more than 11 years, which had big influence on me.

In 2015 I became the member of RAILPOL (European Association of Railway Police Forces) Railway Accident Working Group as an expert and the Hungarian representative.

In 2016 I was appointed at the Traffic Enforcement Department of National Police Headquarters. My present position is on national level and my main tasks are coordinating and giving guidelines to all regional traffic forces.

Since 2015 I am the TISPOL representative of Hungary at OPG WG. Since 2016 I am the representative at TISPOL Council.

I don’t have too much free time but if l have l like travelling, sightseeing, getting to know more about local foods and traditions. I do sport also. I am a fanatic of Kangoo Jumps and l like running as well. Doing sport inspired me to learn as an aerobic trainer but because the lack of free time unfortunately I don’t keep trainings.


Sanja VeićTISPOL Executive Member

Sanja Veić

Croatian Police

I'm working at Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia, in the General Police Directorate - Road Safety Service for more than 20 years, as independent police inspector. After high school I graduated as security engineer. My job position is on national level, so includes coordination and cooperation with all regional traffic police forces.

Two main parts of my work are collection, analysis and dissemination of road traffic accidents statistics and international cooperation on road safety issues. I was involved in Croatian negotiation process for membership in the European Union since its beginning as member of interministerial experts group dealing with implementation of EU Directives in the road transport area. Also I was involved in creation of National road safety programme of the Republic of Croatia 2011-2020 which was based on EU 4th Action Programme for the road traffic safety 2011-2020 and UN Decade of Action.

During 2004 and 2005 I was representative of Croatia at UNECE WP1 - Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety. With years of experience I became a member of European Commission’s expert group CARE- the European Union's road accidents database as well as ETSC PIN panellist for Croatia. In December 2017 together with ETSC I organised ETSC PIN talk in Zagreb, Croatia. Last few years I also participate as Croatian representative at High Level Group on Road Safety of the European Commission. Since 2014 I’m representative at OPG and Council at TISPOL.

My free time is reserved for pilates classes for which I’m licenced instructor.