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, acting General Secretary, Ireland)
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. 


TISPOL Past President and Acting General Secretary

Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid

An Garda Síochána, Ireland

Chief Superintendent Reid is curretly responsible for the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau and roads policing in the Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR).

He graduated with an MSc (Hons) in Police Leadership from University College Dublin (U.C.D) in 2010.  He holds an Advanced Diploma in Executive Leadership, having completed modules in the Smurfit Business School, U.C.D and the John F. Kennedy School of Governance, Harvard, Cambridge, U.S.A.

He completed his primary Degree in Police Management (B.A. Hons) at the Garda Síochána College in 2002.  He completed certificates in Public Relations, Conflict Resolution and a Diploma course in Criminology Studies.

Aidan has completed 37 years service in An Garda Síochána with a broad range of Policing experiences in Crime Investigation, Operations Support and Headquarters Branches.

He has served overseas in the European Union Observer mission to South Africa (1992 -93) and completed an exchange Program at the John Jay College for Criminal Justice, New York.