Chief Executive Officer, Intelligent Travel
Tony Ridley is an international, executive security professional who eats, breathes and sleeps travel safety & counter-terrorism. Prior to Intelligent Travel, Tony was the Asia Pacific Security Director for International SOS, the world’s largest emergency assistance provider, based out of Singapore, and Team Leader Protective Security and Travel Security at Control Risks, which included a long term deployment in Iraq at the height of terrorist violence in 2003-2004. Before that, Tony started his commercial
career as the General Manager of a 3,500 man security company in Indonesia.
In his roles with Intelligent Travel, International SOS and Control Risks, Tony directly managed the response for Fortune 500 companies to terrorist attacks such as the Bali Bombings (2001 & 2004), Mumbai Terror attacks (2008), Sydney Hostage Crisis (2014), Paris Terror attacks (2015) and London Terror Attacks (2005, 2016 and 2017), just to name a few. Besides these high profile events, he he individually managed tens of thousands of individual cases whereby business travellers needed travel safety support.
Prior to his commercial career, Tony spent 13 years in the Australian Military, primarily within the Special Forces (SAS) as counter terrorist specialist and certified trainer. During his time with the military, he conducted operational and security related tasks in Australia, Thailand, Philippines, Rwanda, East Timor, USA, Malaysia, Cambodia, New Zealand with/for other government security agencies.
Hailing from Australia, Tony is a certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist, accredited by the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board (ATAB) and speaks several additional languages including Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, and Tetum (East Timor).
Tony has written several books and publications about security management, terrorism and travel safety. He is frequently invited as speaker and subject matter expert at industry conferences. Recent speaking engagements included the World Tourist Safety Conference (Las Vegas, USA), the 2017 Melbourne Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit (Melbourne, Australia), APEC conference on Tourism and impact of terrorism (Bali, Indonesia), ITIC APAC conference in June 2018, Public Venue Security & Counter Terrorism Summit APAC in July in Kuala Lumpur and the Asia Risk & Resilience Conference (ARRC) in Singapore in August 2018.
Read more about Tony’s work on his travel safety blog ( http://blog.intelligenttravel.com.au/ ) or his Linkedin Profile ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonyridley/ ).