Steve is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Steve Vickers and Associates Limited (“SVA”), a specialist risk mitigation, corporate intelligence and security consulting company. While an acknowledged expert at resolving kidnapping and product extortion cases, he additionally draws upon an unrivalled network of contacts and information sources in spearheading a wide range of business risk mitigation services.
During some 18 years in the private sector, Steve has conducted numerous sensitive business intelligence projects, major financial investigations, international asset searches and crisis containment assignments. He has also led a number of crisis management teams faced by financial or other critical threats to multi-national corporations.
He has considerable experience in advising corporations facing special risk situations and in dealing with challenges presented by money laundering; he is an acknowledged authority on the gaming sector in Macau and on Triad Societies and Asian Organised Crime issues.
Steve previously spent 18 years in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force and commanded the Force’s Criminal Intelligence Bureau. His duties included operational command of the Intelligence Bureau and its covert resources; tactical and strategic operations against Triad and Organised Crime groups, risk assessments and operational control of “declared” kidnapping incidents and product contamination issues. He achieved the rank of Senior Superintendent before opting to leave the service to join the private sector.
Steve has handled more than 28 kidnapping incidents which have ranged from short term, domestic cases, through major international incidents involving multiple jurisdictions.
Steve speaks fluent Cantonese and has had extensive experience in various specialist units – including in the Commercial Crime Bureau and in the Police Tactical Unit. He has operated extensively in Southeast Asia, frequently working with government agencies.
His expert opinion on security matters is regularly sought by international media and he has lectured widely.
Steve is a member of the International Institute of Security.