2015; our 10th Anniversary Year – proved to be another outstanding year for the Dubai Chapter! In January, Yogesh Arora was awarded an Alan J. Cross Award and we were well represented at Intersec, the region’s largest security exhibition. In February, we were at the Middle East Security Conference and Exhibition. John Cowling was again the Conference Chairman and members assisted with the programme committee and as session moderators. The Al Ma’arefa Scholarship also launched in February with Govind Devgan being selected as the inaugural scholar. After some busy chapter meetings and a Summer break, September was a busy month with representation at the OFSEC Conference in Oman and three chapter members speaking at the US Conference in Anaheim- all more ‘firsts’ for the chapter.
November saw the 10th Anniversary Dinner held at the Dusit Thani Hotel and kindly sponsored by Nedap. With guests and over 50 members, past and present, attending, the night was a resounding success. Several founding members spoke and were presented with awards. Tamer Hashem, CPP and Julius Fomban, CPP, PSP were presented with their CPP pins to mark them gaining board certification.
2016 looks to be another exciting year as we keep ahead of the trends and provide security to our organisations in changing times! Vitthal Teli has been awarded an Alan J. Cross Award which will help him with his CPP studies. CPP and PSP sessions are about to re-start, our first chapter meeting is set to take place at Intersec later this month and our February meeting will be at the ASIS 7th Middle East Security Conference and Exhibition.
We have several new volunteers elected to the chapter committees for this year; we welcome Phillip Johnson, PSP in his role as 2016 Chapter Secretary, Katie Shepard as Women in Security Representative, Andreas Karki as Programme and Events Representative and Nadeem Iqbal, CPP as Government Liaison- I look forward to working with you all! I am sure that you will all join with me in thanking John Cowling for all of his hard work and efforts throughout 2015 in his role as Chapter Secretary and Priyanka Utham in her role as Women in Security Representative.
Our focus this year will be on providing outstanding events, speakers and education to our members as well as growing membership numbers. New members are always welcome and I challenge each and every one of you to reach out to colleagues around you (we all know someone) and bring them along so that they too can benefit from ASIS membership.
Finally, I wish you all a Happy New Year for a safe and prosperous 2016!
Peter Page, CPP