The chapters were hugely excited to welcome Don Randall, MBE as the guest speaker for the evening. A former City of London police officer, managing director at JPMorgan Chase and the first CISO of the Bank of England, Randall is the chairman of numerous organisations and initiatives and was awarded an MBE for services to law enforcement, a Security Excellence Award, and the International Police and Public Safety 9/11 Commendation Medal. He is currently an advisor on cybersecurity, legal and regulatory, physical and technical security, international close protection, preemployment screening, risk management, counterterrorism, transnational criminal activities, asset recovery, and fraud investigations.
Randall spoke about trends in international terrorist and cyber activities, as well as partnerships to assist prevention, detection, and recovery. The presentation was particularly salient and informative and was very well received. Randall interspersed his presentation with examples and lively anecdotes from his career, which served to bring his points vividly to life.
Following the chapter meeting, members and guests were cordially invited to the Intersec VIP Reception, which was held adjacent to the meeting. This invitation provided numerous networking opportunities to members, as well as the chance to catch up with old friends and acquaintances.
The next Dubai Chapter meeting is planned for the morning of the 21st of February 2018 where the chapter looks forward to welcoming Dr Athol Yates from the Institute for International and Civil Security at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, who will be facilitating a mini-workshop on expert versus crowd assessed threats. Other speakers and sponsors are currently being sought.
Article written by Peter Page, CPP, who is vice chair of the ASIS Dubai Chapter.