Sunday, August 7, 2011

Internationally Distinguished Security Experts to Speak at Counter Terror Arabia 2011

Event will showcase the latest techniques and
technologies for dealing with Terrorists and Criminals

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 03 August, 2011 – Clarion Events Middle East today announced

that leading international defence and security experts on counter-terror and

criminality will speak at Counter Terror Arabia 2011 on a wide range of current and

future issues.

latest techniques and technologies, alongside strategic planning, the integration of

different agencies and authorities and the practical aspects of emergency response

for both governments and companies.

The conference will review existing best practice and explore the

Held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from October 31 to

November 2, 2011, and co-located with Fire and Rescue Middle East, Counter

Terror Arabia will be the most influential and informative event for everyone

concerned with in regional, national and private security in the Gulf and Indian

Ocean area.

Christopher Hudson, Managing Director, Clarion Events Middle East, said: “Some of

the world’s leading authorities will give their opinions and advice at Counter Terror

Arabia 2011. International and regional defence and security experts will provide

a comprehensive analysis on how to tackle the variety of complex challenges

posed by domestic and international criminals and terrorists, both now and in the

future. We are fortunate in having a distinguished group of speakers and panelists,

including His Excellency Dr. Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General

of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and Rear Admiral Christopher Parry CBE,

former Director General Development, Concepts and Doctrine, UK Ministry of

Defence and an internationally recognized authority on transnational terrorism and

crime. Alongside our other speakers, we anticipate a great deal of useful interaction

and thought leadership, enhancing the region’s growing reputation for innovative

thinking and best practice.”

As terror and criminal activities transcend national borders, day one of the

conference will have John Bruni, Vice President of Royal United Services Institute,

highlight the current threats and future risks associated with these activities.

Furthermore, Muhammad Rafiuddin Shah, Acting Chief Officer of United Nations

Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) will focus on how a global

counter terror strategy can be reached to minimize attacks by those who seek to

cause harm and major disruption.

Cyber crime is an established and growing threat to the integrity of civilian,

commercial and security structures in the Gulf and Middle East region and

forms a key part of the conference programme. Illyas Kooliyankal, Chief

Information Security Officer of Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, will speak on cyber

vulnerabilities faced by governments and multi-national companies, and Majid

Madhloum, Head of Security Quality, UAE Computer Emergency Response Team

(aeCERT), will discuss solutions that can protect systems and information from

unauthorized access, as well as outline the work of aeCERT in helping government

and other important organisations to prepare for and respond to cyber attacks.

A recent report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates

that air travelers will increase to 400 million every year by 2020, thereby making

airports increasingly attractive targets for criminals and terrorists. The GCC is set to

invest US$ 90 billion on airport development by 2022, with almost a third allocated

for security upgrades and, as such, the programme will tackle innovation in aviation


Dhabi Airports Company and Dale R .Davis, Executive Director, National Security

Initiatives, Global Strategies Group, Global Integrated Security (Middle East), will

discuss programs for continuous improvement of all aspects of aviation security.

Ahmad Al Haddabi, Senior Vice President, Airport Operations, at Abu

Rear Admiral Christopher Parry, CBE, former Director General of Development

Concepts and Doctrine of the British Ministry of Defence, and Clarion's Defence

and Security Conferences Advisor, said: “A persistent, pressing concern for

governments and companies is the threat of piracy and other criminal activity at

sea. The International Maritime Bureau reported that piracy hit an all-time high in

the first six months of 2011, rising from 196 attacks a year worldwide to 266. The

Gulf and Indian Ocean are critical to the smooth operation of the world’s trading

system and to energy security. Governments and companies will want to access

and implement the latest technologies and techniques in their attempts to reduce

risks and overhead costs at sea.”

Captain Duncan McKelvie F.N.I., Area Marine Representative of NYK Line, will

highlight the threats to maritime activity and the links between piracy, trafficking

and terror. In addition, R S Vasan, Head of Strategy and Security Studies at the

Center for Asia Studies will speak on the challenges facing the littoral states to the

west of the Arabian Sea and how they can protect vessels and crew from piracy and


Day 3 will focus on integrated Emergency Response.

how multi-agency responses to both man-made and natural events need to be

anticipated, planned and executed. T.B. McClelland Jr., President and CEO of Center

House Ltd., will present an analysis of the challenges of managing catastrophic

incidents. Other speakers include Dr. Ajith George, Coordinator, Major Incident

Medical Response of Health Authority Abu Dhabi; Stephen Ramage, Director, Global

Outreach, of Open Geospatial Consortium; and Ali Asad, Emergency Response

Coordinator for Kuwait Oil Company.

Other notable participants include: Lieutenant Colonel Tamir Maayta, Director of

the Special Branch Training Center of Jordan’s Public Security Directorate; Andrew

Trotter, Chief Constable of British Transport Police; Robert Grenier, Chairman of

the Advisory Board for ERG Partners and Former Director CIA Counter-Terrorist

Centre, USA; Kent Clizbe, CIA Counter Terrorism Expert; Ben Emmerson QC,

Special Reporter on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights for the United Nations;

Mark Moles, Detective Chief Inspector SO15 Counter Terrorism Command, Counter

Terrorism and Extremism Liaison Officer (CTELO) for UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar

and Maldives; Anthony Tompson, LLB, Specialist Consultant; Guy Thomas, Head of

Global Maritime Awareness Programme at the US Coastguard’s National Office of

Global Maritime Situational Awareness; Richard Smith, Head of Force Information

Management at British Transport Police; and Paul Burke, Managing Director of

Middle East Security.


services, armed forces, police and law enforcement, protectors of critical national

infrastructure, central/regional and local government representatives, private sector

companies, systems integrators, and personnel from the building and facilities

protection, airports and ports, emergency response, border control, customs and

immigration, transport security, training and consultancy sectors.







Organized by Clarion Events Middle East, Counter Terror Arabia is an extension of

the successful London and Washington D.C. editions.

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