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IAEM-Middle East News

Oct. 5-6, 2016
2nd Annual Emergency Management & Business Continuity Conference 2016

Hosted by IAEM-Middle East Dusit Thani, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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The GCC especially UAE has been at the forefront in enhancing security management, emergency response and crisis management. The idea in enhancing resilience of crisis management systems is to evolve with the threat landscape, whether the physical or virtual and then build subsequent plans to enhance preparedness. While managing crises and emergencies, organisations need to have the right business contingency planning backed with a robust and comprehensive joint coordination with various stakeholders both at local as well as federal level to protect lives and property.

We are pleased to announce that this year, International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) along with International Quality & Productivity Centre (IQPC), will host the Emergency Management & Business Contingency Summit from 5-6 October, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The event will present attendees information needed to meet the new challenges that lay ahead and an opportunity to network with their peers participating at all levels. The summit features a panel of experts presenting a variety of topics from national security, critical infrastructure protection, emergency response, enterprise risk management, fire safety as well as civil defence contingency planning.

Nov. 13-18, 2015
IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX, Clark County, Nevada


IAEM International President His Excellency Khaled Al Mansoori receives the 2015 Chairman's Award from IAEM-Global Board Chair Ellis Stanley, at the IAEM 2015 Annual Conference & EMEX, Clark County, Nevada. 


IAEM leaders are pictured at the Presidential Banquet, IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX, Nov. 18, 2015, Clark County, Nevada.

Oct. 7-8, 2015
IAEM Emergency Management & Business Contingency Summit 2015

Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Hosted by the IAEM International Council
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This conference will bring together all the main stakeholders which include civil defence authorities in the GCC, oil and gas companies, power and utility companies, banks, telecom providers, airlines and airports, EMS and more, actively involved in emergency response, crisis management, enterprise risk management as well as business contingency planning.

UNISDR Publishes "Proposed Elements for Consideration in the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction" 

(02 Jan 2014) The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has published "Proposed Elements for Consideration in the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction" by the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction. This report draws on consultations of all stakeholders that began in early 2012, including online, local, national, regional, and global events. Further guidance came from the SRSG's advisory groups, country reports through the UNISDR HFA Monitor, the findings of the biennial UN Global Assessment Reports on Disaster Risk Reduction of 2009, 2011 and 2013, relevant deliberations of the United Nations General Assembly, as well as a growing literature and practice on disaster risk and resilience. Review the document and background information here.

How to help Typhoon Haiyan Survivors: CTV interview with IAEM-Global Business Director John Saunders 

(Dec 2013) 

  • Are you looking for ways to help the victims of the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan? One of the most intense typhoons on record, Haiyan left catastrophic destruction behind in the Philippines, including a death toll that may reach 10,000. CNN has compiled a list of charities and NGOs that are actively working the incident. Charities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world are responding to this disaster.
  • The World Health Organization offers several guidance documents with best practices for organizations providing healthcare equipment and medical donations to international non-governmental humanitarian aid organizations.
  • The U.S. State Department’s USAID provides more information on how organizations can provide assistance at their “How to Help” website. Organizations interested in providing emergency food assistance can learn more here.
  • The U.S. State Department is cooperating with the Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund established by The mGive Foundation, a U.S. nonprofit organization, to coordinate donations via mobile phones to benefit victims of the typhoon. This collaboration allows for donations go be collected across 60 wireless providers with a single text. For more information, please visit the mGive website.

IAEM International Council President Spoke at IAEM-Canada Annual Meeting

International Council President Khaled Al Mansoori was invited to address the IAEM Canada Annual General Membership Meeting in Toronto, Canada, June 25, 2013, in conjunction with WCDM 2013. He shared activities of his Council which have grown and promoted IAEM. Also shown are IAEM-Canada President John Saunders (left) and IAEM=Global Chair Ellis Stanley (right). The IAEM Global Board of Directors met and supported WCDM.

International Council President Spoke at Crisis and Risk Management Summit

H.E. Khaled Al Mansouri, President of the IAEM International Council, delivered the keynote opening speech at the Crisis and Risk Management Summit, Mar. 24-27, 2013, at the Al Manshar Rotana Hotel, Kuwait. He spoke on the principles of emergency management and the increasing role of IAEM in today's world.

"It's an honour for me to deliver the keynote inauguration speech and meet the who's who of the industry at this conference. This exclusive congregation of emergency response experts, balanced with the risk management experts is the icing on the cake for this summit," said H.E. Khaled Al Mansouri, IAEM International Council President.

The conference, organized by IQPC, was under the meticulous supervision of the Official Advisor and Key Distinguished Speaker, Mr Ali Hussain Asad, Emergency Response Coordinator and Head of Emergency Response Coordination Unit from Kuwait Oil Company. Covered were a wide range of topics related to emergency response, loss prevention strategies, damage control, risk assessment and management, remediation and recovery post a crisis, planning a comprehensive crisis management system and risk communication.

H.E. Khaled Al Mansouri added, "Emergency response and coordination with various stakeholders is the need of the hour and I am happy to be a part of this exclusive conference in Kuwait that addresses this importance."

Other key experts who addressed top level delegates of the summit included: Peter Johnson who led the 9/11 rescue operations; Hasan Mashhadi, the NATO emergency coordinator in 100 countries; Dean Monterey who authored the Bahrain National Oil Spill Plan; Mohamed Bensahraoui who is the project risk management key advisor for HSE from ADMA-OPCO and Jasem Al Mansouri, the former Director General of Kuwait Fire Directorate.

"Over-react. Send an army of responders to the site ASAP instead of being sorry later. My topic is to show others what we have achieved utilizing the available technologies in order to serve during unfortunate incidents and crisis," quips Ali Hussain Asad from Kuwait Oil Company.

KOC, KNPC,KGOC, PIC, ADMA-OPCO, Anadarko Petroleum, ME-ETS, Pan Gulf Industrial Systems and many more will be participating at the most awaited conference in Kuwait.

IAEM Represented at IDEX Abu Dhabi 2013

 
(17 Feb 2013) Known as the most strategically important tri-service defense exhibition in the World, IDEX Abu Dhabi 2013 is the only international defense exhibition and conference in the MENA region that displays the latest technology across land, sea and air sectors of defense. IAEM International Council President Khaled Al Mansoori represented IAEM at this event, which attracts more than 1,000 local, regional and international defense manufacturers and suppliers who demonstrate a distinctive platform to establish and strengthen relationships with government departments, businesses, and armed forces entities throughout the region.

IAEM International Council President Represented IAEM at Intersec Expo, Dubai 


(21 Jan 2013) IAEM International Council President His Excellency Khaled Al Mansoori attended recently the largest and most comprehensive exhibition and conference for security, safety, and fire protection in the Middle East which was held in Dubai. President Al Mansoori met with Dubai Mercantile Exchange Mr. Khalil Al Ameeri and discussed latest security solutions in the security industry, and IAEM's support and encouragement for the latest international technologies and best practices in the security industry.

IAEM International President Attended IAEM 2012 Annual Conference

IAEM International Council President Khaled Al Monsoori participated in the IAEM 60th Annual Conference & EMEX 2012, held Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2012, in Orlando, Florida, USA. He is shown here with Elizabeth B. Armstrong, MAM, CAE, IAEM CEO, and IAEM-USA President Jeff Walker, CEM.

IAEM Participation at SIDRS

IAEM International Council President Khaled Al Monsoori and IAEM Asia Council President Victor Bai participate in the Shanghai International Disaster Reduction and Security Exhibition (SIDRS), a leading disaster reduction/emergency management event in China. Over 100 participants from China attended the IAEM overview session and panel discussion led by IAEM’s Victor Bai, Khaled Al Monsoori, Jane Rovins and Clay Tyeryar.

IAEM International Council President Khaled Al Monsoori participates in the official ribbon cutting ceremony to open SIDRS, along with a distinguished panel of Chinese and World leaders, focusing on disaster reduction and emergency management. Over 10,000 attendees participated in the SIDRS educational sessions and trade show, and the IAEM Asia Council led an educational session focusing on emergency management as well as educational and training resources available through the IAEM network.

IAEM International Council President Continues Meetings with Security and Emergency Management Delegates


(23 Apr 2012) IAEM International Council President His Excellency Khaled Abdulla Al Mansoori continued meet with security and emergency management delegates during his trip to Washington, DC USA this week for the IAEM Board Meeting. On Friday, President Al Mansoori presented a painting on behalf of Abu Dhabi Learning Journey and Centre of Excellence to Susan Stuart, Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of State, for their collaboration on cyber security and social media issues. (See photo above.) President Khaled commented that "it is great to have such partners as the CIO to assist in the education and capacity building of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. Ms Stuart and her team have been very helpful in providing needed information to help improve cyber security, especially in the area of social media to help keep the UAE a safe and secure country. We are thankful and I look forward to a long, continuing relationship."

IAEM International Council President Attends IAEM-Global Board Meeting and Makes Contacts with U.S. Emergency Management and Resilience Community


(18 Apr 2012) IAEM International Council President His Excellency Khaled Abdulla Al Mansoori traveled to Washington this week for the IAEM Board Meeting. While in Washington, he met with a number of members from the emergency management and resilience community. Yesterday he met with FBI Cyber Division Unit Chief Steven M. Kelly (see photo). Mr. Kelly provided an overview of the FBI's Cyber mission which focuses on how to proactively protect against Cyber Terror, Foreign Intelligence operations and espionage, and cyber crime. They also discussed current and emerging cyber trends. President Al Mansoori discussed the learning curve in Abu Dhabi and ways to collaborate on cyber security.

IAEM International President Represented IAEM at ISNR 2012 Exhibition & Conference

(21 Mar 2012) IAEM International Council President His Excellency Khaled Abdulla Al Mansoori recently attended the International Security National Resilience (ISNR) Exhibition & Conference taking place 19-21 March in Abu Dhabi, UAE. While in attendance, he met with officials from the UAE Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) as part of the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA). They discussed Cyber Crimes, and the result they can have on causing disasters such as shutting down the cooling system of a power plant causing it to overheat, or turning off all traffic signals causing mass chaos and accidents. President Khaled gave him an overview of IAEM and how it could benefit CERT by providing expertise, support, and training to help recover and prepare for the next disaster. President Khaled boasted about the great work done by the IAEM around the world, and offered to support them in any other way possible.

IAEM International Council President Meets with Government Officials in Japan


(19 Mar 2012) IAEM International Council President His Excellency Khaled Abdulla Al Mansoori went on a diplomatic visit to Japan this week to meet with numerous government officials. During this trip, he met with Urayasu City Mayor Hideki Matsuzaki. Mr. Matsuzaki gave President Khaled an overview of the profile of Urayasu City. They also discussed the liquefaction damage caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and what recovery and restoration work was going on in the city. President Khaled gave him an overview of IAEM and how it could benefit Mr. Matsuzaki and his city by providing expertise, support, and training to help recover and prepare for the next disaster. President Khaled boasted about the great work done by the IAEM in Asia Council, and offered to support them in any other way possible.

IAEM International Council President Meets with Counterterrorism Expert Richard A. Clarke


(17 Jan 2012) International Council President Khaled Al Mansoori met with internationally recognized counterterrorism expert Richard A Clarke at the 3rd Crisis and Emergency Management Conference (CEMC) 2012. Mr. Clarke was Foreign Policy Top 100 Global Thinker in 2011 and currently serves as Chairman of Good Harbor Consulting. Mr. Clarke also spoke at the CEMC Conference in 2010. The two discussed the growing success of the conference and its importance in bringing awareness and capacity building to the region. Mr. Clarke also complimented President Mansoori on his continued success as IAEM International President and urged him to continue to push hard to bring emergency management awareness, training, and capability to the countries in his region.

Afterwards President Mansoori commented, "It is always a pleasure to meet with someone of such stature and experience as Mr. Clarke. He has always been a leader when it comes to security and resilience, and I have learned a lot from him. I am looking forward to the things we are going to do in 2012."

IAEM International Council President Meets with Chargé d'Affaires, Federal Republic of Somalia

(15 Sept 2011) His Excellency Khaled Abdullah Al Mansouri, IAEM International Council President, met with Mr. Husain Mahmood Mohamed, Chargé d'Affaires, Federal Republic of Somalia, on Sept. 15, 2011, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Mr Mahmood acknowledged the work that IAEM is doing in Africa, including South Africa, Egypt, and Nigeria, and believes there is a role for IAEM in Somalia too. President Khaled expressed his sympathy for the matters taking place in Somalia, and expressed his desire for IAEM to assist, stating: "One of IAEM International's priorities is to help assist countries that don't currently have the resources or capacity in emergency management to develop a sustainable emergency management program through training and strategic advice so that they are better prepared to handle the current crisis, and just as importantly the next one."

IAEM International Council and South African Local Governments Association Sign Memorandum of Understanding


(29 July 2011) IAEM International Council President, His Excellency Khaled Abdulla Al Mansoori signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the South African Local Governments Association (SALGA). Areas of co-operation will include development of a emergency management related training program, conducting training and exercises, identifying and encouraging donor support focusing on poor and vulnerable populations to better prepare them for future disasters, and the development of Capacity Development Aids and Guidelines to enhance SGA's support and development of local governments' response to Disaster Risk Management.

IAEM International Council President Attends Meeting with Director of Dubai Protective Security and Emergency Management

(30 June 2011) At the invitation of the Dubai Police General Headquarters, His Excellency Khaled Al Mansoori, President of the International Council, attended a meeting hosted by Major General Mohammed Eid Al Mansoori, Director of the Protective Security and Emergency Department. The Dubai Police handle all crisis management functions within the Emirate of Dubai and are keenly interested in identifying strategies for raising the level of professional capabilities especially in areas of emergency response and business continuity.

IAEM International Council President Delivers Keynote Speech at ESi WebEOC Conference


(30 Mar 2011) International Council President Khaled Al Mansoori gives the keynote speech at this year's WebEOC Users Conference in Augusta, Georgia, USA. President Mansoori's speech was about the challenges facing the international emergency management community. It covered the landscape of emergency management after one of the most horrific year for natural disasters in 2010, emergency management in the United Arab Emirates, and the challenges they face.

IAEM International Council President Signs Memorandum of Partnership with African Center for Disaster Studies


(03 Mar 2011) IAEM International Council President His Excellency Khaled Al Mansoori signs a Memorandum of Partnership with the African Center for Disaster Studies (ACDS). Also in the photo is Mr. Ethan Appleby, IAEM International Council Member and Operations Coordinator. The memorandum will allow IAEM to help ACDS and their constituents to promote international best practices, provide training, and cooperate on mutually beneficial projects related to emergency management and disaster risk reduction in Africa and other IAEM International Council member countries. read more

IAEM International Council President Meets with Interpol to Discuss Cooperative Agreement


(08 Jan 2011) IAEM International Council President His Excellency Khaled Al Mansoori held a meeting in January 2011 in Abu Dhabi with Mr. Ronald Noble, Secretary General of Interpol. Also in the photo is Mr. Brad Gair, IAEM International Council, Special Advisor to the President, and Mr. Fahem Abdullah, Head of Interpol Middle East and North Africa Region. The meeting was held to discuss a cooperative agreement to have Interpol provide post-disaster services (disaster victim identification and locating missing persons) for our member nations.

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