In 2007, when Kristiina Mellin, CPP, PCI, PSP, joined ASIS, an incredible professional journey began. In the five ensuing years, Mellin became a volunteer leader and, ultimately, earn the distinction of being the first female security practitioner to achieve all three ASIS board certifications.
For the past 12 years, Mellin has worked for Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company. “I worked my way into security management,” said Mellin. Her career began in an office operations lead role with security responsibilities in 2000. “I wanted to learn more and took responsibility for crisis management planning in the Nordic region in 2004.” For the past six years, Mellin has worked for Accenture’s corporate security team. In her current role as the crisis, protective services, and investigations lead for Europe, Mellin provides crisis planning and management; incident response and investigations; and physical security consultation.
As is common with many certificants, the preparation was a learning opportunity for Mellin. She not only strengthened her vocabulary in English security terminology, but also extended her knowledge in many areas. Mellin noted, “I have a better understanding of commonly accepted best practices and benchmarks in the industry.”
Today, Mellin serves as the vice chair of the Sweden Chapter. She points out that approximately 14% of her chapter members hold ASIS board certifications. Mellin credits this remarkable achievement to the hard work of her colleague and fellow triple certificant, ASIS Region 26 Regional Vice President Klas Nilsson, CPP, PCI, PSP, who was an inspiration for her.
“I have a stronger theoretical foundation as a result of my ASIS board certifications. This combined with my work experience allows me to better advise our internal clients in security matters,” states Mellin. “I hope to inspire more women to pursue certification.”