ASIS International has held its 3rd Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition on 19-21 February 2012 at the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City in Dubai, UAE. The event gathered a record attendance of 418 senior security professionals from 45 countries.
The exhibition was officially opened by His Excellency Lt. General Dhahi KhalfanTamim, Commander in Chief of the Dubai Police Force.
The conference kicked off with Mr. Abdulaziz F. Al-Khayyal, Senior Vice President, Industrial Relations of Saudi Aramco who spoke during the opening plenary session on the development of organizational resilience through international standards and guidelines.
On the second day, Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (Bahrain) explained the drivers and directions of strategic change in the Middle East.
The conference was closed by Saad Mered, CEO Middle East & Africa of Zurich, who spoke on the drivers for the Arab Awakening, the new political risk related to it and the implication for business in the region.
The conference featured 33 high-level educational sessions provided by speakers that included Hunter Burkall, PSP, Safety and Security Planning Specialist at the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council on Interpreting Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design for the Middle East; Carlos Velez, Global Security Director, Supply Chain Security at Johnson & Johnson on Supply Chain Security the New Normal as well as Dr Christoph Rojahn, Senior Manager Forensic & Dispute Services of Deloitte AG on internal investigations.
In addition, sessions designed especially for Chief Security Officers (CSOs) were organized by the CSO Roundtable, the ASIS forum for the most senior security professionals from the largest and most influential organizations in the world.
The event also featured an exhibition where 35 sponsors, exhibitors, media and supporting organizations presented their products and services to security professionals.