About The ISJ Leaders in Security Conference

  • 120+ senior professionals from the Middle East & Africa security industry representing major commercial entities, transport authorities, regulatory bodies, infrastructural departments and more
  • 30+ expert speakers exploring strategy, market challenges and opportunities
  • Fast-paced agenda covering multiple topics, from cybersecurity to supply chain
  • Prestigious waterfront conference venue in Dubai with easy transport links 
  • Interactive exhibition space, scheduled networking breaks, buffet-style lunch
  • Opportunities to meet with key stakeholders and industry decision makers
  • Innovative solutions on show from major industry providers and manufacturers
  • Supported by Dubai government security agency and leading associations

Expand your network and directly interact with CEOs, Crisis Management Experts, Senior Consultants, Heads of Security and more…

About Our Advisory Panel:

John Cowling

John Cowling

District Security Manager, Middle East & CIS – Global Security Law, Security and Public Policy, Caterpillar Inc.

John has been based in the Middle East region since 2005 with a career spanning over 30 years. He considers himself fortunate to be regularly deployed across the Middle East region and into Africa, Asia and Europe delivering practical security risk consulting solutions at strategic, tactical and operational levels for culturally diverse organisations typically across critical infrastructure, government and transportation sectors but with a wide experience also extending to construction, mega projects and management consulting.


Paul Brweitt

Paul Brewitt

Country Security Manager, Iraq – SPM Oil & Gas (subsidiary of Caterpillar)

Paul has more than two decades of expertise in the security domain. He began his career serving as a Royal Marines Commando before transitioning into the private security sector. For the last 13 years, he has concentrated his efforts in Iraq, where he has delivered security strategies aligned with the needs of clients in diverse sectors, including Government, Logistics, Oil & Gas, NGO, and Construction. Paul holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, ASIS Certified Protection Professional designation and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Security and Risk Management at the University of West London.

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Maria Fjeldstad

Senior Business Resilience Manager – Europe and IMEA, Marsh McLennan

Currently working in Business Resiliency Management with Marsh McLennan, with responsibilities in MEA and Europe, Maria comes from a background in corporate security and risk management with Deutsche Bank, as well as analysis and investigations with Sibylline, Interpol and Cambridgeshire Police in the UK. A strong promoter of the importance of public–private partnerships, Maria served as the private Co-Chair of Dubai OSAC during the COVID-19 pandemic and remains on the Steering Committee to date.

Yacine Benamane

Yacine Benamane

Security Manager, Unilever North Africa & Middle East

Yacine is a trained and qualified crisis and business risk senior manager with a breadth of corporate security experience in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector. Yacine has extensive experience in providing the businesses he has supported with robust and effective business continuity planning, crisis management and resilience strategies and programs. Yacine is a member of the Security Institute, the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) and ASIS as a Vice-Chairman of the Dubai Chapter.

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Howard Leedham MBE

Managing Director of ESID DMCC

Howard is the Managing Director of ESID DMCC, a Special Situations and Global Consultancy company based in Dubai. He is a former UK Special Forces Officer and Royal Navy Commando Pilot who subsequently diversified at C-level into the financial, aviation and security sectors. He has lived and worked in the Middle East for much of the past 15-years and is a licensed “Security Expert” with the Security Industry Regulatory Authority. He is a member of the Security Professionals Association and was the Industry Ambassador to Intersec 2022.

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Dr. Daria Daniels Skodnik

Senior Scholar, International Security & Defense and former Deputy Commandant & Dean, NATO Defense College

Daria is an esteemed expert in international security and defense sectors, recognized for her distinctive professional experience spanning various military, academic, and diplomatic roles. With over two decades as a military official specialising in international military relations, Daria has held numerous leadership and managerial positions, collaborating with key security entities in Europe, including the United Nations, NATO, OSCE, and EU.


Adil Abdel-Hadi

Managing Director, Shield Security Services Limited

Adil established Shield Security Services Ltd in the UK in 1986 and in 2006 established International Electronic Security in Dubai. Both companies provide bespoke security services to include consultancy, design and audit services focusing on technological solutions for a wide range of local and international clients. Adil Abdel-Hadi proudly received the 2021 International Achiever of the Year Award, recognising a Security Institute member who has made a significant contribution to security outside of the UK.

Nigel Lea

Nigel Lea

CEO, Sicuro Group

Nigel is Sicuro Group’s CEO. Nigel’s experience includes advising government departments (UAE, UK, USA), as well as leading a number of commercial organizations to achieve significant growth in the risk management, protective services and remote logistics sectors.  Predominantly focused on countries in the Middle East and Africa, Nigel’s experience includes twenty years of delivering Crisis Management and Enterprise Resilience at the planning, integration, training and executing levels. 

James Thorpe

James Thorpe

Editor, International Security Journal

James is a keen writer and researcher who graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2020 with a First Class (BA Hons) Degree in English. Gaining significant experience as Editor of Security Journal UK (SJUK), James was internally promoted to Editor of International Security Journal (ISJ) in 2022. In his current role, James engages with various businesses, consultants and directors working in a range of disciplines across the global security industry. As well as working on the monthly editions of ISJ, James plays a key role in the organisation of the ISJ Leaders in Security Conference which made its successful debut in Dubai in May 2022.

Mo Ahddoud

Mo Ahddoud

CEO, Chameleon Cyber Consultants

Mo is a highly experienced Cyber Security expert. He has a proven track record of delivering complex security programs in a variety of sectors including defence, retail and education. With strong technical and business transformation skills his depth and variety of experience across public and private sectors gives him a unique insight into all angles of cyber security. He is an active member of the security industry and is regularly invited to speak at events.  Mo lives on the south coast in the UK where he is a keen golfer and enjoys spending time with his family.


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