May 14, 2018 /

MENA Hosts 5th Annual Conference

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Council hosted its 5th annual conference at the Le Meridien N’Fis in Marrakech, Morocco on April 19 and 20, 2018. Representing more than 400 members operating in the region, MENA RC is an OSAC Common Interest Council created to promote information-sharing among OSAC constituent organizations (U.S.-based organizations including businesses, NGOs, faith-based organizations, and academic institutions).

The annual event, the second one held outside the continental U.S. since MENA’s inception in 2014, was planned by the MENA RC Steering Committee. The event was chaired by Chris Daniel, MENA RC Private Sector Co-Chairman and Chairman Director for International Health and Safety at Michigan State University, and Bill Gannon, MENA RC Public Sector Co-Chair and Special Agent in Charge, Boston, Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of State.


Speakers and Sessions

Remarks by Fred Nelson, U.S. Consulate General Casablanca and Jennifer Rasamimanana, U.S. Consulate General Casablanca

Attendee Demographics and Audience Polling by Pat Mahoney, Raytheon Company

Changing Middle East: Thematic or Chaotic? by Sir Mark Allen, BP Group

Moderated Discussion Panel with Regional Security Officers: Jeremy Sims, U.S. Embassy Riyadh; Patrick Leonard, U.S. Embassy Cairo; John Lagasse, U.S. Embassy Rabat; Brian Wood, U.S. Embassy Tunis. Moderator: Greg Hoobler, Sybylline Ltd.

Integration of Intel Analysis and Risk Management by Herbert Clay, Lockheed Martin Mark Caudill, Chevron Ben Blaylock, Marriott International Inc. Moderator: Pat Mahoney, Raytheon Company

Overview of Transportation Security Issues in MENA by Armin Sick, Lufthansa German Airlines; Patrick Kane, Atlas Air. Moderator: Mike Russo, Eli Lilly and Company

Saudi Arabia: Changes and Challenges at Home by Allison Wood, Control Risks; Hannah Poppy, Risk Advisory.  Moderator: Mark Caudill, Chevron

Security and Stability in MENA Election Seasons by Rachel Ridley, OSAC

Refugee Movements and Access to Asylum by Masaki Miyoshi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Remarks from Hassan Rochdi, General Secretary of the Province in Charge of Awareness Center, Morocco Ministry of Interior

Updated U.S. Travel Advisory System and Private Sector Risk Assessment Methodology by Laura Barber, Chevron; John Caveness, U.S. Consulate General Casablanca; Paul Schultz, Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell. Moderator: Chris Daniel, Michigan State University

Hostage Recovery and the U.S. Government by Mark Flores, Paul Schultzand Brooke Nueman, Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell

MENA: Striving for Security Amid Unprecedented Change Ahmad by Al-Rikaby, Radio Dijla

Thank you to the MENA RC Committee, the speakers, OSAC staff and the Le Meridien N’Fis for making the 5th MENA RC conference a success. We especially are grateful to our generous sponsors for their support. In addition to ISF funding, the conference was supported by:






On Call International

Raytheon Company

Get the details on sponsoring a Common Interest Council event or contact Peggy O’Neill, Executive Director of the ISF.