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ISMA-OSAC MENA Regional Conference
22-24 September 2019
Amman, Jordan

The 29th ISMA-OSAC joint conference, its objective is to inform organizations by addressing a broad range of security issues that impact businesses, non-government organizations, faith-based organizations, and academic institutions with interests in the Middle East and North Africa. This program is open to ISMA members and their staff as well as OSAC constituents.

Registration Information

Conference registration fee: 
$500 USD + 16% VAT

Click here to register

The deadline to register is 9 September 2019.

Cancellation Policy: Conference cancellations received prior to 30 days before the meeting commences will be refunded in full. Cancellations received after 22 August 2019 will not be refunded, but you may transfer your registration to a colleague.

For registration questions, please contact [email protected] 

Hotel Information

All conference sessions and events will take place at: 

Dead Sea Marriott Resort
Dead Sea Road
Sweimeh, Jordan

ISMA Group Rate: 
JD 79/night (~$110.00)

Please reserve your room through this linkThis rate is available until  28 August 2019 or until the block is full

Unparalleled Connections and Education

  • Two days of networking and education with actionable takeaways for key security issues faced in the region
  • ISMA member CSOs on hand to discuss their companies’ security strategies and regional experiences
  • Senior government officials will provide relevant briefings
  • Regional RSOs will answer your most pressing questions



Please see below for the current agenda. Note agenda is subject to change.

Sunday, September 22

Join your fellow attendees and speakers at a Welcome Reception from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Monday, September 23

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.       

Welcoming Remarks
James Weston
, Chief, Research and Information Support Center (RISC), Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)
Liz Chamberlin, Executive Director, International Security Management Association (ISMA)
Meredith Wilson, Conference Emcee, CEO and Founder, Emergent Risk International, LLC

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Opening Keynote
Senior Government Official
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Regional Security Officer Panel
Seth Lindenfeld
, RSO Amman 
Andy Simpson, RSO Doha
Lonny Muller, RSO Dubai
Dave Eberhardt, RSO Riyadh
Teji Thiara, RSO Tel Aviv 
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Networking Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session Block: Political Change in the Middle East

  • North Africa’s Political Trajectory and its Impact on the Operating Environment 
  • Rising Tensions Between US and Iran: Possible Scenarios 
  • Facilitated Group Discussion 
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.


1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Session Block: Security Principles for Business 

  • Regional Risks and Opportunities from the CSO's Perspective
  • Energy's Role in Regional Stability
  • Facilitated Group Discussion 
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Session Block: Information Security  

  • Cutting Through the Noise: Making Sense of the Increasing Flood of Unverified Information
  • Social Media and Implications for Corporate Security 
  • Facilitated Group Discussion 
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Networking Reception


Tuesday, September 24

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.       

Session Block: Regional Hot Topics

  • World Cup 2022 Security Preparations 
  • Threats to North African Borders: the Maghreb and the Sahel 
  • Facilitated Group Discussion 
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Networking Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session Block: Travel Security 

  • Hotel Selection - Security Considerations in Context
  • Current Threat Assessment for Air Travelers 
  • Facilitated Group Discussion 
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. RSO Knowledge Cafe
This session is intended to encourage networking and sharing of information between participants and RSOs.
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Session Block: Business Risks and Opportunities in the Middle East

  • Building Organizational Resilience in Emerging Markets – Cross Industry Lessons 
  • Conference Wrap Up & Final Discussion