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Academics and Consultancies
Centre for Business and Human Rights, NYU Stern School of Business
Observer since 30/07/2014
Christophe Kerdodé
Observer since 23/07/2020
Cristhiam Remigio León Orosco
Observer since 03/03/2016
Dr Sorcha McLeod
Observer since 01/12/2014
Dr. Alessandro Arduino
Observer since 28/05/2020
Dr. Malcolm Patterson

Malcolm Hugh Patterson graduated from the University of New South Wales with degrees in history, international relations and two law degrees. He completed an inter-disciplinary PhD in international relations and international law at the University of Cambridge in 2008. The dissertation was published as Privatising Peace (2009) and Malcolm subsequently co-edited Contractors and War (2012). He has been admitted to the NSW courts and over the last five years taught international law on a sessional basis at Macquarie University in Sydney. Malcolm joined the Observer (academic) division of ICoCA in July of 2019. He is currently researching business opportunities with a view to a commercial role in 2020.

Observer since 24/07/2019
Dr. Zhanggui ZHOU

Dr. ZHOU Zhanggui is Chinese nationality, and the first PhD in the major of Non-Traditional Security Management in China. Now he is the Director of the Institute for Overseas Safety and Security, under the Centre for NTS-PD, Zhejiang University. He also serves as the Chief Researcher of OSS Intelligence Institute. He has for a long time served as the Program Officer at UNIDO-ICSHP, in charge of international collaboration. He passed and gained the UN Field Security Basic and Advanced Certificates issued by UNDSS. Since 2005, as consultant of United Nations Industrial Development Organization, he has implemented and collaborated on a series of field projects in high risk states such as Haiti, Sierra Leone, Liberia and other African Countries. He also serves as adviser to a number of Chinese Security Associations and PSCs and the Distinguished Professor of Tarim University. His current research interests are private security services and other non-traditional security issues.

Observer since 15/08/2017
Human Analytics
Observer since 01/12/2014
Maravi Group

Maravi is an Africa-based, ethically-aware risk management company focusing its offerings on east and southern Africa. We provide cost-effective risk management solutions to a wide range of organisations and individuals, which include diplomatic missions, non-profit organisations, oil and gas and extraction companies, governments, multinationals and high-net-worth individuals.

Maravi adheres strictly to human rights and anti-bribery and corruption frameworks and operates with the utmost integrity, maintaining a transparent and open relationship with our clients and stakeholders.

Maravi was born of out the need for high quality risk management services in east and southern Africa. Maravi distinguishes itself by its focus on quality and building long term client relationships.

Maravi aims to fill the gap in the east and southern African risk management market by offering locally based, expert and cost-effective solutions. Maravi employs highly qualified personnel with a range of risk, security and consulting expertise developed through undertaking complex projects across Africa and the rest of the globe.

Observer since 30/11/2018
Oliver Westerwinter
Observer since 24/08/2015
Pangolin Group

Pangolin Group is an exclusive consultancy company specialising in Risk mitigation and Hostile Environment Training throughout the globe. 

Pangolin Group retains an extensive network of well-informed and reliable consultants and in a variety of sectors and professional disciplines. The company does offer a truly global service and devises cost-effective, imaginative and timely strategic solutions to the duty of care obligations it's clients face.

Pangolin Group provides risk management, training to media, governmental, financial, and corporate clients.The company has gained a reputation for professional excellence, delivery and discretion.

Observer since 24/08/2015
Proelium Law LLP

Proelium Law provides legal advice and support, specialist investigation and consultancy services across the world to companies, organisations, governments and individuals in the security, defence, international development, extractives, cyber, insurance, legal and manufacturing industries whose businesses and activities are UK based or operate in high-risk or complex jurisdictions worldwide. Combining extensive experience gained as legal advisors ranging from working in the UK to multiple jurisdictions and areas of conflict deep in and with commercial organisations, specialist defence, government, security and development industries, makes us uniquely well equipped to understand the issues facing our clients.

Observer since 27/02/2019
Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy, University of Denver
Observer since 30/07/2014
Artan Center

“Artan Center” LLC was established at 2010 and has grown into the biggest Ukrainian private company that has government approval for the training of the bodyguards and security company personnel. Since 2014, Artan Center is a backbone for the Ukrainian Public Organization “Professional association of personal bodyguards”, that has among its members more than 2000 bodyguards and a number of private companies that provide services in the field of risk management, safety and security. Artan Center LLC is certified in accordance with ISO 9001. The students from Ukraine and many foreign countries get comprehensive knowledge during educational process at the “Artan Training Center”. One of the main aims of “Artan Center” is the familiarization of the trainees and the companies, where they are employed, with the ICoC. The list of training programs includes more than 20 courses, including: Close Protection Operative; Private Military Contractor; Firearms Training Course, Tactical Combat Casualty Care. The founder and owner of the Artan Center LLC, Oleg Konchakivskyi, is one of the originators of the new Law of Ukraine on Arms and the new Law of Ukraine, which relates to the activities of private security companies, in which he wishes to include the main provisions of the ICoC.

Observer since 05/11/2019
Barrick Gold Corporation
Observer since 01/06/2015
Bechtel Corporation

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, project management, and construction companies, and a cornerstone of innovation in the industry. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects—the modern marvels of the world—that foster sustainable progress and grow economies.

Observer since 01/06/2015
BG Group
Observer since 30/07/2014
BP International Ltd
Observer since 30/07/2014
Dynamic Shooting Systems (DSS France)

The Dynamic Shooting system is a proven concept designed and developed over several years of study and practical applications. It is an evolutionary shooting concept which affords the operator muscular, skeletal and bio mechanical advantages, reducing stress and increasing the confidence in the individual’s abilities.

The system has been primarily designed for the use of all calibre pistols from a range of 20 metres and in but is not limited to either range or weapon type. The process negates weapon recoil, allows a faster, clinical sight picture which can be maintained on target whilst moving. It is equally effective in the left and right hand and is male or female attuned.

The physical posture allows the operator to maintain the firing position for longer periods of time whilst negating the element of muscle fatigue or stress. The bio mechanical aspect affords a greater volume of oxygenated blood to flow to the brain thus improving the operators neurological process when under stress. This has been tested and accredited by the medical facility at Toulouse University whom have established an ongoing 'think tank' process to monitor and evaluate the concept training.

This system is simplistic and effective and is aligned to government agencies only.

Observer since 12/04/2016
Freeport McMoRan Gold and Copper Inc.
Observer since 01/06/2015
MSS Global

MSS Global is an internationally recognized certification body that provides assurance of your operations and your supply chain against customer-defined regulatory, contractual and ethical commitments or other specified requirements.   MSS Global is the only certification body accredited to certify to both land and maritime security standards as well as a host of common ISO quality, heath & safety, environmental and other standards.

We validate performance against any combination of: international standards; contractual requirements; regulatory requirements; and ethical commitments such as human rights standards

We deliver a unique suite of approaches to assessing system compliance that extends beyond traditional ‘tick box’ auditing techniques to offer you real insight and value. Working with you to identify the ‘benchmark’ requirements, MSS Global can not only measure compliance but also how effectively that compliance is being implemented through the experiences and business behaviors of your people. In effect we enhance your self-assessment processes to give you true awareness of potential compliance risk.

Our cost effective certification audit and assessment methodologies are readily scalable to cover any number of people, departments and sites, regardless of where they are geographically located.   

Observer since 30/07/2014
Newmont Mining Corporation
Observer since 06/07/2015
Philip Morris International
Observer since 11/10/2017
RS Logistical Solutions Ltd
Observer since 25/09/2015

Sasol's goal is to:

Responsibly manage Sasol’s exposure to security risks, in order to enable the organisation to achieve its strategic and business objectives.

At Sasol, we are committed to protecting our employees, service providers, assets, operations and business interests, in a responsible and sustainable manner and, aligned with our values and Code of Ethics. We recognise that Security forms an integral part of our day-to-day planning and decision-making in support of Sasol strategic objectives.

Observer since 05/11/2019
Sovereign Global (UK) Limited
Observer since 30/07/2014
The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
Observer since 05/10/2015
Captain Lars Bergqvist

Lars H. Bergqvist has an extensive knowledge of maritime and military affairs. He is a Master Mariner, an Officer in The Royal Swedish Naval Reserve and a former United Nations Military Observer. Furthermore, he has work experience from employment as a Civil Servant/Senior Administrative Officer with the Swedish Maritime and Telecom Administrations, as a Chief Officer onboard tankers and as a Marine Petroleum Cargo Superintendent.                                                                                     

Academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics from Göteborg University and a Master of Science in Shipping and Maritime Studies from Liverpool John Moores University. He is a Freeman of The Honourable Company of Master Mariners, an Associate Fellow of The Nautical Institute (AFNI) and has qualified as a Chartered Member of The Institute of Logistics and Transports (CMILT).                                                                                                                                         

Captain Bergqvist is a subject matter expert in maritime security, terrorism and piracy. He is a Member of the editorial board of The International Journal of Maritime Crime and Security, a Member of the Expert Network of The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, a Member of The Center for International Maritime Security and an Associate Member of The Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies. He is certified as a Ship Security Officer/Port Facility Security Officer/Company Security Officer.                                                                                                   

Observer since 28/01/2020
Dr. Hristos Karahalios

Dr Hristos Karahalios holds a PhD in assessing the challenges of worldwide implementation of the IMO regulations. After several years as a deck officer, he worked as Marine Surveyor, Quality & Safety Manager. From these positions, he has been involved in several ship accident investigations including collisions, groundings, cargo fires, salvage operations and security incidents.


As an academic he has lectured to highly reputable British Universities & institutions. He has significant research activity being an author and reviewer on several recognised international journals. Furthermore, he has published two books with titles “The Management of Maritime Regulations" (Routledge 2015) and Risk Analysis of Ship Operations (Pelorus, 2019). Currently, he is a researcher at Pelorus, Greece with interest in ship safety and security.

Observer since 28/01/2020
Gilbert Buonomo

Gilbert Buonomo is a qualified COFRAC Accreditation Auditor, Auditor QSE and ISO 18788/ANSI/ASIS PSC1 and is proud to promote the missions of the ICoCA as Observer.

Gilbert served 8 years in the French Armed Forces involved in counter-terrorism operations. He then transitioned to professional diving for several years in the Gulf of Guinea in a context of elevated security concerns.

He is now IACT SL General Manager since 1996, a QEHS and Inspection Contractor providing support to the construction of Power Generation and Oil & Gas projects worldwide. The missions are mainly carried out in Russia, African and Southern American countries.

During these periods, he organized and led the IACT personnel security pursuant to applicable local laws and clients' requirements (Onshore/Offshore, during travel go/back, accommodation, local daily journey, food, insurance, IACT agency Nigeria …etc) and carried out border security audits in countries around the Persian Gulf and in Africa. Through this work he has gained more than 32 years experience in the area of private security worldwide, in line with the recommended good practices, applicable security standards and respect of local laws.

Observer since 28/01/2020
Henry Vargas Polania

Consultant in Private Security, endorsed by the Superintendence of Private Security and Surveillance in Colombia, Accredited Partner of the International Association of Security and Emergency Corps Members "AIMCSE" Madrid - Spain, member of the Colombian Security Council in Colombia, Professional in Science Military, Specialist in Administration of Military Resources for National Defense, Major of the Colombian Army in use of good retirement.

His work as a Consultant includes the identification and investigation of risks and incidents in private security; the preparation of studies and consultancies in comprehensive private security; the formulation, recommendation and adoption of a strategy contained in plans and programs related to policies, organisation, methods and procedures of surveillance and private security, and the provision of the necessary assistance, in order to execute said strategies, plans, programs and actions preventive or corrective to meet the needs identified and tend towards the objectives indicated in the organization, with full adherence and compliance with the legal system and respect for Human Rights.

Observer since 05/11/2019
Keith Xia

Keith Xia is Head of Risk Management at Intercontinental Hotel Group Greater China.

Keith is responsible for risk management and the security networks of IHG greater China region, which includes mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan. Keith is leading the security director/managers of IHG with the 350+ hotels in operation and 200+ hotels in pipeline. Keith is also Board Member of the Asian Risk Managers Association called Pan-Asia Risk & Insurance Management Association (PARIMA), which is the first professional association for risk and insurance managers/practitioners based in Asia. He represents PARIMA in China.

Keith has over 10 years risk management consulting experience within insurance companies (RSA), brokers (Marsh, Willis) with ample international companies risk consulting experiences. Keith is Certified Fire Protection Specialist (NFPA), Fire Protection Project Manager, Level 1 Thermograhper, Certified Safety Engineer, and Invited Professor of Shanghai Business University.

Observer since 11/10/2017
Industry Trade Associations
International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO)

IFPO Security Training and Educational Programs: the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) is dedicated to providing meaningful, cost effective education for all levels of security personnel. Educational institutions as well as individuals have found the IFPO Programs to be a valuable professional development tool.

IFPO believed that education is an essential part of professional development for those charged with protecting others: the Foundation serves individuals, security service firms, and organizations that have their own security staff. Career orientated officers as well as individuals benefit from the recognition and professional standing that the Foundation certification conveys.

IFPO membership is available for both individuals, employers and educational institutions. We offer a “Members Only” area on this web site with extensive information on key aspects of security training and related topics.

IFPO's security training programs are designed to work on their own or as part of an existing curriculum. Frequently, institutions of higher learning will include our programs in their courses of study.

Observer since 16/05/2019
International Stability Operations Association (ISOA)
Observer since 30/07/2014
Pan-African Security Association
Observer since 30/07/2014
The Security in Complex Environments Group (SCEG)
Observer since 30/07/2014
Non-Governmental Organizations
Global Interagency Security Forum (GISF)

The Global Interagency Security Forum (GISF) is an independent network of security focal points who represent humanitarian NGOs operating internationally. GISF is committed to improving the safety and security of operations and staff and strengthening humanitarian security risk management to allow greater access to, and impact for, crisis-affected populations.

Established in 2006 as an initiative of security managers from several European NGOs for information-sharing, the NGO-led forum now has over 85 member organisations (Aug 2017) and it acts as the hub for developing and sharing good practice for effective and appropriate security risk management for the NGO sector.

The GISF Secretariat works in collaboration with its Members to produce original research, arrange forums and workshops, and facilitate information sharing between members and the wider NGO and security communities. GISF also acts as a resource for others interested in security risk management from the perspective of the humanitarian sector.

Observer since 18/05/2017
International Commission of Jurists
Observer since 30/07/2014
Syndicat National des Convoyeurs de Fonds et Agents de Sécurité (SY.NA.CO.FAS)
Observer since 27/02/2019
The Fund for Peace (FFP)
Observer since 01/12/2014
West African Human Rights Defenders Network
Observer since 30/07/2014