Draft Virtual Agenda
Tuesday 26 October
All timings in Eastern Africa Time (EAT) (GMT +3)
14:30 - 15:15
USAID Funding Workshop
Join USAID's Management Bureau from Washington D.C. for a discussion on how to work with USAID. You will learn about the Agency’s operations, key terms you need to know, tips for submitting proposals, how to find funding opportunities and much more! You will also have an opportunity to ask questions of USAID staff.
 
 
Matthew Johnson, Industry Liaison of Management Bureau (M/OAA), USAID - U.S. Agency for International Development
15:15 - 16:00
Doing Business with the UN
The United Nations Secretariat Procurement Division's (UNPD) Global Procurement Support Section (GPSS) based in Uganda will host an open session for all ASEC2021 delegates, presenting fundamentals on doing business with the UN. This session will look at the principles of UN procurement, the UN system, areas of operation and types of goods & services, statistics, and challenges in peacekeeping procurement. This workshop will be very informative for those wishing to learn more about UN procurement, and will also feature a Q&A session, an excellent opportunity to ask any questions to aid your UN procurement efforts.
 
 
Balakrishnan Amirthalingam, Chief - Global Procurement Support Section (GPSS) of UNPD - UN Secretariat Procurement Division
16:00 - 17:00
Africa's Defence Attaches Workshop
Welcoming the Dean of Defence Attaches, Brig. Abdelmajed Anas Omer, his Deputies and Defence Attache colleagues from across the African continent, this dedicated workshop will follow a live webinar format allowing for presentations, open discussion and Q&A. Participants will discuss lessons learned, current challenges and future priorities across the peace and stability spectrum. Attendees will also discuss private sector support, looking at available solutions and how they might be implemented.
Wednesday 27 October
All timings in Eastern Africa Time (EAT) (GMT +3)
8:30
Opening Ceremony
 
Andrew Dowell, CEO of GRV Global
 
Dr. Phyllis Mihalas, U.S. Army (Retired), CEO of LEXA Global, LLC
 
Chris Reynolds, Head of Mission of EUCAP Somalia
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Opening Keynote Addresses
 
Amb. Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace & Security of African Union Commission (AUC)
 
David Haeri Invited - TBC, Director of the Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training of UN Department of Peace Operations
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Panel 1: Policing the Community (60mins)
ASEC2021’s Opening Panel looks at the importance of community policing, and its approach to countering violence and preventing extremism and terrorism. Panellists discuss key strategies and methods to deal to with civil disobedience whilst building community trust and respecting human rights and the rule of law. More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly stressed the duties of the national police force, bringing them closer to the public.
How do police forces promote a sense of security by raising public awareness, gathering intelligence, implementing preventive action, and protecting citizens and institutions through integrated community engagement/participation?
 
Panel Chair: Damien Touidjine, United Nations and Int'l Accounts Manager of Motorola Solutions
 
Gen. Mohamed Abdulle Dore, SPF Int. Liaison Officer & Interpol NCB Mogadishu of Somali Police Force (SPF)
 
Lamin Jaiteh, Officer Commanding Community Policing Unit of Gambia Police Force
 
Madume Fortune Junior, Regional Specialised Officer of INTERPOL Regional Bureau for West Africa
 
Jared Ondieki, Chief Inspector of Police of Kenya National Police Service
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1-2-1 Pre-scheduled Meetings: Check your inbox for schedules
Across the two-day event, private breakout rooms will be dedicated to 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, U.S., UN & International Agency stakeholders, and attending local, regional and global operators. Scheduled 15-minute appointments are prearranged to provide a unique opportunity to discuss sustainable security and peacekeeping solutions across the continent.
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Keynote Address
 
Molahlegi Molope, Divisional Head for Telecommunications & Sensing Systems of ARMSCOR
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Panel 2: Border Control & Security (60 mins) SPONSORED by MILKOR
Security across Africa’s borders has evolved unimaginably; from early independence disputes to becoming a major source of conflict and instability whether it’s transnational organized crime groups trafficking arms, drugs, illicit goods, and human beings, or complex security threats such as violent extremism and terrorism. Especially at a time where borders have never been so restricted (pandemic), effective land, air, and maritime border security and management is critical for ensuring international security and economic growth. Panellists discuss what can be done to breakdown border control barriers such as limited regional cooperation and information-sharing, corruption, insufficient use of technology, databases and biometric data systems, given their importance to long-term stability and health.
 
 
Panel Chair: Dr. Phyllis Mihalas, U.S. Army (Retired), CEO of LEXA Global, LLC
 
Cdr Abebe Muluneh Beyene, Director of IGAD Security Sector Program (ISSP)
 
Dave Jackson, Head of Product Management: UAV Systems of Milkor
 
Raymond Kitevu, Conflict Early Warning Expert of COMESA Secretariat - Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
 
M.G. Mainasara Masanawa, Commandant of Nigerian Army; Nigeria Armed Forces
 
Chris Reynolds, Head of Mission of EUCAP Somalia
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Keynote Address
 
Maj Gen Abdul Khalifa Ibrahim, Force Commander of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF)
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Keynote Address
 
Thuraya Secure Government Solutions for Critical Missions
Najwa Natalie Ayoub, Market Development Manager - Head of the Government & NGO Sectors of Thuraya Telecommunications Company
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Panel 3: Military Operations & Counterterrorism (60 mins)
Panel 3 discusses the role of regional and international partners in countering rising levels of violence across the continent, and any key differences between East & West. Despite a myriad of operations to sedate these vulnerable regions, the direction to peace remains unclear. Panellists discuss the need for coordinated strategies and approaches from political, military and development perspectives to defeat terrorism and protect citizen’s prosperity. Panellists also consider how we improve awareness of the threat, further develop capabilities to prepare and respond, and enhance engagement with partner countries and other international actors thus advancing development actions which respond to the needs of populations.
 
Panel Chair: Koos Joubert, Technical Adviser of DCD Protected Mobility
 
Abakar Mahamat, Chief of Defense Division of G5 Sahel
 
MG Gregory Anderson Invited - TBC, J3 Director of Operations of U.S. Africa Command
 
Lt. Gen. Chol Thon Balok, Deputy Minister of South Sudan; Ministry of Defence & Veterans Affairs
 
H.E. Hassan Hussein Haji, Minister of Somalia; Ministry of Defence
 
Ramsey Khanfour, VP Sales - Global Government of SES Networks
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1-2-1 Pre-scheduled Meetings: Check your inbox for schedules
Across the two-day event, private breakout rooms will be dedicated to 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, U.S., UN & International Agency stakeholders, and attending local, regional and global operators. Scheduled 15-minute appointments are prearranged to provide a unique opportunity to discuss sustainable security and peacekeeping solutions across the continent.
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Networking Lunch Break - Virtual Booths
Take a break whilst visiting the full range of ASEC2021 virtual booths. Event Sponsors host personalised interactive booths for you to explore; you can chat online, hold video calls and obtain e-takeaways.
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Live Q&A Sessions
Put your questions to our expert panellists during a series of live video webcasts. Main panel content i.e. panels 1-8 will be available the day before the event to give attendees time to look ahead and submit their questions.
13:45 - 14:15
Panel 1 Q&A: Policing the Community
14:30 - 15:00
Panel 2 Q&A: Border Control & Security
15:15 - 15:45
Panel 3 Q&A: Military Operations & Counterterrorism
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1-2-1 Pre-scheduled Meetings: Check your inbox for schedules
Across the two-day event, private breakout rooms will be dedicated to 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, U.S., UN & International Agency stakeholders, and attending local, regional and global operators. Scheduled 15-minute appointments are prearranged to provide a unique opportunity to discuss sustainable security and peacekeeping solutions across the continent.
Thursday 28 October
All timings in Eastern Africa Time (EAT) (GMT +3)
8:30
Day Two Opening Keynote Address
H.E. Amb. Zainab Ali Kotoko, Executive Secretary of the AUC's CISSA - Committee of Intelligence & Security Services of Africa
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Panel 4: Regional International Support & Intelligence (60 mins)
Day two at ASEC2021 begins with a look at the significance of international support across the region, assisting when and where needed, as a supporter rather than enforcer. Panellists will discuss the importance of coordination, whilst looking at the opportunities for strategy improvements and how to benefit from financial support and capacity building etc. Panel 4 looks at response plans, plus the need for reliable critical infrastructure and technological solutions through international and cross-stakeholder coordination, as well as public and private cooperation to ensure governments and organizations can continue to operate. It also explores the importance of improved intelligence sharing and technology, across Africa but also among western countries, all facing common threats.
 
Panel Chair: Luthando Prinsloo, Director Business Development - Africa of Airborne Technologies GmbH
 
Gorgui S. Diallo, CEO of PanAfricare
 
David Flament, Chief Security Officer of African Development Bank (AfDB)
 
Maj Darin Hunter, East/South Branch Chief of U.S. Army Africa & Southern European Task Force (USARAF/SETAF)
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Keynote Address
Gen. Charles Richard Mondjo, Minister of Defence, The Republic of Congo
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1-2-1 Matchmaking Meetings: Check your inbox for schedules
Across the two-day event, private breakout rooms will be dedicated to 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, U.S., UN & International Agency stakeholders, and attending local, regional and global operators. Scheduled 15-minute appointments are prearranged to provide a unique opportunity to discuss sustainable security and peacekeeping solutions across the continent.
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Panel 5: Logistics, Vehicles & Movement (60 mins)
Critical to safe and sustainable operations across the African continent, supply chain logistics has always proved a challenge. Whether personnel, aid, supplies, or fuel, and whether by land, sea, or air, vehicles and a reliable logistics network are vital to a timely and effective response, and ability to re-establish peace and protect civilians. The African Union and AU member states demonstrate the will and resolve to respond to emerging threats, crisis, insecurity, and carrying out peace support operations on the continent however, private sector supports proves essential to sustain and advance these efforts. Panellists discuss logistical challenges and the actors involved in sustainable, long-term solutions.
 
Koos Joubert, Technical Adviser of DCD Protected Mobility
 
Edward Meck, Team Leader - Freight Forwarding Team of UNPD - UN Secretariat Procurement Division
 
Rustem Yigit Sengul, J4 Logistics Strategic Plan / Section Head of NATO SHAPE Allied Command Operations
 
Capt. John Tully Invited - TBC, Director - N52 Africa Engagements of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa / U.S. 6th Fleet
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Spotlight Address
 
Paul Williams, Fortinet Country Manager - Southern Africa of Fortinet
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Spotlight Address
 
Tigist Hailu Asfawossen, Public Relations & Communications Officer of IGAD's Conflict Early Warning & Response Mechanism (CEWARN)
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Panel 6: Peace Support Operations (60 mins)
ASEC2021’s closing Panel will discuss the ever-developing mandate of African peacekeepers, and operation’s growing dependence on partnerships. Considering their critical stability and safeguarding role, more increasingly on the front line, panellists discuss how peacekeepers maintain a measured yet effective and robust operation. Not aided by the COVID-19 pandemic, migration and displacement levels remain a major challenge across the continent so how do we address the real issues in our communities – is it finances, where can technology assist, what role does training and other resources play in successful ongoing peace support operations?
 
Panel Chair: Nurudeen Azeez, Chief of Operational Planning & Advisory Section of United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU)
 
Adebayo Kareem, Head of Protection, Human Rights & Gender Unit of AMISOM - African Union Mission in Somalia
 
Lt Gen Sidiki Daniel Traore, Force Commander of UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)
 
MG (R) Hugh Van Roosen Invited - TBC, Former Deputy Military Adviser of UN Peacekeeping Department
 
Major-General Paul Ndiaye Invited - TBC, Acting & Deputy Force Commander of MINUSMA - UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
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1-2-1 Matchmaking Meetings: Check your inbox for schedules
Across the two-day event, private breakout rooms will be dedicated to 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, U.S., UN & International Agency stakeholders, and attending local, regional and global operators. Scheduled 15-minute appointments are prearranged to provide a unique opportunity to discuss sustainable security and peacekeeping solutions across the continent.
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Networking Lunch Break - Virtual Booths
Take a break whilst visiting the full range of ASEC2021 virtual booths. Event Sponsors host personalised interactive booths for you to explore; you can chat online, hold video calls and obtain e-takeaways.
.
Live Q&A Sessions
Put your questions to our expert panellists during a series of live video webcasts. Main panel content i.e. panels 1-8 will be available the day before the event to give attendees time to look ahead and submit their questions.
13:45 - 14:15
Panel 4 Q&A: Regional International Support & Intelligence
14:30 - 15:00
Panel 5 Q&A: Logistics, Vehicles & Movement
15:15 - 15:45
Panel 6 Q&A: Peace Support Operations
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1-2-1 Matchmaking Meetings: Check your inbox for schedules
Across the two-day event, private breakout rooms will be dedicated to 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, U.S., UN & International Agency stakeholders, and attending local, regional and global operators. Scheduled 15-minute appointments are prearranged to provide a unique opportunity to discuss sustainable security and peacekeeping solutions across the continent.