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Pre-event: Sunday, September 8


No-host Networking Meet-Up

Makuti Bar, Pool Deck, Ground Floor


ISOA President’s Dinner (by invitation only)

Venue TBD

Day 1: Monday, September 9


Day 1 Introduction and opening remarks

Mara South Ballroom, Ground Floor


US Embassy Kenya Country Team briefing

Mara South Ballroom, Ground Floor

Chris Carver, (Acting) Political Counselor
Senior Defense Officer/Defense Attache
Commercial Officer
Incoming RSO
Sati, OSAC


Business Matchmaking

Mara South Ballroom, Ground Floor



Pool Deck, Ground Floor


Panel 1: Aid & Development: Enhancing Trade and Prosperity by Developing Civil Societies

Mara South Ballroom, Ground Floor

Development aid or development cooperation (also development assistance, technical assistance, international aid, overseas aid, official development assistance (ODA), or foreign aid) is financial aid given by governments and other agencies to support the economic, environmental, social, and political development of developing countries. It can be further defined as "aid expended in a manner that is anticipated to promote development, whether achieved through economic growth or other means." It is distinguished from humanitarian aid by focusing on alleviating poverty in the long term, rather than a short term response.

  1. Efforts by governmental and non-governmental aid organizations are often supported by third party suppliers and companies versed in stability operations. How can these companies support USAID, World Food Program, and other aid programs and NGOs?
  2. Given the link between trade and prosperity, how can ISOA members help efforts to improve economic growth and reduce poverty through increased physical access to markets, enhanced trade, and improved business competitiveness?
  3. How do women play a role in development of civil society, particularly in areas of healthcare, education, and business?

Moderator: Melissa Sabin, International Business Development Manager, Clements Worldwide

Nicholas Bariyo, Journalist, Uganda and the Great Lakes Region, The Wall Street Journal (c)
Mark Meassick, Mission Director, Kenya and East Africa, USAID (c)
Frank Matsaert, CEO, TradeMark East Africa (c)
Justine Rubeka, Chief Strategy Officer, AMS (c)
Dario Conté, World Food Program


Networking Break

Lobby outside Mara South Ballroom, Ground Floor


Panel 2: Critical Infrastructure: Creating a Productive and Healthy Workforce

Mara South Ballroom, Ground Floor

Critical [national] infrastructure is a term used by governments to describe assets essential for the functioning of a society and economy–the infrastructure. Most commonly associated with the term are facilities for shelter and heating; agriculture, food supply, and distribution; water supply and wastewater/sewage; public health; transportation systems; security services; energy generation, transmission, and distribution; telecommunications; and economic and financial services.

  1. Given the lack of development in most of Africa, how can critical infrastructure be built, maintained, and developed sustainably?
  2. Clean water and access to healthcare can contribute to a healthy workforce and society; what efforts can be made to improve water supply and affordable health services?
  3. Access to the Internet is essential for governments to provide services to the population. How can access be expanded, made affordable, and protected from cyberattacks?

Mwongola Leoni, CEO, Eagle Shark Global Consulting (c)
Hesbon Malweyi, Director, Ministry of ICT Kenya
Len Medeiros, Africa Operations Manager, Relyant Global
John Steed, Maritime Trafficking Advisor, UNODC Global Maritime
Dylan Evans, Managing Director Kenya & Horn of Africa, Salama Fikira


Afternoon Keynote: MG Roger L. Cloutier, Jr., U.S. Army, Commanding General, U.S. Army Africa (c)

Mara South Ballroom, Ground Floor


Day 1 closing remarks


Opening reception

Pool Deck, Ground Floor

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Day 2 opening remarks

Mara South Ballroom, Ground Floor


Panel 3: Logistics & Prepositioning: The Challenge of Getting the Right Materials to the Right Place at the Right Time

Mara South Ballroom, Ground Floor

Logistics is generally the detailed organization and implementation of a complex operation. In a general business sense, logistics is the management of the flow of things between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet requirements of customers or organizations. The resources managed in logistics may include tangible goods such as materials, equipment, and supplies, as well as food and other consumable items. The logistics of physical items usually involves the integration of information flow, materials handling, production, packaging, inventory, transportation, warehousing, and often security. Prepositioning or stockpiling supplies at strategic hubs in anticipation of a requirement reduces prices and improves flow of necessary goods and supplies.

  1. In prepositioning stocks, what determines the best location for the depot, the composition of the stockpiles, and when best to use the stocks?
  2. Prepositioning helps avoid price gouging after a crisis or disaster, but aid agencies often don’t have sufficient funds until the disaster occurs. How do you overcome that hurdle?
  3. Security of stockpiles and during movement of goods to the disaster area is paramount. What security challenges are there and how can ISOA members help solve those problems?

Moderator: Jake Frazer, Co-Founder and President, Precision Talent Solutions & ISOA Middle East & Africa Committee Member (c)

BGen Leonard Kosinski, USAF, AFRICOM
Dom Peré, CEO, MAREX Services (c)
Jerry Tiefenbrunn, Vice President, Government Services, SOC
Wade Green, Regional Information Manager, Intelyse (c)
Atul Bhagat, COO, Ocean Fair International Group FZE
Brett Hattaway, Vice President & Head of Legal Services, East Europe, Middle East & Africa, DHL Express


Networking Break

Lobby outside Mara South Ballroom, Ground Floor


Morning Keynote: Hon. Ukur Yatani Kanacho, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection (c)

Mara South Ballroom, Ground Floor



Pool Deck, Ground Floor


Panel 4: Training & Peacekeeping: Promoting National Security and Global Stability

Mara South Ballroom, Ground Floor

Peacekeeping refers to activities intended to create conditions that favor lasting peace. Research generally finds that peacekeeping reduces civilian and battlefield deaths and reduces the risk of renewed warfare. Training is a program that helps workers learn specific knowledge or skills to improve performance in their current roles. Development is more expansive and focuses on worker growth and future performance, rather than an immediate job role, in order to build capacity.

  1. Training in capacity building can take many forms. What is the best form of training and development to improve such capacity?
  2. Reducing violence is at the heart of peacekeeping and development. What is the best solution to promoting national security and global stability?
  3. How has the Internet led to enhanced training opportunities in remote areas and conflict zones considered unsafe for trainers to operate?

Keith Dotts, Director of Africa Operations, Obera (c)
Foued El Kamel, Co-Founder, AVIONAV (c)
Thomas R. Shortley, VP International Programs, NELOGIS
LCdr Chris Long, RN, OIC UK Maritime Trade Operations
DiJon Jones, Program Manager, SOC
Mehreen Farooq, Director, Program Quality & Learning (PQL), and Technical Director, Peace & Security, Counterpart International


Networking Break

Lobby outside Mara South Ballroom, Ground Floor


Panel 5: Crisis Response: Mitigating Financial, Organizational, and Reputational Risk

Mara South Ballroom, Ground Floor

Crises, whether manmade or natural disasters, often occur when least expected and when business, governmental, military, or other requirements have already constrained organizations’ resources. Responses to crises vary based on factors including the cohesion, ingenuity, and ability of response teams to overcome difficulties and resolve the situation. The impact of a crisis on the organization and its people can be immense, although management of the crisis in a coherent and systematic manner can mollify its effects and reduce residual problems.

  1. What can crisis response organizations to do to be better prepared to respond?
  2. How can political, economic, military, or religious uncertainties affect organizations abilities to respond to crises?
  3. What resources are needed to surveil and investigate affected areas, respond to problematic health zones, mitigate risk of spread of infectious diseases, or manage populations fleeing the crisis area?

Moderator: Mehreen Farooq, Director, Program Quality & Learning (PQL), and Technical Director, Peace & Security, Counterpart International

Blake Sawyer, Chief Commercial Officer, Martin UAV (c)
LTC Claire Cornelius, U.S. Army, DVM, PhD, Director, U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Africa/Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (c)
Ernest Aboagye, Senior Procurement & Logistics Manager, Remote Medical International (c)
Melissa Sabin, Clements Worldwide (c)
Rebecca Gargan, Business Development Manager, UnitedHealthcare Global Medical
Sanjeev Gadhia, Founder & CEO, Astral Aviation


Biruk Kibret, Chief, Procurement Section, United Nations Office Nairobi (Subject: Doing Business with the UN)

Mara South Ballroom, Ground Floor


Afternoon Keynote: Hon. Raychelle Omamo, Cabinet Secretary for Defense, Kenya, and chair of the Contact Group for Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

Mara South Ballroom, Ground Floor


Day 2 closing remarks


Closing reception

Pool Deck, Ground Floor

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