Conference Chair
Hon. Motuma Mekassa (Panel Chair)
National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister
Ethiopian Office of the Prime Minister

Honorable Motuma Mekassa has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 2010. Before his current appointment as National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, Hon. Motuma held the position of Ethiopia's Minister of National Defense, Minister of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity. Previously, he has served as a leader of different government sectors at the regional level and as junior expert, expert and senior expert of the planning and programming department. In addition, Hon. Motuma has served as a chair-person and as a member of boards in different institutions at regional & federal level and has organized workshops, led teams of government experts and planners, community leaders, promoters and technicians in knowledge exchange and emergency response areas.

Keynote Speakers
Hon. Lemma Megersa
Minister of Defence
Ethiopian Ministry of Defence

Honourable Lemma Megersa, born 26th July 1970, has served as the Minister of Defense of Ethiopia since being appointed on 18th April 2019. Previously Mr. Megersa was the President of the Oromia regional state of Ethiopia, having served as speaker of Caffee, and Deputy Chairman of the ruling party in the region, Oromo Democratic Party. He received a bachelor's degree from Addis Ababa University in Political Science and International Relations, in addition to a master's degree in International Relations from the same university. Mr. Megersa also received an honorary Doctorate degree from Jimma University in 2018.
Brig. Gen. Bultie Tadesse Kittila
,Foreign Relations Directorate
Ethiopian Ministry of Defence

Brigadier General Bulti Tadesse Kitilla accomplished basic infantry training, officer in 1993. Subsequently, he attended advance diploma, Arts, Science Electrical Engineering with specialization in Communication from FDRE, MoD Defense University College (Debra Zeit). He also graduated in Degree/Bachelor of Arts, Science Information Technology with BED degree in Electrical/Electronic Technology from Adama University Science & Technology, and in Masters of Art’s Degree in Diplomacy & International Relations from Ethiopian Civil Service University Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has worked in different positions at the Ministry of Defense such as, peacekeeping main Department Human Resource Administration, Foreign Relation & Military Cooperation Directorate. In January 2016, he was promoted to Brigadier General, and assigned to his current post in FDRE Ministry of Defense - Foreign Relations Directorate.

Mr. Norman Balchunas (Panel Chair)
Sr. Director Connected Defense,Honeywell Connected Enterprise
Honeywell International

Norman Balchunas, Colonel, USAF (Ret) is a Senior Director for Global Growth with Honeywell Connected Enterprise. In that capacity he is focused on Connectivity and Services, leveraging Artificial Intelligence and CyberSecurity for Command and Control and Supply Chain Optimization. Norm’s career included positions in Industry, Academia and Professional Associations all focused on developing capabilities across Cybersecurity, Electronic Warfare, and Strategic Operations. Norm served as the Executive Director of Operations for a professional association dedicated to researching and disseminating new information in areas such as electronic warfare, cyber operations, and information operations integration. Norm was also the senior vice-president for a cyber-analytics company executing engineering efforts at USAID, Security Exchange Commission and multiple military programs. His current focus at Honeywell is establishing connected defence and cybersecurity capabilities to include satellites, manned and unmanned vehicles and the supporting Industrial Internet ecosystem.
Hirut Gezahegn Abrha
Deputy Special Representative
International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)

Mrs. Hirut Gezahegn Abrha is an Ethiopian National with vast experience in the area of law enforcement. She was appointed as the Deputy Special Representative of INTERPOL to the African Union on May 1st 2016. Before joining INTERPOL, Mrs. Abrha was the Head of Office of the Ethiopian Federal Bureau of Crime Investigation. Mrs. Abrha joined the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission in 1993 as an Adult’s Academic trainer and also served the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission Crime Investigation Bureau in different positions including Head of Human Resource Management Department. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Information Systems.
Dr. Mac McClelland
President - Middle East & Africa
International Stability Operations Association (ISOA)

Living and working in the Middle East and North Africa for over 40 years, Dr. T. B. (Mac) McClelland, Jr., has extensive experience in political, social, and military affairs in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and Africa. Mac is a retired officer in the US Marine Corps and has advised the US military, US Department of State and consular officials, foreign governments, and military officials on African and Arab affairs. He has led complex multicultural international organizations with P&L responsibilities across the globe. He currently leads a management consulting firm based in Dubai dealing focused on business development, marketing, and government relations in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He is a professor at Hult International Business School and has conducted Executive Education in leadership and management for New York University and other organizations.
Dr. Walters Samah
Head of Joint Mission Analysis Cell
African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)

Dr. Walters Samah is a conflict resolution specialist & governance expert currently serving as Head of the Joint Mission Analysis Cell of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and is in charge of providing forward-looking contextual analysis of the operational environment area and strategic advisory support to the mission leadership. Before assuming this position, he was Political Advisor for the same mission, a post he held for three years. Previously, Dr. Samah served as Mediator & Dialogue Facilitator for the Danish Refugee Council in Central Africa Republic, Parliamentary Strengthening Specialist for the USAID/DAI in Haiti and Civil Affairs Officer for the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, respectively. In addition, Dr. Samah is Member of the Board of Directors of Communities in Transition (CIT), a US-based organisation that empowers people to address conflict-related challenges in collaborative and sustainable ways.
Abdisaid Ali
National Security Advisor,Office of the President
Somalian Office of National Security

Abdisaid Muse Ali serves as the National Security Adviser to the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia. Before his appointment to the FGS, Abdisaid served as Regional Political Adviser to the EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa, with a focus on political instability, radicalization & violent extremism in the region. Abdisaid’s previous roles include Somalia Country Representative for Nordic International Support Foundation, and Senior Consultant on Border Management, Radicalization Process & Maritime Security for IGAD. Abdisaid has also held research and analysis roles for IGAD, Kenya’s Foreign Service Institute, Kings College London’s Futures Project, and the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation in Addis Ababa. Since assuming the office of the National Security Adviser, Abdisaid has been responsible for the strategic oversight and daily management of security policy in Somalia covering military, police and intelligence institutions. Notably, Abdisaid has led the development, endorsement and early implementation of the Transition Plan on behalf of the Federal Government of Somalia.
George Alex Mensah
Director General in Charge Operations
Ghanaian Police Service

COP George Alex Mensah is the current Director-General in charge of Police Operations at the National Police Headquarters, Accra. He also held the title of Commissioner of Police for the Ghana Police Service as well asvarious national and regional policing roles. He is a lawyer by profession and also a Chartered Accountant and a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana. He also holds a master’s degree in Human resources from the University Of Ghana Business School. He also holds a post-graduate diploma in Criminology and Police Studies from the Leicester University, United Kingdom. Mr. Mensah is also a graduate of the Ghana Police Academy and also Police Academy Bramshil, UK.
TBC . (Panel Chair)


Brig. Gen. Mainasara Abdul Masanawa
Commander - Nigerian Army
Nigerian Ministry of Defence

Brig. Gen. Mainasara Abdul Masanawa was admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy in 1984 as a member of 36 Regular Combatant and commissioned into the Nigerian Army as Second Lieutenant 1989. He has attended several military courses and seminars both at home and abroad including Armament & Ammunition Technical Officers, Material Management & Work-study, Ordnance Executive Officers Management, Logistics Management, Senior Command & Staff, International Peace Support Operations, Internal Crisis Management and National Defence. Brig. Gen. Masanawa has held several regimental and extra regimental appointments among which are Armament Officer Commanding Officer 2 Base Ammunition Depot, Directing Staff at Nigerian Army College of Logistics, Deputy Commandant/Director of Studies at Nigerian Army Ordnance School, Chief of Staff at Nigerian Army Ordnance Headquarters and Director Equipment Procurement at Army Headquarters. He is currently the Commander Army Central Ammunition Depot, Agunu.
Koos Joubert (Panel Chair)
Technical Advisor
DCD Protected Mobility

Koos Joubert is the Technical Adviser at DCD Protected Mobility with the responsibility for technical support and development of Mine Detection Vehicles and Armored Personnel Carriers. Prior to joining DCD Protected Mobility, Koos worked at Armscor where he was managing all the Landwards Programs and R&D Projects on behalf of the South African Defence Force. Notable is his 42 years of service at Armscor, he was one of the pioneers to develop Mine Protected Vehicles in South Africa. Koos received a diploma in Mechanical Engineering at Pretoria Technical College in 1974 and has achieved many post graduate training in several Engineering disciplines and Systems Engineering in South Africa and abroad. As an officer in the then SADF, Koos also has extensive military operational experience and has firsthand knowledge of the performance of vehicle product systems in operational conditions.
Makori Kemonde Nyangau
Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy (A.H.T.A.)

Brig. Gen. Aladin Osman
Force Commander
Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF)

Brig. Gen. Aladin Osman, ‘psc’ is an Infantry Officer of the Sudan Army. He took over as FC EASF on 3rd May 2017. Prior to his current appointment, Brig. Gen. Osman was a Strategic Instructor at the Sudan National Defence College. He has previously served as an Instructor Sudan Higher Military Academy, Infantry Institute and at the Command/Staff College. Brig. Gen. Osman has experience in Command and Leadership having served as a Brigade Commander of an Infantry Brigade in the Sudan Army. He also served as a Battalion Commander, a Company Commander and as a Platoon Commander. The Brig. Gen. has also deployed twice to African Union Peace Support Missions as a Military Observer in the Darfur region. Brig. Gen. Osman is decorated with Excellent Long Service Medal, Achievement Medal, Honours Medal, Duty Medal, Superiority Medal and an AU Medal.
Yuval Hanan
Region Manager East Africa
Motorola Solutions

Based in Kigali, Rwanda, Yuval is the Region Manager for East Africa and is in charge of all regional activities and business development for the following countries: Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Burundi, Djibouti , South Sudan and Somalia for the past 10 years. Yuval has held various business, marketing and technical functions for Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Europe regions for over a decade. Specializing in Homeland Security and Integrated Technical and Security Solutions, Yuval has been in charge of developing and implementing dozens of IT , HLS , Security and Communication related solutions and projects for Governments and Enterprises customers. Yuval holds a Masters degree in International Marketing, and B.Sc. degree in Computer Science
Marom Ben-Menahem (Panel Chair)
Vice President & General Manager - Africa & FSU

Marom Ben-Menahem serves as Verint’s Vice President and General Manager, Africa and Eastern Europe. Marom brings over 20 years of experience in leading sales organizations. Before joining Verint, Marom held multiple leadership positions at Starhome Mach, where he served as the Global VP Sales.
Mr. Luis Ignacio Callén Ramón
Business Development Director
Hytera Communications Corporation Limited

Luis Ignacio Callén Ramón, Business Development Director for CIS Countries and MEA Region in Teltronic (, part of Hytera Group (, is a veteran Sales & Marketing Telecomms Specialist, Telecom Engineer with more than 28 years of experience in the Professional Mobile Radio industry. He was supporting the international expansion and consolidation of Teltronic in Pre-Sales Engineering, Marketing, Sales and Business Development fields, with a successful Sales career in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and CIS countries. He lives in Barcelona, Spain.
Africa Apollo
Director - Crime Intelligence
Rwandan National Police

Africa Apollo is a Rwandan Senior Police officer working as a senior analyst and investigator in Terrorism and Organised Criminal Organisations. He specializes in dealing with crimes related to Terrorism and Financial Crimes. Mr. Apollo’s experience ranges from working as a street police patrol officer in Kigali, serving as a UN Peacekeeper in various countries, to international law enforcement cooperation through information sharing, preparation and conducting joint/combined law enforcement operations. The above international experience reached its peak while serving as a criminal intelligence officer at the International Criminal Police Organizational – INTERPOL’s General Secretariat. He has a Masters Degree in Security Studies from the University of Rwanda, a diploma in Strategic Security Studies from Galilee International Management Institute in Israel, and a Post graduate diploma in International law. He is also a graduate of Rwanda Defence Force Staff and Command College.
Hesbon Malweyi
Kenyan Ministry of ICT

Throughout his 34-year career, Colonel (RTD) Hesbon Malweyi has held a diverse range of senior leadership roles, spanning from military experience in security and strategy, to his current role as the director of ICT in the ministry of ICT, Kenya. He has managed all aspects of strategic and tactical operations, including full responsibility for military logistics in the Kenya Air Force, collaborative efforts in anti-terrorism assessment and response, leadership in missions as an observer in the former republic of Yugoslavia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, and working as a defence attaché in Washington DC. In his current role as director of ICT, he leads the team of ICT officers, in overseeing policy, strategy and development. Academic accolades include Bsc., masters and post graduate degrees in: Physics, International Studies, security & strategy, Project Planning and Management, and Telecommunications & Avionics Engineering.
Josephine Nyiranzeyimana
Government Chief Information Officer
Rwandan Ministry of ICT & Innovation

Biruik Kibret
Chief - Procurement Section
United Nations Office Nairobi (UNON)

Mr. Kibret is the Chief Procurement Section of the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON) which is the Headquarter of UN Secretariat in Africa. Mr. Kibret leads and manages the Procurement Section which handles worldwide procurement of broad range of commodities and services required to support the operation of UNON, UN Environment, UN-Habitat and other UN agencies in Nairobi.
Thomas Warren
Business Development Manager,MEA
Agility Defense & Government Services

Mr. Thomas Warren has over 20 years of international military experience managing complex transformational projects and is accustomed to leading diverse teams in delivering and implementing dynamic logistics solutions. Mr. Warren has managed and has delivered award-winning performance in providing comprehensive logistics solutions in contingency environments in places like Bosna, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia. He has personally developed processes, procedures, quality control systems and automation tools to provide efficient, accurate and dependable turn-key support throughout the MEA. He has the experience, resources and credentials to meet the customer’s exacting requirements and deliver total customer satisfaction and complete mission success.
Samuel Paunila
Ammunition Management Advisory Team (AMAT)

Samuel Paunila Heads the Ammunition Management Advisory Team (AMAT), a Geneva-based joint response mechanism of the GICHD and United Nations SaferGuard Programme. In 2013–2018, Mr. Paunila was responsible for the GICHD’s activities related to explosive weapons, residual explosive contamination and ammunition. In 2003–2012, Mr. Paunila directed humanitarian mine action, ammunition disposal and armed violence reduction programmes with Danish Refugee Council in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to this, he supervised explosive ordnance disposal and ammunition engineering operations and peacekeeping units with Finnish Defence Force. Work has taken him to over forty countries with longest missions in Afghanistan, the former Yugoslavia, Sri Lanka and Uganda. First graduated as ammunition and weapon systems technical officer, Mr. Paunila holds BSc in automation engineering and MSc in Resilience from Cranfield University, Defence Academy of the UK.
Matthew Smith
Programme Manager
HALO Trust

Matthew joined The HALO Trust in 2016 and underwent training in Cambodia, Afghanistan and the Caucasus. After working in Ukraine for a short period he joined the Somaliland programme, initially as a location manager, in July 2017. After a time as Deputy Programme Manager with primary responsibility for nationwide operations, Matthew became Programme Manager in January 2019. Prior to this he worked in London as a consultant and analyst in the security and crisis management sector, focussing on Sub-Saharan Africa political and security risk, kidnap for ransom, and maritime piracy. Matthew is IMAS EOD Level 3 trained and holds an MA in Global Politics and Law from the University of Sheffield.
Lt. Col. Codjo Saturnin Obelakou
Humanitarian Demining Training Center (CPADD)

Col. Saturnin C. Obelakou is the Director of The Humanitarian Demining Training Center (CPADD) of Ouidah, Benin. He is also an Engineering Officer trained at the Munich School of Engineering in Germany. He holds the Brevet from the International School of War (ESIG) of Yaoundé in Cameroon (2013) and a master’s degree in Strategy, Defence and Disaster Management, obtained from the University of Soa (Cameroon) in 2013. In the field of humanitarian demining, Col. Obelakou also has a Staff Diploma in Demining and Depollution and a Management Course of Centres and Projects of Demining, all attained with the CPADD in 2007 and 2011. Col. Obelakou has participated several times in the United Nations Operation for Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) and in multinational operations. Prior to his appointment as Director of CPADD, he held the position of Chief Land Division in the Military Cabinet of the President of the Republic.
Dr. Sonkor Jama Geyre
Somalian Ministry of Defense

Dr. Sonkor Jama Geyre currently serves the Federal Republic of Somalia as Director General of the Ministry of Defense and also, Procurement Consultant on the Public Financial Management (PFM) Project within the Ministry of Finance. Dr. Geyre has also served as Professor within the School of Business at Jomo Kenyatta-Savannah University in Mogadishu, and HRM consultant with the QUEST-MIDA (IOM) program attached to the Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation (MoPIC) in Garowe, Puntland-Somalia. He holds a Masters Degree of Internal Management from the University of Phoenix, Chicago, and a Bachelors Degree of Arts from the University of Somalia.
Adama Ouattara
Deputy Director General of Police
Cote d'Ivoire Ministry of Interior & Security

Deputy Director General of the National Police within the Ministry of Interior & Security, Cote d’Ivoire. Mr. Adama is a senior police commissioner with 29 years of public order, investigations and UN-missions’ experiences. He is currently Deputy Director General of the National Police in-charge of the forensic police division. He is a consistent contributor to his countries fight against cyber-criminality and terrorism. He has a solid background on UN-peacekeeping operations in Africa.
Hon. Charles Macodwogo Okello Engola
Minister of State for Defense
Ugandan Ministry of Defence & Veteran Affairs

Hon. Col. Charles Okello-Engola is married and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies (2008-2010), and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration & Management (2011-2013). Colonel Okello-Engola is a Ugandan by nationality, born on December 10, 1958. He began his Military career as an Intelligence Officer of the 13 Infantry Battalion in 1982. He later served in many capacities that included among others; in 2005 he was appointed as a Brigade Commander of Artillery/Air Defence, thereafter, he was in charge of the Artillery/Air Defence School. Col. Charles Okello has also served in the capacity of Artillery & Air Defence, Operations & Training Officer. He was also appointed the Commander of the 1st Division Artillery and Air Defence. Worth noting is that Hon. Col. Charles Okello had also served in other capacities that included being a Sector & Brigade Commander – 501 Brigade. On leaving the Forces, Col. Okello-Engola joined electoral politics where he was elected as the District Chairman (Apac in 2006 and Oyam, 2007-2016). In June 2016, Col. Okello-Engola contested for a Parliamentary seat which he won and was appointed Minister of State for Defence by the President of the Republic of Uganda and Commander-In-Chief of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) H.E. General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Lt. Gen. Johnson Okot Jekery Loyang
Deputy CDF for Administration & Finance
South Sudan Ministry of Defence & Veterans Affairs

Lt. Gen. Johnson Okot Jekery Loyang is the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces (D/CDF), SPLA. He joined the SPLA in 1984 and acquired his military training in Ethiopia. He served as Assistance Chief of Defence Forces for Administration & Finance, SPLA, in the year 2017/2018. He once held a position of Director General for the Directorate of Policy Planning & Research in the Ministry of Defence & Veterans Affairs (MOD&VA) in the year 2016/2017 before he was transferred back to the SPLA GENERAL HEADQUARTERS for service. Furthermore, he served as a Director in the office of the President and once as a Director for Logistics, SPLA. He is also tasked to Chair the Security Sector Review Committee of the Republic of South Sudan. Besides Military Career, Lt. Gen. Johnson had the opportunity to serve as a politician. He served as a Deputy Governor and Care Taking Governor of the Former Eastern Equatoria State in the Republic of South Sudan.
Maj. Gen. Christoph Buik (Panel Chair)
Director of the UN Standing Police Capacity (SPC/UNPOL)
UN Police (UNPOL)

Maj. Gen. Buik graduated from the Federal Academy of Public Administration and completed a senior degree in public administration and police sciences at the German Federal Police University. Brings 43 years of policing and law enforcement experience at national and international levels. Served as UNSOM Police Commissioner from 2015 to 2018, before joining the SPC. Prior international experience includes positions with the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in 2002, with the United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) through the “heavy support package” of UNMIS from 2008 to 2009, with the European Union (EU AMIS 2006 – 2007 and EUCAP Nestor 2012 - 2013), and with the OSCE (KVM 1998 – 1999). Prior to his appointments in UNSOM and SPC, was responsible for covered operations as Head of Special Branch of the German Federal Police.
Irvin Hicks Jr.
Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD)
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA)

Irvin "Irv" Hicks Jr. serves as the Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) for the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. In this position, he advises the Commanding General and his staff on foreign policy matters related to the command's mission and activities in East Africa. Mr. Hicks joined the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA)'s leadership team on September 26, 2018. Mr. Hicks most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission for U.S. Embassy Nouakchott, Mauritania. Mr. Hicks' Washington, D.C. assignments include the Office of Management Policy, Right-sizing and Innovation, as well as the Africa Bureau where he served as a Management Counselor rover where he supported U.S. missions in West Africa engaged in the fight against the Ebola pandemic. Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Hicks worked for several non-government agencies that included the African-American Institute, Entrepreneurs International, and the U.S.-South African Leadership Exchange Program. He also served on Senator Edward Kennedy's foreign policy staff, and worked as a corporate executive for General Motors' Africa and Middle East Operations. Mr. Hicks has served as Management Officer for U.S. missions in Guinea, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Mauritius, Brazil and Burundi.
Edward Durell
Science & Technology Advisor
U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM)

Mr. Durell is an international program specialist at Headquarters United States Africa Command. He leads outreach efforts to the African continent for the Office of Science, Technology and Innovation, managing numerous novel programs and initiatives. Prior to his current position, he managed a federal agency program for the development and application of technical specifications and standards. He is a published thought leader in all aspects of the standardization sector. Earlier career positions include designing industrial plant mechanical infrastructure and managing systems engineering processes for multiple aviation systems. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and is a High Honors graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Master’s of Business Administration. He is a registered professional engineer.
Berhanemeskel Nega
Director - Political Affairs/Head of Office
UN - AU Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)

Mr. Nega has over 33 years of professional experience in international affairs, with a focus on multilateral diplomacy, negotiations, mediation, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, democratic transition and reforms. Prior to his current role as UNAMID Director of Political Affairs and Head of Office, Mr. Nega served in various capacities in the Ethiopian Foreign service including Senior diplomat at the Permanent Mission of Ethiopia to the United Nations in New York. During his role as Chief of Staff, Political Director and Deputy Executive Representative of the United Nations Secretary – General, he supported and facilitated reforms and capacity building of democratic instructions and non-state actors, such as political parties, civil society, media, academia, women and youth, traditional / native administration.
Rakhee Ramgolam
Executive Manager,Business Enablement
Armaments Corporation of South Africa SOC Ltd (ARMSCOR)

Rakhee Ramgolam is head of the Sustainability department, Armscor. Her entire career has been spent in this State Owned Enterprise, whilst taking up different opportunities within the organisation almost every 3 years, with the last 8 on an Executive level. Her current team’s mandate is to broker niche cutting edge technical services of Armscor to Government Departments nationally and to foreign clients, to bring in new revenue to the national fiscus. Rakhee’s strategic management expertise include Business Development, Acquisition Management, Quality Assurance whilst technical specialist areas are chemical and software engineering particularly in the Defence and Governmental sectors.