Founder and CEO
Ian has 20 years experience in defense, security and critical infrastructure protection, from serving in the Canadian armed forces and working with leading defense and security bodies and agencies. He has also worked on numerous humanitarian and stability operations projects internationally. He and other Founding Members formed the 1st NAEF to bridge gaps in 21st century humanitarian response and stability operations.
Ian sits as a NATO adviser for stability policing concept development under the NATO Stability Policing Center of Excellence. He is also co-chair on the Alliance of NGOs, working group on children and youth recruited by terrorists and violent extremist groups (CRTG).
Founder and COO
Kevin is a former Canadian Forces infantry NCO, with 15 years’ military service, including deployments to Central Africa, Bosnia, and Kosovo. He then pursued a career as a Security Consultant and Private Security Contractor, working globally to provide security services to various institutions and clients. Kevin has more recently been involved in establishing and managing security programs for oil and gas companies in North America.
Whitman is an international public relations and communications consultant, with in-country experience in media, education, the energy industry, international trade and development, and corporate social responsibility in North America, Europe and the Middle East. He has worked on research projects assessing the potential social impact of energy projects in Iraq. He has also worked on humanitarian aid and relief field projects in the US and internationally.
Whitman holds a Master’s degree in Advanced International Studies from the renowned Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.
Director of Strategy & Corporate Development
Khalid is an international business consultant, advisor, and trouble-shooter specializing in competitive intelligence, strategic insights, and strategic management. His multi-sector experience includes energy, telecoms, technology, and financial services, in the UK and Middle East.
Khalid holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.