The African Security Management Association (ASMA)
The African Security Management Association (ASMA) will be launched at the ISMA & OSAC Sub Saharan Conference to be held in Gaborone from 14 to 16 September 2015. ASMA has been designed to be a highly prestigious organisation which will provide a truly trusted network of senior security executives based in or with significant responsibilities for Africa. Additionally, it will facilitate professional development opportunities for members and their companies. Links with other global and non-African regional prestigious trusted network security associations will be established for benchmarking, knowledge sharing and educational benefits (this is in hand). Membership will be restricted to 200 active members, which serves to encourage personal relationships between all members and reinforces the principal characteristic of a trusted network.
Requirements for active members (there are other member categories – Emeritus and Life – which are decided on a case by case basis by the Board of Directors) are:
a. On a one-off basis, any security manager/executive, from the private sector, who attends the ISMA & OSAC Sub Saharan Conference in Gaborone, Botswana from 14 to 16 September 2015 will be eligible to join and will be accepted if fees are paid before the end of September 2015. Fees are USD 140 per year. The application fee of USD 40 will be waived for this group which will be noted on ASMA records as Founding Members.
b. Following the ISMA & OSAC Conference, applicants will be asked to complete application forms which will require evidence as to: their position and responsibilities in their organisation, that their company/organisation has annual revenue in excess of a USD 250 million (USD 25 million for a security service provider company – membership from this category will be restricted to 10% of total active membership). Those whose applications are approved before the end of 2015 will also be listed in ASMA records as being Founding Members. Any future upwards (the most likely) revision to the revenue thresholds required will not have any retrospective impact on current active members.
The development and launch of this prestigious association has had the support of the International Security Management Association (ISMA) and the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) of the US Department of State.
The Founding Directors of African Security Management Association are:
Mpho Kewakae, Head of Security Debswana Diamond Company
William Godbout, Head of security The African Development Bank
Olisa Ogwuadi, CEO McDon Security Ltd (former Head of Security MTN)
Malcolm Smith, Head of Security Sasol