08:00 - 09:00

Registration & welcome breakfast


Our Delegate Registration opens at 9:00am where coffee and a light breakfast will be served in our exhibition area. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet experts from our exhibiting provider companies and to meet your peers from the Humanitarian and International Development communities.

09:30 - 10:00

Keynote presentation


We are excited to very soon be revealing our Keynote Speaker for 2018. Please do register your interest to be kept up to date with this exciting announcement.

10:00 - 10:30

Risk Review: 2017 Under Analysis


In this session senior analysts from our primary geopolitical risk sponsor take us through the key global events, evolving threats and legal precedents that have shaped the last 12 months in the international Humanitarian and International Development fields.

10:30 - 11:00

Risk Horizon: 2018 The year Ahead


Following on from the previous session we now look into the future, focusing on key regions and evolving risks. This session will also focus on key product developments in the Insurance, Assistance, Communications, Tracking and Remote Healthcare provision markets to ensure you are abreast of the developing support available in the market.

11:00 - 11:30

Morning break


During morning break we will enjoy fresh coffee and sweet treats prepared by the kitchen at the Millennium Copthorne Tara Hotel. Our exhibitors all come from the core pillars of travel risk mitigation and have been carefully chosen to ensure they add value to the day and offer future support to each of our attending organisations. Leading providers from the world of insurance, medical assistance, travel tracking, remote communications, legal services, and international risk consultancies are among those exhibiting.

11:30 - 12:00

How to maintain a low profile when 32 million people know where you are


Scott Desborough, Travel Manager at Comic Relief, talks us through the challenges of taking high profile guests to challenging environments.

In the age of social media how do we minimise the risks to both VIP guests and staff; ensure safeguarding responsibilities are met and prepare travellers for the emotional and possibly traumatic experiences they are about to embark upon. Although Comic Relief trips are unique in many ways, the lessons learnt in this session can be applied to many of the trips that business travellers, from a range of industries, embark on every day.

12:00 - 12:30

Doctors without borders… But there are plenty of boundaries. Building a world class HR function at Medicines Sans Frontiers.


We are very lucky to have Jose Hulsenbek, HR Director at Medicines Sans Frontiers take us deep into the world of policy development, mission preparation, disciplinary processes and recruiting the right people at one of the worlds foremost humanitarian organisations.

12:30 - 13:30

Networking lunch


The Millennium Copthorne Tara Hotel is renowned for the way in which it nourishes hungry delegates, with food fit for a King, all prepared under the watchful eye of the new Executive Chef. We will contact you following your registration to seek any dietary requirements. We hope you take the chance to stretch your legs, meet new friends and enjoy the food!

13:30 - 14:00

In Harms Way. Behind the scenes of Emergency Response at Save the Children


Here Richard Savage, Global Emergency Response Security Manager at Save the Children, takes us behind the scenes of an organisation who’s people are at the very frontline of humanitarian work and often in some of the worlds most challenging environments. Please look back for more details on this fascinating session.

14:00 - 15:00

Mock Court. Corporate Manslaughter Live on stage - Gerard Forlin QC


We are thrilled to announce our first ever Mock Court played out live on stage. In this truly eye opening session Gerard Forlin QC, with the assistance of some willing participants, will play out a cross examination of a senior executive as part of a formal inquest hearing. What better way to understand the reality of the consequences of failing to protect your people, than witness the granular level of detail, policy and process you would have to recount.

There are few people in the world more qualified to present this Masterclass than Gerard and we hope that you enjoy it.

15:00 - 15:30

Afternoon break


Afternoon snacks and refreshments prepared by the kitchen at the hotel venue will be served during this networking session.

15:30 - 16:00

Breaking the Silence. Sexual Abuse in the Humanitarian and International Development Communities.


We are very proud to invite back Megan Norbert from Report the Abuse. Megan will be giving an overview of the important work her organisation is doing and how you can all ensure your organisations are in the best possible shape to educate, empower, mitigate and respond to instances of sexual abuse in the work that you do.

16:00 - 16:30

Evacuation Masterclass.


What does it really take to move an ill or injured person across international borders against the clock. This fascinating on stage case study, which involves key medical and operational staff from a real life medical evacuation case, takes us deep into the granular detail that most of us do not fully understand.

Weather, flight paths, landing clearances, crew flight hours, hospital admission, financial approvals, release of medical information and managing the flow and news, the good and the bad. This session uses real voice recordings, images and testimonial to ensure that ‘Medevac’ means more to you than just a bullet point on an insurance policy.

16:30 - 17:00

Our staff are not all the same: managing the security of aid workers with diverse profiles.


Throughout Europe and in many countries in the world there are, quite rightly, anti-discrimination laws that prevent us asking questions during recruitment about a person’s lifestyle choices, medical history and ethnic origins. But if being gay in Uganda is illegal and punishable by death and being a certain ethnicity makes you an automatic target in a conflict zone, how do we make sure staff know everything they need to know to travel and work across the world? EISF will present the findings from their recent research project on security risk management for aid workers with diverse profiles and will answer these questions and others. Every individual who works in the humanitarian sector is unique, it is up to us to make sure our policies and procedures are as flexible and unique as our work force.