Today will mark the end of my time with GISF which began in December 2020. Throughout my time at GISF I have been overwhelmed by the level of engagement from the membership. As has been the case for years, again in 2021, numerous GISF members and partners stepped forward to contribute to forums, roundtables, workshops, webinars as well as research and guides which unquestionably improved humanitarian safety and security outcomes. Over the past year members also contributed to the successful establishment of our new North America office hosted by ChildFund International.
Covid, of course, created many obstacles, but the creative approaches adopted by GISF and our members allowed us to improvise and meet the challenge. The one regret I’ll have this year is never getting the opportunity to meet my European-based colleagues face to face. I guess a hundred or so Zoom calls will have to suffice for now. I did however get to meet my US-based colleagues, Tara and Camila, on multiple occasions, including two forums which gave us the opportunity to host members in person again. Whether it was in-person or via Zoom I am honoured to have worked with such an incredible and inspired group of professionals who continue to put forth tremendous efforts to make meaningful GISF events and products a reality.
My next challenge begins just a few days from now as I become the Regional Security Advisor in the US for Ørsted. Though I’m headed to the private sector I’m excited to continue to contribute to improved safety and security outcomes and work for a company that is committed to creating a cleaner and sustainable future.
I’d like to offer my gratitude and thanks to the membership and my colleagues at GISF for this wonderful experience. Please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn and stay in touch.