In early 2012, the ICSS expanded its scope and, building on its work in major event safety and security, included sport integrity, policy, good governance and anti-corruption issues. This expanded portfolio followed a recommendation from the ICSS Board of Directors in late 2011.
Since then, the ICSS has firmly established itself as a global authority in the field of sport safety, security and integrity.
The concept of the ICSS was developed by Founder and Chairman, Mohammed Hanzab, who; following discussions in May 2010 with Lord John Stevens, former Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police and Chairman of Monitor Quest; identified a gap in the market for how knowledge is transferred between different organisations and stakeholders relating to the safety and security of major sporting events.
With a goal to become a global hub of expertise in sport safety and security, the ICSS was officially launched in March 2011 at the first International Sports Security Conference in Doha.
At that time, the ICSS appointed its first senior leader with Helmut Spahn, former Head of Security for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and the German Football Federation, taking on the role of ICSS Secretary General.
Having initiated the process of registering, the establishment of the ICSS in October 2010, Mr Hanzab submitted a proposal for funding to the State of Qatar in order to create the International Centre for Sport Security.
In the State of Qatar, under the Law: Number 21 of 2006, its citizens can submit a request-for- funding to the Government to establish initiatives that are considered to be ‘for public interest’.
With the aim of inspiring positive change for the benefit of the sport industry, the ICSS was formally established in Doha, Qatar and so began to bring together international experts in sport security to serve the purpose of a safeguarding sport hub – one that develops and shares information and best practices to better serve and protect the world of sport.
The ICSS structure and funding structure is similar to many other non-governmental organisations that are significantly sponsored or funded by governments and yet remain independent.
The Founder of the ICSS, Mohammed Hanzab, provided the government with a detailed business plan for his novel concept. This was approved under a Qatar government ’start-up support’ fund.
The ICSS operates as a completely autonomous entity. While a substantial portion of the ICSS’ funding has come from the Qatari government, the government of Qatar has never exercised any direct influence on the ICSS’ agenda.
Furthermore, the ICSS has never encountered any interference or resistance to ICSS programmes from any other governmental or non-governmental authority across the globe.
The ICSS also receives funding through its work carried out for clients as well as funding received from entities such as the European Union for our sport integrity and security-related projects and programmes.
The ICSS is, and always will be, independent and is focused on becoming financially self-sustainable.
The clients and partners of the ICSS include key stakeholders in the world of sport, government and international organisations. We work with event organisers, governments and, infrastructure owners, sport associations, leagues and clubs.
The ICSS Board is composed of internationally recognised and respected experts from the worlds of sport and security. The Board’s role includes:
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