Mohammed Hanzab is Chairman and CEO of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) – an organisation he established in 2010.
Mohammed is a graduate of the British Royal Air Force College – Cranwell and has a successful career within the military, including serving as Lieutenant Colonel in the Qatar Armed Forces, Commander of the Qatar Air Defence School and working at the Qatar Air Defence Project and the Qatar Information Agency.
Former Senior Qatar Air Force Officer
Previously served as the Director of the Cooperation and Leadership on the C4IS project.
With a career spanning over 25 years in the international sports industry, Karen has worked on ten Olympic Winter and Summer Games since her first sport business role as Head of Marketing Communications for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Then recruited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Karen moved to Lausanne, Switzerland and held the position of Vice President, Brand and Marketing Communications, for nearly nine years.
After leaving the IOC, Karen moved to London and became an Olympic Games’ consultant, first as an Executive Director of Vero and later, from 2011, as Director of her own consultancy. Before running her own agency, Karen held the post of Executive Director for the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) in London, working with the Mayor or London on the Park and 2012 Games’ legacy strategy.
Karen has advised multiple organisations and brands including the Mayor of London’s Office, various UK regional governments, Lloyds Banking Group, Westfield, BT and EDF.
She has also played key roles on a number of successful major bids:
Karen has had a number of executive and non-executive Board roles. She was a member of the UK Sport Major Event Board, the Mayor of London’s Major Event Advisory Committee and a member of the London 2012 Government Communications Committee. She was a founder of Women in Sport UK and has recently established Women in Sport Qatar (WISQ).
With over 25 years of experience working in multi-disciplinary security, risk management and law enforcement, Andrew is an internationally recognised security expert with a track record of managing, directing and coordinating major event security and investigation operations.
Andrew has worked on securing a variety of international events including the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia, as well as working alongside International Sporting bodies such UEFA, AFC, FIFA, Qatar FWC 2022, Cricket Australia and Hockey Australia as their Security and Risk Advisory Consultant on a global level.
Andrew leads the ICSS Security Consultancy team in their work with major sport events, governments and international federations in security planning (strategic, tactical and operational), testing & assurance, auditing, training and delivery.
Massimiliano Montanari is an international civil servant who holds over eighteen years of experience in international affairs, diplomacy and social innovation. Since 2018, he has served as Chief Executive Officer of the ICSS INSIGHT. Prior to assuming his current role, Massimiliano served in various roles at the ICSS, including as Chief of Cabinet (2014 – 2016) and Executive Director of Save the Dream, a role he still holds.
Before joining the ICSS in 2012, Massimiliano spent twelve years working for different United Nations bodies, including the UNHCR, UNODC and UNICRI, as well as taking part in the UN Task Force addressing violent extremism, war crimes prosecution and security in post-conflict zones.
His most recent assignment at the UN was as Head of the Center on Public-Private Partnership for the Protection of Vulnerable Targets and the International Permanent Observatory on Major Events Security.
He holds a master’s degree in International Advanced Legal Studies, a university degree in Political Sciences and a post-graduate degree in International Relations.