Lorne Riley

Associate

Location: Middle East

After having spent over 35 years in various training, facilitation and communication roles for luminary aviation organisations including Air Canada, Star Alliance, IATA and Dubai Airports, Lorne has amassed extensive expertise and experience in all facets of corporate communications and reputation management. Prior to setting up his own communications consulting firm in the UAE where he is currently based, Lorne led the Dubai Airports communication department for over a decade and managed the organisation’s message and protected its reputation through a wide variety of crises during his tenure at the world’s busiest international airport.

A journalism graduate with a comprehensive understanding of all facets of aviation, Lorne has built an extensive network of media and industry contacts across the globe and has a reputation as a strategic thinker, effective leader and highly skilled communicator.  

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Selwyn James Valentine

Associate

Location: Middle East

As a professional Crisis Management Expert, with extensive years of working experience in the field, Selwyn is facilitated with the knowledge, skills and experience that involves the design, establishment, execution and management of a wide array of Crisis Management and Business Continuity strategies, policies and procedures.

Over the last 28 years, he has worked with organizations within the Aviation Industry, including the Emirates Airline group and Airports in the UAE, and helped them effectively manage crises, minimize the effects of disruption and enable the recovery and continuation of critical business functions, through effective development, training and exercising of Crisis Management Frameworks.

Selwyn is a certified member (AMBCI) of the Business Continuity Institute in UK.

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Fuat Çelebi

Associate

Location: Middle East

Fuat has been in the security and aviation industry for the last 18 years and is a certified and active member of American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). Fuat has extensive experience in passenger and airport security and was involved in multiple signature airport designs and project in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). He has extensive experience in training security specialists in the use of biometric and A.I. technologies in security operations and post-incident investigations.

Fuat is trained and experienced in family assistance during disasters and has supported people of different faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds during past crises. He is multilingual, speaking Arabic, English and Turkish, as well as basic Spanish. He has assisted in writing forensic reports, collection and management of personal effects, and worked with Disaster Victim Identification officials from multiple countries in the repatriation of their citizens involved in aircraft accidents. Fuat received an award and was specifically honored by the Dutch National Police (Politie) and Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, for his efforts with the Dutch DVI team.

Fuat Celebi has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and an ASIS Physical Security Professional (PSP). He is currently working on achieving his Payment Card Industry Compliance Certification (PCI).

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Andrew Couper

Senior Associate

Location: UK & EU, Middle East

Andrew began his career of over 35 years in crisis response operations and training with the British Army, specialising in; transportation, the movement of personnel and equipment around the world and Army landing craft.

On leaving the Army he initially worked on short term projects supporting young people, first in the voluntary sector on sail training ships, then with Aberdeen City Council Children’s Services. The partnership working on these projects led to a Scottish Government appointment within Grampian Police, coordinating all joint agency emergency response plans for the Grampian Police area, which included the North Sea and its oil and gas operations.

Andrew also helped to develop Scotland’s national resilience guidance, “Preparing Scotland”. A move into emergency response and crisis management consultancy saw Andrew delivering services mainly to the oil and gas sector worldwide, enabling him to spend three years in South East Asia as a senior consultant.

On returning to the UK, Andrew moved back to the wider transport sector, becoming Head of Crisis Management for the world’s biggest travel company, TUI. Having successfully completed crisis management and incident response improvement projects involving TUI UK’s cruise ships, airline, tour operations and internal business continuity,

Andrew decided it was time for the next big challenge and established his own consultancy company. He has been delighted to find so many likeminded people within the GoCrisis family and thoroughly enjoys working with them on projects. When he’s not doing work for GoCrisis, Andrew currently lectures on Emergency & Crisis Management to students from Qatar’s emergency services.

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Emad Fahem

VP Client Relationships, MENA

Location: Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

With almost two decades of experience in various aspects of the aviation industry, Emad brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team. With a Master’s in Aviation Management, a degree in aircraft maintenance, and a commercial pilot license, Emad’s understanding of both the aircraft and the industry is an invaluable resource. Emad has held various roles within the industry, including over 15 years of steering ground and flight operations with a multitude of operators across numerous countries, including Canada, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. He is a certified auditor (IS-BAH) for the International Business Aviation Council as well as a Crew Resource Management Instructor. Emad’s expertise also extends to Safety Management Systems.

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