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GISF Virtual Launch Event

GISF Virtual Launch Event table
Date15 Apr 2020
Time3:00 pm 4:00 pm BST |10:00 am11:00 am EDT
Provider GISF
Type Virtual
Booking URLhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gisf-virtual-launch-event-registration-99970215606

This one-hour, online event celebrates the launch of the Global Interagency Security Forum, with VIP speakers and guests.

About this event

On 9th April 2020, EISF is relaunching as the Global Interagency Security Forum. We invite you to join us for our virtual celebrations on Wednesday 15th April. With speakers from our original network and beyond, this online event will tell the story of GISF and our core values of inclusivity, collaboration and innovation.

The speakers

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins has had an incredible career in diplomacy and global security.

Demand from NGOs based in North America was an early factor in our move to go global. As Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the U.S. Department of State, Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins brings a valuable perspective to the story of GISF.

Bonnie Jenkins is also the founder and president of the Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS) nonprofit organisation. She is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and president of Global Connections Empowering Global Change LLC., where she works with several academic institutions on issues of global health, infectious disease and defence innovation.

Steve Dennis

As an aid worker and former abductee, Steve brings first-hand experience of the effects of poor security risk management.

While working with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Kenya in 2012, armed men attacked a convoy that Steve was travelling in. In the attack, five staff members, including himself, were shot. Tragically, a driver named Abdi Ali died. The armed men then kidnapped Steve and four colleagues and forced them into Somalia. They were later rescued in another violent gunfight.

In 2015, Steve filed a court case against the NRC, showing that reasonable measures had not been taken to protect him and his colleagues. He has since dedicated himself to campaigning for duty of care and stronger accountability within the aid sector.

Fredrik Pålsson

Offering a personal account of the story of GISF is our Steering Group Chair, Fredrik Palsson. As the Global Safety Adviser for the Danish Refugee Council, Fredrik advises on all safety-related issues and is a permanent member of the Crisis Management Team.

Fredrik has extensive field experience from the mine action community. Before joining DRC, Fredrik was Country Director for the Danish Demining Group in Afghanistan. He has also worked in Sri Lanka, South Sudan and others.

Reflecting on the value of our Forum, Fredrik says:

“Together we are part of setting the standards for Security Risk Management for the entire sector. This helps me in my decision making to determine thresholds for risk in the conflicts we operate in around the world.”

The format

Bringing together voices (and ears) from all around the world, this online event will be accessible to as many people as possible. All that you’ll require is an internet connection.

If you have any additional requirements to make this event accessible to you, do get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.

If you’d like to join, sign up now and we’ll send you all the information you need before the event. We look forward to celebrating our relaunch with you!

Global timings

New York (EDT): 10 AM – 11 AM

London (BST): 3 PM – 4 PM

Zurich (CEST): 4 PM – 5 PM

Nairobi (EAT): 5 PM – 6 PM

Amman (EEST): 5PM – 6 PM

Bangkok (ICT): 9 PM – 10 PM


We’re going global! GISF launching 9th April 2020

We’re so grateful for the support that we’ve received over the years from our amazing network! We started our journey in 2006, as an informal alliance of global security focal points working in humanitarian response. Starting as the initiative of a few NGOs based in the UK and Ireland, we…

Global 2020

Our journey: from EISF to GISF

Beginning as the European Interagency Security Forum (EISF) in 2006, we evolved to the Global Interagency Security Forum (GISF) in 2020, and became an independent organisation in 2024.


Who is GISF?

At GISF, we craft leading research, host original training and events, and maintain a 'one-stop-shop' for security risk management in the humanitarian sector through our online hub.