Our CEO named to the ASIS International Regional Vice President for Region 12c

We’re pleased to announce that Al Thuraya Consultancy Chairman and CEO Michael Padilla Pagan Payano, MBA, MS, has been named to the ASIS International Regional Vice President for Region 12c.

ASIS International was Founded in 1955, ASIS International is a global community of security practitioners, each of whom has a role in the protection of assets – people, property, and/or information.

ASIS International members represent virtually every industry in the public and private sectors, and organizations of all sizes. From entry-level managers to CSOs to CEOs, from security veterans to consultants and those transitioning from law enforcement or the military, the ASIS community is global and diverse.

About Author: Al Thuraya Consultancy

Founded in 2006, Al Thuraya Consultancy is one of the largest privately-owned security companies based in Africa and Middle East with security professionals working domestically and around the world through foreign regional joint ventures and strategic partnerships. A proven leader in the security and protective services Industry, Al Thuraya Consultancy is headquartered in Nicoisa Cyprus and has offices throughout the Europe, United States of America, Latin America, Africa and Middle East and resources servicing over 100 countries https://althurayainc.com/about-us/

Acquisition of Al Thuraya Academy to Al Thuraya Consultancy

Nicosia, Cyprus;  September 12, 2019 – Al Thuraya Academy, one of the longest-running and most successful security and risk management training companies in the Middle east, has announced Al Thuraya Consultancy Ltd, a global strategic advisory and risk management firm, will acquire the academy to accelerate access to technology education that will power the future in training in Risk Management. The partnership will prepare workforces of tomorrow by uniting Al Thuraya Academy’s mission to transform individuals, communities, and economies through access to education with Al Thuraya Consultancy’s goal of providing innovative and diverse learning services in the communities we work within to mitigate Social Risk. As a result, both companies will expand its skills-to-employment offerings to enrich lives and communities of the future.

As part of the acquisition, Al Thuraya Academy will maintain its operating model, purpose, values, and leadership but change it brand while offering its leading immersive programs in development, Corporate Security and Risk Management, localized Security guard trainings, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies.

About Al Thuraya Consultancy

Al Thuraya Consultancy was opened in 2006 by Michael J Padilla Pagan Payano who opted to devote is past military training to provide a different type of Risk Management solutions by leveraging the understanding of social risk and how it is the main driver to the current environment. Al Thuraya Consultancy, known as a global strategic advisory and risk management firm, supports businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations perform at their best while operating in the world’s most challenging environments. Our focus is on providing solutions that transform the way you approach working in emerging markets through expertise, industry knowledge, and country insights.

We Are Problem Solvers

At Al Thuraya Consultancy our goal is to deliver unmatched advisory services in strategy, risk mitigation, and operations management. We partner with companies, governments, and non-profits to enhance their operations by developing innovative solutions tailored to their individual requirements. Our unique ability to combine local knowledge with global best practices results in transformative outcomes necessary for a dynamic world.

Global Standards and Local Solutions

We understand the unique requirements that come with operating in dynamic and high-risk markets because we live and work where we operate. Our global team and local staff pride themselves on integrating client needs with country and region-specific factors to deliver optimal outcomes regardless of environment.

Our CEO as a speaker at 9th ASIS International Middle East Security Conference


ASIS International has announced that Mr. Michael J Padilla Pagan Payano, CEO of Al Thuraya Holdings (ATH), will be speaking at the 9th ASIS International Middle East Security conference which will be held in the Kingdom of Bahrain on 4-6 November 2019. Mr. Payano will be speaking on the program of Transport and Critical Infrastructure section. The topic will address a customer who is in an exploration and production company in Egypt and how social risk – even the threat of it — is quickly becoming the number one source of disorder and disruption for our modern world. From civil unrest to the aftermath of any disaster, social risk is quickly becoming one of the greatest threats to the public and private sector worldwide. However, for as large a threat as it is, the spread of social risk is still largely misunderstood, misrepresented, and at times neglected in conventional risk management – leaving governments, societies, and businesses deeply vulnerable to its adverse consequences.

The theme of the conference will be “Industrial Revolution 4.0 Enabling Security” and will feature over high-level educational sessions for and by international security experts. Around 500 senior security professionals, corporate executives, consultants, architects and law enforcement officials are expected to participate.

Michael for the past 30 years or so has been involved with high-octane, high-performance and elite teams operating within a sphere of uncertainty, a world of ever changing, ever evolving situations; a place where plans and objectives can change in an instant, where unpredictable circumstances require immediate action, where setbacks are common place, where injuries are frequent and where cerebral stamina always wins the day and so we built these companies to understand and assess the unpredictable and make it predictable.

Our companies’ goal is to support our customers in uncovering the various identity layers across race, religion, gender and other demographics, in any socioeconomic or geopolitical condition. Our goal has been to pinpoint the dominant identity within a population or specific target group, identify the underlying social tensions that drive instability, and inform the development of effective narratives and engagement strategies that resonate with the greatest segments of a population or demographic group. When applied to complex social problems, our analysis delivers effective solutions.

Save the Date! SECUREXPO East Africa Conference

Save the date!

Our CEO Michael Padilla Pagan Payano, of Al Thuraya Holdings will be speaking for the second year in a row at the SECUREXPO East Africa Conference on 24-25th September 2019 at the Visa Oshwal Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.  Al Thuraya Consultancy Kenya and Global office leadership will be attending the events, so come by and learn more about what Al Thuraya Consultancy is doing. SECUREXPO is the Largest Commercial and Homeland Security Exhibition and Conference held in East Africa.

ATC and Juhayna Agree to Service Contract

Al Thuraya Consultancy Ltd, the Egyptian subsidiary of our registered company in Cyprus, and a proud member of Al Thuraya Holdings, is pleased to announce its new contract for providing risk management and consulting services for Juhayna Food Industries, a leading Egypt-based manufacturer specialized in the production, processing and packaging of dairy, juice, and cooking products. The contract, which is set for 12 months with the ability to renew, includes the provision of strategic risk management consulting, operational and business continuity, and personnel management services.

Al Thuraya Consultancy Ltd, the Egyptian subsidiary of our registered company in Cyprus, and a proud member of Al Thuraya Holdings, is pleased to announce its new contract for providing risk management and consulting services for Juhayna Food Industries, a leading Egypt-based manufacturer specialized in the production, processing and packaging of dairy, juice, and cooking products. The contract, which is set for 12 months with the ability to renew, includes the provision of strategic risk management consulting, operational and business continuity, and personnel management services.

Al Thuraya Consultancy has a history in the protective design of buildings and infrastructure. By merging that expertise with real-world operations planning experience, we develop strategies that manage risk throughout the life of a project, program or organization. In the end, we provide advice, analysis and the design of risk management measures, both physical and electronic, in all industry sectors.

Al Thuraya Holdings was formed in 2010 to combine best-in-class brands, assets and people within a global industry to provide various operational support services and leading risk management service. Promoting a culture of compliance and operational excellence, the Al Thuraya Holdings family of companies has grown since formation to include a global team of industry leaders, including Al Thuraya Consultancy, ICESERVE24, EventPro Media, Expat Compass, Blits, Al Madina, Intalquizit, Al Thuraya Academy. Today, Al Thuraya Holdings is one of the most diverse providers of management services, offering turn-key solutions to address our clients’ most complex challenges wherever they are needed around the world.

Al Thuraya Consultancy, with Al Thuraya Holdings, will continue to pursue the security management consulting opportunities in the local Egyptian market and build upon our strong partnerships to bring continued success to turnkey projects across the globe.

ATG OCHO Energy a registered company in Cyprus, proud member of Al Thuraya Holdings, is pleased to announce its pivotal role in brokering a long-term new contract for Marine Works in Mexico.

ATG Ocho Energy along with our partners ISB Oshore and Maridive & Oil Services Co. has secured the hire of a marine vessel in Mexico for a total value of USD 27 million, including a primary service contract for USD 12 million and an additional services contract for USD 15 million. The contract includes the provision of several services including marine work, qualified personnel diving work, in addition to underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services. Operations are expected to commence in May 2019 and span 18 months or up 42 months should the client extend the service contract.

Al Thuraya Holdings was formed in 2010 to combine best-in-class brands, assets and people within a global industry to provide various operational support services and leading risk management service. Promoting a culture of compliance and operational excellence, the Al Thuraya Holdings family of companies has grown since formation to include a global team of industry leaders, including Al Thuraya Consultancy, ICESERVE24, EventPro Media, Expat Compass, Blits, Al Madina, Intalquizit, Al Thuraya Academy. Today, Al Thuraya Holdings is the largest and most diverse provider of management services, offering turn-key solutions to address our clients’ most complex challenges wherever they are needed around the world.

ATG Ocho Energy, with Al Thuraya Holdings, will continue to pursue the Oil and Gas market and build upon our strong partnerships to bring continued success to turn-key projects across the globe.

Acquisition of Blits Proof Group Limited by Al Thuraya Holdings

Al Thuraya Holdings, a major investment and acquisition holding is acquiring Blits Proof Group Limited, a Kenya-based security solutions provider.

Al Thuraya Holdings (ATH) is a privately-owned global investment firm specializing in developing a range of companies within the risk management, security, and operations space. ATH is committed to excellence, growth and value-added synergies through the combined strengths of subsidiaries and partners and has therefore acquired Kenya-based Blits Proof Group Limited.

For almost 4 years, Blits Proof Group Limited, has been providing dynamic security solutions to their clients in the Greater Horn of Africa / East Africa region, with their base being in Kenya. Their focus on quality, accountability, technology and officer training has led to exponential growth for more than three years. With a team of employees serving high-profile commercial, healthcare, residential, retail and educational clients, Blits Proof Group Limited will continue to operate as a sister company under the Al Thuraya Holdings brand.

“Our acquisition strategy is to unite with like-minded companies, such as Blits Proof Group Limited,” said Roberto Chiavon, Director of Corporate Security Services at Al Thuraya Consultancy. “This allows us to bring resources and capabilities to critical markets and improve our ability to service our clients.”

Like Blits Proof Group Limited, Al Thuraya Consultancy is directly involved in daily operations to support its clients. This approach, combined with best practices developed over nearly 12 years, allows ATH through its company Al Thuraya Consultancy to provide superior service and consistently exceed client expectations and expand operations. Al Thuraya Consultancy also has an office located in Uganda.

“We are excited to join the Al Thuraya Holdings family,” said Benedicts Bodo, CEO of Blits Proof Group Limited. “We will continue serving our clients with the core values that have made us successful in the past, only now as part of Al Thuraya Holdings family of companies, and we look forward to bringing added capabilities and operational resources to our clients.”

Blits Proof Group Limited will join Al Thuraya Consultancy Africa operations, led by Roberto Chiavon, Director of Corporate Security services and Jeremiah Davis, Director of Consultancy. “This is an exciting collaboration,” said Davis. “Applying our combined talent, resources, and domestic and global capabilities will lead to new opportunities for our clients and employees.”

Al Thuraya Holdings is a holding company that gives resources, freedom, and focus to ambitious projects to make their ideas happen. Al Thuraya Holdings engages in the business of acquisition and operation in variety of companies.

Al Thuraya Holdings is making that future more productive, more secure and more sustainable. We create intelligent solutions, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation systems. At its core, that promise is about delivering innovation that make people’s lives – and the world – better.

For more information, please contact: Lubomir.Cech@EventPro.Media, +421 907 522 073

Al Thuraya Holdings Acquires Al Thuraya Security under a single brand of Al Thuraya Consultancy

Al Thuraya Holdings, a major investment, acquisition and partnering holding in risk and strategy business merges its two major brands under one umbrella.

Effective from November 21st, 2018, Al Thuraya Security, provider of integrated security solutions, is becoming an inherent part of Al Thuraya Consultancy via an acquisition. Existing clients will not feel affected by this transfer, trade mark and as security solutions will continue to be provided as usual.

The decision taken by Al Thuraya Holdings is a result of the ongoing debates with customers and prospects about the market situation and its needs. While social risk has been the key driver of security solutions for the last two decades in Middle East, and North Africa (core region of Al Thuraya group of companies), several new factors are changing the environment the company operates in.

“We understand and solve social risk challenges where the majority of today’s conflicts evolve from unaddressed social tensions. Combining Al Thuraya Consultancy solutions and work in this field becomes a welcomed change as we have always been promoting the layered approach, building relations with local communities, strong intelligence-based decisions and preventive measures in contrast to usual approach of deterrence,” says Roberto Chiavon, Director of Corporate Security Services at Al Thuraya Consultancy.

“Today’s customers request different solutions than they did couple of years ago. From the rigid scenarios of standard security companies and their daily deterring approach, we now hear more requests towards solutions of low-profile risk mitigation solutions, relationship building and networking on the ground. Along with that, high capacity of immediate response is requested in case the volatile quietness erupts into a sudden crisis. These solutions mean market entry studies, cultural awareness trainings, medical and evacuation plans and execution,” names few of the rising demands Jeremiah Davis, Director of Consultancy, Al Thuraya Consultancy.

As he adds, today’s expatriate security, project and procurement managers grew in their environmental awareness to add a question of security to whatever decision they take. Thus, the demand for ground-experienced security consultants grows. As J.Davis points out, hunger for new solutions, such as predictive intelligence scenarios or cyber vulnerabilities assessments, is visible during the meetings with clients.

“Al Thuraya Consultancy has a history and the ability to support a customer as we are known for transforming complex, dynamic challenges into intuitive, living solutions, that support both the customer and the communities we support”, explains CEO of Al Thuraya Holdings, Michael Padilla-Pagan Payano. “By no means we can skip the basic physical security layer, but the time has come for companies to hear that risk mitigation spreads wide beyond a security guard sitting in front of their premise, as social risk has distinct impacts on various industries as so this is driving the need for customized solutions that integrate on a social risk dimensions”, he adds.

By the latest transformation, Al Thuraya Holdings also clearly states that entities with a name of Al Thuraya Security are in no business or ownership connection to Al Thuraya Holdings and are just brands of similar name, yet completely independent entities with no affiliation to Al Thuraya Holdings. All of the security and risk mitigation solutions by Al Thuraya Holdings will be, from now on, covered under the united brand of Al Thuraya Consultancy.

As part of the transaction, all intellectual properties, domain sites and customers former owner, has exited its stake as well as all assets have been acquired by Al Thuraya Consultancy and hence all offices are and have been rebranded as Al Thuraya Consultancy.

Al Thuraya Holdings is a holding company that gives resources, freedom, and focus to ambitious projects to make their ideas happen. Al Thuraya Holdings engages in the business of acquisition and operation in variety of companies.

Al Thuraya Holdings is making that future more productive, more secure and more sustainable. We create intelligent solutions, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation systems. At its core, that promise is about delivering innovation that make people’s lives – and the world – better.

For more information, please contact: Lubomir.Cech@EventPro.Media, +421 907 522 073