Event Details

British Chamber of Commerce Abu Dhabi, Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi and AmCham Abu Dhabi invite you to the INSRC 2024 Joint Kick-Off Breakfast. This event marks the commencement of the International Search and Rescue Conference and Exhibition 2024, hosted by the National Search and Rescue Center.

When: Monday, February 12, 2024

Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Where: Tactic 3, Aloft Abu Dhabi

The International Search and Rescue Conference and Exhibition 2024 serves as a global nexus, uniting specialized speakers, companies, and experts from local, regional, and international levels. This platform will illuminate the diverse capabilities, experiences, and lessons learned in the dynamic realm of search and rescue.

Immerse yourself in an engaging morning filled with insights from industry leaders and experts. This breakfast event serves as a precursor to an exciting conference and exhibition, offering attendees a unique opportunity to glean insights, connect with industry peers, and contribute to the advancement of search and rescue efforts.

BCC AD members: AED 200

Guests: AED 250


  • RADM Melissa Bert (Senior Attorney and Senior Maritime and Homeland Security Consultant, Lexpat Global Services, Founder, Coast Guard Women’s Leadership Initiative)

    RADM Melissa Bert

    Senior Attorney and Senior Maritime and Homeland Security Consultant, Lexpat Global Services, Founder, Coast Guard Women’s Leadership Initiative

    Melissa Bert is an innovative leader, lawyer and strategist. She provides independent consultancy in strategic planning, organizational leadership, national security law and policy, criminal litigation, maritime and international law, diplomacy and capacity building, Intelligence law, negotiation and mediation. She has also served as a Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, and Federal On Scene Coordinator for oil and chemical spills. She recently transitioned from her role as the Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel of the Coast Guard. She previously served as the Coast Guard’s Director of Governmental and Public Affairs, where she synchronized the service’s external engagement with Congress, the Inter-agency, the media, and strategic partners and stakeholders.

    Her military service included with the Joint Force as Deputy Director of Operations for the U.S. Northern Command overseeing homeland defense and defense support for civil authorities for North America, as well as theater security cooperation with Mexico and The Bahamas.

    As a lawyer, she was Chief of the Coast Guard’s Maritime and International Law Office, and previously held positions as a prosecutor and military judge. For her legal expertise she was awarded the Young Military Lawyer of the Year for the Coast Guard by the American Bar Association in 1997 and the Judge Advocates Association Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney Award in 2006. Her operational tours included command of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, responsible for the shipping, ports and waterways of Southeastern Alaska; as Chief of Staff for the Seventh Coast Guard District, overseeing Coast Guard operations in the Southeastern United States and Caribbean; as well as two tours at sea, including one as the executive officer of a cutter.

    Core to her beliefs in advancing the next generation of talent, Melissa founded the Coast Guard Women’s Leadership Initiative; a grassroots-endowed nonprofit that actively supports and provides formal mentoring, leadership development, and business networking opportunities for young women in the U.S. Coast Guard.

    Melissa holds a J.D. from George Washington University and a B.S. in Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. She was a fellow in residence with the Council on Foreign Relations and Harvard University’s National Security Program; and published author featured in the New York Times, the Miami Herald, and the Boston Globe. She is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Proctor in Admiralty.

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  • Zakaria Bouhlel (Director, Business Development, of International SOS and BCC AD member)

    Zakaria Bouhlel

    Director, Business Development, of International SOS and BCC AD member

    Zakaria earned a bachelor’s degree in law in 2000 and a Master’s degree in Public Law in 2003 from Tunis Carthage University. In 2005, he pursued a career in banking with Mashreq Bank and in insurance with MSH Mobility Saint Honore (Ace Group) in Dubai.

    His professional journey with assistance business with International SOS started in 2008, when he became an Operations Coordinator and raised through the ranks to become Operations Manager in 2015. In 2017 he joined Air Rescue Group (RMSI at that time) where he played a pivotal role as Programme and Operations Manager to transform RMSI into Air Rescue Group in 2019.

    In his current role Zak leverages his expertise and collaborative approach to bring high performance to the field of air medical evacuations and their complex operations.

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BCC AD Member

This ticket is exlcusive to BCC AD members.

Standard Price د.إ190.48

This ticket is open to public.

Standard Price د.إ238.10


Aloft Abu Dhabi

Aloft Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

If you have any questions please contact Eunice Lois Dela Torre

Contact Organizer

+971 24457234

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