The subject of an internationally recognized standard for travel risk management has personal meaning to me because of my past involvement in this field and my role in the review of ISO 31030.
Following my U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service career, I joined the University of Washington (UW), Office of Global Affairs as their first Travel Security and Information Manager (TSIM). I established the University’s global travel security program. My mission was to support the welfare and safety of UW students, faculty, and staff traveling overseas on UW activities.
At UW, I was responsible for coordination of policies, procedures, and resources for the security, safety, and welfare of personnel traveling abroad for study or university business. In addition, I was in charge of developing and implementing emergency procedures, and emergency response services in the case of a health or safety emergency abroad.
I provided 24/7 international emergency response services. During my time at UW, I was responsible for the response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2011 Arab Spring unrest in Egypt, and the 2011 earthquake/tsunami in Japan.
As a member of the ASIS ad-hoc group reviewing the draft of ISO 31030 standard, I participated in three reviews to determine if the standard was technically acceptable, globally applicable, and reflected the key elements of managing travel risks.
ASIS International is a category a liaison organization for Technical Committee (TC) ISO/TC 262 on risk management and contributes to the work of the technical committee. ASIS International is the world’s largest organization for security management professionals with over 37,000 members and 200 chapters around the world.