Abu Dhabi School of Government and Rabdan Academy Organize a Special Forum to Tackle the Future Challenges of COVID-19 Pandemic

Abu Dhabi School of Government and Rabdan Academy Organize a Special Forum to Tackle the Future Challenges of COVID-19 Pandemic

Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates – April 20, 2020

Rabdan Academy, an Abu Dhabi based university specializes in safety, security, defense, emergency readiness and crisis management sectors, organized, in coordination with Abu Dhabi School of Government, a forum entitled “Strategic Business Continuity & Crisis Management Leadership”. The forum comprised three remote sessions, with the participation of faculty members, and a distinguished presence of high-level representatives of local government departments, general directors and executives. This forum comes within Rabdan’s strategy to enhance the expertise in the fields of business continuity and crisis management during disasters.

Dr. Faisal Al-Ayyan, Vice President of Rabdan Academy delivered the opening keynote speech welcoming the guests participating in the forum, who are senior leaders, officials and decision-makers in many government bodies in Abu Dhabi.

The sessions highlighted the continuity of businesses during crises and emergencies, the best forms of reaching the highest levels of resilience and readiness according to the highest quality levels, and reducing negative impacts of risks and threats, especially in light of the changes on the local and international arenas due to the spread of the novel Corona virus – COVID-19. In addition to dealing with strategic and macro-dynamic implication, and aspiration following COVID-19.

The forum commenced with the first session entitled “Strategic crisis management and business continuity for health pandemic (COVID-19)”, moderated by Dr. Khamis AlAbdouli, Assistant Professor of Business Continuity and Crisis Management Program. A group of instructors at Rabdan Academy participated in the first session, including Dr. Carlos Samuel, Assistant Professor, Business Continuity Management and Integrated Emergency Management Program, Dr. Khawla Al Hattawi, Assistant Professor, General Education Department and Foundation Programs, Dr. Amadeus Kubicek, Assistant Professor of Business Continuity Management and Integrated Emergency Management Program, Dr. Sudha Arlikatti, Dr. Komal Raj Aryal and Mr. Frank Delgrosso.

The first session focused on historical comparisons of the strategic risks of COVID-19 pandemic, methodologies for strategic risk assessment, strategic business continuity, and a comparison of risk assessment options and strategic response for the United States, Australia, and a number of East Asian countries.

“The strategic thinking behind involving faculty members of Rabdan Academy to lead the panel discussions reflects the level of readiness of our system which keeps pace with global educational trends and tools,” said Dr. Faisal Al Kaabi, Dean of Faculty at Rabdan Academy.  “The output of the sessions was a list of recommendations dictated by the current situation in which all efforts are joined to combat the pandemic of COVID-19,” he added.

Dr. Faisal AlKaabi moderated the second session, entitled “Strategic and macro-dynamic implication of COVID 19.” A number of faculty members participated in this session: Dr. John George Hatzadony, Assistant Professor, Homeland Security Program Chair, Dr. John Harrison, Associate Professor, Homeland Security Program, Dr. Jolene Gerrard, Assistant Professor, Homeland Security Program, Dr. Perry Stanislas, Assistant Professor, Bachelor of Police and Security Sciences program,  Dr.Mark Roycroft, Bachelor of Police and Security Sciences program, and Dr. Johannes Oosthuizen. This session focused on the economic and security impacts of COVID-19 pandemic, media and transparency, the media war between the superpowers, managing the continuity of the supply chain business of the Silk Road project, and the repercussions of the pandemic on United Nations and international organizations.  

The third session entitled, “Strategic Thinking and aspiration following COVID-19”, was moderated by Dr. Shamma Hamdoon Al-Naqbi, General Education and Foundation Program Chair at Rabdan Academy. The panelists of this session were Dr. Amanda Davis, Chair of Policing and Business Continuity Management Programs, Assistant Professor, Police and Security science Program, and Dr. Khamis AlAbdouli, Assistant Professor, Business Continuity and Crisis Management Program participated in the session.  Speakers addressed the best practices applied by the United Arab Emirates in light of COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of channeling resources to critical jobs, lessons learned for enhancing working environment, and finally planning for the future and being prepared for potential scenarios in a post COVID-19 world.

Dr. Shamma Al-Naqbi has concluded by saying: “The forum’s audience, comprised of high-level government leadership, were highly engaged in the topics and posed important questions and insights about business continuity and crisis management in times of disasters.”

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