Big interview – Malcolm C. Smith


Security Buyer catches up exclusively with Malcolm C. Smith, President of the 2022 Global Board of Directors for ASIS International 

Malcolm C. Smith, CPP, President of the 2022 Global Board of Directors for ASIS International. Malcolm is currently based in Qatar as Head of Risk Management & Technical Security of QM Authority; and Senior Executive Function of Al Haffa Consulting.  

What role does ASIS play within the global security profession? 

Founded in 1955, ASIS International is a membership association for security management professionals. We play an important role in advancing security worldwide. ASIS has 34,000 members in approximately 250 Chapters representing 158 countries.  

Can you reveal any strategic goals for ASIS for 2022 and beyond? 

Our 2024 strategic goals are: Accelerating Digital Transformation; Achieving Recognition for the Profession; Elevating the Security Function to influence Organisational Success; and Serving Global Needs.  

What experiences helped prepare you for your new global role in 2022? 

My blend of qualifications, progressive leadership and 35+ years international security management experience have groomed me for the President’s role in 2022. I’ve occupied senior management roles in different sectors and geographies. For instance, I was previously the Head of Global Security for a multinational oil company, and CEO of a private security company.  I’m serving as Volunteer Leader for the past 16 years, from Chapter Chair to Regional Vice President, to member of the ASIS International Strategic Planning Committee including several board committees. I have been a member of the ASIS Board of Directors since January 2017, and I will be the first President from Africa in the 66-year history of ASIS.  

What are the key benefits of ASIS membership to global security professionals? 

We offer members opportunities to build relationships, exchange ideas and share insights and best practices with peers globally. We publish standards and guidelines to serve member needs in today’s global environment. The ASIS Career HQ supports members in today’s workplace to help realise their full potential. Our Enterprise Security Risk management (ESRM) program positions members as essential business enablers. There’s more; we help members broaden their knowledge by industry sector and professional competency through our members-only subject-area communities. The ASIS Young professional’s community serve as the leading resource to educate and develop young careerists. Our Women in Security community support women in the security field. Our Mentorship program support members’ personal and professional development. The ASIS Foundation supports members with a variety of scholarships and grants. The CSO Center support security executives in career development and elevating them in the C-suite.  

How does ASIS educate and inform global security professionals on an ongoing basis?

ASIS have global reach through world-class digital platforms so members can easily access the information they need to succeed. We offer members with learning content that is global, mobile, digital, and agile. We inform members through our Security Management magazine, 34 subject matter communities of practices, and publications on best practice. For instance, we released the first report in a new digital transformation series – Blockchain, which is a guide for security professionals. Chapters deliver education opportunities at the local level. For example, the Middle East & North Africa region consists of 9 chapters, representing around 22 countries, for creating and sharing local or regional knowledge. 


To read the full interview see our December-January issue available in the new year.

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Rebecca Morpeth Spayne,
Editor, Security Portfolio
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