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Kim Schofield - Hjelseth

A proven business development executive, Kim has over 35 years’ experience in manufacturing engineering and international business development.  Kim’s clients have included globally recognized companies in defense, aviation, security, telecommunications, hospitality, retail, healthcare, education and business risk analysis industries.

An inspirational and motivating leader she was a board member and president of both AMCHAM Abu Dhabi and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, for over 8 years.

Kim’s understanding of the needs and difficulties of OEMs seeking to satisfy their Offset liabilities spans over 30 years and is widely respected.

Her strategic view and approach, matched with her close working relationships with all stakeholders in the offset value chain, provides her an unprecedented 360°-degree view of the benefits, barriers and operational imperatives faced by the key stakeholders and beneficiaries – especially UAE suppliers, to access and be part of the global supply chain sector.

Rob Castro

Rob’s specialization is business strategic and tactical development and has advised both the Public and Private sectors in more than 15 countries.

Rob has tremendous experience with global business practices and cultures and has implemented programs for bi and multilateral agencies. Global competitiveness built on local capacity is central to his approach to ensure sustainability in all initiatives in which he has been involved.

Rob developed strategic plans for the UAE Federation of Chambers and the Abu Dhabi Chamber’s International Centre for Organizational Excellence. He was Strategic Advisor for the Al Ain Municipality and was a member of the review team for the Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030.

His understanding of the roles and maturity of both down-stream and up-stream stakeholders and their impact on new initiatives has helped ensure the most effective and sustainable business models are identified and where Gaps are determined, new initiatives proposed.

Lane Kjellsen

Lane Kjellsen, CEO, founded the company in 2003 after retiring from a 22-year career as a U.S. Army Special Operations Warfighter. During his career, he became a seasoned subject matter expert in small unit tactics, counter-terrorism and counter insurgency. He filled a principal role as a Combat Developer focused on advancing capabilities in the areas of explosive breaching and thermobaric weapons.

In his role with K2, Mr. Kjellsen provides strategic vision to the executive leadership team and to the company as a whole. He coordinates and provides key decision making on strategic direction and company pursuits.

Throughout the past 15 years, Mr. Kjellsen has focused K2 on providing combat development, counter IED, and security solutions. He maintains a primary focus on the use of canines as security and force multipliers. As a successful amateur Labrador retriever trainer and handler at the Field Trial level, Mr. Kjellsen was on the cutting edge of the development and use of canines in improvised explosive device (IED) detection.

Today, Mr. Kjellsen has expanded K2’s canine focus to include: Person-Borne explosives detection in high threat/high vulnerability environments; detection of hidden explosives in air freight and air cargo; oil spill detection; stand-off explosives detection; and the training of dual and multi-purpose canines.

Meghan Whitt, Esq.

Meghan Whitt began working at K2 in 2012 and serves as the company’s corporate counsel.

Meghan has a Bachelor of Arts from the Pennsylvania State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore. After graduating from law school, and prior to joining K2, she clerked for both the Maryland District Court and the Court of Special Appeals.

Meghan also spent time in Africa on and off between 2008 and 2010, where she provided volunteer legal services to widows in a small village outside the city of Eldoret. Meghan currently lives in Southern Pines, NC with her husband and 20 month old daughter.

Clark Hjelseth

Special Forces veteran of over 21 years, his service culminating in 7 years of tactical leadership at the Nation’s premiere Special Mission Unit (SMU), specializing in both sniping and reconnaissance operations.

Program and contract manager with over 20 years’ experience in high risk security environments. Program manager for an experimental K9 test project with the objective of tracking down terrorists emplacing IED’s, and subduing them.

Recognized expert in Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and counter Drone defense training and doctrine.

Lanie Delong

My background: Law Enforcement Officer, K9 decoy, handler, breeder and trainer for patrol, narcotics, explosives, bed bug and tracking.

EED handler for K2, COTF-1 DHS/FEMA live find K9 handler, own/operate Blue Dog K9, LLC for K9 training and sales for law enforcement and detection.

I have degrees in Microbiology and equine science and worked in an orthopedic research lab.

Tracy Campbell

Tracy Campbell, Vice President, Canine Operations, is responsible for the day-to-day canine operations at the Canine Training Canter. Tracy maintains a high standard for canine care and training as well a superb work ethic for canine handlers and trainers.

Tracy Campbell is a retired police officer with the City of Fayetteville with over 25 years of experience as dog handler and trainer. He has handled patrol dogs on the streets of Fayetteville for over 21 years and is also a Veteran of the United States Army.

Tracy has trained officers and soldiers from all over the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Iraq, and Nigeria. He is a Master Trainer with the International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA), a General Instructor with the State of North Carolina, an Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms (ATF) Evaluator, and the Vice President of the IPWDA. Tracy has served on the following boards: National Explosive Detector Canine Advisory Board (NECAB), Scientific Working Group on Dog (SWGDOG), and Orthogonal Detector Guidelines.

Jordan Murray

Jordan Murray is our Commercial Sales Manager for K2 Solutions, Inc. and General Manager for True American Properties, LLC. She is responsible for selling all canines, products, training courses, and services to our commercial customers.

In conjunction with her duties as the Commercial Sales Manager, Jordan is also the General Manager for True American Properties (TAP), LLC. As General Manager, she is responsible for managing a wholly-owned subsidiary that is used for lodging.

The apartments are available to our students attending courses, as well as any government or commercial client interested in short- term housing while in Southern Pines, NC.

Jordan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Leadership Studies and a concentration in Resort and Club Management from Methodist University.

rachel royston

Rachel Royston is a Project Manager at K2 Solutions Inc., where she has devoted her time to managing 30 handlers, 27 clients and events nationwide. Most recently, Rachel provided oversite, planning, and execution of the successful deployment of 70 Explosive Detection Canine Handler Teams from various locations throughout the United States to support security efforts for Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida. 


Rachel received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, and recently achieved a Masters in Project Management with a minor in leadership through Northeastern University. Throughout Rachel’s career, she has worked in many industries as a Project Manager, including clinical drug trials, veterinary medicine, construction, Government contracting, quality control, and security.  This diverse background allows for creative problem solving and risk management. 

derek chen

I founded Strategic International, LLC in order to advance international business sales by implementing well-developed strategies that are compliant with export control laws. I also strive to properly position companies and advocate their interests before national and international government entities. Ultimately, I truly enjoy supporting my clients and helping them successfully navigate the world of international commerce.

Dr. Tom Deeb

Dr. Deeb has extensive experience in the development and execution of pandemic preparedness programs and the development of biochemical remediation technologies.

T&M Associates led the joint interagency task force that developed the US government overseas response to HPAI.  These systems, protocols, and processes are still in use by US agencies today.

He was the project leader for the largest avian influenza live fire exercise conducted by the World Bank as well as outbreak response in several countries.   He is a frequent speaker on pandemics and businesses preparedness in response to pandemics.

He has worked in over 30 countries in Africa, Middle East, and Former Soviet Union. He has a PhD in Chemistry from Texas A&M University and a BS in Chemistry from Illinois State University.

Dr. Maria Beug-Deeb

Dr. Beug-Deeb has extensive experience in laboratory and diagnostic capacity, risk analysis, quality systems  and international and private sector quality management.

She has worked with governments and donors in Africa, Asia, and Former Soviet Union to design, develop, and execute laboratory and certification systems that support human health, animal health, food safety, and exports. Her work has led significant investments in capacity and capability in over 15 countries.

She has provided the operations management for the DuPont Food Solutions auditing and consulting business. She also has significant experience in pandemic preparedness and biohazard remediation: developing the on-site response program, processes, testing, and surveillance still used by US agencies.

Maria is coinventor on a patent for disinfection technologies with a 99.9999% kill in less than 1 min, in the presence of body fluids, dirt and grime. Prior to founding T&M Associates, Dr. Beug-Deeb worked for DuPont.  She has a PhD in Chemistry from Texas A&M University and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Maryland.

She is Chair for the Chemical Businesses Group of the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society.

Elizabeth Deeb

Elisabeth Deeb is key technical consultant, lead trainer, and business development expert for T&M Associates.  She has worked across several industries including music, automotive, advanced technologies, consumer products, oil and gas where she has worked with clients to develop, design, and engineer new products, as well as execute market entry strategies.

In her work on nanomaterials she developed and trained others on HSE requirements and protocols in the handling and disposal of highly poisonous and toxic substances.  She graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Music Technology from Georgia Institute of Technology.

She is Chair of the Atlanta Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and served on the OTC Next Wave Committee for young professionals in the oil and gas industry.

Angela Elliot Mathis

The company, founded in 2007, creates novel ‘Mathematical Frameworks’ – engineering software based on advanced data analysis, Augmented Reality Systems – to deal with ‘the complexity of Reality’ and to solve ‘wicked’ 21st century industrial and engineering problems in energy, aeronautics, space, health and banking services.

Angela is a Council member of ADS Scotland, the UK trade body for Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space, and is on the Market and Economics Advisory Group of the UK Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI).

She also served 5 years on the Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC), advising the Scottish Government on science related policies and legislation.

Her 35-year professional history is in international technology commercialization.

In the early 1990s, in response to the ‘ozone crisis’, whilst at I.C. I. Polyurethanes (Belgium), Angela successfully commercialised a novel CFC-free and recyclable product for the sofa and mattress industries, branded as ‘Waterlily – comfort cushioning’.

In 1999 she launched the Iomega Zip drive across Europe achieving $600m revenue in 2 years, and went on to lead the commercial expansion of independent internet service and data warehousing provider, PSINet Europe.

She is a Global Scot, having lived and worked in Paris, Brussels, Geneva and Freiberg, Germany for over 20 years, and has served on the Board of SIE (Scottish Institute for Enterprise) for 12 years

Dr. Cyrille Mathis

Dr. Cyrille Mathis, Chief Scientific Officer and Director, ThinkTank Maths Limited

Dr. Mathis has a broad scientific and research background, including Mathematics and Engineering, (French Grande Ecole).

He has a medical training in Neurology and Psychiatry with clinical research at St Anne Hospital, Paris, he also holds a Doctorate in Epistemology (Sorbonne, Paris).

Alan D. Stuart

I am a projects lawyer based in Edinburgh, Scotland with over 30 years’ experience in assisting clients to achieve their goals.

I specialise in projects and development work and deal with IT, Space Science, Life Sciences, Software and Houses and International Contracts. I lecture on IT and International Contracts, am a member of the Society of Computers and the Law. I am one of the few UK members of the International Institute of Space Law to which you have to be elected by the IISL. I am Member of the International bar Association Space Law Committee, accredited as a Legal Technologist by the Law Society of Scotland.

I am a consultant for other Law Firms in relation to IT and other commercial contracts, the retained lawyer for the past 4 years and am a Director of Stevenson Astrosat, the retained lawyer for Envisage Space.

I am the retained lawyer for ResDiary which is one of the largest Restaurant booking platforms in the world with over 15.5 million bookings per month. I act for dozens of technology clients from start-ups to global companies and draft and negotiate a wide range of space science related contracts with Government Institutions, Municipalities, Universities, Satellite Companies, Hardware Suppliers, Data suppliers, NASA, ESA, DLR and UKSA.

Professor Christene Leiper

Christene attended Sydney University, RMIT University Melbourne, and achieved a Professorship of Medicine and Life Sciences at Bond University Queensland.

Her specialisation is Nuclear Medicine as well as a wide range of therapeutic areas. Christene’s extensive international experience in many disciplines also as medical liaison and principal investigator for clinical trials enables her to operate across disciplinary boundaries within clinical research in a coherent and productive manner.

Christene is the president of the International BioDiscovery Federation and a Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Stephen Leiper

a fully qualified histologist, Stephen began his career almost thirty years ago in sales of diagnostic products to clinical laboratories.

He later developed his skills in identifying commercially available molecular products and tools to assist academics in cutting edge clinical research and worked for some of the world’s largest molecular research companies. Stephen is also an expert in protein electrophoresis through his work at Helena Laboratories over a period of five years.

Stephen took up his role as CEO, and founded Onorach with his partner, Professor Christene Leiper in 2009. He has led the corporate development of the company since that time.

Jackie Purdie

Jackie has ownership of QM/QA across all activities in Onorach including all study related activities. This role includes audit, development of SOPs, development of study related documentation, vendor management, development and delivery of training programs. Jackie also provides Senior CRA support when required.

Jackie’s extensive experience comes from a background in Clinical Research as a CRA/Senior CRA providing complete trial support from Investigator selection to close-out over a period of more than 22 years.

She has extensive experience in all phases of Clinical Trials and covering a wide range of Therapeutic areas including but not limited to IND’s; Device Studies; Vaccine Studies; Nutraceutical Studies. She has a comprehensive and extensive understanding of GCP and Clinical Trial legislation/regulation knowledge in many countries.

Despina Daliani

Despina is one of Onorach’s Clinical Research Associates and is responsible for tasks including (but not limited to) monitoring, report writing, recruitment checking and documentation development and inspection according to SOPs and GCP guidelines. She has been involved in closing-out studies of more than 500 patients and is experienced at working on complex studies with challenging timelines.

Despina has a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science, a course accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, and has completed a funded MSc in Food and Drink Innovation. She currently holds two publications from both of her obtained degrees.

Prior to joining Onorach, Despina worked for GSK Montrose, a site responsible for producing over 400 million vaccines per year. She worked in the plant’s vaccine area, with duties including Microbiology and Quality Assurance.

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85 FR 62583

Implementation of Certain New Controls on Emerging Technologies Agreed at Wassenaar Arrangement 2019 Plenary

This final rule implements multilateral controls on six recently developed or developing technologies, which were identified by the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) December 2019 WA Plenary Meeting in a manner contemplated by the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (ECRA) to identify emerging technologies that are essential to U.S. national security.  The six emerging technologies are:

  • Hybrid additive manufacturing (AM)/computer numerically controlled (CNC) tools (2B001),
  • Computational lithography software designed for the fabrication of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) masks (3D003),
  • Technology for finishing wafers for 5nm production (new ECCN 3E004),
  • Digital forensics tools that circumvent authentication or authorization controls on a computer (or communications device) and extract raw data (5A004.b),
  • Software for monitoring and analysis of communications and metadata acquired from a telecommunications service provider via a handover interface (5D001.e), and
  • Sub-orbital craft (9A004.h, 9A515.a).

This rule harmonizes the CCL with the WA December 2019 Plenary Meeting agreements that pertain to these six technologies.  As these six technologies are recently developed or developing technologies that are essential to the national security of the United States, early implementation of the applicable WA December 2019 Plenary agreements is warranted.  The remaining WA 2019 Plenary agreements will be implemented in a separate rule.

BIS Final Rule

Dear AHK Members and Friends,

The German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK)  in cooperation with SCHLÜTER GRAF Legal Consultants cordially invite you to the Joint Seminar:

“Localisation & Local Content in the UAE”

Date: Wednesday, 30th October 2019

9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
(Registration & Networking starts at 8:30AM)

Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island

For further information: Tel.: +971 4 431 3060

Localisation programs have a long tradition in the UAE. While the defense industry has typically used so-called “offset” or Industrial Cooperation programs; ADNOC has launched an In-Country Value (ICV) program, which was followed by the Abu Dhabi Value (ADV) program soft-launched by the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Abu Dhabi. Offset and ICV/ADV programs are procurement-driven and require a reciprocal economic contribution to the UAE, of a designated percentage of the value of the contract awarded. Foreign defense companies are granted offset credits under the Tawazun program in exchange for meeting their localisation commitments. Under the ICV/ADV programs, suppliers are granted a localisation score based on their local “footprint”.


  1. Registration & Networking
  2. Welcome Address
    Oliver Oehms, CEO, German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK)
  3. Legal Insights on
    – ADNOC’s In-Country Value Program (ICV);
    – Department of Economic Development’s Abu Dhabi Value Program (ADV); and
    – Tawazun Economic Council’s Economic Program

    Dr. Constantin Frank-Fahle, LL.M., Senior Lawyer, SCHLÜTER GRAF Legal Consultants
  4. Localisation Programs in the UAE – Update on the Programs’ Status
    Dr. Tom Deeb, T&M Associates
  5. Finding and Implementing a Unified Localisation Strategy in the GCC
    Michael Hackenbruch, Senior Manager Commercial, McDermott (tbc)
  6. Offset and Synergies with ICV/ADV
    Kim Schofield, Managing Partner, O2K Limited
  7. Panel Discussion:
    How can the defense and oil & gas industries collaborate to satisfy their localisation/offset requirements? Synergies between the industries and opportunities to leverage.
    – Doug McEwan, Director of Marketing and Contracts – Middle East and Asia, Borr Drilling Management DMCC
    – Helmut Reichelt, Head of Diehl Defence Representative Office Abu Dhabi
    Moderation: Oliver Oehms, CEO, German Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce (AHK)
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June 13, 2019

AmCham Abu Dhabi Announces Newly Elected 2019-2020 Board of Directors

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. – AmCham Abu Dhabi held its 2019 Annual General Meeting at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers on June 12, where the members of the 2019-2020 Board of Directors were elected and the new amendments to the Constitution were announced.

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Supply Chain Due Diligence Laws Go Orange—Netherlands Latest to Pass Legislation.

On May 14, 2019, the Dutch Senate passed a long-awaited Child Labor Due Diligence Law,1 which places obligations on companies selling goods or services to Dutch consumers as well as companies otherwise doing business in the Netherlands to take certain steps to prevent child labor in their supply chains. The Dutch bill first passed the lower house of parliament in 2017, and makes the Netherlands the latest in a line of countries and jurisdictions who have adopted laws relating to addressing human rights concerns in the private sector.

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June 13 2019

AmCham Abu Dhabi Announces Newly Elected 2019-2020 Board of Directors

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. – AmCham Abu Dhabi held its 2019 Annual General Meeting at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers on June 12, where the members of the 2019-2020 Board of Directors were elected and the new amendments to the Constitution were announced. On July 1, 2019 the following individuals will assume roles as Board Officers and Members-at-Large for a one year term that will expire June 30, 2020.

Board Officers:
  • Chairman: Jay Huston, General Manager, Orbital ATK Middle East L.L.C., Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Defense Systems Group
  • Vice Chairman: Alan L. Davis, Chief Executive, Raytheon Emirates Ltd.
  • Treasurer: Frank Conway, Senior Advisor, Mubadala Investment Company
  • Secretary: Charles Laubach, Partner, Afridi & Angel

    Members-at-Large (alphabetical order):

  • Steve Abdenour, Chief Operating Officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
  • Nasser Al Osaiba, Managing Partner, Abu Dhabi Global Advocacy and Legal Counsel
  • Elissar Farah Antonios, Chief Executive Officer, Cluster Head for Levant & Iraq, Citibank – U.A.E.
  • Leslie Bellas, Consultant – Environmental Programs, RTI International
  • Yvette L. Campbell, Institutional Advancement Director, American Community School of Abu Dhabi
  • Rula Dajani, Country Director, AMIDEAST U.A.E. Michael Dishman, Senior Managing Director, Middle East, Africa and South Asia, Oshkosh Defense
  • Mike Hanlin, F-16 Program Manager – Middle East & North Africa, Lockheed Martin Global Inc.
  • Christian Lenoble, President & U.A.E. Lead Country Manager, Exxon (Al Khalij) Inc.
  • Kim Schofield, Managing Partner, O2K Ltd.
  • Dareen Zoughbi, Senior Director, Eastern Growth Markets, GE Healthcare, General Electric

The Annual General Meeting was kicked off with opening remarks by Executive Director Liz Beneski. Chairman Sharief Fahmy provided the Call to Order and an overview of AmCham Abu Dhabi. Following his remarks, Board Committee Chairs reported on their accomplishments over the last 12 months. The committees included Finance, Programs, Women in Business, Roundtables, U.S. – U.A.E. Public Affairs, Legal Affairs, Membership and Arts, Culture & Education. In addition, the 2019 Membership Directory was unveiled.

Sharief Fahmy, AmCham Abu Dhabi Chairman 2016 – 2019

Sharief Fahmy, on behalf of the 2018-2019 Board of Directors, acknowledged AmCham Abu Dhabi’s Falcon Club and Platinum Members, for their significant contributions to AmCham Abu Dhabi. In addition, the Board of Directors expressed their appreciation to Dr. Qaiser Anis and the Nominating Committee Members Josh Dobbs and Hana Al Kathib for their work putting together a slate of outstanding candidates. Furthermore, they extended their gratitude to Platinum Member Alliott Hadi Shahid Chartered Accountants who verified all votes and to all the Members of AmCham Abu Dhabi who participated in the 2019-2020 Board elections and attended the Annual General Meeting.

From Left to Right: Dareen Zoughbi, Senior Director, Eastern Growth Markets, GE Healthcare, General Electric; Christian Lenoble, President & U.A.E. Lead Country Manager, Exxon (Al Khalij) Inc.; Mike Hanlin, F-16 Program Manager – Middle East & North Africa, Lockheed Martin Global Inc.; Rula Dajani, Country Director, AMIDEAST U.A.E.; Nasser Al Osaiba, Managing Partner, Abu Dhabi Global Advocacy and Legal Counsel; Frank Conway, Senior Advisor, Mubadala Investment Company; Jay Huston, General Manager, Orbital ATK Middle East L.L.C., Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Defense Systems Group; Alan L. Davis, Chief Executive, Raytheon Emirates Ltd.; Elissar Farah Antonios, Chief Executive Officer, Cluster Head for Levant & Iraq, Citibank – U.A.E.; Leslie Bellas, Consultant – Environmental Programs, RTI International; Yvette L. Campbell, Institutional Advancement Director, American Community School of Abu Dhabi and Michael Dishman, Senior Managing Director, Middle East, Africa and South Asia, Oshkosh Defense.