John Donlon advises Restrata on Policing, Port Security, Critical National Infrastructure Protection and Counter-Terrorism. John joined Restrata after 33 years with the Police Service where he was working for the Association of Chief Police Officers (Terrorism and Allied Matters). He is an internationally recognised intelligence and protective security expert for designing security and risk management strategies and policies. He is a specialist in development of different counter terrorist tactics and technologies for the physical protection of people and premises.
John is also a highly effective facilitator and negotiator, who uses well developed interpersonal skills and has strongly influenced and shaped central governmental policies over a number of years. He is currently the President of European Association of Airport and Seaport Police, a Director of the International Interport Police, a Fellow of the Security Institute and an Executive Board Member of National Aviation Security Committee.
Tarek is an experienced executive with an international career in the technology and management consulting industry, who joined Restrata in 2016 as a Senior Adviser. Tarek worked for established Fortune 100 companies as well as in startups and transformational environments where he successfully led quick and safe turnarounds and business critical interventions.
Tarek’s experience spans across several international markets (USA, Near East, Middle East and Africa) in management consulting, technology services, strategic outsourcing, hardware, software and across several industries, clusters of countries in developed and developing economies.
Tarek is currently the CEO of Coordinates. A strategy, operation and execution management firm that helps technology companies achieve revenue and profitability improvement, operational excellence, safe turnaround, portfolio and partnership management and efficient market entry in the Middle East.
Prior to Coordinates, Tarek was the Managing Director for Cisco for 10 years (2004-2014) where led the strategic direction, investment and overall execution of Cisco’s total business in the MENA region.
In 2005, He spearheaded the mission of establishing Cisco presence in the region by investing in people, offices, legal entities and developing relationships with governments, service providers and large enterprises.
Tarek has been voted twice (2011, 2012) as the top Networking and Communication Executive in MENA and MENA’s 6th most powerful technology executive. Prior to Cisco, Tarek had a career with Schlumberger (1997-2002) as UAE country manager and then leading business development and consulting practice across ME and Asia. Between 2002-2004 he took the job of a country general manager for Gulf & Levant for 3Com where he successfully turned around the operation, built the team and managed to secure significant business for 3Com in the region.
Tarek had several global assignments in United States, India, Egypt and continue to be part of global working teams collaborating on global matters including Emerging markets, Smart and Connected Communities initiatives among others.
Tarek is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and Young Arab Leaders (YAL).
Dame Glynne Evans
Dame Glynne advises Restrata on its work for British and overseas Governments, with links to the science and technology sectors, International Organisations and NGOs in addition to her role as an advisor to the Director of the Defence Academy and an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute.
She was a British diplomat for 34 years serving in Buenos Aires, UN New York and Brussels and on secondment to the UN Secretariat and developed particular expertise on the EU, UN and international peacekeeping, conflict and humanitarian affairs on which she lectured regularly at Defence and War Colleges in the UK and overseas. She was Ambassador to Chile and later to Portugal and worked with major British companies to help promote their export interests in those markets.
Dame Glynne holds a PhD in Latin American History from University College London and was a University lecturer in Latin American history before joining the FCO. On secondment from the FCO she was also a Research Associate at the International Institute of Strategic Studies and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the NATO Defence College. Since retirement, she has been a Research Associate at the Royal United Services Institute and an Advisor to the Director of the Defence Academy.
Alasdair joined Restrata having spent the last 2 years working in the cyber security domain, firstly acting as a CTO and MD of new tech start up building a Cyber Security Operations Centre for UK G Cloud customers based on unique UK originated technology, and also over that period having been appointed to advise a key friendly government in the ME region on national security and intelligence issues.
Prior to that, Alasdair was the MD of QinetiQ’s cyber security and national security business; where he led a 300 man business which was responsible for providing specialist engineering support to national security clients and in also providing specialist cyber defence managed services to government departments and key blue chip clients such as BA and the Bank of England.Before that, he was one of practice leads within Ove Arup’s security and resilience practice and also was their commercial lead. He acted as Programme Manager of a number of multi-disciplinary security design programmes and developed significant experience working in the Middle East.
He joined Arup from QinetiQ, where in his first stint in that company he was the operations director for their technical assurance consulting business. Prior that he worked as Principal Consultant with Anite Plc working with clients such as Airbus, MBDA and BAE Systems on how to improve strategic account management and CRM.