Posted on May 08, 2015

In 2022, Qatar will host one of the biggest sporting events in the world - the FIFA World Cup. In doing so it will become the first Arab country to host such a prestigious tournament, and perhaps the smallest country ever to do so.

So how does a small desert country with a population of less than 2 million manage such an event? How does Qatar ensure that the immense investment required delivers a sustainable return once the final has been played? That is one of the roles of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy. The SCDL was set up with the aim of ensuring the "successful delivery of all infrastructure required for Qatar to host an amazing and historic FIFA World Cup that is in line with national development plans and leaves a lasting legacy for Qatar, the Middle East and the world."

National Resilience Capability also stands to benefit from the staging of this major international event. All organizations – private and public – will be inspired to work together, building stronger and more resilient Qatar as a result. Dorothy Crossan is the Head of the National Resilience Capability Programme within the SCDL and she will be discussing 'Business Continuity and Resilience – A National Perspective' at the BCI Middle East conference in May.

During her presentation, Dorothy will highlight the potential role of the private sector in supporting national resilience which is a key building block in delivering a safe and secure event. Organizations exist within a national framework and are affected by potential risks beyond their control, however they are in a position to help mitigate the effects of these risks on their staff and customers, their organization, and consequently the wider community. A shared understanding of risks, built on clear authoritative advice and the promotion of good practice within and between sectors promotes consistency in planning focussed on assessed threats. In this way every organization can contribute to strengthening national resilience, strengthening their own in turn.

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Prior to her current position as Head of the National Resilience Capability Programme for Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Dorothy spent 25 years in the Metropolitan Police in the UK where she gained extensive experience in strategic planning on security matters, working at the National level. In 2011, she developed the London Security Resilience Framework to improve information-sharing, coordination and planning for protective security across the UK capital. She was closely involved in the development of London’s Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) programme, an innovative private sector engagement initiative developed for the London 2012 Olympics, still flourishing in legacy. She is a particular champion for the inclusion of private sector representatives in security exercises.

To learn more about what Dorothy has to say about national resilience, come along to the BCI Middle East Conference. There is a packed programme of activities throughout the two days of the conference so to find out more, or to book your place, click here.