Why E-Safe

UAE – A ROLE MODEL FOR CHILD PROTECTION
The UAE is a centrally located regional hub with world class infrastructure. More than 206 nationalities reside here which means the influx of digital information into the country can come from anywhere around the world. According to recent statistics the UAE has world’s second highest internet penetration at 92% with over 8.8 million residents now online. The country also tops the region in smartphone user penetration at 64.6%

UAE has always been a frontrunner in championing the issues related to child protection and online abuse. The Ministry of Interior’s Child Protection Center launched an awareness campaign this April, with the slogan “Together to Prevent Child Abuse”. This November, they also joined forces with the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) which is an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private sector partners dedicated to combating online child sexual abuse.

Some of the long terms goals and initiatives of the government of UAE, like the Vision 2021, reflect their visionary approach to develop and advance human society and provides platforms that are aligned with the project strategy and goals embedded in the proposed program.
OUR UNIQUE STRATEGIC PILLARS

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Prevention:

  • Awareness
  • Education

Protection:

  • Safety
  • Escalation

Empowerment:

  • Promotion
  • Re-integration

OUR CAPACITY
E-Safe foundation was established with the prime goal of creating a safer online experience for the society and protecting children from all types of exploitation. We have a team of experienced professionals who have many years of global knowledge and skills to back us. The speed at which the violence is being perpetrated against children calls for an urgent response from the society.
The expert domain knowledge of the E-SAFE executive team in collaboration with other international experts would carry out trainings, capacity building, awareness raising, legal and policy advocacy related to Internet safety. The organisation will capitalise on the team’s strong linkages with UN and expert global agencies to implement global best practices locally with a nuanced understanding of the nation’s cultural and ethical values.

CAUSE – BACKGROUND AND CHALLENGES

As technology matures and spreads, the acceptance of social network and internet become more widespread. But it has been observed by E-SAFE and other major child rights agencies globally (including UNICEF) that measures to protect children from exploitation using ICTs is largely inadequate.

Moreover children and youth are gaining access to inappropriate content that distorts normal perceptions and impede the natural development of children. Increasingly, the online space is becoming a territory for online offenders to communicate with each other and take advantage of the gaps in legislation by misusing the tools that were developed for normal communication purposes. With the popularity of the internet, all these problems will only escalate to a higher level. Our children can only stay protected when we, as a country can continue to have total confidence on the online environment for learning, sharing information, education, entertainment and all digital e-governance services.

E-Safe foundation has been established with the very goal of creating a safer online experience for the society with a key focus of safeguarding the rights of children to ensure they can benefit from the advances of internet technology while remaining protected from all types of exploitation.
OUR MISSION
We are a UAE based, non-profit organization that strives to be a centre of excellence, aiming to empower society to use Internet responsibly and to protect children from online risks by educating and raising awareness, building capacity, assuming an observatory and advisory role, and collaborating with multi-stakeholders to contribute to the nation’s prosperity.
THE E-SAFE VISION
To be a sustainable and globally recognized hub for Child Online Protection by 2021.
THE JOURNEY SO FAR

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

“As a country which upholds humanity and child empowerment as its core values, child internet protection is a major factor that we have to tackle. E-SAFE is working in close tandem with the government and other international agencies to help provide efficient solutions to this great social menace”
OUR TEAM

Dr. Abdulla Mohamed Al Mehyas
Chairman, E-SAFE Society
no_imageColonel Engineer Dr. Abdulla Mohamed Al Mehyas is one of the first local civil engineers who has served in the armed forces for 20 years .He played a significant role in the urban development of the country and contributed to the development of facilities such as Sheikh Zayed Hospital, Officers Club Hotel and Harbor Towers etc.

Dr. Abdulla Al Mehyas has received several awards throughout his career such as the Excellence Service Medal of HH the Minister of Defence and the Rashid Excellence Award. He also contributed to the liberation of the State of Kuwait in 1992.

Dr. Abdulla embodies the values of loyalty to his country, generosity and hospitality and is working endlessly to help people in need. He has helped orphans, the sick, built
Mosques, Islamic centres and educational institutions; in many countries around the world such as Britain, Tanzania, Chad and Pakistan.

He is currently helping retirees by rehabilitating them and paying their debts through his membership in the Retired Military Personal Association. He is committed to improve the Emirati-German relationship through the Emirate German Friendship Society.

Ms Meera Al Mansoori
Vice Chairperson
no_imageMs Meera Al Mansoori is the acting Head of Information Security Unit at the Crown Prince Court, Abu Dhabi. She believes in leaving a unique fingerprint in her career as well as in the field of social responsibility. Her aim is for the ongoing enhancement of knowledge and skills that will improve her personality, career and experience.
She has won many awards including Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak award for the high school achievement and UAEU Achievement & Appreciation Certificate for Honor Students.

Eng. Adel Alkaff Al Hashmi
Treasurer
no_imageEng. Adel Alkaff is the Vice President ? Legal, Insurance Risk & Compliance of GASCO. He has over 27 year?s in-depth experience in Oil & Gas industry including 18 years of executive management experience within ADNOC Group. He has a proven track record of dependability motivation and result oriented innovation.

He has successfully achieved Emiratization targets and integration of competent U.A.E. nationals into leadership positions. He has won various corporate HSE and Projects Awards / Certificates, including Higher Colleges of Technology ?Best Innovation Award?. He is also the chairman of the British Computer Society.

Eng. Ali Alamadi
Secretary General
no_imageEng. Ali Alamadi is the CEO of EBDAA, an Emirati consultancy company established to provide innovative consultancy and awareness services in the region.

Eng. Ali Alamadi has a Master?s of Science in Information Technology with specialisation in Cyber Crime as well as QualysGuard specialist certification. He is currently working in Help AG as the manager of strategic security consulting. He conducts security risk assessments for diverse environments.

Besides Arabic and English, he speaks Italian, Farsi and Urdu fluently. He has written seven titles and is working on his eight.

H.E Dr Saeed Khalfan Al Dahri
no_imageDr Saeed Khalfan Al Dahri has a strong background in the use of ICT in the financial service industry. He has held many international positions like Chairperson of the International Morpho AFIS Group for Excellence (IMAGE) of SAGEM, Chairperson of the GCC ID Card Committee, Member of the International advising council of Government Technology forum etc

Currently, H.E. Dr. Saeed is the Chairman of the board of Smartworld Dubai, a joint venture between Etisalat and Dubai World Central. He was also elected to participate in an international space program held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), sponsored by NASA. Dr Saeed also serves on the judging panel of the UAE Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Award.

H.E Dr Mattar Al Neyadi
no_imageDr. Matar Hamed Al Neyadi serves as the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and holds a Doctorate in International Law from the University of Edinburgh.

He has held many important positions like Chairman of the follow-up and motor fuel prices, Chairman of the GCC Interconnection Authority management, Board member of the National Authority for the management of emergencies and crises and disasters etc.

Dr. Matar Neyadi also issued a number of legal publications, including: marine areas of United Arab Emirates, international treaties rules of general international law and basic documents in public international law.

Dr Najla Al Naqbi
no_imageDr Najla Al Naqbi is a Ph.D. professional in Educational Technology, Curriculum and Instruction with over 10 years combined experience in academic and management educational environments.  As e-Learning Programme Manager at Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) Office of Strategic Affairs, she is currently involved in all aspects of eLearning and distance learning projects at UAEU and ADEC public schools.

She has been accorded with BCS Award for outstanding personalities, Rashid Award for Academic Excellence, H.H. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Award and UAE University Certificates of Excellence

Mohamed Mustafa Saidalavi
CEO
no_imageMohamed Mustafa Saidalavi is a visionary social entrepreneur and acclaimed Business Systems specialist with a stellar professional and humanitarian career in UAE, spanning over two decades. An internationally patented inventor, Mohamed is currently a highly passionate and award-winning, regionally acclaimed activist for the protection and empowerment of children in online space.

An IT specialist by profession, Mr. Mustafa held the position of Senior Business Intelligence Analyst at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Distribution until late 2014. Coming aboard ADNOC as a Web Systems Architect in 2009, Mohamed designed and developed various ground-breaking systems and applications including a comprehensive Workflow system which comprised a whopping 85% of the Oil Distribution giant?s Intranet. When promoted to Business Intelligence Analyst in 2008, Mohamed was the brain behind some outstanding Data Intelligence systems which include Executive KPI management and Integrated Decision Support.

Tena Conil
Director – PR & Marketing
no_imageTena Conil is an award-winning communication personality with over a decade of accomplished Media expertise. He is also a passionate social worker and volunteer in the area of youth pedagogy among expatriate teens in UAE and abroad.

Alongside his Advertising career, Tena has been volunteering as a youth educator and counselor in Dubai for over a decade. Over these years? interactions with teens and young adults, he had the opportunity to research the effects of cyber addictions on youth. His activism in this area contributed to his authoring several documents including, “Proposal to Verma Commission on the Influence of Online Technology in Youth Delinquents: Background Studies in Aid of the Suggested Amendments to Criminal Laws Relating to the Safety of Women in India”

A recipient of various Creative and Marketing awards including Dubai Lynx, Tena was recently honoured with the international Best Infographic Award on “Online Addiction and It’s Effects on Youth and Society” from Covenant Eyes, Michigan – USA.

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