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9/11 and 7/7: New York and London share lessons learned with Mumbai’s business community

London First, London’s influential business organisation, has today joined Bombay First colleagues in Mumbai for a conference on security and lessons learned from the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in New York in 2001 and 7/7 in London in 2005.  Speakers at the conference also included Deputy Mayor Richard Barnes and a panel of security experts from the UK and US.

Richard Bingley, Executive Director of Security and Policing at London First, said:

“One of London First’s strengths is our ability to bring together business and policing and security authorities.  Working together, we can build on our various experiences to help prevent and recover from future terrorist attacks.

“We welcome the opportunity to share our lessons learned, alongside those of our American colleagues, with Mumbai after the terrible recent attacks. This is just the beginning of a sustained partnership that will help prepare and protect our respective countries.  It’s good to see that Mumbai, like London following 7/7, is resilient and open for business.”

Talks this week are designed to develop practical solutions to increase the partnership between the public and private sectors in the face of terrorist and security threats.  They will also build on and reinforce relationships between Mumbai, London and New York.
Background:
The panellists attending the conference are:

Richard Barnes, Deputy Mayor of London and Chairman of the London Assembly 7th July Review Committee

Richard Bingley, Executive Director, Security & Policing, London First

Gerard McAtamney, London First Resilience Network

Brett Lovegrove, former Head of Counter Terrorism, City of London Police; and Director of Valentis Bridge Ltd

David Olive, Principal, Catalyst Partners and former advisor at the Department for Homeland Security

Emily Landis Walker, Member of the Private Sector Advisory Committee, Department of Homeland Security and former 9/11 Commission Staff Member

Michael Berkowitz, Regional Head of Corporate Security and Business Continuity Asia Pacific, Deutsche Bank
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Notes to Editors
1. London First is a business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure

2. London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes all of London’s universities as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts. London First members represent over a quarter of London’s GDP.

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