KNOWLEDGE POINT provides discreet, nuanced and comprehensive solutions for tailored projects in military, government, medical and security training, assisting in identifying, evaluating, and mitigating risks while also developing and implementing solutions and strategies that address those risks. Talal Al Hashmi, Chief Executive Officer of KNOWLEDGE POINT, tells us how they transform organisations when it comes to managing, educating and training people. Excerpts from the interview:
KNOWLEDGE POINT offers programs and training modules in cyber awareness and information technology that focus on making people aware of their cyber surroundings – what to be aware of, how to view social media, and how to safeguard online profile
Talal Al Hashmi is the Chief Executive Officer of KNOWLEDGE POINT.In his role, he provides expertise and knowledge transfer to clients in the Defence, Government, Health, and Education sectors.Talal has unique experience in understanding the Armed Forces’ warfighting requirements based on his multiple combat deployments while serving with the Special Operations Command and led the Capabilities Based Assessment of the Land Forces, which began the Service’s transformation of today’s broadly recognised capable force.Furthermore, he possesses strong skills in leading change management, supply chain management, organisational assessments coupled with his many years of experience in the defence and security related sector.
Established in 2009, KNOWLEDGE POINT is now a leading international service provider for defence and security forces. How competitive is the sector and where does the company stand globally now?
With customer knowledge developed over a decade of experience, KNOWLEDGE POINT leverages global expertise, capabilities across several domains, and a diversified and proven team to deliver strategic, operational, and tactical results. Our projects are designed to provide knowledge transfer of proven processes that align with benchmarks that have been effectively executed in conflict areas around the world.
We provide discreet, nuanced and comprehensive solutions for tailored projects in military, government, medical and security training. We assist our clients in identifying, evaluating, and mitigating risks while also developing and implementing solutions and strategies that address those risks. We also leverage our deep-thinking knowledge to provide enduring relevance to create more effective, resilient, and innovative defence and security forces. KNOWLEDGE POINT’s competitive advantage is that through our assessments we get full understanding of the client’s needs and have the ability to deliver a holistic solution and all our contracts focus on knowledge transfer to develop local talent, and lay out ground work for customers to self-sustain.
Could you give us a detailed picture of KNOWLEDGE POINT’S services in education, consultancy and training? How successful the company has been in providing sustainable solutions and meeting clients’ expectations?
KNOWLEDGE POINT’score competencies are what is considered as among the fundamental pillars of effective defence and security organisations. And this includes capability-based assessment, concept development, doctrine development, SAT compliant education courses, individual and collective training, synthetic training environments, technical implementations, full-spectrum consultancy, modelling and simulation, and digital content. We follow a four-step Capabilities Based Assessment process to produce a comprehensive strategic implementation plan, enabling our clients to identify gaps and prioritize capabilities, based on levels of risk with intent to enhance mission success in the next conflict. Our other capabilities include Capability Maturity Model integration, contingency and crisis planning, continuous improvement process, curriculum development, defence acquisition strategy, deliberate planning, doctrine development,training needs analysis, integrated logistics support, information and communications technology infrastructure support to create the next generation of competent and confident leaders.Equipped with diverse experiences which can be applied to a wide variety of projects in the UAE and across the MENA region, our international team enable the application of proven techniques and knowledge transfer to build the client’s organic capabilities.
Could you shed some more light on how you transform organisations when it comes to managing, educating and training their people?
At KNOWLEDGE POINT, we believe that education is fundamental to enduring organisational improvement. And with time, effort and investment we help large organisations sequence their members through education and training programme. Once established, monitored and refined over the years, it will be the key denominator in creating next generation of competent and confident leaders.
Our multicultural mix of experts from around the world come with extensive experience in military and security operations, combat deployments, research, project management, sustainment support and talent development/ management. Equipped with diverse experiences which can be applied to a wide variety of projects in the UAE and across the MENA region, our international team enable the application of proven techniques and knowledge transfer to build the client’s organic capabilities.
Our comprehensive portfolio of both technical and training solutions and services are built on proven methodologies and a thorough training needs analysis. We provide our customers with measurable results, improved training and readiness, and superior performance while identifying efficiencies, and cost reductions.
What is your expertise in cyber awareness?
Safeguarding one’s online identity and personally identifiable information has become more and more important in recent years. This is especially true for our children who are introduced to the online environment from the moment they start school. As a result,we offer programs and training modules in cyber awarenessand information technology that focus on creating awareness in people of every age, starting with primary years school aged children, that focuses on making people aware of their cyber surroundings – what to be aware of, how to view social media, and how to safeguard your online profile
What are the immediate goals and objectives you have set for the company next?
We are looking to grow our footprint in the region working with different customersto highlight the value of conducting a capabilities-based assessment in developing a holistic plan to enhance their capabilities.
We also have several strategic initiatives in the pipeline where we are focusing on implementing and providing specialised training to our clients with the ultimate goal of “training the trainer”.This will be announced in due course.