Security and Risk Management Services in Africa
Salama Fikira’s Background

Since 2005 we have been providing risk management and commercial security solutions across the developing world and on the High Seas. We are experienced in the delivery of international standards of security and risk management tailored to our clients’ requirements. Salama Fikira secure assets, facilitate business, build assurance and help encourage sensible and managed entry, expansion and growth into the African market.

What is Salama Fikira?

The name Salama Fikira is taken directly from the largest Bantu language in Africa – Kiswahili. Hence Salama Fikira has been adjusted from the Kiswahili phrase fikiria usalama which transliterates to ‘peaceful thoughts’, ‘thinking security’ and extends to ‘peace of mind’. Kiswahili reflects on our African origins as Salama Fikira was first incorporated in Kenya, before expanding out and across Africa.


Our judicious and reasoned approach to developing commensurate strategic partnerships provide our clients with greater access and more business opportunities in the emerging and frontier environments throughout the continent. Salama Fikira and our selected partners focus on the adherence to international standards, imparting knowledge and transferring skills to build the business with respect and consideration for the local culture.

At Salama Fikira, we recognise the importance of quality and industry assurance and through a thorough vetting process have ensured that our partners are legally compliant, high-quality service providers. These partnerships enable Salama Fikira to deliver safe, professional and quality assured services, supported by a robust management team with the depth of expertise and experience required to manage them. Salama Fikira’s aim is and will remain to complement our clients’ businesses over the long term to allow for risks to be mitigated, thereby maximising the future potential of our client’s operations throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Corporate Social Responsibility Ethos

Salama Fikira believes that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) must form an essential part of risk mitigation. CSR programmes should not be ‘box-ticking exercises’ with the objective of improving corporate reputation. Neither should they be conducted in order to simply appease the population in the area of operations in order to prevent them from disrupting operations. CSR programmes should be ethically and morally motivated, empowering local populations and promoting successful, sustainable operations.

The programmes must assist in resolving local disputes, not widening them. We support CSR agendas which are contextually relevant to the area, driven by the local population and not by corporate needs. CSR should enable the local population to take ownership of the development of their community. It must be flexible, sustainable and not simply a short term ‘quick-fix’. Through such an approach, risks faced by a project will, in turn, be markedly reduced.

Governance & Compliance

Salama Fikira take pride in the high standards and quality of work that we produce. We are committed to adopting and maintaining compliance management systems, organised by the Compliance Officer & HSSE Manager. The systems effectively cover all areas of operations and are facilitated by a robust and diligent auditing, checking and management review process.

Memberships and Associations:

  • British Safety Council (BSC)
  • International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA)
  • International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM)
  • UN Global Compact Agreement
  • Voluntary Principles of Security and Human Rights

Standards and Certifications:

  1. BS EN ISO 9001:2008
  2. BS EN ISO 28000 with ISO PAS 28007
  3. BS EN OHSAS 18001:2007
  4. Trace Anti-Bribery Compliance Solutions


Conrad Thorpe is the CEO of the Salama Fikira group of companies. He has responsibility for the Group’s overarching leadership, strategy, decision-making, moral, ethical and professional accountability. He is resident in Nairobi, Kenya.

Conrad Thorpe formed Salama Fikira in 2005, and quickly established the company in several sectors of risk management. This led to growth into several new theatres and countries. Today the company operates across Africa, Asia and parts of Europe in support of clients in a variety of security sectors including; commercial security, physical, technical, human and operational risk. He has been a director, in both the executive and managing roles before becoming the CEO. Prior to this he served in Her Majesty the Queen’s Royal Marines and later in the United Kingdom’s Special Forces, the Special Boat Service. He was a Lieutenant Colonel.

Conrad Thorpe was born in Kenya and emerged as the dominating force in swimming in the early 1980’s when he was captain of the National swimming team including at the XII Commonwealth Games. Conrad has a MA in Defence Technology and War Studies (Cranfield University, UK).

Crispin Kennedy is the Commercial Director for Salama Fikira and is responsible for the commercial aspects across the group.

Crispin joined Salama Fikira in 2010 and initially was involved with the Maritime Division, overseeing operations and developing the company’s armed capability together with the associated compliance and legal element this entailed. He continues to work closely with the Maritime Division and in particularly the associated commercial aspects. He was made a director in 2012 and sits on the Salama Fikira Board.

Before joining Salama Fikira, Crispin has been the commercial manager of companies in Kenya and previously in UK. While in the UK he served in the British Territorial Army for six years.

Aside from his significant exposure to local and international business a related matters, Crispin has a BSc in Land Management from the University of Reading-UK, and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS). His interests include amateur motorsport and is a committee member of the Kenyan National Rally-Raid Commission.

Crispin continues to use his experience and local environment knowledge to drive Salama Fikira forward in all regions across Africa.

Paul Terry is the Regional Director for West Africa and the Managing Director of Salama Fikira Nigeria. In this role he has responsibility for all elements of the company’s commercial and operational activity. He is resident in Lagos, Nigeria.

Paul came to Nigeria after serving a full career in the British Army Military Police where he undertook a number of operational tours. He has now been in-country for approximately seven years, initially spending over three years with a predominantly local maritime security company, where after working offshore he learnt all the key aspects of business in Nigeria under expert local guidance.  Paul left the local company as CEO and brought one of the world’s largest security companies into Nigeria where he worked as Country Manager for a year before making the decision to join SF.

Aside from his significant exposure to local business and security related matters, Paul has an MSc and BSc in Criminal Investigation and is a Certified Security Consultant (CSC).  He is also an accredited and experienced Close Protection Officer and Medic in Remote Area (MIRA) qualified. 

Philipp Steyn is the Regional Director for East Africa and the Managing Director for Tanzania. In this role he has responsibility for all elements of the company’s commercial and operational activity. He has direct responsibility for Salama Fikira’s interests in Tanzania, DR Congo, Comoros, Mozambique, Seychelles and Somalia. Philipp joined SF in 2012. He is resident in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Philipp was born in Nairobi and was brought up between Kenya and Tanzania.  He has 17 years’ work experience across the region, managing numerous projects and teams. He has also handled large land litigation cases, and worked very closely with local communities as well as local and central governments. Philipp has exceptional knowledge of East Africa and a comprehensive understanding of the legal and judicial systems. He speaks fluent Kiswahili, as well as English, German and French.

Philipp holds a Commercial Pilots license from The California Flight Academy in San Diego, USA, a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Nottingham University, UK, and a MBA (2008) from The University of Cape Town, South Africa, in conjuncture with Anderson Business School, UCLA, USA.

Dylan Evans is the Managing Director for Salama Fikira in Kenya. In this role he has responsibility for all elements of the company’s commercial and operational activity. He is resident in Nairobi, Kenya.

Dylan has been with Salama Fikira since 2010 and has fulfilled a number of operational positions, allowing him to travel widely and operate in a number of challenging environments. Prior to Salama Fikira Dylan served nine years as a Royal Marines Commando. He completed four operational tours of Afghanistan. Initially in active combat roles and latterly was heavily involved in mentoring and training of Afghan Special Forces in counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics tactics.

Having been in Kenya for several years, Dylan is now well-settled and integrated into Kenya society. He is at home in the bush and has extensive experience travelling across Africa both professionally and personally. He has developed a solid understanding of Kenya’s varied peoples and is competent in Kiswahili. Having worked in leadership positions throughout his career, Dylan is able to communicate with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Otisi Ukiwe is the Director of Government & Corporate Affairs for Salama Fikira Nigeria. His responsibility is to develop and lead business growth, liaise with key clients and Governments, and formulate the Company’s strategy.  Otisi joined Salama Fikira in January 2014 as part of the team that set up Salama Fikira Nigeria and is a member of the Board of Directors of Salama Fikira Nigeria and the Senior Leadership Team in West Africa.

Prior to joining Salama Fikira, Otisi worked with the National Population Commission in Abuja as a Research Officer. He was tasked with undertaking a variety of in–depth research with a particular focus on Nigeria.  Additionally, Otisi has worked as a business management consultant in Lagos and has consulted clients across several different industries including sports, agriculture, banking and service industries.

Otisi is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Heroes Welfare Trust, a Trust set up in Nigeria to provide support to injured or deceased members of both the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Nigerian Police Force and their immediate family members.  Furthermore, in addition to sitting on the Board of a number of companies including Kainetix Sports Management and Bitu Properties he is also a member of the Nigerian Institute of Industrial Security.

Otisi has been educated in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. He holds a 1st degree in Management Science and Business Administration from the University of Kent, at Canterbury and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Lagos Business School in Nigeria.

Dan Fearon is the Director of Maritime for West Africa. He has responsibility for maritime business covering government liaison, ship protection and the setting of policy and protocols to meet international standards and compliance, these include licensing, HSSE, training and environmental aspects. He is resident in Lagos, Nigeria.

Dan served in both Iraq and Afghanistan with the British Military including British Special Forces. He has spent a number of years in the maritime security sector. His experience includes working as a Team Leader in the Indian Ocean, and has spent the last five years operating in West Africa. In addition to operational experience his roles have included the position of Country Manager in Oman, Djibouti, Sri Lanka and Nigeria. He recently held the post of Senior Operations Manager within Salama Fikira Nigeria before becoming the Director of Maritime for West Africa.

Dan is a qualified Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO), Company Security Officer (CSO), Ship Security Officer (SSO) and is a City & Guilds (C&G) & Maritime Coast Guard Agency (MCA) accredited maritime training instructor. To complement his experience, his local working knowledge and the ability to work with national militaries and authorities has ensured reliability and security when client’s vessels transit through High Risk Areas.

Jonty van Zeller is the group Director of Corporate & Business Affairs. His responsibility is to develop and lead business growth, liaise with key clients and Governments, and formulate the Group’s strategy.  Jonty joined Salama Fikira in December 2012. He is a resident in Nairobi, Kenya.

Previously Jonty has worked in a number of temporary and permanent positions within Salama Fikira including as the Head of Logistics & Compliance, stand-in Country Manager for Tanzania and Business Development Manager. Before working within the security sector, he worked in the aviation industry assisting in setting up a successful company that operated and brokered aircraft. He specialised in Africa and non-permissive environments.

Jonty has spent a considerable amount of time in the Horn, East and West Africa. He understands the importance of cultural sensitivity as well as the significance of tradition and local customs. Due to his experience with clients pan-Africa, Jonty is able to assist Salama Fikira in facilitating business and building assurance both onshore and offshore.

Jonty was educated at Harrow School and has a 1st degree from the Association of Business Schools in London, which included an element of African studies. 

Wambui Kibicho is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with 10 years post-admission experience. She holds a master’s degree in Oil and Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen, specialising in Oil and Gas Contracting, Regulation, Taxation, and State Control of Oil and Gas

Before attaining a master’s degree, Wambui practised law as counsel in charge of litigation. She also has experience in a broad spectrum of legal pursuits including company secretarial duties, negotiation and drafting various agreements, conveyancing, alternative methods of dispute resolution, land and environment, labour, employment, and human resources among others.

Wambui joined Salama Fikira in 2013 as Legal Counsel and was appointed General Manager of Salama Fikira Group Limited in 2014. Currently serving as the Director of Legal Affairs, she has oversight of legal risk management and compliance across the group of Salama Fikira companies.

Carlos Edwards is the Director of Maritime for East Africa. He has responsibility for the overview of Maritime business covering government liaison, ship protection and the setting of policy and protocols to meet international standards and compliance, these include licensing, HSSE, training and environmental aspects. He is resident in Nairobi, Kenya.

He was an Officer in the Royal Navy with a career spanning 34 years where he undertook active duty and fulfilled roles both at sea and onshore in the UK and abroad, including NATO posts, administrative and training roles at key establishments and Naval commands. He has headed up the management of several major projects.  After leaving the service he was the CEO of his own leadership and management training company in East Africa before joining SF. With SF he started as an Operations Manager and Team Leader at sea and progressed to be the Director of Maritime.

Carlos is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.  He has been member of the SAMI’s Industry Steering Group (ISG) representing the Middle East and Africa and was awarded the Member of the British Empire distinction in 2005. Carlos has a BSc (hons) in Systems and Management and is a City and Guilds Senior Manager.

If you would like to find out more about Salama Fikira’s security solutions and how they can help you, contact us today on +254 795 757 579