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 Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM)
  • UN Global Compact Agreement
  • Voluntary Principles of Security and Human Rights

Standards and Certifications:

  1. ISO QMS 9001:2015
  2. ISO 28000:2007 with ISO 28007:2015
  3. ISO EMS  14001:2004
  4. BS OHSAS 18001:2007
  5. ISO 18788:2015
  6. ANSI/ASIS PSC-1:2012

Your Data Protection Rights Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

cyberbadgeIf you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. Salama Fikira aims to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete, or limit the use of your Personal Data.

Please contact us if you wish to know what Personal Data we hold on you or if you want your Personal Data removing from our systems.

In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:

  • The right to access, update or to delete the information we hold on you.  Please contact us for assistance.
  • The right of rectification. You have the right to have your information rectified if that information is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • The right to object. You have the right to object to our processing of your Personal Data.
  • The right of restriction. You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information.
  • The right to data portability. You have the right to be provided with a copy of the information we hold on you in a structured, machine-readable and commonly used format.
  • The right to withdraw consent. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time where Salama Fikira relied on your consent to process your personal information.

Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests.

You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about our collection and use of your Personal Data. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority in the European Economic Area (EEA).

For further information click here to download Salama Fikira’s detailed Data Protection Policy

Click here to download Salama Fikira’s Privacy Notice

Click here to download Salama Fikira’s Personal Data Access Request Form

Salama Fikira Feedback Policy

Salama Fikira is a risk management service industry specialising in risk management solutions across Africa and internationally.

Salama Fikira is committed to continuous improvement of services, processes and operations and to that end invites clients, employees, consultants, agents and third parties to provide feedback on Salama Fikira’s operations and actions.

Feedback can include positive and negative comments, HSSE reporting including near misses, whistleblowing, and grievances.  It can be submitted using Salama Fikira’s reporting templates or informally by email.

For further information click here to download Salama Fikira’s detailed Feedback Policy


Click here to submit feedback via our General Feedback Form

Environmental Policy – Salama Fikira

Salama Fikira is a risk management service industry specialising in security solutions across Africa and internationally.

Salama Fikira is committed to protecting the Environment and the Earth. This Environmental Policy is communicated to the whole organisation through, but not limited to, visual display in work areas, awareness sessions and team meetings.

For further information click here to download Salama Fikira’s detailed Environmental Policy

Click here to download Salama Fikira’s detailed Quality and Environmental Management Policy


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.

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.

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