Meet Akmal Ali, Principal, Catalyst Partners
As a principal at Catalyst Partners, Akmal Ali supports domestic and international clients in working with the federal government and business development, with an emphasis on technology growth. With more than four years’ experience within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of SAFETY Act Implementation, Mr. Ali fulfilled the duties and responsibilities of the Deputy Director, providing him extensive experience with public-private partnerships, critical infrastructure resiliency and risk management.
During his time at the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Ali was integral in both strengthening the office’s private sector relationships and evaluating hundreds of successful SAFETY Act applications involving technologies ranging from biological and chemical detection equipment, venue security, aviation-related technologies and standards-based knowledge product applications.
Akmal earned a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, where he received distinguished honors as a member of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism.
9/11 Changed Everything
Akmal shares the story of how you can literally save your company from catastrophic litigation, limit damages, and in the process be able differentiate yourself with a certification or designation straight from the US Government. It begins with the horrible tragedy of 9/11 and the desire of the US Congress to provide incentives for the development and deployment of anti-terrorism technology. So, if your drone or driverless vehicle or even your research helps with protecting, detecting, identifying, or deterring bad things or bad people you will want to tune-in.
Hidden in Plain Sight
Akmal discusses why far too many companies have never even heard of the Safety Act. Could it be that the word choices made in creating and explaining this program – really using too common a name and words is making a powerful program hidden in plain sight to companies and universities of all sizes? Akmal tells us about the program and helps demystify it.
Certified? Designated? DT&E Testing?
It can be confusing. Should my company work toward Safety Act Certification, Designation, or DT&E Designated? WIth three different levels of benefits and associated workload, making the correct choice can speed the process and save you money. Akmal discusses each level of protection and how to get your company to the finish line.