• “Their devotion to the work of our organization in the service of peace and those in need is an inspiration to us all.”

    BAN KI MOON

    Secretary-General of the UN, referring to IDG
    28 April 2011

Background

ABOUT US

Our Operations

IDG Myanmar is part of the IDG group of international security companies, with offices in Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, India, Afghanistan, UAE, Iraq, South Sudan and the UK. IDG has extensive corporate experience, having been on contract with different UN agencies since 2004. IDG Myanmar is led by an experienced international team and maintains a country-wide footprint.
Our operational team is made up of Gurkha veterans from the British and Indian armies and the Singapore Police Force, and other international security experts.

Our Values

We believe in transparency, reliability and cost competitiveness for our clients with the provision of first class services. At the same time, we strive to provide safe and rewarding experiences for our people in IDG.

Our Affiliations

Our Social Responsibility

IDG Myanmar observes the International Code of Conduct Association for private security providers (ICoCA), the Principles of the Montreux Document, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is a signatory to the UN Global Compact. The precepts of the Geneva Convention, the respect for human rights and the code of conduct for private security personnel are instilled during the training of our guards in Myanmar.
IDG Myanmar has launched an innovative Gender Action Plan aimed at broadening the participation of women at all levels in our operations.
Our proactive women recruitment and mentoring programs create a working environment that empowers Myanmar women and have become a model across the security sector in Myanmar.
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SERVICES

We provide a broad range of security solutions to both government and corporate clients.

Our services include:

Security risk and vulnerability assessments
Crisis management development
Security awareness training
Physical asset security solutions
Security management planning
Employee and supplier screening
Emergency management
Technical security solutions
Stakeholder engagement

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SECURITY

Site Security

IDG provides security services in a range of challenging environments all over the world. In Myanmar, we provide security solutions in every region of the country.
The complexity of political and security issues affecting the country is significant. Our understanding of these risks is highly evolved and constantly monitored by our political and security risk analysis section. This is fully embedded in our security offering.
Our local national guards are trained and mentored by a full time international training team, including experienced international ex-army personnel and ex-Gurkhas of the Singapore police. In some of our projects, we provide the client with a full-time Gurkha ex-army supervisor, to ensure the highest quality management in Myanmar.

Hotel Security

IDG Myanmar’s hotel safety-and-security solutions are based on time-proven systems that have been tested in real life scenarios and proven to work extremely effectively.

High Risk Protection

With decades of experience providing close protection to diplomats and high-ranking military officers in some of the world’s most complex and challenging areas, our international team can guarantee personal safety in Myanmar. Our services include vehicle escorts, close personal protection and executive (VIP) protection.

Integrated Security Solutions

Our in-country international security experts can develop tailor-made world-class security solutions to your needs.
We also provide full-time security professionals to be embedded within some of our clients’ organisations in Myanmar.

Canine (K9) Protection and Explosive Detection

Our dogs are UK-trained and certified, and teamed up with experienced Gurkha handlers to serve as quality specialist working dogs.
– EDD teams can detect the presence of explosives in or entering a compound.
– Our defense dog teams are riot trained, and can protect your premises, ensuring defense against intruders, as well as being an effective deterrent.
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TRAINING

Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT)

IDG’s HEAT Training prepares personnel to deal with injuries and vehicle accidents. It also trains recipients on how to react in situations such as kidnapping, hostage scenarios, suicide bombers, active-shooters and hijackings.

On-site Security Development Training & Customised Courses

After conducting an evaluation of your site, we provide suitable security training in collaboration with your team.
– Code of conduct
– Access control, screening, entry & exit procedures for visitors and contractors
– Personnel search
– Vehicle search and practice
– Human rights
– Hostile surveillance detection & counter-surveillance
– First aid training
– Fire and earthquake safety
– Health and safety
– Improvised explosive devices (IED)/ Bomb threat awareness

Defensive Driving

IDG’s Close Protection specialists can train your staff and drivers in defensive and evasive driving techniques. The course encompasses theory and practice on a driving range and teaches the necessary skills on how to react to and prevent road incidents, as well as to defend your vehicles and passengers.
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IDG ACUMEN

Safety Management Services

Our understanding of the local conditions and our working contacts all over the country allows us to develop an accurate assessment of the local threats to you, your people, your assets and your business. Our security risk assessments process also provides you with a complete risk mitigation plan.

Risk & Security Consulting

We have a dedicated political and security risk analysis section. IDG Acumen is fully embedded in our security offering, but also conducts its own work on behalf of clients.

Operations Support

IDG Acumen has a wealth of experience in finding creative solutions for clients experiencing operational teething issues in Myanmar, especially in regional areas. We have a highly professional team of international and local-national investigators with decades of experience operating in private investigation, national intelligence agencies, and business operations in Myanmar. We value discretion, and all our work is done in line with the highest ethical standards.

Security Risk Analysis

Myanmar suffers from a multitude of ethnic conflicts, armed narco-militias and paramilitary groups operating throughout the country. Our clients often operate in complex areas, and we advise them on the issues and concerns of operating in a particular area. Our advice is not generic or ‘open source’; it can focus down onto the specific access route, valley or settlement. The dynamics between different stakeholders operating in a particular geography are often continuously evolving and shifting. This can be the result of wider considerations taking place, which are hard to track or identify. It can affect the ability of clients to conduct their operations, as well as be a cause of concern for the safety of their personnel. IDG Acumen is able to track and make sense of developments as they happen, or often before the event. This is the result of hard-won experience, the depth of our contacts, and working relationships around the country.

Due Diligence and Corporate Investigations

We provide corporate intelligence-led investigations, aiding companies with in-depth background and market entry due-diligence. Our experienced investigators will inform you if your potential partner, contractor, supplier or client has the track record they claim, confirm company ownership compliance with local and international laws and advise you on potential concerns.

Stakeholder Engagement

Our understanding of local dynamics allows us to defuse social/political tensions that may arise and escalate into a public relations or operational issue. IDG Myanmar can deploy a team to analyse the situation and identify the key stakeholders at play. We then offer the ability to implement a number of workable solutions to the situation.
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TEAM

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MANAGEMENT

IAN DOUGLAS GORDON
Managing Director

Prior to establishing IDG in 2001, Ian Gordon was Commander of the Gurkha Contingent of the Singapore Police Force, in the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police. The Gurkha Contingent guards VIP residences, the reserve bank and critical installations in Singapore, as well as conducting counter terrorism operations. It is prized by the Singapore government for its apolitical professionalism and impartiality. He started his career as an infantry officer in the British Army Brigade of Gurkhas.
Ian runs IDG from its headquarters in central London. He also travels frequently around his business and is a Singapore Permanent Resident.

GUY WINTER, PhD
Senior Director

Guy Winter is an officer in the British Army, Parachute Regiment (Reserve). He is a highly experienced security risk practitioner, having delivered services in a range of complex jurisdictions, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, South Sudan, Myanmar and Thailand. His clients have included the US Department of Defense and the US Department of State. He holds a PhD and a BSc in Psychology from the University of Leeds (UK).

EDWARD BLAKENEY
Country Director of IDG Myanmar and Regional Manager, SEA

Edward Blakeney is a director of IDG Myanmar and has been based in Yangon for over three years. His prior experience in Myanmar has been in the investment sector and soft commodities international trading.
He also worked in London for a number of years as an analyst at Aegis Advisory, advising FTSE100 clients and major financial institutions on political and reputational risks in developing and frontier markets.
Edward has a degree from the University of Cambridge in Politics, Psychology and Sociology (PPS, MA Cantab). He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Management Accountancy from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA AdvDip MA, UK).

NIELS HUBY
Head of Political and Security Risk Analysis (Acumen)

Niels Huby is in charge of IDG Myanmar’s political and security risk analysis section, IDG Acumen. He first came to Myanmar in 2013, working as a freelance reporter covering the Myanmar borderlands and his work has been featured in several international publications. He has also worked as a consultant to organisations such as Asia Foundation and UNODC on ethnic policies. Niels holds an M.A. in International Relations and Business from New York University.

SURENDRA KUMAR LIMBU
Head of Operations

Surendra has been at IDG Myanmar for over two years and oversees daily operations, ensuring that procedures are well managed and our staff are well-trained. He has a broad range of safety, security and combat training experience. Surendra also worked for IDG in Afghanistan for five years before coming to Myanmar. Prior to joining IDG, he served in the Gurkhas Rifles of the Indian Army for 19 years, with 15 years of war zone experience and peace-keeping operations.

TIKARAM GURUNG
Training Manager

Tikaram Gurung recently retired from the Gurkha Contingent of the Singapore Police Force with 24 years service. During his time in the Singapore Police Force, he was a certified instructor in unarmed tactics of security guarding and policing. He was also a tactical baton instructor, in the use of how to use a baton appropriately. He has also been certified by the Gurkha Contingent, Singapore Police in ‘control & restraint’ for over 15 years. He is a black belt and instructor in Aikido – a martial art which emphasizes on absorbing someone else’s aggression and using it to bring them under control.

HEMANT THAPA
Training Manager

Hemant Thapa recently retired as an instructor in Close Protection and Close Quarter Combat at the Indian Special Forces Training School. He previously served as Assistant Commandant in the National Security Guard (NSG), Indian Army, where he specialized in close protection and counter terrorism operations. His career has included several hostage rescue operations as well as UN peace keeping operations.
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GURKHAS

At the core of our business, we employ the best security guards in the world: the Gurkhas. In Afghanistan, IDG employs over 1600 staff, and of that 600 are former Gurkha soldiers with over 16 years of honourable army experience each. Gurkhas, who are of Nepalese ethnicity, have been recruited by the British Army for over 200 years, due to their bravery, honesty and discipline.
Our Gurkha officers have a minimum of 16 years experience in either the British/Indian army or Singapore Police Force. They are personally selected by our managing director after a rigorous vetting procedure.
Their extensive security and military experience is a major factor in bringing our local security personnel up to international standards of competence.
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GET IN TOUCH

1B, Tharyar Shwe Pyi Housing
Tharyar Shwe Pyi Street
Yankin Township
Yangon, Myanmar 11081
T.   +95(0) 401 249
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E.   myanmar@idg-security.com
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