AKE Limited

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Overview

AKE Limited was founded in 1991 by Andrew Kain. They provide risk assessment, security planning, intelligence gathering, political analysis and security for a variety of clients. They have many professional backgrounds including law, medicine, information technology, marketing, travel, law enforcement, editorial, graphic design, banking and academia. Much of the equipment they use has been developed through their own exclusive research and innovations. Their clients include insurance companies, financial institutions and media groups.[1]

Since 9/11, their business has grown tenfold, says Director of Training and Security Mike Blinkhorn. Westerners are now seen more as targets then ever before, and the media are often viewed as ambasssadors of their countries without the immunity they once enjoyed. AKE offers media training courses for journalist traveling to hostile areas. A five day course can run from $2500-$3000.[2]

Andrew Kain has run courses for journalists embarking on dangerous assignments from media organizations like the BBC, NBC, Time, Newsweek, Sedish TV 4 and Dutch TV. Kain also ran courses for journalists going to Yugoslavia.[3]

International Media Support has called upon AKE to implement a safety training program for journalists in Afghanistan[4], for Palestinian journalists in the Middle East, and for journalist in Nepal[5]

AKE has a £54,000 contract with the UK Department for International Development for "Hostile Environment Training." [6]

In relation to their involvement in Iraq, AEK describes their focus as " Hostile regions training, reduced personal insurance rates, the services of security risk specialists, location security audits, personal security reviews, body armor, medical audits, equipment, assistance and evacuation; political, security, intelligence and cultural briefings, subscription-based online secure database of security, risk and intelligence information, including twice-weekly Iraq security briefings." [7]

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Contact

Hereford
AKE Ltd
Mortimer House
Holmer Road
Hereford
HR4 9TA
Tel: +44 (0)1432 267111
Fax: +44 (0)1432 350227
Email: services AT akegroup.com

London
AKE Ltd
Gallery 4
Lloyd's Building
12 Leadenhall Street
London
EC3V 1LP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7816 5454
Fax: +44 (0)20 7816 5455
Email: services AT akegroup.com

USA
AKE LLC
1825 I Street NW
Suite 400
Washington
DC 20006
Tel: +1 202 429 2026/2016
Fax: +1 202 318 4253
Email: services AT akellc.com

Australia
AKE Asia-Pacific Pty Ltd
Level 4
201 Miller Street
North Sydney
NSW 2060
Tel: +61 (0)2 9025 3525
Mobile: +61 412 552 888
Email: australia AT akegroup.com

Iraq
The Manager, AKE Baghdad Tel: +[44] (0) 1432 267 111 Email: akebaghdad AT akegroup.com