Quick Facts


The concept of the ICSS was developed by Founder and Chairman, Mohammed Hanzab, who; following discussions in May 2010 with Lord John Stevens, former Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police and Chairman of Monitor Quest; identified a gap in the market for how knowledge is transferred between different organisations and stakeholders relating to the safety and security of major sporting events.

With a goal to become a global hub of expertise in sport safety and security, the ICSS was officially launched in March 2011 at the first International Sports Security Conference in Doha.

At that time, the ICSS appointed its first senior leader with Helmut Spahn, former Head of Security for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and the German Football Federation, taking on the role of ICSS Secretary General.


Having initiated the process of registering, the establishment of the ICSS in October 2010, Mr Hanzab submitted a proposal for funding to the State of Qatar in order to create the International Centre for Sport Security.

In the State of Qatar, under the Law: Number 21 of 2006, its citizens can submit a request-for- funding to the Government to establish initiatives that are considered to be ‘for public interest’.

With the aim of inspiring positive change for the benefit of the sport industry, the ICSS was formally established in Doha, Qatar and so began to bring together international experts in sport security to serve the purpose of a safeguarding sport hub - one that develops and shares information and best practices to better serve and protect the world of sport.


The independence of the ICSS is stipulated in its constitution, in its foundation papers and in its mission, observed and protected by the integrity of its leaders and staff. The ICSS structure and funding structure is similar to many other non-governmental organisations that are significantly sponsored or funded by governments and yet remain independent.

The Founder of the ICSS, Mohammed Hanzab, provided the government with a detailed business plan for his novel concept. This was approved under a Qatar government ’start-up support’ fund.

The ICSS operates as a completely autonomous entity. While a substantial portion of the ICSS’ funding has come from the Qatari government, the government of Qatar has never exercised any direct influence on the ICSS’ agenda.

Furthermore, the ICSS has never encountered any interference or resistance to ICSS programmes from any other governmental or non-governmental authority across the globe.

The ICSS also receives funding through its work carried out for clients as well as funding received from entities such as the European Union for our sport integrity and security-related projects and programmes.

The ICSS is, and always will be independent and is focused on becoming financially self-sustainable within the next few years.


In early 2012, the ICSS expanded its scope and, building on its work in major event safety and security, included sport integrity, policy, good governance and anti-corruption issues. This expanded portfolio followed a recommendation from the ICSS Board of Directors in late 2011.

Since then, the ICSS has firmly established itself as a global authority in the field of sport safety, security and integrity.


The ICSS is now a global organisation with offices and staff working in multiple countries. The ICSS employs many international and renowned experts in the specialised fields of sport safety, security and integrity.

ICSS Group entities include:

ICSS INSIGHT - based in Europe with a mission to champion the highest of standards in sports governance, financial integrity and transparency and works across issues involving sports-betting integrity and the protection of minors in sport. ICSS INSIGHT drives reform in sport through thought-leadership initiatives, collective action and independent research.

ICSS Safety and Security Consultancy - offers consulting services across sport safety and security.

ICSS Sport Integrity Unit (SIU) - SIU offers confidential investigation and intelligence services, specialised training and independent integrity advice to support governing bodies, athletes and organisations across the sports industry.

The SIU seeks to enhance the work of sporting organisations through operational support and the ongoing exchange of information on threats, emerging threats, methodologies and current criminal networks affecting sport.

The SIU has established the first global independent and confidential multi-sport integrity hotline for athletes, officials and the public, to be able to report allegations of misconduct or abuse in sport.

The SIU Sport Integrity Hotline is backed by a world-class, independent, third party ethics and case management provider that operates a global 24/7/365 reporting hotline and case management system in over 220 languages.

Save the Dream - is a global non-profit Movement of organisations, people and athletes who believe in the power of sport to build more fair and inclusive societies and are therefore committed to promote and protect its core values for the good of youth and future generations. For more information about Save the Dream, please visit http://www.save-the-dream.org

Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) – The ICSS is a founding partner of the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA), which is the world´s largest coalition in the field of sport governance and integrity. Supported by more than 100 international multi-industry supporters, SIGA is an independent and neutral organisation whose mission is to bring about meaningful reforms and enhance the integrity of all sports through a set of universal standards operated by an independent and neutral body. SIGA is the only organisation to bring together sport, governments, academia, international organisations, sponsors, business, rights holders, NGOs and professional services companies, from every region in the world, around a common cause of fostering greater integrity throughout sport. For the list of SIGA Members and Committed Supporters, please visit http://siga-sport.net/siga-members/

For more information on SIGA, including its vision, mission and reform agenda, please refer to the website: www.siga-sport.com


Advisors and international specialists at the ICSS have a wealth of experience gained from organisations including the United Nations, INTERPOL, European Commission, national police forces, governments, NGOs and from the world of sport including the IOC, FIFA and UEFA.

The ICSS is proud of its team, many of whom have worked on some of the world’s largest sporting events, and many of whom joined the ICSS from the various law-enforcement agencies as well as those who have worked in the private sector in the field of sport safety, security and integrity.


The clients and partners of the ICSS include key stakeholders in the world of sport, government and international organisations. We work with event organisers, governments and, infrastructure owners, sport associations, leagues and clubs.


The ICSS has received considerable and positive media coverage of our critical work, of our results and of our key working partnerships with such entities as UNESCO, the Council of Europe, UNODC, OECD, the Universities of Sorbonne and Harvard and countless international organisations and sport entities.

The ICSS has worked and collaborated with: World Snooker (WPBSA), European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), Deutsche Fußball Liga, Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional, Lega Pro, the Olympic Committee of Portugal, the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy where our Safety and Security team delivers a broad range of security services, UNESCO, UNICEF Brazil, World Bank, Council of Europe, World Bank, European Lotteries and Foot Solidaire to name a few.