I want to remind you all about the new book, ‘Offshore, oil and gas installations security’ by friend and colleague Dr. Mikhail Kashubsky, at the Center of Customs and Excise Center of Charles Sturt University. Milhail is also Head lf the Secretariat of the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU), where I am Honarary Fellow and Member of the international Advisory Board.

This is an important book about an important sector. Don’t miss it.

Oil & Gas and the security area around it has a huge impact on global security and supply chain.

We need more academic work in the Customs area and more research and development. This will be a priority for the years to come.

My perosonal favourite quote is ‘Nothing is impossible’. I know this is true.The impossible just takes a bit longer to achieve. 

There are many stories to tell about people achieving the impossible. It is all about people. People change the world. 

Here is another great story for you. 

The girl on the left is herding sheep in Morocco. The woman on the right is the same girl 20 years later, as France’s minister of education. 

We live in a time when the whole world is debating whether immigrants are good for the host country or not. France’s Minister of Education and Research Najat Belkacem is an inspiration to everyone who believe truly that even the people who have had poor childhood can succeed. Najat Belkacem was born in a village of Nador in 1977. Nador is a small village in the countryside in Morrocco.

How can you break the spirit of a woman who has worked hard tooth and nail to get where she is? The answer? You just cannot.

Her father was in France and had a job as a construction worker and asked Najat and his family to move to France with him. She studied hard and graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies in 2002. As young she went in to politics and started fighting for citizen rights, affordable housing and against discrimination. 

  • She was elected as a councilwoman in Rhone Alpines and stayed in office till 2008.
  • In 2008, she was elected as the Council General of the Rhone department and was well recognized in politics by then.
  • In 2012, she was appointed as Minister of Women’s Rights and spokeswoman for the government under president Hollande.
  • And finally in 2014, she was elected as the Minister of Education.

Najat is a Moroccan Muslim French minister who herded sheep in her childhood. Because of her background and her place of birth and religion, she has been a sweet target for all the regressive sexist and racist comments conservative politicians can throw at her.

How can you break the spirit of a woman who has worked hard tooth and nail to get where she is? The answer? You just cannot.

“Never stop dreaming, and never stop working hard for your dreams. You never know what you can become.”

They all have names. Zlstan Ibrahimovic supports the World Food Programme. 

805 million people are suffering from hunger today. They all have names. The world needs us, it needs your help.

Let us feed the world. It is time for change. 

Link to Ibra and the 805millilnnames campaign