[Updated 1 October — see below.]

It’s been a while since this site has covered the oft-beleaguered “risk management expert” Alex Dali, but he’s popped up yet again, largely from his own inability to stop promoting himself in awkward ways. As his dubious certificate mill operation “G31000” ramps up for the next ISO 31000 risk management conference, this time in Dubai, Dali once again lists a host of organizations as “strategic partners” raising the question if, like last time, any of these organizations even know their names are on the list.

One organization stands out, though, and that’s the Dubai Police, who Dali alleges is a sponsor of the coming event. I have reached out to multiple representatives of the Dubai Police, and none have responded back, even though they read my messages. For now we can take it as a guess that they are sponsoring the coming event.

Which is odd, seeing as how Dali is still wanted by the Singapore national police under an open arrest warrant in that country. This means that the Dubai Police are openly helping someone who fled Singapore to avoid arrest by that country’s police. As I said, awkward.

Dali continues to list Manhattanville College as a partner for his G31000 organization, even though his former partner Allen Gluck — who worked for the College — has long since split from Dali. It’s likely the College has no idea their logo continues to be used by Dali, or they simply don’t care.

Dali also claims that NATO — yes, the North American Treaty Organization — is a “partner” as well. I’ve reached out to them to confirm, but so far they have not replied.

If you recall, Dali was discovered to be posing as a woman on LinkedIn in order to entice (presumably male) readers to sign up for his unaccredited G31000 risk management training classes and related seminars; Dali was found out when he accidentally wrote a message to me from the “woman’s” account, but signed his own name. The photo used wound up to be a stock model photo from an eyebrow cosmetics website.

Then, further research found that Dali had repeatedly plagiarized his alleged “published articles” on risk management, going so far as to in one case simply take an entire article written by someone else and just swap out the author’s name for his own.

Dali’s plagiarized article – click to enlarge image

Gluck and Dali then attempted to sue Oxebridge for defamation when we reported on these shenanigans, but the case was thrown out of court. Gluck and Dali then apparently parted ways, with Gluck opening up his own equally-dubious outfit, ERM31000. Gluck is now claiming the ERM31000 material is his own, raising questions just how much of Dali’s material Gluck appropriated.

Alex Dali

G3100 was also discovered engaging in the unusual practice of charging its keynote speakers as much as $10,000 to speak at events, rather than paying them.¬†At one point, a former White House official had been slated to keynote a Dali event, and was heavily marketing Dali’s certifications; when she was notified of the various concerns with G31000, she pulled out from the event. TAG 176 Chair Paul Palmes, who once claimed to be an “ethics” expert, stepped in to replace the speaker, ignoring entirely Dali’s ethical dilemmas, presumably in order to promote himself.

The risk management profession became flooded nearly overnight by sudden overnight experts with the release of ISO 31000 on risk management, and the inclusion of “risk based thinking” in ISO 9001. What’s quickly obvious, however, is that few of these so-called experts have actual degrees in risk management, nor ever held a professional position in the field other than as a consultant for their made-up companies.

I’m told the Dubai Police are not an organization one plays with — I was even warned against running this article — but let’s see how they handle the Dali relationship moving forward.

Update 01 October 2017:

It now appears that Dali may be misleading both the Dubai police and his fellow organizers by circulating a “Certificate of Clearance” he obtained from the Singapore police. According to documents distributed by Dali himself, he apparently was prompted by Dubai officials to provide some record that he was not under an arrest warrant in Singapore, and thus requested a Certificate of Clearance from Singapore law enforcement official this past June. That agency then provided him the certificate, with the following two documents.

The first is a cover letter that appears to suggest Dali made a request for the certificate in June 2017:

Next is the Certificate of Clearance itself, which indicates it was intended “for use in the United Arab Emirates.”

Where things get sticky for Dali — as usual — is that the date range indicated by the certificate is from May 1st 1999 through April 1 2003. According to Singapore national police, the arrest warrant for Dali was issued in September 2003, five months after the dates covered by the Certificate of Clearance. Per this 2005 email from the Sinapore authorities, the arrest was issued September 23, 2003:

This was confirmed again a few days later, when the same officials indicated there was a “stoplist” order to arrest Dali at the airport:And this was confirmed by myself yet again, in August of 2014:If Dali requested the Certificate of Clearance, which appears to be the case by the mention of an “application” discussed in the cover letter, he may have also requested the specific date range to be covered by that request. If so, he was clever in that he intentionally had the date range stop just short of when the actual arrest warrant was issued.

Then, in a subsequent email to his supporters, he circulated this Certificate to proclaim his innocence, while simultaneously claiming my site engages in “fake news” and then falsely asserting that I had fled the United States. Sure enough, some of the recipients bought into the story, not bothering to notice the dates on the Certificate. And, yes, these people are the same people who allege to be risk management experts, and yet they seem woefully inept at assessing the risks of associating with a known fugitive.

More as this develops.

 

 

 

 

 

    About Christopher Paris

    Christopher Paris is the founder and VP Operations of Oxebridge. He has over 25 years' experience implementing ISO 9001 and AS9100 systems, and is a vocal advocate for the development and use of standards from the point of view of actual users. He is the author of Surviving ISO 9001:2015, which can be purchased here.