Andre ZAAIMAN is Director: Research and Innovation at the ACSIP Lab (The African Center for Security and Intelligence Praxis). ACSIP – a progressive, African-centered organization – focuses on training and systems development in Intelligence and Warning Analysis.
Andre is a former senior official in the State Security Agency of the democratic South Africa and focuses on training and consultancy work in Strategic Intelligence and Early Warning Analysis.He worked in the underground and intelligence service of the African National Congress during the struggle against apartheid and subsequently, served in the Presidential Support Unit under former President Thabo MBEKI. He was a member of a 5-person Strategic Think Tank for the Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles ZENAWI until his death in 2012. Andre lived and worked in West Africa for 12 years.
As a Director of MindSight; a private company, he has helped to developed GermShield: an Early Detection and Response System for nosocomial infections that is currently being tested in a major South African private Hospital. This system is based on machine intelligence. He has also just completed (2014) a stint as an Advisor to the then Minister of Public Service and Administration (Lindiwe SISULU) in South Africa.
In his early youth he spent a few years in the South African Bushveld learning, studying and educating visitors about animal tracking, bushcraft, bird identification, the life of termites and dung beetles as well as the habits of the Big Cats.