About Sanctuary International

The mission of Sanctuary is the protection, safety, and security of others.

Jonathan Mikhael Smith   

CEO & FOUNDER

jonathan@sanctuaryint.com

Over 30 years of experience in providing security, protection, and training to a variety of private and government entities.

Jonathan Mikhael Smith   

CEO & FOUNDER

jonathan@sanctuaryint.com

Over 30 years of experience in providing security, protection, and training to a variety of private and government entities.

After his time in Special Operations, he served twelve years as a law enforcement officer in the U.S., where he became certified in such skills as S.W.A.T., riot control, investigations, police training, instructor development, and unarmed self-defense instruction. He served with such distinction as to be selected as the profile for his department’s large-scale, targeted recruiting campaign and led a specialty street crimes unit to combat a rise in gang activity and related crimes.

Following his exemplary military and law enforcement service, Jon was recruited as a contractor for the CIA, where he trained and served alongside truly extraordinary tactical personnel. Known for his quiet, professional demeanor and sincerity in his duties, he was soon recognized among even this elite group and was recruited to 

serve as team leader for the Agency’s GRS Unit, in this role he led contracted special operations teams on missions throughout the world. During such missions, he oversaw up to 80 operators, delegating team assignments while also personally involved in the missions.

Jon’s strength lies, not just in his extensive skills and experience, but in his personal care for people and his continued pursuit of excellence. He is a husband, father, and constant student of the warrior ethos. He credits his faith and his family as the strength behind everything he does. In 2015 he founded the company Sanctuary International with the goal of bringing the skills and knowledge learned in the government and military sectors to the private and humanitarian individuals, companies, and organizations.

Through this work he met multiple humanitarian organizations and Sanctuary began building customized training courses for their special missions across Africa, Europe, and Asia. In 2019 he focused specifically on Anti-Human Trafficking in the Asia Pacific region and assisted IJM, the largest anti-human trafficking organization in the world, with their focus on children victims of online sexual exploitation and enslaved fisherman on pirate fishing vessels.

Through this work he met multiple humanitarian organizations and Sanctuary began building customized training courses for their special missions across Africa, Europe, and Asia. In 2019 he focused specifically on Anti-Human Trafficking in the Asia Pacific region and assisted IJM, the largest anti-human trafficking organization in the world, with their focus on children victims of online sexual exploitation and enslaved fisherman on pirate fishing vessels.

Jon and Sanctuary continue to deliver training seminars and speaking engagements around the globe for corporations and organizations. Jon regularly coordinates and directs security for private individuals, locations, groups, or conferences.

He is a published author and featured subject matter expert for several major security publications, his expertise is often sought after for close protection, travel security consultation, and emergency response.

He is a published author and featured subject matter expert for several major security publications, his expertise is often sought after for close protection, travel security consultation, and emergency response.

Amidst all of this, in his spare time, Jon continues his path to professional excellence, a journey, he says, that never ends.

Finn Sanctuary Consulting

Richard Kintu Serumpanise

Director  – UGANDA / EAST AFRICA

Richard is Sanctuary’s Director and our representative for Uganda and East Africa based in Kampala, Uganda.

He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Timecop Security and Founder and CEO of Heaven Hills Investments. He has vast experience that ranges from executive management, portfolio growth, real estate development, strategic program management, and employee relations.

Richard has over 10 years successful experience providing fiscal, strategic and operations leadership in uniquely challenging situations He is a Dynamic, results-oriented leader with a strong track record of performance in turnaround and high-paced organizations. He utilizes keen analysis and insights and  a team approach to drive organizational improvements and implementation of best practices.

Richard is prized for his superior interpersonal skills, capable of resolving multiple and complex (sales, human resources, financial, operational) issues and motivating staff to peak performance.

His additional areas of expertise include:
• Strategy, Vision & Mission Planning
• Sales & Marketing Leadership
• Profitability & Cost Analysis
• Programs, Services & Products

Sanctuary Blog

The Image of a Foreigner

The Image of a Foreigner

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A Morning’s Discussion on Boko Haram

A Morning’s Discussion on Boko Haram

This morning, a brief discussion was had with a neighbor who is Nigerian. For one reason or another, the discussion went to politics and the impact of religion on politics in Niger. This man has a PhD and apparently studies the effects of politics at some level or...

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Digest 2 – Remove Your Mask

Digest 2 – Remove Your Mask

First of all be you! Every training I go to or ever went to; I try very hard to be me, to take off any masks, and put ego aside. Be good at what I’m good at, know what I’m not good at and accept that there is always room for improvement on both. As a former Special...

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The Image of a Foreigner

The Image of a Foreigner

Sanctuary staff delivered training in the Philippines What is a foreigner? Is there a single definition? Perhaps not. Today, I'd like to challenge you to consider this concept before you travel. There are many reasons for this, but I would like to break some of them...

read more
A Morning’s Discussion on Boko Haram

A Morning’s Discussion on Boko Haram

This morning, a brief discussion was had with a neighbor who is Nigerian. For one reason or another, the discussion went to politics and the impact of religion on politics in Niger. This man has a PhD and apparently studies the effects of politics at some level or...

read more
Digest 2 – Remove Your Mask

Digest 2 – Remove Your Mask

First of all be you! Every training I go to or ever went to; I try very hard to be me, to take off any masks, and put ego aside. Be good at what I’m good at, know what I’m not good at and accept that there is always room for improvement on both. As a former Special...

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