About Sanctuary International

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

John Smith

CEO & FOUNDER

johnny@sanctuaryint.com

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

John Smith

CEO & FOUNDER

johnny@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, Johnny 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 become a staff officer within the agency itself.

As a special agent and team leader for the Agency’s GRS Unit, he led these 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. Johnny also orchestrated the security role for Agency/government projects valued in excess of $70 million.  At the end of his tour, Johnny was selected to represent and recruit for the unit, seeking out potential applicants from the various Special Operations bases in the U.S. as well as mentoring and evaluating candidates chosen for the vetting and selection process.

Johnny’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 IJM “The International Justice Mission” and was greatly moved by the work that they were doing around the world. A relationship quickly formed between IJM and Johnny and he and his company Sanctuary began building customized training courses for their special missions in Africa. Johnny’s relationship grew with IJM and in 2019 he served as their Regional Security Director for Asia Pacific where IJM focuses heavily on Children victims of online sexual exploitation of children and enslaved fisherman on pirate fishing vessels.

Through this work he met IJM “The International Justice Mission” and was greatly moved by the work that they were doing around the world. A relationship quickly formed between IJM and Johnny and he and his company Sanctuary began building customized training courses for their special missions in Africa. Johnny’s relationship grew with IJM and in 2019 he served as their Regional Security Director for Asia Pacific where IJM focuses heavily on Children victims of online sexual exploitation of children and enslaved fisherman on pirate fishing vessels.

Johnny and Sanctuary continue to deliver training seminars and speaking engagements around the globe for corporations and organizations. Johnny 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, Johnny continues his path to professional excellence, a journey, he says, that never ends.

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Steve Foreman

REGIONAL DIRECTOR- AFRICA

steve@sanctuaryint.com

Steve Foreman, a former professional soldier with the British Army, served two active duty tours in the Infantry in Northern Ireland (“Operation Banner”) and as a mobility unit patrol commander in a reconnaissance platoon in Berlin (Berlin Brigade). He was trained as a Unit-Level Sniper, a Radio Operator, and as a specialist driver of Armoured Fighting Vehicles and Land Rovers, before transferring to a Heavy Cavalry regiment stationed in West Germany, where, apart from being fully trained as a cavalry crewman on Chieftain tanks, he also served as a Regimental Policeman on the Provost Staff.

Steve, a holder of a Mountain Leadership Certificate (ML Summer), has volunteered as an instructor in Field craft, Navigation and Survival skills for the International School of Tanganyika, Tanzania, Grade 8 Extended Study Programme, as the Expedition Leader on the KAIRO Charity Walk across the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania, and as a Civilian Instructor with the UK Army Cadet Force.

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Steve Foreman

REGIONAL DIRECTOR- AFRICA

steve@sanctuaryint.com

Steve Foreman, a former professional soldier with the British Army, served two active duty tours in the Infantry in Northern Ireland (“Operation Banner”) and as a mobility unit patrol commander in a reconnaissance platoon in Berlin (Berlin Brigade). He was trained as a Unit-Level Sniper, a Radio Operator, and as a specialist driver of Armoured Fighting Vehicles and Land Rovers, before transferring to a Heavy Cavalry regiment stationed in West Germany, where, apart from being fully trained as a cavalry crewman on Chieftain tanks, he also served as a Regimental Policeman on the Provost Staff.

Steve, a holder of a Mountain Leadership Certificate (ML Summer), has volunteered as an instructor in Field craft, Navigation and Survival skills for the International School of Tanganyika, Tanzania, Grade 8 Extended Study Programme, as the Expedition Leader on the KAIRO Charity Walk across the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania, and as a Civilian Instructor with the UK Army Cadet Force.

With over 25 years living and working in Africa, Steve has experience of hostile and resource deprived environments and post conflict regions. He has worked for major NGOs and private sector security companies in South Sudan, Qatar, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia. He specializes in training staff in Hostile Environment Awareness, Advanced Security in the Field, First Aid and Health & Safety in the workplace. He also can train people in basic survival skills, wilderness/improvised First Aid, and off-road driving. 

Steve is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and a fully vetted member of several accredited UK Security institutes.

He lives in Entebbe, Uganda and has two children of 17 and 13 years.

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Ibrahim

HEAD OF SECURITY – UGANDA

Ibrahim is a Ugandan national, born in Entebbe.

A student of languages at Sans Frontiers languages center Uganda, he speaks excellent English and Luganda.

Ibrahim is Head of Security for Sanctuary in Uganda, with many years’ experience in property protection and guard supervision.

Ibrahim is an assistant Sanctuary instructor on courses that require more than one trainer, he is the lead on the practical aspects of the Watchman Training and is an active self-defense instructor.

Ibrahim’s security and man guarding experience makes him a vital component in the recruitment, selection, training, and assessment process of watchmen for our clients.

Maxie Nabitaka

OFFICE AND OPERATIONS MANAGER- AFRICA

Maxie Nabitaka is a Ugandan national, and has worked for Sanctuary Consulting for two years in Entebbe as the Sanctuary Africa office and operations manager.

She is responsible for all administration, operation systems and financial transactions with Sanctuary’s clients, and assists with the logistics and physical setting up of training venues.
Maxie hold a Bachelor’s Degree in procurement and logistics management from Nkumba University Business School.

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Maxie Nabitaka

OFFICE AND OPERATIONS MANAGER- AFRICA

Maxie Nabitaka is a Ugandan national, and has worked for Sanctuary Consulting for two years in Entebbe as the Sanctuary Africa office and operations manager.

She is responsible for all administration, operation systems and financial transactions with Sanctuary’s clients, and assists with the logistics and physical setting up of training venues.
Maxie hold a Bachelor’s Degree in procurement and logistics management from Nkumba University Business School.

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