Emde notes that he has benefited from the diversity of positions he has held and the mix of experiences he has had in the security field. “Therefore, in the longer term,” he notes, “I do see myself returning to an in-house security management position.”
From the outset, Emde has been an ASIS volunteer leader. “Since I started as a student member more than 20 years ago, I can tell people that ASIS involvement helps and gives certain rewards. It has helped me during my career, and it still does,” he states.
In 1994, the ASIS European Chapter disbanded into multiple European chapters as membership in different countries grew. Emde became affiliated with the Benelux Chapter, which includes the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium.
After earning his CPP, Emde became one of the chapter’s CPP review instructors; between 2001 and 2004, he served on the chapter’s board, with a term as chair in 2002. “This brought me into contact with regional ASIS volunteers and ASIS headquarters, and I was asked to be an assistant regional vice president in 2003. I also became a moderator at the ASIS Annual European Security Conference in 2002, and I have been a member of the program committee for that event ever since,” he says.
Emde served as ASIS Region 28 vice president in 2004-2005, sat on the ASIS European Advisory Council during 2003-2005, and has been a member of the ASIS Strategic Planning Committee since 2004. He was elected to the board of directors in 2006.