BCI Middle East Awards - The Judging Panel

Meet the BCI Middle East Awards 2017 judging panel

The Judges of the Middle East Awards

  • Richard Bogle
  • Michael Crooymans
  • Henry Ee
  • Roberto Grosso Ciponte

Judges' biographies

Rich Bogle, MBCI

VP of Business Continuity, Synchrony Financial

An established professional in the business continuity industry, Rich is currently VP of Business Continuity for Synchrony Financial. Prior to this, he led crisis management, business continuity and disaster recovery activities in a global context for two of the world’s largest investment management organizations, and for a leading international general insurance and reinsurance group. He is certified as a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI), and is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) with the Disaster Recovery Institute.

In addition to being a regarded speaker at global business continuity conferences and author of industry publications, Rich is the cofounder of the award winning Business Risk & Resilience XGen initiative; an education and networking forum for the next generation of industry leaders. He has been an elected member of the BCI Global Membership Council since 2012, and an elected member of the BCI US Chapter Board in September 2014. Rich is also a former CIR Industry Newcomer of the Year Award Winner, CIR Industry Initiative of the Year winner, and served for several years as the Vice Chair of the IBM BC&RS Client Community.

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Michael Crooymans, MBCI

Business Continuity Management Consultant, Sogeti

Michael is a passionate and well experienced Business Continuity Management consultant at Sogeti. He currently actively serves the BCI and its members in various roles. He is Chair of the Global Membership Council where he also represents the Be/Ne Chapter of which he is a founding member. Michael leads the Netherlands Forum and is currently expanding the awareness of BCM in the region. He represents the BCI at the Dutch Standards Organisation’s (NEN) NCM Mirror committee where he is involved in the development of BCM (related) standards.

Michael has been involved with Business Critical systems (Tandem / HP NonStop) since 1985 and after switching to Business Continuity Management in 2003 he has helped many companies to implement and/or improve their BCM capability.

As a respected BCM Subject Matter Expert he is involved in various workgroups, presents on BCM, reviews updates to the GPG and training courses and also acts as judge for various BCI awards.

Michael won the 2015 BCI European Award: Continuity and Resilience Professional (Private Sector) and was shortlisted for the Global Award.

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Henry Ee, FBCI

Managing Director, Business Continuity Planning Asia Pte Ltd

Henry Ee is the founder and Managing Director of Business Continuity Planning Asia Pte Ltd (BCP Asia). With over 20 years of Business Continuity, Enterprise Risk, IT-Disaster Recovery and Crisis Management experience, he has undertaken over 300 BCM projects spanning across Asia Pacific and across a spectrum of industries including Banking & Finance, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Telecommunication, IT, etc. An experienced trainer, Henry has trained and guided over 5000 professionals across Asia.

Before starting BCP Asia, he gained practical experience as an end-user through holding senior positions as Regional BCP Manager in 2 international banks, ABN AMRO and JP Morgan Chase, where he rolled out comprehensive regional BCP programs and rigorous trainings & exercises.

The first Asian to be elected to the Board of BCI (UK), he was later awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award by BCI in October 2010. A member of the working committee of for various standards including ISO 22301, SS540:2008, etc.

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Roberto Grosso Ciponte, MBCI

Senior Risk & Insurance Manager, Nestlé

In December 2000, I joined the Nestlé group where I was in charge of the Swiss Nespresso Club and later on for the Nespresso Club worldwide. It was during this time that I first got in contact with Business Continuity when I was given the mission to develop BCM solutions for the Customer Relationship Centres, which at that time where single points of contact for the brand and therefore single point of failure.

Since 2009 I have been in charge of Business Continuity Management for Nestlé and in 2014 I also took over the responsibility for our Global Loss Prevention programme as well as some other global insurance programmes.

Since 2013 I have been in charge of the BCI Forum in the French part of Switzerland and I have led the BCI Swiss Chapter since March 2015.

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