BCI Global Awards 2019 - Winners Announced!
On 5 November Business Continuity and Resilience Professional from across the globe descended on London to celebrate the best and the brightest in the industry at the BCI Global Awards 2019.
The sold-out gala dinner ceremony saw the 2019 BCI regional award winners and colleagues gather at the Novotel West London hotel for an evening of great food, live music and plenty of celebrations as we announced the winners of the BCI Global Awards 2019. Keep reading to discover the full list of winners below - and if you think you could be in this list next year watch this space for more information about the 2020 Award open dates!
Continuity and Resilience Industry Personality
Ramachandran Vaidhyanathan (RV) Hon FBCI
The judges recognised that RV has played a key role in strengthening the BCI presence in their country. He is one of the BCI Chapter founder members, leading a highly-focused professional life dedicated to business continuity and striving to advance the profession through education, consulting, social, volunteering and generous mentoring of fellow professionals.
Most Effective Recovery
The judges found it difficult to single out one single winner for this category as each nominee is at the forefront of an organization or team that has worked through extreme situations and managed to successfully recover. However after much deliberation they felt Aster Medcity deserved to walk away with the award after facing devastating and wide spread flooding following rainfall that was 164% higher than usual. As a prominent multi-specialty Hospital they executed all of its Response and Continuity Plans to safely and securely evacuate all of its patients and staff, minimizing damage and loss of property and ensuring necessary readiness for resumption of services after the incident.
Continuity and Resilience Consultant
Ahmed Riad Ali MBCI
Ahmed is a well-known Thought Leader on Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience on a regional and global basis, with a wide experience of over 17 years in Business Continuity Management, Information Security Management, IT Disaster Recovery and IT Risk Management. Having been responsible for the delivery of multiple concurrent BCM programmes as part of his organisation’s professional services team, the judges felt Ahmed was a clear winner for this award. He is also currently a Board Member of The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
Continuity and Resilience Provider (Service/Product)
GreenCape Water Sector Desk - Drought Business Support
This winner is a not-for-profit organisation which has partnered with several businesses in Cape Town to fight the impact of severe drought. The result was a drought support team who help local comanies to reduce water reliance to increase resilience, and the winner of the Continuity and Resilience Provider Award 2019.
Continuity and Resilience Professional (Private)
Neal Mullen MBCI
Neal has spent a lot of time making significant improvements within his business, developing relationships internally and externally, enhancing awareness at C-Suite on a global scale. He developed an incident room in Manilla, supporting 32 delivery centers worldwide which allowed their organisation to centrally coordinate incidendents across various disciplines. Beyond his organization Neal fosters the growth and interest in BCM / Risk and the wider Resiliency profession through talks, articles and mentorship programmes. All these efforts on a consistent and holistic basis, left the judges with a clear winner of the 2019 Continuity and Resilience Professional (Private) award.
Continuity and Resilience Professional (Public)
Kush Srivastava MBCI
Kush is a qualified Business Continuity, Crisis and Risk Management professional with over 28 years of cross-industry experience. He has been responsible for training and developing almost 100 Business Continuity Champions across his organisation. This meant bringing stakeholders together, developing customized training content, testing and exercising on specific scenarios for a variety of business units, and developing BIAs and BCPs at group level. Kush's efforts to collaborate across his organisation singled him out as the winner of this year's Continuity and Resilience Professional (Public) award.
Continuity and Resilience Newcomer
Jayne Romanczuk AMBCI
With no prior experience in the discipline, Jayne impressed the judges with her efforts to improve her knowledge and understanding of Continuity & Resilience to become a valued asset to her employer. So much so that her drive, determination and standard of work has led to a strong relationship with the companies National Resilience Team, allowing her to shadow their role and learn more about the global management of resilience.
Continuity and Resilience Innovation
SIMBCM - Online BCM Simulation Game by SARAS Ventures
The 2019 Continuity and Resilience Innovation winner sought to solve the challenge of truly proving the benefit and importance of a complete BCM lifecycle. It can be used to get stakeholder buy-in and embed the responsibilities throughout an organisation. It is a platform for BCM learning and development through practical, real time simulation covering the six professional practice phases of BCI Good Practice Guidelines. It is played on an online system using competitive gaming techniques which enriches the experience and engagement of BC professionals and teams.
Continuity and Resilience Team
Business Continuity Team - Marks & Spencer Plc
The judges of this category were impressed with the team's ability to achieve great things with a small number of dedicated staff. Their work was validated in September 2018 in an audit conducted by PwC, which rated the BCM team’s work very highly indeed, noting several commendable areas in their practice. One quote from the audit summaried the judges thoughts concisely, saying that ‘It is clear that the BCM function is highly regarded due to its focus on managing strategic and tactical business risks and overall integration with business units”.
The gala dinner also saw the induction of more Hall of Fame and Gifted Grades members, including a moving tribute to long-standing BC practitioner Norman Powell Hon FBCI who was awarded his grade posthumously for his dedication to the industry.
Thank you again to our Gala Dinner sponsors Controllit AG and to our individual award category sponsors. Next year's awards will see some exciting changes coming your way, including the introduction of a new awards category! However you can't win unless you enter so watch this space for more information on 2020 awards deadlines coming soon.