BCI India Conference 2017
The first BCI India conference was held on 8th September in Hotel Taj Vivanta, Bengaluru. The event's key sponsors were Sungard AS and Send Word Now. The conference was kick started at 9am by Mr. Vikrant Varshney (BCI Hyderbad Chairman), Mr. Pradeep Prasad (BCI Bengaluru Forum Chairman) and Mr. R. Vaidyanathan (BCI India Chapter President) who welcomed the 100+ participants representing various companies from diverse industries across India.
The Chief Guest for the event was Mr. Kamal Kishore, Member NDMA who presented the key note address. He spoke about the imporance of private sector partnership and their role in Disaster Management. He briefly touched upon the good work NDMA is doing on their proactive approach for Disaster management. He answered several questions from the audience which were primarly on how the BCM community can contibute to NDMA's agenda and his perspective on using technology and other enablers for Disaster management. This was followed by a welcome address from one of the key sponsors Sungard.
India's first and world's fouth Think Tank after USA, UK and Australia was launched by Arunabh Mitra who heads this initiative. A team of nineteen mindes were selevted from about 100 aspirations by an indemendent panel. The members are grouped together into several councils across industry sectors such as IT/ITES, BFSI, Manufacturing, etc and themes such as Cyber Security, Government readiness, etc that cut across all sectors. Each of these 19 members were called upon and introduced to the gathering.
There were multiple sessions from various Industry Leaders who rpovided their thoughts on the various domains of resilience giving the audience abundant knowledge to take away. These sessions were of thirty minute duration and conducted in parallel across 2 halls giving the audience an option to choose a session of their interest. The prominent speakers were Pradeep Prasad, Sumit Dhar, Dhaval Kapasi, Ilango Vasdevan, Dr KJ Devasia, Deepak Kumar Singh, Tanya Singhal, Srinivasan Seshadri, Dhiraj Lal, Alok Nigam, Shraddha Bhandari, Sanjiv Agarwala, Samir Macwana.
The day would not be complete with a panel discussion on "The Future of BCM in India". A panel consisiting of Ratna from HSBC, Girish from Sungard and Sanjay Saxena from IBM shared their insights on this topic, which was moderated by Merril Cherian from KPMG. The panelists provided various perspectives as well as ideas on what the future of BCM should ideally become, there were also suggestions from the audience and the session ended aptly with a Q&A.
This was followed by the eagerly awaited Awards Ceremony, David Thorp, Executive Director of BCI, UK inaugurated the awards with a speech on BCM followed by a brief facilitation for the organizers. The evening ended with a networking session over dinner but not only after the audience was left spell bound by Mr Kamal Kishore who came all the wau from Delhi braving one of the wost rains in Bangalore; and addressed the audience with his sharp insights and appreciation of the disasters and their risk reduction.
Author: Romesh Kostka
Contributors: Deepak Freddy, Azhalvannan Ekambaramand Deepak Singh