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  • Adam Barrett MBCI
  • Ian Clark FBCI
  • Michael Crooymans MBCI
  • Roberto Grosso Ciponte MBCI
  • Willem Hoekstra AFBCI
  • Andrew MacLeod MBCI
  • Ahmed Riad Ali MBCI

Judges' biographies

Adam Barrett MBCI

Sungard Availability Services

A Business Continuity Consultant for Sungard Availability Services, Adam has previously worked in Business Continuity within Financial Services, Broadcast, Telecommunications and Retail organisations. He holds an MSc in Risk Analysis from King’s College London and is a representative on the BCI's Global Members Council.

Ian Clark FBCI

4Thought Associates

Ian is a highly motivated and experienced Business Continuity Management practitioner with extensive practical experience of the necessary disciplines and roles essential in developing and delivering a holistic Business Continuity Management programme across multiple industry sectors in many countries encompassing diverse cultures.

A member of the Business Continuity Institute, the global organisation for the Business Continuity practitioner, since 1996 and elevated to Fellow of the Institute in 1998. He was an elected Director of the BCI from December 2002 until December 2006 and during his tenure held positions on the Executive Management Board of the Institute and as the Chair of the Standards and Compliance committee. He still actively participates in the development and proofing of International BCM related standards. Ian is the incumbent Chairman of the Global Membership Council of the BCI.

He has supplied consultancy services in many business sectors and at all levels within organisations ranging from multi-national businesses and Governments to small or medium sized organisations. He continually strives to achieve a balance within organisations by aligning operational management of tactical activities to current and future strategic business needs. A proponent of the active integration of Risk Management and Business Continuity Management techniques throughout the organisational supply chain in developing a resilient and balanced continuity programme that is both effective and maintainable that suits the organisation’s operational needs and culture.

He is the Principal of 4Thought Associates; an organisation dedicated to assisting organisations achieve a high level of resilience and Business Continuity Management capability through active partnership at strategic, operational and tactical levels.

Michael Crooymans MBCI

Michael, originally from New Zealand, has been involved with Business Critical systems (Tandem / HP NonStop) since 1985. Michael joined Sogeti in 1989 and by 2003 he had developed himself to the position of BCM Consultant – a subject about which he is very passionate. Michael has helped many companies to implement and/or improve their BCM capability. Due to his IT background he is also occasionally involved in IT Service Continuity assignments.

Michael passed the DRII and CBCI exams with merit in 2005 and 2015 respectively. He has been affiliate member of the BCI since 2011 and is currently completing his MBCI application.

Since presenting at the BCI conference in London in 2012 he has actively been involved with the promotion and development of BCM in the Netherlands. Initially assisting with the BC Café and soon thereafter as a member of the BCI-NL Forum core team. As well as helping set up the BCI BE/NE Chapter he is also the leader of 2 of the work groups and represents the BCI-NL Forum at the NEN BCM standards commission and is involved development of new standards. Michael also represents the BE/NE chapter at the BCI Group Membership Council. In this role he also reviews updates to the GPG, training courses and acts as judge for various BCI awards. He won the 2015 BCI European Award: Continuity and Resilience Professional (Private Sector) and was shortlisted for the Global Award.

Roberto Grosso Ciponte MBCI

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.

Willem Hoekstra AFBCI

Willem A. Hoekstra M MBA AFBCI BCCE started his career with ABN AMRO bank in 1998, running Management Accounting and other COO projects. In 2001, he met with Business Continuity Management for the first time. He has since run BCM programs for Head Office as well as Regional environments in consecutively ABN AMRO, RBS, Societe Generale and currently Nomura, where he is also responsible for Corporate Security. Willem holds an MBA, a Dutch master’s degree in Communication Science, and a Propeadeuse degree in Economics. He has both presented and participated at numerous conferences and seminars on BCM and related topics, around the globe. Willem is currently Chair on the HK Financial Services BCM Forum, and Hong Kong forum leader of the BCI.

Andrew MacLeod MBCI

Andrew MacLeod is an award winning business continuity and crisis management director with eleven years’ experience developed as a director at Needhams 1834, a leading independent provider of business continuity and crisis management consultancy, planning and training services, and previously as a business continuity project manager at Canary Wharf Group and an Army officer. He was the winner of the 2013 BCI Global BCM Newcomer of the Year and the 2013 BCI European BCM Newcomer of the Year, and has published articles on contemporary issues in leading business continuity and emergency planning journals and magazines, including the Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning and Continuity Magazine. Andrew prepared the complete Needhams 1834 business continuity management system which was the first in the UK to receive certification to ISO 22301, and since then has supported more than 7 organisations in preparation for their successful certification to ISO 22301. He is certified as a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) and an ISO 22301 Lead Auditor. In 2015 he was elected as a member of the BCI Global Membership Council, having been a committee member of the BCI London Forum since 2014. Additionally he was the Emergency Planning Society Representative on the BSI Technical Committee for the Crisis Management Standard BS11200. Previously Andrew was highly commended in the 2013 CIR Business Continuity Industry Newcomer of the Year and designed and developed the MRC E-Learning Package, which was highly commended in the 2013 CIR Business Continuity Initiative of the Year Category. 

Ahmed Riad Ali MBCI

Ahmed has a wide experience of Business Continuity Management, Information Security Management, IT Disaster Recovery and IT Risk Management as he has worked in these sectors for over twelve years. He has used his knowledge and experience to contribute to both local and regional markets.

As a dedicated ambassador of Business Continuity, Ahmed is currently one of the leading business continuity consultants in the Middle East and worldwide. He regularly organizes voluntary events and seminars to promote the concept of business continuity amongst his clients, peers and other practitioners. 
He has built an innovative model for business continuity management that can be easily adapted to any organization’s needs, but especially those operating in the MENA region that has an Arabic culture embedded in their working environment. 

Ahmed has been recognized for his outstanding contribution to business continuity. He was awarded winner of the BCI Middle East Awards in 2015 and 2014 and has also been elected as the Middle East Region Representative for the Member of Global Membership Council for the Business Continuity Institute.