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Judges' biographies

Richard Bogle Rich Bogle MBCI

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.

Henry EeHenry Ee FBCI

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.

Pete FrielinghausPete Frielinghaus MBCI

Pete is a director of the African Chapter of the Business Continuity Institute, a member of the BCI Global Membership Council, an approved BCI and ISO 22301 Instructor and has been the area representative for Mauritius and surrounding areas since establishing their presence there a number of years ago. He was awarded the Business Continuity Consultant of the year at the BCI annual Awards in August 2014 and shortlisted for the Global Awards that same year. 

Since returning from Mauritius Pete has been assisting ContinuitySA as a senior BCM advisor across all the disciplines of BCM both locally in South Africa as well as across all the regional countries south of the Sahara – he is currently deployed as the Managing Director of ContinuityEastAfrica in Nairobi where he is establishing a BCM company to serve the growing demand of Business Continuity Management in Eastern Africa.

Lesley GrimesLesley Grimes Hon FBCI

Lesley is a Business Continuity Professional with over 15 years of experience in establishing, embedding and maintaining Business Continuity across Nuclear, Utilities, Logistics and Manufacturing sectors across the UK, Europe and the US. 

Lesley has delivered a range of Business Continuity Management projects and solutions in a number of large, unique and complex organisation which brings exceptional challenges -from heavily regulated areas such as Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR), Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Environment Agency (EA) and many other regulatory bodies. She has held positions as Head of Resilience at Atomic Weapons Establishment and she has held Business continuity management positions within Centrica PLC group of companies including British Gas and the Automobile Association.

Lesley has served as a BCI Membership Committee Member and currently holds the position of Chief Examiner for the BCI.

Ahmed Riad AliAhmed 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.