Meet Our International Research Advisory Board

Our International Research Advisory Board, which was founded in 2009, is tasked to review our industry studies to ensure that we focus on the topics that are of the greatest concern to the Business Continuity/ Resiliency profession.  The goal of the board is to contribute to the research reporting and to add value to the profession through education and data analytics.


Larry Chase, CBCP, CCRP Comp TIA A+ (USA) – Senior Vice President of Operational Risk Management for Enterprise Resilience, CitiGroup

Larry is the Senior Vice President of Operational Risk Management for Enterprise Resilience at Citigroup. An eight year United States Air Force veteran, Larry is a recognized and a regarded industry leader in Operational Risk and Resiliency Management for nearly 30 years. Credited with establishing global programs at Pfizer, Motorola, and most recently with Humana—His professional accomplishments include the 2017 BCI Continuity & Resiliency Team of the Year, 2015 DRI Program Leader of the Year, 2010 BCI Asia Group Excellence Award and the 2005 W.E Upjohn Award for Leadership. Larry has been a guest speaker at industry conference for 20 years consecutively, and continues to serve the industry through numerous industry positions. He spends a good portion of his downtime serving in industry leadership roles, and is credited with co-founding the DRI Foundation’s Veterans Outreach Program, providing scholarships to our returning heroes. Larry has been a Certified Business Continuity Professional in good standing since 2003.


Kevin M. Cunningham, MS, CEM, CBCP (USA) - Director, Business Continuity Program Office, Equinix Inc.

Kevin is currently the Director of the Business Continuity Program Officer at Equinix Inc.  Previously, he had spent 4 years as Vice President and Head of Global Business Continuity, Crisis Management and Emergency Services at NBCUniversal.  Until May of 2013, he was Americas Regional Head of Business Continuity, Crisis Management for UBS AG.  Prior to his tenure at UBS, Mr. Cunningham worked for the City of New York as a Preparedness Specialist for the New York City Office of Emergency Management.


Ing. Jorge Escalera, MBA, RM-31000, MBCP, LA 22301 (Mexico) – Director, RISK MEXICO, SA DE CV.

Jorge Escalera Alcazar is President of the Organization Resilience Institute (IRO), Practice leader of Enterprise Risk Management, Business Continuity Management Systems, IT Disaster Recovery, Risk Management, and Insurance. More than 25 years of experience. Consultant for private sector multinational corporations and public-sector institutions. Chemical Administrator Engineer from Tec de Monterrey. MBA from EGADE Business School. Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP) and Instructor by Disaster Recovery Institute International. Certified Risk Management Professional and Trainer (RM-31000) by IRO. Former President of the Mexican Technical Committee ISO/TC262 Risk Management. Coordinator in Mexico of WG2 Business Continuity of ISO/TC292 Security and Resiliency. Convenor of the Spanish Translation Task Force of ISO TC262/STTF – Risk Management. First President and founder of the RIMS Mexico Chapter.


Robert Fucito (USA) – Vice President, Enterprise Resiliency, Security and Crisis Management, Leading Mortgage Lender

Experienced executive with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Crisis Management, Enterprise Risk Management, IT Service Management, and IT Strategy. Strong professional with a Certificate focused in Design Thinking & Problem Solving from Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management.


Guy Gryspeerdt, AMBCI (USA) – Global Head of Enterprise Resiliency, Dell Technologies

Guy Gryspeerdt BA (Hons), AMBCI, has a strong experience in aligning the risk, business resilience and crisis management functions to the organization’s strategic business goals and managing both the change process and subsequent organizational systems.   He is outcome focused and sees a robust resilience program as a key business enabler to deliver a competitive advantage to the organization and value to customers.  He has worked internationally across industry sectors, managing risk, business resilience, crisis management and security in the financial, retail, manufacturing and government sectors and has managed high level projects in these areas for leading organizations globally.  Organizations have included Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, Reinsurance Group of America, The Westfield Group and Bridgewater.


Gayle Hedgecock (UK) – Business Continuity & Resilience Specialist, Clifford Chance

 Gayle has over 20 years of Business Continuity experience in Financial services and less than 6 months in legal services, covering the full continuity lifecycle from completing BIA’s through to creating and implementing BC policies and everything in between.  Gayle was the chair of the BCI London Forum for 4 years.


Ashley Helmick, AMBCI (USA) – Senior Consulting, Castellan Solutions

Over the past four years, I have worked with a variety of organizations to implement and maintain successful Business Continuity and IT Disaster Recovery Programs. I have helped clients identify and mitigate risk and respond to disruptions. I have also worked to integrate business continuity and IT disaster recovery into organizations’ cultures. The industries in which I’ve worked include healthcare, manufacturing, utilities, technology services/software, legal services, and financial services. I have also worked with several international organizations.


Evan Hicks, CBCP (USA)

Evan began his Business Continuity career in Blacksburg, VA implementing Emergency Notification Systems across the United States for local government agencies. Motivated by the events of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, Evan moved to New York City to pursue a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. While completing his graduate studies, Evan held positions at Goldman Sachs’ Crisis Management Center and NYC OEM's Training & Exercise division. This unique experience in both the public and private sector, led him to Washington, DC where he held multiple roles across Fannie Mae’s Corporate Incident Management Team, Business Continuity Office, Risk and Controls, and Credit Portfolio Disaster Relief Team. In 2016, Evan pursued an opportunity in Portland, OR to establish a Business Recovery program for Nike's world headquarters and global business operations. During his tenure with Nike, Evan elevated Business Continuity to the Board of Directors, authored the COVID-19 Return to Work Playbook, and implemented a global continuity planning process inclusive of incident management, third party risk, technology recovery, facility management, enterprise risk management, supply chain, HR and other enterprise partners.  Today, Evan is applying his crisis management expertise to his community in Portland where he’s helping local charities address and resolve the social vulnerabilities revealed by COVID-19 and the BLM movement.  


Alberto Jimenez, PMP, CBCP (USA) – Director, MiaTomi

Alberto is a founder and director with MiaTomi, a provider of business continuity management consulting services. Alberto has over 20 years of cross-industry experience, helping clients meet their business continuity, risk, compliance, and IT transformation needs.  Prior to founding MiaTomi, Alberto was a national practice director at Datalink, Senior Manager at SunGard, Associate Director at Protiviti, and technology manager at Accenture.


Sohail Khimani, MBA, MBCP, AFBCI, OSSNHS, ISO 22301 LA (UAE) – Business Continuity Relationship Head, Confidential

An award-winning risk and resilience luminary with over 16 years of experience in all facets of risk and resilience. He is considered as an expert in providing and implementing bespoke end-to-end risk solutions and is a qualified and well-versed risk and resilience thought leader assisting organizations survive and thrive in challenging times.


Nicola Lawrence, BCom, MBCI (UK) – Operational Resilience Lead, Risk & Compliance, Brewin Dolphin Ltd

Nicola Lawrence a business continuity professional that has worked in the Banking and Finance industry for 18 years, involved all aspects of resilience from planning and implementing BCM program to developing training and awareness opportunities. She is an active member of both The Investing and Saving Alliance (TISA) and Investment Association (IA) Operational Resilience Working Groups with the purpose of developing guidance for its member firms regarding the upcoming regulatory changes to Operational Resilience in the UK. 


Irfan Mirza(USA) – Director of Continuity & Resilience, Microsoft Corporation

Irfan Mirza leads the enterprise continuity and resilience program across Microsoft. He has over 25 years of experience in the software and technical services industries in roles ranging from policy and compliance leadership in security, privacy, continuity, to software and service development, alongside enterprise, system and business architecture. He lectures frequently on technology topics and about policy design, implementation and measurement, as well as delivering periodic university lectures in political sociology.


Desmond O’Callahan, FBCI (Canada) – Retired – Business Continuity Thought Leadership

Des O’Callaghan, FBCI, is a practitioner with 30 years of experience in building, leading and assessing business continuity programs in Canada. Much of his career has involved directing in-house programs in the financial sector. He also has over 10 years of wide-ranging consulting experience across multiple sectors. Des has been an educator in BCM for over 12 years, teaching at George Brown College in Toronto for 4 years and currently delivering Business Continuity Institute courses across North America. Des became a Fellow of the BCI in 1996 and is presently Vice President and Secretary of the Canadian Chapter, He was appointed as Lead Assessor for the BCI in 2018. Des frequently presents at conferences and has received a national Canadian Award of Excellence in 2009 and a gifted grade Global BCI Achievement Award in 2015.   


Jayaraj Puthanveedu, CISSP, MBCI, ISO Lead Auditor (UK) – Managing Director – Cyber & Technology RISK & Global head of Operational Resilience & Third Party Tech Risk, BNP Paribas

Jayaraj is a Senior Executive with over 21 years of experience in Cyber Security, Risk Management and Resilience, primarily focused on helping board level and CXO stakeholders in Tier1 Financial Services institutions in shaping their digital strategy to improve their Cyber Security and Resilience posture.  In his current role as the Managing Director in BNP Paribas, he is the Global Head for Cyber Fraud, Cyber Resilience, Third Party Tech Risk, Data Breach Management, Business Continuity, IT Resilience and overall Operational Resilience.  Prior to this, he has held various leadership roles in Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Northern Trust etc. covering Operational Risk, Cyber & Technology Risk and Resilience areas.


Malcom B. Reid, FBCI, CBCP, CPP, CFE (USA) – Managing Director, Brison LLC

Malcolm is a globally recognized, risk and resiliency thought leader. Among his many accomplishments includes the national critical infrastructure assessment of one of the top Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) exporting nations. He has also led enterprise business continuity, security and risk advisory engagements for large global organizations. Malcolm is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds Masters degrees from Norwich University, Webster University and the University of Reading. He is a Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute and is Board Certified in Security Management. Malcolm is a member of a number of industry and community based boards including that of the BCI-USA chapter and the 2020 global board of ASIS International.

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Wong Tew Kiat, CBCP, Fellow of BCI, CITBCM(S), CITPM(S), COMIT(S), Fellow of Singapore Computer Society (Singapore) – Managing Director & Founder, Organisation Resilience Management Pte Ltd 

More than 30 years of experience in IT Infra, Data Centre Infrastructure & Operations, Business Continuity Management, Pandemic Preparedness, Crisis & Incident Response, IT Disaster Recovery, Emergency Management and Data Centre (DC) Risk & Health Check. Managed a 100,000sqft Data Centre for the 30 years.  Currently appointed as Chairman for the Data Centre Special Interest Group (DC SIG) by Singapore Computer Society (SCS) as a national platform for DC professionals to network and sharing of research & innovative ideas to meet the changing trends of the DC landscapes. A CBCP by DRII(USA) since 1997 and Fellow of BCI-UK since 2005.  Also a Certified IT Project Manager, Certified Outsourcing IT Manager and Certified ITBCM Manager (CITBCM) by SCS.  He was the President for the Business Continuity Group, a chapter in SCS from 2005–2008 & 2010–2011.  In addition, he chaired the CITBCM Resource Panel to develop the Body of Knowledge and also chairs the Board of Assessors and he is also the authorised training provider for this CITBCM Certification Course.


Gilberto Tiburcio Freire Junior (Brazil) – Global Workplace Recovery Sales Director, LATAM, IWG

More than 45 years of experience with solid business knowledge in Sales of IT Services, with experience in IBM Brazil, IBM United Kingdom and REGUS.

More than 20 years working as People Manager leading Services Organization (Infrastructure Services, Business Resilience Services, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, IT Security).

He was responsible to implement a Business Recovery Organization in a IBM Brazil, afterwards he was responsible for this Business in all Latin America for more than 10 years.

He is currently responsible in REGUS (IWG Parental company) for Workplace Recovery services in Latin America since 2016.


Sanjiv Tripathy (India) – Managing Director and Risk & Security Leader, Confidential Financial Firm

 Sanjiv is a senior Risk leader and has managed Resilience & BCM for a global banks India set up (RBS Technology) comprising of ~15000 headcount size distributed over multiple locations working with Senior management / Silver & Gold global Incident management teams, partnering with businesses such as Banking business, Operations, Financial services and Risk services for India wide organisation (~25000 team size). Conceptualized & implemented fit for purpose Business Resilience, BC and Disaster Recovery strategies, reviewed them and implemented improvements as part of major incident review and Regulatory review. Fostered strong stakeholder relationships, developed specialised team, managed Resilience & BC critical processes, reviewed BCM program framework and standards, assessed large global critical 3rd party service providers BCM capabilities, assessed organizations effectiveness of BC/ Resiliency and presented BCM preparedness to Internal audit, External auditor and Regulators. 


Thomas Wagner (USA) – Managing Director, Major Trade Association

 Tom is a recognized expert and innovative thought leader in the Business Continuity Management space with over 25 years’ experience as a practitioner, management consultant and technology executive in the financial services industry. Tom is currently the Managing Director for a major trade association and he previously served in senior BCM roles at HSBC, Marsh, Gartner, Booz Allen and the NYSE. While at Booz Allen, Tom consulted to the President’s Commission for Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCCIP), the White House Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO / Homeland Security) and Intelligence Communities where he conducted risk assessments and helped develop strategies to protect the financial services industry from terrorism and natural disasters.  Tom is also a recognized thought-leader in the IT Controls and Risk Management space having served as a SME with ISACA ITGI for the on-going development of CobiT and the IT Risk and Governance frameworks. 


Kiyoshi Yoshikawa (Japan) – Sr. Manager – Confidential Company

Mr. Yoshikawa has been a BCM professional for over 15 years in the financial and manufacturing industries. He started his career as an IT network engineer and build backup data centers and sites. He brings a sound knowledge of the financial regulations of the APAC countries and understands the residual risks in the production lines and supply chain.