• Michael Crooymans
  • Roberto Grosso-Ciponte
  • Des O’Callaghan
  • Ahmed Riad Ali

Judges' biographies

Michael Crooymans MBCI

Michael is a passionate and well experienced Business Continuity Management consultant at Sogeti. He currently actively serves the BCI and its members in various roles. He is Chair of the Global Membership Council where he also represents the Be/Ne Chapter of which he is a founding member. Michael leads the Netherlands Forum and is currently expanding the awareness of BCM in the region. He represents the BCI the Dutch Standards Organisation’s (NEN) NCM Mirror committee where he is involved in the development of BCM (related) standards.

Michael has been involved with Business Critical systems (Tandem / HP NonStop) since 1985 and after switching to Business Continuity Management in 2003 he has helped many companies to implement and/or improve their BCM capability.

As a respected BCM Subject Matter Expert he is involved in various workgroups, presents on BCM, reviews updates to the GPG and training courses and also acts as judge for various BCI awards.

Michael 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.

Des O’Callaghan FBCI

I am a semi-retired Business Continuity Management professional located near Toronto, Canada, currently dividing my time between independent consulting, teaching and various involvements in BCM-related associations. At present I am Communications Director for the BCI Canada Chapter and Alternate Leader for the Greater Toronto Area Forum. I have held several executive positions with the Toronto Chapter of the Disaster Recovery Information Exchange and was Editor of its quarterly newsletter for the past 20 years. I have served for 5 years as a member of the Education Committee of the World Conference on Disaster Management, which is held annually in Toronto.

Prior to retirement from full-time work in 2010, I held various leadership positions in BCM in the Canadian financial sector. I developed and delivered a 4-course BCM certificate program at George Brown College in Toronto in 2006 and continue to teach today with several companies. I obtained my FBCI designation in 1996 as Canada’s first BCI member. In 2009 I was honoured to receive recognition for my contributions to the profession as winner of the National Award of Excellence for Business Continuity presented by the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness. In 2015 I received a Global Achievement Award at the BCI World Gala Dinner.

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.