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Sharing Knowledge and Increasing Awareness with DRI India

DRI India has recently successfully conducted a conference in Hyderabad, India.  The theme of the day was “knowledge grows through sharing” and we were proud to see that participants were indeed able to develop through the sharing of ideas and experiences.

We look forward to our upcoming conference in Hyderabad and many more in the future.

You may view pictures of the event please visit our Global Networking Gallery.

KL2014 Featured Speaker: Waleed J. Al-Dakheel

The DRI KL2014 Regional Conference and Awards of Excellence will be held in Grand Millennium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme this year “Managing Crisis and Organizational Resilience – Issues and Challenges” will feature a comprehensive program that includes a pool of variety speakers from different industry and countries, who will share on emerging threats and issues that we face today.

In preparation for the conference, Thrive! Asia is featuring the topics and profiles of select speakers.

Waleed J. Al-Dakheel, CBCP

Waleed J. Al-Dakheel, CBCP
BCM Head of Business Continuity Department of Banque Saudi Fransi (Saudi Arabia)
Topic: Pandemic Influenza – Latest Developments and Concerns

Waleed Al-Dakheel has 20 years of experience in BCM, IT Service Management, Risk Assessment & Analysis, Audit & Compliance, Vendor & Contract Management, and PMO. He also specializes in Business Continuity Planning / Disaster Recovery and Crisis Management. DRI International certified Instructor and Exam Proctor, for Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery for the Middle East & North Africa. Waleed has created in-house BCM standards, developed risk-based business continuity strategies, implemented and tested plans, and conducted training to BCM professionals throughout the region. His work includes a solid track record in incident management in real world situations ranging across in-house incidents, BC planning and developing as well as BCP and DRP simulation exercise. Waleed draws from his professional experience to guide participants through all aspects of a holistic BCM program and to apply these practices for their organizations. He has been teaching for DRI since 2013 in Middle East.

KL2014 Featured Speaker: Gary Villeneuve

The DRI KL2014 Regional Conference and Awards of Excellence will be held in Grand Millennium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4 – 5 November, 2014. The theme this year “Managing Crisis and Organizational Resilience – Issues and Challenges” will feature a comprehensive program that includes a pool of variety speakers from different industry and countries, who will share on emerging threats and issues that we face today.

In preparation for the conference, Thrive! Asia is featuring the topics and profiles of select speakers.

Gary Villeneuve, MBCP, CPSCP, CBCLA

Gary Villeneuve, MBCP, CPSCP, CBCLA
Director of Education at DRI International (USA)
Topic: Keynote Address

Mr. Villeneuve has a Master’s Degree in Systems Analysis/Business and Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP), Certified Public Sector Continuity Professional (CPSCP) and Certified Business Continuity Lead Auditor (CBCLA) certifications with over thirty years experience in business continuity, disaster recovery, emergency management and information technology.

Mr. Villeneuve is the Director of Education for DRI International (DRI). He has worked as a contingency planner, data center manager, database administrator, computer specialist and university professor. He has developed Business Continuity Plans, Business Impact Analyses, Disaster Recovery Plans and Strategies, Emergency Response Plans, Risk Assessments, and conducted disaster recovery exercises. His experience spans both the private sector and government. He has been a Continuity of Operations (COOP) coordinator and was instrumental on projects implementing information technology/continuity solutions for the Defense Department. In addition to teaching business continuity classes for DRI, he has taught computer science classes as an Associate Professor at colleges and universities.

DRI Foundation Supports Relief Efforts in the Philippines

Donations to Fund Disaster-Resistant Housing Project

The Disaster Recovery International (DRI) Foundation has taken an active hand in aiding relief efforts for the survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda in the Philippines.

For the first time, the Foundation solicited donations for this singular cause from the business continuity and emergency management continuity. The response was overwhelming, as supporters rushed to provide funding to help in the wake of the typhoon.

Reaching out to its contacts in the Philippines to determine the best use of supporters’ donations, the Foundation confirmed the urgent need to begin rebuilding. To that end, it partnered with Habitat for Humanity Philippines to sponsor a Habitat Core House, a structure designed to be resistant to earthquakes and typhoons, which will help a family to start anew.

“We are not surprised at the altruism that our fellow business continuity, disaster recovery and emergency management colleagues showed in the face of this devastating event,” said AnneMarie Staley, DRI Foundation Chair. “We are proud to be a part of this noble community.”

The DRI Foundation is grateful to its donors for their generosity and support in times of crisis, and will continue to help the survivors of Haiyan-Yolanda to rebuild in the coming months.

 

About the DRI Foundation

The Disaster Recovery International (DRI) Foundation, Inc. helps organizations worldwide begin the recovery process as soon as possible. The DRI Foundation was envisioned and launched as a separate entity of the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) International, which has been certifying business continuity and disaster recovery professionals since 1988. By leveraging the Institute’s relationships with U.S. agencies, international governments and worldwide relief agencies, the Foundation empowers more than 11,000 worldwide certified professionals to give back to their communities through volunteer relief and advocacy efforts.

DRI KL2013 Regional Conference & Awards in Malaysia a Huge Success!

Congratulations to DRI Malaysia on the tremendous success of the DRI KL 2013 Regional Conference & Awards of Excellence held November 4-5 in Kuala Lumpur, and thank you to all those who attended.

The conference was themed “Emerging Issues and Challenges faced in ASEAN Countries” and had the additional focus of honoring individuals and corporations achieving a level of excellence in business continuity management (BCM) through the Awards of Excellence.

“We were very fortunate to have a large group of speakers in their respective fields participate in our conference,” said DRI KL 2013 Committee Chairperson Carol Chia. “Their involvement resulted in great interaction between the speakers and the attendees as well as a successful panel of discussions.”

“We would like to say again, on behalf of the Conference Committee, how much we appreciate all of the co-organizers and sponsors who contributed their efforts to us during the conference preparation,” Chia continued. “This conference would not have been a success without you. We thank you. See you all in DRI KL 2014 November 4-5 2014!”

DRI KL 2013 Award of Excellence Winners:

Industry BCM Newcomer of the Year:
Norchahya Ahmad, UMW
Kavitha Muthy, Heitech Padu

Best Associate Business Continuity Professional:
Zeti Akhtar Bt. Abdul Rahman, Permodalan National Berhad
Syaratul Khairiah Nazlan Ozizi, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

Best Service Provider (DRP):
Strateq

Best Service Provider (BCP):
PwC Malaysia

Program Leader of the Year (Private Sector):
Nazrah Rosli, Maybank

Program Leader of the Year (Public & GLC):
Dato’ Dr Nor Aliah Mohd Zahri, MAMPU

Best Certified Business Continuity Professional:
Zalina Jaflus, Malaysia Airports Holding
Sohail Khimani, KASB Bank Pakistan