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KL2014 Featured Speaker: Murari Kalyanaramani

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.

Murari Kalyanaramani, CBCP

Murari Kalyanaramani, CBCP
Global Head of Service Architecture & Integration, British American Tobacco (BAT) (Malaysia)
Topic: Business Continuity Management – IT Opportunities and Challenges

Murari is a seasoned IT & Information Risk Management professional with over 14 years experience in Information Security Management, Business Continuity Management and, Outsourcing & Supplier Management.

He is currently Global Head of Service Architecture & Integration for British American Tobacco responsible for IT Services Strategy, Service Design & Transition, Supplier Management, Global Software Asset Management and IT Process, Risk and Compliance Management. Murari was previously Global Head of IT Security Services for BAT responsible for Enterprise IT Security Management, IT Security Operations , Identity & Access Management . The role included managing business continuity governance over strategic IT outsourced service providers.

Prior to joining BAT, Murari was attached to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Malaysia where he was the Lead Manager for the Information Assurance and Threat & Vulnerability Management (TVM) group. During his stint in PwC, he delivered and managed numerous Information Security, Business Continuity, Business Process & Systems Assurance and Third Party Assurance Services engagements for clients in various industries including the government sector.

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 KL2014 Regional Conference & Awards of Excellence

This year, our Conference will be held at the majestic Grand Millennium Hotel, right in the heart of Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. The DRIKL2014 every year gathers together BCM and DRP practitioners from the ASEAN region to exchange and share knowledge and expertise on latest trends, practices and regulations.

Visit our agenda now to view our list of topics and at the same time, vote for your nominees for the Awards of Excellence now.

DRI KL2013

Thank you to those of you who joined DRI International in Malaysia for DRI  KL2013.  As we continue growing throughout Asia, it is encouraging to see certified professionals coming together to share and develop ideas from all over the world.

The conference objective was to discuss emerging treads and issues for ASEAN countries.  DRI KL2013 Committee Chairperson, Carol Chia, reflected on the conference conversation saying, “We were very fortunate to have a large group of speakers in their respective fields participate in our conference. Their involvement resulted in great interaction between the speakers and the attendees, as well as a successful panel of discussions.”

Among the speakers were DRI International’s Al Berman and Chloe Demrovsky.  “I was particularly pleased by the turn out for the Awards of Excellence.  All the finalists were distinguished by their accomplishments.  I would especially like to congratulate the winners of this special honor,” said Demrovsky, Managing Director of Global Operations.

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