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Hong Kong BCI Seminar

Seminar Series

The BCI seminar series is a unique opportunity to meet with other BCM professionals in an informal setting. A short presentation from a subject matter expert invokes a group discussion, which often continues in a bar or restaurant! These seminars are primarily targeted at all level members of the BCI, but also non-members are welcome.

Upcoming BCI Hong Kong events:


Free BCI Seminar (2019):

  • To be announced



Previous event:


>>>> Free BCI Seminar (June 2018):

  • Topic: BCM Planning tools: blessing or curse?
  • When: 26 June 2018 - 17h30 – 20h00
  • Who: Resilience One and Assurance
  • Where: Bloomberg, 22F, Champion Tower, Three Garden Road Central office Complex, 3 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
  • Price: Free


  • Introduction by: Willem Hoekstra, Chairperson BCI Hong Kong Forum
  • Presentation by two leading vendors of BCM program management software
  • Panel discussion with experienced BCI members from different industries
    • Purpose and role of the BCP in the BCM lifecycle
    • Different plans: what do we plan for?
    • Practical ownership: who writes and who validates a plan
    • Concise versus comprehensive: what should be in a BCP
    • System support: Can process automation and/or artificial intelligence support continuity planning?


>>>> Free BCI Seminar (Jan 2018):

  • When: 25 January 2018 -19:00-21:00
  • Topic: Emergency communication following an attack, coordination for evacuation, invacuation or lockdown of premises
  • Who: Adam Harbord - OnSolve/SendWordNow
  • And: Lewis Lam, from Kai Shing Management Services Ltd.
  • Where: 48/F, International Commerce Centre Skylobby, 1 Austin Road West; West Kowloon; Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
  • Price: Free

The event is likely to be of interest to any professional with in interest in organizational resilience such as business continuity managers, risk managers, security managers, building managers etc.

Adam Harbord of OnSolve/SendWordNow will be there, one of the leading emergency notification systems in the market and will demonstrate the capability of his organisations systems.

Lewis Lam, from Kai Shing Management Services Ltd. will share his experience of combining BCM and maintenance for the tallest building in HK.

The event is free to attend for all delegates and non-BCI members are welcome.

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>>>> Free BCI Seminar (May 2016):

  • Topic: Incident Management in the Modern Corporation
  • When: 18 May 2016, 17:30-18:30
  • Who: Martin Lerigo, Chairman of Overseas Security Advisory Committee (OSAC) Hong Kong
  • Where: Hong Kong, 14/F AIA Building, 1 Stubbs road
  • Price: Free

Martin Lerigo joined Cisco in 2007 as Director for Strategic Relations in the Global Brand Protection Division. In this role Martin led a global effort to mitigate the counterfeiting of Cisco products and the prevention of grey market activity.  In 2009 he became Vice-Chair of leading trade association, ‘Quality Brands Protection Committee (QBPC)’.  In this role he attended meetings with high profile politicians and enforcement figures including then Vice-Premier Wang Qishan, US Attorney General Michael Mukasey and US IP Tsar Victoria Espinel.

Today, Martin is Cisco’s Director of Safety, Security & Business Resiliency (SSBR) for Asia, focused on protecting employees, property, revenue and physical assets.  This effort has resulted in the development of an industry leading Global Incident Management Program highlighted in a Bloomberg/BusinessWeek© article on “CEO Disaster Preparedness”.  Martin has presented on ‘Incident Management in the Modern Corporation’ at several conferences around the globe and is current Chairman of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) in Hong Kong. 

Prior to joining Cisco, Martin was a career diplomat with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, serving in Beijing, Nicosia and Hong Kong, his last posting, where he served as Consul (political) from 2003-2007.  

Martin is a graduate of Cardiff University, Wales, where he received a Bachelor of Engineering degree with honors.


>>>> Free BCI Seminar (April 2016):

  • Topic: Cyber Security: A risk-based approach
  • When: 25 April 2016, 17:30h - 18:30h
  • Who: Thomas Parenty - Hill & Associates
  • Where: Hong Kong, Nomura office Two IFC, 27th floor CMMR Room
  • Price: Free


Thomas has over thirty years of experience in the computer security and cryptography fields, including employment at NSA. He has designed and evaluated the information security protections of numerous national and global systems, including those for banking, electronic commerce, payment card processing, healthcare, manufacturing, shipping, electric power generation and nuclear command and control.

He has testified five times before the United States Congress on global competitiveness, national security, law enforcement, and encryption export controls. He advised the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection and assessed the quality of the information security work at NIST on behalf of the National Academy of Sciences.

Thomas has been featured over 100 times in international television, web and print media ranging from CNN’s Global Office to The Economist and Wall Street Journal Asia and has lectured and spoken throughout the world at over 100 industry conferences and universities, including the Universities of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles, the National Cryptologic School (NSA), and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Harvard Business School published his book, Digital Defense: What You Should Know About Protecting Your Company’s Assets .


>>>> Free BCI Seminar (October 2015):

  • Topic: "If and what if: Business continuity and crisis management."
  • When: 12 October 2015, 5pm - 7pm
  • Who: John So, Enterprise Risk Services (ERS) Deloitte China
  • Where: Nomura International, CMMR Room, 27th floor, Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong
  • Admission: free.

Lots of people believe crisis management is synonymous with business continuity and having a business continuity plan is equal to getting crisis management done.  The two are in fact very different processes yet supplemental to each other. An organization can gain the most benefit and build up a stronger level of resilience by clarifying the roles of these two processes and their relationship.  John will share with us his rich experience in this area and insights he gained through over 15 years of working in Greater China and Asia.

John's extensive career has included work in law enforcement, diplomatic services, regional and functional leadership roles in major risk management consulting firms and publicly listed corporations.  He has advised and trained executives of Fortune 500 companies on crisis management, corporate security and corporate fraud prevention.
John is frequently featured as a speaker in professional conferences in the region. He is also highly regarded for his expertise in designing and delivering complicated yet practical simulation crisis management training.



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