The DRI Future Vision Committee is delighted to announce the appointment of senior professionals from Japan, Switzerland and the UK as members of the committee: Prof. Kenji Watanabe of the Nagoya Institute of Technology; veteran consultant and project manager Dr. Wolfgang Mahr; and Dr. Robert MacFarlane of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, UK Cabinet Office.
Committee chairman Lyndon Bird said “I am absolutely delighted to have Kenji, Wolfgang and Rob join the committee. I have known all three for many years and their contributions towards thought leadership in our profession makes them highly regarded by their peers.”
“These new members will bring a fresh and exciting perspective to this committee,” said DRI President Al Berman. “It’s the valuable input of experienced professionals like these that led us to develop the Future Vision Committee in the first place, and I look forward to seeing their work.”
Prof. Kenji Watanabe is a professor at the Graduate School of Engineering, and also the Head of Disaster & Safety Management of the Nagoya Institute of Technology, with major research areas in risk management, business continuity management (BCM), and critical infrastructure protection (CIP). He has almost 20 years of business experience at the Mizuho Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers in financial business and risk management fields.
“It is great honor for me to be a member of the committee,” said Watanabe. “I am delighted to act as a subject matter expert and bring a Japanese perspective to discussions. Having known the committee chairman for a number of years, I am really looking forward to working with him again.”
Dr. Wolfgang Mahr has over 20 years of experience in consulting and project management in the ICT environment and over the last 15 years has specialized in the field of business continuity management. He is experienced in IT governance, information security, business management, marketing, account and product management, in professional education as an author of educational content and an international speaker.
“I fully agree with the idea of a think tank, fueled by productive discussions on topics of current importance,” said Mahr. “For me the number one issue is management commitment, whilst governance and regulation are valid fields for discussion. Measuring resilience is futuristic but an exciting topic for me to explore.”
Dr. Robert MacFarlane is Assistant Director (UK Resilience Doctrine, Training and Standards) in the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, UK Cabinet Office. He has oversight of the UK Emergency Planning College and leads the program of Central Government Emergency Response Training. He is an OECD expert on crisis management and was one of the principal authors of the UK Joint Emergency Services Doctrine.
“I am very pleased indeed to be asked to join this initiative, and I am delighted to accept,” said MacFarlane. “I want to see concepts and practice develop and for us all to realize the resilience gains of that come from such thinking. I’m excited to work with this leading international network and build my own awareness of thought and practice within a wider group.”
The goals of the Future Vision Committee:
Its goals are as follows:
- Create the leading global “Think Tank” on matters of operational resilience, discipline integration and the future role of resilience professionals.
- Work with other professional bodies and membership organizations on an international basis to share knowledge, develop common strategic frameworks and promote resilience concepts to as wide an audience as possible using existing and new promotional channels.
- Provide input into other committees (in particular the Professional Development and Global Infrastructure Committees) to ensure their development activities are consistent with the future directions of the resilience community as a whole.
- Keep the Institute at the forefront of innovative thinking; influencing governments, regulators, standards bodies and academic institutions – and ensure it is recognized internationally as the thought leader.
Welcome to all three new members. And get ready – more additions will be announced in the near future.