The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Industry Personality of the Year highlights an individual who has “added value to the continuity and resilience industry over the past year”.
An inspiring leader who regularly speaks at conferences on topical resilience and BCM events has made ContinuitySA CEO Michael Davies a worthy recipient of the award for 2018. A 26-year international veteran of the industry, he is passionate about the multiple facets of business continuity and has recently worked on advancing cyber security as a core component with the Institute of Risk Management of South Africa.
With an aim of growing awareness of resilience and business continuity to establish a common language across different industries, Davies has written multiple contributions on business continuity topics and has presented on BCM in Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique, Mauritius and South Africa. He is also a respected BCM figure in the United States and the United Kingdom.
A regular participant in round tables and thought leadership initiatives, Davies has long supported graduate programs to bring new people into the BCM industry and train them to become skilled consultants.
Davies is an ambassador for BCM and a hands-on leader who supports ContinuitySA’s teams by advising on strategy, assisting in proposals, assisting with client recoveries and being a core part of the team developing BCM in Africa.
Over the past year, Davies was instrumental in driving to success the Central Delivery Office (CDO), a global technology business unit in ContinuitySA which delivers Technology Recovery. The CDO provides these services from South Africa to countries as far afield as New Zealand.
As a true inspiration and avid supporter of BCM on the continent, Davies is a driving force for ContinuitySA and now a recognised industry Personality of the Year.
“It’s an honour to have received this award, but it’s as much for the whole organisation as it is for me—I have only achieved anything because of their support,” Mr Davies says.