Posted on May 04, 2015

The Business Continuity Institute, the world’s leading Institute for business continuity and resilience professionals, will be hosting its annual BCI Middle East Conference on the 11th and 12th May, 2015 in Doha, Qatar. The theme of the conference is “sustaining value through business continuity”. This will be the second conference the BCI has hosted in the Middle East following the successful event in Dubai in 2014.

His Excellency the Minister of Energy and Industry in Qatar – Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada – will be opening the conference and provide the welcome address. In confirming his intention to speak at the conference, H.E. Dr Al-Sada noted that: “The aim and objectives of the conference for providing a forum for sharing knowledge is timely and welcome to facilitate successful delivery of the goals incorporated in the Qatar National Vision 2030.” This demonstrates the high profile nature of the conference and the importance that business continuity plays in ensuring that organizations are resilient to the growing number of threats that they face.

Incidents, arising from threats, take many forms, ranging from large-scale natural disasters or acts of terror to single technology-related failures or utility services interruptions. Most incidents are small but some can have a significant impact on an organization, multiple organizations or on a country as a whole. This therefore makes business continuity management relevant at all times and at all levels. At the conference, H.E. Dr Al-Sada will launch the Qatar Business Continuity Management Guideline.

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The Guideline is designed and developed by BCI Qatar Forum to help all types of organizations operating in Qatar, whether business, charity or government, and regardless of sector, size or activity, to be better-prepared and more confident to handle business disruptions of any type. The two day Conference programme will cover core business continuity practices enabling both new and experienced practitioners to share ideas and learn about the latest trends through a combination of case study presentations, interactive sessions and plenary addresses delivered by leading local and international experts.

James McAlister FBCI, Vice Chair of the Business Continuity Institute and Chair of the BCI Middle East Conference said “The Middle East is one of the most creative, innovative and growing business continuity regions of the world. The businesses that thrive there have the foresight and courage to acquire professionals from across the globe to enrich their resilience experience. A significant influence in their quest for knowledge is the BCI Middle East Conference. It brings together an amazing knowledge pool of international experts creating a unique platform for learning, networking and exposure to future resilience solutions.”

From his side Mr. Abdullatif Ali Al-Yafei, Qatar BCM Guideline Steering Committee Chairman and Member of BCI Qatar Forum has said, "We are happy with the establishment of this conference for the first time in Qatar and able to call many government and semi-government bodies and the energy sector, oil and gas, telecommunications, ICT, banking, private and public sectors to participate in the conference to benefit from the researches and presentations delivered by international expertise in the field of Business Continuity.

Mr. Abdullatif also added, "During the conference, HE the Minister of Energy and Industry will launch the first edition of Qatari Business Continuity Management Guidelines, which is the first of its kind in the State of Qatar. The guideline aims to provide a detailed explanation of the standard of the International Standards Organization ISO 22301 in the field of Business Continuity with practical examples to help organizations and companies operating in Qatar wishing to apply the business continuity program the right way. The list includes models and procedures have been applied in some companies in Qatar. The Guideline was written by number of experts in the field of Business Continuity from all different sectors in Qatar.

Some high profile speakers have already been confirmed and these include:

  • Dorothy Crossan, Head of the National Resilience Capability Programme within Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, will talk through the national perspective and how organizations – public and private – must work together to ensure a resilient future, in particular how this applies to developing a FIFA World Cup legacy.
  • Maitland Hyslop, Chief Executive Officer at OES Oilfield Services Group, will be discussing what we can do to harden our organizations and make them more resilient, preparing them for the changed global context, risk, dependencies, staff, crisis and general environment in which they operate.
  • Dr Shazia Nadeem, Supervisor of the Surveillance Section for Health Protection and Communicable Disease Control, Supreme Council for Health in Qatar, who will highlight what the considerations are for business continuity with regards to the risks and impacts of Ebola, or other pandemics that so often are a threat.

Feedback from last year’s Dubai conference was excellent, and this Doha conference promises to be even better. "The vibrant conference provided all levels of business continuity experience and the bustling exhibition that featured as a part of this event helped me to know more about some leading product and service providers across the region. What inspired me the most is the networking opportunities that I got through an interactive table discussion that enabled the sharing of best practice across industries and disciplines" said Azra Backer AMBCI, from Protiviti Middle East, and delegate at the 2014 BCI Middle East Conference. "The organizing Team has done a wonderful job by selecting experienced, qualified, professional, standard and skilled speakers that facilitated me to provide the tools, skills and knowledge to support professional development in business continuity and drive important and critical organizational change."

The BCI Middle East Conference not only provides an opportunity to learn about resilience in the Middle East, but also to network with the best and brightest in the industry from across the region. Find out more about the conference by visiting the BCI's website at