John Zeppos, FBCI
John is the Managing Director of Resilience Guard GmbH and a two times winner of the BCI Global Business Continuity Awards – Manager of the Year 2012 & 2014.
He draws from more than 20 years of executive consulting experience on Business Resilience for global organizations, including Telecommunications, Finance, Technology, Government, International Policy Making and Olympic Games.
Throughout his career, John has been driven by a passion for excellence and innovation, impacting an organization’s competitive advantage, as the leader of numerous ISO22301 accreditations for a number of multinational companies and clients across Europe.
Further supporting the BCM industry, he actively participates in the BCI mentorship scheme, while being a member of the Judge’s panel for the IRM Global Risk Management Awards since 2012 and the BCI Global Business Continuity Awards for 2013 and 2015.
John Zeppos is an advocate for many social causes and a strong supporter of UNISDR activities towards enhancing organizational and community resilience across Europe and beyond.
John has studied Financial & Regional Growth, followed by a Business Administration Masters Degree and is based in Zurich, Switzerland.
Stavros Sarinas, MBCI
Operations Executive Director
Stavros is a result-oriented professional with 20 years of experience in the fields of operational excellence, business process optimisation, enterprise transformations, change management, continuous improvement as well as business development and growth. His expertise has been gained, predominantly, in the manufacturing, retail, asset management, consumer goods and health industries.
He has held Director, GM and COO positions in international organisations including Lykos Group, Germanos Group, Koskinidis Packaging, Libra Group.
Stavros is a certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds, a Master’s Degree in Quality Systems from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from Leicester University.
Doug Cook, MBE CSyP FSyL
International Security Management Senior Advisor
Doug has more than 35 years’ hands-on security experience, in both the military and business world. A well-regarded industry figure, most recently he was International Security Vice President for Deutsche Telekom and before that was responsible for security at network provider T-Mobile UK.
Doug has been described as “One of those rare Heads of Security who have been recognised as having excellent business skills, an individual who speaks the language of the business and has become trusted to deliver results that impact on the bottom line.”
A Chartered Security Professional and Fellow of the UK Security Institute, Doug’s extensive global experience spans Europe, the Far East, USA, Australia, Central America, South Africa and the UK.
Doug is also founder of SCARA – Security Convergence and Resilience Alliance, which has brought together global expertise in one alliance to offer clients a more holistic and converged set of quality risk mitigation solutions.
Varka Kozlovic, CBCP MBCI
Associate Business Continuity Management Senior Consultant
Varka is a Crisis Management and Business Continuity Management practitioner since 2005. In her role as Risk Consultant for an American risk consulting company she has worked in full-scale Business Continuity Management and Crisis Management projects for international clients from various industries including telecommunications, pharma, automotive, food and beverage, asset management, banking, insurance and manufacturing. Consulting engagements entailed assistance to clients in the development, implementation and maintenance of enterprise-wide crisis management and business continuity programs to minimize the impact of business interruptions, corporate crises and pandemic risks.
Prior to 2005 Varka worked in international development for a number of international development organizations, and in development/humanitarian projects worldwide focusing on poverty alleviation, community resilience and disaster risk reduction.
Countries of work include: Armenia, Bahrain, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cambodia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Mongolia, Russia, Spain.
Varka is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) and a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI).
Her personal development includes a master in International and Diplomatic Sciences, and a master in Gender and International Development.
Hanna Liappis, MSc
Associate Environmental and Sustainability Strategist
Hanna is an experienced environmental and sustainability specialist with a strong background in corporate environmental management. For more than 10 years she’s been working in fields related to EMAS, ISO14001, Environmental and Sustainability Reporting and Communications. Her experience is mainly from Food and Agriculture but she’s worked across numerous sectors in Finland and internationally.
Hanna holds an MSc in Environmental Science and is a strong environmental and sustainability communicator having published several articles and guidance handbooks with applicability in national and international markets.
Currently, she vice-chairs the Association for Environmental Management in Finland.
Having a passion for entrepreneurship, she is running her own business as well, making her no stranger to the challenges and tasks faced by companies in highly competitive environments. Hanna finds opportunities for improvement everywhere, is a real hands-on doer and a true team player.
Francisco Basdekis, CIA CFE CICA CRMA
Associate Governance & Risk Management Senior Consultant
Francisco is a solutions-oriented certified risk management professional with more than 20 years’ extensive experience in the fields of enterprise risk management, corporate governance and compliance, internal audit, controls and compliance frameworks, risk assessments and forensic investigations.
His career to date spans countries such as the UK, the US, EU, the Balkans, as well as the Middle East region. He has expertise in the oil & gas, asset management, banking, media & entertainment, telecommunications, hospitality and manufacturing industries, together with the public & government sectors. Over the years, Francisco through his various managerial roles with ‘Big Four’ and second-tier audit and advisory firms has added value to client organisations by:
- Leading complex global internal audit and risk management co-sourcing and outsourcing cross-border engagements for a number of listed international companies
- Helping organisations design and implement effective Enterprise Risk Management, Business Continuity and Corporate Governance frameworks and programmes that include risk assessment, ongoing monitoring and reporting
- Assisting companies in transforming their internal audit department from being solely concerned with compliance to a “value-added” function
- Acting as a risk management “champion”, working with local and international internal audit engagement teams to identify best practice and trends in risk management and internal audit
- Advising organisations on key and emerging risks and helping devise and implement solutions that enhance business performance.
Francisco is a licensed member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Association of Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and the Institute for Internal Controls (IIC) of the US. He also holds a BSc in Business Administration with a major in Accounting & Finance and an Associate Degree in Business Administration.
Associate Crisis Prevention Senior Consultant
A pioneer in the field of Crisis Prevention Management, he has advised numerous private & public sector entities and projects as well as trade associations, organisations, persons etc. on reputation risk management and strategic communication.
With more than 16 years of experience as Chief Executive Officer, he has served the Association of Advertising Agencies in Greece in various capacities, twice elected a Member of its Executive Committee and once the Chairman of its Ethical Standards Committee. He holds Memberships of Greece’s Association of Chief Executive Officers, the Hellenic-Dutch Association and various Alumni organisations.