IFSEC Global Influencers in Security and Fire

Winners of the IFSEC Global Top Influencers in Security and Fire 2022 have now been announced. Nominations for this year will reopen in mid-2023 – view last year’s winners in the links below!

IFSEC Global Influencers in Security 2022

IFSEC Global Influencers in Fire Safety 2022


Grant Lecky, co-founder of the Security Partners Forum, once again led the judging process for 2022. Lecky, who himself featured in IFSEC Global’s list of top influencers in 2014 and 2017, appointed a diverse range of respected industry experts and thought leaders to the panel of judges and is coordinating the nominations and judging process. Both in geographic spread and stature, it’s certainly an impressive list. Scroll down to check out who was on the judging panel for 2022.

Previous winners lists:

About the Influencer Awards

The IFSEC Global Influencer in Security & Fire Awards have taken place since 2014 on an annual basis, and are designed to generate positivity across the industry by recognising the talent and efforts of some of the leading individuals tirelessly working to develop the security and fire safety sectors. The awards are designed to be as internationally representative as possible, showcasing the security industry as a global network of professionals all working towards the same goals – to keep people and assets, safe.

The process consists of two stages. First, IFSEC Global invites public nominations from its audience and beyond. Then, a panel of judges – who also put forward their own (limited) number of nominations – assign points to each nomination based on the persuasiveness of the nomination, their research into the nominee, and their own knowledge of the nominee’s contributions to the field. Judges are not allowed to vote on those they nominated themselves.

The final list is then compiled by Lead Judge, Grant Lecky, based on the judges scores.

Each year, nominations reach well into the hundreds, with exceptionally high quality entries. Each category’s designated number of final spots is dependent on the number of nominations for the category, with some having up to 20 places at stake where there is a high number of quality nominations.

Finally, introduced in 2021, the Global Influencer of the Year – or ‘first among equals’ – award is chosen between the winners of the five security categories (not including the ‘One to Watch’ award) that make up the IFSEC Global Influencers process each year (see below). A final round of judging is undertaken by an independent group of judges following the publication of the full list of Influencers. The award is then presented at the Security & Fire Excellence Awards, taking place in London in November.

Categories for 2022

  • Security executives (the senior most official in an enterprise, whose primary duties encompass leading and managing security for the enterprise)
  • Security – end users (e.g. heads of security, directors of security)
  • Security – manufacturers/vendors/installers/integrators (those displaying exemplary work in the field of installation or specific projects, as well as technological innovation)
  • Security – thought leadership (e.g. thought leaders, association figures, academics)
  • Security – One to watch (Specifically for championing the sector’s rising stars, nominees should have worked in the industry for no longer than five years)
  • Cyber security professionals and thought leaders
  • Fire – all disciplines (UK only)
  • Fire – One to watch (nominees should have worked in the industry for no longer than five years)

For nominations (will reopen in January 2023), please ensure that the most appropriate category of influencer is chosen in the nomination process, and that details of the recent influential work the nominee has carried out is written clearly and concisely. We do not accept self-nominations.

Judging panel 2022


Lead judge: Grant Lecky, co-founder, Security Partners Forum

Grant Lecky MSc. CSyP, F.ISRM, AARPI, CBCP is the co-founder of the Security Partners Forum (SPF), a network of security professionals that fosters greater communication and collaboration between the public, private and not-for-profit sectors across the globe.

In addition to the SPF, Grant, also currently serves as an Expert Network Member (Risk & Resilience) at the World Economic Forum, as member of the global advisory council of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM) and is a winner of numerous accolades including a spot on the Canadian Who’s Who and the Bill Zalud Award through the IFPO and Security Magazine.

View Grant’s LinkedIn profile to find out about his other accolades and accomplishments.

Andrew Seldon

Editor, Hi-Tech Security Solutions

Antoinette King

Founder, Credo Cyber Consulting LLC

Antonio de Barros Mello Neves

Country Security Manager, Heineken

Brine Hamilton

Systems Engineer, Omnigo Software

Chris Kumeroa

Management Director, GRC Group

Christopher Painter

President, The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise Foundation

Dan Goldberg

Executive Partner, Cybza

Dave Tyson

President, Apollo Information Systems

Francel Margareth Padilla-Taborlupa

Consultant & IS Officer, National Task Force Against Covid-19

Gabriela Reynaga Vargas

Consultancy Director, Holistics GRC

Hilary Walton

Chief Information Security Officer, Kordia Group

Hong Sin, Kwek

CEO & Founder, Sinwattana Crowdfunding Corperation Ltd.

Hussam Khattab

Head of IT Audit, Arab Bank

James Willison

Founder, Unified Security Ltd.

Jeffrey A. Slotnick

President, Setracon ESRMS

Leticia Gammill

Global Security Go-To-Market Sales & Compete Programs Lead, Microsoft

Lina Tsakiris

Director, Strategic Security Partnerships, Corporate Security

Luigi Rebuffi

Secretary General & Founder, European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)

Niel Harper

Niel Harper

CISO & DPO at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Olivier Hassid

Senior Advisor, K2 Integrity

Orlando Toniolo

President, CAPSI

Paul Barnard

Managing Director, Solace Security Consultancy

Ou Phannarith

Director of ICT Security, Founder, ISAC-Cambodia (InfoSec)

R.Nanda Kumar

Founder & CMO, Active Total Security Systems (ATSS)

Ricardo Pulido

President, ALAS International

Saltanat Mashirova

Advanced Cyber Security Architect/Engineer, Honeywell

Scott Schober

President & CEO, Berkeley Varitronics Systems

Simon Banks

Chairman, BSIA and Founder & Director, CSL Group

Stéphane Nappo

VP & Global CISO, Groupe SEB

Susanne Skov Diemer

CEO, Praesidio Group

Terry Cutler

CEO, Cyology Labs

Victoria Nkemdilim Ogbuehi

Senior Risk & Resilience Manager, Coca-Cola HBC

Malini Rao

Global Head – Cyber Security Engineering Operations & Investigations

Andy Frankum

Chair, National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group, and Director of Health and Safety and Compliance, Concept Housing Association


Hayley Burgess

Managing Director, HB Safety Consultancy

Nick Coombe

Protection, Policy and Reform Unit, NFCC

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Will Lloyd

Technical Manager, Fire Industry Association (FIA)


How do we define influential?

This could be anyone:

  • Who has played a key role in driving technological innovation
  • Who has been a driving force in changing regulationstandards/guidance or best practice
  • Someone whose insights/opinions are widely respected and which are influential in shaping debate around industry issues
  • Someone who has been instrumental in the success of the organisation or business they lead or are employed by
  • Someone who has helped to raise the industry’s profile or been an influential voice in the national media


The criteria for installers is slightly different, being an individual – not a company – who has done some or all of the following:

  • Consistently provided exceptional customer service
  • Delivered a particular project, or many projects, to exceptionally high standards
  • Been an innovator (e.g. cutting average installation times/costs through adoption of new tech or change of process)
  • Played a pivotal role in the success of their company (whether that is growing revenues, diversification into new markets, growing market share or reputation for excellence)


View the full list of IFSEC Global Influencers in Security and Fire 2021.

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