IFSEC Global Influencers in Security and Fire 2021

The list of IFSEC Global Top Influencers in Security and Fire for 2021 has now been revealed! Check the winners out via the link below, while there is still the final award of ‘Global Influencer of the Year’ to be decided later this year. The nomination period for next year’s awards will open early in 2022.

Grant Lecky, co-founder of the Security Partners Forum, once again leads the judging process for 2021. Lecky, who himself featured in IFSEC Global’s list of top influencers in 2014 and 2017, has 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 is on the judging panel for 2021.

The IFSEC Global Influencers in Security & Fire 2021 have been announced! Check out this year’s list of top influencers, here >>

You can view the list of 2020 Influencers here.

You can view the list of 2019 Influencers, here.


Categories for 2021

  • 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)

For future nominations, 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 2021


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.

Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola

Chair, African Union Cyber Security Expert Group

Professor Alison Wakefield

Professor of Criminology & Security Studies, UWL

Andrea Chittaro

Senior Vice President, Global Security & Cyber Defence, Snam Group

Ardi Sutedja

Chairman, Indonesia Cyber Security Forum

Brett Lovegrove

Chief Executive, City Security and Resilience Networks

Brian Harrell

Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Avangrid

Cathy L. Lanier

Senior Vice President and Chief of Security, National Football league (NFL)

Dr Dimitra Georgiou

Academic, Security & Privacy, University of Piraeus

Don Erickson

CEO, Security Industry Association

Jacqui Loustau

Founder, Australian Women in Security Network

Liz Chamberlin

Executive Director, International Security Management Association

Lynn Dohm

Executive Director, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)

Macarena Rau Vargas

President, International CPTED Association

May Brooks

CEO, Helena

Merlin Guilbeau

CEO, Electronic Security Association

Mike Allen

Global Chief Security Officer, Manulife

Nicholas Dynon

Consultant & Chief Editor, New Zealand Security Magazine

Pascal Steichen


Patrick Straw

Executive Director, Canadian Security Association (CANASA)

Dr Reem F. Al-Shammari

CISO, Kuwait Oil Company

Tatiana Diniz

President, Special Private Security Commission, OAB São Paulo Section

Venisha Nayagar,

Director, Crypt IT

Christine Lanning

President, Integrated Security Technologies

Andrew Taylor

Technical Officer, ASFP (Association of Specialist Fire Protection)

Robert Thilthrope

Technical Manager, Fire Industry Association (FIA)


Russ Timpson

CEO, Horizonscan

Simon Ince

Project Engineer, UL


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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