On Wednesday 21st July, this year’s list of IFSEC Global Top Influencers in Security & Fire 2021 was unveiled.
Selected from hundreds of nominations and a judging process by a highly respected international panel, the influencer awards span several categories, with those recognised in the list coming from across the globe.
View this year’s IFSEC Global Influencers in Security & Fire!
The categories, which are designed to cover roles spanning the sector, included:
- Commercial Security – End users (including Security Directors/Heads of Security)
- Commercial Security – Security Executives
- Commercial Security – Association Figures/Academics/Thought Leaders
- Cyber Security Professionals
- One to Watch – Security
- Commercial Security – Manufacturers/Vendors/Integrators/Installers
- Fire Safety (Including a ‘One to Watch’ for the first time this year!)
The process consisted of two stages. First, IFSEC Global invited nominations from its audience and
beyond. Then, a panel of judges – who also put forward their own (limited) number of nominations –
assigned 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 were
not allowed to vote on those they nominated themselves. The final list was then compiled by Lead
Judge, Grant Lecky, based on the judges scores.
‘Influencer’ was defined in the following ways:
- Someone who has played a key role in driving technological innovation
- Someone who has been a driving force in changing regulation, standards, guidance or best
- Someone whose insights and opinions are widely respected and 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
James Moore, Editor of IFSEC Global, commented: “Once again, the IFSEC Global Influencers in
Security & Fire list is of exceptional quality. So many of the nominations were of high quality, and
reading through the biographies and achievements of the final list was a pleasure. It’s inspiring to
see the levels of dedication and professionalism in the sector – all on an international scale.
“Ultimately, these awards are designed to celebrate the commitment of professionals in the sector
who continue to work hard and push for better standards within their field. It’s been a challenging
couple of years for many individuals and businesses, so it is a privilege to announce such positive
news. I would like to thank all those who submitted nominations and all the judges who took the
time to assess the entries and provide their scores.”
Grant Lecky continued his role as Head Judge this year, with Bonnie Butlin also supporting his efforts
coordinating the judging process. Grant is Co-Founder of the Security Partners Forum (SPF), a
network of security professionals that fosters greater communication and collaboration between the
public, private and non-profit sectors across the globe. Bonnie is also Co-Founder and Executive
Director of the Security Partners Forum, among many other projects.
Commenting on this year’s awards, Grant said: “I am pleased to see that once again we saw a record
number of nominations, and with a record number from Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
All categories saw a considerable jump in nominations, particularly Cyber Security and the
Association Figures/Academics/Thought Leaders categories. To me this represents the continued
growing interest from professionals around the world who are seeking to be named to this
In addition to the SPF, Grant 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.
And, for the first time ever this year, the inaugural ‘Global Security Influencer of the Year’ Award will
be announced at the Security & Fire Excellence Awards, set to take place in London, UK in
November. The winner will be chosen between the top influencers in the security categories,
excluding ‘One to Watch’.
View the full judging panel for 2021, here.
IFSEC Global is a leading news and content resource for those involved in the security and fire safety
sectors. Running alongside its sister events, IFSEC International and FIREX International, readers can
expect the latest news, updates and opinions from thought leaders and industry.
Entries for the 2022 IFSEC Global Influencers in Security & Fire will open early next year.
To stay up to date on the latest, trends, innovations, people news and company updates within the global security market please register to receive our newsletter here.
Rebecca Morpeth Spayne,
Editor, Security Portfolio
Tel: +44 (0) 1622 823 922