Masters of Disaster

Stories of Risk, Ethics & Compliance. Host Leona Lewis interviews people about leadership, managing risk, ethics and compliance strategies for businesses, government, academia or society.
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Dec 28, 2015

Human beings have a natural bias to believe that disasters will not happen to them. The name “disaster” implies an unusual event, not something that happens in ordinary life. 

In this interview, Kemal Balioglu explains why disaster recovery for IT systems is needed for more ordinary events than the term “disaster” implies.  Frequently companies have a skewed perception of the value of disaster recovery services due to common misperceptions about the risk.  Why spend money on a disaster recovery system that is non-revenue generating?

What can take an IT system down can be as simple as a local rodent taking up residence in an electrical transformer.  It is not a matter if a “disaster” will strike, it is when and how often.  Precautionary measures like a disaster recovery system can prevent the very real and expensive impact to a business from lack of access to its IT systems and data centers.

Kemal Balioglu is Vice President of Products at Quorum, a California-based company that sells Disaster Recovery products as local appliances and in the cloud. Kemal has more than 15 years of global leadership in the software industry at companies ranging from startup phase to Fortune 100 and in various domains including automation, security, energy management, and data protection.

Kemal holds an M.S. EE from Technical University of Karlsruhe (Germany).



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Quorum Resources Page

Disaster Recovery Journal

Computerworld Disaster Recovery Page - News and Practical Advice 


Dec 21, 2015

Data and metrics in ethics and compliance are becoming more important but are also hard to find.  How do you measure the number of times a disaster did not happen? Still, board audit committees tend to value data-based storytelling, and using more data is necessary to keep compliance and ethics adequately resourced. Kathleen Edmond is featured on today’s podcast to explain her perspective on the problem of data for compliance and ethics practitioners.


Kathleen Edmond is a partner in the law firm of Robins Kaplan LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Kathleen helps companies of all sizes build effective compliance and ethics strategies and assess ongoing compliance efforts. She serves as counsel for large company chief ethics and compliance officers (CECO), on call and interim CECO for mid-sized companies, and advisor to entrepreneurs and small/ growing companies. After working in compliance and business ethics for most of her legal career, Kathleen believes that a company-wide, culturally-specific approach best addresses the challenges created by today’s compliance environment. By melding her compliance and ethics experience with a highly developed ability to discern key cultural components, Kathleen helps clients develop their vision for ethics and business conduct and create meaningful corporate social responsibility strategies.

Kathleen is recognized in the ethics and compliance field for leading edge communications and transparency, and she has a proven reputation as a thought leader for instilling organizational courage and integrity. She has become a sought-after speaker on ethics, compliance, and governance topics and she has presented at multiple key compliance seminars and conferences. She is also the recipient of numerous awards for her innovation and leadership in the field.



Kathleen Edmond



Leona Lewis


Dec 14, 2015

Nicole Rose is a leading international trainer, lawyer, and artist and CEO of Create Training, which uses animation in employee training. With 20 years experience in global companies, Nicole understands the challenges companies face when it comes to financial crime and workplace crime. She has seen first hand​ the legal spend, wasted management time, reputational loss as a result of bribery and corruption and occupational fraud. Nicole has worked with companies such as Wesfarmers, Rio Tinto, LinkedIn and Airbus, creating brilliant online training solutions globally. 

Nicole and her team at Create Training specialize in producing training videos that provide a return on investment, time and resources. Nicole is also the founder of The Centre For Excellence, providing incredible and affordable licensed training. Over 60,000 employees have undertaken their online training, and the feedback has been outstanding:
- 91% found the training engaging
- 95% said it was relevant to their role
- 83% said they had learned something new
- 86% wanted more



Create Training has created a 3 min animation of points made in her interview for Masters of Disaster.  Please see my website for the post of this episode to view the video.



phone +61 428 536 707 



Learn more about Create Training in the following Forbes article:



Dec 7, 2015

Carole Switzer is the President of the Open Compliance & Ethics Group (OCEG), a global nonprofit think tank that provides standards, guidelines, and online resources to help organizations achieve Principled Performance - the reliable achievement of objectives while addressing uncertainty and acting with integrity.


Traditionally, compliance programs were seen as a combination of “people + process + technology” with the “people” portion of the equation focused exclusively on ethical principles and “tone at the top.” Today, “people” also needs to include the skill sets and capabilities of the people in the organization, in addition to ethical principles.

Ms. Switzer is a recognized global leader in GRC. She holds a GRC Professional Certification (GRCP) from GRC Certify, is frequently published in leading business magazines, and lectures on GRC internationally. In 2010, she was honored with a lifetime membership in the Institute for Risk Management.

Ms. Switzer directed the development of the OCEG Framework, including the open source OCEG Red Book GRC Capability Model, of which she is a principal author, and the accompanying GRC Assessment Tools (known as the Burgundy Book).

Over the past decade, Ms. Switzer has presented the concepts of Principled Performance and GRC to audiences throughout the world, speaking to groups such as the International Conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Italian Banking Association, The Caribbean Compliance Association, RIMS, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, the Congress of Latin American Auditors, and events and training sessions throughout the U.S. and in, Germany, The Netherlands, Brazil, Colombia, Singapore, and elsewhere. She is a regular columnist for Compliance Week magazine and advises business school professors in several countries on teaching GRC.



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On-demand webcast mentioned in the interview