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From the President

Diversity is one of the key issues for my term as FERMA President. The theme for International Women’s Day on the 8 March this year was “Make it happen” – which echos what we aim to achieve at FERMA in 2015.

Gender diversity for FERMA is about recognising and celebrating the differences between men and women, working out how businesses can be encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities these differences present and, for FERMA, doing what we can to reduce the gender gap. It is also about how women can be encouraged to hunt out opportunities and rise to the challenge. Gender diversity is not about ironing out the different characteristics and qualities of gender. Continue reading


Diversity in the Risk Professions: everyone’s career is different

Everyone’s career is different, says former FERMA and BELRIM President Marie-Gemma Dequae. Marie has combined a successful career as an academic, risk manager, wife and mother with four children, and now non-executive director. “You have to consider where you come from, where you are and where you want to be in 5 to 10 years’ time. Do not look only inside your existing work environment, but into the broader world. There are lots of opportunities out there!”

Here are her tips for women in the risk professions. For the full story of Marie’s career see http://bit.ly/diversity-belgium Continue reading


Diversity in the risk professions – the view from France

Visitors to the 23rd Rencontres of AMRAE in February could have left Cannes with the impression that women have a huge presence in France’s risk management and insurance sectors.

Women composed a large share of participants in the event’s sessions and workshops, as well as among the executives, advisers and sales personnel hosting the exhibitors’ stalls, set up by the insurance industry. Continue reading


Diversity in the risk professions – a view from France (full report)

Women often compose a large share of participants at risk management events – at sessions and workshops, as well as among the executives, advisers and sales personnel hosting the exhibitors’ stalls set up by the insurance industry.

It could give the impression gender diversity at least has been achieved in the risk industry. In several countries, including France, most of the people working in the sector are women. But if women are a majority among insurance workers, they still represent a minority among the industry’s leaders. Continue reading


Diversity in the Risk Professions – a view from Belgium

Marie-Gemma Dequae was President of BELRIM from 1994 to 2005 and President of FERMA from 2005 to 2009. She describes her career.

The first girl of six children in a Flemish family, Marie’s first dream was to become a diplomat, but her gifts were even more mathematical and so her studies turned in a quantitative direction. She went to KUL (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) to study economics. “In my time girls were allowed to study, but were not expected to work afterwards and had to become family managers! My father allowed me only one year of study if I did not succeed. It just made me study harder and I got a higher degree which meant I could continue my studies.” Continue reading


Victoria Tattersdill from AIRMIC: “Being a young risk professional”

Victoria Tatterdill’s interview is the fifth of our “Young Risk Professionals” series. Continue reading


Kim Sorensen “Be open minded and start building up strong relationships within the industry”

Kim Sorensen’s interview is the fourth of our “Young Risk Professionals” series. Continue reading


Marina Basova “remember that managing risks means managing the business itself”

Marina Basova’s interview is the third of our “Young Risk Professionals” series. Continue reading


Fedele Cappiello’s interview “What would you suggest to risk Management Students”

Fedele Cappiello’s interview is the second of our “Young Risk Professionals” series. Continue reading


Leopold Arios’s interview “What made you want to become a risk professional”

Leopold’s interview around his career as a Risk professional is the first in a series of interviews surrounding the launch of the Young Risk Professional Programme supported by FERMA and LRQA. Continue reading