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FERMA’s next President Johan Willaert looks at the profession

Today, outside financial services we suffer from a lack of clear recognition of what the function of risk management involves and so also a lack of appreciation of the role of the risk manager. There are risk managers located in the financial function, in HR, or in property or in environmental protection. An important number of our members are insurance managers which function is different from the one of risk manager. The problem is that there are as many definitions of risk management as there are companies, and it depends on the culture of the company. For the time being, it is not always clear in the minds of many risk managers themselves and nor in the management of companies. Continue reading


We are at a critical juncture

Following the comments of Deputy President Jo Willaert on the development of the risk management profession, FERMA put some questions to an insurance professional with great insight, Mike McGavick, Chief Executive Officer, XL Catlin.

In the next five years, what issues do you think will most challenge the professionalism of the insurance industry and corporate insurance buyers? Continue reading


What the new face of risk management look like?

Four promising risk managers tell FERMA what skills the risk manager of the future will need Continue reading


Interview with Mario Ramirez Ortuzar

Interview with Mario Ramirez Ortuzar, Forum Programme Committee member and Vice President of AGERS

  • What do you see as key topic for European risk managers in 2015?
  • What sort of experience do you want the Forum to be for risk managers?
  • How can risk managers use the Forum to enhance their value to their companies?


Interview with Sabrina Hartusch

Interview with Sabrina Hartusch, Forum Programme Committee member and President of SIRM

  • Why do you think increasing diversity in the risk management profession is important?
  • How does being involved in a European or international risk management organisation help you in your work?
  • How can young risk professionals take advantage of the Forum to help build their careers?


Interview with Alessandro De Felice

Interview with Alessandro De Felice, Vice President of FERMA

  • How is ANRA preparing for hosting the Forum in Venice?
  • What are the three key objectives for the Forum in Venice?
  • How will ANRA use the Forum to raise the profile of risk management in Italy?


Risk Managers wanted! Call for application

FERMA is looking for risk managers to speak at the FERMA Risk Management Forum 2015 that will be held in Venice from 4 to 7 October and is calling for applications

15 workshops will be held on various topics. In the call for application document, you will find a more detailed description on what the different session leaders would like to achieve during their session.

Please download the Call for application FERMA Forum 2015 here

If you are interested in joining the Forum as a speaker, please do fill in the form and send it back to veronique.dehertogh@ferma.eu before 10 April 2015.

The selection of the different speaker will be confirmed by end of April by the session leaders and committee members.

Thank you for your support!


Letter from Brussels

This will be a year of change for FERMA. You may be aware that during the last board meeting in December, we elected a new Secretary General Edwin V. Meyer, General Manager Risk and Insurance for Arcelormittal based in Luxembourg, and a new Treasurer, Anders Esbjörnsson who is Group Risk Manager NCC in Sweden.

Both Edwin and Anders are key opinion leaders of the risk management community, and already very familiar with FERMA’s organisation. I look forward to their innovative input and insight into our future developments. Their predecessors Pierre Sonigo and Fernand De Winter gave us immense support, and we are currently in a period of transition. Continue reading


From your President

As I draft this message, I am taking the time to reflect on a wonderful FERMA Seminar in Brussels and the memory of our special 40th birthday party. We have received very positive feedback and many requests to view and download the first FERMA European Risk and Insurance Report with the results of the 2014 FERMA Benchmarking Survey. There is also great interest in the joint ECIIA/FERMA Guidance on updates to European legislation and best practices, also released at the Seminar. We were delighted to welcome colleagues from ECIIA and other associations including FUEDI, IRMSA and the BCI to the Seminar. Continue reading


Let the Forum add power to FERMA’s voice

The FERMA Risk Management Forum in 2015 should put its weight behind FERMA’s core activities, representing the views of its members with European institutions and acting as the voice of risk managers at European level. This view comes from the chairman of the programme committee for the event, FERMA board member Edwin V. Meyer.

“At the Forum, I would like to see attention to European issues, such as cyber risks and insurance law, which FERMA on behalf of its member associations is working on. The result should lead to the creation of a FERMA manifesto,” says Edwin. His aim is to have discussions and workshops during the event focus on selected European topics with a vote on the final day to establish agreed positions. Continue reading