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Risk Managers Round Table interviews now available!

The reporting of the risk managers round table discussions is now available. Have a look at the different moderator’s interviews.

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Record numbers attend Seminar and celebrations

A record number of 384 risk managers and other risk professionals came to Brussels on 20 and 21 October for the combined FERMA Seminar and 40th anniversary celebrations. It was the occasion of the publication of FERMA’s first European Risk and Insurance Report based on the results of the 7th edition of the FERMA’s Risk Management Benchmarking Survey.

The post-event feedback from delegates was enthusiastic, especially for the European Risk and Insurance Report and the risk manager only roundtables, which were an innovation this year. More than 80% who provided feedback judged the report as excellent or good. All the plenary sessions had positive approval ratings with the top ranking going to the risk manager’s profile session, and the risk manager only roundtables were very well received. Despite some reservations about aspects of the venue, the majority of ratings were positive and there was wide approval for the location. Continue reading


For the first time, FERMA organised closed sessions for risk managers at the Seminar to discuss specific issues in small groups. This innovation was very well received. In feedback, almost everyone gave an excellent or good rating to the topics chosen, and the discussions and reporting also received positive assessments. Continue reading

Fast facts

Total attendance: 384

Top attenders

Risk managers from member associations: 157
Risk managers non-members: 13
Insurers: 91
Brokers: 32 Continue reading

Keynote speaker: Do not treat climate change as “Doomsday”

Seminar keynote speaker Danish climate scientist and TV weatherman Jesper Theilgaard told risk managers that they should not regard climate change as a disaster so terrible that nothing could be done to reduce or mitigate its impacts. “The biggest risk in dealing with climate change is to treat it as Doomsday and think there is nothing we can do about it. It is very important when we talk about climate change that it is not as a Doomsday scenario but as risks and opportunities,” he said.

Theilgaard gave the Seminar an overview of many inter-related ways that the emission of greenhouse gases is continuing to change the environment from more extremes of weather, higher sea levels, toxic air pollution and the migration of disease agents and crop pests. There are, he advised, certainly enormous risks but also great opportunities in developing long-term mitigation and local adaptations to these changes. Continue reading

A gala celebration for 40 years

To mark its 40 years, FERMA published a special brochure celebrating its history and held a Champagne reception and gala dinner at the Palais des Beaux Arts, an art deco masterpiece by Victor Horta (1861-1947), which is now a prestigious Brussels venue for the arts.

The 40th anniversary brochure tells the story of FERMA since its beginning in 1974 to the present day through the story of its presidents, and at the dinner, the current President of FERMA Julia Graham welcomed many of her predecessors, including Life President François Settembrino, and other guests. “It is,” said Julia, “a history created by people who share a passion for our profession.” Continue reading

FERMA Seminar 2014 – recording and pictures now available!

If you wish to relive some selected moments of the seminar, replay the recording of the 2 days plenary sessions and discover the photo albums and all pictures taken at our FERMA 40th anniversary cocktail and the two days of the seminar. Continue reading

Climate scientist tells risk managers – don’t treat climate change as “Doomsday”

Danish climate scientist and TV weatherman Jesper Theilgaard has told risk managers from some of Europe’s leading companies that they should not treat climate change as a “Doomsday” scenario. Instead, he said, they should look for the business opportunities in helping to mitigate the possible impacts and make local adaptions to the changing environment. Continue reading

Interview with Jesper Theilgaard

Interview with Jesper Theilgaard Continue reading

Don’t miss the Seminar 2014 – Live streaming available during the event

for the first time ever, we’ll be live streaming the 2014 FERMA Seminar Continue reading