DARIM reaches 25 (Denmark)
Jann Winther Christensen
The Danish association DARIM began the celebrations for its 25th anniversary on 2 February, 25 years to the day that its founding members held the first general assembly. One of those founders, Jann Winther Christensen, a former FERMA board member and President of DARIM, took part in the meeting and reception held at the association’s home in the Confederation of Danish Industry headquarters in Copenhagen.
Jann explains that in 1986, risk management was in its early stages in Denmark. He was one of the country’s first full time risk and insurance managers, working a company that later became part of the house wares group Danisco. Global policies were new, and the small community of risk managers could see the value of creating an association to share experience.
A discussion about whether to admit service providers took a few months to resolve – in favour of risk managers only – and DARIM began with 17 members in February 1987. By the end of 1988, the number had grown to 48. Today, there are 67 members, which Jann says is a good figure considering the amount of consolidation that has taken place in Danish industry.
The reception was just the first event that DARIM has planned for the year. The next will be a visit to the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue in Zurich on 8-9 March.
DARIMs annual seminar will this year take place 13 and 14 September where DARIM continues the celebrations and has invited members of the Scandinavian association SWERMA and NORIMA to join them.
The annual general assembly will take place on 12 June.
The next dates in the BELRIM diary are a seminar on social media risks on 27 March at ING in Brussels and one on risk in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICS) on 25 April at Trifinance, Brussels. The general assembly will take place on 7 June.
Czech Republic (ASPAR CZ)
In January ASPAR CZ had a very successful training seminar for members. The ASPAR CZ 2012 Conference will take place on 27 March at the Panorama Hotel, Prague, with the theme of corporate insurance and risk management.
PRiM is holding its annual joint risk management conference with the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry in Luxembourg on 18 April 2012. The programme includes topics related to undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS), depository risk and liability, and risk management considerations under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive and for specialised investment funds. A panel discussion will consider an inside and outside view on risk management. The full conference programme will be published on www.prim.lu.
The official launch of the Malta Association of Risk Management (MARM) will take place on 30 March 2012 with addresses from the President of FERMA, Jorge Luzzi and the President of MARM, John Schembri.
MARM began its activities in July 2011, and one of its first actions was to become a member of FERMA. The six founding members are today its officers: John Schembri; Ian Edward Stafrace, Vice President; Andre Farrugia, Secretary; John O’Dea – PRO, Mario Genovese, Treasurer and Simon Grima – technical/educational matters..
“What’s Next” is the theme of the NARIM Congress 2012. It will take place on 7 and 8 June, at the Bel Air Hotel in The Hague, when members will consider what will the rapidly changing future bring to them. The full programme will be available on the NARIM website www.narim.com.
Represented by Angel Escorial, Director General of Riskia, AGERS participated in the Spanish delegation at the meeting in Dublin to discuss the ISO 31000 implementation document, ISO 31004. The next meeting of the group will take place in Sydney in September 2012.
The 23rd annual AGERS conference will take place on 30 May at the auditorium of Mutua Madrileña in Madrid.
SWERMA is holding its annual risk forum on 29 March at the Van der Nootska Palace in Stockholm. Presentations include guidance in defining and presenting the cost of risk by Kenneth Miger, Risk Manager, Securitas, and greater transparency in accounting for risk by Anders Karlsson, Head of Internal Control, Swedbank and Hakan Molin, Partner, Ernst & Young. There will be a concluding panel discussion – Do we have transparent insurance mediation?
SIRM has fixed its general assembly to take place on 9 May in the Basel Zoo, in a particular insurance and risk management context, with lunch in the zoo restaurant. Another important activity will be the Open SIRM Forum, scheduled on 6 and 7 November in Pfäffikon SZ. Throughout the year, the SIRM Committee is continuing with the association reform programme and the other activities decided by members.
United Kingdom (Airmic)
Airmic has completed the first stage of an exercise to create a market owned compliance database for global insurance programmes. A request for proposals from potential service providers produced a healthy response, and Airmic is now evaluating the options. The planned database will provide territory-by-territory details of insurance regulations. Airmic is administering the initiative on behalf of several market bodies, and has been grateful for active support from FERMA.
Airmic has also begun a cyber-risk research programme to investigate the insurance products on offer and identify gaps. The results will be unveiled at Airmic’s annual conference in June. http://airmicconference2012.com/