AGERS (Spain)

AGERS - Asociación Española de Gerencia de Riesgos y SegurosAGERS held its 18th insurance programme renewal seminar on 15 November in Madrid. The event brought together 280 representatives of insurance companies and brokers, risk managers, other managers and journalists.

Airmic (United Kingdom)

Airmic - The Association of Insurance and Risk Managers
After months of discussion, Airmic has unveiled a clause for use in commercial insurance contracts to reduce the use of reservation of rights by insurers – a practice that many risk managers say delays claims settlements and inflates legal costs.

Airmic chair Nicholas Bailey announced publication of the clause at the association’s annual dinner on 20 November which attracted a record attendance of nearly 800.

The development of the new wording has included consultation with many of the main market players. Its main purpose is to agree a 90-day period following any claim or notification of circumstance before the insurer can issue a notice to reserve its rights.

The clause can be downloaded from, and is free for use.

AMRAE (France)

AMRAE – Association pour le Management des Risques et des Assurances de l’Entreprise
The 21st annual Rencontres de l’AMRAE will take place from 6-8 February in Lyon.

ANRA (Italy)

ANRA – Associazione Nazionale dei Risk Manager e Responsabili Assicurazioni Aziendali
ANRA President Paolo Rubini of Telecom Italia took part in a workshop on the management of digital risks and available insurance solutions at the Lloyd’s and Lloyd’s correspondents’ association (ILLCA) networking event on 27 September.

Paulo also spoke on the evolution of risk management in Italy – from insurance to the risk management at a presentation on the Italian insurance market to Lloyd’s underwriters on 9 October. He described the evolution of the risk manager and the different role and structure of risk management in large corporations and in the small and medium sized industry segment. His next speaking engagement was an address to the annual conference of the Italian association of loss adjusters (AIPAI), held in Palermo on 25 October.

BELRIM (Belgium)

BELRIM – Belgian Risk Management Association
About 130 participants from the risk management and insurance community took part in a seminar on cyber risks in Brussels on 27 September organised in cooperation with Commercial Risk Europe.

The seminar focused first on the exposure of companies to cyber risks and new EU measures that will strengthen individual rights and tackle the challenges of globalisation and technological progress in the collection, access and use of data. FERMA board member Julia Graham, DLA Piper UK and Ben Van Erck, Verizon, discussed the measurement, management and loss prevention related to these risks.

The afternoon first focussed on risk transfer issues, while in the closing debate Bart Van Gysegem, Chartis; BELRIM chairman Gaëtan Lefèvre, CMI; FERMA board member Johan Willaert, Agfa Gevaert and Hugo Van Impe, KBC, discussed the next steps risk managers need to take.

BELRIM’s next planned activities are:

  • 07/12/2012 – Cocktail
  • 24/01/2013 – IIABEL/BELRIM joint activity
  • 27/02/2013 – Solvency II and RM framework
  • 21/03/2013 – Integrity line
  • 18/04/2013 – Supply chain and BI

More details are available online:

IGREA (Spain)

IGREA – Iniciativa Gerentes de Riesgos Españoles Asociados
IGREA organised a seminar on the 2013 insurance programme renewals in Seville on 28 November. Topics included the US and Latin American markets.

NARIM (Netherlands)

NARIM – Nederlandse Associatie van Risk en Insurance ManagersIn October, NARIM held its general meeting on 18 October at a rather special location, the office of the largest construction project in The Netherlands at the moment. It is in Rotterdam where a new hospital, Erasmus Medical Centre, will be built next to the old one.

NARIM - Newsletter 50Not only the location, but also the area and the duration of the project make it exceptional.

Professor Eric Lebret, chief scientific officer integrated risk assessment, gave a lecture on risk governance for uncertain environmental health risks.

At the moment, NARIM is busy organising its 2013 annual conference, which will be held on April 18. NARIM promises keep us posted!

POLRISK (Poland)

POLRISK – POLAND Polish Risk Management Association
Slawomir Pijanowski, enterprise and IT risk management, Telekomunikacja Polska, has been elected president of POLRISK.


Slawomir Pijanowski, POLRISK President

Slawomir Pijanowski

The sixth annual PolRisk conference took place on 20-21 November on the subject of risk management and insurance in Poland and in mature markets. Professor Betty Simkins of Oklahoma State University conducted a day-long workshop on budgeting, risk and strategic portfolio analysis. Prof Simkins is co-editor of Enterprise Risk Management: Today’s Leading Research and Best Practices for Tomorrow’s Executives. Speakers on the second day included FERMA Vice President Alessandro De Felice


RusRisk (Russia)

RUSRISK – RUSSIA Russian Risk Management Society
RusRisk together with Rosgosstrakh Insurance organised a best practices of risk management master class on the 29 October, 2012. More than 60 risk managers of industrial and insurance companies, banks and other organisations came to hear Gert Cruywagen, director of risk for South Africa’s Tsogo Sun Group. Gert led deep and detailed discussions on current topics such as risk appetite, risk tolerance and risk bearing capacity, and the movement from the “management of risk” to the “governance of risk”. The RusRisk board awarded Gert the the honourable medal for personal contribution to risk management development in Russia. It also arranged for him to give a public lecture at the Higher School of Economics the same day.

SIRM (Switzerland)

SIRM – Swiss Association of Insurance and Risk Managers
SIRM held its forum on 6 and 7 November at Pfäffikon near Zurich, where risk managers heard a message on the importance of corporate ethics in a prosperous business came from keynote speaker Josef Naef, business ethicist from the Bern-based University of Applied Sciences. He warned that that if companies overstepped socially acceptable limits to maximise profits, the state would react and impose new laws and regulations which could increase business costs.