Forum 2015

The FERMA Forum 2015 moves ever closer. The Forum website is now open at, the programme is taking shape and online registration will start any day.

Highlights of the programme so far

  • Welcome reception on Sunday (4 October) from 18.00 to 20.00 at a special venue not to be disclosed until May;
  • Generali CEO Mario Greco will be the opening keynote speaker;
  • There will be risk managers only roundtable sessions over lunch on Monday (5 October). Such sessions were very successful at the Seminar in Brussels in 2014;
  • A presidential style debate for high ranking industry leaders will take place on Tuesday (6 October): this was very popular at the Maastricht Forum in 2013;
  • Since we are in Venice, host association ANRA will present a keynote session on Monday afternoon on the ambitious MOSE project to protect the city and the Venetian Lagoon from flooding;
  • Students will have a special programme;
  • Monday and Tuesday sessions will close with a FERMA cocktail reception.

Key themes
The programme has been structured so that each day will focus on one of the key themes of the event: profession (Monday), innovation (Tuesday) and diversity (Wednesday), although the topics will run throughout the event in the workshops.

On Monday, there will be a panel discussion on the important profession issues of risk appetite, methodology, risk strategy and insurance linked to corporate strategy.

Innovation takes centre stage on Tuesday with the presidential debate and a panel discussion in the afternoon.

Two special events also take place on Tuesday:

  • Young risk professionals’ breakfast – sponsored by ACE – this is open to all risk professionals attending the Forum under the age of 35.
  • Ladies’ lunch – sponsored by Zurich – this is open to all women risk professionals at the Forum.

Then on Wednesday, the diversity discussion will be open to all with a leadership and diversity breakfast, also sponsored by ACE, and a panel discussion in the morning.

Industry participation
By mid-March, there were fewer than 10 exhibition stands left and the hospitality rooms were fully booked. Three captive domiciles have joined the list of sponsors, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Malta.

Discounts on offer
As usual FERMA is offering a number of schemes to make it possible for the largest possible number of risk professionals to attend. Each member association, for example, has a free registration which it can offer to a student. Young risk professionals can attend for half price and there are early bird and same company discounts.