Dirk Wegener re-elected board member and president; Laurence Eeckman elected Board member.

Over the past year the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) has increased its advocacy and visibility at EU level, used technology to strengthen its network of members, and continued to develop its Rimap certification for professional risk managers, according to its President, Dirk Wegener.

“The last year has not been an easy time, but we are seeing the fruits of investment in risk management and resilience as we move into a recovery phase. We can highlight positive developments worldwide and in Europe.” Wegener told the General Assembly of FERMA’s 22 member associations held online today (Tuesday).

He said: “We have learned a great deal which I would sum up in two short sentences: Cooperation is essential. Resilience is critical.”

In his presentation to the associations, Wegener used the themes of recovery and resilience to link FERMA’s activities for the past year and future projects. During the past year:

  • FERMA’s strengthened contributions to European policy discussions on key files for advocacy: systemic risks, sustainability, digital and captives.
  • Enhanced online communications and contacts with the member associations to continue to exchange views and good practices, and collected facts and figures to better support the profession.
  • Digitalised activities, notably events such as the FERMA Seminar and the Risk Management Awards Week. The FERMA Talks will take place online in October this year, with the Forum postponed until 2022.
  • Developed future growth avenues for the Rimap risk management certification.

Looking ahead, Wegener outlined the range of current FERMA projects, including sustainability reporting and governance, increased insurance data sharing, proportionality for captive regulation, risks related to remote working and a resilience survey. For details, click here to read the full President’s report. 


Dirk Wegener was re-elected a member of the FERMA Board at the General Assembly and re-elected to another two year mandate as President at the Board meeting which followed.

Wegener is Global Head of Corporate Insurance for Deutsche Bank and a member of the German risk management association GVNW. He is Rimap certified.



Laurence Eeckman

Laurence Eeckman  was elected to the Board for the first time. She is Vice President Group Risk Management AB Electrolux and a member of SWERMA.

She fills the place of Maria Isabel Martínez who had come to the end of her mandate of nine years. Wegener thanked Marisa Martínez for her long contribution to FERMA, in particular to the creation and development of Rimap.