Scientific advisor Marie Gemma Dequae took part in the annual conference of ECODA, the European federation of directors’ associations, which discussed the principle of comply or explain in corporate governance. The key concern, she said, is to improve the quality of management. There is no single solution. Differences in codes among member states reflect very different legal and social cultures. The discussion will, no doubt, continue.

In April, Marie attended the annual risk forum of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) held in Manchester in north east England. The conference theme was navigating through uncertainty. She said the sessions she took part in were well prepared and led by very high level practitioners or senior lecturers from UK universities.

Executive Manager Florence Bindelle represented FERMA at the gala dinner of the 2012 European Business Summit on 25 April in Brussels which took place in the presence of Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde. The invitation to FERMA came from JurgenThumann President of Business Europe and from Pierre Alain De Smedt, President of the Federation of Belgian Industries. Florence says she made some very interesting contacts with other stakeholders present.

Looking forward, Jorge is to moderate a high level panel of re/insurance experts at the annual conference of Insurance Europe (formerly CEA) on mitigating catastrophes – how insurers can contribute to sustainable approaches to climate change. The event will take place on 1 June in Amsterdam.

He will also represent FERMA in a session addressing globalisation of trade and supply chain at the 4th Malta International Risk & Insurance Congress, taking place on 24 and 25 May in Malta.

Visit Oslo

Would you like to visit Oslo in June? The Norwegian Quality Institute (NFKR) has invited FERMA to send a speaker to its annual conference on 7 and 8 June. Ayse Nordal, a member of Oslo city Municipal Undertaking for Educational Buildings and Property (Undervisningsbygg) and of the NFKR met Marie and Florence in Brussels to discuss corporate governance and risk management. Marc Hertgen from the European Commission suggested she speak with us.

Florence and Marie invited her to complete the Benchmarking Survey and attend the FERMA Seminar in October. In turn, she has now invited FERMA to send an English or Norwegian speaking risk manager to speak at the NFKR conference on 7 June.