The shortlist for the inaugural European Risk Management Awards’ Excellence in Risk Management categories has been announced following deliberation by the judging panel at last week’s FERMA Seminar.

The Excellence in Risk Management awards aim to reward high achievement and innovation. As joint hosts of the European Risk Management Awards, both FERMA and Commercial Risk Europe hope these categories will encourage risk managers, insurers, brokers and other service providers.

A 10-strong team of judges, comprising prominent members of FERMA national associations and IFRIMA, have been deliberating the entries for a number of weeks.

The expert judging panel is made up purely from the risk and insurance management community to ensure the awards are designed for risk managers, by risk managers. The panel consists of:

  • Juan Carlos López Porcel, President, Agers
  • Julia Graham, Technical Director, Airmic
  • Gaëtan Lefèvre, President, Belrim
  • Helle Friberg, Darim
  • Gilbert Canameras, Secretary General, Ferma
  • Gilbert Van den Eynde, GvW
  • Carl Leeman, President, Ifrima
  • Slawomir Pijanowski, President, Polrisk
  • Sabrina Hartusch, President, Sirm
  • Niclas Nelson, President, Swerma

Following a meeting at the FERMA Seminar in Malta last week they have now compiled a shortlist for award categories

The 2016 Excellence in Risk Management shortlist is as follows:

Risk Manager of the Year

  • Belgium, Olivier Moumal, Director Audit and Risk, The Proximus Group
  • Denmark, Kristine Raffel, Group Risk Manager, CPH, Copenhagen Airports Ltd
  • Finland, Heljo Laukkala, Vice President, Corporate Risk Management, Metso Corporation

Rising Star of the Year

  • France, Phillipe Cotelle, Risk Manager, Airbus
  • Spain, Elena Gil, Risk Manager, INECO
  • Switzerland, Pauline Davoust, Risk Manager, Gate Group

Risk Manager Lifetime achievement

  • Czech Republic, Jana Bicanová, Risk Manager, Česká telekomunikační infrastruktura a.s
  • Germany, Hans Jörg Schill, Risk Manager, Airport Assekuranz Vermittlungs-GmbH
  • Spain, Ignacio Martinez de Baroja, Risk Manager, HISPASAT

Innovative Insurance Programme of the Year

    • Belgium, Michael Dehert, Risk Manager, The Brussels Airport Company
    • Czech Republic, Branislav Lacko, Risk Project Analysis, Technical University of Brno
    • Spain, Luis Ros Arnal, Risk Manager, ENAGÁS


The shortlist for companies nominated for each of the seven customer services categories is as follow:

Captive Management Solution of the Year

      • AIG
      • Willis Towers Watson
      • Zurich

Insurer Innovation of the Year

      • AGCS
      • AIG
      • Swiss Re Corporate Solutions and SBB Insurance AG

Broker Innovation of the Year

      • Aon
      • Arthur J Gallagher
      • Marsh

Emerging Risk Solution of the Year

      • AIG
      • AXA
      • Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Global Programme of the Year

      • AIG
      • International SOS
      • Zurich

Technological Innovation of the Year

      • AXA
      • Munich Re & Beazley
      • RSA & MSM Software Solved
      • Zurich

Claims Innovation of the Year

      • AIG
      • Chubb
      • Crawford & Company

FERMA and CRE would like to congratulate all of the shortlisted firms. Since the awards were launched in May, there have been over 80 nominations. It is therefore no mean feat and a significant achievement to reach this stage in proceedings.

The winners of the Excellence in Customer Services categories, as well as the Excellence in Risk Management and Industry Leadership designations that make up the European Risk Management Awards, will be announced at a gala dinner on 6 December at Le Plaza Hotel in Brussels

We are delighted by the number of nominations we have received from across Europe and would like to thank all our national member associations that helped us compile such a high calibre list of candidates

The great response to the awards, suggests that the whole risk management and transfer industry supports our aim of raising the profile of the risk profession and highlighting the value FERMA members bring. The fact that the industry has embraced the event bodes well for the future of the risk and insurance management profession, as well as the partnerships needed with risk transfer providers to deliver better solutions.

Ferma and CRE hope to see many of you there for what will be a fun and important night in the risk management calendar.