FERMA Newsletter N°57




Newsletter N°57

       January 2014


The FERMA Survey - revised and clarified


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 When the first invitations to take part in FERMA's 2014 risk management survey go out on 17 March, members will see a considerably simplified questionnaire that is easier and shorter to answer.


The survey project group led by FERMA board member Cristina Martínez is currently refining and clarifying the questions with the help of new and established survey partners, national associations and suggestions from other risk professionals. Its aim is to create a reference report for risk and insurance managers throughout Europe and a tangible basis for members to report to senior management


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 The Seminar in Brussels - fresh and green


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FERMA invites you to join your colleagues for a special event. It's the 2014 FERMA Seminar - and celebration of FERMA's 40th anniversary - taking place on 20 and 21 October in Brussels. The event is returning to FERMA's home in Brussels at a central venue called Square and there will be a special gala dinner at an outstanding venue included in the registration, which is free for risk managers. The focus of the Seminar will be the announcement of the results of FERMA's 7th risk and insurance management survey, but this year will see a redesigned programme designed to allow risk managers more time to exchange views and to network.


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Applications are now open for direct individual and corporate membership of FERMA. Any risk or insurance manager who is not eligible to join a FERMA member association with an interest in European risks can apply. Corporate membership includes up to three individual risk or insurance managers from the same company. 


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Clarity on cyber risks


A new guide to cyber risks designed for entrepreneurs will help risk managers communicate the enterprise wide issues involved to senior managers. The guide is the work of a small team of experts but with guidance from the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, Rudi Thomaes. 


FERMA President Julia Graham, who is FERMA's spokesman on cyber risks, said: « We are drawing members' attention to The Belgian Cyber Security Guide because it addresses cyber risks as an enterprise issue and is written in clear language. It does not set out to make us all experts but provides the risk manager with some comfort about the subject ».


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Apply now for free professional development training 


FERMA and Lloyd's offer a free professional development programme for talented risk managers with three to five years experience.

Three two-day sessions in 2014-5 with high level market speakers, starting on 24/25 April 2014, to include:

  • Insight into emerging risks
  • A view of Lloyd's and its approach to risk appetite and management
  • Exposure and performance management
  • International insurance regulation
  • Claims management
  • Networking opportunities with underwriters, brokers and other risk managers



Letter from Brussels


Florence Bindelle

 I wish a successful and fruitful year to all FERMA members and colleagues. Our members have probably never been so active. The energy generated has a positive impact that is easily measured when we look at all the projects, reports and outcomes.


The FERMA team has not waited to start working on the 2014 agenda. Our survey is taking a new direction to innovate and better fulfil the expectations of the members to have a truly professional tool of reference. The survey team has been increased, and we are grateful for our partners' enthusiasm and precious contributions.

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Initiative for new risk managers


Airmic has launched a fastTrack initiative for risk managers who are new to the profession. It is aimed equally at young people starting out their careers and more experienced people such as company secretaries and lawyers who have recently taken on risk management or insurance buying responsibilities.


More than 125 members have already signed up to fastTrack, which has been developed by a small group all in their twenties or early thirties. The aim is to create a "comfortable environment for people to learn and explore," according to its chair Kate Wallin.


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Strength from diversity

Julia Graham


FERMA is currently assessing how to assess and promote improvements in diversity across the profession led by President Julia Graham. She says, "As with any role, appointments should be based on merit, objective criteria and with regard to the benefits of diversity, including gender. Evidence shows that decisions are inevitably better made when the full range of gender, race and experiences is involved."

FERMA, she says, is a good example of a diverse organisation with its female president (the second), 40 per cent women and a good range of age, backgrounds and cultures represented on the board. She adds, however, "FERMA can do better and risk manager and insurance manager diversity could be better. I don't support diversity quotas, but I did make a pledge when I took up office at FERMA to champion improvements in diversity across our profession."


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AGERS appoints a new executive manager


Alicia Soler

AGERS has appointed its new executive manager, Alicia Soler. Alicia has a career spanning nearly two decades in various fields in the insurance sector. With a degree in law from Valencia University, her experience began in the broking sector in Valencia. On moving to Madrid she was responsible for the successful creation of the insurance department for Grupo Bartolomé, a key holding group in the automotive industry. She subsequently joined the Association of Alcobendas Entrepreneurs



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Expert views : Greater transparency in risk mapping


Dr. Jürgen Schimetschek

For more than 35 years, the independent CRESTA initiative has dedicated itself to devising a universal standard for accumulation control of natural catastrophe risks. In 2013, the previous standard underwent a comprehensive reform, and many new countries and functions were added to the online platform, Cresta.org.


The worldwide demand for a precise cartographic basis for estimating risk and damages from natural catastrophes continues to grow. CRESTA zones provide an universal standard for the exchange of aggregated, insurance-relevant information among insurers and reinsurers.


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European Affairs : What to expect in Europe before the elections


This is election year for the European Union. From 22 to 25 May, a new European Parliament will be elected, followed by a new European Commission for the next five years.


What should we expect from the European Commission before the elections in May? Regarding the current relevant files for FERMA, we will see new these developments during the next five months.






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