Press release3 October 2011A record number of 1521 risk professionals, including 436 individual risk managers, are taking partin the 2011 Risk Management Forum of the Federation of European Risk ManagementAssociations (FERMA) in Stockholm, which opened this morning (Mon) and will continue throughWednesday. This is the first time FERMA, which is the largest European organisation of risk andinsurance managers, has hosted an event in Scandinavia.Formally launching the Forum, the President of FERMA, Peter den Dekker, said that the largenumber of risk managers and service providers taking part in the event was an acknowledgementof FERMAs increasing strength as the voice for risk managers throughout Europe. With theacceptance of Malta and Slovenia into membership just before the Forum, FERMA now hasmembers in 19 European countries and represents over 4,000 individual risk and insurancemanagers.He said: “We have a record attendance of risk managers and of other risk professionals here inStockholm. What is more each of the national association meetings Ive attended this year has alsohad record or very high attendance. I think the financial crisis and the spotlight it put on riskmanagement have heightened our members awareness of the value of working together andletting other people know more about what we do.”FERMA Vice President Julia Graham commented: “Some of the best solutions I’ve implementedhave come from connections I’ve made and knowledge I’ve gained from attending the FERMAForum and events like it. Our business lives are so busy these days that having the space to lookand listen in one location at a European level is precious.”Over the two years since the last Forum, FERMA has been very active in representing the interestsof its members, and it is increasingly working with other European and international organisations,such as the European Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditing (ECIIA).Said den Dekker: “We can draw two lessons from this:•One is that by working with these organisations we increase the influence that FERMA has inrepresenting its members with the European Commission and other bodies, and•Two, it demonstrates that FERMA had increased its standing as the voice of European riskmanagers, and this will grow as we accept new members.”
Press contactsParm EvansParm Evans PR+44 (0) 7024 email@example.comAt the Forum,Lee CoppackInsurance Research & Publishing Ltd.+44 (0)7843 firstname.lastname@example.org.About FERMAThe Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) brings together 21 nationalrisk management associations in 19 European countries. FERMA has over 4,000 individualmembers representing a wide range of business sectors from major industrial and commercialcompanies to financial institutions and local government bodies. Their members play a crucial rolefor their organisations with respect to the management and treatment of complex risks andinsurance issues.Member associations are from the following countries: Belgium (BELRIM), Czech Republic (ASPARCZ), Denmark (DARIM), Finland (FinnRiMa), France (AMRAE), Germany (DVS/BfV), Italy (ANRA),Malta (MARM), Netherlands (NARIM), Norway (NORIMA), Poland (POLRISK), Portugal (APOGERIS),Russia (RusRisk), Slovenia (SI.RISK), Spain (AGERS and IGREA), Sweden (SWERMA), Switzerland(SIRM), Turkey (ERMA) and United Kingdom (Airmic).