New FERMA President to Focus on Success of Professional Certification Program

October 9, 2015

The new president of the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA), Jo Willaert, says the success of FERMA’s new professional certification program, rimap, is a principal objective of his two-year term in office.

Certification, or rimap, is a major project for FERMA because it will establish risk management “as a true profession with independent confirmation of practitioners’ knowledge, experience and ethical standards,” said Willaert, who is corporate risk manager for the Belgian-based Agfa-Gevaert. (Willaert discusses the program in greater depth in an Insurance Journal podcast).

He made his remarks at the closing ceremony of FERMA’s 2015 Risk Management Forum, which was held this week in Venice.

“It will give the world outside the risk management community — board members and senior managers and other professionals — an appreciation of the value that professional risk managers provide,” he said. “And it will help us strengthen the academic foundations for risk management education and training.”

Willaert spoke of another major priority for his tenure as FERMA president: to advocate risk management and risk managers at the European Commission and across Europe.

FERMA aims to be a significant stakeholder in the decision making process at the European level on risk management, insurance and risk financing issues, he said.

By engaging with commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and commission directorates about regulations that affect risk managers and risk management, FERMA will “be at the heart of European decision making on insurance and risk management legislation,” Willaert explained.

He paid tribute to his predecessor, Julia Graham. “She was a great president and did a fabulous job, traveling to bring FERMA’S message to all the corners of the world. She was the true ambassador for FERMA and for risk management.”

He wished her success in her new job as technical director of Airmic, the UK’s risk management association.

Source: Federation of European Risk Management Associations

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