In November 2013, the Institute
of Risk Management South Africa held its annual conference. This event is always a highlight in IRMSA’s
calendar and the theme for this year was to Reflect, React and Restart. With
Peter Ndoro as the Master of Ceremonies and in usual IRMSA style, powerful
speakers and opinion leaders were at hand to share their insights, views and
opinions on a variety of risk related topics. The event included some engaging Panel
discussions and an effective mix of local and international speakers.
This conference was held over
two days and some of the major themes were: Protection of Personal Information;
Labour Risks; Regulatory Risks; Crime and security risks; Business and
political risks; risks to boards and executives as well as risk management in
practice. Some of the high profile speakers at the event were: 702’s Bruce
Whitfield, Clem Sunter, Justice Malala and IRMSA’s Risk Manager of the year for
2013 Gordon Howes.
This year was particularly a
special conference as it also marked IRMSA’s 10th year anniversary.
Officially opening the conference, new IRMSA President Sheralee Morland
reflected on some of the achievements of the organisation over the past decade.
Going forward, Morland assured members that Risk Management growth and
professionalisation will remain critical focus areas of IRMSA.
Morland furthermore thanked Executive
Committee and members, support and focus over the past 10 years. Part of the
challenges that the speakers thoroughly explored was the evaluation of
circumstances today and what’s likely to unfold in the immediate future and how
this will affect the work of Risk Management professionals.
A critical factor of
the conference is that program designed for all IRMSA members, noting different
backgrounds, experiences and approaches in Risk Management. Another important
elements of the conference was the opportunity to network connect and stay in
touch with other members of IRMSA.
We will be featuring summaries
of the presentations, so look out for those in future IRMSA Newsflashes.
Were you at the IRMSA Conference on 26-27 November? What did you consider to be the highlight of the conference?