Political risk, new technologies and business ethics will all be high on the agenda at the IRM’s Risk Leaders event in November, with keynote speakers and workshop leaders drawn from across the corporate world and academia.
This annual conference is a flagship event on the IRM calendar, bringing members and non-members together with leading thinkers and fellow practitioners from across the profession to discuss the issues of the day, share expertise and insights, and prepare for the emerging challenges that risk practitioners face.
This year, the event offers a timely follow-up to the IRM’s 2017 research report Setting the risk agenda: Exploring the future of the risk management profession, which highlighted a number of issues from technological change including AI and big data to geopolitical volatility, culture and behaviour, and professional practice.
In addition to a number of keynote speeches, workshops will cover the hot topics of influencing at a board level; integrating environmental, social and governance risks into holistic risk management; and a session led by the Information Commissioner’s Office on the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
The day will also include a technology panel session, with panel members including Kate Loades, director of insurance, Liberty Global Group; Paul Mather, group head of ERM, Shell; Charlie McMurdie, senior cyber crime advisory, PwC; and Calum Chace, a writer and speaker on artificial intelligence.
The keynote speakers
Sir Mark Boleat, deputy policy chairman, City of London Corporation, will give the first keynote presentation on Brexit, political risk and the future of the City of London, discussing the merits of Brexit and the impact of the ongoing debates around it, which have already led to an unpredictable business environment and to a less stable political climate.
Anette Mikes, from the University of Lausanne, will look at the role of ethics in risk management, discussing the implications of a recent change to the well-known corporate governance guidelines on ERM issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO), which now explicitly urge risk managers to get involved in challenging decisions that involve ethical dilemmas.
Strategy in a risky world will be covered by Ros Rivaz, non-executive director and former chief operating officer, Smith & Nephew, using real-life examples to look at the ways new technologies can impact across all areas of a business. She will discuss the knock-on effects of apparently unconnected changes in technology, policy, society and the marketplace; risk and the strategic reaction to it; and what it takes to be a successful leader.
The conference will also hear the results of an IRM-sponsored piece of original research by Cambridge University’s Judge Business School into the modern practice of risk management.
Book your place
Risk Leaders 2018, the IRM’s ninth annual conference, will be held on November 15 from 8am to 6pm (including a networking and drinks reception at the end of the day) at the Inmarsat Conference Centre, City Road, London. Earlybird tickets for this unrivalled forum for debate and discussion are available until August 10.
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