When delegates start gathering in Nantes in late January, they may not be thrilled by the climate, but they are certain to be intrigued by this year's conference theme: 'New Risk Engineering'. The purpose behind choosing this theme is to provide an opportunity to examine how the profession of risk management can best take account of a rapidly changing business environment, where constant evolutions in thinking in almost every field from the economic to the environmental, seem to be the norm.
This demands that today's risk manager has to be curious about everything: new ways of trading, new technologies, the environment, new ways of communicating and so on, says Alain Poullet. And risk management professionals have to be able to explain, simply and comprehensibly, the increasing complexity of the risk, including perhaps the risk that the risk itself cannot be understood. Risk evolves; risk managers need to evolve with it.
The plenary sessions and the 40 workshops which are on offer over the three days of the conference should give delegates ample chance to benefit from some new ideas. Among the keynote speakers will be Xavier Musca from the French Economic ministry, Claude Allegre, former minister of education, speaking on global warming, Alexandre Adler, historian, who will be speaking on geopolitical risk, and Daniel Cohen, economist, speaking on the nature of the post-industrial enterprise. In addition, there will be a round-table session on 'Risk Engineering: The new wave'.
The opening address will be given by Michel Yarhi, president of AMRAE.
The 40 workshop sessions, which will take place on the Thursday, are grouped into themes, all of them touching on the concept of New Risk Engineering. Among these themes are to be found: New risk engineering, the profession of risk manager, risk transfer, human resources, international risks, and legal and scientific topics. Within these broad categories can be found sessions on traditional topics of interest, such as crisis prevention or good practice in credit management, to more exotic ones such as looking at the risks and benefits of nanotechnology.
Last year saw 1000 delegates coming to the AMRAE conference at Deauville. This year, 1200 have already registered, and Alain Poullet is hoping for a grand total of more then 1500.
- Andrew Leslie is deputy editor, Strategic RISK
Full details are to be found on the AMRAE website: www.amrae.fr/ where you can also register and book accommodation online as well as download a complete programme.
Wednesday, 24 January
10.00 Conference Opens
12.00 Buffet Lunch
14.00 Plenary Session
16.00 Coffee break
16.30 Plenary Session
Thursday 25 January
11.00 Coffee Break
12.30 Lunch, with focus on specialities from Nantes
16.30 Coffee Break
Friday 26 January
09.15 Plenary Session and round-table discussion
11.00 Coffee Break
11.30 Plenary Session
13.00 Buffet Lunch
14.00 Closing session