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European Risk Management Seminar 2020

In a soft market, risk managers focus on price. With harder rates and tougher conditions, they have to translate issues of insurance value, exposure and retention into CFO language. The conversation needs to move away from insurance premiums to the total cost of risk; the value of risk and insurance management to the business impact on EBITDA; cost of capital; cash flows and other financial indicators. Do risk managers speak this language today or is it a new skill they need to learn?


Risk managers will learn practical and theoretical insights to help make their internal communication more relevant and impactful.

Speakers on stage

  • Alessandro De Felice

    Chief Risk Officer

    Alessandro De Felice, President of ANRA, Chief Risk Officer of Prysmian S.p.A. and responsible for the Group’s Enterprise Risk Management process, was born in Rome on 6 January 1969.

    In Prysmian he is responsible for implementing risk reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors, assessing the risk appetite and the risk culture throughout the organization, supervising risk analysis activities, guaranteeing and verifying the adequacy of the applied methodologies and the operational effectiveness of the ERM model.

    He previously worked in the Pirelli Group Risk Management structure, and in insurance brokerage in Marsh and Sedgwick.

    ANRA Associate since 2000, member of the Board of Directors since 2013 and President since 2016. He was Vice President of FERMA and General Secretary of IFRIMA (International Federation of Risk Management Associations). It is a RIMAP Risk Management Professional Certificate and carries out training activities in the ARNA / ALP courses and in different Italian Universities and Educational Schools.

  • Kerry Balenthiran

    Group Manager, Business Risk Consulting
    FM Global

    After obtaining a BSc (Hons) Mathematics from the University of Warwick, Kerry began his career as a Spacecraft Operations Engineer working for Airbus Defence and Space (part of Airbus Group) for 4 years and spent six months on secondment to the European Space Agency. He then decided to change direction and became a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen.

    Kerry joined FM Global as Internal Audit Manager and was subsequently Treasury and Collections Manager and Financial Reporting Manager. In April 2012, Kerry became a Business Risk Consultant in order to develop his career in a client-facing operational role and is now Group Manager, Business Risk Consulting (EMEA).

    Kerry’s experience allows him to leverage his prior risk management and financial experience to help clients identify business risks, quantify exposures, prioritize risk improvement and business continuity mitigation strategies and ultimately reduce the frequency and severity of losses.


  • Michael Samonas

    Group CFO

    Michael Samonas is the Group CFO of SIDMA S.A., the leading steel service center in Greece with subsidiaries in Romania and Bulgaria. In his current position, he oversees the M&A activities of the Group as well as the restructuring plan of Groups’ debt, with the major Greek banks.

    Along with his practical experience, he teaches specialized courses in Financial modelling & Equity Valuation at the American College of Greece – Deree and Mastering Credit Risk at University of Piraeus & IBHS.

    He is a Fellow member of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a board member of the Hellenic Association of Risk Managers, a member of FERMA, the Federation of European Risk Management Associations.

    Michael holds an M.Sc. in Physics and a PhD degree from the Electronic Engineering department of the University of Surrey as well as an MBA from the University of La Verne California. He also holds a BSc degree in Applied Accounting from University of Oxford Brooks (with honors) and a Postgraduate diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). He finally holds a BSc in Physics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and is the author of Financial Forecasting, Analysis and Modelling: A Framework for Long-Term Forecasting, Wiley Finance Series, Feb. 2015.


    His interests lie in the field of Credit Risk, Financial Modelling & Valuation.

  • Laurent Nihoul

    General Manager – Corporate Risk and Insurance

    Laurent Nihoul is General Manager – Corporate Risk and Insurance for ArcelorMittal, the world leading corporation in the steel and mining industry. He has more than 19 years of experience within the risk management, insurance and reinsurance business.

    In his current position, he is in charge of leading and operating ArcelorMittal’s worldwide insurable risks management and financing strategy, including captive (re)insurance and in-house brokerage operations.

    Formerly, he held several positions in the risk advisory sector (Aon and Deloitte) and also worked as an underwriter for more than ten years (liability lines and facultative reinsurance).

    Laurent is Belgian and holds a Master degree in Finance and Insurance, an Insurance Broker Degree and a Master in Philosophy.

    To read Laurent Nihoul’s speed interview, click here