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European Risk Management Seminar 2020

In today’s connected environment, cyber security always a concern. The rapidly evolving cyber threats related to COVID-19 have required organisations to strengthen their IT- security defenses. The pandemic has also focused attention on the concentration of risk in terms of location and suppliers for many organisations.

More distributed, coordinated and trackable supply of components will require global platforms with sophisticated technologies, often incorporating artificial intelligence, to link buyers with vendors across a network of supply chains. Established platform providers are likely to step up and compete for the ownership of this more sophisticated supply chain ecosystem in the next decade. Welcome to the New World and the implications for cyber resilience. We will consider:

  • Cyber risk and cyber supply chain as an enterprise risk
  • The dynamic nature of cyber risk
  • The implications of AI
  • The role for the risk management professional in the New World
  • The role of insurers in shaping New World cyber resilience


Risk professionals must align better with business priorities. They must demonstrate strong business and commercial acumen and engage more intensely with the organisation’s purpose, strategy, major objectives and investments. This session will sharpen their insights into cyber-related risk. It will help them have a dialogue with senior colleagues and IT experts about the exposures and develop innovative risk mitigation measures.

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Speakers on stage

  • Shanil Williams

    Global Head Financial Lines

    Shanil Williams joined AGCS in 2016 when he was appointed Country Manager for New Zealand. In 2018, he relocated to Munich to take on the role of Global Head of Commercial for Financial Lines. Prior to joining Allianz, he spent 14 years with AIG, and held a number of increasingly senior Financial Lines regional leadership roles in Auckland, Johannesburg, Paris and London. A New Zealand national, Williams graduated in Business and Finance at the University of Canterbury

  • Philippe Cotelle

    Head of Insurance and Risk Management
    Airbus Defence & Space

    Philippe is the Head of Insurance and Risk Management of Airbus Defence & Space since 2014, gathering all Airbus activities in Space, Defence and Military Transport Aviation belonging to the former Divisions Astrium, Cassidian and Airbus Military.

    Since 2006, he was in charge of Insurance Risk Management for Astrium, gathering the Space activities of Airbus including the 3 business units EADS Astrium Satellites, EADS Astrium Space Transportation and EADS Astrium Services.

    Since 2004/2005 Philippe Cotelle was in charge of the Risk Management and Insurance of major programs such as Paradigm, the largest UK MOD PFI contract and the first of the space industry, or Satcom BW, the procurement of a turnkey military communication system and services for German Bundeswehr . He was also leading the negotiation for insurance and risk management with the European Commission in the name of the European Consortium bidding for the Concession of the Galileo project.

    Philippe Cotelle is graduated Engineer from Ecole Nationale Superieure de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace and Executive MBA from Essec & Mannheim 2007. He’s a board member of FERMA and AMRAE

  • Jamie Saunders

    Strategic Security Consultant

    Dr Jamie Saunders is a strategic security consultant. The majority of his career has been spent in UK Government, including GCHQ, Cabinet Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the National Crime Agency. At the NCA his roles included Director of the National Cyber Crime Unit, where he helped to build up new operational partnerships with international allies and with business. Since leaving government in he has provided cyber governance and other security advice to government and to businesses in the financial, technology, and manufacturing sectors.  He was a contributing author to TheCityUK’s 2018 report Governing cyber risk – a guide for company boards, and is currently working on the World Economic Forum’s Future Series; cybercrime 2025. In addition to his independent consultancy work, he is a Director of two technology start-ups, a retained consultant at Marsh, a visiting professor at UCL, a visiting fellow at Oxford University, and a member of the AIRMIC Advisory Council.

  • Julia Graham

    Deputy CEO and technical director

    Julia has a background in international insurance, enterprise risk management and compliance with four decades of experience in an international insurance company and a global law firm.

    Julia is an iNED of four offshore insurance companies.

    She has written many articles published in professional journals and the press and a regular public commentator on all things risk management.

    She is a strategic coach and a visiting university tutor in risk management and insurance.

    Julia is a former chair of Airmic, the UK association for risk professionals, a former chair of FERMA, the European association for risk professionals and is currently a board member of IFRIMA, the International Federation of Risk and Insurance Management Associations.