MENA Strategies collaborates with RIMS to host the RIMS Risk Forum Middle East

The Risk Forum, which is supported by the Ministry of Tourism and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai, attracted

MENA Strategies collaborates with RIMS to host the RIMS Risk Forum Middle East
08 December 2015
In collaboration with MENA Strategies, the RIMS Risk Forum Middle East was launched today with an expressive opening statement " "Risk professionals need to understand the upside of risk: opportunity" by Mary Roth, RIMS Executive Director.

The Risk Forum, which is supported by the Ministry of Tourism and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai, attracted attendees and speakers from top corporations in the region. Major Mohamed Al Marri gave the keynote speech, Director General of the GDRFA, and highlighted that the nation should be established with the conviction that "risk avoidance is not an option, managing risk is".

An engaging panel discussion reflected the current state of the MENA insurance market and where it is headed. Melissa Aoun, Managing Director at MENA Strategies, moderated the panel that included reputable speakers Fareed Lutfi, Secretary General at Emirates Insurance Association, Walid Nehme, CEO at Associated Insurance Consultants and Sivam Subramaniam, Editor-in-Chief at Middle East Insurance Review. Mr.Lutfi emphasized that although the GCC insurance market income is still low, at less than 0.5% of the global market, the GCC has witnessed a 16% average growth in the last fiveyears.

The Energy Risk panel, chaired by Melissa Aoun, focused on the risks and opportunities that energy corporations in the MENA region are facing due to increased levels of risks as a result of industry trends. Key speakers Mostafa Ramzy, Senior ERM Professional at ENEC, Abdulla Al Khatib, ERM Controller of Business Operations at ENOC and Bader Al Shumaimri, Risk Manager at Kuwait Petroleum Corporation discussed the top risks facing the energy industry amidst oil price decrease and the expansion of National Oil Companies into non MENA markets. "Reputational risk cannot be transferred, that's why in the BP oil spill, no one remembers the name of the contractor" underlines Mr. Ramzy as he stresses the importance of supply chain risk management.

The Forum provided attendees with a platform to network with risk managers from MENA based and international corporations; Associated Insurance Consultants, Control Risks, Du, Emirates Insurance Association, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), Emirates Transport, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, MENA Strategies, Middle East Insurance Review, National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), Nesma& Partners, New Dawn Risk Group, New York University, and Zain.

"The region has seen a number of insurance related events with limitedfocus on risk mitigation methods other than risk transfer through insurance" comments Melissa Aoun. "We are thrilled to work with RIMS on developing risk management practices in the MENA region and are confident that this Risk Forum accentuates our mutual efforts to promote risk as an integrated discipline, essential to every corporation in the region".

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About MENA Strategies
MENA Strategies® is a risk management and strategic consultancy firm based in Lebanon with operations in the Middle East and North Africa region. The firm focuses on aligning corporate strategy with risk management practices; compliance and corporate governance; crisis communication, as well as setting up an enterprise risk management program for clients in various industries. MENA Strategies recently launched the Entrepreneurship Outreach program, to promote the integration of risk-based decision-making and opportunity-driven corporate strategy in startups and family businesses. For more information on MENA Strategies, visit

About RIMS
As the preeminent organization dedicated to advancing the practice of risk management, RIMS, the risk management society™, is a global not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. Founded in 1950, RIMS brings networking, professional development and education opportunities to its membership of more than 11,000 risk management professionals who operate in more than 60 countries. For more information on RIMS, visit


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