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ISRM virtual global conference

by Mark Rowe

A three-day virtual global conference will explore strategic issues associated with the response to Covid-19, and address the challenges and opportunities post-Covid-19. It’s organised by the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM).

The conference “Learning from Covid-19: Old Lessons, New Lessons – The Future Starts Now” is free to attend and runs over three days, Monday to Wednesday, July 27 to 29.

Lord Toby Harris, ISRM President, opens the event on the Monday, leading discussions around what Covid-19 has taught us about crisis management. The conference will be chaired by founder of the ISRM Dr David Rubens, who was featured in the June print edition of Professional Security magazine on the pandemic. He’s also been delivering weekly webinars on risk and crisis management, as attended by over 4,000 participants.

David is pictured, speaking at IFSEC in London in June 2019. He said: ‘The Covid-19 pandemic has been a wake-up call for all of us. It is an opportunity for us to examine every aspect of what we considered to be our crisis management capabilities, and to learn lessons that will allow us to create genuinely resilient, risk sensitive and crisis ready organisations for the future.

‘The ISRM conference is truly unique in that it allows anyone with an interest in strategic risk and crisis management to benefit from the insights provided by some of the leading industry and sector thinkers in the world. The post-Covid-19 reality will be one characterised by multiple potential crisis scenarios. This conference will give participants a deep understanding of the challenges associated with those scenarios, as well as a range of frameworks, templates and methodologies that would allow them to prepare their organisations in the best possible manner.’

Speakers include Dr Stephen Flynn, Founding Director of the Global Resilience Institute; Pascale Meige, Director Disaster & Crisis of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; David Horobin, Head of Crisis Management of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy; Dr Adel Alaraifi, Executive Director of the Risk and Resilience Institute, Saudi Arabia; and Marcus Oxley, Founding Executive Director of the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR).

As that suggests, it’s an international line-up; while UK speakers include Dr Robert MacFarlane, Deputy Director, Civil Contingency Secretariat, Cabinet Office; and Dr David Alexander, Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London (UCL).

All the speakers can be found on the ISRM website –

The ISRM conference is daily between midday and 2pm (GMT) from Monday to Wednesday July 27 to29. Register here –

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