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Institute of Risk Management expands footprint to Asia

Source: Asia Insurance Review | Feb 2018

Asia China India Risk Management People

The London-headquartered Institute of Risk Management has appointed its first “ambassadors” in India, as it seeks to expand its international footprint into Asia. It comes on the back of the organisation’s inaugural visit to China last month. 
Mr Sonjai Kumar, CMIRM and Vice President (Business Risk) for Aviva India and Mr Abhishek Paul, IRMCert and Associate VP: Risk and Conduct Assurance at the Royal Bank of Scotland, India, who are based in Gurgaon near the Indian capital of New Delhi, will serve as local experts to help students and professionals seeking a career in the risk profession, through the risk knowledge that IRM imparts and forging local networking groups for sharing of best practice and advice, said the IRM in a statement.
   The IRM, which provides globally recognised qualifications and training, publishes research and guidance and set professional standards, currently has around 100 members in India and is keen to develop relationships in the region.
   It is also working on a global programme to have representation on every continent, with target markets China, Malaysia and the MENA, said Ms Victoria Robinson, its Head of Marketing & Communications.
In China, the IRM will be discussing with two universities, one in Wuhan and the other in Suzhou, and potential partners, opportunities to open up IRM’s global training and education to the Chinese market. While it currently has “a handful of members” on the mainland, it has been established for much longer in Hong Kong, where students regularly take IRM examinations. A 
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