Institute of Risk Management and Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management launch Executive Education Programme in ERM

The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) and Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management – Executive Education have partnered to bring a highly practical, academically rigorous qualification in Enterprise Risk Management to market.

Participants in the first module (which runs over two days) will receive the ‘Risk Management Essentials’ certificate from the IRM. Participants completing the five modules will receive the ‘Executive Programme in Enterprise Risk Management’ certificate which is issued by Solvay Executive Education in addition to the IRM’s own certificate in ‘Risk Management Essentials’.

Sitting in functional silos

Hugues Pirotte, academic director for Solvay Executive Education, stated: “In many organisations, risk is still sitting in functional silos such as finance and information technology. Solvay Executive Education and the IRM have built a programme where risk management becomes more visible and impactful for the risk business and the C-Suite.”

Pirotte continued: “The five-day executive programme will put risk management professionals on a more effective footing when it comes to the coverage of risk. They’ll be able to do a better job with the basics, understand the traditional risk management approaches/practices and their limitations and also pay more attention to the soft factors of risk management.”

Victoria Robinson, head of marketing and communications at the IRM, said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce this executive education programme with Solvay Executive Education. Successful completion will allow professionals to qualify as a Certified Member of the IRM, gaining the CMIRM designation, and allowing them to use the title of Certified Risk Professional. This programme will help students to understand the dual approach to risk management and enhance their knowledge, implement Best Practice and become part of the risk management community and the global IRM network.”

Course breakdown

Module 1 focuses on Risk Management Essentials, Module 2 on Operational & Strategic Risk Management, Module 3 on Financial Risk Management and Module 4 on Project Risk Management.

A free information evening is being held on Tuesday 11 September in Brussels from 7.00 pm until 8.00 pm. There will be a presentation of the Executive Programme in Enterprise Risk Management as well as informal discussions involving the academic directors and the programme team. 

*To register your place or find out more information on the programme contact programme manager Roxana-Emanuela Dude via email at

**More information can be found at

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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