The London-headquartered Institute of Risk Management (IRM) continues to expand its reach in Asia with its latest appointment of a global ambassador for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, Mr Saman Bandara of EY Vietnam.
Mr Bandara, a chartered accountant who has worked with EY for over 11 years, is Partner, Head of Insurance, Forensics and IT Risk & Analytics at EY Vietnam. Commenting on his appointment, he said:
“The Indochina region is undoubtedly one of the most promising regions in the world in terms of the opportunities for businesses; however, in terms of management of risk there is a long journey to go compared to other developed markets.
“Development and appreciation of proper risk management could make this region even more promising… I am delighted to be able to be at the vanguard of this.”
The IRM is keen to develop relationships in Asia. Mr Bandara’s appointment follows the IRM’s announcement of two ambassadors in India last month, Mr Sonjai Kumar and Mr Abhishek Paul. The global ambassadors will act as local IRM experts who will help students and professionals wanting to make a career in the risk profession, and will also forge local networking groups for sharing of best practice and advice.
Ms Nicola Crawford, CFIRM, Chair of the IRM said: “This is an exciting development for the IRM to be able to reach out to global members who are experts in their field and leverage their expertise in local markets. Southeast Asia as an economy is developing at an exponential rate and has a huge bank of talent coming out of the education system – now is as good a time as any to help develop enterprise risk management to ensure business longevity and success, particularly in the banking and insurance sectors.”
Based in London, the IRM is an independent, not-for-profit risk management body which counts over 5800 members in over 100 countries – working in risk disciplines across the private, public and third sectors.