Risk Management on Security at Sport Events

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Risk Management Conference on Security at Sport Events, organised by the AISTS, Marsh, Kessler and XL Catlin. Sport events face a plethora of risks that threaten the safety of fans, spectators, players and officials. With the ever increasing risk of terrorism threatening the saftey and integrity of events, international sports governing bodies need to be prepared for the unthinkable. This conference will shed light on the risks of safety at sport events and how to mitigate those risks.


18:00 – 18:20              Introductions:

  • Welcome by Claude Stricker (AISTS)
  • Marsh network by Kessler Insurance Brokers by Sylvain Zuber (Kessler)
  • XL Catlin insurance company by Michael Ruesch (XL Catlin)
  • Risk Management and Security for Sport Events – Patrick Vajda (Marsh), Senior Advisor Marsh Sports & Events Industry Practice

18:20 – 19:00    Keynote Presentation: Security & Counterterrorism in the World of Sports Events – Raymond Mey

19:00 – 19:15    The position from the industry – Gergely Markus (ITU)

19:15 – 19:30    What are the answers of the insurance world including Case Study – Atlanta Centennial Park Bombing by Michael Ruesch (XL Catlin) and Patrick Vajda (Marsh)

19:30 – 20:00    Q&A / Discussion

20:00 – 20:05    Conclusion/Closing Remarks – Francois Carrard, former Director General of the International Olympic Committee and Chairman of the FIFA Reform Commission

20:05 – 21:30    Cocktail Reception + networking

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François Carrard

A Doctor of Law from the University of Lausanne, François Carrard was admitted to the Bar 1967, when he joined the firm of Carrard & Associés. He specialised in sports law and acted as Director General of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 1989 to 2003. He is regularly involved in international arbitration proceedings, including before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and various chambers of commerce. He was also Chairman of the FIFA 2016 Reform Committee.

Gergely Markus

Gergely got involved with ITU as technical official and in 2000, he got elected to the ITU Technical Committee. In the same year he was part of the International Technical Officials’ team of the first ever Olympic Games where triathlon was held. In 2002 Gergely got involved with the European Triathlon Union as Executive Board member and a few months later he found himself elected as the Secretary General of ETU. In 2003, he moved to Athens and was appointed Competition Manager of the Athens Olympic Games only 18 months away from the Games. The event was successfully delivered. After returning from Athens, he was offered a job by ITU as Event Development Director. As ITU Sports Director, Gergely looks after all the sport's technical aspects.

Raymond Mey

Raymond is a Senior Program Manager at TSG. He is an internationally recognised law enforcement and security professional with extensive experience in counterterrorism investigations, major event security, crisis management and hostage rescue. Raymond's distinguished 23-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) included assignments with 3 FBI Field Offices, FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) Counterterrorism Division and 4 overseas Legat Offices. Raymond was appointed in 1998 by former FBI Director, Louis Freeh, to the position of FBI Manager for Counterterrorism Planning and Operations, supporting the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. The FBI was designated by Presidential Decision Directive (PDD) 62 to lead all federal counterterrorism investigative, crisis management, intelligence and hostage rescue efforts supporting this prestigious event.He also served as the Security Advisor to the 2016 Chicago and the 2020 Madrid Olympic Games bid.

Michael Rüsch

Michael started his insurance career at Winterthur Insurance and joined XL in 1997, where he held various underwriting and management roles with a wide geographical remit, including the UK, Ireland, Asia, Australia, France, Italy, Iberia and Latin America. Michael has extensive intercultural experience acquired in the different positions he has held within the company. Most importantly, he spent more than two years in XL's Singapore office where he experienced not only the local business culture of this fast-growing country first hand, but also the ambition and dedication of women working in the dynamic Asia Pacific region. Michael holds a professional degree in Private General Insurance with a specialisation in aviation, as well as a degree in business administration with a minor in finance. He recently completed a Master's degree in Applied Psychology, Leadership and Management.

Claude Stricker

Claude is the Executive Director of the AISTS since 2002. Before joining AISTS, Claude was Professor in management of information systems at the Swiss University of Applied Sciences and research associate at EPFL. Claude has extensive experience in sport as an athlete and coach: as a skier, he competed in FIS international alpine ski races during ten years and participated in three Winter Universiades. For over fifteen years he coached ski teams and served as technical director Swiss ski associations.

Patrick Vajda

Patrick was closely involved in the organisation of the risk management team for the Olympic Games at Albertville 92, Barcelona 92, and 11 other Olympic Games in a row until Sochi 2014. Since 1994. he is one of the IOC’s consultants on risk management and insurance. He is also the insurance advisor for several international federation and national sport bodies.

Sylvain Zuber

Sylvain has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry at the national and partly international level. Sylvain is responsible for managing and developing all lines of business in the “services” industry, including the management of the directors & officers (D&O ) advisors in charge to design and implement international and national D&O and financial lines programs.

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