Gert was voted as South Africa’s “Risk Manager of the Year” for 2009, an honour also awarded to him in 2001. He is the founder and chairman of the Cruywagen-IRMSA Risk Foundation; a non-profit body that facilitates risk laboratories, risk training, internships and exchange programmes for students in the disciplines of risk. He delivered the key note addresses at various international conferences on the topic “Jungle Risk Management – Risk Lessons from the Bush”, based on his book with the same title. He lectured on Risk Management at 4 different Universities in South Africa as well as at the Illinois State University in the USA. He is a sought-after speaker at risk management conferences and seminars, both locally and internationally. Over the past few years he has delivered presentations at company events, seminars and conferences in Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, Sweden, Portugal, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Russia, Kenya, Namibia, the USA, the UK, and South Africa.
Topics· Jungle Risk Management – Risk Lessons from the African Bush. How animals in the African bush manage their risk (or not) to avoid becoming prey, and the lessons businesses can learn from this. (I have written a book with the same title that is used as a companion to the talk and that is often given to delegates by the hosts). · Business and the Beast – From the Bush to the Board Room. How animals in the African bush survive the threats to their survival, thrive by exploiting their opportunities and organise themselves to ensure optimized efficiencies, and how these strategies relate to modern day organizations. (I have a book “Jungle Business Management – how animals in the African bush survive, thrive and organise themselves and the lessons business can learn from them” as a companion to this presentation) · Introduction to the Governance of Risk – the Movement from the Management of Risk to the Governance of Risk according to the requirements of King III. (I am a permanent member of the King Committee and I was the convenor of the Risk Work Group for both King 2 and King 3)