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Impression of the Risk & Resilience Festival in 2021

Risk & Resilience Festival 2021 was an inspiring event where more than 25 speakers shared their knowledge and experiences in the field of big data, risk management and cyber resilience. View the content of each session + some presentations that were made available. Take a look at the photo gallery for an overall picture of the event and see the winner of the GvRM-study award and the Caroline award.


Winner Caroline Award

From 2019, the Caroline Award has been created. The award is named after Caroline Regtuit, the beloved director of the PLD Centre, who died suddenly in 2019. She was the driving force behind the festival. This audience award is given to the speaker with the most inspiring session. The audience could vote for their favourite session. Martin van Staveren has been chosen for the 2nd time as the most inspiring speaker of 2021. Read his brief summary of his session here.

His contribution was about the clash between big data and ethics, and about the connecting role that risk leadership can play in this.

Summary of Martin van Staveren - One step ahead with risk leadership

We live in a 'wicked world' with plenty of wild questions. The enormous importance of factual data for a realistic world view has been described by the Swedish health scientist Hans Rosling in 'Knowledge of Facts'.

Diametrically opposed to this is the excessive 'dataism', as described by philosopher Miriam Rasch in 'Friction'. This is based on a socially broadly embraced 'tech for good' belief.

In relation to dealing with uncertainty, a paradoxical quote by Simone de Beauvoir from 1947 (!) was leading in my story: 'Sans echec, pas de morale'. In other words, no morality without failure. The question of ethical (right) action presupposes uncertainty about what is right. Ethics is thus linked to not knowing (or not knowing for certain) and still daring to act.

The benefits affair served as a practical case study, with the debatable role of the risk classification model. Risk profiles were drawn up using this algorithm for detecting fraud. Its high black box content and use has recently been highly criticised in Amnesty International's report 'Xenophobic Machines'.

In clashes between data and ethics, risk leadership skills can help, which anyone can master with some effort. For example:

  • Dealing with conflicting goals => fraud versus equal treatment.
  • Making sharp choices => how far do we want to go with big data and algorithms?
  • Noticing deviations => when does the algorithm go off the rails?
  • Allow more uncertainties => acting ethically means not knowing (for certain).


Presentations speakers

View the presentations that have been made available by some of the speakers. Please note: keep an eye on the website for presentations that are still to be added!

GvRM study award

A great deal of research is being conducted in the broad field of risk management. In order to encourage research and reward special people and achievements within the field, the GvRM presents this award annually during the Risk & Resilience Festival.

The GvRM Risk Management Study Award has existed since 1995. It rewards students who have conducted research and/or have produced a paper in the field of risk management with a clear added value for the profession. All papers produced for study purposes (individual or group work) qualify for the award.

Winnaar GvRM Studie Award
Kirsten Noteboom
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Business Economics

Title: 'Stedin in control over de strategische risico’s'

It is about identifying Critical Risk Indicators and Risk Tolerance for strategic risks. Kirsten developed "Early warning indicator that measures and predicts a change in risk."

Have you recently done, are you doing or do you plan to do any research in the area of risk management? Do you think your work contributes to the development of risk management? Please send your paper by email to

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