COO: Risk and Insurance of GRIPP Advisory
Gert Cruywagen is the Chief Operating Officer: Risk and Insurance of GRIPP Advisory and continues to act as the “Director of Risk” of the Tsogo Sun Companies, Africa’s largest owners and operators of hotels and casinos. He is an executive director of Tsogosure Insurance Company Limited based in the Isle of Man.
Gert is a permanent member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance. He was the convenor of the Risk Work Group of King II and of King III; a role he repeated for King IV.
As an experienced company director, he served on the boards of various listed companies and State Owned Enterprises. Gert currently serves as the Lead Independent non-executive director of Accelerate Property Fund Limited and serves as Chairman of both the Audit and Risk Committee and Investment Committee. He is an approved insurance company director in 4 jurisdictions, namely South Africa, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Sweden.
He is the immediate past chairman of the mirror Technical Committee TC262 for the review of the international standard on risk management, ISO 31000. He is a past-chairperson of the Group Risk Governance Committee of the City of Johannesburg. He was recently elected as the President of the International Federation of Risk and Insurance Management Associations (IFRIMA). Gert holds a variety of qualifications from local and international institutions, including a PMD from UDW, an MBSc from ANCES and a PhD from UAS. He is a certified Risk Management Professional in the USA (RIMS CRMP) and in South Africa (CRM Prac. and CRM Prof), the only person to hold both international qualifications.
Gert is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA). He is an Honorary Life Member of both the IRM (UK) and of IRMSA, as well as an Honorary and Founder Member of the Polish Risk Management Association (PolRisk) and an Honorary Member of the Russian Risk Management Institute (RusRisk). Gert was voted as South Africa’s “Risk Manager of the Year” for 2001 and again in 2009. He is the founder and chairman of the Cruywagen-IRMSA Risk Foundation; a non-profit body that facilitates student internships, risk training, and exchange programmes for students in the disciplines of risk, to and from the USA. The Foundation also hosts the annual South African Risk Laboratories, which look at the risks facing business and the wider community in South Africa.
During the recent past, he has delivered training addresses to the World Bank in Washington DC, to the SA Reserve Bank, to the SA Army Planning Forum and to the Generals of the SANDF. He lectured on Risk Management at 5 different Universities in South Africa as well as at the Illinois State University in the USA, and at the Board Programme presented by Duke CE. He serves on the Faculty of the “Good Governance Academy”. He is a sought-after speaker at conferences and 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.