Press Release: Solvency II Wire and the SFRA launch OnRisk Dialogues

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New online publication to showcase expert analysis on risk

LONDON/EDINBURGH 3 August 2015 – Solvency II Wire, a leading independent publication dedicated to Solvency II, and the Scottish Financial Risk Academy (SFRA), an industry-academic partnership dedicated to improving the understanding of financial risk, today announce the launch of OnRisk Dialogues – a collaborative publication based on content from the SFRA Risk Colloquia.

OnRisk Dialogues will showcase analysis and insight from the world’s leading experts on risk, regulation and financial services. The new initiative will publish articles by speakers from the SFRA’s Risk Colloquia, and will be available on both Solvency II Wire and the SFRA websites.

Gideon Benari, Editor, Solvency II Wire, said: “OnRisk Dialogues brings a new type of content to our readers, examining some of the broader issues that inform our work on Solvency II. Working together with the SFRA further establishes the position and importance of Solvency II Wire as a leading resource and thought leader in the sphere of Solvency II and financial services regulation in general.”

Professor Alexander J. McNeil, Director, SFRA, said: “The Scottish Financial Risk Academy is delighted to partner with Solvency II Wire to launch OnRisk Dialogues. For SFRA, this is an exciting opportunity to bring some of the content of the biannual Colloquia in Edinburgh to the attention of the wider risk management community.”

The SFRA Risk Colloquia are a series of mini-conferences offering analysis of topical issues in financial risk. They have broad appeal to professionals from a range of sectors of financial services, including banking, insurance and fund management, as well as academic researchers. The SFRA launched the series in 2010.

The colloquia feature world-class speakers from industry, academia and regulation and cover topics including Solvency II, regulation, behavioural finance and stress testing.

OnRisk Dialogues Issue 1: Challenges of Modelling Risk The first issue of OnRisk Dialogues, ‘Challenges of Modelling Risk’, published today, features contributions from speakers at the 9th SFRA Risk Colloquium, Conveying Information about Risk: Use, Misuse and Abuse of Models, held in Edinburgh on 21 April 2015.

The colloquium explored the place of risk modelling in financial services.

The articles, which will be published over the coming month, are curated and edited by the editor of Solvency II Wire, Gideon Benari. The merits and perils of risk modelling, Gideon Benari, Editor, Solvency II Wire Models and their limits, Professor Andrew Cairns, Heriot-Watt University Presenting risk: distorting perceptions, Michael Blastland, Journalist and co-author of The Norm Chronicles Managing risk models, Dherminder Kainth, Head of Model Risk, Royal Bank of Scotland


Notes to editors

  1. OnRisk Dialogues, is a collaboration between the Scottish Financial Risk Academy (SFRA) and Solvency II Wire, bringing together a collection of articles from speakers at the biannual SFRA Risk Colloquia.
  2. OnRisk Dialogues is available at:
  3. The SFRA website is available at:

About Solvency II Wire

Solvency II Wire ( is an independent, boutique publication dedicated to informing insurance professionals about Solvency II, the new Europe-wide insurance regulation. The site is committed to delivering original and reliable content exclusively focused on the directive. Publishing breaking news, detailed coverage of the political process and thought leadership on regulation, Solvency II Wire is an indispensable resource for those confronting the challenges of Solvency II. The site was established in 2011 and is independently owned and run by Gideon Benari.

About the SFRA

The Scottish Financial Risk Academy (SFRA) seeks to improve the understanding of financial risk through industry-academic interaction. It runs a series of Knowledge Exchange activities, which include biannual Risk Colloquia, advanced training workshops, placements for MSc and PhD students, and postgraduate course modules taught by industry professionals. Founded in 2010 by a consortium led by Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh, with financial support from the Scottish Funding Council and industry, the SFRA is a membership organisation open to financial services companies or universities with links to Scotland. As of August 2013, the SFRA is fully supported by its industry membership. Media Enquiries: Solvency II Wire Gideon Benari, Editor, Solvency II Wire Email: [email protected] SFRA Noreen O’Donnell, Business Engagement Manager, SFRA Phone: +44 (0)131 451 8082 Email: N.O’[email protected]