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Governing Board meeting highlights: June 2020


Jul 25, 2020

First online Board meeting, June 17-19, 2020.

The Governing Board meeting was held from June 17 -19, 2020 virtually. This is the first virtual meeting organized by the GEM Secretariat in its 11 years of operation due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the situation, the meeting in June was very well received, and also remarkable for the milestone decisions approved by the Board.


The Board unanimously approved GEM’s Product and Services Strategy, which outlines GEM’s commitment to develop open products and to make them more accessible to private sector use and public good. The initiative would increase the availability of all GEM products and services across the insurance, engineering, research and DRR sectors.


The summary of the strategy is available . It includes comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions from our collaborators and users of GEM products worldwide. A full list of GEM’s products is also now available .


In addition to this, the Board also approved a new small business partner category to allow reduced sponsorship fees from organizations that are interested in participating in our Governing Board and/or other activities, but are unable to gain approval for Governor or Advisor level fees. Small companies can now become a if they have less than 20 employees and a revenue of less than 3M euro per year.


The following partners have also been formally accepted to the Board:


  • Canada Governor Sponsorship with Sonia Talwar as voting member
  • AXA XL as Advisor Sponsor with Emmanuel de la Fosse as non-voting member
  • OneConcern as Advisor Sponsor with Abhineet Gupta as non-voting member


The next meeting will be held on the 3rd and 4th of December 2020 in Pavia if possible, with a virtual meeting as a backup. The subsequent GB meeting was provisionally approved for 17th and 18th of June 2021.


If you are interested in more information about GEM products and services or how to become more involved with GEM as a partner or sponsor, please contact us at .

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