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Cristina Martinez

Group Chief Risk Officer, SACYR Cristina Martinez is a Qualified Risk Director® with over 15 years of risk and insurance management experience in non-financial sector across the world. In 2021 Cristina was awarded Risk Resilience Initiative of the Year by FERMA.

About this speaker

Cristina Martinez is a Qualified Risk Director® who leverages her expertise in using risk governance as a business transformation catalyst to support the board’s focus on strategy, governance, and value creation. She is a business advisor to the board and senior management, with a proven track record of leading risk and insurance functions at large multidisciplinary teams across continents.

Cristina has been reporting directly to the Executive Committee and to the board’s audit, risk, sustainability, and compliance committees at large organizations since 2005 in a variety of industries including aviation, consumer products, nonprofit, and infrastructure. Currently, she is serving as Chief Risk Officer at Sacyr, the fourth largest global infrastructure developer, a multinational based in Madrid, Spain. She has held a broad range of responsibilities throughout her 15 years of leadership in multinational environments. She is known as a transformational leader and pioneering strategist, working with the highest level of integrity, operational excellence, and a deep and passionate commitment to clients.

In addition to her P&L, strategy and operational background, Cristina has extensive board experience at non-profit organizations and public companies in the risk and insurance sector, including The Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) where she served as Vice Chairman (2015-2018) and board member (2008-2018). She is a cofounder of the Spanish Risk and Insurance Managers Association IGREA and has also served as board member of the Spanish association AGERS. Cristina has achieved numerous awards for her work in risk management, both at the business and academic worlds, most recently the European Risk Management Awards 2021: “Risk Resilience Initiative of the Year”. She is a chartered actuary and PhD in risk management and an active researcher in this field.


Key challenges when integrating risk management into planning, budgeting, investment decision making and performance and how our company overcame them.

Angela Hoon David R. Koenig Darlene Halwas Cristina Martinez