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Advisory board

The Advisory Board provides guidance and recommendations to the Executive team at the Centre of Risk Studies. 

The Board consists of representatives from the Centre’s partner organisations as well as industry experts, academic advisors and guests.

Director of the Centre for Risk Studies Advisory Board

Andrew Coburn

Andrew Coburn

Director of the Advisory Board, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies and Senior Vice President, RMS

Bio

Andrew manages the External Advisory Board of the Centre for Risk Studies, coordinating the inputs of consumers of research into the Centre's risk agenda. Andrew is the principal coordinator of the research programme on 'System Shock' at the Centre. He is one of the leading contributors to the creation of the class of catastrophe models that over the past 20 years has come to be an accepted part both of business management in financial services and of public policy making for societal risk. He has extensive experience in developing models and using them for business decision support. Andrew has also provided research inputs into government policy, such as House of Congress legislation on terrorism risk management policy and urban planning for disaster mitigation in Mexico, Metro Manila, and Southern Italy. Andrew is also a member of the senior management of Risk Management Solutions, the leading provider of catastrophe risk models to the insurance industry.

Representatives of supporting organisations

Russell Bean

Russell Bean

Head of Financial Institutions Underwriting, Talbot Underwriting

Bio

Russell started his career at the Sun Alliance and between 1994 and 2002 he underwrote. Professional and Financial Lines before becoming the worldwide FI product leader. He is currently the Head of Financial Institutions at the Talbot Syndicate where he oversees all aspects of the division. He is ACII qualified and sits on a number of market committees, including chairing the LMA FI panel.

Steve Coats, Pool Re

Steve Coates

Chief Underwriting Officer, PoolRe

Bio

Steve is Chief Underwriting Officer and a member of the executive management team at Pool Re. Steve has responsibility for all aspects of underwriting and claims, including exposure management and modelling. Prior to this, Steve spent 12 years at Allianz UK, latterly as Head of UK Property and Casualty. He also spent a year with Allianz Australia in 2005-2006. Before that he worked for Independent Insurance for 10 years, ending up as UK Property Underwriting Manager. Steve started his career with Eagle Star where he worked in a variety of commercial underwriting roles. Steve is an associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and is also an expert witness in insurance matters.

Siddhartha Dalal

Siddhartha Dalal

Chief Data Scientist and Senior VP of Advanced Research and Technology, Science, AIG Property Casualty

Bio

Dr Siddharta Dalal joined the Science Team in September of 2013. He comes to AIG from RAND Corporation where he served as CTO, and where he pioneered several new systems for conducting research. Sid also served as VP of Research at Xerox overseeing their worldwide imaging and software services research, and Bell Laboratories and Bellcore/SAIC/Telcordia Technologies, where he served as Chief Scientist and Executive Director. Sid received an MBA and a PhD from the University of Rochester and has published more than 100 peer reviewed publications, patents and monographs covering the areas of risk analysis, medical informatics Bayesian statistics and economics, image processing and sensor networks. He was also responsible for the creation of technology and spinning off of Praedicat, an insurance analytics company in casualty space, from RAND Corporation. Sid is also a member of US Army Science Board, an advisory board of 20 scientists appointed by Secretary of Defense to advise US Army on technology. Sid has received several awards including from IEEE, ASA and ASQ.

Rowan Douglas, Chief Executive Officer - Capital, Science & Policy Practice, Willis Towers Watson

Rowan Douglas CBE

CEO Capital, Science & Policy Practice, Willis Towers Watson & Willis Research Network

Bio

Rowan is CEO Capital, Science & Policy Practice at Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company. Previously, he served on the Board of the Group’s reinsurance division, Willis Re, as CEO Global Analytics.

In 2011, Rowan was appointed to the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science & Technology; he is also a member of the Royal Society’s Working Group on Resilience to Climate Risk and Extreme Weather and chairs the Willis Research Network of fifty universities worldwide.

He has held various appointments within the UN and other international organisations and was awarded a CBE in the 2016 New Year's honours for services to the economy through risk, insurance and sustainable growth. Rowan sits on the Executive Committee of the International Insurance Society (IIS), New York from which he received the Kenneth R Black Award in 2014.

Anna Maria Greenaway, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies Advisory Board

Anna-Marie Greenaway

VP Science and Technology, BP

Bio

Anna-Marie Greenaway was appointed BP Director of University Relationships in 2015, which is a global role encompassing technical and policy research to support BP's strategic objectives, recruitment, executive education and international research partnerships. Prior to this she was BP's VP Science and Technology at the University of Cambridge and still retains accountability for this strategic partnership. She is a member of the Board of the BP Institute and sits on the Advisory Board of the Scott Polar Institute and the Clean Energy Centre at Tsinghua University, Beijing. Previously, Anna-Marie spent four years in BP's Group Strategy team where she led the 2030 Energy Pathways research programme covering the US, EU, China, India and Brazil. This involved bringing together local, international and multi-disciplinary teams from across BP and incorporating external perspectives from wider industry sectors, government bodies and leading academics.

Earlier roles at BP have spanned special assignments to support Group Technology and Safety & Operations, Head of Downstream Change Leadership Capability and leading the Technical & Commercial Partnership between BMW & Castrol across Western Europe. Prior to BP, Anna-Marie spent 10 years in retail operations, advertising and corporate communications with Exxon after joining their graduate programme in 1989 as a capital investment analyst. She holds a BRc from the Dept of Earth Science RHBNC University of London and a Masters degree in Sustainability Leadership from the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.

Sven Heiligtag

Sven Heiligtag

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Bio

Sven is a Partner in McKinsey & Company's Hamburg office. Sven is a leader in McKinsey's Risk Management Practice as well as in the Electric Power & Natural Gas Practice. He is responsible for all Corporate Risk topics and is leading the company's energy trading and risk management survey in Europe. He has deep experience in advising clients in the energy and natural resources industries on challenges in risk management, corporate finance, strategy and organisation.

Sven has a master's degree and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Hamburg.

Michael Maran

Michael Maran

Chief Science Officer, XL Catlin

Bio

Dr Michael Maran graduated from St Catharine's College, Cambridge in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences (having studied the biological and geological sciences) and subsequently a master's degree and PhD in Astrophysics from Queen Mary College, University of London. He is an ACII qualified Chartered Insurer with over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. Mike joined the Catlin Group in 2002 and spent 10 years as Underwriter for the Space account.

In 2012, he was appointed as the Catlin Group's Chief Science Officer, a position which he now holds in the newly formed XL Catlin Insurance. Formerly the chairman of the Catlin's Emerging Risks Committee, Mike is now an active member of the XL Catlin Emerging Risks Task Force. As Chief Science Officer, Mike works with XL Catlin underwriters, risk modellers, actuaries and other employees to improve risk assessment capabilities by reviewing the scientific aspects of risks. He also helps to identify new underwriting opportunities for XL Catlin created by scientific progress, and serves as an advisor for various XL Catlin activities that are related to science, such as the current XL Catlin Seaview Survey.

Trevor Maynard

Trevor Maynard

Head of Innovation, Lloyd's

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Trevor Maynard is Head of Innovation at Lloyd's of London. His responsibilities include running the horizon scanning unit to identify and carry out research into emerging risks that may affect the Lloyd's market and also provide innovation opportunities in future. He is Co-chair of OASIS, the open access catastrophe modelling platform, and also sits on the board of the Lighthill Risk Network, an insurer-funded body to stimulate academic research into insurance-relevant topics. Trevor has a PhD in Statistics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BSc and MSc in Pure Mathematics from Warwick University. He is a Fellow of the UK Actuarial Profession.

Mohsen Rahnama

Mohsen Rahnama

Head of Model Development, RMS

Bio

Dr Mohsen Rahnama leads model development for RMS, which includes a global team of scientists and engineers responsible for the creation of RMS's catastrophe models, financial model, and exposure and data analytics.

Since joining RMS in 1999, Mohsen has led the development of many of RMS's major models. He is currently overseeing the development of RMS's high-definition, simulation-based flood, earthquake, and typhoon models for RMS(one), Cyber Model, exposure and data analytics and financial modeling. He has more than 25 years of experience in earthquake engineering, seismic structural analysis and design, building performance evaluation, catastrophe modeling, and risk assessment. He holds a masters degree and doctorate in earthquake and structural engineering from Stanford University.

Rainer Sachs

Rainer Sachs

Head of Group Accumulation and Emerging Risks, Munich Re

Bio

Dr Rainer Sachs heads the Group Accumulation and Emerging Risks team at Munich Re's Integrated Risk Management division, developing risk identification and quantification tools for Munich Re's global business operations. Before joining Munich Re, Rainer Sachs was working in the Credit Risk Management division at Unicredit. During his more than 10-year career in risk management, he has held various positions in financial and insurance risk management, both in Germany and Australia. Rainer Sachs's current research interests focus on modelling complex risks in insurance and the human factor in decisions under uncertainty. He holds a PhD from the University of Munich/Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial Physics and a Master in cosmology from the Technical University of Munich/University of Pune (India).

Alan Smith

Alan Smith

Global Head of Risk Strategy and Chief of Staff, Global Risk, HSBC

Bio

Alan Smith is Chief of Staff and Global Head of Risk Strategy within the Global Risk function at HSBC where he is responsible for overseeing the Risk Appetite, Risk Governance, Risk Measurement, Scenario Stress Testing and Pension Risk infrastructures for the Group, leading a global team of 300 staff. Alan is a member of the Global Risk Management Board which oversees the running of the Risk function of 30,000 plus people across the globe.

Alan has worked with HSBC for 19 years in a variety of senior finance, risk and capital management roles in the Group Management Office, in London and the Middle East. Prior to his current role, Alan was Group Head of Economic Capital from 2005 to 2007 and before that Head of Global Finance for HSBC's Corporate Investment Banking and Markets Division, where he was a member of its ALM and Operational Risk Management Committees. Alan worked with KPMG London from 1987 to 1994, latterly within its Financial Sector Advisory practice, advising global financial institutions on capital, risk and accounting.

Alan started his career with PwC in Barbados. Alan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and has an MBA in Finance from Cass Business School, City University in London which he attended as a Commonwealth Scholarship winner. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

Matthew Swibel

Matthew Swibel

Director, Corporate Sustainability, Lockheed Martin

Bio

Matt directs sustainability strategy, reporting and stakeholder engagement at Lockheed Martin Corporation, which under his tenure was added to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and became the top-ranked Aerospace & Defense prime contractor named to CR Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens list. He led Lockheed Martin's inaugural report in 2012, and its first core issues assessment, formal stakeholder summits and GRI-based report in 2013. He reports to the corporate vice president - Ethics & Sustainability, and sits on the Corporate Sustainability Council, which oversees ethics & business conduct, diversity & inclusion, and sustainability policy & performance.

From 2008 to 2012, Matt was Director of Enterprise Communications, where he led a team supporting the CFO, Executive Office of the Chairman and other corporate officers. In this role, he developed and planned multiple aspects of integrated communications including employee and supplier engagement, advertising and outreach to investors and financial/environmental media. Matt spent almost a decade as a journalist, most recently as Associate Editor of Forbes, where he co-edited the World Billionaires issue and was recognised by the Overseas Press Club for his business reporting from abroad. Prior to Forbes, he was a staff reporter at Washington Business Journal, where his coverage of marketing and web-based political fundraising each earned Maryland-DC-Delaware and Virginia Press Association awards. He taught as an adjunct professional lecturer at American University's School of Communication from 2005 to 2008. Matt graduated cum laude from American University (DC) with degrees in Communications and Sociology and earned an MBA from the University of Maryland. He is an independent director of Cornerstone Capital.

Academic advisors & guests

Stylianos (Stelios) Kavadias

Stylianos (Stelios) Kavadias

Director of Research and Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation & Growth, Cambridge Judge Business School

Bio

Professor Kavadias is Director of Research at Cambridge Judge Business School and oversees the research activities across the Centres of the Business School. Stelios is a member of the Operations subject group and his research interests cover the effectiveness of new product development (NPD) decisions with a particular focus on the decisions that concern: (i) the strategy implementation through the appropriate resource allocation rules and the definition of the "right" portfolio of new projects and products; (ii) the R&D ideation, search and experimentation process both at a firm level and the project team level; (iii) the effects of the organisational design and the associated incentive schemes on the product development outcome. At a broader level, he is seeking to understand the challenges that arise during the planning and execution phases of the innovation process, always with an operational/managerial perspective.

Previously Professor Kavadias was the Steven A. Denning Professor of Technology & Management, as well as an Associate Professor of Operations Management, at the College of Management at Georgia Tech. He has also been a Batten Fellow at the Batten Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Darden School of Business.

Frank Kelly

Frank Kelly

Professor of the Mathematics of Systems, Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge, and Master of Christ's College, Cambridge

Bio

Professor Frank Kelly is Master of Christ's College and Professor of the Mathematics of Systems in the University of Cambridge. His main research interests are in random processes, networks and optimisation. He is especially interested in applications to the design and control of networks and to the understanding of self-regulation in large-scale systems. From 2003 to 2006 he served as Chief Scientific Adviser to the United Kingdom's Department for Transport. He was chair of the Council for the Mathematical Sciences from 2010 to 2013, and is a member of the RAND Europe Council of Advisors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Foreign Member of the National Academy of Engineering.

John Rees

John Rees

Head of Risk and Resilience Research, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Bio

Professor John Rees heads Risk and Resilience research at the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Previously he was Risk Research Champion at the UK Research Councils - during which time he co-led the UN Science and Technology Group, leading to the Sendai Framework - following a period as the Natural Hazards Theme leader at NERC. He is based at the British Geological Survey (BGS) where he is Director of Earth Hazards and Observations. Before this he was Head of Corporate Policy and Science Coordination – after 15 years primarily researching urban and coastal hazards. His interests, though, are extremely broad ranging across much of science and technology. He has a major interest in enhancing the use of science, particularly in policy development and is an advocate of modelling interoperability. He has collaborated extensively across sectors, disciplines and internationally. He was educated in Sussex, at Sheffield University and at Trinity College Dublin.