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Cambridge Global Risk Index 2019: Launch Event

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Willis Towers Watson
Conference Suite 
51 Lime Street 

The Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies will hold a launch event for the 2019 update of the Cambridge Global Risk Index. The conference will feature key research from the Centre on modelling catastrophe risk to business activities, as well as provide perspectives on their new and emerging risk challenges. 

The Centre has launched the Cambridge Global Risk Index to bring business critical elements of the Cambridge Risk Framework into focus. Using the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies’ taxonomy of threats, the Centre is researching the catastrophic disruption to economic activities caused by multi-threat events. The Global Risk Index allows users to understand the economic implications of a variety of risks and use the [email protected] to enhance their preparedness and resilience. In this way, governments and firms will be better equipped to deal with risks in the future, some of which they may not have previously encountered. Conference topics will include an integrated risk outlook for 2019, better understanding of corporate risk profiling, and seeing opportunities for the insurance industry through risk science.

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Registration and tea/coffee


Welcome: Cambridge Global Risk Vision
Professor Daniel Ralph, Academic Director, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies
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Risk Flashes for 2019
Jennifer Copic, Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies
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Technology and Space
Dr Jennifer Daffron, Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies
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Geopolitics and Security
James Bourdeau, Research Assistant,Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies
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Natural Catastrophe and Climate
Oliver Carpenter, Research Assistant, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies
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Finance, Economics and Trade Risks
Ken Deng, Research Assistant, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies
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Health and Humanity
Kayla Strong, Research Assistant, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies
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Navigating the Global Risk Landscape for 2019
Dr Andrew Coburn, Director of Advisory Board, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies
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Using the Risk Index for Decision Making
Simon Ruffle, Director of Research and Innovation, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies
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Panel: Innovation and Ideation: Seeding New Opportunities in Risk

  • Moderator: James Vickers, Chairman, Willis Re International
  • Jason Channell, Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable and Responsible Investment Research Team, Citi Research
  • Jason Davies, Chief Audit & Risk Officer, Tesco
  • Francine Stevens, Director of Innovation, Hiscox
  • Matthew Grant, Partner, Instech London


Closing Remarks
Professor Daniel Ralph, Academic Director, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies


Networking reception

Note: Programme subject to change

James Bourdeau

Research Assistant, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies

James Bourdeau is a Research Assistant for cyber terrorism for the Centre for Risk Studies. He has a background in political science and international relations.

Oliver Carpenter

Research Assistant, Centre for Risk Studies

Oliver is a Research Assistant at the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies, where his primary focus is on Project Pandora, which aims to develop a risk analysis framework to understand and model impacts from various natural and man-made global catastrophes.

Jason Channell

Managing Director, Citi Research

Jason Channell, Managing Director, Citi Research, is Global Head of Citi’s Sustainable and Responsible Investment research team. Throughout his career Jason’s research has covered many sectors, in particular spanning the energy spectrum of utilities, oil & gas, and alternative energy, and he has been highly ranked in the Institutional Investor, Extel and Starmine surveys. Prior to joining Citi in 2011, he worked for Fidelity Investments and Goldman Sachs. His knowledge has led him to present to numerous governments, policymakers, supranationals and regulators around the world on energy policy, including members of the US Senate Energy & Finance committees in Washington, as well as at various United Nations fora and to institutions such as NASA. Jason is the lead author of some of Citi’s most-read thought leadership reports on energy, most notably the ‘Energy Darwinism’ GPS series which gained significant traction with institutional investors, corporates, governments and supranationals around the world, culminating in its presentation to the United Nations, with Jason chairing the related session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Jason features widely in the international media in print, on-line, and on TV. Jason holds a degree in Engineering Science and Management from the University of Durham.

Andrew Coburn

Director of Advisory Board, Centre for Risk Studies

Andrew is a Founder and Director of the Centre for Risk Studies’ External Advisory Board, and Senior Vice President at Risk Management Solutions, the leading provider of catastrophe risk models to the insurance industry. He is a also a Fellow of Cambridge Judge Business School.

Jennifer Copic

Research Associate, Centre for Risk Studies

Jennifer supports the research on scenario stress test development and insurance loss estimation, specifically on emerging topics, such as Cyber.

Jennifer Daffron

Research Associate, Centre for Risk Studies

Dr Jennifer Daffron is Risk Research Associate at the Centre for Risk Studies, focusing on modelling the impact of cyber threats on global business and socioeconomics.

Ken Deng

Research Assistant, Centre for Risk Studies

Ken Deng is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Risk Studies and has a background in corporate finance, asset pricing and economics in general.

Matthew Grant

Partner, Instech London

Matthew spent over 20 years driving the growth in the use of catastrophe models worldwide. Today he works with the CEOs and executive teams of many of the best known, and fastest growing data and analytics companies servicing the insurance market. He provides strategic support for market definition, sales, marketing communication and investment. Matthew is the founder of Abernite and a partner with Instech London, one of the leading Insurtech communities in Europe.

Daniel Ralph

Academic Director, Centre for Risk Studies

Professor Daniel Ralph is a Founder and Academic Director of the Centre for Risk Studies, Professor of Operations Research at the Cambridge Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Churchill College. Daniel’s research interests include identification and management of systemic risk, risk aversion in investment, economic equilibria models and optimisation methods. Management stress tests, via selection and construction of catastrophe scenarios, is one focus of his work in the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies. Another is the role and expression of risk management within organisations. Daniel engages across scientific and social science academia, a variety of commercial and industrial sectors, and government policy making. He was Editor-in-Chief of Mathematical Programming (Series B) from 2007-2013.

Francine Stevens

Director of Innovation, Hiscox London Market

I believe in the power of collaboration, and that with the right framework and insights every business has the potential to create and innovate. With over 20 years’ experience enabling executives to drive innovations and long term cultural shifts. I blend my background in the performing arts with my experience in corporate management of marketing, technology, people development, operations and strategic planning to develop and deliver successful innovation programmes.

Simon Ruffle

Director of Research & Innovation, Centre for Risk Studies

Simon Ruffle is a member of the Executive Team and is responsible for the overall research framework of the Centre. He is researching into innovative sourcing of business economic data and is leading the cyber threat research track. He has a background in natural hazards and the insurance industry.

Kayla Strong

Research Assistant, Centre for Risk Studies

Kayla Strong is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Risk Studies, University of Cambridge, and supports research in multi-line insurance exposure and cyber risk.

James Vickers

Chairman, Willis Re International

James is the Chairman of Willis Re International overseeing all Willis Re’s activities outside North America. He has been with Willis for 40 years, joining in 1978 as a broker in the Reinsurance Division handling Asia Pacific Non Marine Treaty business.

James is a Director of Willis Group’s principle UK subsidiary, Willis Limited, along with a number of other Willis Group Subsidiary Companies and is also the Willis Group Client Advocate for a number of Willis Re’s largest Asian clients. He has extensive practical experience in the analysis, structuring and placement of large complex reinsurance programs and strong relationships with the senior management of all major global reinsurers. He is the leader of Willis Re’s Public Private Sector Practice Group which works in conjunction with Willis Towers Watson’s Capital Science and Policy Unit to further the development of Willis Re’s activities in the Public Private Sector.

James is a Chartered Insurer, an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and Chairman of the London International Insurance Broker Association (LIIBA) Reinsurance Sub Committee. He holds dual UK/Australian citizenship.

Jason Davies

Chief Audit & Risk Officer, Tesco

Jason is Chief Audit & Risk Officer for Tesco PLC. Prior to joining Tesco at the end of 2013 he was a partner at Deloitte specialising in external audit and corporate finance. He has worked in FTSE boardrooms for twenty years and across a broad cross section of clients and industries as diverse as Carphone Warehouse, British Land, GW Pharmaceuticals and Hawksmoor. He has also worked with a range of global PE houses. At Tesco Jason has responsibility for the Internal Audit, Risk and Store Compliance teams globally across the core retail business, Dunnhumby and Tesco Mobile. Jason attends the audit committee of Tesco Bank and is a Trustee of Tesco Pension Scheme where he sits on the Valuation Committee and the Investment Risk Committee . The IRC oversees an in-house fund management team responsible for circa £13 billion of assets under management. Jason is Chair of the Audit Committee at Sue Ryder and was previously a NED at the General Dental Council. He is a member of the ICAEW and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School.