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Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street

Standard ticket: £250
Student ticket: £30

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies, our annual risk summit considers how risk will change over the next decade, exploring the potential for emerging risks and the changing nature of strategic risk for businesses.

We will explore the changing future landscape across the six classes of risk defined in the Cambridge Business Risk Taxonomy. The taxonomy of business risks was one of the earliest risk outputs of the Centre for Risk Studies, and each year for the past five years, we have published the Cambridge Global Risk Index under these risk classes.

Financial & Economic Risks

What are the chances and potential triggers of further financial crises and economic recession in the next decade? What national sovereign difficulties, commodity price shocks, or regional crises could occur? Can the current threat of trade wars and retreat from globalisation persist? How might the nature of finance itself change, with cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies, and what risks might these hold?

Geopolitical & Security Risks

How should businesses plan for regional disruptions arising from future geopolitical risks? Which areas of the world are most likely to flare up in the next decade? Is there potential for an upsurge in global terrorism or social unrest, and how might political regimes change unexpectedly? What might conflicts of the future look like? How should businesses ensure that their supply chains and regional operations are resilient against geopolitical risks?

Technology Risks

The digital revolution will continue to play out across many industries, with disruptive entrants and technology-driven change. How might businesses anticipate and react to these changes over the next ten years? What might the future hold for cyber risk, trends in surveillance capitalism, use of ever-growing volumes of data, and advances in artificial intelligence? This track explores the issues of preparing businesses for the risks of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Environmental & Natural Hazard Risks

Anticipating the forthcoming decade of weather-related trends, natural disasters and environmental risks is a growing business challenge. What signals of climate change can we expect within the next 10 years and how will this reshape the patterns of business risk? How might consumers change their buying preferences and investors change their portfolios as a result of climate change issues? How will the landscapes of environmental risks change, and what are the implications for international businesses and their global supply chains?

Societal & Sustainability Risks

Changing demographics and social behaviour will shape the risk landscape over the next 10 years. How will ageing populations and the ethics and preferences of the younger generation shape consumerism and cause disruptive change in buying habits and business practice? How might issues such as sustainability and environmentalism radically change purchasing patterns and investor trading strategies? How can businesses mange the risk of future emerging infectious diseases causing operational disruption? How will the increasing pensioner population put strains on healthcare, public services, and pension financing?

Governance & Regulatory Risks

Risk management practice is changing at a faster pace than ever, with increasing board-level scrutiny, shareholder pressure, and regulatory focus. In this track we explore how risk management best practice may evolve over the next decade, and the issues that could drive changes in governance management. How might the regulatory landscape change? Which issues are likely to be drivers of new changes in shareholder activism and consumer pressure? How might the litigation landscape change the management of liability risk in organisations?

Business executives need to plan for multi-year investments, returns on capital, and longer-term assessments of risks to their business strategies.

At our 10th Annual Risk Summit, we challenge business risk managers to consider how the risk could be very different over a 10-year horizon, particularly the potential paradigm shifts that could provide strategic shock, and how enterprise risk management strategies can be developed to cope with the uncertain future.

We invite presentations and attendance from a wide variety of specialists and business managers, including threat specialists, academics, practitioners and advisors.

The conference will be held at Cambridge Judge Business School. On 20 June the conference will be followed by a black-tie gala dinner at Christ's College, University of Cambridge. The dinner speaker will be Lord Richard Wilson of Dinton, Former Master of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, who has served under UK Prime Ministers and for 10 years served as Chairman of the UK's oldest private bank.


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Day one: Thursday 20 June 2019

09:00-09:30 Registration and coffee
09:30-09:40 Welcome
Professor Daniel Ralph, Academic Director, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies, and Professor of Operations Research, Cambridge Judge Business School
09:40-10:00 Researching Business Risk - the Past Ten Years, the Next Ten Years
Dr Andrew Coburn, Chief Scientist, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies
10:00-10:30 The Next Decade of Risk
Dante A. Disparte, CEO, Risk Cooperation
10:30-11:00 Challenges of Managing New Forms of Risk in the 2020s
Julian Enoizi, CEO, Pool Re
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-13:00 Parallel Sessions I
Track 1: Financial and Economic Risks

Dr Andrew Pitt, Head of Global Research, Citi

Financial and Economic Risks – CRS Risk Outlook
Ken Deng, Financial and Economic Risk Research Lead, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies

Financial Crises of the Future: The Lessons of History
Dr Duncan Needham, Director of Cambridge Centre for Financial History

Managing Financial Risk
Speaker tbc
  Track 2: Geopolitical and Security Risks

Marianne Schneider-Petsinger, Geopolitics Fellow, Chatham House

Geopolitical and Security Risks – CRS Risk Outlook
Tamara Evan, Geopolitical Risk Research Lead, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies

Conflicts of the Future
Jim Maltby, Principal Scientist, Defence, Science & Technology Laboratory

Managing Future Risk in International Supply Chains
Nick Wildgoose, Independent Supply Chain Risk Consultant, Supplien Consulting
  Track 3: Technology Risks

John Low, Head of Risk, Game

Technology Risks - CRS Risk Outlook
Kelly Quantrill, Cyber Risk Researcher, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies

Managing the Risks of Digital Identity in Business
Olivia White, Partner, McKinsey and Company

Disruptive Digital Technologies in the Workplace
Speaker tbc
13:00-14:00 Lunch at the Cambridge Judge Business School
14:00-15:30 Parallel Sessions II
Track 4: Environmental and Natural Hazard Risks


Environmental and Natural Hazard Risks – CRS Risk Outlook
Oliver Carpenter, Natural Hazards Risk Research Lead, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies

Managing Risk in a Changing Environment
Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Deputy Head, Polar Oceans Team, British Antarctic Survey

What Does a Business Need to Know about the Likely Impacts of Climate Change?
Dr Robert Muir-Wood, Chief Research Officer, Risk Management Solutions, Inc.

Preparing for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures in Businesses
Manjula Chummun, Tesco, and member of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure
  Track 5: Societal and Sustainability Risks

Cristina Stefan, Senior Risk Monitoring Specialist, Global Crisis Risk Platform, World Bank

Societal and Sustainability Risks – CRS Risk Outlook
Kayla Strong, Human and Humanity Risk Research Lead, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies

Key Sustainability Issues in the Next Decade
Professor Aled Jones, Director of the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University

Risk to Business and the Economy from Future Pandemics
Professor John Edmunds, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  Track 6: Governance and Regulatory Risks

Simon Learmount, Lecturer in Corporate Governance, Cambridge Judge Business School

Governance and Regulatory Risks – CRS Risk Outlook
Jennifer Copic, Regulatory and Liability Risk Research Lead, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies

Managing Reputational Risks: The Future Landscape
Clare Williams, Director of Reputation Management, Barclays

Working Towards a More Resilient Economy and Society
Rainer Sachs, Independent Consultant, International Risk Governance Council
15:30-16:00 Tea break
16:00-17:30 Reporting and Discussion of Breakout Track themes, led by Discussant Panel
Panel Moderator: Professor Danny Ralph
18:00-19:00 Networking reception, Christ's College, University of Cambridge
19:00 Black Tie Gala Dinner, Christ’s College, University of Cambridge
Dinner Speaker: Lord Richard Wilson of Dinton GCB, Former Cabinet Secretary; Former Master, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

Day two: Friday 21 June 2019

10:30-11:00 Registration and coffee
11:00-11:10 Welcome an introduction
Professor Daniel Ralph, Academic Director, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies and Professor of Operations Research, Cambridge Judge Business School
11:10-11:30 Keynote Address
Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times
11:30-12:40 Business Leaders Plenary Session
Panel: Changing Times - How Corporates Manage Opportunities and Risks
Moderated by: Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • Dame Inga Beale, Board Director, London First and Chartered Insurance Institute
  • Dr Jo Dally, City Strategic Partnerships Lead, Advanced Mobility Unit, BP
  • Michael Kitson, Senior Lecturer, Cambridge Judge Business School and Assistant Director of Centre for Business Research
  • Alan Smith, Global Head of Risk Strategy and Chief of Staff, Global Risk, HSBC
  • Dr Michelle Tuveson, Executive Director, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies
12:40-12:50 Cambridge-McKinsey Risk Prize
12:50-13:00 Conclusion
13:00-14:00 Networking lunch at Cambridge Judge Business School

Note: Programme subject to change

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Andrew Coburn

Chief Scientist, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies

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Dr Andrew Coburn is Chief Scientist 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.

Andrew 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.

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Julian Enoizi

CEO, Pool Re

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Julian Enoizi is the CEO of Pool Re, the Government backed UK terrorism reinsurance mutual. He joined Pool Re in September 2013, with the mandate to bring a fresh perspective to a company that had changed little since its formation in 1993. Since then he has presided over the repositioning of the organisation and a series of significant advancements. These include the renegotiation of Pool Re’s relationship with HM Treasury, introduction of a more sophisticated underwriting proposition requiring an amendment to an Act of Parliament, the purchase of the world’s largest terrorism retrocession programme, the launch of the world’s first terrorism Catastrophe Bond and a significant investment into a partnership with the Home Office in respect of a risk mitigation project. In addition, Pool Re is recognised a central sponsor of thought leadership initiatives and international collaboration with similar national level terrorism (re)insurance arrangements. In 2018, John Glen, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, described Pool Re as being “widely recognised as the world’s leading terrorism pool”.

Julian has occupied executive roles in the insurance industry for the past 17 years, eleven of which have been as CEO. His experience spans the Lloyd’s and London, UK Regional and Continental European markets, and has been focused on businesses undergoing important strategic transitions, often under challenging circumstances. Julian believes in a fast-paced, results-oriented and collaborative approach, encouraging his team to share his vision and commitment to success.

Dante A. Disparte

CEO, Risk Cooperation

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Dante Disparte is an entrepreneur, business leader and global risk expert. He is the founder and CEO of Risk Cooperative, a strategic risk advisory and insurance brokerage based in Washington, DC.

Dante has been named to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council, where he is a member of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation subcommittee. He serves on the board of the American Security Project, where he founded and chairs the Business Council. He is also a member of the Bretton Woods II Council and a senior fellow at New America where he works on technology and digital state initiatives.

He is a frequent speaker and commentator on business and political issues shaping the world. From entrepreneurship, where he was invited by the White House to speak at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya, to risk, economic competitiveness and security issues, Dante’s wide-ranging views are regularly featured in leading media and publications, such as Harvard Business Review, the BBC, Forbes and International Policy Digest, among others. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School, where he chaired the DC alumni association and was a former member of the global alumni board. Dante holds an MSc in Risk Management from the NYU Stern School of Business and a BA in International and Intercultural Studies from Goucher College. He is fluent in six languages and has conducted business all over the world. He is the co-author "Global Risk Agility and Decision Making" (Macmillan, 2016) and was recognised as one of the 40 leaders under 40 by the Washington Business Journal and in the inaugural Powermeter 100 list.

Andrew Hill

Management Editor, Financial Times

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Andrew Hill is an award-winning columnist and senior journalist at the Financial Times. As Associate Editor and Management Editor, he writes a weekly column on business, strategy and management, as well as contributing longer features and taking part in video discussions and podcasts. He is a regular public speaker and chair of panels on leadership and management.

Since joining the FT in 1988, Andrew has worked in various roles, including editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance, Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. He is a member of the FT’s Editorial Board.

Andrew was named Business Commentator of the Year 2016 in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards and Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.

His latest book is Ruskinland (Pallas Athene, 2019), a personal exploration of John Ruskin’s life, work and enduring influence on our world, published to coincide with the bicentenary of the great thinker’s birth.

He is also the author of Leadership in the Headlines (FT Publishing, 2016), a selection of his FT columns and insights about how leaders lead.

Andrew is a trustee and chair of The Blueprint Trust, the charity behind Blueprint for Better Business, which supports and challenges business to be a force for good. He is also a trustee of The Ruskin Foundation, responsible for the UK's largest archive of material relating to the life and work of John Ruskin, the Victorian art and social critic.

Andrew lives in St Albans with his wife and children.

Dinner speaker

Lord Richard Wilson of Dinton GCB

Former Cabinet Member, Former Master of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

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Richard Wilson entered the Civil Service in 1966 and served in several departments including the Department of Energy where he dealt with energy policy, nuclear power and privatising Britoil. He worked for Mrs Thatcher from 1987-90 as Head of the Domestic and Economic Secretariat of the Cabinet Office. After a spell in the Treasury, he became Permanent Secretary of the Department of the Environment in 1992 and Permanent Under Secretary of the Home Office in 1994. He was promoted to Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service in January 1998, serving under Mr Blair for nearly five years. After retirement in 2002 he became Master of Emmanuel College for ten years and has been a non-executive in various private sector and charitable bodies including ten years as chairman of C Hoare & Co, the UK’s oldest private bank. He is married to Caroline and they have two children and two grandchildren.

Speakers, discussants and panellists

Dame Inga Beale

Board Director, London First and Chartered Insurance Institute

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Dame Inga Beale is a British businesswoman and the former CEO of Lloyd’s of London - the 330-year-old insurance and reinsurance market. With over three decades of global experience in financial services she was awarded a Damehood in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the UK economy and for her contributions to driving the inclusion agenda for women and the LGBT community. 

During her five year tenure at Lloyd’s, Dame Inga was responsible for accelerating the modernisation of the insurance market, embedding an innovation culture with the opening of the Lloyd’s Innovation Lab in the heart of the market, expanding the market's global access across new, high-growth markets including China, Dubai, and India, and delivering Lloyd's strongest capital position ever after paying out on the major US hurricanes of 2017. As the first female Chief Executive of Lloyd’s, she also played a critical role in advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives across the global insurance sector, including the Dive In Festival - the only sector-wide diversity and inclusion festival in the world.

Before joining Lloyd's, Dame Inga was Group CEO of Canopius with its principal operations at Lloyd's. Prior to that she was on the Global Management Board of Zurich Insurance Group. Earlier roles include Group CEO of Swiss reinsurer Converium, and a variety of international leadership positions for GE Insurance Solutions. Inga started her career as a reinsurance underwriter with Prudential.

Dame Inga has served on numerous boards over the years and she is currently a member of the London First Board and the London Mayor's Business Advisory Board. She is Patron of Insuring Women's Futures and her philanthropic interests include being a member of Stonewall’s Development Council and the Pitt Rivers Museum Advisory Board at Oxford University.

Manjula Chummun

Tesco, and member of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure

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Manjula joined Tesco in September 2016 as Head of Finance - Group External Reporting. She is now Head of Finance - Sustainability and is the finance lead in establishing a reporting framework for Tesco’s sustainability strategy- the Little Helps Plan. She is also leading the implementation of the TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Disclosures) guidelines.

Before joining Tesco, Manjula held several roles at the London Stock Exchange Group, having worked in Group reporting and most recently as Finance Project Office Lead focusing on post-acquistion integrations. She has also worked across various industries and held roles with Tetley Tea, Bats Global Markets and Vue Entertainment. Manjula started her career with Ernst & Young where she trained as a Chartered Accountant.

Manjula is an Associate Member of Corporate Treasurers. She has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from London Business School. She is also a member of the Standards Advisory Group at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).

Dr Jo Dally

City Partnerships Director for BP's Advanced Mobility Unit

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Dr Jo Dally is the City Partnerships Director for BP’s Advanced Mobility Unit. Jo's role focuses on developing partnerships with cities and their networks to respond to new and disruptive trends in mobility. Before joining BP, Jo held various roles that had science, evidence and innovation at their core. Most recently she was Head of Policy at the Royal Society, where she was responsible for policy portfolios ranging from Research Culture to the UK’s Exit from the EU. Before this, Jo worked in the Civil Service. Her roles included Deputy Director for Horizon Scanning and Emerging Technologies, Head of Innovation in the Government Office of Science, and leading the Nuclear Security team in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She also spent 2 years as Private Secretary to the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser and in an earlier role in Parliament was a Specialist Adviser to Select Committees.

Professor John Edmunds

Dean of the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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Professor John Edmunds interests are in designing effective and cost-effective control programmes against infectious diseases. This entails a mixture of mathematical models, statistical and economic analysis, and sociological studies (trying to understand how they can mix, in order to model the spread of diseases better). 

The emphasis is placed on the application of these methods to real-world problems to enable decision-makers to optimise the design of public-health control programmes. 

Before joining the School, John was the Head of the Modelling and Economics Unit at the HPA (now called Public Health England), and still works with colleagues in PHE very closesly on issues related to the UK vaccination programme and influenza.

John's main research interests involve the development and application of mathematical models to help address public health decisions. Examples include the real-time analysis and modelling of the ebola crisis in West Africa; the 2009 swine flu pandemic; analysis of HPV vaccination policy in the UK; and modelling the impact of chlamydia screening.

John is particularly interested in helping to develop better mathematical models of the spread of close-contact infections (like measles, influenza, and pneumococcal disease) through the collection and analysis of data on human contact patterns.

Professor Aled Jones

Director of the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University

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Professor Jones is the inaugural Director of the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) at Anglia Ruskin University. The GSI is an internationally recognised research institute, with a group of 40 individuals. Professor Jones' work in climate finance has been recognised by the State of California and he has received a key to the city of North Little Rock, USA. He is a Co-Investigator on the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), the AHRC Debating Nature’s Value network and the EU H2020 MEDEAS project. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the Keeling Curve Prize.

Professor Jones' research particularly focuses on the finance sector and government and how they will respond to the impacts of global resource trends and climate change. Professor Jones is an External Panel member of the HRH Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) group and sits on the Scientific Advisory Group for the Global Food Security initiative which feeds into the UK research councils and across government. He is an author on the Third Climate Change Risk Assessment for the UK Government.

He was a member of the UK-US Taskforce on the Impact of Extreme Weather on US/UK Food Security and a President Bill Clinton Distinguished Lecturer. Professor Jones was previously the Deputy Director at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, HRH Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change and was Director of the Chevening Economics of Climate Change Programme (for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office). He was a founding member of the ClimateWise insurance principles and set up the P8 Group of global pension funds. Professor Jones has a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Michael Kitson

Senior Lecturer, Cambridge Judge Business School and Assistant Director of Centre for Business Research

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Michael Kitson is an Assistant Director of the Centre for Business Research (CBR), Cambridge, and is Hub Director of the UK-Innovation Research Centre. He has undertaken research for: the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS); the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC); and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA).

Michael Kitson was Assistant Director of the National Competitiveness Network (NCN) of the Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI) between 2000 and 2003, and Director of NCN between 2003 and 2007. CMI was a joint venture between Cambridge University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to improve competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship in the UK. He has provided evidence and advice to: the EU; the House of Lords enquiry into globalisation; and various regional and local governments. He is currently advising the Northern Ireland Government about its innovation policy.

Before coming to the School, Michael Kitson was Newton Trust Lecturer in the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge and College Teaching Officer at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He has also been a Research Associate at the Department of Land Economy and a Research Officer at the Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge.

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Dr Simon Learmount

Lecturer in Corporate Governance, Cambridge Judge Business School

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Dr Learmount has been Director of Operations at Saxoncourt, and Director of Sales and Marketing at International Packaging. In 1998 he was awarded a Shimomura Fellowship at the Development Bank of Japan. Simon is a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network.

John Low

Head of Risk, Game Retail

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John Low heads up all risk function teams for the national high street chain Game Retail Ltd along with the Player 1 Events and the Belong brands where over the last 11 years he has held risk management and senior operational positions. His wide-ranging responsibilities include Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), internal audit (UK and Spain), insurance, information security, loss prevention, multi-channel fraud payments and health & safety.

John has a strong and diverse retail background having previously worked for a number of UK big retail brands including the Co-operative Group (food) in senior operational roles and the retail management section of Bass. He is also currently a member of the Institute of Risk management (IRM) and the serving chairperson of the omni channel ORIS forum committee that has extensive retail high street representation.

He has previously provided voluntary service to influential groups and forums having worked with the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and the Home Office on the roundtable "tackling the market for stolen goods" and on two working groups for the prevention of acquisitive crime.

Jim Maltby

Principal Scientist, Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory

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Jim provides long-term planning, science and technology insights, strategy and policy advice to senior decision-makers in UK Government. His interests are in how to improve people's proficiency to innovate and develop strategy and policy about the (long-term) future, from a socio-technical systems perspective. He is currently an RSA Fellow, a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM) and Member of the Operational Research Society; and works with a number of international research groups looking at innovation and future strategy.

Dr Robert Muir-Wood

Chief Research Officer, Risk Management Solutions

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After a first degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Cambridge, since 1992 Robert has worked on the development of methodologies for catastrophe loss modelling of earthquake, tropical cyclone, windstorm and flood perils. He has been head of research at RMS since 2003 with a mission to explore enhanced methodologies for natural catastrophe modelling and develop models for new areas of risk. He was a Lead Author for the 2007 Fourth IPCC Assessment Report and for the 2011 IPCC "Special Report on Extremes". He is Chair of the OECD High Level Advisory Board on the Financial Management of Large Catastrophes and was on the technical advisory board of the 2014 Risky Business US Climate Change economic costs study. His latest book "The Cure for Catastrophe – How we can stop manufacturing natural disasters" was published in the US and UK in 2016. He is a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London.

Dr Duncan Needham

Senior Risk Researcher, Centre for Risk Studies and Director, University of Cambridge Centre for Financial History

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Duncan Needham is Director of the Centre of Financial History at Newnham College, Director of the MPhil programme in Economic and Social History at the University of Cambridge, Associate Lecturer at the Faculty of History, and a Senior Risk Researcher at the Centre for Risk Studies. 

After completing his first degree at the London School of Economics, and a Masters at Cass Business in Shipping, Trade and Finance, Duncan worked at Credit Suisse Financial Products and JP Morgan, where he ran the banks and financial desk, trading bonds and credit default swaps. He then spent four years running Cairn Capital's Investment Grade Collateralised Debt Obligation business, before returning to academia in 2008 to complete his MPhil in Economic History. 

Duncan recently completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge. This was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014 as UK Monetary Policy from Devaluation to Thatcher, 1967-82.

Dr Andrew Pitt

Head of Global Research, Citi

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Andrew Pitt is a Managing Director and has been Global Head of Citi Research since 2008. He manages all of Citi’s independent investment research across economics, fixed income, equities and commodities. Between 2003 and 2008 Andrew ran Citi’s European Equity Research team, taking the team to a consistent top three ranking between 2004 and 2008 across all the major public surveys.

Andrew gained a BA in Modern History from Pembroke College, University of Oxford, in 1987 and a Master’s degree (MS) in 1988. He was awarded University of Oxford AM Read prize in 1990 for original research into 17th Century English social history and was a full time College Lecturer in Modern History at Keble College, Oxford, where he taught early modern European history.

Andrew worked as an Insurance analyst for both Robert Fleming Securities (1991-1993) and for Barclays de Zoete Wedd (1993-1996). Andrew joined Citi in 1996 and, until 2003, ran the European Insurance sector research team within Citi’s Equity research unit. He held the number one position as an Insurance Analyst in the 2003 Thomson Extel poll just before he moved into a management role.

Daniel Ralph

Academic Director, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies and Professor of Operations Research, Cambridge Judge Business School

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Professor Daniel Ralph is a Founder and Academic Director of the Centre for Risk Studies, Professor of Operations Research at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, 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 test, 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.

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Rainer Sachs

Independent Consultant, International Risk Governance Council


Marianne Schneider-Petsinger

Geopolitics Fellow, Chatham House

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Marianne Schneider-Petsinger is Geoeconomics Fellow in the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House, responsible for analysis at the nexus of political and economic issues.

She writes and speaks on global trade, transatlantic economic cooperation, and the United States’ use of geoeconomic strategies and tools. Marianne is a regular speaker and panellist at events and conferences as well as guest commentator on broadcast news.

Before joining Chatham House in 2016, she managed the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue, an international membership body representing consumer organisations in the EU and US.

She also worked for a think-tank on transatlantic affairs in the US and an economics ministry in Germany.

Marianne holds a BA in International Affairs and Economics from the University of Maine. She completed her master’s degree, focusing on international trade and finance, at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Deputy Head, Polar Oceans Team, British Antarctic Survey

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Dr Emily Shuckburgh is a climate scientist and co-leads the Polar Oceans division at British Antarctic Survey, which is focused on understanding the role of the polar oceans in the global climate system.

She is also a fellow of Darwin College, a member of the Faculty of Mathematics, an associate of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research, an associate fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, a member of the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment, all at the University of Cambridge.

In the past she has worked at Ecole Normal Superieure in Paris and at MIT. She is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and Chair of their Climate Science Communications Group, a trustee of the Campaign for Science and Engineering and a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences. She is a member of the Natural Environment Research Council's Strategic Programme Advisory Group and has acted as a scientific advisor to the UK Government.

Alan Smith

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

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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.

Michelle Tuveson

Executive Director, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies

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Michelle Tuveson is a Founder and Executive Director at the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies hosted at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Her responsibilities include the overall executive leadership at the Centre. This includes developing partnership relationships with corporations, governments, and other academic centres.

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Nick Wildgoose

Independent Supply Chain Risk Consultant, Supplien Consulting

Olivia White

Partner, McKinsey and Company

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Olivia is a Partner in McKinsey’s San Francisco office. She advises banks and other financial institutions on a wide range of topics across strategy, organisation, risk management and operations. She has led transformative impact for many global financial institutions and corporate business functions. She also has worked extensively on financial inclusion and broader economic development, with primary focus in emerging markets. Along with her expertise in risk and financial inclusion, Olivia has led projects focused on foundation portfolio construction, customer experience, digital payments, operational improvement, and organisational design. Olivia publishes frequently on topics related to risk and financial inclusion, most notably through the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) and McKinsey on Risk. Most recently, she co-authored an MGI report, "Digital identification: A key to inclusive growth." In addition to her publishing efforts, she speaks regularly at large industry events and convenes executives in smaller roundtable formats to push the latest thinking in the industry. Prior to joining McKinsey & Company, Olivia was a Pappalardo Fellow in Physics at MIT, where she conducted research both in physics and in neuroscience.  She holds a PhD in Physics from Harvard, an MSc in Mathematics from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA in Physics and Mathematics from Stanford University.