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14th Risk Summit

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Confluence of geopolitics, technology, and low carbon economy is creating widespread social transitions. 

Against that backdrop, corporations are taking on a new challenge: Where does social sustainability fit into the strategy and operations of a company and what role do they have in making the transition a smooth and just one? 

Such concerns are vast, but even climate change – “the mother of all systemic risks” – is just one part of environmental sustainability. The 14th Risk Summit of the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies brings together leaders from different continents to discuss and debate their roles and visions for the balance between profitability and sustainability, and how social change links to systemic threats and opportunities.

Systemic issues have forced themselves on business boards many times since the Great Financial Crisis of 2008.  Businesses have a key role in enabling this transition to be a just and smooth one.

Keynote talk by Philip Coogan, Author and former columnist at The Economist and FT with highlights from his recent book, “More: A History of the World Economy from the Iron Age to the Information Age”

We invite participation from a wide variety of specialists and business managers, including threat specialists, academics, policy-makers, practitioners and advisors to explore these topics together. The conference will be held at Cambridge Judge Business School with dinner at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge.

To be confirmed

Andrew Coburn

CEO and a founder member of Risilience

Andrew is CEO and a founder member of Risilience. He is responsible for the overall business success and direction of the company, and was the main architect behind the models and analytics that go into the Climate Risilience™ and Enterprise Risilience™ platforms.

Andrew has previously been one of the early-stage innovators of the catastrophe modelling industry for insurance, where he has created and brought numerous analytics products to market.

Andrew is one of the founder members of Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, where he maintains a position as Chief Scientist.

Philip Coggan

Author and former columnist at The Economist and FT

Philip Coggan is a British business journalist and author. At the Economist, he wrote the weekly Bartleby column on work and management until August 2021. He served as the writer of the Buttonwood column on finance before John O’Sullivan took over in 2018. Prior to joining The Economist, Coggan worked for the Financial Times for 20 years, from 1986 to 2006. He was educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. In 2008, Coggan was named “Senior Financial Journalist of the Year” by the Wincott Foundation and in 2009 he was voted Best “Communicator” at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards. The CFA Society of the United Kingdom named him “Journalist of the Year” in 2016.

Trevor Maynard

Director of Systemic Risk at the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies

Dr Trevor Maynard is the Director of Systemic Risk at the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies located at the Judge Business School.

He qualified as an actuary and holds a PhD in Statistics from the LSE and a Masters in Pure Mathematics from the University of Warwick.

His work has involved risk modelling in various guises from Pensions and Life Assurance to general insurance, working for firms such as Lloyd’s of London and Mercer. Whilst at Lloyd’s his team produced risk reports on subjects including Pandemics, Climate Change, Deep tail Marine disasters, Nano Technology, Geopolitics, AI, Robotics and IoT working with many think tanks, universities and specialist risk modelling firms.

Additionally he advises insurtech firms on risk and data science.

Daniel Ralph

Professor of Operations Research at Cambridge Judge Business School

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 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 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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Michelle Tuveson

Chairman & Executive Director, Centre for Risk Studies

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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Fransje van der Marel

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Fransje is a Partner in Amsterdam. She joined McKinsey in 2007 in Amsterdam and has extensive experience in the (renewable) power, oil & gas and mining sector working with both the private sector and government across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Throughout her McKinsey career she was based for 7 years in Johannesburg. Fransje leads McKinsey’s global energy transition service line and the Sustainability group in the Netherlands.

Selected McKinsey experience

  • Deep experience around developing risk taxonomies, risk exposure mapping and quantification for  energy businesses and setting up portfolio/risk optimization groups within global energy companies
  • Led various energy transition strategies and green business building efforts for integrated O&G / Chemicals companies including the diversification into renewables, hydrogen, sustainable air fuels
  • Led multiple analytics transformation in trading and in operations including introducing agile ways of working
  • Drove many ‘new energy’ related strategies and business building efforts incl. development of PV and Battery business for a global renewable player, the set up of the renewables business of an incumbent power company and, Barack Obama’s Power Africa Roadmap to develop 30 GW and 60 mio connections across the continent

Education / Prior experience

  • Fransje holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and studied at Bocconi University School of Management (Italy) and Pompeu Fabra (Spain). She graduated on CO2 emission trading and the linking of Kyoto to EU ETS
  • Prior to joining McKinsey, Fransje worked for a utility in renewables and trading
  • Fransje has done multiple publications including MGI’s Reverse the curse: Maximizing the potential of resource-driven economies

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