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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


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

Steve Coats, Pool Re

Steve Coates

Chief Underwriting Officer, PoolRe


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.

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


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.

Brad Frischtrom

Brad Fischtrom

Chief Risk Officer, AIG


Brad Fischtrom is the Chief Risk Officer for AIG’s commercial insurance business. He is accountable for design and facilitation of AIG’s Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework across the firm’s global commercial insurance operations and legal entities, including the effective management of all key insurance, market, credit, operational, and strategic risks. Since joining the company in May, 2010, Brad has led several diverse ERM teams and initiatives, covering AIG’s stress testing and scenario analysis process, risk aggregation, and management of AIG’s risk officers stationed within the Americas region. 

Brad’s background represents all aspects of ERM, with particular focus in the areas of economic capital and risk modeling, risk governance, catastrophe risk management, and operational risk management. 

He also has substantial experience in property casualty (PC) insurance underwriting, broking, and actuarial science. Prior to AIG, Brad has held positions within Willis Towers Watson’s risk management consulting unit and at Aon Risk Services. 

Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Richmond. He is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and an Associate in Risk Management (ARM). 

Jonathan Gale, XL Catlin

Jonathan Gale

Chief Executive, XL Catlin


On 1 January 2017, Jonathan assumed the role of Chief Executive at Bermuda Reinsurance for the XL Catlin group of companies. 

When the XL Group acquired Catlin in July 2015, Jonathan was installed as Chief Executive of Reinsurance London for the newly formed XL Catlin, and Joint Active Underwriter of Syndicate 2003, the largest Syndicate at Lloyd’s. 

During his career he worked for a spell in the US broker market and spent almost five years in the Bermuda market running Catlin’s nascent Bermudian underwriting business from 2003 to 2008. The majority of his time has been spent in the Lloyd’s market.

Jonathan started in the London and Lloyd’s market in 1987 specialising in US medical malpractice and in particular reinsurance of PIAA companies and specialist risk retention groups.

Anna Maria Greenaway, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies Advisory Board

Anna-Marie Greenaway

VP Science and Technology, BP


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


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.

Trevor Maynard

Trevor Maynard

Head of Innovation, Lloyd's


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.

Andrew Pitt, Global Head of Research, Citi Investment Research

Andrew Pitt

Global Head of Research, Citi Investment Research


Andrew has been Global Head of Citi Research since 2008 where he is responsible for managing all of Citi’s independent investment research across economics, politics, equities, fixed income, FX and commodities. Citi Research employs over 1,100 staff in almost 30 countries and publishes around 65,000 research reports per annum. Andrew launched the publicly available Global Perspectives & Solutions (Citi GPS) research series in 2011 which has become an industry leading research brand addressing the key challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Analysis of the global risk landscape is a key part of the Citi GPS research framework.

Between 2003 and 2008 Andrew ran Citi’s European Equity Research team. Between 1991 and 2003 he worked in investment research as an insurance sector analyst, joining Citi in 1996. Andrew was regularly top rated in public surveys of investment analysts and held the number one position in the 2003 Thomson Extel poll just before he moved into a management role.

Andrew has a BA and a Masters degree (MSt) from Pembroke College, University of Oxford. He taught as a full-time College Lecturer at Keble College, Oxford, before joining the banking industry.

Mohsen Rahnama

Mohsen Rahnama

Head of Model Development, RMS


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.

Alan Smith

Alan Smith

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


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


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.

Markus Wadé, Senior Risk Manager, Integrated Risk Management, Munich Re

Markus Wadé

Senior Risk Manager, Integrated Risk Management, Munich Re


Markus Wadé works as a Senior Risk Manager in Munich Re’s Integrated Risk Management Division. His main responsibilities are the development of accumulation scenarios for Munich Re’s global business operations and the refinement of risk identification tools and methods, especially with regard to emerging and complex risks. Markus is part of the editorial team of Munich Re’s quarterly internal risk report for the Board of Management and Supervisory Board.

Before joining Munich Re, Markus worked in quantitative credit risk management with various financial institutions. His responsibilities included the development and implementation of rating and LGD models. Markus holds a PhD in statistics with a thesis on the estimation of country risks for credit portfolio models. He studied economics at the University of Regensburg and Wesleyan University (USA).

Carolyn Williams, Director of Corporate Relations, Institute of Risk Management

Carolyn Williams

Director of Corporate Relations, Institute of Risk Management


Carolyn Williams is Director of Corporate Relations at the Institute of Risk Management, the leading international educational and training body for the risk management profession. She is responsible for communicating the work of the IRM to a variety of audiences and for building partnerships with risk teams. 

She joined IRM in 2006 from Lloyd’s of London, where she was responsible most recently for training and communication for the risk management team. This followed several years as Secretary to the Lloyd’s Regulatory and Market Boards and many years supporting various Lloyd’s committees and working parties through interesting times. 

She has an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford, is a Chartered Insurance Risk Manager and also a Certified Member of the Institute of Risk Management. In her spare time she helps run a local arts festival and wonders how her son became a rock drummer. 

Dickie Whitaker

Dickie Whitaker

Chief Executive, Oasis Loss Modelling Framework


Dickie Whitaker has 30 years’ experience in the Re(In)surance business and for the last 20 years has specialised in risk and innovation, linking academia, government and finance. He co-founded The Lighthill Risk Network, Oasis Palm Tree, The Oasis Hub and is Chief Executive of Oasis Loss Modelling Framework. He provides advisory roles to: UK’s Satellite Applications Advisory Board, Expert Group for the Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF), UNISDR and Cabot Institute advisory board.

Academic advisors & guests

Michael Barrett

Professor of Information Systems & Innovation Studies and Director of Research, Cambridge Judge Business School


Michael is the 2016 Distinguished Scholar for the OCIS Division at the Academy of Management. As part of the ESRC's Expert Advisory Group, he helps inform their strategic engagement of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF); a £1.5 billion fund distributed across multiple delivery partners to be spent on international development research over the next five years. He has served as head of the Organization Theory & Information Systems group, Director (Associate Dean) of Programmes, and Director of the MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation (ISO) programme at Cambridge Judge Business School. He is currently Academic Director of Cambridge Digital Innovation and has served on the Steering Board of the Cambridge Service Alliance. Michael has also served as a member of the Management Executive Group of the knowledge translation research group. Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC). 

He has had several editorial responsibilities including: Senior Editor of MIS Quarterly, Associate Editor of Information Systems Research, Senior Editor of Information & Organization and Senior Editor of the Journal of the Association of Information Systems. Michael has also served as a member of the Editorial Board of Organization Science. He has contributed to articles in The Economist, The Times, and The Financial Post, and has served as an external examiner at Oxford University, the University of Edinburgh and the London School of Economics.

Michael has worked as an industrial engineer for Colgate Palmolive and won the Most Valuable Employee award for consulting and business development at Oracle Canada. He continues to work closely in research and executive education for a number of organisations, including Thomson Reuters, Statoil, Bank of China, China Mobile, BT, IBM, HP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Coventry Building Society, Shell Exploration, and the World Health Organization.

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John Rees

John Rees

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


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.