Governance of the InsuResilience Global Partnership

The InsuResilience Global Partnership implements and expands climate risk finance and insurance solutions through its main bodies: The High-Level Consultative Group, the Program Alliance, the Partnership Forum and technical Working Groups. The InsuResilience Secretariat serves as a support unit to the Global Partnership.

High-Level Consultative Group

The governing body of the Partnership

Partnership Forum

The exchange platform of the Partnership

Program Alliance

The delivery vehicle of the Partnership


The support unit of the Partnership

High-Level Consultative Group

The High-Level Consultative Group (HLCG) sets the strategic direction of the Partnership and provides a global strategic vision for the evolution of the climate and disaster risk finance and insurance agenda. It ensures effective coordination and sharing of information, promotes strategic alignment of the Partnership Forum and the Program Alliance and provides strategic guidance to the Partnership. Through its work, the HLCG promotes the exchange between V20 and G20 in climate and disaster risk finance and insurance and resilience.

The HLCG is formed by representatives from all member groups, reflecting the diversity of stakeholders involved in the Partnership. Two Co-Chairs, representing V20 and G20 members each, lead the HLCG and represent the Partnership. They oversee the Secretariat and take decisions based on proposals and inputs provided by partners, working groups and the Secretariat. Furthermore, they set the overall direction for the Partnership Forum with support from the Secretariat.

Members of the HLCG represent the InsuResilience Global Partnership and promote its goals by strengthening its strategy and visibility.

Dr. Maria Flachsbarth

Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Dr. Maria Flachsbarth is Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development since March 2018. From the end of 2013 to March 2018, she served as Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture. From 2009 to 2013, she chaired a Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry on the envisaged radioactive waste disposal facility at Gorleben, and was the special representative for churches and religious communities of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group. From 2002 to 2013, she served on the Parliamentary Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Maria Flachsbarth pursued combined doctoral and postgraduate studies at the University of Veterinary Medicine (TiHo), where she received her doctorate in 1990.

Mr Alfred Alfred Jr.

Minister of Finance, Banking and Postal Services Republic of the Marshall Islands

Mr. Alfred Alfred Jr. is serving his second term as Senator of Ailinglaplap Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. In February 2020, he was appointed Minister of Finance, Banking and Postal Services. Previously Mr. Alfred also served as Minister of Resources and Development. From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Alfred served as Secretary of Finance. Prior to that, he was a diplomat serving as a Minister-Counsellor at the RMI Embassy in Japan. From 2000 to 2005, he headed the Banking Commission for RMI. Mr. Alfred holds a BA degree in Economics from University of the South Pacific. He also obtained a civil engineering degree from Yomiuri Institute of Science and Engineering in Japan.

Prof. Fekadu Beyene

Commissioner, Environment, Forest & Climate Change Commission, Ethiopia

Prof. Fekadu Beyene Aleka holds a PhD in Dairy Technology (Food Sciences and Technology) from Agricultural University of Norway (UMB), Norway (in 1994), MSc in Animal Production (Agriculture) from Alemaya University (in 1987), BSc in Animal Sciences (Agriculture), Addis Ababa University (in 1982). As of October 2018, Professor Fekadu Beyene has been appointed as Commissioner, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE). He was Minister of Livestock and Fisheries from October 2017 to May 2018, and State Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Resources of the FDRE from May to October 2018. He served in different capacities at Hawassa (Debub) University, as Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor of Dairy Sciences, and Dean of Students, Academic Vice-Dean, Academic Programs Officer of the same University (1982 to 2008).

He is a member of professional societies and alumni associations such as ESAP, EBS, UNiStaff, REAL etc. He served as chairperson and member of national steering committees, taskforces, and managing and advisory Boards of Institutes and Universities, and also served as coordinator of national and international bilateral and multilateral projects.

Mr. Denis Duverne

Chairperson of the Board of Directors of AXA, France, Chairman of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF)

Since September 1, 2016, Mr. Denis Duverne has been non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of AXA. Previously, he held senior roles including CFO and Deputy CEO at the global insurer since 1995. Moreover, since September 2018, he has been Chairman of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF). The IDF is a public-private partnership aiming to enhance the use of insurance to build greater resilience against disasters and to help achieve the United Nations Global 2030 Agenda.

Ms. Patricia Espinosa

Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

Ms. Patricia Espinosa is Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Prior to this position, she served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico and Ambassador of Mexico to Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia and UN Organizations in Vienna. She has more than 30 years of experience at the highest levels in international relations, specialized in climate change, global governance, sustainable development, gender equality and protection of human rights. She obtained a postgraduate degree in International Law from the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva and is a holder of a degree in International Relations from El Colegio de Mexico.

Dr. Lisa Goddard

Director, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Earth Institute, Columbia University

Dr. Lisa Goddard is the Director of Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society and leads IRI’s research efforts on understanding and predicting climate change on the 10-20 year horizon. She is also an adjunct associate professor in Columbia’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Goddard is a globally recognized expert on El Niño and La Niña, decadal prediction and near-term climate change. She sits on the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the U.S. National Academies of Science, as well as four others. She also co-chairs CLIVAR, which advises and coordinates international research on climate and the oceans under the World Climate Research Programme. In 2007, she developed PACE, a national post-doctoral program that explicitly links recent climate Ph.Ds. with decision-making institutions. Lisa is the Principal Investigator for the Columbia World Projects: Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today, for Tomorrow (ACToday) project.”

Ms. Beth deHamel

Chief Financial Officer at Mercy Corps

Beth deHamel is an experienced CFO and investment banker, serving as CFO of Mercy Corps since late 2012. She worked as an investment banker for 20 years at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Bankers Trust, raising over $15 billion to fund large infrastructure needs including water and sewer, energy, and transportation projects. She has a deep interest in financial inclusion and the expansion of financial services for the poor, and serves on the boards of microfinance entities as well as the Mercy Corps’ Social Ventures Fund that invests in start-up businesses in emerging markets. She is also the executive sponsor of Mercy Corps’ work to develop micro insurance products providing coverage to smallholder farmers for catastrophic weather risks. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Ms. Delphine Traoré

Regional Chief Operating Officer, Allianz Africa

Insurance industry expert Traoré is the eyes and ears of the financial services company Allianz. She served as CEO of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty from 2012 and became the firm’s Africa Chief Operating Officer in 2017. Allianz has operations in 12 African countries and bought a majority stake in Nigeria’s Ensure Insurance in 2017. Next to this role, Traoré is the president of the African Insurance Organisation, the Non Executive Director of the Société Générale, as well as of the African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited. Ms. Traoré has been educated in Business/Accounting at the University of Pittsburgh and holds a MBS in Insurance Management at the Boston University School of Management.

Mrs. Rachel Turner

Interim Director General of Economic Development and International at the Department for International Development

Rachel Turner, is interim Director General of Economic Development and International at the Department for International Development. Previously, Rachel was Director within the same division, focusing on Economic Development. Rachel has also served as Director for East and Central Africa, overseeing DFID’s programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Rachel has over 20 years of development experience in low and middle income countries of Africa, Russia and Eastern Europe. She headed the DFID office in Mozambique and with her experience of managing DFID’s relationships with global financial institutions, she has a strong understanding of public and private sector development issues and wide involvement with the multilateral and bilateral development architecture.

Mr. Lucien Fanomezantsoa Ranarivelo

Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries – APRM, Madagascar

Mr Lucien Ranarivelo has recently been appointed as Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in Madagascar. He has training in Agronomy (engineering degree) and a postgraduate training in Maritime Resources Management with specialization in Maritime Environmental Economics (M.Sc). Mr Ranarivelo has proven professional competence in the coordination of projects and experience of more than twenty years in rural development. He previously acted as the Director General of Agriculture within the same Ministry.

Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service, Communications & Climate Change, Fiji

Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is the Fijian Attorney-General and the Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service and Communications, with additional responsibility for climate change matters. Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum oversaw the creation of a climate change unit in the Office of the Attorney-General to examine legal matters pertaining to climate change. He holds a Masters in Law of the University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in political science and development studies from the Australian National University in Canberra.

Mr. Rémy Rioux

Chief Executive Officer Agence Française de Développement (AFD), President IDFC

Mr. Rémy Rioux is the chief executive officer of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD). During his career, Rémy Rioux, Senior Advisor at the Court of Auditors, has alternately held responsibilities in France and to support development in Africa. He works for France’s economic and financial policy and conducted control missions in the energy and defense sectors at the Court of Auditors from 1997 to 2000, and subsequently from 2002 to 2004. In October 2017, he was appointed Chairperson of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC).

Mr. Achim Steiner

Administrator, UNDP

Mr. Achim Steiner is UNDP Administrator and Vice-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group. Prior to joining UNDP, he was Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford. In addition, Mr. Steiner led the United Nations Environment Programme and was Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi. He graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (M.A.) from Worcester College, Oxford University and holds a M.A. from the University of London/School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Dr. Andrew Steer

President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), World Resources Institute

Dr. Andrew Steer is the President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, a global research organization whose 900+ experts work in more than 50 countries, with offices in Brazil, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Dr. Steer joined WRI from the World Bank, where he served as Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2010 - 2012. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Director General at the UK Department of International Development in London.

Dr. Steer is a Commissioner for the Global Commission on Adaptation, a Global Agenda Trustee for the World Economic Forum, and is a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, the Energy Transitions Commission, the Champions 12.3 Coalition to reduce food loss and waste, and the Sustainable Advisory Groups of both IKEA and the Bank of America. In earlier years, Andrew held several senior posts at the World Bank, including Director of the Environment Department. He also has directed World Bank operations in Vietnam and Indonesia and served as chief of the Country Risk Division and director and chief author of the 1992 World Development Report on Environment and Development.

Dr. Steer was educated at St. Andrews University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cambridge University. He holds a PhD in economics.

Mrs. Carla Montesi

Director at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Development and Cooperation

Carla Montesi is currently Director at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Development and Cooperation. She has been responsible for the Directorate “Planet and Prosperity” since September 2018. Before that (2014-2018) she was Director for Western and Central Africa. Prior to 2014, she was Director at the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Initially responsible for fisheries conservation, control and structural actions for the Mediterranean and Black Sea, she has piloted maritime policy as well as fisheries and funding for the Baltic Sea, North Sea and Landlocked Member States. Formerly a lawyer in Italy who specialised in European affairs at the College of Europe in Bruges, Mrs Montesi's earlier career encompassed diverse responsibilities in the field of EU external policy for development and cooperation both at Headquarters and in EU Delegations in Africa, as well as experience in the Cabinet of EU Commissioner Emma Bonino for External Policy and Humanitarian Affairs.

Ms. Patricia Fuller

Ambassador for Climate Change, Canada

Patricia Fuller’s mandate is focused on advancing action on climate change through building international partnerships and promoting Canadian clean technologies.
Ms. Fuller joined the Government of Canada as a foreign service officer, and through her career has specialized in international economic and trade policy as well as environment and energy policy. She has held senior positions at Global Affairs Canada, the Privy Council Office, Natural Resources Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada. She has served abroad as Ambassador of Canada to Uruguay from 2004 to 2007 and as Ambassador to Chile from 2012 to 2015, in addition to assignments in Mexico and Guatemala. Ms. Fuller holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and Political Studies from Queen's University and a Master of Science with distinction from the London School of Economics.

Dr. Juergen Voegele

Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank

Dr. Juergen Voegele, Ph.D., assumed the position of Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank on April 1, 2020. In this role, he oversees the work of Global Practices and thematic groups that bring together the best expertise from across the World Bank Group and from partners, to help countries tackle their most complex challenges in the area of sustainable development. The practices and groups under his responsibility include Agriculture and Food; Climate Change; Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy; Environmental and Social Framework Implementation; Social Development; Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land; and Water.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Voegele was Global Director of the World Bank's Climate Change Group and Senior Director of the World Bank's Agriculture and Food Global Practice. Since joining the World Bank in 1991, Dr. Voegele has held several assignments, chairing the Agriculture and Rural Development Sector Board as well as the Environment Sector Board, leading the Agriculture Unit in China, the Agriculture and Rural Development Unit of the Europe and Central Asia Region, and the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of the World Bank (later recast as the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department).

Dr. Voegele holds a PhD in Agriculture Engineering and a Master’s in Agriculture Economics from the University of Hohenheim, in Germany.

Partnership Forum

The Partnership Forum is a platform to exchange experience and knowledge and raise awareness about risk finance and insurance by engaging all stakeholders of the Partnership in an inclusive manner.

It encompasses different approaches for exchange between partners, such as the annual Partnership Forum, the interactive online platform RISK TALK, technical working groups and, at the request of the members, further activities such as workshops and webinars.

The Annual Partnership Forum, held at the end of each year, is the global flagship event of the climate and disaster risk financing and insurance community. It brings together all members of the InsuResilience Global Partnership and the wider resilience community to exchange knowledge on lessons learnt, best practice and innovations. The results can help to improve and upscale financial protection for poor and vulnerable people. This collaborative forum serves to shape the global agenda for climate and disaster risk finance and insurance.

Program Alliance

The Program Alliance brings together programmes that share the common ambition to strengthen the financial resilience of the poor and vulnerable population against climate and disaster risks. Its purpose is to facilitate efficient and coordinated global action on climate and disaster risk finance and insurance. The Program Alliance helps to harmonise donor contributions to countries, in line with the overarching goals of the Partnership.

The main focus lies on driving forward the development, implementation and financing of practical solutions. As the collaborative delivery vehicle of the Partnership, the Program Alliance delivers a full package of services related to climate and disaster risk finance and insurance, including:

(a) research, data, modelling, innovation & learning;

(b) technical assistance;

(c) solution design and implementation;

(d) concessional insurance and

(e) monitoring, reporting and evaluation.


The Program Alliance brings together members from donors and implementing partners. Through the Program Alliance, countries benefit from the activities of the following programmes:

  1. Centre for Disaster Protection (established by the UK Department for International Development and the World Bank)
  2. Global Risk Financing Facilty (established by the World Bank)
  3. Inclusive Insurance Programme under the United Nations Development Programme
  4. InsuResilience Solutions Fund (established by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany and the KfW Development Bank)
  5. InsuResilience Secretariat (established as the Partnership’s central hub for coordination, facilitation, knowledge, matchmaking, monitoring and evaluation and support to all Partnership bodies)


The InsuResilience Secretariat serves as an administrative support unit for the Global Partnership. It is the central hub for coordination, knowledge sharing, matchmaking, monitoring & evaluation and support to all Partnership bodies.  Established in 2016 in Bonn, it is hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Secretariat commits itself to:

  • foster an inclusive dialogue and coordination among various stakeholders while maintaining neutrality
  • drive a common agenda of stakeholders to raise global ambitions and set standards
  • link potential collaborators as an ‘honest broker’
  • facilitate knowledge management while continuously scouting for new trends
  • improve transparency between actors, projects and solutions
  • monitor and ensure progress and target achievement

Dr. Astrid Zwick

Head of InsuResilience Secretariat

Petra Sánchez


Ulrike Pohl

Administration Officer

Tuga Alaskary


Iddah Awiti


Delia Kaiser


Katharina Nett


Christina Schubert-Fiebig


Daniel Stadtmüller

Team Lead and Senior Advisor

Anastasia Thomaides


Lea Kulick


Kay Tuschen


Sandra Schuth

Contracts Officer

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