InsuResilience Annual Forum 2021 - Speakers

Speakers and Panelists

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Hon. Min. 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.

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.

Her Excellency Ms Fatima Yasmin, Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh

Fatima Yasmin, a career civil servant, has joined the Economic Relations Division (ERD), Ministry of Finance as Secretary on 23 February 2020. She is the first female Secretary of ERD appointed by Government. Prior to this position, she held the positions of Vice-Chairman, Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), Ministry of Commerce and Director General, Institute of Public Finance (IPF), Ministry of Finance.

Yasmin joined the Bangladesh Civil Service in 1991. She worked for the Finance Division and Economic Relations Division of the Ministry of Finance. She also worked for Ministries of Agriculture, Women and Children Affairs, and Defense. During her civil service career, she worked for ERD for a substantial period with World Bank, United Nations, Asian Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank.

Outside government she worked for Asian Development Bank, European Union and UN’s International Jute Organization during her civil service.

Yasmin did her Masters in Business Administration from Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. She completed Masters in Development Economics from Australian National University (ANU), Australia. She was a Hubert H. Humphrey Public Policy Fellow of the US State Department at the Rutgers University, USA.

Ms Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, and Head of UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction UNDRR

Mami Mizutori is the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, and head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, based in Geneva, Switzerland. She assumed her role on 1 March 2018. Ms. Mizutori served for twenty-seven years in various capacities in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to joining the UN, Ms. Mizutori was Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, University of East Anglia, UK, since 2011. Ms. Mizutori graduated in law from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, and obtained a Diploma in International Studies from the Diplomatic School of Spain. A Japanese national, Ms. Mizutori speaks Japanese, English and Spanish.

Mr Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme

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).

Mr Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, United Nations Assistant Secretary General (ASG) and Director General of the African Risk Capacity Group

Ibrahima Cheikh Diong has over 30 years of professional leadership and management experience in Africa, USA, Europe and Asia.

Ibrahima’s areas of expertise include: corporate and investment banking, structured and blended finance, public-private partnership design, private sector development, among others.

Prior to joining ARC, Ibrahima founded and served as the Chairman of the Dakar-based pan-African management, communication and investment advisory firm, Africa Consulting and Trading (ACT Afrique Group). Prior to ACT Afrique Group, Ibrahima held several senior positions; Senior Africa Banker at BNP Paribas out of London; Minister, Special Adviser and Ambassador- at-Large to the President of the Republic of Senegal; Ambassador and Director General of International Cooperation of Senegal; Permanent Secretary of Energy of Senegal; Chairman of the Board of Senegal Airlines; Manager at Africa Department of International Finance Corporation; Regional Coordinator for Africa for Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility at the World Bank. He has also served as the Africa Director at the US-based international management consulting firm, Booz-Allen and Hamilton, where he led its public utility privatization work in in Africa.

Ibrahima graduated from the School of Int’l and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University in New York City with a Master’s degree in Int’l Affairs (MIA) specialized in International Finance and Environmental policy. He also holds a BSc. of Civil Engineering specialized in Water Resources Management from Hohai Int’l University, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China.

Ibrahima is perfectly fluent in English, French, Mandarin Chinese and Wolof, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.

Mr Denis Duverne, Chairman, AXA and Insurance Development Forum

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. Delphine Traoré, Regional Chief Operating Officer, Allianz Africa

Delphine Traoré joined the board of management of Allianz Africa as Chief Operations Officer (COO) in February 2017. She is responsible for the development of Allianz’s business on the African continent. She previously held the position of CEO of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) Africa, and remains a non-executive member of the board of management of AGCS Africa. In addition, she is a board member of the African Risk Capacity LTD (ARC) and Societe Generale Cote d’Ivoire. On September 27, 2021, Delphine was of the speakers for UNDP Insurance & Risk Finance Facility (IRFF). From June 2019 to September 2021, Delphine was the President of the African Insurance Organization (AIO), of which she was Vice-President since May 2018. From 2015 to 2017, she was the President of the Insurance Institute of South Africa.

In 2019, she is presented in Forbes Africa magazine’s portraits of women economic leaders. In 2018, Jeune Afrique magazine also ranked her among the 50 most influential women in Africa. She won in 2015, the Woman Leadership Award from the Africa Leadership Awards. And appears twice in 2014 and 2015, in the top economic leaders of tomorrow study by the Choiseul 100 Africa. Delphine joined Allianz Group in 2005 with Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) Canada. She held the positions of Liability Underwriter and Head of Market Management where she was responsible for identifying potential markets, client and broker target segments to support business development across Canada.

Native of Burkina Faso, Delphine is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) from the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. She also holds a Master of Science in Insurance Management from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts (MA), USA. She graduated Cum Laude Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting from University of Pittsburgh, in the United States of America (USA) in 1996. After graduating, she joined Ohio Casualty Group of Insurance initially as a Senior Commercial Multi-Lines Insurance Underwriter and Marketing Representative and later as Regional Underwriting Manager.

Ms Samantha Power, Administrator, USAID

Samantha Power was sworn into office as the 19th Administrator of USAID on May 3, 2021.

Prior to joining the Biden-Harris Administration, Power was the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the William D. Zabel Professor of Practice in Human Rights at Harvard Law School. From 2013 to 2017, Power served in the Obama-Biden Administration as the 28th US Permanent Representative to the United Nations. During her time at the UN, Power rallied countries to combat the Ebola epidemic, ratify the Paris climate agreement, and develop new international law to cripple ISIS’s financial networks. She worked to negotiate and implement the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, helped catalyze bold international commitments to care for refugees, and advocated to secure the release of political prisoners, defend civil society from growing repression, and protect the rights of women and girls.

From 2009 to 2013, Power served on the National Security Council staff as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. At the NSC, she advised the Obama-Biden Administration on issues such as democracy promotion, UN reform, LGBTQ+ and women’s rights, atrocity prevention, and the fights against human trafficking and global corruption.

An immigrant from Ireland, Power began her career as a war correspondent in Bosnia, and went on to report from places including Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe. She was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and has been recognized as one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People,” one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” and by Forbes as one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” Power is an author and editor of multiple books, and the recipient of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction.

Power earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Ms Vositha Wijenayake, Executive Director, SLYCAN Trust

Vositha is an attorney-at-law specialising in public international law, with a focus on international environmental law, UN human rights law, refugee law, and EU law. She has over a decade of experience in working on climate change at national, regional, and international level. Vositha is a member of the National Expert Committee on Climate Change Adaptation of the Ministry of Environment of Sri Lanka and of the Sri Lankan government’s delegation to the UNFCCC negotiations since 2016, negotiating on issues related to compliance, climate change adaptation, loss and damage, gender, and MRV. She is a member of the Oceans Expert Group of the UNFCCC’s Nairobi Work Programme and contributes to the work of the Biodiversity Expert Group and the NAP Technical Working Group. Vositha is a member of the High-Level Consultative Group of the InsuResilience Global Partnership and co-leads the Partnership’s Impact Working Group. She holds an LLM in public international law and an LLB from University of London.

Ms Ingrid Hoven Managing Director, GIZ

Ms. Hoven is a development economist with more than 30 years of international experience with a strong focus on sustainability and climate issues, served as World Bank Group Executive Director representing Germany and held various high-level positions, such as Director General for Global Issues, in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. At the IGP Annual Forum, Ms. Hoven will elaborate on the impact of climate change on smallholder farmers and actions needed to boost their resilience.

Ms Chikondi Chabvuta, Advocacy and Partnerships Coordinator-Southern Africa, CARE International

Ms Chikondi Chabvuta has a Master in Science on Environmental Science and works with CARE on women and food systems; resilience/climate change/humanitarian (nexus); working with countries in Southern Africa and regional bodies on the interplay between resilience, climate change and humanitarian, with a specific focus on how this impacts women. She also works on Women’s economic empowermen. Ms. Chabvuta has experience providing strategic and technical leadership in the development and implementation of programs and projects, policy analysis, research, advocacy and lobbying at national level and international level to create synergy between different advocacy themes at the grassroots, national and international policy levels. She is a passionate climate justice, humanitarian work, women’s rights, resilience and right to food advocate.

Ms Paola Sherina A. Alvarez, Assistant Secretary, International Finance and Special Projects, Philippines

Paola Sherina A. Alvarez is currently the Assistant Secretary for International Finance and Special projects, specifically she handles Sustainable and climate finance as well as disaster risks. She also handles special projects such as the Inter-agency task force on Marawi Rehabilitation as well as the Inter Agency Task Force on Infectious Diseases (IATF-Covid). She sits as alternate of the Secretary in different international platforms such as the ASEAN DRFI-TWG, APEC, SEADRIF and the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action. She participates on behalf of the Secretary in the Advisory Council for Sustainable Finance. She served as Spokesperson of the Department of Finance for tax reform (TRAIN law) and is currently the representative of the Secretary to all climate and disaster matters of the Department of Finance.

Mr Eric Rwigamba, Director General of the Financial Sector Development, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Rwanda

Seasoned financial management professional with 20 years’ vast experience in public finance and corporate finance, including the development and implementation of; Financial Sector policies, Strategies and Legislations; covering areas like Banking, insurance, pension, microfinance and SACCOs, Capital Market Development, payment systems and financial inclusion and financial education. I currently serve as a Director General of Financial Sector Development at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of Rwanda. I also serve on several Boards in financial sector. I hold a Masters of Business Administration (UAS) and Bachelor of Commerce (Uganda).

Dr Astrid Zwick, Head of the InsuResilience Secretariat

Since January 2017 Dr. Astrid Zwick is Head of InsuResilience Secretariat supporting the InsuResilience Global Partnership in its goal to foster climate and disaster risk finance and insurance. Before, she was in a leading position for insurance industry at Allianz Group and Munich Re Group developing corporate strategies for sustainable development. She also chaired the UN Environment Finance Initiative’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Working Group and headed the Steering Committee “Research for Sustainability” of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. With a doctoral degree in climate change Astrid also provided policy advice on climate change mitigation and adaptation for the European Commission Institute for Technological Prospective Studies.

Ms Ekhosuehi Iyahen, Secretary General of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF)

Ekhosuehi Iyahen is the Secretary General of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF), a Public-Private Partnership led by the insurance industry and supported by the World Bank and the United Nations, aiming to enhance the use of insurance and its related risk management capabilities to build greater resilience against disasters and to help achieve the United Nations Global 2030 Agenda.

Ekhosuehi has extensive experience working with Governments, international development agencies, private sector entities and academic institutions on public financial management and strengthening risk management and financing systems. She has been directly involved in establishing and operationalising a number of pioneering initiatives including regional risk pools in Africa, the Caribbean and a novel tripartite agreement between the IDF, the UNDP and the German Government to increase insurance protection in 20 climate-exposed countries. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and was selected as a 2018 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre Resident Practitioner Fellow. In 2021 she was appointed a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center.

Professor Abhijit Banerjee, Professor of Economics M.I.T. and 2019 Economics Nobel Prize winner

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee is the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003 he co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan, and he remains one of the Lab’s Directors. Banerjee is a past president of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, a Research Associate of the NBER, a CEPR research fellow, International Research Fellow of the Kiel Institute, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a winner of the Infosys Prize.

Abhijit is the author of a large number of articles and four books, including Poor Economics, which won the Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year, and Good Economics for Hard Times, both co-authored with Esther Duflo. He is the editor of three more books and has directed two documentary films. Banerjee has served on the U.N. Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. He is a co-recipient of the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for his groundbreaking work in development economics research.

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Mr Henning Ludolphs, Managing Director, Hannover Re

My background is mathematics (main subject), computer science and economics. I joined the Hannover Re Group in 1989. I was trained in South Africa and thereafter I focused on world-wide structured reinsurance business, from 2002 onwards as the managing director of our non-life companies in Ireland. Back in Germany in 2008 I built up our new insurance-linked securities unit. Today I am responsible for the division Retrocessions & Capital Markets, combining insurance-linked securities and buying retrocessions to protect the Hannover Re balance sheet.

Mr Aholotu Palu, CEO, Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company

Aholotu Palu is the CEO of The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC), a dedicated regional provider of specialist disaster risk finance services. Before joining PCRIC, Palu was working for the government of Tonga in the Ministry of Finance and the Prime Minister’s Office, the World Bank, Forum Secretariat and GIZ. As a speaker at the InsuResilience Annual Forum 2021, he will speak about the establishment of PCRIC, the current situation and what lies ahead in terms of scaling deep PCRIC approaches to change the mentality from reactive to disasters to proactive.

Mr Lesley Ndlovu, CEO, African Risk Capacity Limited

Lesley Ndlovu is the CEO of African Risk Capacity Limited (ARC Ltd), a hybrid mutual insurer and financial affiliate of the African Risk Capacity Group that provides parametric insurance services to AU Member States and farmer organisations, employing innovative financing mechanisms to pool disaster-related risk across Africa and transferring it to international risk markets.

Mr Gary Rynsard, Executive Director and Board Member, Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility

Gary Rynsard is the Executive Director and founding Board Member at SEADRIF (South East Asia Disaster Risk Finance Insurance Facility) Insurance Company. He sets strategic directions and ensures sustainable business performance of the Company.

Gary has spent most of his career at Steamship Mutual, one of the largest Protection and Indemnity Clubs mutual insurance associations, where he started as a lawyer advising on legal issues affecting shipowners and most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman until 2019.

Mr Isaac Anthony, CEO, The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility

Isaac Anthony is currently the Chief Executive Officer of CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility), the world’s first multi-country risk pool providing parametric insurance to Caribbean and Central American countries. He has over twenty-five years of senior management experience spanning the areas of public finance, financial sector supervision, economic planning and disaster risk financing having held key positions with the Government of Saint Lucia including Permanent Secretary, Finance, Economic Affairs & National Development. Isaac is now using his rich experience in public finance and disaster risk financing to promote catastrophe insurance as a strategy to build fiscal and climate resilience. He graduated from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics & Accounting and a Master of Business Administration.

Dr. Annette Detken, Head of InsuResilience Solutions Fund, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management GmbH

Annette Detken is heading the InsuResilience Solutions Fund (ISF). As implementing programme of the InsuResilience Global Partnership and funded by KfW, the ISF is an important contribution of the German Government to this international initiative.

Annette has extensive experience in innovative climate finance. She also serves as an advisor to a number of Governments, international development agencies, private sector entities and academic institutions on the role of climate risk analysis as well as climate finance and insurance.

Prior to the ISF Annette was Head of Division within KfW Development Bank responsible for policy and strategic issues regarding KfW activities in financial system development in developing countries.

Annette Detken studied economics and finance at the University of St. Gallen und Stern School of Business, New York University. After her PhD studies at the University of Basel she joined the Economic Research Directorate of KfW.

Mr Dirk Reinhard, Vice Chairman, Munich Re Foundation

Dirk Reinhard graduated in Industrial Engineering and Management and has more than twenty years experience in the sustainability and finance industry sector. From 2001 to 2004, he was responsible for sustainable investment in the Environmental Management Unit of Munich Reinsurance Company, a global leader in the reinsurance field, and has published numerous articles on this subject.

Prior to joining Munich Re, he worked for oekom research AG as a sustainability analyst in the period from 1995 to 2000.

In April 2004, Dirk Reinhard was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Munich Re Foundation. He is responsible for the foundation’s finances as well as the inclusive insurance programme including the publications “Protecting the Poor – A microinsurance compendium Vol I and II” edited by Craig Churchill. He was furthermore involved in the publication series “The Landscape of Microinsurance in …”. From 2008-2014, Dirk Reinhard was elected as a member of the board of the Microinsurance Network.

Since the first International Conference on Inclusive Insurance (ICII) in 2005 Dirk Reinhard chairs the Conference Steering Committee. The event is largest meeting of insurance and development experts worldwide. In 2011, the ICII introduced additional local satellite conferences called “Learning Sessions”.


Mr Carlos Boelsterli, CEO Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation – SCC (MiCRO)

After more than two decades working for Swiss Re, Carlos Boelsterli decided to “walk the talk” and became CEO of MiCRO, an entity specialized in inclusive insurance and committed to maximizing social impact in a financially sound manner by designing and implementing index-based insurance solutions that protect directly or indirectly the underserved population against natural disasters.

Ms Katharine Pulvermacher, Executive Director, Microinsurance Network

Katharine leads the Luxembourg-based Microinsurance Network (MiN), a unique platform for knowledge exchange that unites stakeholders from across the inclusive insurance value chain. With members from more than 60 countries, the MiN seeks to improve the resilience of low-income households through the development of inclusive insurance markets and uptake of effective risk management practices. A specialist in African economics, Katharine is passionate about poverty alleviation and has worked with international organisations in the UK, South Africa and Switzerland to support economic and social development throughout her career.

Ms Olga Speckhardt, Head of Global Insurance Solutions, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture – Member of the Board of Directors ACRE Africa Ltd. – Swiss Capacity Building Facility (SCBF) Board Chair

Olga is an innovation think tank in the space of agriculture and climate risk management and financing with strong passion in development of market catalytic risk management solutions for millions of low-income communities in emerging markets in Asia and Africa. She is a strong team leader with multiple leadership roles at Syngenta Foundation, Acre Africa and Swiss Capacity Building Facility (SCBF), her role in these institutions is centered around market development through resource mobilization, strategic leadership, risk management ecosystem development, regulation and policy dialogue.

Through her leadership at Syngenta Foundation in the last decade, Olga and in-country team leaders has pioneered development of new innovative programs in agriculture and climate risk transfer solutions in more than 15 countries in Africa and Asia benefitting over 2 million smallholder farmers. This has been achieved through her leadership in development of multi stakeholder partnership and co-financing models that blends private and public sector investments.

Olga Speckhardt has many years of experience in international reinsurance and insurance at corporate and development sector. She holds a degree in Law and has a solid background in underwriting and development of risk management programs.

Mr Lorenzo Chan, President and CEO, Pioneer Inc

Lorenzo Chan Jr. is the President and CEO of Pioneer, Inc., the holding company of the Pioneer group of insurance companies in the Philippines. His over 35 years of experience in both general and life insurance gives him a wealth of knowledge in the field. He championed bringing insurance to the middle and low-income markets with simple, affordable and accessible products which contributed to the emergence of retail insurance in the Philippines. He innovated insurance distribution through partnerships with malls, supermarkets, micro-finance institutions, remittance firms, rural banks, and online channels.

Mr Hector Ibarra, Chief Executive Officer, Global Parametrics

As CEO in Global Parametric since 2016, Hector has been responsible for building the strategic and operational frameworks for GP key business lines: a) Parametric risk transfer structuring services, b) Fund management for the Natural Disaster Fund (where he is the Portfolio and Investment Manager), c) Insurance intermediation. Previous to GP Hector had accumulated over 15 years’ experience driving innovation and market development efforts in the financial industry for leading multilateral agencies, international and local financial intermediaries and national/regional governments, including mandates with World Bank Treasury, Partner Re Capital Markets, Agroasemex and Ministry of Finance in Mexico.

Mr Joseph Randy M. Loy, PG Department Head, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office in Davao de Oro Province, Republic of the Philippines

Joseph Randy M. Loy is the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (PDRRMO) of the Province of Davao de Oro, Philippines. Davao de Oro (formerly Compostela Valley Province) is one of the project areas for Forecast-based Financing (FbF) Project by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) supported by the German Red Cross (GRC) from 2017 to 2019.

Dr Marcela Tarazona, Head of Climate Finance and Economics, Genesis Analytics

Marcela Tarazona (PhD and MBA) is the Head of Climate Finance and Economics at Genesis Analytics, an economics-based consultancy with HQ in Jo’burg and offices in Lagos, Abidjan, Nairobi and London. Marcela is a climate and disaster risk economist with 20 years of experience that covers climate and disaster financing and management, public finance, shock responsive social protection, energy and transport economics, understanding the impacts of climate change, and green growth. At Genesis, she leads a team working with governments, donors and private businesses to increase the flows of climate finance from higher to lower income countries, in fostering the role of the private sector in climate finance and in better preparedness of societies to address the climate change emergency proactively and adequately. Marcela is recognized as an excellent team leader and team builder, a strong communicator and enjoys creating solutions involving different perspectives and incentives. She is fluent in Spanish, English and French and has demonstrated writing skills including a wide range of publications (books, journal articles, background papers, reports, blogs).

Mr Malvern Chirume, Chief Underwriting Officer, African Risk Capacity Limited

Malvern has over 23 years international experience gained in multi-cultural environments. He has deep insurance sector knowledge gained in US, Bermuda, Europe, Middle East, and African markets. His experience spans underwriting, investments, audit, finance, risk management, research & development, pricing, reserving, governance, and strategy. Before joining ARC, he was the Chief Risk Officer at Federated Employers’ Mutual Assurance Company. He previously spent over ten years working in the London market in various roles at major global carriers, such as Chubb and Lloyds. Malvern started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, then joined EY in their London Financial Services practice. Thereafter, he held several roles in the London insurance market, primarily in the property and casualty sector, before relocating to South Africa.

Malvern is a Chartered Accountant and is registered as a Fellow with both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is also a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and of the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA). Malvern holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School.

Mr Cecil Nartey, Principle Agricultural Economist, ADRFI

Cecil Nartey is the Programme Coordinator of the Africa Disaster Risk Financing Programme (ADRiFi) at the Africa Development Bank. He is leading the development and implementation of the Bank’s flagship programme in climate/disaster risk financing (ADRiFi), working with the Bank’s regional member countries (RMCs) to enhance the resilience and response to climate shocks in the respective countries. Key components of the programme are capacity building and risk transfer (including parametric insurance) and premium financing, in collaboration with the African Risk Capacity (ARC). Cecil led the Bank’s establishment of a Multi-Donor Trust Fund (ADRiFi MDTF) to facilitate premium financing support to participating countries. He is also leading the piloting of activities in de-risking agricultural finance for smallholder farmers in four African countries, an agricultural insurance and credit programme.

Cecil has a dual citizenship of Ghana and Great Britain; and holds MSc and PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading, England. Prior to joining the African Development Bank in 2007, he had worked as the Country Director for OXFAM GB in Nigeria; Enterprise Development Expert for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO); and Senior Programme Manager for CARE International (USA).

Mr. Héctor Santana Suárez, Head of Insurance, Pensions and Social Security Unit, Ministry of Finance, Mexico

Héctor Santana Suárez is head of the Insurance, Pensions and Social Security Unit at the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico. He has held various positions in the federal and state public administration.

He has a degree in International Relations; a Master of Science in Comparative Government and a doctor studies in Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
He has taught and given conferences at the LSE, and the universities of Michigan, Salamanca and the National Autonomous of Mexico.

Mr Andrew Mude, Lead AgriSME Deveopment and Financing, African Development Bank

Andrew Mude currently works at the African Development Bank, as Lead, AgriSME Development and Financing, charged with de-risking and enhancing the provision of finance to small and medium enterprises across the agri-food system. Andrew also supports the Bank’s Africa Disaster Risk Financing program, and previously worked at the International Livestock Research Institute where he led the Dryland Innovations team, responsible for developing and scaling Index-Based Livestock Insurance programs in East Africa. Andrew was the 2016 recipient of the Normal Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application recognizing exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under 40. Andrew received is PhD in Economic Development from Cornell University in 2006.

Mr Juan Jose Durante, Head of the Risk Financing and Insurance, Inter-American Development Bank

Juan José Durante is a Financial Markets Lead Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank. He leads the Risk Financing and Insurance Group in the Connectivity, Markets and Finance Division.

Juan José brings over 20 years of professional experience in disaster and climate risk financing, insurance market development, insurance regulation and supervision. He is currently spearheading the IDB’s efforts to improve LAC region’s financial resilience to natural disasters and climate extremes.

Ms Claudia V. Thyme, Director Strategic Market Development, AXA XL, a division of AXA / Industry Deputy Chair, Sovereign & Humanitarian Solutions WG, IDF

Ms. Thyme has more twenty years’ experience in the insurance industry, more than ten years at AXA XL, while her prior role was as Global Director Strategy & Business Groups, Communications & Marketing and as member of different regional and global management committees. She promotes and drives the use of disaster risk finance and insurance to increase countries’ resilience and protect their development gains.

Ms. Thyme is a member of the Risk Informed Early Action Partnership (REAP) Board and of the Munich Climate insurance Initiative (MCII).

Dr Xiaomeng Shen, Vice-Rector in Europe and Director of the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security

Prof. Shen Xiaomeng is the United Nations University – Vice-Rector in Europe and Director of the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security. In representing United Nations University as the global think-tank and academic arm of the United Nations, Prof. Shen will highlight the strategic role of science and evidence in climate resilience policy and programme implementation.

Mr Josh Ling, Fund Manager: Asia-Pacific Climate Finance Fund, ADB

Josh Ling is a Climate Change Specialist at Asian Development Bank. He joined ADB in April 2020 as the Fund Manager of Asia-Pacific Climate Finance Fund (ACliFF). Josh has experience working on the topics of disaster risk financing and financial inclusion through roles with World Food Programme, Mercy Corps, World Bank, and International Labour Organisation, based in Europe and Latin America.

Prior to joining ADB, Josh worked as a Financial Inclusion Specialist at the World Food Programme in Rome. He started his career as an actuary in Australia.

Mr Daniel Stander, Special Advisor on Finance, United Nations Development Programme

Daniel Stander has spent over twenty years at the interface of risk and innovation. He currently serves as a senior advisor to the United Nations Development Programme, supporting in particular its Insurance & Risk Financing Facility. Prior to UNDP, Daniel held several leadership roles at Risk Management Solutions (now Moody’s), where he was most recently Global Managing Director. He is a pioneer of #ResilienceFinance, using technology and financial product innovation to help capital find responsible investments in the face of climate and other extremes.

Ms Barbara Schnell, Director Sector Policy, KfW

Barbara Schnell is the Sector Policy Director at KfW Development Bank. She has been with KfW since 2001 and has worked in various positions in international project and export finance, corporate strategy as well as development finance. Prior to her current position as head of the Sector Policy Department she headed among others a division responsible for Financial and Private Sector Development in Asia for a number of years. Prior to her career with KfW Ms. Schnell worked as analyst and loan officer for J.P.Morgan and Dresdner Bank in New York and Frankfurt respectively. Ms. Schnell holds a Master degree in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, the Netherlands.

Mr Krishnan Narasimhan, Lead Specialist (Insurance and Climate Adaptation) Programme Manager, Pacific Insurance and Climate Adaptation Programme

Krishnan Narasimhan is the Global Lead Specialist (Insurance and Climate Adaptation) with the UN Capital Development Fund. His over 30 years’ experience include holding responsible senior management positions with insurance companies. With UNCDF Krishnan has been leading the inclusive finance programme implementation in the Pacific and since Jan 2021 he leads the new Pacific Insurance and Climate Adaptation Programme that has introduced parametric microinsurance for the first time in the region.

Ms Maria Teresa Zappia, Chief Impact & Blended Finance Officer, Deputy CEO, Blue Orchard

Maria Teresa Zappia is Deputy CEO and Chief Impact and Blended Finance Officer at BlueOrchard. Maria Teresa also leads the Sustainability and Impact team at Schroders Capital. Maria Teresa has over 25 years experience in EM & frontier markets, has authored and co-authored a number of publications and is a guest speaker at several universities’ postgraduate impact investing classes. She is a member of the Impact Principles Advisory Board and represents BlueOrchard at the G7 Impact Taskforce created by the UK under its G7 Presidency.

Mr Felix Hermes, Head of Private Equity & Sustainable Infrastructure, Blue Orchard

Felix is a member of BlueOrchard’s executive management and Head of Private Equity & Sustainable Infrastructure. In this function he is overseeing the investment activities of the InsuResilience Investment Fund’s private equity investments. Felix has over 20 years of experience in investing and shaping asset managers and financial services organizations as member of management. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Mr Ben Webster, Head of Secretariat, Risk-informed Early Action Partnership, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Ben Webster has worked in the humanitarian sector since 2003 and within the Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement since 2012. He has worked in emergency contexts in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean and held roles such as Head of Emergencies and Head of Climate Adaptation & Early Action at the British Red Cross. Ben is now the Head of Secretariat for the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership, which aims to make 1 billion people safer from disaster by 2025, and is passionate about improving and scaling-up anticipatory action for the communities most affected by disasters and crises.

Mr Sven Harmeling, Global Policy Lead Climate Change and Resilience, CARE International

Sven is responsible for developing and coordinating CARE’s advocacy and policy work relating to climate change (particularly in regard to global UN climate change policy processes), assisting country offices in climate-related advocacy as well as considering climate change in CARE’s overall advocacy work. Key areas of work include adaptation, loss and damage, climate finance (including the Adaptation Fund and the Green Climate Fund). Sven is also a Co-chair of the InsuResilience Global Partnership’s Gender Working Group, promoting the activities of the partners to take a gender-smart approach to their work.

Ms Akosita Drova, Extended Term Consultant, World Bank Fiji Country Office

Akosita Drova is an Extended Term Consultant with the World Bank’s Fiji Country Office, focusing on disaster risk finance. She graduated from the University of the South Pacific in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Accounting and Economics, and graduated from the Victoria University of Wellington, NZ in 2016 with a Master’s in Public Policy. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2017, she worked for Fiji’s Ministry of Finance for 25 years working on strengthening public finance management through the implementation of financial management reforms.

Mr Mark Way, Global Climate Adaptation Director (interim), The Nature Conservancy

Mark Way leads The Nature Conservancy’s Global Climate Risk and Resilience team. His work focuses on protecting people, their livelihoods and their communities from severe weather impacts and climate change by building resilience using natural infrastructure such as coral reefs, mangrove forests and salt marshes. This program also explores new and innovative financial mechanisms to address these risks.

TNC’s Global Climate Risk and Resilience team works closely with leading members of the insurance industry, and a broad range of other stakeholders, to develop transformational approaches to adapting to climate change.

Ms Marcia Toledo, Director Public Institutions Europe, The Nature Conservancy

Marcia leads The Nature Conservancy’s team that is responsible for advancing partnerships and programs in Europe that contribute to global biodiversity and climate priority policy agendas. She has a specialized focus on Nature based Solutions for adaptation and a multidisciplinary background and expertise in designing applied science programs that support policy measures to improve decision-making processes. She is a biologist and holds a Master in Public Policy (Hertie School of Governance), Master in Environmental Management (Duke University) and a Master of Forestry (Duke University).

Mr Chip Cunliffe, Biodiversity Director, AXA XL

Chip established and manages AXA’s Ocean Risk Initiative which works to identify innovative insurance and finance solutions to the impacts and implications of ocean-related risk.
He leads the development of a Coastal Risk Index to integrate coastal ecosystems into insurance risk models; working with partners to develop a mangrove insurance product and a separate Coastal Resilience Bond, as well as identifying insurance pathways to prevent Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.
He co-chairs the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance to incentivise private investment and blended finance into coastal natural capital with products that help build resilience in vulnerable coastal regions.

Ms Noelle O’Brien, Principal Climate Change Specialist, Pacific Asia Regional Department, Asian Development Bank

Noelle O’Brien is ADB’s Principal Climate Change Specialist for the Pacific Region. Her work focuses on continuing, ADB’s work on mitigation investments, scaling up adaptation investments in the 14 member countries and raising climate finance. A comprehensive climate and disaster risk assessment to inform resilience planning for Tongatapu has been a highpoint of her work over the past 12 months. Prior to joining ADB, Noelle spent almost 7 years working on UKAID’s climate change work in Kenya. She holds a Natural Science Degree from Trinity College Dublin and Masters’ Degrees in Applied Environmental Science and Development Management.

Dr. Zita Sebesvari, Deputy Director of UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and head of UNU-EHS academic section Environmental Vulnerability and Ecosystem Services (EVES)

Zita is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of social-ecological risk assessments, ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR), and ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA). She is author or co-author of around 70 publications, and served as a Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report on Ocean and the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCCC, Chapter 4 and Summary for Policymakers; 2019). She is member of the Executive Board of the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) and serves as UNU focal point to the science-policy networks Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) and the Friends of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (FEBA).

Mr Martin Weymann, Head Sustainability, Emerging & Political Risk Management, Swiss Re

Martin heads the Sustainability, Emerging & Political Risk Management team at Swiss Re Group level. The team integrates environmental, social and governance issues into Swiss Re’s business practices and operations, acts as a catalyst for emerging risks and an analyst for political risks. The unit is responsible for coordinating the sustainability activities and scanning for risks and developments, assessing their relevance, and enabling forward-looking decision-making. It also contributes to the dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders. Martin is a member of the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Disclosures (TCFD) and has been a board member of the UNEP Finance Initiative Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI).

Mr Amjad Ahmad, Disaster Risk Finance Coordinator, Start Network

Amjad Ahmad is a Disaster Risk Finance Coordinator for the Start Network and is located in Pakistan. Amjad has more than 15 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector working for a number of organisations including the UNDP, WHO, IMC and others, spanning South and Southeast Asia. He has led major emergency response operations in the historic 2010 floods in Northwest Pakistan and the 2005 Kashmir earthquake.

Mr Kshitij Gupta, Project Manager, All India Disaster Mitigation Institute

Possessing over a decade of experience, Kshitij has led multiple initiatives on improving the disaster and climate resilience of low income and underserved communities in India and beyond. He has also worked on the risk of extreme heat in the sub-continent. He has led action research and outreach initiatives in Ahmedabad (India) focused on heatwave mitigation for slum dwelling communities and students from schools in low-income neighborhoods. He has also been a contributing author to the upcoming ALNAP Paper on ‘Lessons on Adapting Humanitarian Action to Climate Change’.

Ms Kathy Baughman McLeod, Director and Senior Vice President, Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, Atlantic Council

Kathy Baughman McLeod leads the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center’s work to reach one billion people worldwide with climate resilience solutions by 2030. She also chairs the Extreme Heat Resilience Alliance which partners with climate-forward Mayors around the world to appoint Chief Heat Officers. Additionally, Kathy is spearheading the global push to name and categorize heat waves. She was formerly Global Executive for Environmental and Social Risk at Bank of America, Managing Director for Climate Risk & Resilience at The Nature Conservancy, and a Florida Climate Commissioner. She is the recipient of the Duke University Fuqua School of Business 2021 “Leader of Consequence” award.

Mr Madhab Uprety, Asia-Pacific Regional Lead & Technical Advisor, Red Cross Red Cresent Climate Centre

Madhab Uprety is the Asia Pacific Regional Lead/Technical Adviser at Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre who provides technical support in the design and development of forecast-based financing mechanisms including the application of climate and weather information for wider risk reduction and adaptation efforts within Red Cross Movement and beyond. At the Annual Forum, Madhab will discuss about anticipatory action in the context of broader disaster risk management continuum and highlights the need of flexible and dedicated risk financing instruments to scale up anticipatory action.

Mr Christian Ledwell, Manager, NAP Global Network

Christian Ledwell is a Policy Advisor and Manager of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network’s programming to support developing countries to advance their NAP processes to help accelerate climate change adaptation efforts. Christian’s past work includes positions with the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Canada, the non-partisan environmental organization GreenPAC, and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Mr Amos Tabalia, Head of Research and Development, Agriculture and Climate Risk Enterprise Limited

Mr. Amos Tabalia is an experienced Climate Risk Modeller with over 7 years working in the agricultural insurance field. Mr Tabalia joined ACRE Africa in 2016 to bolster the development of new and innovative insurance solutions that smallholder farmers resilience in the midst of production and climate related shocks. A core component of his work is to employ the use of innovative digital technologies in scaling up adoption of agricultural insurance solutions. In addition to his role at ACRE Africa, Mr. Tabalia is currently a Ph.D. student at Wageningen University and Research with the Development Economics Group. He holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation from the University of Twente.

Mr Swetan Sagar, Head, Advocacy and Development at Microfinance Institutions Network, India

Swetan Sagar, an MBA from Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal, is the Head, Advocacy and Development at Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) which is a Self-Regulatory Organisation (SRO) for NBFC-MFIs in India. He was earlier working with M-CRIL at the position of Chief Operating Officer and has over 22 years of experience in designing and leading multi-country research and programme evaluations in the financial inclusion space. His key areas of expertise include policy advocacy, data analytics, market research, impact assessments, institutional assessments, capacity building of financial institutions and livelihood promotion institutions catering to the low-income segment. Swetan has led many projects in the financial inclusion and enterprise development sectors across India and 15+ countries in the Asia and Africa region.

Ms Irene Amuron, Program Manager, Anticipatory Action at the Red Cross Red Crescent

Irene Amuron leads the Anticipatory Action team and is the Technical Advisor on Forecast based Financing with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre – the global reference centre on climate risk management for the international Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Irene supports the Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies and their partners to develop anticipatory mechanisms for weather and climate related hazards. She is an advocate of the value of the impact-based forecasting approach to weather and climate service delivery.

Ms Angie Dazé, Senior Policy Advisor and Lead, Gender Equality, NAP Global Network

Angie Dazé is a Senior Policy Advisor and Lead for Gender Equality with IISD’s Resilience program, which hosts the NAP Global Network Secretariat. Her work focuses on policy and practice related to climate change adaptation, resilience, and gender equality, and she was recognized for this work by being included in Apolitical’s 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy list for 2021.

Mr Kemuel Jn Baptiste, Chief of Extension and Rural Advisory Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives

Kemuel Jn Baptiste serves as the Chief of Extension and Rural Advisory Services with Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives with responsibility for program planning, implementation and evaluation with a complement of 37 members of staff. He has worked with the Ministry of Agriculture since 1991 and holds an MSc in rural development from Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London.

Ms Paula Pagniez, Director, America’s Practice Lead, Climate and Resilience Hub, Willis Towers Watson

Paula is Director of the Climate and Resilience Hub at Willis Towers Watson. She leads the America’s Practice and creates solutions to large scale and multi-faceted challenges, working hand in hand with clients and partners across physical, transition and liability climate risks and pioneering innovative uses of insurance mechanisms to build societal resilience. She is a global expert on climate and natural disaster risk management solutions for sovereigns, sub-sovereigns, corporates, and the development sector. She has a proven track record spearheading global financial inclusion and humanitarian initiatives and conceiving of and executing strategic international business. Paula has over 15 years of technical experience building and leading Public-Private Partnerships in Public Sector Disaster Risk Finance, Financial Inclusion and Global Development markets. She is a multi-cultural professional and has worked on projects in Africa, Asia, and across the Americas. Paula holds a Postgraduate Degree in Finance and a Graduate Degree in Economics.

Ms Eleonora Castaldo, Regional Manager, Enabling Qapital AG

Eleonora Castaldo is the Regional Manager for Asia at Enabling Qapital, an impact investment asset manager. With more than 10 years’ experience in finance and financial sector development, Eleonora worked as the Regional Manager for South and East Asia at BlueOrchard, based in Cambodia, founded and lead a fintech startup in Myanmar and was an investment professional leading transaction to financial institutions in Eastern Europe and Africa. Eleonora holds a Master in Financial Mathematics from the University of Pisa, Italy. At the Annual Forum Eleonora will present Enabling Qapital’s innovative Climate Resilience Enhanced Debt (CRED) product.

Mr Toby Behrmann, Partnerships & Innovation at Global Parametrics

Toby Behrmann is Head of Partnerships & Innovation at Global Parametrics, the parametric & climate risk specialist. He has spent the last 20 years structuring and deploying inclusive risk transfer solutions globally. Considered a leading expert in the space, his focus is in building markets by improving access through innovative strategy, tactics and technology.

Mr Soenke Kreft, Executive Director, Academic Officer, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative

Soenke Kreft leads the work of the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) which is hosted at the United Nations University – Institute for Environmental and Human Security (UNU-EHS). His mission is to increase the reach of (financial) protection instruments towards climate affected communities. He has field experience in creating and strengthening risk sharing and management in more than 20 countries. Soenke is co-chairing the Impact Working Group of the InsuResilience Global Partnership, and he is also an appointed expert to the UN convened Expert Group on Comprehensive Risk Management.

Mr Panuel Rozario, Project Manager, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, Bangladesh

Mr. Panuel Rozario Prince is the Project Manager of the InsuResilience Solutions Fund (ISF) supported “Boosting Agriculture Risk Mitigation in Bangladesh through Climate Insurance for Smallholders” project at Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture Bangladesh. He is a certified human-centered design practitioner, having extensive experience of designing microfinance product and process for the low-income client segments with reputed MFIs in Bangladesh. At Syngenta, Mr. Panuel manages the overall crop insurance product development process and facilitates adoption of its InsurTech platform – the Resilience Engine by engaging different users through test session and pilot implementation.

Dr Jennifer Denno Cissé, Research Manager, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative

Dr. Jennifer Denno Cissé is a Senior Research Manager for the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative and an Associate Academic Office at the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security. Jenn supports the implementation of climate risk insurance activities in the Caribbean and Pacific and the development of new insurance products to protect vulnerable populations against extreme weather risk. She is also involved in MCII’s

Mr Bikram Rana, Project manager, Flood Resilience Programme, Practical Action

Master’s in Sociology, post-graduation in Water management, graduation in Civil Engineering, Executive Diploma in Project Management, progressive work experience of more than eighteen years, more than nine years progressively responsible experience in project management.
Experience in participatory water resources management, water governance and 3R (Recharge, retention and re-use) technologies for climate change adaptation. Interest in systemic approach in development.
Managing the Flood Resilience Program (Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance- ZFRA) and Index Based Flood Insurance project co-funded by Insuresilience Solutions Fund and ZFRA at Practical Action Nepal.

Ms Kathryn Milliken, Policy and Programme Advisor on Climate Change, World Food Programme

As WFP’s senior climate change adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Kate coordinates the design and implementation of WFP climate innovations across the region, including risk finance. Kate brings over 17 years of international humanitarian and development experience to her work across Africa, Asia and LAC.

Ms Maria Ruzzella Quilla, Project Development and Coordination Specialist, Food and Agriculture Organisation

Maria Ruzzella Quilla is a Project Development and Coordination Specialist from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in the Philippines. Concurrently, she is the Team Leader of the programme subgroup on Socio-Economic, Forestry, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change. Her experience in development work spanning more than 10 years includes assignments on quantitative studies, market analysis, community-based support, and agro-enterprises.

Ms. Quilla manages the portfolio on social protection and anticipatory action including key initiatives on building resilience among rural and vulnerable communities. She is immersed in forging cooperation with government agencies and private sector, and leading support towards legislative reforms and key analytical work such as FAO’s contribution to the recently adopted Roadmap on Adaptive and Shock-Responsive Social Protection of the Philippines. She currently represents FAO in the Anticipatory Action Technical Working Group as co-chair together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Office of Civil Defense.

Ms Tuga Alaskary, Advisor, InsuResilience Secretariat

Tuga Alaskary is an Advisor at the Secretariat of the InsuResilience Global Partnership (IGP) and Head of the InsuResilience Centre of Excellence on Gender-smart Solutions. IGP is a global initiative striving to foster climate and disaster risk finance and insurance solutions. Prior to this she worked for the World Food Programme, Asian Development Bank and African Risk Capacity, where she was engaged in the design and deployment of disaster risk financing and insurance initiatives across Africa and Asia. A British and Iraqi national, Tuga has a B.A. honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Essex and an MSc in Development Studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

Ms Angelica Barlis, Project Manager – DeRISK Southeast Asia, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

Angelica Barlis is an experienced manager and communications-for-development professional, leading and managing development and research projects on climate services, climate change adaptation for agriculture, and food security in Asia Pacific. With a strong background in communications and program management, she is passionate about integrating user-centered design and co-production approaches with multiple stakeholders in developing climate risk management strategy including index-based insurance and tailored climate information services for enhanced delivery and effective use of smallholder farmers.

Ms Constance Wong, Associate, Climate and Resilience Hub, Willis Towers Watson

Constance started her career as a reinsurance broker in the Willis Re Latin America and Caribbean team, acting as the LAC beacon for the Public-Private Sector Practice Group before joining the Willis Towers Watson Climate and Resilience Hub. Within the CRH, she focuses on disaster risk finance and ecosystem resilience. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford (BA) and the London School of Economics (MSc).

Ms Ineza Grace, Co-founder of the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition

Ineza is an eco-feminist impact-driven actor in the climate change and environment protection sector serving the global community-based in Rwanda. She is the founder of The Green Fighter a Rwandan youth NGO aiming to increase the active role of the youth in the protection of the environment through project design, capacity enhancement, education and advocacy. She is also part of the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition, a global youth coalition to drive action in addressing loss and damage induced by climate change, she serves as the Co-Director

Ms Tara Chiu, Associate Director, MRR Innovation Lab UC Davis

Tara Chiu supports a wide portfolio of research projects focused on poverty, food security, improved technology adoption and risk management and resilience. This includes the Index Insurance Innovation Initiative (I4) and the Quality Index Insurance Certification (QUIIC) activities. She regularly consults on index insurance implementation and scaling for national governments and NGOs. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from American University and a Master of Public Policy from Duke University.

Ms Lena Weingärtner, Research Associate, Global Risks and Resilience

Lena Weingärtner is a Research Associate with ODI’s Global Risks and Resilience Programme. Lena works on resilience, disaster risk management, and risk finance. She has experience in researching and informing financial instruments and delivery mechanisms at micro, meso and sovereign levels. This includes approaches – such as parametric insurance, adaptive social protection, or anticipatory action – that link climate and weather information with rapid availability of funding to enable timely action.

Ms Viktoria Seifert, Manager Disaster Risk Finance & Policy, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative

Viktoria Seifert works as a Manager for Disaster Risk Finance and Policy at MCII, leading the institution’s technical advisory to the V20 Group of Ministers of Finance, including areas such as the V20-led Sustainable Insurance Facility (SIF) and premium and capital support, and MCII’s collaboration with think tanks and civil society organizations from across the globe to enhance the supply of demand-driven DRF solutions by building global and regional Multi-Actor Partnerships. While mainly focused on work in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia, she also monitors and shapes international policy processes within the climate finance space, including InsuResilience, having provided extensive inputs to the InsuResilience Policy Note on integrating CDRFI into NAPs and NDCs highlighting the relevance of NDCs as national investment plans.

Ms Katherine Miles, Consultant

Katherine is the gender consultant to the InsuResilience Gender Working Group and technical expert on the gender dimensions of climate and disaster risk finance and insurance. Katherine co-authored research and guidance including ‘Integrating Gender Considerations into Different Models of Climate Risk Insurance (CRI)’ and ‘Applying a gender lens to Climate Risk Finance and Insurance’ on behalf of the InsuResilience Global Partnership. For nearly two decades she has been working internationally at the intersection of multiple thematic gender agendas, related to sustainable development and specifically women’s access to insurance and financial inclusion.

Mr Florian Waldschmidt, Project Associate, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative

Mr Florian Waldschmidt is a Project Associate at UNU-EHS/MCII. He is working as an economist in the implementation of the Economics of Climate Adaptation methodology quantifying probable future climate risks and evaluating adaptation measures averting future damages. Florian worked on conducting several case studies facing differing data environments and has been managing a corresponding study in rural Ethiopia. Previously Florian has worked, for instance, on integrated climate risk management approaches and agricultural insurance in Ghana with GIZ.

Dr Nihar Jangle, Advisor, Climate Risk Insurance, GIZ

Dr. Nihar Jangle holds a doctorate degree in mathematics from Free University Berlin, where he also did his postdoctoral studies. For 2 years, he was a Visiting Scientist at Brown University, USA. Since 2017, he works at GIZ Germany as Advisor on Climate Risk Insurance. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) he implements climate risk insurance solutions in partner countries besides advising the ministry. Prior to that (2010-17), he was Director Climate Change Program at the Micro Insurance Academy, India, where he led a multi-year intervention on inclusive insurance solutions for climate-related risks covering health, crop, livestock, and natural catastrophes. This work experience led to several publications in peer-reviewed journals. Nihar’s previous work experience with a consulting company in the financial sector in Germany (2008-2010) covered risk management for large German banks.

Ms Rebecca Hausberger, Advisor, Financial Systems Development and Insurance, GIZ

Ms. Rebecca Hausberger is an advisor for insurance at the competence centre financial systems development and insurance at GIZ. She has been working for GIZ for two years and during her time, focused on topics such as climate risk and agricultural insurance, internal and external outreach programmes and partner collaborations. In the last year, she was closely involved with a recently published study on the current state of agricultural insurance. Ms. Hausberger holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Bayreuth in International Economics and Development and a master’s degree in International Development Studies from Philipps-University Marburg. Before joining GIZ, she was working at KfW and did internships with BMZ and several NGOs i.e. in Mexico and Malaysia. Ms. Hausberger will highlight the topic of digital insurance and innovative technologies for insurance.

Ms Ranmalee Gamage, Advisor, SME Sector Development Programme Sri Lanka, GIZ

Ranmalee advocates healthy competitiveness, business inclusivity, and economic sustainability to all SMSs in the fields of organic agriculture, and sustainable tourism. She works together with a range of stakeholders that supports the use of positive impact on digitalization, effective process simplifications, value-chain transparency. She has over 15 years of experience in both private and public sectors from ICT, policy, change management and process development. Ranmalee has a MSc in Strategic Marketing, and BSc in Economics and Management.

Ms Clare Harris, Technical Lead for Crisis Anticipation and Disaster Risk Financing, Start Network

Clare Harris is the Technical Lead for Crisis Anticipation and Risk Financing at the Start Network. Clare is a disaster risk specialist and operational disaster management professional, with more than 15 years operational experience working across the NGO humanitarian sector, academia and local government. Clare has an MSc in Geophysical Hazards at UCL, focusing on the use of hazard science and forecasts for early humanitarian action. She was previously the global lead for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience work at HelpAge International before joining Start Network in 2017. Clare leads on all technical aspects of Start Networks risk financing programs and anticipation work.

Ms Sumaiya Kabir, Consortium Coordinator, CARE Bangladesh

Sumaiya Kabir is the Consortium Coordinator for a CARE-led Forecast-based Early Action project in Bangladesh called ‘Scaling-up Forecast-based Action and Learning’ (SUFAL-II). Previously, Sumaiya has worked on resilience and gender in Bangladesh, Vietnam and Nepal. She will be sharing results from a recent study by CARE and Start Network on “Gender Inclusive Disaster Risk Financing” which uses a ‘Missing Voices Approach’ to examine how gender is integrated into various stages of Disaster Risk Financing programmes in Philippines and Bangladesh.

Mr Arthur Becker, Project Officer, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Environmental Protection Agency, Liberia

Arthur R.M. Becker is a Project Officer, Multilateral Environmental Agreements(MEAs), with Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He is Liberia’s national focal point for the Capacity Building Initiative For Transparency (CBIT), the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement (PAPTA) and the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI).

Ms Sarah Favrichon, Technical Advisor GIZ

Sarah Favrichon is Component Lead on Climate Risk Insurance in the GIZ Project Adaptation of agricultural value chains to climate change in Madagascar. In her work, she addresses the challenges faced by smallholder farmers in accessing adequate microinsurance products. In her intervention she will share learnings from the field on integrating gender approaches in risk transfer instruments.