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Julian Richardson   Julian Richardson – CEO with 18 years’ experience in the re/insurance sector. He was a producing broker at Marsh focusing on oil and gas business in the Middle East and Africa. He helped lead the development of products and business opportunities within the carbon market for the wider MMC group of companies which included Marsh, Mercer & Putnam. More recently as underwriting risk manager at GE Insurance Solutions he was responsible for the Global Markets business, consisting of specialty re/insurance covering energy, marine, aviation, property, casualty and alternative risk finance insurance and reinsurance business. He was the FSA approved person for the London legal entity. Julian has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management where his dissertation was on Carbon Trading Risk. He has spoken at numerous international conferences on risk management and climate change insurance.
 
Dr Anthony Knap   Dr. Anthony Knap – Director – Dr. Knap is currently the James R. Whatley Endowed Chair in Geosciences, Professor of Oceanography and Director, Geochemical and Environmental Research Group at Texas A&M University. His expertise is in the intersection between business and science and especially the affect on regional and global climate on meteorological events and how these changes affect business. Eighteen years ago Knap founded the Risk Prediction Initiative, a partnership between the science community and the Insurance industry providing essential information on natural disasters (tropical cyclones, floods, tornadoes, hail, fire and geo-hazards), and their effect on the business of risk. Dr. Knap is on the Board of Board of Shoreline Mutual (Bermuda) Ltd. and Arvak Ltd. which are financial pollution guarantee companies for ship owners worldwide. Until its sale to Validus Re, he was on the Board of Flagstone Reinsurance, a NYSE listed property catastrophe re-insurer. He was on the Board of the Offshore Energy Institute in the US. Dr. Knap was President, Director and Senior Research Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) for 25 years. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the environment and climate and is a current member of the Steering Committee of the Global Ocean Observing system of the UN.
 
Advisory Panel

Andrew Dlugolecki

  Andrew Dlugolecki Andrew spent much of his career at the Aviva insurance company holding several senior roles including Chief Manager for Branch Operations in UK until 1991, then head of International Division until 1997 and finally Director of General Insurance Development until 2000. During this time Andrew developed his knowledge of climate change and the impacts on the financial services sector. Since leaving Aviva Andrew has been working as a private consultant focusing on climate change and insurance. Andrew was lead author on the effect of climate change on financial services for works by the Department of the Environment (UK 1991 and 1996), EU (2000), and the IPCC (1995), and editor of that section of the 2001 IPCC assessment. He has chaired three major studies into climate change by the UK Chartered Insurance Institute (the latest in 2009). He is a member of  the statutory Adaptation SubCommittee responsible for supervising the UK's plans to adapt to climate change and is adviser to the UNEPFI (United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative) on climate change issues. Andrew has a B Sc (Hons) in Pure Mathematics at Edinburgh(1970),  MA in Operational Research at Lancaster(1971), and a Ph D in Technological Economics at Stirling (1978). He is Fellow of Chartered Insurance Institute (1990), Fellow of Royal Meteorological Society(1992), Member of UK Social Investment Forum (2003) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia.
 
    Ms. Saima Qadir – Associate Saima brings over 20 years of experience in capital markets/emerging markets, renewable energy, & climate finance. After a career on Wall St as a derivatives risk manager & emerging markets bond trader, she helped pioneer renewable energy & carbon finance investments at the World Bank. She brings unique inter-disciplinary project development & financing experience across different types of renewable energy (hydro, geothermal, wind, solar, biomass), energy efficiency, forestry, water, & agriculture value chain projects, as well as an understanding of DFI & private sector processes. She brings a risk based approach to mitigate project risks, which is informed by operations experience in over 50 countries, including in Africa, Central/Latin America, Asia, & the UAE. Her finance/risk management, environmental science/climate change, & operations background gives her a unique ability to facilitate access to affordable finance for climate finance projects.
 
 
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