Regional Sales Director, DigitalGlobe
Dave Benson, works for DigitalGlobe as the Regional Sales Director with responsibilities for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Mr Benson focusses on the environment, mining and agriculture market sectors and is responsible for both direct business with government and multi-national organizations as well as managing partners providing value added services to these segments. He has 20 years’ experience of geographic data sales in roles for HarperCollins Publishers, Infotech Enterprises, TeleAtlas and DigitalGlobe in diverse range of markets with a particular expertise in building “ecosystems” to address the requirements of the market to solve business problems with geographic data as the core. Mr. Benson holds a BSc in Applied Physics from Brunel University and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from London University (Chelsea College).
Worldwide Executive, IBM Analytics
Tony Boobier is a Worldwide Executive with IBM, focussing on Analytics for Financial Services and with particular interests in Fintech and the Partner ecosystem. He is qualified in engineering, insurance, marketing and supply chain management.
After 20 years in customer facing roles with insurers and intermediaries, he recognised technology as the great enabler of industry change. He has now worked in the tech sector for nearly a decade, with a global remit, a global voice, and a global perspective.
He is keen to infuse ‘location’ into all analytical decisions. ‘After all’, he says, ‘Everything and everyone is somewhere’. His recent Thought Leadership blog
discusses whether ‘location’ could be the golden thread which unifies the complexity of Big Data.
Owner, Ambiental Technical Solutions
Justin Butler is a leading expert and advisor on both the scientific development and commercial applications of flood risk mapping and modelling. Having founded Ambiental in 2002, today Justin leads its day-to-day operations in both the UK and internationally.
A regular in the media, Justin’s insights are often sought by both news and current affairs programmes responding to flood events, as well as by more in depth documentary programmes and the general press in both the UK and abroad.
Alongside a Ph.D. in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), flood science and applied mathematics from Cambridge University, Justin also has a wealth of commercial experience driving high-technology software development for insurance risk rating and loss modelling.
Marketing Manager, NQC Ltd.
Matthew supports a range of organisations to engage their global supply chains across diverse themes using NQC's supply chain management technology. From social outcomes such as modern slavery, environmental sustainability and supply resilience, his work includes communication campaigns to the 500,000+ suppliers that utilise NQC's platforms. Matthew also supports product design at NQC to ensure new solutions effectively communicate emergent ideas in risk and compliance to buyers and suppliers.
Matthew is experienced in marketing and communications with a focus on sustainability, and has previously worked within social enterprises specialising in working conditions and city centre regeneration.
Catastrophe Analyst, Guy carpenter
Yannick Drif joined the Paris GC Analytics team in 2012. Graduated from ISFA as a financial engineering specialist, he worked previously for Axa on Cat modeling studies, especially Cat Bonds. His current responsibilities are related to supporting French clients. He is the main lead on conflagration studies and 3D analysis in Paris office and participates in development and extension of GIS analysis tools into cat modelling process.
Head Cat Perils Europe Hub, Director Group Underwriting, Swiss Re
Peter Hausmann is heading the Cat Perils Europe Hub since 2010 and responsible for Swiss Re's CatNet Services
. He is as well a member of the Board of PERILS AG
He graduated 1986 in Rural Engineering and Geodesyfrom the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH in Zurich and started his career at Elektrowatt, Zurich, as consulting engineer in groundwater modelling and GIS/CAD. In 1990 he joined Swiss Re in Zurich. After working as Storm and Flood Specialist, he took over a leading role in research & development in Cat Perilswhere Swiss Re’s in-house, natural perils pricing tools for atmospheric perils, flood and earthquake aredeveloped.
GIS Expert, Swiss Mobiliar Insurance
Livia Hollenstein works at the Competence Center Natural Hazards of the Swiss Mobiliar Insurance Company. The Competence Center is responsible for the GIS, for the funding of public prevention measures against natural hazards as well as for the collaboration with the Mobiliar Lab for Natural Risks at the University of Bern. Within her team, Livia Hollenstein has been involved with the integration of actuarial data into the GIS, spatial analyses within and outside of the field of natural hazards, and the development of in-house WebGIS applications. She holds a MSc in Geography and worked as a research assistant at the ETH and the University of Zurich.
Use and Applications of Spatial Data within a Mutual Insurance Company
In consequence to increased exposure to natural disasters during the last decade, Swiss Mobiliar established a threefold natural hazards prevention strategy. The strategy is based on Mobiliar’s understanding of CSR as a mutual insurance company and includes a fund for hazard prevention projects, a research collaboration and a geographic information system.
Mobiliar’s Geographic Information System (MobiGIS) was the first system to assemble all of the natural hazard maps of Switzerland and combined those with actuarial data. It consists of automated background processing, a desktop solution and a number of lightweight WebGIS applications, which are tailored to specific use cases within different departments.
Areas of application include the assessment of prevention measures, claims management, maximum possible loss scenarios, control of accumulation of risks and market development. MobiGIS is used for the rating of customers and for evaluating the effectiveness of prevention projects. Also, real-time probability of hail data serve for same day estimation of loss in case of hailstorms whilst decades of hail claim data is used to evaluate and improve the POH data and facilitate hail warning.
These examples show how Swiss Mobiliar, to assure the insurability of natural disasters, invests in prevention, awareness raising, and transparency. For the future, considerations go towards how digital services based on our GIS data and expertise can create values for the public as well as new business models for Mobiliar.
Lead Automotive, Geocom Informatik GmbH
After studying economic geography in Stuttgart, Jürgen worked for 4 years at Robert Bosch in different plants and was responsible for the introduction of GIS in environmental protection. In 2000, Jürgen joined Esri Germany working there for 10 years in different positions, first as Regional Sales Manager for Baden-Württemberg, then as Business Manager Automotive.
Since 2010, with the founding of Geocom Informatik GmbH, Jürgen is Branch Manager at Geocom. He is responsible for Marketing & Sales, and also Account Manager of large and global companies from the automotive and chemical industries, such as Daimler, Bosch, Continental and BASF.
Senior Product Manager GIS, AIR Worldwide
Dr. Sudha Maheshwari has over 15 years of professional GIS experience managing geospatial technologies in the world of disaster management, insurance, telecommunications, natural resources and government. She has staffed Emergency Operation Centers, managed FEMA's map modernization project for a large local government, and done door-to-door post-disaster damage assessment. Currently, she is a Senior GIS Product Manager at AIR-Worldwide, one of the leading CAT modeling firms in the world that serves the (Re)Insurance market. Previously she was a Vice President at the Sanborn Map Company, the oldest mapping and GIS company in the US. Sudha did her Ph.D. in Urban Planning with a focus on disaster damage assessment models and in her spare time she teaches graduate and undergraduate GIS classes to prepare the next generation of geospatial talent.
Head of Exposure Management, NIIT
Luke Norman is Head of Exposure Management at NIIT, focussing on Exact, NIIT's enterprise-wide exposure management application.
After 10 years of experience in exposure management within the insurance industry, he is now responsible for developing the product to meet the changing requirements of insurers globally. One of his focus areas is the implementation of risk mapping into the underwriting process, allowing underwriters to visualise all factors that affect the risk and make better informed decisions.
Under his guidance, NIIT have expanded Exact to provide a comprehensive view of insured risks, taking in geolocation, risk engineering, hazard, accumulations, modelled losses and past claims, and providing this information to all stakeholders across the organisation.
Divisional Director, Head of Spatial Analytics, Willis Towers Watson
Sharon Palmer is a Divisional Director at Willis Towers Watson’s leading the Analytics Centre of Excellence, which incorporates geo-intelligence, business intelligence and data science. Sharon spent her early career specialising in geospatial and analytical solutions for both the government and infrastructure sector but since 2006 has focused upon the insurance industry from both an underwriting and broking perspective - developing solutions, integrating both analytics and modelling. As Head of Spatial Analytics at Willis Towers Watson Sharon has utilised the power of location and analytics to enrich, model and collaborate across the wider group to deliver solutions for clients underpinned by an enterprise geospatial and analytics architecture maintained by the Analytics Centre of Excellence. Key themes encountered by the team include analysing exposure aggregation, modelling natural /man-made catastrophes and risk assessment.
Global Manager, Financial Services, Esri
As the Global Industry lead for Financial Services for Esri, Mr. Perry is responsible for working with major Insurance Companies, and Financial Institutions to envision a location strategy and deploy an associated location platform(s) within their business. He has been with Esri for 15 years, and previously led the implementation of Enterprise GIS system within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Catastrophe Risk Specialist, Sompo Canopius
Rob has nine years’ experience modelling natural hazards and has worked in Sompo Canopius’s catastrophe management team since 2010. He works in the research and development team, has been involved in building proprietary modelling tools, creating independent views of risk for key perils and developed solutions for non-modelled perils. Prior to working in insurance, Rob worked in the engineering sector specializing in flood risk management. He graduated from the University of Bristol with a first class masters degree in geography.
Technical Sales Consultant, Geocom Informatik GmbH
Nicole finished her studies (M.Sc. Ecosystems and Sustainability) at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich by the end of February 2016 and since then, she has been working as Sales Consultant for Geocom Informatik GmbH. As she was always interested in the geospatial analysis of hazards and risks with GIS technology, she took the opportunity to learn even more about those topics during several internships and working student engagements within the reinsurance industry. Now, her daily work is focused on Geocom’s Risk and Supply Chain Management solutions from a technical sales perspective.
Co-Founder, CONIAS Risk Intelligence
Nicolas Schwank is an expert for analyzing and assessing political risks. He specialized in development dynamics of political conflicts and shifts in internal and external security threats.
As part of his dissertation at the University of Heidelberg, Nicolas Schwank, in cooperation with the geographical institute, developed CONIAS’ analytical approach and created an exceptional database consisting of more than a thousand violent and non-violent political conflicts since 1945.
His company, CONIAS Risk Intelligence, offers its customers unparalleled data on political conflicts worldwide, geared towards a prompt and reliable evaluation of political country risks.
Head CatNet® office, Swiss Re
As a GeoSolutions Expert, Tina holds a diploma in physical geography, geology and landuse planning from the University and the Technical University of Munich. She joined Swiss Re Zurich in 2003 in the GEOservices department, where she was responsible for Swiss Re's central geodatabase and started heading the CRESTA secretariat in 2006. After moving back to Munich, her home town in 2012, she joined Swiss Re's CatPerils team in 2013 and since then is heading the CatNet office.
Market Delivery Manager Insurance and Finance, con terra GmbH
Markus is leading as project manager for Esri based software projects and building solutions for the insurance and finance market.
He is a senior member of the con terra staff and has over 20 years of experience in the field of geospatial technology and development. His key focus is on technical design and managing user requirements of server-based GIS systems, where he is involved in several projects as project manager and system architect.
Markus Wissing has been employed by con terra since 1999 with a long experience in software engineering and system design. During his engagement, he developed deep analytical skills and the ability to develop innovative solutions. With proved expertise as a senior system architect he is an ambitious observer and early adopter of new technologies and paradigms.