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Agriculture is one of the most vulnerable economic activities to climate change. Atmospheric variables most relevant for agriculture include temperature and precipitation. Even moderate weather anomalies such as reduced sunshine, can lead to significant crop yield loss High temperatures are a problem because they accelerate plant development. When this happens there is less time for growth and therefore less yield. Moreover, extreme heat itself decreases crop yield. Climate change does not only affect temperature, but all atmospheric variables, including precipitation. More erratic precipitation will also decrease crop yields. The impact of climate change is not uniform across crops and geographies. Uncertainties about climate change are high, but it is about the resilience of our society, economy, and pragmatically speaking of our industry. This is the most material call for action since the establishment of NatCat modelling in late 80s early 90s. SCOR does and sponsor research in the space of climate chanfe, thanks to PhD programs focusing just on this. SCOR also designed and implemented a 5-step framework that allows our leadership to predict how the risk will mutate in time and space.
Manisha Dias, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships for SCOR in the U.S., hosts this episode of SCOR’s Innovation Podcast, interviewing Felix Ortiz, CEO and co-founder of Onuu. Onuu is the first of its kind, an all-in-one banking and insurance solution, built by and for Americans of modest means. Join us to hear how Ortiz's personal childhood experiences led him to harness the power of machine learning and digital technology to design an innovative solution for a long-standing problem: helping lower middle market consumers understand financial services and improve their financial wellbeing. • Felix W. Ortiz III is the CEO and co-founder of Onuu, the first-of-its-kind, all-in-one banking and insurance solution, built by and for Americans of modest means. Founded in late 2021 and inspired by Felix’s grandmother, Candi, Onuu merges financial and insurance products, empowering lower middle market consumers to understand and improve their financial wellbeing. Felix designed Onuu to be powered by machine learning, using Candi as a guide to ensure that each human being achieves financial security. Felix currently serves as an Advisor at Neowork Ventures alongside his duties on the Intersectionality, Culture & Diversity Advisory Council at Twitter and the Rework America Task Force. Previously, he has founded several successful, high-growth startups including EmPath. Ortiz was a member of the U.S. Army 18th Airborne Corps, JAG Corps and attended St. John's University. • Manisha Dias¸ FSA, FCIA, SPLP, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, is responsible for leading the charge and oversight of proprietary product development opportunities and new ecosystem partnerships. She also oversees the business, operations and underwriting functions of the Strategic Partnerships group. Manisha joined the SCOR Canada Business Development team in 2017. She was promoted and transitioned to the U.S. Strategic Partnerships team at its inception in 2019 and was promoted again in 2021 to her current role. Prior to SCOR, she served in different actuarial roles within John Hancock and Manulife globally. Manisha earned an Honors bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science with Finance from the University of Waterloo. She is also a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and a Strategic Partner Leadership Professional.
It seems that every time a natural catastrophe happens it is unique, and something new is learned from each incident by the insurance industry. Newer thoughts on Wet-Hurricanes started to surface after Hurricane Harvey ran aground in 2017, modelling difficult frequency perils became more and more evident with the increasing losses year over year from Severe convective storms, and climate and its effect on individual perils like what happened with Winter Storm Uri in Texas in February of 2021 will also be explored. Our first episode is a review of the 2021 North Atlantic Hurricane season and its unique characteristics, effects of climate change, challenges, and projected impacts. Based on the most recent 30-year data from NOAA, the average number of named storms in a year is about 14. For the 2021 hurricane season, NOAA predicted that up to 20 named storms would form, with up to 10 hurricanes (compared to an average of 7), and up to 5 major hurricanes (compared to an average of 3).This discussion between three SCOR experts explores the lessons learned from it and how these lessons may lead to new ways of looking at this peril in the future. - Derek is SVP Natural Catastrophe Manager of The Americas, he is specialized in Catastrophe Modeling - RMS, AIR, Statistical Analysis, databases, software development, networks. He arrived in SCOR eight years ago. Prior to this, he spent 5 years at Ascot Group as VP Exposure Management. Derek has a Master degree in Management Information Systems from the Northern Illinois University, and is still based in Chicago. - Ken has over 40 years of Insurance/Reinsurance experience having begun his career in the claims dept of the Aviation and General Ins Co in 1978. He entered the world of Reinsurance in 1986 gaining independent Underwriting authority for a globally exposed Property Catastrophe Excess of Loss book in 1991. Ken primarily specialized on the US region and in 2003, after a number of years operating as a Catastrophe Underwriter in the London Market he took up a position outside Chicago, Illinois as the US Catastrophe Product lead for GE Insurance Solutions. GE Insurance Solutions was acquired by Swiss Re in 2005 and Ken was retained as a Catastrophe specialist within their US Product team until 2016 when he joined SCOR US, also in Chicago. Ken remains focused on the US Catastrophe arena and has also authored a number of published articles appertaining to US Catastrophe risk and participated in numerous industry events as a panel speaker. - Kelly is an Assistant Vice President on the Natural Catastrophe Pricing team at SCOR. She provides catastrophe expertise and risk quantification, including operational support for the pricing and accumulation of treaty business for North America. She joined SCOR in 2018 in the Chicago office and is now based in Toronto. Prior to joining SCOR, Kelly worked as a Catastrophe Risk Analyst for Aon. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics and holds the CPCU and ARe designations. Kelly also serves on the committee for CatIQ, Canada’s insured loss and exposure indices provider.
Today’s episode explores disruptive healthcare technologies in neurodegenerative diseases hosted by David Ferguson, Underwriting Development Manager in one of SCOR’s Innovation Teams. Our guest is Professor Stephen Smith, co-founder and director of ClearSky Medical Diagnostics and Professor of Electronic Engineering in the Department of Electronics at University of York. 1 in 4 people get a misdiagnosis in Parkinson’s disease which can lead to an overtreatment. Professor Smith highlights the importance of an accurate diagnosis in neurodegenerative diseases. ClearSky MD provides the PD-Monitor assisting specialists by measuring and identifying symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Finding a tolerable balance between unpleasant side effects of the medication and its benefits is another focus. The LID-Monitor (Levodopa-induced dyskinesia) offers a safe and simple way of monitoring dyskinesia in the patient’s own home. ClearSky MD’s solutions empower patients to have the tools track their own conditions remotely with clear implications for how life & health insurance products are sold and monitored.
In our latest episode Dr. Torsten Hefer, Head of SCOR’s German Life & Health Market and Business Development Department, speaks on innovation with Dr. Stefan Knoll, co-founder and CEO of DFV Deutsche Familienversicherung. In the insurance industry Stefan Knoll is considered a pioneer in terms of digitalization. Both explore “how to digitalize” in insurtech companies from a pioneer’s point of view. They also touch-base on combining financial targets with ESG and CSR ambitions in the insurtech industry.
This is the final podcast in a 3-part series on Hydrogen. Today, Michel Krenzer continues the discussion and looks at what hydrogen means for insurers and how insurance will play a key role in the energy transition. In this episode, Michel will interview three SCOR experts of Energy & Construction (re)insurance: David Cosserat, Eric Lenoir & Kevin Lumiste. In episode 1 we explained the basics of hydrogen. In episode 2, we looked at innovative future hydrogen applications. If you are interested, you can find the previous episodes on our channel. David is a chemical engineer with 20 years’ experience in risk management, including 15 years in reinsurance. David started his career as a safety engineer providing safety design reviews of heavy industry and oil and gas facilities. He joined the reinsurance industry via a major broking firm where he was a risk engineer and a client executive for oil and gas and power clients. He joined SCOR in Singapore in 2009 as APAC Energy Underwriter before relocating to Sydney to head up the P&C office, focusing on Pacific Treaties. Since August 2018, David has taken the role of Global Head of Energy within SCOR Business Solutions, based in Paris. Eric is a chemical engineer with 35 years’ experience in the insurance sector. He also holds an Associate in Risk management degree. He started his career with Industrial Risk Insurers in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He performed loss prevention surveys for large oil & chemical companies in the EMEA region. In 1989, he was transferred to Hartford, CT, USA and oversaw oil & chemical training and guidelines writing. He joined AIG in 1994 in Brussels as a senior chemical engineer and became the worldwide Energy engineering manager overseeing a team of 130 engineers specialized in oil & chemical, power generation, mining and construction. He joined SCOR in early 2015 as risk control practice leader for the Energy entity. Kevin is a Senior Construction Underwriter based in London and has over 30 years of experience in Engineering Insurance, including CAR, EAR and Operational Power. He has particular experience in EAR, with a focus on Energy and Power construction. Prior to joining SCOR he has worked at Starstone, Zurich, CV Starr, ACE and RSA. Kevin is an experienced market leader of energy construction project policies. He is an active member and contributor to the London Engineering Group, previously having acted as Chairman and Executive Committee member. Michel Krenzer has over 25 years’ experience in the insurance sector. After working for Foster Wheeler in Paris as a Chemical Engineer, he joined UAP Large Corporate Risks as a Loss Prevention Engineer. He then moved to Oil & Gas underwriting at Sorema in 1995. He moved to London in 1999 to start up a facultative branch office for Sorema before joining SCOR in 2001. He started at SCOR UK as Senior Energy Underwriter and has had various managerial positions within the Large Corporate Risks division of SCOR Global P&C. He was appointed Onshore Energy Manager for Paris and London offices in 2009 and was appointed Global Leader - Onshore Energy in 2018.
Would you share your health data to obtain Life & Health insurance? The profession of actuaries changed rapidly in the last years and so the challenges. The willingness and power of our health data gains importance. Hosted by David Ferguson, Underwriting Development Manager in one of SCOR’s Innovation Teams, we illuminate the challenges and changes of actuaries with respect to Life & Health insurance. Our Guest Mark Farrell, Founder of ProActuary (https://proactuary.com/) and Actuarial Science Senior Lecturer at Queen's University Belfast introduces in his research and profession as a lecturer. Founding ProActuary, he created a new way to help actuaries and actuarial students to optimize through networking, education and personal/professional development.
"Aviation is the most challenging transport sector to decarbonise, but small hydrogen planes are already in operation. Airbus is developing a 200 passenger plane with hybrid liquid hydrogen combustion plus fuel cells, to be operational in 2035... This would have been classed as Science Fiction just a few years ago!" Michel explains to us. Transportation, energy power or industry... Which sectors will be the next to experience the Hydrogen transition? Discover concretely the business applications of this energy in a near future. Don't know anything about Hydrogen? No problem, find the first episode of the series "Hydrogen Basics for the next generation" on our channel, which explains everything you need to know about this energy! If a 9 year old can do it, so do you!! Michel Krenzer has over 25 years experience in the insurance sector. After working for Foster Wheeler in Paris as a Chemical Engineer, he joined UAP Large Corporate Risks as a Loss Prevention Engineer. He then moved to Oil & Gas underwriting at Sorema in 1995. He moved to London in 1999 to start up a facultative branch office for Sorema before joining SCOR in 2001. He started at SCOR UK as Senior Energy Underwriter and has had various managerial positions within the Large Corporate Risks division of SCOR Global P&C. He was appointed Onshore Energy Manager for Paris and London offices in 2009 and was appointed Global Leader - Onshore Energy in 2018.
"I am not sure about how hydrogen works; I have heard about it a lot in school. But what I do know is that I am really interested about it and that is seems like a good solution for the environment and for our future." Nicholas, 9 years old, is wondering. In this episode, Michel Krenzer, Global Leader-Onshore Energy at SCOR P&C, will help us and Nicholas understand the basics of Hydrogen: its origin, its features, its production methods, and how this energy could be greener. Michel Krenzer has over 25 years experience in the insurance sector. After working for Foster Wheeler in Paris as a Chemical Engineer, he joined UAP Large Corporate Risks as a Loss Prevention Engineer. He then moved to Oil & Gas underwriting at Sorema in 1995. He moved to London in 1999 to start up a facultative branch office for Sorema before joining SCOR in 2001. He started at SCOR UK as Senior Energy Underwriter and has had various managerial positions within the Large Corporate Risks division of SCOR Global P&C. He was appointed Onshore Energy Manager for Paris and London offices in 2009 and was appointed Global Leader - Onshore Energy in 2018.
The Cyber Insurance market is maturing before our eyes: pricing becomes more accurate as more data comes in, and overall structures move towards more sustainable models. Threats continue to grow and the product is more relevant than ever before, but how to balance the needs of insured, brokers and underwriters and reach common-good solutions? Let’s deep dive into this episode hosted by Margaret Rose and Adriana Garcia. Margaret is based in NYC. She began her career with SCOR as an underwriter for Professional Liability and Cyber in 2016. Previously, she worked as an underwriter for Axis and Tokyo Marine. She has also an MBA in Finance, from the New York University. Adriana is an Assistant Vice President and Senior Underwriter on the Financial Lines team. She started with SCOR in May and is based in the Chicago office. She handles a broad range of risks including Cyber, Technology E&O, and Professional Liability . Adriana joined from AXIS Capital, where she handled large complex risks on the Global Tech & Cyber team. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. If you are interested in these Cyber topics or if you want to have an introduction of main concepts, please check out our Liability focus episode “Cyber (re)insurance in the US: a market in transition” Bill Kaplan and Margaret Rose share their views on insurance and reinsurance cyber markets in the US.
Like never before in their histories, petroleum companies and refineries are facing major challenges, but they are also facing opportunities. On the one hand, demand for oil and its derivatives is predicted to grow further over the coming years, before dropping due to the energy transition, while oil products, will still play a major role in the energy consumption mix for decades. On the other hand, refineries are carbon-intensive and the use of refining products produces large quantities of CO2. In the meantime, digitalisation and smart technologies are transforming our daily lives, and industrial applications are constantly being developed, adding another challenging transformation for refineries. Refineries are responding to these disruptions by innovating. Onshore energy insurers are adapting too, to be able to support their clients. DISCOVER OUR TECHNICAL NEWSLETTER ABOUT THE REFINERY OF THE FUTURE Today our guest, Michel Krenzer has over 25 years experience in the insurance sector. After working for Foster Wheeler in Paris as a Chemical Engineer, he joined UAP Large Corporate Risks as a Loss Prevention Engineer. He then moved to Oil & Gas underwriting at Sorema in 1995. He moved to London in 1999 to start up a facultative branch office for Sorema before joining SCOR in 2001. He started at SCOR UK as Senior Energy Underwriter and has had various managerial positions within the Large Corporate Risks division of SCOR Global P&C. He was appointed Onshore Energy Manager for Paris and London offices in 2009 and was appointed Global Leader - Onshore Leader in 2018.
Will Bird (AVP & Senior Associate, SCOR P&C Ventures) and Amy Parker (VP, Americas Treaty Claims) discuss ways that SCOR Global P&C is partnering with insurtechs to address claims pain points among its carrier client base, then chat with Brad Weisberg, CEO of Snapsheet, about Snapsheet’s origins and suite of claims software for insurers, including an end-to-end claims management platform, digital payments platform, and motor virtual appraisal offering. • Brad Weisberg is the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board at Snapsheet. He founded Snapsheet in 2011 and has led the company through multiple hyper-growth stages. He is also a champion for the Chicago tech community and regularly mentors leaders at emerging tech companies. • Will Bird is an Assistant Vice President & Senior Associate, SCOR P&C Ventures, based in Chicago. Will focuses primarily on insurtech investment & partnership opportunities in the Americas. His previous experience includes corporate venture capital and strategy at a leading U.S. personal lines insurer. • Amy Parker is Vice President of Americas Treaty Claims based in Chicago. Her areas of responsibility include global claims client management initiatives and engagement with SCOR P&C Ventures. Her previous experience includes 20+ years in Claims & Liability Management at leading (re)insurance organizations.
A study from Oxford University found that mental illnesses can reduce life expectancy by up to 20 years, which is the equivalent of heavy smoking. In the life and health insurance industry, mental health has been placed as a high priority on the agendas of all players. In this episode, we talk to Pilar Santamaria, SCOR Head of Western Europe and LatAm and Amir Kaplan, CEO of ifeel, on why both companies are joining forces in the mental healthcare space to innovate together in Iberia. Ifeel is a Madrid based startup focused on democratizing access to mental healthcare. Their approach is fully aligned with SCOR Global Life’s purpose of helping people to live longer and healthier lives. For SCOR, this is a unique opportunity to work closely with a company that has a distinguished value proposition which complements our business and our client’s activities. The ifeel platform and related app provides users with peace of mind by offering a convenient solution to the pressing issue of mental illness that has been accelerated by the pandemic. Mental health problems are among the ten leading causes of disability in both developed and developing countries.
The main areas of technological advancement, such as 5G, do not seem to be synonymous with green energy and can even frighten the most resistant. However, it is now possible to reconcile reliable and sustainable power with the increasingly strong demand for energy. How do we balance the various loads to grid and the amount of available power to maximize efficiencies? How will industries and households meet these expectations? Our Construction & Energy teams support the future of new energies in the US: net zero emissions, investments in solar and battery equipment storage, wind farms or local production of individual electricity. Isabelle has worked 25 years in the Construction world. She has en Engineering degrees obtained from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. She joined the insurance industry in 2001 as Construction Facultative underwriter with SCOR Business Solutions, managing strong lead placements around the world and developing the Engineering portfolio. She then developed in depth knowledge and practice of direct insurance through 8 years as Senior Underwriter and Practice leader at AXA Corporate Solutions in Paris. She is now back to SCOR Specialty Insurance as Global Head of Construction based in Zürich. Matthew is based in NYC. He arrived at SCOR six years ago as Manager for the North America Construction team. Prior to this, he was Vice-President for the Underwriting Energy & Construction team at Liberty and for the Property Facultative team at Swiss Re. He has a Bachelor degree in Finance from the Xavier University - William College of Business, Cincinnati. John Torres joined the SCOR Power & Energy Underwriting Team in Houston last January 2021. John started his career at Starr Insurance Companies as an Energy, Power Gen, and Construction Underwriter for over 6 years, his last position was Senior Underwriter for Latin America. He graduated with a Master's in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University.
With the rise of Big Data and the proliferation of data sources, companies have more and more data at their disposal. IoT and all the new technologies make it possible to collect a large amount of data. How to sort, classify and exploit them? Analytical technologies are more and more accessible and make it possible to take advantage of this data in order to create the most precise modeling solutions. Avoca Insurance Holdings is a privately held, independent company founded in Bermuda in January 2009. The company was established to start up, own, and operate highly specialized underwriting management companies. SCOR works jointly with Avoca to combine highly experienced underwriting talent with purpose-built technology and strong portfolio management controls. Danny joined Avoca at its foundation in January 2009 as CTO and has driven the development of ground breaking insurtech since then. In 2014, Danny joined the Avoca Holding Company board and with effect from Jan 1st 2018, Danny was appointed group COO in addition to his CTO role with responsibility for all group operations as well as technology development. In March 2021, Danny was appointed President of Avondale (a Avoca subsidiary) while maintaining his other duties for the Avoca Group. Derek is SVP Natural Catastrophe Manager of The Americas, he is specialized in Catastrophe Modeling - RMS, AIR, Statistical Analysis, databases, software development, networks. He arrived in SCOR seven years ago. Prior to this, he spent 5 years at Ascot Group as VP Exposure Management. Derek has a Master degree in Management Information Systems from the Northern Illinois University, and is still based in Chicago. Rob is also based in Chicago. He began his career with SCOR as Senior Vice President, Chief Pricing Actuary - Americas in 2015. He is today Senior Vice President Head of Innovation for SCOR’s Pricing & Modeling team. Prior to SCOR, he worked as Vice President Chief Pricing Actuary / Head of Agriculture Practice for Navigators Re. He graduated with a Bachelor in Mathematics and Political Science from the Northwestern University.
In this episode, we are talking to Chris Rehse, founder and and CEO of Neotiv. Founded in 2017, neotiv has developed a digital assistant to monitor and aid the memory of patients with Dementia and Alzheimer's and focuses on improving the early detection of these conditions to facilitate efficacy monitoring, new therapies, and early intervention and prevention of brain health. Relevant for medical underwriting and post-purchase prevention and intervention measures, neotiv's medical platform presents cognitive tests to track cognitive changes in memory and visual information over time. The company also focuses on research, diagnostics and drug development for these conditions.
What if AI and Big Data meet foresight? Praedicat in partnership with SCOR, offers a forward looking emerging risk model. Through this podcast we are going to understand how this tool works and how it can help our Casualty team to develop their relationship with the clients. Why is there a lag in the casualty catastrophe models compared to the property market? What are the main advantages from a casualty underwriting perspective but also from a claim perspective? The time savings and risk reduction enabled by Praedicat also make it possible to start new conversations and projects with clients. Maura Haynes, a US citizen and Argentinian, joined SCOR in 2016 and was promoted to US GL Team Leader in 2019. She has over 20 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry. Prior to SCOR, Maura worked at Swiss Re in various underwriting capacities. Maura graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has also achieved an MBA from Northwood University. Steven Strauss has been appointed as US Deputy Team Leader for Casualty. Before 2014, Steven was the Vice President of Business Development at Berkley Program Specialists. He was responsible for the generation of new business and the continuing development of existing relationships with a growing portfolio of Program Administrators. Steven is gaduated from Lake Forest College, in Illinois. Emale Laurant is Vice President, Accumulation Team Lead for the Global Casualty lines related to the processes ranging from supporting the Global and Legal Entity accumulations of risks. He has been working at SCOR for 5 years, before he was Risk Actuary at AIG and XL Group. Emale is graduated from Trinity College-Hartford, Connectitut, with a BS Degree option Mathematics and Chemistry.
Global fertility has been declining at a fast pace. From 1990 to 2019, the fertility rate fell from 3.2 to 2.5 live births per woman. We are talking to Pascal Koenig, co-founder and board member of Ava about tackling infertility with science. Ava is clinically proven to identify both the opening and closing of the fertile window, letting you know your five best days to try for a baby. In a world where fertility is falling due to lower childhood mortality rates, access to birth control, and focus on career development for women and men, one in seven couples may have difficulties conceiving. With medical treatments being considerably expensive, Swiss startup Ava has created a wearable to identify a woman’s fertile window based on 3 million biomarkers.
Did you know that in Latin America, for every thousand individuals, there are only two physicians? Imagine you are at home, feeling terribly sick but having no access to medical care. Colombian startup 1DOC3 is tackling this exact situation as the largest telemedicine provider in Latin America. There is no more Doctor Google. Today we are talking to Javier Cardona, co-founder, and CEO of 1DOC3. How does it work? 1DOC3 is connecting doctors with people who have health related questions with their AI-driven symptom checker and chat. With over 1.5 million users and 300.000 consults every month, 1DOC3's digital health platform providers individualised medical information to Spanish speakers in countries like Colombia and Mexico.
ESG, CSR, two terms that we hear more and more in our personal and professional lives. What do they stand for and why are they so important today in business strategies? Paul Nunn, Senior Advisor in charge of ESG strategy for SCOR P&C, introduces and differentiates these themes, with examples and use cases. He then explains the various innovations and trends that we will face in the near future from sustainable and social aspects, and with a focus on the (re)insurance industry. Green hydrogen, wind farms, energy efficiency, carbon capture, etc. If you are not yet comfortable with these topics, find out what they could bring to your business in this 15min podcast. Before his current position, Paul was responsible for pricing catastrophe risk on inwards business, and accumulation of catastrophe loss potential for natural hazard perils globally. Alongside his role at SCOR P&C, Paul is a director of the non-profit Oasis Loss Modelling Framework company, an open source platform for developing, deploying and executing catastrophe models. He is also actively participating in the Insurance Development Forum working group on Risk Modelling & Mapping, which seeks to improve global understanding and quantification of disaster risk, particularly in developing countries.
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