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European Risk Management Seminar 2020

The impact of climate change on corporate exposures will mostly occur over the next 10-20 years. Corporate reporting, however, is much shorter term. Risk managers need to communicate to senior management that climate-related risks cannot be left for a later date, especially when the EU is putting pressure on businesses to become more sustainable now.

  • What are the key value metrics companies should focus on to understand climate change exposure?
  • Is it a risk management approach or a leadership initiative?
  • What financial mitigation solutions are possible? Are parametric triggers for insurance useful or too complicated? What role could captives play?

The session will give examples of risk transfer solutions where parametrics complement traditional insurance structures with possible participation of captives. 


Risk managers will hear how businesses can become more sustainable, especially within the Green Plan for Europe. They will also discuss measures that can make their organisations more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

They will consider climate-related risks from a risk transfer perspective and the potential for using parametric solutions to complement traditional insurance solutions. Some “real-life” examples will make the picture complete.

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Speakers on stage

  • Stefano Bonelli

    Principal Consultant, Climate Change Lead for Southern Europe
    ERM Paris

    Stefano Bonelli is a Partner within ERM Paris, in charge of ERM climate change services in Southern Europe. Stefano has an extensive technical and scientific background – PhD in climate modeling and M.Sc. in environmental engineering – and a pronounced interest for sustainability and EHS issues.

    Dr. Bonelli advises clients improve their sustainability performances and develop and implement effective strategies to deliver value through sustainability. His project experience includes sustainability advisory and ESG; Climate Change advisory (GHG footprinting, SBT, Net Zero advisory); Climate Change risk & resilience, including TCFD; Sustainable Finance; training and capacity building.

    Since 2018, he represents ERM at Entreprises pour l’Environnement (EpE), gathering 40+ French and international large companies from all sectors of the Country’s economy to push forward the Country’s sustainability agenda.

    Stefano has a relevant international experience and he has successfully completed projects in more than 25 Countries in Europe, Africa, Americas and Asia, across a broad range of industrial sectors (including corporates and finance institutions).

  • Rob Bailey

    Director, Climate Resilience
    Marsh & McLennan

    Based at global management consultancy Oliver Wyman, Rob is responsible for climate change research and thought leadership across the Marsh & McLennan group of companies, which also includes the investment adviser and fund manager Mercer, the world’s largest insurance broker – Marsh, and the world’s largest reinsurance broker – Guy Carpenter. Prior to this, he was Director of the Energy, Environment and Resources Department at Chatham House, and before that, he was responsible for climate change and economic policy at Oxfam GB, having started his career at Oliver Wyman. Rob has published widely and held numerous advisory positions on climate, resilience and sustainable development issues, and was a lead author of the United Nation’s Sixth Global Environment Outlook.

  • Gianluca Ferrari

    Insurance & Agrometeorology Manager

    Always passionate about meteorology, Gianluca studied Atmospheric Physics and Meteorology at the University of Bologna and has collaborated with the MeteoNetwork ONLUS Association since 2010 in the field of scientific dissemination.

    Since 2014 he has been working at Radarmeteo and he has held the role of Insurance & Agrometeorology Manager for which he coordinates the weather data analysis activities for applications in the insurance field supporting loss adjusters operations and the development of parametrics in Italy.

  • Antoine Denoix

    Chief Executive Officer
    AXA Climate

    Antoine is the CEO of AXA Climate. In 2008, after working at Google France, he co-founded “fifty-five”, a global data marketing agency. Five years ago, he joined AXA France ExCom, as Chief Marketing, Digital, Partnerships and Customer Officer. He published three books, including “Big Data, Smart Data, Stupid Data” last year. No doubt – parametric insurance is the best space to mix data, technology and protection!

  • Bart Smets

    Head of Insurance and Risk Management

    After graduation from the Brussels University as Master in Law, Bart started to work as an insurance broker for a former Fortis company (Afidif). He then spent about 15 years of his career as an international insurance broker with companies like Willis Towers Watson and Van Breda Risk and benefits, during which time he obtained a Master in Insurance and Risk Management from the University of Leuven.

    In 2012, he became Global Risk and Insurance Manager for Eurofins SE, an international life sciences company which provides analytical testing services across multiple industries.

    Since May 2017, Bart is heading the Insurance and Risk department at Umicore, a global materials technology and recycling group.