CONFERENCES & PUBLICATIONS

I had the opportunity to attend and speak at different conferences that cover risk management of natural disasters and agriculture. The following provides some of the contributions with links to the relevant reports, papers and interviews.

Following the food security crisis of 2007/8, we were asked at Swiss Re by the Commonwealth Business Council (CBI) to provide an insight of how governments can use risk transfer instruments to manage food security crises. The report was published in 2009 as Insurance Solutions for Managing the Food Crisis- Private-Public Partnerships for Agriculture Investments and Risk Management.

Due to the strong growth of agricultural insurance in Asia and particularly in China, Aon Benfield, a leading (re)insurance broker organised a conference in 2010 on Agricultural Insurance: Positioned for Growth. Leading the agricultural practise for Asia Pacific at Swiss Re, I was invited to talk about Alternatives to Traditional Crop Insurance which includes concepts and case studies on index-based insurance. This later led to an article on Agricultural Re: A Fast-Growing Sector Globally in Property & Casualty 360.

In 2011, I was invited by the television channel CNBC to talk about Food Security and Risk Managment on the programs of “Squawk Box” and “Protect Your Wealth”. Shortly after the television interviews, I accepted an invitation by the Singapore Management University (SMU) to give a lecture on agricultural risk transfer solutions and their contribution to food security, based on which a summary was published as Filling Stomachs Worldwide with Agriculture Risk Transfer Solutions.

In my capacity as deputy director of the Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management (ICRM) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, I participated at the International Symposium on Catastrophe Risk Management and presented on the topics of Extreme Events - Agriculture China (2013) and Impacts of Climate-Related Black Swan Events on Food Security in SE Asia (2012) while still working at Swiss Re.

I presented on how risk management supports resilience in coping with natural disasters in Vietnam at the conference on the Risk & Strategy: Return versus Resilience organised by the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies (2013).

It was an honour to chair the 1st Asia Agricultural Insurance Conference organised by Asia Insurance Review in Singapore (2013) that brought together (re)insurers, regulators and academia and was the first conference in Asia fully dedicated to agricultural risk transfer. The conference has taken place every year since then and has become the main annual event for agricultural (re)insurance in Asia.

Due to high interest in the topic of climate change and food security, we made a joint effort between Asia Risk Centre and the climate modelling unit of the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2015 to organise the first conference in Southeast Asia on Linking Climate Change to Food Security. The conference was attended by leading climate researchers, food security experts and agricultural modellers, (re)insurers, multilateral financing institutions and and government agencies.