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Professor Benjamin Horton is a principal investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore and Chair of the Asian School of the Environment in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). In July 2020 he took on directorship of the Earth Observatory of Singapore. Prior to joining NTU, Professor Horton was Professor at Rutgers University and Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Horton obtained his BA from the University of Liverpool, UK, and PhD from the University of Durham, UK.
Professor Horton has won a number of awards in his career. In 2019, he was appointed the President’s Chair in Earth Sciences at NTU for outstanding achievement. For excellence in research, he received the Plinius Medal from the European Geosciences Union, the Voyager Award from the American Geophysical Union, and the W. Storrs Cole Award from the Geological Society of America. He was elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2013 and Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2018. Professor Horton was an author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report and is a Review Editor for the new 6th Assessment Report. Professor Horton’s research was cited by President Obama in his 2015 State of the Union Address at the United States Capitol on January 20th 2015.
Professor Horton has published over 220 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including 28 articles in high profile journals such as Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Geology. Professor Horton is supervising or has supervised 24 students to the degree of PhD and 22 postdoctoral scientists, of which 17 now have permanent academic positions.
Professor Horton’s research concerns sea-level change, with the aim of understanding and integrating the external and internal mechanisms that have determined sea-level changes in the past, and which will shape such changes in the future. His research impacts upon important ecological, ethical, social, economic, and political problems specifically facing coastal regions.
Ieva Segura Cobos is Swiss Re's Head of Regulatory Risk Management Asia, based out of Singapore. In her role, Ieva is assessing opportunities, identifying and managing risks arising from regulatory and policy changes such climate change and sustainability across Asia that impact Swiss Re, collaborating with the cross functional teams across the region. She is also responsible for regulatory interactions with the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Swiss Re's regional regulator. Prior to this role, Ieva spent almost 5 years in Swiss Re's Regulatory Risk Management EMEA, in roles of increasing responsibilities while being based out of London with short assignments in Switzerland and Israel. In the last role as Acting Head of Regulatory Risk Management EMEA, she developed Swiss Re's advocacy strategy ensuring that the company has clear positions to engage with insurance regulators and policymakers in EMEA. As part of her responsibilities, she acted as Associate Chair of the Reinsurance Advisory Board (RAB), a global association of Europe's largest reinsurers. She also represented Swiss Re at the Board of Directors of the European Financial Services roundtable, an organization representing the interests of Europe's major banks and re/insurers.
Before joining Swiss Re, Ieva was with the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF), where she managed a portfolio of 15 Strategic Partners (SPs) in the financial services industry. Ieva began her professional career at the United Kingdom’s Parliament, where she served at the Office of Barry Gardiner, MP. She majored in Economics and International Relations at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada and holds a Master's in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics (LSE). A Lithuanian citizen, she speaks English, Spanish, German, and French.
Paul Wee is a Corporate Actuary with Swiss Re since early 2019, where he is in charge of the reserving and reporting for the Swiss Re Asia Limited entity. He is currently the Appointed Actuary for Swiss Re Malaysia. Paul has 17 years general insurance actuarial experience in reserving, treaty pricing, and risk management in the region, and 2 years initially in life insurance.
Prior to Swiss Re, he was working in two direct insurers in actuarial and risk management involved in captive studies, reinsurance optimization and insurance risk management. Prior to that he had spent 11 years in SCOR Reinsurance Asia being involved across the pricing and reserving functions.
Paul is a Fellow of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries UK, and is the Chair of the SAS ERM Committee which supports the Emerging Risk, Climate Risk and AI Modelling working parties with the vision of building a collaborative actuarial platform for the community. He is a volunteer with the IFoA Cyber Risk Investigation and the GI Asia Working Groups.
- Topic: Climate Risk
- Date: 27 July 2020 (Monday)
- Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
- CPD: 1 hour
- Platform: Zoom. Details will be shared after registration
- Fees: Free for SAS members. SGD 20 for non-SAS members
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