Alan Milroy has 25 years’ experience as a Global Property Underwriter in London and other International Markets. More recently he became The Catastrophe Underwriter for XL Catlin’s International Property division bringing greater insight to Local Underwriters on both Modelled and non modelled risk.
The Weather Company, an IBM Business
After completing an MSc. in Applied Meteorology in 2004, James worked in the offshore industry as an operational meteorologist for 8 years. As Senior Marine Forecaster, James built and managed weather data servers to provide forecasters with the latest and best weather data to help global offshore operations. Offshore work took him around the world helping a variety of organisations optimise their operations with weather data. This ranged from preparing spectral wave analyses on the world's largest floating crane in the North Sea during hurricane force winds, to modelling the notoriously difficult Caspian Sea winds. With The Weather Company, James helps integrate weather data and services into a variety of global organisations. This entails bridging the gap between technical aspects of meteorological data sets and complex commercial requirements.
Disaster Response Technology Consultant
Ryan Bank is an Emerging Technology Expert and Innovation Evangelist who enables governments and corporate clients to gather Social and Open Source Intelligence. Besides advising governments and corporations on the use of Emerging Technology, he is also a featured speaker both nationally and internationally on the organizational value of Innovation. He also teaches at Northwestern University, examining the intersection of technology and global development. Ryan also developed a system — deployed by the US Coast Guard — that used social media monitoring to find survivors after the 2010 Haiti earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Based on an extensive set of tools — including the remarkable work of several NGOs and Private Volunteer Organizations — he was able to monitor hundreds of thousands of messages coming from Haiti, looking for those that needed immediate rescue. Ultimately, this intelligence would be passed to commanders in the field and rescue teams were launched to the location. Currently acting as a consulting partner with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) on developing the Geospatial Intelligence Center (GIC), that will be used to benefit their member insurance companies and, at the same time, support U.S. Government and non-governmental entities, in the form of disaster response capabilities and the application of emerging technology by providing a unique view of catastrophic incidents, both natural and manmade.
Catherine Gwilliam is the CEO and Co-Founder of Geollect Limited, a geospatial intelligence company providing solutions to visualise, analyse and contextualise large, fragmented datasets using advanced automation methods. Geollect’s solutions provide powerful, actionable insights for decision support which have led to millions of dollars in savings for its clients. Prior to Geollect, Catherine served in the US Intelligence Community with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as a specialist embedded within the US Secret Service, US Navy Central Command and US Department of Homeland Security. She provided geospatial intelligence support to top level protective, military, diplomatic, and disaster relief operations as well as critical infrastructure protection missions. Many of her products are still used in US government workflows and they set the benchmark for all geospatial products in those specific mission areas.
Dr. Ryan Lloyd is a Geospatial Intelligence Officer at Geollect, a geospatial intelligence company providing solutions to visualise, analyse and contextualise large, fragmented datasets using advanced automation methods. Geollect’s solutions provide powerful, actionable insights for decision support which have led to millions of dollars in savings for its clients. Ryan leads on Geollect’s data science and model development towards applications in a range of sectors, including insurance. Ryan has a PhD in geophysics and remote sensing, for which he applied cutting-edge analytical modelling and statistical analysis techniques to satellite based remote sensing data sets.
Munich Reinsurance Company
The integration of spatial and geographical thinking in the insurance value chain is Andreas´ passion since 25 years. His main focus is the development and implementation of solutions and services to enable underwriters in managing their exposure to natural and man-made catastrophes by combining insurance information with (geo)scientific analytics based on GIS-technology. Since 2004 he is heading the Geospatial Solutions Team at Munich Re leveraging location intelligence and geospatial analytics in the Munich Re Group. Based on new IT solutions (e.g. Hadoop, SAP Hana, ArcGIS Portal) many innovations are aligned to geospatial analytics and data management, leveraging Spatial Big Data and other analytics initiatives (e.g. remote sensing) in the insurance community. In numerous lectures and articles in the geoscience and insurance community he is stressing the benefits of location based solutions in the context of digital transformation and digitalisation
HawkSight SRM Ltd
Paul founded HawkSight SRM after a career that includes both the UK Military and security risk consultancy in the middle east and Africa. His experience also includes work as a specialist investigator for HMCE and leading the field intelligence and analysis team which was responsible for brokering a peace agreement in Acheh, Indonesia. He is an active proponent of dovetailing enterprise security risk management (ESRM) with that of enterprise risk management (ERM) so that organisations – from global corporates to INGOs – can benefit from the adoption of a risk led approach to managing their physical security effectively. Something which is increasingly important as the nature of threat continues to change and homeland security considerations come to the forefront.