Erwann Michel-Kerjan, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions; Executive Director, Wharton Risk Center, The Wharton School

About Erwann:

Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan joined the Wharton School in 2002 where his research has focused on managing and financing extreme events, primarily natural disasters and mega-terrorism, and on consequent strategic crisis management. His current work ranges from terrorism risk financing, energy interdependence and non-proliferation, and climate change to the impact of information sharing on optimal risk sharing. His research also includes a large Wharton study on the future of natural disaster insurance and mitigation, in partnership with 17 leading insurers, reinsurers, banks, and trade associations.

Erwann works with the World Economic Forum on several initiatives to identify ways of preventing, mitigating, and responding to significant enterprise risks. He is a co-author of the WEF Global Risks Report that is launched every year at the annual meeting in Davos, and was named a Young Global Leader by the WEF (Davos) in 2007.

Dr. Michel-Kerjan serves as Chairman of the OECD Secretary-General's High Level Advisory Board on Financial Management of Catastrophes. He has authored or co-authored over 50 publications including Treatise on New Risks and Seeds of Disaster and Roots of Response: How Private Action Can Reduce Public Vulnerability.

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