Dr. Erwann O. Michel-Kerjan (EMK) is an authority on managing the (emerging) risks, the financial impact and the business and public policy challenges/opportunities associated with catastrophic events.
What is a catastrophic event? Any extraordinary occurrence capable of inflicting significant casualties and/or severe economic and reputation losses. Think floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis or global climate change and environmental disasters. Think also devastating terrorist threats, cyber-attacks, pandemics, managerial errors, financial and economic upheavals. …
Originally from Brittany in France (hence his Celtic name), he completed his PhD in economics and finance in 2002 at age 26, then joined the Wharton School (Philadelphia, PA – USA), one of the world’s premier business schools. He teaches in both the Wharton MBA and executive programs and serves as Executive Director of the Wharton Risk Center.
Named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (Davos) — “an honor bestowed to recognize and acknowledge the most extraordinary leaders of the world under the age of 40” — EMK advises several businesses, heads of state and senior policymakers, international organizations and foundations on how to build resilience against those events and develop innovative solutions that create value. Since 2008 he also serves as Chairman of the OECD Secretary-General Advisory Board on Financial Management of Catastrophes (34 member countries).
Award-winning author, he has given over 150 invited keynotes and public speeches.
His view of the future is simple: the world will see more and more of these unprecedented events, devastating catastrophes. As the 2000s decade has clearly proven to be the case, we –as individuals, companies, society– need to completely re-think the way we approach these questions. His mission is to help us think more clearly about the answers.
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