Boston Tragedy – Our Thoughts and Prayers Go Out To the Victims and Families.

The Boston marathon bombs that killed three people and injured more than 170 are the worst terror attack on US soil since 9/11. More than 1,000 law enforcement officials from 30 state and federal agencies have now been committed to tracking down whoever was responsible for Monday’s twin blasts; early investigation reveal that the bombs […]

Global Risks in 2013: The Davos Barometer

The world is most at risk from the lingering financial crisis, deflecting attention from climate change at a time of increasing extreme weather events, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2013 report. A survey of over 1,000 experts and industry leaders has identified the top two most prevalent global risks to be severe […]

OECD HQ, Dec 5, 2012. Terrorism Risk and Insurance Markets.

Second OECD International Conference on Terrorism Risk and terrorism Insurance Markets – Paris, France – December 5, 2012 How is the terrorism threat evolving today? Are organizations preparing for this risk? Do current insurance solutions adequately answer the needs of market players in an ever-changing risk context? What is the future of temporary national terrorism […]


Hurricane Sandy has made landfall. Its winds have pushed a lot of water inland, and combined with heavy precipitations, flood damages are likely to be very important. Who will pay for your losses? The answer is it depends on whether or not you have flood insurance covering your property. Warning: your traditional homeowner insurance coverage […]

Sandy: A Leadership Test Days only before the US Presidential Elections

“As of Saturday, Sandy is predicted to be a major hurricane that could hit the east coast of the US and inflict severe damages. For now it is mainly a TV event which one watches evolving live on TV. But has it continues to move North and becomes stronger, preparedness will be key. As many […]

G20 Steering Group Meeting on Disaster Risk Management. Mexico City, September 2012.

For the first time ever, the G20 has recognized the importance of addressing challenges of disaster risk management and the financial impacts of under preparedness of governments and businesses. In his quality as Chairman of the OECD Secretary-General Board on Financial Management of Catastrophes, Dr. Michel-Kerjan was invited to address senior officials from G20 member […]

Testimony before Congress: The Future of the $100bn Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

On September 11, 2012, Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan testified before the House Committee on Financial Services. “Thank you, Chairman Biggert. Let me open by saying that if our common goal, is to make the Nation more financially resilient to future terrorist attacks, and also to limit the spending of taxpayers’ money, then our debate should not […]

Large NBER Conference on Catastrophe Risks. May 11 & 12, 2012. Cambridge, MA

Every 10 years or so the US National Bureau of Economic Research gathers together top thinkers and practitioners on catastrophe risks for a special 1.5 day event to highlight cutting edge research in the field. * What are the key challenges and opportunities posed by extreme events today? * What have we learned in recent […]

Creating Value through Cause-Related Marketing and Celebrity Advocacy: The Case of YouthAIDS & PSI

New Case study released! Abstract: Population Services International (PSI) is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV, reproductive health and non-communicable diseases. Working in partnership with the public and private sectors, and harnessing market practices, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world’s most […]

Interview on Bloomberg TV (Jan 2012)