Japan: More than 10,000 deaths (most likely) (March 14, 2011)

It’s now around noon time on Tuesday in Japan. As of today, it seems more and more likely that the number of victims from the 9.0 magnitude quake (revised from 8.9) and tsunami will be more than 10,000. While the number of official deaths is still at about 3,000 (according to the authorities), the number […]

Is Japan Facing a Perfect Storm? (Sunday, March 13)

As time passes, one better appreciates the scale of the devastation in Japan. When I wrote on the blog yesterday a few hours after the quake hit and the 30-feet high wave tsunami started, “only” a few hundred people were reported dead. Historical number of deathS in an OECD country As of Sunday morning (EST) […]

6th Edition – 2011 WEF Global Risk Report released!

Our 2011 Global Risks report is now released. (Pdf) The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2011, Sixth Edition has identified economic disparity and global governance failures as central risks in the global risk landscape, exacerbating and driving a range of other risks. The report identifies economic imbalances and unfunded liabilities as containing the seeds of […]

Just released! Natural Hazards, Unnatural Disasters. Nov 2010

The joint World Bank-United Nations’ Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) just released an ambitious report. Dr. Michel-Kerjan was one of the contributors to background studies used to write this report. The Earthquakes, droughts, floods, and storms are natural hazards, but unnatural disasters are the deaths and damages that result from human acts […]

World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa – Oct.26-28, 2010. Marrakech.

Purpose, Resilience and Prosperity The 2010 World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa will take place on 26-28 October in Marrakech, in partnership with the Government of Morocco. Dr. Michel-Kerjan will lead the Open Source session on Global Risks on October 27, 2010. Under the theme “Purpose, Resilience and Prosperity”, the meeting […]

Terrorism Insurance: Where Do We Stand? Paris, June 1-2, 2010

As Chair of the OECD High Level Advisory Board on financial management of large-scale catastrophes, Dr. Michel-Kerjan will lead a two-day event on the status of international terrorism insurance markets at the OECD headquarters in Paris, France on June 1-2. The purpose of the meeting is to interact on the current status of terrorism risk […]

Wharton Club of Houston – April 7, 2010

Wharton Houston Speakers Forum April 2010 CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Join us for Arts Leadership in Focus – Carnegie Hall. February 18, 2010

I’m thrilled to participate in this unique event in New York as a moderator of the panel discussion (see below). The World Economic Forum and Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL) Present: Arts Leadership in Focus, a Concert Highlighting the Work of Young Global Leaders, at Carnegie Hall on February 18, 2010 Join us for […]

World Economic Forum’s 2010 Global Risk Report

January 14, 2010: Release of the Global Risk Report 2010 Warnings of the long shadow of the financial crisis I’m pleased to announce the release of the 5th edition of the WEF GRR report. The result of extensive input throughout the previous year by experts from business, academia, and the public sector, Global Risks 2010 […]

Publication of The Irrational Economist (January 2010)

The Irrational Economist: Making Decisions in a Dangerous World is released this month from Public Affairs Press (New York and London). A book for everyone. At a time of immensely consequential choices, it has never been more important to make the right decisions. But how can we be sure we are not making fatal mistakes? […]