Ryan Springall - Capital Allocation Decision Making in the Face of Extreme Climate

Event type: 
11 March 2020
2.00pm - 3.00pm

Climate Change Research Centre, Seminar Room, Mathews Building 4th floor, UNSW, Sydney

Dr. Ryan Springall
Risk Frontiers
CLEX & Climate Change Research Centre

Everyday, insurance and reinsurance companies and capital markets make decisions on risk and how to allocate capital against the possibility to catastrophic losses. Far from being an abstract process, this is crucial in ensuring that companies are able to meet their liabilities to individuals, companies and governments that rely on financial support and indemnification to rebuild after disasters and embed resilience.

In this presentation, Dr Ryan Springall will articulate how the global financial system uses detailed catastrophe loss and climate models to price risk and allocate capital. Further he will show how critical it is to have a robust and independent scientific community that is objective in the assessment of climate risks and how the work being done by researchers is having real-time impact on the financial industry.

Brief Biography: Risk Frontiers is a company that specialises in the assessment and management of risk across the Asia-Pacific region. Their research and expertise cover major hazards affecting the region including floods, tropical cyclones, storms, bushfires, heatwaves, coastal erosion and earthquakes. They also work with communities to understand the human dimension of risk and policy implications.

Ryan is General Manager at Risk Frontiers and is responsible for delivering Risk Frontiers’ products and services to the (re)insurance, capital markets, banking and government sectors.

Prior to joining Risk Frontiers, Ryan was a Senior Reinsurance Broker and manager at Aon Tokyo, Japan, specialising in the trading of catastrophe risk. Ryan was formerly a senior analyst within the Australian Defence Intelligence Organisation working in Counter Proliferation, a senior Research fellow in Geophysics at RMIT University and was appointed General Manager of Risk Frontiers in 2019. Ryan holds a PhD in Physics.