RUSI Event - Predicting Environmental Disasters
5 October 2020 - 15:00 GMT
10 September 2020
At this event, natural hazards expert Matt Foote and regulatory lawyer Caroline Dawson will discuss how to predict environmental disasters, a matter that is becoming increasingly vital to both businesses and governments.
Though CO2 emissions decreased somewhat as a result of coronavirus lockdowns, climate change remains a critical issue. Indeed, environmental disasters are continuing to wreak havoc around the world. Africa, Asia and the Middle East are plagued by an enormous locust invasion, and European and North American countries can expect a mix of devastating hurricanes, floods and droughts. California and Australia have been hit by devastating fires. This reality makes it imperative that governments and businesses improve their expertise in predicting environmental disasters.
Matt Foote is senior director of Science & Analytics in Willis Towers Watson’s Climate and Resilience Hub, which he joined from the World Bank’s Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Programme. Previously he held senior roles at Mitsui Sumitomo’s Lloyd’s Syndicate 3210 and Argo Group, modelling and managing their exposures to major risks and interacting with reinsurers, investors, regulators and credit rating agencies. Foote was also one of the first catastrophe modellers at Willis Re in the late 1990s, working as a senior member of the Willis Re Catastrophe Management team.
Caroline Dawson is a partner in the Financial Regulation Practice in Clifford Chance’s London office, specialising in advising financial institutions and other market participants on financial market regulation, mergers and acquisitions in the financial sector and securities and derivatives transactions. She has specialised expertise working with clients on environmental, social and governance issues, with a particular focus on these issues in the context of the banking and finance industries.