Zurich bolsters climate change resilience line-up

The insurance giant has tapped a PhD in natural hazards modelling for the newly created role

Zurich bolsters climate change resilience line-up


By Ryan Smith

Zurich Insurance Group has announced the appointment of Belinda Bates (pictured) to the newly created role of senior risk consultant for climate change for commercial insurance.

“Risk management tools that can help businesses quantify the impact of climate change are in high demand, as climate change-related risks have increased in frequency and severity,” said James Shea, CEO of commercial insurance. “Businesses recognise the need for a comprehensive resilience approach that considers the changing environments in which they operate, and which helps them prepare for potential future challenges.”

In her new role in Zurich’s risk engineering team, Bates will work with Amar Rahman, global natural hazards practice leader, and the underwriting teams to further develop and deploy the company’s Climate Change Resilience Services.

Prior to joining Zurich, Bates was a consultant in financial risk management at EY. She holds a PhD in natural hazards modelling from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne.

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