Executive board
Peter Hoeppe

Chairman

Prof. Hoeppe’s academic education is in meteorology (Masters and PhD) and human biology (PhD). Since 2004 he has been a Professor for Biometeorology.
Prof. Hoeppe has worked in different institutes at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and as a post doc at Yale University (USA). In 2004 Prof. Hoeppe joined Munich Re as Head of the Geo Risks Research Department. In 2008 also Munich Re’s newly founded Corporate Climate Centre became part of Prof Hoeppe’s division, which he headed until the end of 2017.
His main areas of research have been effects of atmospheric processes (heat/cold, UV radiation, air pressure fluctuations) and air pollutants (ozone, particles) on humans and the general assessment of environmental risks. Currently his research focus is on trends of natural catastrophes and their drivers and on strategies to increase the resilience of societies against these perils. A major topic also is the analysis of effects of climate change on insurance and the development of strategies on how this industry can contribute solutions for the adaptation and mitigation of global warming. Since 2018 he has had different positions as consulter for climate change and sustainability topics as well as disaster risk management and financing.
Prof. Hoeppe is scientific member of many scientific societies, from 1999 to 2002 he has been the President of the International Society of Biometeorology. He has held expert functions in different UN-Organisations. He has been the Chairman of the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) since its foundation in 2005. From 2006 to 2017 he has been member of the High Level Advisory Board for the „OECD International Network on Financial Management of Large Scale Catastrophes”. In 2007 Prof. Hoeppe has been appointed as Global Warming Advisor of the Bavarian State Government. In 2009 he has been one of the initiators of the Desertec Industrial Initiative. In 2014 he became Chairman of the “Münchener Universitätsgesellschaft”, the sponsoring association of the “Ludwig-Maximilians-University”, Munich. In July 2018 he has been appointed Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management at Nanyang Technical University, Singapore. Since November 2018 he has been Team Leader of a technical assistance project of ADB to develop a disaster risk financing strategy for Myanmar.

Christoph Bals

Vice-Chair

Executive Director Policy, Germanwatch

Christoph Bals is the Policy Director of the environmental and development organization Germanwatch. In 1991 he was a founding member of this NGO and has been working for Germanwatch since 1992. Christoph Bals is engaged since then in the politics of climate and development – in close contact with the most vulnerable as well as decision makers from politics and economy. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the "Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit" (Foundation for Sustainability) and deputy chairman of the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) which is pushing for insurance for the people of developing countries against climate risks. He is also a founding member of the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) and has been a member of the board until 2018.
Bals is also member of the Sustainable Finance Committee of the Federal Government, of the political coordination of the international Climate Action Network and in the speaker board of Klima-Allianz Deutschland. Bals has taken part as an active observer in all the UN climate summits to date.

He has co-initiated many political initiatives in the area of climate and development as well as climate and economics - the European Business Council for Sustainable Energy, e-mission 55 and atmosfair, for example. Bals also shaped a number of target-oriented discourses with constructive players among businesses and unions. He furthermore developed suggestions on how religious communities can play a constructional role for a necessary transformation in a pluralistic society.
Bals studied theology (dipl.), economics and philosophy in Munich, Belfast, Erfurt and Bamberg.

Armin Haas

Treasurer

Senior Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam (IASS)

Armin Haas is a senior researcher in the Systemic Risk project of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam (IASS), and leads the research line Integrated Risk Governance of the Global Climate Forum (GCF).  At IASS, his main research foci concern the economic, ecological, and social sustainability of the financial system, and innovative contributions to the management and governance of systemic risks. He has led the IASS activities within the EU Horizon 2020 project DOLFINS and GREEN-WIN.

He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Before joining IASS, he worked as senior scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and headed the PIK research group Bayesian Risk Management.

Apart from being a co-founder of MCII, Armin Haas founded ‘TheCompensators’ together with colleagues from PIK, to reduce personal CO2 emissions via the ETS.

More Information can be found at his personal IASS WEBSITE.

Photo: © Lotte Ostermann

Paul Kovacs

Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)

Paul Kovacs is founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at Western University. The Institute is a world-class, multi-disciplinary research centre based in Canada working with the insurance industry to identify best practices for society to adapt to climate extremes and build resilience to natural hazards.

Some of Paul’s international contributions includes work since 1996 as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; a member of the World Meteorology Organization’s Society and Economic Research and Applications Working Group (SERA); a contributor to UNESCO’s International Flood Initiative; host of the 2014 annual conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM); contributor to the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR); and contributor to the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative.

Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer

Head of Risk Vulnerability Programme, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer is leader of the Risk and Vulnerability Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria.

Her current interest is global change and the risk of catastrophic events, and she is investigating options for improving the financial management of catastrophic risks in transition and developing countries. She and her colleagues have carried out extensive research on this topic and are developing options for the donor communities, as well as the climate adaptation community, to support insurance and other forms pro-active disaster assistance.

Other affiliations include the faculty of Beijing Normal University and the Science Committee of the Chinese Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management.

Thomas Loster

Chairman, Munich Re Foundation

Thomas R. Loster, a geographer, is the chairman of the Munich Re Foundation.

In his work with the foundation, he addresses many major global challenges related to environmental and climate change, such as water as a resource and risk factor, population growth and disaster prevention as well as preparing people who are exposed to risk situations or providing support for developed and developing countries. Mr. Loster is an insurance expert for different products from macro-scale disaster insurance down to microinsurance. For 16 years he was with Munich Re’s Geoscience Research Group where he was in charge of issues such as weather perils, climate change and climate policy as well as statistical analysis of worldwide natural catastrophes and trend analyses. Mr. Loster was a member of the German National Committee of the “UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development” and a member of the “German Council for Sustainable Development”.

Aaron Oxley

Executive Director, RESULTS UK

Aaron has been working in International Development for over a decade, primarily in microfinance, building organizations in the developing world to provide the poor with access to financial services including savings, loans and, most recently, three years with MicroEnsure focussing on microinsurance products including weather indexed crop microinsurance.

Originally starting as a volunteer, Aaron has a long history of advocacy and campaigning with RESULTS. In 2005 he joined the Board and in 2009 was appointed Executive Director. RESULTS works to empower ordinary people to learn about International Development issues and to become politically active, using their voices as citizens through lobbying and the media to create the public and political will to bring about the end of poverty.

Simone Ruiz-Vergote

Managing Director, Allianz Climate Solutions

Simone is an economist with a background in public affairs and policy-making with a focus on sustainable finance. She joined Allianz Climate Solutions in 2012, first responsible for driving the Climate Strategy for Allianz Group. Currently, she is responsible for building insurance solutions against weather risks through partnerships with private and public institutions. Her team organizes the yearly Allianz Climate Risk Research Award and Conference and engages with other actors on this topic. Since mid-2019, Simone also leads on broader ESG-related activities for Allianz Reinsurance.
Simone is active in several initiatives aiming to make insurance work for the poor and climate vulnerable in fora such as MCII, the InsuResilience Global Partnership, the Insurance Development Forum and the Geneva Association.