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Aon Benfield's Biennial Hazards Conference 2015

Gold Coast, Australia

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21 September 2015 - 23 September 2015

This year’s theme is “Beyond Tomorrow …” which builds on our 2013 theme of “THINK outside the Risk,” which explored ways to improve risk management in an increasingly complex world.

Speakers and panelists this year will provide perspectives on understanding the future through talks on big data, evolving market trends and how pending technological advancements will challenge the insurance industry to evolve.

Big picture trends will examine developments in the science of natural hazards and disasters and include a panel discussion on futurist fear factors. Corporate resilience will feature heavily in sessions associated with planning for the future while the conference will conclude with a series of presentations looking toward opportunities in a new market paradigm.

The conference provides a great opportunity to spend time hearing from academic and insurance industry thought leaders to help you gaze “Beyond Tomorrow …”

Hazards Conference proceedings


Day 1
​Opening address - Rob De Souza, Aon Benfield ​
​Big data - Stephen Mildenhall, Aon Centre for Innovation & A​nalytics​
Pivots: Economics, tectonics and geopolitics revisited - Alistair Newton, Avalan​
Risks and opportunities in a connected world - Mark Pesce, Inventor, Author, Educator & Broadcaster​
Market perspectives - Malcolm Steingold, Aon Benfield​
Rising sea levels, sinking cities & their implications - Robert Nicholls, University of Southampton​
​Catastrophes of the 21st century - Roger Pielke Jr., University of Colorado
​The Importance of Maximum Magnitude - Robert Muir-Wood, Risk Management Solutions
​Panel discussion - Five things to do today to be relevant in five years’ time
Day 2​
​​​Doing business in the new world disorder (again) - Guntram Werther, Temple University ​​
​Understanding resilience measurement systems & implications for insurability as catastrophe losses grow across the globe - Leslie Chapman-Henderson, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc ​​
​Disruption, insurance & resilience: Business recovery & the Canterbury earthquakes - Erica Seville, Resilient Organisations, New Zealand
​Corporate perspective on the future - Jason Disborough, Aon Risk Solutions, and Andre Levey, Santos
​Risk management in China - John Chen, PICC Property and Casualty Company ​​
Panel discussion: An investor's perspective ​​​
​Quantifying the unknown: Making allowance for emerging risks - Trevor Maynard, Lloyd's
Pictoral overviews of the conference

Panel discussion on preparing for the risks of tomorrow
Conference summary



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