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David Bresch

Head of Sustainability, Swiss Re
David BreschDavid Bresch

David Bresch has headed the sustainability unit at Swiss Re since 2008. His previous roles there include head of university and risk research relations, head of atmospheric perils group, and chief modeler for natural catastrophe risk assessment. He has been member of the deal teams for many innovative risk transfer transactions, like cat bonds and weather index solutions. He has been a member of the official Swiss delegation to the UNFCCC climate negotiations in Copenhagen (2009), Cancun (2010), Durban (2011), and Doha (2012). He is a member of the adaptation board of the global network for climate solutions of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, a steering committee member of ProClim, and a member of the advisory board of the INSEAD energy club. He holds a PhD in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and lectures on the economics of climate adaptation there.

Articles by this Author

  • The Role of Insurance in Bringing Resilience to Societies Challenged by Global Warming
    by David Bresch
    The key point to grasp is that for every reinsurer, the nature of the game has to be long-term. You have to take a long-term view of risk, since this is fundamental to the idea of insuring insurers and large corporates against specific risks for moderately long periods. Much of what stood against sustainability—and which the whole sustainability effort was partly aimed at redressing—was the myopic dash after short-term profits regardless, for...

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