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Our Structure

The IDF is governed by a five-tiered decision-making structure consisting of the:

  • High-level Steering Committee (SteerCO)
  • Operating Committee (‘OpCo’)
  • Working Groups
  • IDF Secretariat
  • Insurance Development Forum Limited
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Through this structure the IDF enables (i) the optimal coordination of insurance-related activities; (ii) the development of shared priorities; (iii) the mobilisation of resources; (iv) the promotion of strategic and operational relationships within and between governments, industry and international institutions; and (v) safeguards the integrity and effectiveness of joint efforts and collective resources.

Our Members

Steering Committee

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Denis Duverne

Board of Directors, Insurance Development Forum Ltd. In capacity as IDF Steering Committee Chair

AXA

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Achim Steiner

Steering Committee Co-Chair

UNDP

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Hiroshi Matano

Steering Committee Co-Chair

MIGA

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Ekhosuehi Iyahen

Board of Directors, Insurance Development Forum Ltd. In capacity as IDF Secretary General

IDF

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Bart De Smet

Steering Committee Member

Ageas

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Brian Duperreault

Steering Committee Member

AIG

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Eric Andersen

Steering Committee Member

AON

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Amanda Blanc

Steering Committee Member

AVIVA

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Albert Benchimol

Steering Committee Member

AXIS

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He Chunlei

Steering Committee Member

China Re

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Rob Wesseling

Steering Committee Member

The Co-operators Group

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Alexander Moczarski

Steering Committee Member

Marsh & McLennan

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John Neal

Steering Committee Member

Lloyd's

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Torsten Jeworrek

Steering Committee Member

Munich Re

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Denis Kessler

Steering Committee Member

SCOR

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Christian Mumenthaler

Steering Committee Member

Swiss Re

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Ian Brimecome

Steering Committee Member

Tokio Marine Holdings

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John Haley

Steering Committee Member

Willis Towers Watson

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Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven

Steering Committee Member

BMZ

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Mark Carney

Steering Committee Member

UK Prime Minister's COP26 Finance Advisor

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Mami Mizutori

Steering Committee Member

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

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Mark Lowcock

Steering Committee Member

UN-OCHA

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Michel Liès

Steering Committee Member

Zurich

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Hilde Vernaillen

Steering Committee Member

International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF)

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Chris Wei

Steering Committee Member

International Insurance Society

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John Huff

Ex-Officio

ABIR

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Michaella Koller

Ex-Officio

GFIA

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Jad Ariss

Ex-Officio

Geneva Association

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Shaun Tarbuck

Ex-Officio

ICMIF

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Rowan Douglas

Board of Directors, Insurance Development Forum Ltd. In capacity as IDF Operating Committee Chair

Willis Towers Watson

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Ivo Menzinger

Ex-Officio and OpCo Deputy Chair

Swiss Re

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Jan Kellett

Ex-Officio and OpCo Co-Chair

UNDP

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Olivier Mahul

Ex-Officio and OpCo Co-Chair

World Bank

The Steering Committee is accountable for overall performance of the IDF and in particular is responsible for:

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  • Reviewing, providing guidance and strategic direction on the annual work plans, budgets and reports provided by the Operating Committee;
  • Acting as interface with industry and other development partners at a strategic level;
  • Providing guidance on criteria and other methods for prioritisation of IDF efforts and
    supporting resource acquisition, allocation and mobilisation;
  • Providing strategic guidance and oversight on activities of the IDF, operating practices and models;
  • Giving guidance and strategic direction to the Operating Committee and Secretariat for program implementation.
  • The IDF Steering Committee is led by industry leaders, UN agency leaders, international institutions and others. It is Chaired by Denis Duverne (Chairman, AXA) and co-chaired by Achim Steiner (UN Development Program (UNDP) Administrator) and Hiroshi Matano (Executive Vice President of MIGA – Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, World Bank).

Operating Committee

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Ekhosuehi Iyahen

Board of Directors, Insurance Development Forum Ltd. In capacity as IDF Secretary General

IDF

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John Huff

Ex-Officio

ABIR

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Michaella Koller

Ex-Officio

GFIA

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Shaun Tarbuck

Ex-Officio

ICMIF

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Rowan Douglas

Board of Directors, Insurance Development Forum Ltd. In capacity as IDF Operating Committee Chair

Willis Towers Watson

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Ivo Menzinger

Ex-Officio and OpCo Deputy Chair

Swiss Re

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Jan Kellett

Ex-Officio and OpCo Co-Chair

UNDP

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Olivier Mahul

Ex-Officio and OpCo Co-Chair

World Bank

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Bridget Gainer

Operating Committee Member

AON

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Claus Stickler

Working Group Co-Chair (Investment)

Allianz AIM

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Simone Ruiz-Vergote

Operating Committee Member

Allianz Climate Solutions

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Sabbir Patel

Working Group Co-Chair (IIWG)

ICMIF

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Garance Wattez-Richard

Working Group Co-Chair (IIWG)

AXA

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Claudia Thyme

Working Group Co-Chair (SHS)

AXA XL

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Ian Branagan

Working Group Co-Chair (RMSG)

RenaissanceRe

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Masaaki Nagamura

Operating Committee Member

Tokio Marine

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Bill Marcoux

Working Group Chair (LRRP)

WCM Advisory

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Francis Bouchard

Operating Committee Member

Zurich Insurance

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Thomas Kessler

Operating Committee Member

Asian Development Bank

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Daniel Clarke

Working Group Co-Chair (SHS)

Global Centre for Disaster Protection

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Annette Detken

Operating Committee Member

InsuResilience Solutions Fund

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Astrid Zwick

Working Group Co-Chair (IIWG)

InsuResilience

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Andy Jobst

Working Group Co-Chair (Investment)

IMF

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Mamiko Yoko Arai

Operating Committee Member

OECD

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Katharine Pulvermacher

Operating Committee Member

MicroInsurance Network

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Marc Gordon

Working Group Co-Chair (RMSG)

UNDRR

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Butch Bacani

Operating Committee Member

UNEP PSI

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Hannah Grant

Operating Committee Member

a2ii

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Martin Kipping

Operating Committee Member

BMZ

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Evangelia Myers

Operating Committee Member

DFID

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Maryam Golnaraghi

Ex-Officio

The Geneva Association

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Mike Morrissey

Ex-Officio

IIS

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Kathy Baughman McLeod

Operating Committee Member

Adrienne Arsht Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center

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Andre Belelieu

Operating Committee Member

World Economic Forum (WEF)

The Operating Committee reports to the Steering Committee and is responsible for recommending responses, overseeing the IDF Working Groups and driving delivery of agreed targets and objectives.

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Responsibilities specifically include:

  • Providing executive direction and management of the IDF and its related activities;
  • Maintaining stakeholder liaison, public and private institutions and partner organisations;
  • Creating IDF Working Groups and appointing Working Group Chairs and Co-Chairs;
  • Reviewing and approving Working Group action plans prepared by Working Group Chairs and reviewing on a regular basis the progress of implementation of agreed action plans and ensuring appropriate reporting;
  • Setting priorities and developing the IDF work program jointly with the IDF Secretariat.
  • Agreeing IDF administrative arrangements and related resourcing, budgets, and support
    with the International Insurance Society (IIS) management and leadership in collaboration with the Secretary General;

The Chair, Deputy Chair and Co-Chairs of the Operating Committee are (non-voting) members of the Steering Committee and report into the Steering Committee in its entirety on progress with respect to implementation of the strategy and work programs.

The Committee is Chaired by Rowan Douglas (Willis Towers Watson). The Deputy Chair is Ivo Menzinger (Swiss Re). The Co-Chairs are Jan Kellett (UNDP) and Olivier Mahul (World Bank Group).

Secretariat

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Ekhosuehi Iyahen

Board of Directors, Insurance Development Forum Ltd. In capacity as IDF Secretary General

IDF

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Rebecca Lewis

Programme Associate

IDF Ltd

The IDF Secretariat is located in London and led by the Secretary General who manages the Secretariat team and provides a focal point for the Forum’s day-to-day activities, engagement and administrative needs.

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These includes:

  • Providing a visible and central point of contact for the IDF
  • Liaising with IDF-related facilities, programmes, initiatives and stakeholders
  • Supporting the IDF Chair, SteerCo, OpCo and Working Groups
  • Serving the OpCo in the implementation of IDF activities, projects and programmes
  • Conducting due diligence to ensure alignment with IDF objectives, policies and procedures
  • Supporting the design, development and implementation of the IDF Working Groups / Sub-Working Groups and annual work plans;
  • Monitoring and reporting results to the OpCo and SteerCo and liaising with development partners and industry (as needed);
  • Informing and communicating with industry and development partners on the activities of the IDF;
  • Advocating on behalf of the IDF with public and private sector institutions and bodies and ensuring visibility of the activities supported by the IDF;
  • Implementing (i) the operational activities of the IDF in collaboration with the OpCo, and (ii) providing operational support to the activities of the Chair of the SteerCo.

The Secretariat is led by the Secretary General, Ekhosuehi Iyahen and supported by Rebecca Lewis, Programme Associate.

Insurance Development Forum Limited

In June 2020, the IDF was formally incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in England & Wales, and on July 2nd, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority approved the name ‘Insurance Development Forum Limited’. The evolution of the IDF into an independent legal entity enables it to fulfil its roles and functions with members, stakeholders and projects with greater ease and clarity (e.g. under the Tripartite Agreement). The formal establishment of the legal entity required the nomination of Directors, Members, and a Company Secretary. Swiss Re and AXA assumed the role as members of the company (and more are always welcome) and Articles of Association have been finalised. Thanks are due to a number of parties for their guidance and support throughout the process, in particular the team at Clyde & Co., whose advice and pro bono work was invaluable. This legal reform and the wider operational transition away from the previous support and platform of the Institutes/IIS has also been enabled by the consistent commitment of Mike Morrissey, Pete Miller, Collen Mckenna-Tucker, Yolandra Rivera-Dent and the wider team.

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Denis Duverne

Board of Directors, Insurance Development Forum Ltd. In capacity as IDF Steering Committee Chair

AXA

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Ekhosuehi Iyahen

Board of Directors, Insurance Development Forum Ltd. In capacity as IDF Secretary General

IDF

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Rowan Douglas

Board of Directors, Insurance Development Forum Ltd. In capacity as IDF Operating Committee Chair

Willis Towers Watson

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Swiss Re

Member

IDF Ltd

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AXA

Member

IDF Ltd

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Clyde & Co

Member

IDF Ltd

IDF Working Groups include over 200 experts and practitioners from industry, governments, international institutions, NGOs and academia that have been engaged across different priority areas since April 2016.

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These priorities are assessed and driven forward by five dedicated working groups whose evolving membership is drawn from private and public institutions. The working groups are:

  • Risk Modeling Steering Group
  • Sovereign & Humanitarian Solutions
  • Law, Regulation & Resilience Policies
  • Inclusive Insurance
  • Investment
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The Membership of the IDF is open to all industry participants (insurers, reinsurers and brokers etc) multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations and public sector institutions that share the same objective of optimising and extending the use of insurance and its related risk management capabilities to build greater resilience and protection for people, communities, businesses, and public institutions that are vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters and their associated economic shocks.

Membership in the Steering Committee is by invitation and are chosen on the basis of their commitment to the cause and principles of the IDF and reflect the leadership of multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations and global industry participants in order to enable the decision-making needed to drive solutions to the global protection gap.

Become a Member

Private Sector

  • Ageas
  • AIG
  • AIR Worldwide
  • AON
  • Asia Affinity Solutions
  • Aviva
  • AXA
  • AXA Climate
  • AXA XL
  • AXCO
  • AXIS Capital
  • Blackstone Impact Investment
  • Blackstone Insurance Solutions
  • Blue Marble
  • Cerulean Consulting
  • China Reinsurance Group
  • Chubb
  • Clyde & Co
  • The Co-Operators Group
  • CoreLogic
  • DLA Piper
  • DWS
  • Fairfax
  • FCM
  • Guy Carpenter
  • Hamilton Re
  • Hannover Re
  • ICMIF (Intl. Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation)
  • ImageCat
  • JBA Consulting
  • JBA Risk Management
  • KatRisk
  • KPMG
  • Lloyd’s of London
  • Marsh & McLennan Co.
  • MIlliman
  • MS Amlin
  • Munich Re
  • Oasis LMF
  • Prudential
  • PwC
  • Renaissance Re
  • RMS
  • SCOR
  • Simplitium
  • Swiss Re
  • Talbot
  • TetraTech
  • Tokio Marine Holdings
  • WCM Advisory
  • Willis Towers Watson
  • Xceedance
  • Zurich

Government Institution

  • Bank of England
  • BMA (Bermuda Monetary Authority)
  • BMZ (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development)
  • Centre for Disaster Protection
  • DfID (UK Department for International Development)
  • GIZ (German development agency)
  • GCRF (Global Challenges Research Fund)
  • Insurance Europe
  • KfW (German Development Bank)

International Institution

  • A2ii (Access to Insurance Initiative)
  • ADB (Asian Development Bank)
  • AFC (Africa Finance Corporation)
  • Convergence Blended Finance
  • GCA (Global Commission on Adaptation)
  • International Monetary Fund
  • InsuResilience Global Partnership
  • InsuResilience Solutions Fund
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Micro Insurance Network
  • OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development)
  • UN DRR (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction)
  • UN OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)
  • UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)
  • UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)
  • WFP (World Food Programme)
  • World Bank (Disaster Risk Financing & Insurance) Programme
  • World Bank MIGA (Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency)

Insurance Industry Associations

  • ABIR (Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers)
  • Geneva Association
  • GFIA (Global Federation of Insurance Associations)
  • International Insurance Society

Civil Society / NGO / Think tank /Foundations

  • Adrienne Arsht - Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
  • Cenfri (The Centre for Financial Regulation & Inclusion)
  • ClimateWise
  • GEM (Global Earthquake Model)
  • MCII (Munich Climate Insurance Initiative)
  • START Network
  • World Economic Forum (WEF)

Academic Institution

  • The Institutes
  • Insurance Institute of India

Observers

  • International Association of Insurance Supervisors