The Role of Insurance in Promoting Sustainability
Given the imperative for change, sustainability also becomes prevalent in insurance underwriting, both as a source of risk and as potential impacts on environment and society. This SIA and PSI co-hosted session focuses on factoring sustainability into underwriting practices while touching upon approaches to handle the complexity of sustainability risks.
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Diana DiazPSI Programme Supervisor - UNEP FI
Diana is a seasoned professional with a passion for sustainability and a proven track record of success in driving positive change in the industry. As the Programme Supervisor of the UN Environment Programme’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI), she oversees the largest collaboration between the UN and the insurance industry, which has been endorsed by the UN Secretary-General and industry CEOs. Through her role, Diana has made a significant impact in the industry, including co-leading the establishment of the world’s largest insurance commitment to net zero emissions, the Net Zero Insurance Alliance (NZIA).
Florian SchreiberProfessor and Insurance Lead - Institute for Financial Services Zug IFZ
Florian Schreiber is Professor and Insurance Lead at the Institute of Financial Services Zug IFZ at the University of Lucerne. He edits the IFZ Insurance Insights Blog and is program director of the Master of Science in Banking and Finance. Additionally, he offers consulting, research, and executive training for private companies and the political sector. With 11+ years of industry experience, he shares the latest academic research to drive sustainable and digital transformation in financial institutions. Dr. Schreiber serves as a board member of the Swiss InsurTech Hub and a jury member of HZ Insurance’s annual Swiss Insurance Innovation Award.
Amandine FavierHead of Sustainable Finance - WWF Switzerland
Amandine Favier is the Head of the Sustainable Finance department at WWF Switzerland. She is responsible for projects that aim to improve the integration of sustainability within the decision-making of banks, investors, financial supervisors, and regulators. In addition, her team develops solutions for a sustainable financial center. Before joining WWF in 2012, she worked for various financial institutions and also teaches Sustainable Finance and Responsible Investments at the University of Zürich and St. Gallen.
Linda FreinerGroup Head of Sustainability - Zurich Insurance Group Ltd
Since 2016, Linda Freiner has been responsible for global strategy and integration of sustainability across the Zurich Insurance Group. She also oversees management of the Z Zurich Foundation. She joined Zurich in 2013 to set-up the Zurich Flood Resilience Program. Prior, Ms. Freiner was a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum from 2007-2013 where she served as Head of Financial Services Strategic Partnerships and Head of Engagement Global Risks. Before joining the WEF, she worked for the CFI Group and Procter & Gamble. Ms. Freiner holds an MSc. in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.