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Rowan Douglas

WRN Chairman

Rowan Douglas

Rowan is the Head of Climate and Resilience Hub at Willis Towers Watson, supporting the management, regulation and financing of risks from climate, terrorism, cyber and other perils. Previously, he served on the Board of the Group's reinsurance division, Willis Re, as CEO Global Analytics and was appointed onto the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science & Technology 2011-2016. He founded the Insurance Development Forum with the World Bank, UN and global industry leaders in 2015 to address the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreements. He received a CBE in 2016 for services to the economy through risk, insurance and sustainable growth.


Hélène Galy

Managing Director of Willis Research Network
Research Manager: People Risks

Hélène Galy

Hélène joined Willis in 1998, specialising in natural hazard modelling and reinsurance optimisation. Since 2001, she has been leading multi-disciplinary teams, who research, design and develop analytical tools for risk quantification and management. She currently manages the Willis Research Network, an award-winning public-private partnership, which harnesses over 50 partners in science, academia, think tanks to form innovative collaborations with the risk management and insurance industries, improving our understanding of risks (natural hazards, technological risks, geopolitical drivers of risk) for the benefit of our clients and society.

Hélène has extensive experience in spatial modelling, design of innovative solutions, project governance and applying science to business challenges. She holds a BSc in Economics & Political Science (Sciences Po), and an MSc in Environmental Economics (UCL).


Stuart Calam

Programme Director of Willis Research Network
Research Manager: Technology Risks

Stuart Calam

Stuart joined the Willis Research Network team in 2012, taking on the overarching program management of the network. His primary focus is on establishing and strengthening the framework for engaging and delivering research from the Willis Research Network partners for our Willis Towers Watson colleagues and clients. He also provides management and oversight of the operational running of the Willis Research Network

Stuart’s background is in project and program management. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson he worked in the UK, Asia and North America with multi-functional teams managing large scale change and technology programs of work. He holds a BSc in Geography from Manchester Metropolitan University and various accreditations in Project / Program Management.


Geoffrey Saville

Research Manager: Weather and Climate Risks and Flood Risks

Geoffrey Saville

Geoff joined Willis Towers Watson in 2013, and works with the Willis Research Network stakeholders and academic partners to match business needs to the latest in scientific research, and derive tangible outputs for Willis Towers Watson to help advise its clients to advance their understanding of risk from weather and climate related hazards.

His background is in meteorology and climate science, having worked in forecasting for over a decade for the UK Met Office and Bermuda Weather Service, in all aspects of delivering forecast services from media broadcasting to delivering warnings and actionable guidance on extreme weather phenomena such as tropical cyclones and heavy rainfall leading to flooding.

He holds a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia, and a Masters (with distinction) in Climate Change from University College London. He is also an active Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.


Rosa Sobradelo

Research Manager: Earthquake, Volcanic, Tsunami and Geological Risks

Rosa Sobradelo

Rosa joined Willis in 2016, as a subject matter expert in catastrophe risk management for the WRN. Since then, she has been creating and managing a large network of international partnerships between the scientific community and industry stakeholders, to foster innovation and shape service offering through science.

She is an award-winning PhD statistician (UPC), has an MS in Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research (NYU), and a Bs in Business Administration (USC). She is an international reference in the volcanology community for 10+ years of research on probabilistic modelling of volcanic risk for decision-making, has a tracked record of publications in international peer-reviewed journals, and contributions to several books.

She is an award-winning PhD statistician (UPC), has an MS in Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research (NYU), and a Bs in Business Administration (USC). She is an international reference in the volcanology community for 10+ years of research on probabilistic modelling of volcanic risk for decision-making, has a tracked record of publications in international peer-reviewed journals, and contributions to several books.


Lucy Stanbrough

Research Manager: Emerging Risks

Lucy Stranbrough

Lucy Stanbrough MSc, BSc, is a Research Manager at the Willis Towers Watson Research Network. Prior to joining the Research Network, she worked for the Innovation team at Lloyd’s on a range of thought leadership projects and market communities, including: cyber scenarios; virtual reality; NewSpace; city resilience; synthetic biology; climate related risks and disaster risk finance.

Before joining the insurance industry Lucy spent over 10 years as a natural hazards and GIS consultant, alongside working at the UCL Hazard Centre. Lucy has contributed to a number of books on the use of technology and online systems pre, during, and post-disaster. She maintains an interest in the integration of scientific knowledge to business applications, and connecting knowledge to people, and people to knowledge.


Setareh Mayel Afshar

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Setareh Mayel Afshar

Setareh has a background in Psychology and Marketing Coordination. Her masters focused on digital marketing management and communications. She has marketing experience in a variety of sectors including the charity and the retail industries. Her role within Willis Towers Watson is to oversee, manage and coordinate all of the marketing and digital activities for Willis Research Network and its affiliates.