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Talking Climate and Resilience

Climate Quantified|Environmental
Climate Risk and Resilience

January, 2021

A podcast series on the latest developments across extreme weather, climate risks and resilience.

The Talking Climate and Resilience podcast series showcases latest thinking from those working at the cutting edge of climate risk, offering a holistic view of the risks and opportunities, as well as the granular, actionable insights essential for a strategic response to these risks. From volcanic eruptions and floods to storm surge and extreme heatwaves, experts from across the Willis Towers Watson business make sense of the chaos, complexity and impact of a changing climate on risk management practices, and the practical tools to help organisations adapt and build more resilient societies and economies.

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About the host

Nidia Martínez Avellaneda, Ph.D.
Host of Talking Climate and Resilience Podcast

Nidia is a Director of Climate Risk Analytics in the Climate and Resilience Hub and she is based in New York. She has previously held risk management positions at Swiss Re and AIG.

Nidia is an awarded scientist and holds a Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the University of Hamburg and a Science Master's degree from the University of Buenos Aires. She is currently an invited lecturer in a Financial Sustainability class at Fordham University in New York City.


Episode 1:Talking Climate and Resilience

Welcome to the first episode of Talking Climate and Resilience with our host Nidia Martinez, Director at the Climate and Resilience Hub. In this episode we will be speaking with John Haley, the CEO of Willis Towers Watson. John will be discussing why climate change is a responsibility that we all share globally. Moreover he elaborates how Willis Towers Watson can help to quantify and manage risks that come with climate change. This can mean anything from helping our clients understand extreme weathers and natural catastrophes to managing perspectives and mitigating such risks.

Episode 1: Talking Climate and Resilience
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About our guest
John Haley
John Haley

John Haley is currently the CEO and a Director of Willis Towers Watson and is the Chair of the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Conference of Consulting Actuaries. John has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Rutgers College and studied under a Fellowship at the Graduate School of Mathematics at Yale University.


Episodes 2 and 3:The Science of Stewardship

In this latest episode of the Talking Climate and Resilience podcast series, Rowan Douglas, Head of the Climate and Resilience Hub at Willis Towers Watson, explores the challenges of an orderly transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy - from massive industrial transformation to economic dislocation. As climate change becomes increasingly integrated into mainstream financial decision making and organisations respond to their own risks, navigating an orderly transition will depend on climate risk and the wider implications for communities and society being recognised as a responsibility that we all share.

Part 1 – Capital, Science and Policy

Episode 2: The Science of Stewardship (part 1 – Capital, Science and Policy)
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Part 2 – It takes a village

Episode 3: The Science of Stewardship (part 2 – It takes a village)
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About our guest
Rowan Douglas
Rowan Douglas
Head of Climate & Resilience Hub

Rowan is Head of the Climate and Resilience Hub (CRH), building on leadership on these themes for over a decade. Previously he served on the Board of Willis Re as CEO Global Analytics and founded the Willis Research Network in 2006. In 2014 he established the Capital Science and Policy Practice to apply Willis Towers Watson's expertise on resilience into wider sectors and support the Company’s growing leadership on climate, resilience and finance which grew into the CRH.

Beyond Willis Towers Watson, he founded the Insurance Development Forum in 2015 with industry, United Nations and World Bank leaders and served on The UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology 2011-2015. In 2016 he was made CBE for services to the economy through risk, insurance and sustainable growth.


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