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Swenja Surminski Senior Associate

Swenja Surminski, Senior Associate

Swenja is an expert on insurance, climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction. She currently works as a Senior Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics.


As  the Programme Leader for ‘climate risk, insurance and private sector’ she is overseeing research projects from a multi-disciplinary field, grounded in her political science and economics training. Her research focuses on climate adaptation and disaster risk management, with a special interest in the interface of the public and private sector in adaptation and the role of the insurance industry in facilitating climate resilient development. The geographic scope of her work spans from the United Kingdom across the European Union to developing countries.  She has been presenting on climate change topics to a wide range of audiences and is the author of several publications on these topics, a contributing author to the IPCC, and lead author of the business and industry chapter for the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017. Her latest book (2016) introduces the Triple Resilience Dividend as a new narrative for disaster risk management. In addition to her academic career Swenja has spent more than 10 years in the international insurance industry working on climate risks and risk management. She is advising a wide range of stakeholders, including governments, international organizations and the private sector on insurance and climate risks, including recent work with the UNFCCC’s Loss and Damage Work program, the Worldbank, UK’s DFID, Germany’s GIZ, ClimateWise and the Geneva Association. 

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