Insurance companies face the dual challenge of addressing escalating climate change risks and shifting industry regulations. See why climate insurance risk is intensifying, examine the insurance industry’s response to climate change, and explore items insurers should consider to address and achieve greater resilience by listening to the excellent speakers—David Nicholson, Lindsay Keenan, Chris Thomas, and Zina Saeed—in the podcast below.
Underwriter, Beazley Group
David Nicholson began his insurance career as a broker in 1984 and joined Beazley in 1986. During the course of his career, he has underwritten a broad book of business including professional liability, product contamination, and intellectual property risks. He now focuses on insuring specialist law firms, some of which are regarded as difficult to place by other insurers.
David also runs the website, MyUrbanCar.com which covers the transition from fossil fuel to CleanTech especially in transport and cars.
Senior Strategist and European Coordinator, Insure our Future
Lindsay is the European coordinator of the Insure our Future network (formally Unfriend Coal). He has 30 years of experience campaigning on environment and social justice issues including 10 years as a senior international campaigner with Greenpeace working on corporate and political policy on a range of issues including sustainable agriculture, oceans governance, climate change and the Arctic.
Senior International Construction Underwriter
Chris Thomas’ 15 years underwriting experience focused on construction, plant and machinery and liability across company market, syndicate and latterly MGA platforms have allowed him to gain a broad understanding of the challenges faced by a myriad of industries. He is particularly interested in technological advances in the plant and construction fields and the part this plays in the challenges of global climate change.
Senior Underwriter, US Professional Lines, HDI Global Specialty
Zina Saeed is the Chair of the PLUS London Chapter and works with HDI Global Specialty in London. Her insurance career has spanned almost 20 years specialising in U.S. & International Professional Liability. Zina has a legal background and began her insurance career as a Claims Manager for a Lloyd’s syndicate before moving to Chicago in 2009 joining W.R. Berkley focusing on large professional liability claims and later transitioned to Underwriting. She returned to London in 2014 as Head of Professional Liability for the W.R. Berkley Syndicate. Zina has a keen interest in the interplay between the evolution of firm culture and claims outcomes.