Members of the Jury

The members of the jury are a group of high profile experts and representatives from Allianz Reinsurance, Allianz SE and academics with extensive knowledge and experience.

Please see below a short biography and background of each jury member.

Amer Ahmed

Amer Ahmed, CEO Allianz Reinsurance

CEO, Allianz Reinsurance

Amer Ahmed joined the Allianz Group in 2002. In 2012, he became the CEO of Allianz Reinsurance. Before joining Allianz, he gained over 13 years of actuarial experience, including as Chief Risk Officer at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty in Munich and Chief Actuary at Odyssey Re in London. Amer Ahmed is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

Dr. Sibylle Steimen

Dr. Sibylle Steimen, Managing Director, Advisory & Services, Allianz Reinsurance

Managing Director, Advisory & Services, Allianz Reinsurance

Sibylle Steimen joined Allianz Reinsurance’s Catastrophe Risk Management team in 2005. She has been representing Allianz on the management boards of PERILS and OASIS, two industry-led organizations rooted in the field of catastrophe risk management. 

Prior to joining Allianz Re, Sibylle worked at the Swiss Seismological Service where she completed a PhD in Seismology. 

Simone Ruiz-Vergote

Simone Ruiz-Vergote, Managing Director Allianz Climate Solutions, Allianz Reinsurance

Managing Director Allianz Climate Solutions, Allianz Reinsurance

Simone Ruiz-Vergote joined Allianz Climate Solutions in 2009. Prior to this position, she worked for over five years on the intersection of financial and climate legislation in Brussels and over the years, she gained experience in the banking, public and non-profit sector.

Simone holds an Economics degree from HEC Lausanne, a M. Sc. Degree in European and International Politics and Financial Risk Manager certification.

Dr. Markus Stowasser

Dr. Markus Stowasser, Head of Cat Research & Development, Allianz Reinsurance

Global Head, Cat Risk Management, Allianz Reinsurance

Markus Stowasser joined Allianz Reinsurance in 2008. Before Allianz Reinsurance, he gained over 6 years of experience in research and consultancy.

Markus holds a degree in Mathematical Finance from the University of Oxford and he is a graduate in Meteorology. He holds a PhD in Physics from the Karlsruhe University of Technology.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Ludwig

Prof. Dr. Ralf Ludwig, Chair of Geography and Geographical Remote Sensing Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Chair of Geography and Geographical Remote Sensing, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Ralf Ludwig is the Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich since 2013. His research experience has been in topics such as remote sensing, geography, and environmental modelling with a focus on hydrology and climate.

Ralf Ludwig holds a Ph.D. in Geography from LMU Munich.

Dr. Oliver Wing

Chief Research Officer, Fathom

Oliver Wing is the Chief Research Officer at Fathom, a flood risk modelling company. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Geography. His research focuses on testing, improving and applying large-scale hydrodynamic models. Oliver emerged as the overall winner of the Allianz Climate Risk Research Award 2019.

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Picture: Nasa/JPL (2011)
On Oct. 23, 2011, when this image from NASA Terra spacecraft was acquired, flood waters were approaching the capital city of Bangkok as the Ayutthaya River overflowed its banks.