Welcome Messages

Professor Haresh SHAH

Founding Chairman, Advisory Board, ICRM; NTU Board of Trustee member;
Emeritus Professor, Stanford University; Founder & Senior Advisor, RMS Inc., USA.

We are delighted to welcome you to our second International Symposium on Catastrophe Risk Management. ICRM has made impressive progress in developing its research agenda, funding for research support from the government, industry and NTU resources, and in establishing collaborative programmes with academic and industrial institutions. This year, our Symposium theme is on Climate Change and its Impact on Food and Water Security, a theme that affects all of us. We are certain that with your participation, the Symposium would help everyone gain a better understanding of the pressing issues and to develop mitigation strategies through the concerted efforts of the government, private and public sectors, and the society at large.

Professor Tso-Chien PAN

Symposium Chair, Founding Director, ICRM
Dean, College of Engineering, NTU, Singapore

On behalf of NTU’s Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management (ICRM), I would like to extend our warmest greetings to our Guest-of-Honour, Speakers and Delegates to the Second Symposium. ICRM was launched in January 2010 and over the past one year, we have received very encouraging support from the government and the industry towards our research activities on climate change and catastrophe risk management. We are honoured that Aon Benfied is funding PhD scholarships while Willis Re will be funding Post-doctoral Fellowships at ICRM. We are now in the final review stage with funding agency for two key start-up projects on flood and seismic risk assessments. This April, ICRM and RMS Inc will co-organize the Fifth Microinsurance Round Table Forum where our focus will be on catastrophe micro-insurance pilot projects in this region.

This Symposium, with a timely theme on Climate Change and its Impact on Food and Water Security, will not only help to address the pertinent global concerns but also investigate policy implications leading to Public-Private Partnerships in managing catastrophe risk which is the theme of this series of Symposium. International and local delegates can look forward to engaging presentations and panel discussions from the world’s leading experts in catastrophe risk spanning academia, industry and government. We are positive that your presence will make a difference to the Symposium. Lastly, but not the least, I wish all of you a most wonderful time in Singapore.