Climate Advisory LLC
Lisa Churchill is a climate change expert, with a focus on the intersect of the built and natural environments. She has extensive experience leading climate resilience initiatives with public and private sector clients, including the World Bank, Washington DC, confidential REITs, developers and tech companies.
Lisa recently launched Climate Advisory llc to help solve for large-scale investment needs in resilience. The business creates a platform connecting major investors to a robust project pipeline of climate adaptation needs. Projects include both infrastructure and nature-based solutions.
Lisa has a Bachelor’s degree in Geology-Biology from Colby College, Maine and a Master’s degree in Geological Sciences from University of Michigan.
Green/Sustainable Finance Project Director
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Alexander is part of the competence centre Financial Systems Development and Insurance, focusing on advising and developing the global insurance project portfolio of GIZ. Prior to his current position, he was heading a PPP project between GIZ and Swiss Re on climate risk insurance with a focus on Africa, South-East-Asia and China. Before Alexander joined GIZ, he was working for a leading asset manager for microfinance funds and an international auditing and consulting company in the field of insurance.
Principal & Managing Director
Michael is one of the world’s leading experts in developing and managing microinsurance products. His decades of experience include working as controller of a U.S. commercial bank, chief executive officer of a microfinance institution in Uganda, and regional director for microfinance programs in Africa with FINCA International.
Michael specializes in institutional development for microinsurance, development of new products, and analysis of microinsurance programs, having worked for clients in 70+ countries. In addition to his consulting and advocacy work, Michael has written extensively on microinsurance, including numerous microinsurance case studies, reports, and manuals, and has provided microinsurance training to thousands of people across the globe.
Nancy is a Principal with Milliman - San Francisco who manages an actuarial consulting practice that specializes in Insurtech, climate resilience and catastrophic property risk. At the forefront of innovation in the flood space, Nancy and her team provide state-of-the-art tools, technology, and analysis to insurers, reinsurers, producers and industry groups. Widely known as a thought leader in the areas of climate resilience, property insurance availability and affordability, Nancy advises regulators and policymakers on changing catastrophic risk.
Nancy is the primary contact on Milliman’s engagement on NFIP Risk Rating 2.0 and provides strategic advice and support to FEMA. She was awarded the American Academy of Actuaries Outstanding Volunteerism Award for her participation on the Flood Insurance Work Group.
Sam leads the actuarial team within Milliman’s Financial Risk Management practice in Chicago. He has played a major role in the development of Milliman’s MG- Hedge® platform and its implementation for many leading life insurers and reinsurers, both within the United States and globally. His work encompasses market risk management for variable annuity guarantees and options embedded within index annuity products. He developed Milliman’s Economic Scenario Generator, which produces stochastic scenarios of interest rates, equity returns, and exchange rates across economies.
Sam is an industry leader in the management of market risk within insurance products. While he has specialized in developing risk management solutions for insurance products and guarantees, he also has extensive experience in financial reporting as well as in mergers and acquisitions.
Founder & CEO
Shalini Vajjhala is the Founder & CEO of re:focus partners, a design firm dedicated to developing resilient infrastructure solutions and innovative public-private partnerships for vulnerable communities around the world. Prior to founding re:focus, Shalini served as Special Representative in the Office of Administrator Lisa Jackson at the US EPA, where she led the US-Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability ahead of the Rio+20 Summit.
Shalini has her Ph.D. in Engineering & Public Policy and B. Arch. in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. From 2013-2014 she was a visiting associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and she is currently a nonresident senior fellow with The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.
Director, Insurance-Linked Finance
Jamie Rhodes is the Director of Insurance-Linked Finance at re:focus partners, where he co-led the development of a new insurance mechanism known as a Resilience Bond. He is an expert in climate and risk mitigation strategies that fall at the intersection of policy, technology, and project development. Jamie’s work spans nearly 20 years and includes roles in academia, in the private sector, and as a grantee on projects designed to advance the public interest.
He is a technology entrepreneur who holds multiple patents and has founded and built multiple successful enterprises in the climate and energy sectors.
Jamie earned a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and then as a Staff Researcher at U.C. Davis.
Adaptation Finance Manager
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
Kamleshan Pillay is Adaptation Finance Manager within the Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative team at C40 Cities. He is responsible for managing delivery of adaptation finance support to cities and brings extensive experience in climate and adaptation finance.
Prior to joining C40, he was a technical leader for an International Development Research Centre innovation project, which aimed to develop a climate insurance facility addressing flood risk in South Africa. He also did project coordination for South Africa's BIOFIN project funded by the United Nations Development Programme.
Senior Manager, Adaptation Research
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
Snigdha Garg is a seasoned sustainability professional with 10 years of experience of working with over 100 cities globally. She has experience in urban resilience, climate change adaptation, cities (local governments), monitoring and reporting, vulnerability assessments, and climate hazards. She has a B.Sc Honors in Botany from Delhi University, India, an M.Sc in Environmental Studies from TERI School of Advanced Studies and MEM from Yale University. She has worked for ICLEI – Local Government for Sustainability and other key industries before joining C40. Together with her team she is currently working on a project investigating adaptation and resilience initiatives by hazard type.