What happens when the lights go out? (should we be concerned with failure of power BI exposure due to geomagnetic storms?)

The Old Library, Lloyd's
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
    • Dr Michael Maran ACII, Chief Science Officer, XL Catlin
  • Property lecture

In this IIL property lecture attendees will gain awareness of a relatively new and poorly understood emerging risk and its impact on society and the insurance industry with particular focus on property business.

Geomagnetic storms are a poorly understood phenomenon, extremely difficult to predict and impossible to control. The hazard has only been a threat since the industrial age with the risk escalating as our dependence on power and technology grows at an ever increasing rate. However, the extent of the potential damage to modern infrastructure and society has only been recognized relatively recently, and whilst the impact on the insurance industry has not been fully explored, potentially enormous exposures clearly exist. In this lecture, Dr Maran explores some of these issues.

By the end of this lecture members would have gained an insight into:

  • The science behind geomagnetic storms and how they affect the Earth
  • How industry, infrastructure and society would be affected by such an occurrence
  • How the insurance market will be impacted

Speakers Bio:
Mike Maran became Chief Science Officer at XL Catlin in 2012, previously holding the position of Satellite Underwriter since 2002. He gained his Astrophysics PhD from Queen Mary, London and is a Chartered Insurer with 30+ years London Market experience.

Andy Brooks FCII.

  • The Old Library, Lloyd's
  • One Lime Street
  • London
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