Chairman of WTW Research Network
Rowan is the Head of Climate and Resilience Hub at WTW, supporting the management, regulation and financing of risks from climate, terrorism, cyber and other perils. Previously, he served on the Board of the Group's reinsurance division, Willis Re, as CEO Global Analytics and was appointed onto the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science & Technology 2011-2016. He founded the Insurance Development Forum with the World Bank, UN and global industry leaders in 2015 to address the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreements. He was made CBE in 2016 for services to the economy through risk, insurance and sustainable growth.
Managing Director of WTW Research Network
Head of People Risks Research
Hélène joined Willis in 1998, specialising in natural hazard modelling and reinsurance optimisation. Since 2001, she has been leading multi-disciplinary teams, who research, design and develop analytical solutions and insights for risk identification, quantification and management. She currently leads the WTW Research Network, an award-winning public-private partnership, which harnesses over 60 science partners to form innovative long-term collaborations, improving our understanding of risks (natural hazards, technological risks, geopolitical drivers of risk) for the benefit of clients and society: using science to support resilience.
Hélène has extensive experience in spatial modelling, design of innovative solutions, and applying science to business challenges. Her current focus is on Climate advisory services (advising corporates on how leading-edge climate research can help them quantify their exposure to climate variability and climate change; exploring the links between climate change and national security) and on People Risks (how people can increase vulnerability or improve resilience: terrorism, societal resilience to systemic risks, including pandemics).
She holds a BSc in Economics & Political Science (Sciences Po), and an MSc in Environmental Economics (UCL).
Programme Director of WTW Research Network
Head of Technology Risks Research
Stuart joined the WTW Research Network team in 2012, taking on the overarching program management of the network. His primary focus is on establishing and strengthening the framework for engaging and delivering research from the Willis Research Network partners for our WTW colleagues and clients. He also provides management and oversight of the operational running of the WTW Research Network.
Stuart’s background is in project and program management. Prior to joining WTW he worked in the UK, Asia and North America with multi-functional teams managing large scale change and technology programs of work. He holds a BSc in Geography from Manchester Metropolitan University and various accreditations in Project / Program Management.
Head of Weather & Climate Risks Research
Based in Minneapolis, USA, Scott is a Canadian climate scientist/geoscientist with 20+ years’ experience in water security, climate change and natural hazards. For 12 years prior to joining WTW Research Network in September 2022, he was Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, directing a wide-ranging research programme on environmental volatility, paleoclimate and natural hazard, providing scientific advice to the US Army Corps of Engineers in particular, and Crown corporations and private companies in Canada and the USA.
He was also a research scientist at Natural Resources Canada, in Ottowa where he developed a new method to estimate the severity of ancient floods, demonstrated how floods respond to climate and land use changes, and identified the risk posed by El Niño to wind energy production.
He gained his BSc in Geography in Winnipeg, his MSc in Western Ontario and his PhD in Geoscience with a global change minor at the University of Arizona. Scott is a member of the International Society of Catastrophe Managers, a Fellow with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany and a Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies, at the University of Heidelberg. He’s also taught undergraduate & graduate courses on water resources, climate change, catastrophe risk management, and science communication.
Head of Emerging Risks Research
Lucy Stanbrough MSc, BSc, is the Head of Emerging Risks Research at the WTW Research Network. Prior to joining the Research Network, she worked for the Innovation team at Lloyd’s on a range of thought leadership projects and market communities, including: cyber scenarios; virtual reality; NewSpace; city resilience; synthetic biology; climate related risks and disaster risk finance.
Before joining the insurance industry Lucy spent over 10 years as a natural hazards and GIS consultant, alongside working at the UCL Hazard Centre. Lucy has contributed to a number of books on the use of technology and online systems pre, during, and post-disaster. She maintains an interest in the integration of scientific knowledge to business applications, and connecting knowledge to people, and people to knowledge.
Head of Organizational Resilience Research
Dr Simon Sølvsten joined legacy Willis, Denmark, in 2013, and has before joining the WTW Research Network taken on various roles as Management Adviser, Practice Leader - Security Management and Practice Leader – Analytics. He is currently Head of Resilience research at WTW Research Network, and is commercially focused on supporting academia and bringing research to life at WTW.
He holds several degrees, starting with a PhD in Economics from the University of Southern Denmark, MSc in Economics and Business Administration, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Certified Security Manager ®, CFPA, Degree in Leadership and Management, electrician and Certified Security installer. His broad theoretical background and practical experience make him a valuable partner within academia and in the industry. His main research focus is risk management, with a particular focus on organizational resilience.
Weather & Climate Risks Research Lead
After working as a research associate at the University of Cambridge, and as a regional climate modeller at the British Antarctic Survey, he moved to apply his understanding of climate systems in the aviation industry. He worked at SATAVIA as an atmospheric scientist and became their Chief Scientific Officer, co-ordinating innovation projects with other partners, such as Rolls-Royce, GKN Aerospace, the University of Oxford, and European institutions. He developed new products and services, including novel techniques for optimising the atmospheric radiative forcing of aircraft flight operations on climate by forecasting and validating aircraft contrail formation.
More recently, he worked as a climate scientist at Cervest developing statistical models to analyse extreme future climate conditions, at high-spatial resolution, with a particular focus on extreme windstorm events, to help organisations disclose climate-related risks.
He gained his BSc in Geography at the University of Portsmouth, his MSc in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of East Anglia, and his PhD on the climate of South Georgia involved a collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey.
Head of Earth Risk Research
James Dalziel joined the WTW Research Network in 2021 as the Head of Earth Risk Research, supporting their work in fields including seismic, volcanic and tsunami-related hazard. Prior to joining the WTW Research Network, James has over 6 years’ experience in the Geotechnical Engineering industry, working with a range of geological hazards such as slope stability, flooding, sinkholes, soil and groundwater contamination. He has also had experience in academia researching volcanic and seismic-related hazards.
James holds a BSc in Geology, an MSc in Volcanology and Geological Hazards, and is currently completing a part-time Masters by Research in Geology with a project focus on Volcanology, Seismology and Geophysics. He is also a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, and is working towards becoming a Chartered Geologist.
Technology & People Risk Analyst
Omar Samhan joined the WTW Research Network in 2022 as a Technology and People Risk Analyst. He helps the WTW Research Network assist and develop a research portfolio that revolves around the intersection of technology, geopolitical risk and societal resilience, the Future of Work, and human capital, with the aim of scoping and prioritizing industry research to derive tangible outputs to better understand future trends. In this role, Omar utilizes his practical research experience to contribute to the management and development of the the WTW Research Network's relationships, and works in conjunction with WTW’s internal stakeholders in both the private and public sector as well as external academic partners. Prior to joining WTW, he served as a research and risk analyst in the oil and gas sector, focusing on the Eastern Mediterranean as well as working as a risk analyst with the World Trade Center in Istanbul, specializing on the politics and economies of Central and West Asia. Omar graduated from King’s College London’s Department of War Studies with an MA in National Security Studies, an MA in International Relations from Boğaziçi University, and a BA in Economics as well as a Muslim Studies specialization from Michigan State University.
Head of Flood & Water Risk research
Neil Gunn MSc CWEM, CEng is Head of Flood and Water Risk research and joined WTW after 22 years at the Environment Agency. While at the Agency Neil has worked on mapping flood risk and in the development and delivery of investment plans. Over the last six years at the Agency, he held a lead role in the National Operations Engineering Assurance team managing reservoir safety and the resilience and reliability of strategically important MEICA assets. He also shared in developing sound asset management strategies and ways of working to ensure flood management assets are in good health helping the Agency to achieve ISO55000 accreditation.
Lead Associate – Information Management
Anusha joined WTW Research Network in 2022. In her role as lead associate – information management, she supports the planning, progress and delivery of a wide portfolio of research projects reporting on them for stakeholder review, helps track programme governance items including identifying and managing their risk, issue and change the resolution process as well as co-ordinate knowledge campaigns both online and in-person.
Anusha studied at City of London University, where she obtained a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science, going on to obtain a Stage 1 Certificate in Financial Planning from the Chartered Insurance Institute followed by Prince2 Project Management at the Knowledge Academy.