Global Parametrics’ team of experts brings together leaders from the private and public sectors to fulfil its unique mission.
To design, structure and deploy our global solutions we built a world class team of scientists, risk modelers and computer scientists and blended them with experienced practitioners from the world of developmental finance, commercial re/insurance and fund management.
Everyone at GP has a story on why they chose to join us, and each story reinforces their commitment to bring resilience to extreme weather and natural disasters to those that need it the most.
Hector IbarraChief Executive Officer
Hector IbarraHector has worked for over 20 years driving innovation in the financial industry for multilateral agencies, financial intermediaries and national/regional governments. As Lead Financial Officer at the World Bank, he designed and placed over $1 billion in disaster risk financing products. Hector also has significant commercial experience; prior to his role at the World Bank he was Assistant VP for Insurance Linked Securities (ILS) at Partner Re, where he originated and oversaw a portfolio of over $400 million.
Angus KirkGeneral Counsel / Operations Officer
Angus KirkAngus has over 20 years’ experience as a professional lawyer, with a breadth of knowledge advising both public and private sector entities on a wide range of legal and regulatory issues, structures and transactions. Angus spent much of his early career working within corporate law at City of London firms Travers Smith and Hogan Lovells, before becoming partner at a niche international development focused law firm, MDY Legal.
Prof. Jerry SkeesFounder / Chief Strategy Officer
Prof. Jerry SkeesWith a career of 35 years as a professor at the University of Kentucky, Jerry and his previous firm, GlobalAgRisk, have been on the forefront of many important innovations in low and middle-income countries relating to weather and seismic risk. He led the development of the first index insurance product for a US crop insurance program in 1991, leading to work on weather index insurance with the World Bank in the mid-1990s. Jerry was instrumental in developing the globally acclaimed Index-Based Livestock Insurance Program in Mongolia and in providing core research in Ethiopia that led to the African Risk Capacity facility. He was key in developing the world’s first regulated insurance product in Peru paying before a disaster, coined forecast insurance and laying the foundation for ongoing global efforts on forecast-based financing.
Dan BierenbaumVice President / Co-founder
Dan BierenbaumDan is a co-founder and Vice President heading up GP’s Washington DC office. He plays a leading role within the company's product design and structuring activities for clients. Dan brings over 10 years of experience working in financial services in low and middle-income countries to catalyse economic growth through foreign investment and the development of local financial market infrastructure. Dan has extensive experience with start-ups through his own ventures in Haiti, Mongolia and Burkina Faso as well as his previous role at the University of Virginia's entrepreneurship centre. Dan has a MSc from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BSc in Physics from Duke University.
Sales and Marketing team
Toby BehrmannPartnerships and Innovation
Toby BehrmannToby is a financial services specialist with an interest in bringing together partnerships to drive new business through innovation in products and technology. With over 15 years’ commercial and developmental experience deploying financial products in emerging economies, he brings his strong relationships and deep understanding of the market to Global Parametrics. Toby began his career at AIG before leaving to build out a boutique agency focused on Asian, African and South American markets. Most recently, he was a founding member of a microinsurance start-up that used mobile technology to bring insurance and other services to the unbanked in Myanmar, Nepal and the Philippines.
Juan MarcanoPartnerships and Business Development
Juan MarcanoJuan is a finance professional with over 10 years of experience in the financial services sector. His focus is on building partnerships and driving business development based on his detailed knowledge of the weather risk market. Previously, Juan worked with Swiss Re's Weather & Energy team, where he was responsible for advising on structured weather, energy and commodity solutions. Before joining Swiss Re, he worked on renewable energy financing for ING in Europe, and project finance advisory in the US energy sector, following several years as a field engineer for Schlumberger. Juan holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and an MBA from The George Washington University.
Wendy SmithBusiness Development Associate
Wendy SmithWendy has a keen interest in the development of sustainable financing mechanisms to combat natural hazard and extreme weather risk within emerging economies. She has a demonstrated history of working in developmental finance, with a focus on disaster risk financing and management. Prior to joining Global Parametrics, Wendy was employed as an economist for a leading international development consultancy where she was involved in a number of projects within APAC countries. Wendy holds an MSc in Risk, Disaster and Resilience from University College London and an MA in Economics from the University of Glasgow.
Alin Radu, PhDHead of Product and Structuring
Alin Radu, PhDAlin specialises in the development of natural-catastrophe risk models and the structuring of risk-transfer products. Previously, Alin was a Marie Curie Individual Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, and a Senior Research Engineer at AIR Worldwide, where he worked on disaster-risk financing projects with the World Bank in developing countries. Alin’s research interests are in the quantification and propagation of uncertainty in risk models; and his background is in structural engineering, earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. Alin holds PhD and MSc degrees in Earthquake Engineering and Applied Probability and Statistics from Cornell University; a MSc in Analysis and Design of Structures to Hazards from City University of London; and a BSc in Civil Engineering.
Malcolm Haylock, PhDHead of Risk Modelling
Malcolm Haylock, PhDMalcolm is a specialist in the development of catastrophe models for weather-related perils, with a PhD in statistical climatology from the University of East Anglia. He has over 15 years of research experience focussing on historical and expected future changes in climate, in addition to seasonal variations. Additionally, Malcolm has undertaken numerous positions at renowned reinsurers to develop their catastrophe models. With Aspen Re, Malcolm headed the natural catastrophe risk research programme. At Partner Re, he was responsible for their in-house European windstorm model, then broadening into an overview of all wind-related perils.
Obbe Tuinenburg, PhDSenior Weather Scientist
Obbe Tuinenburg, PhDObbe is an expert in atmospheric and weather-related processes for risk modelling. He previously served as assistant professor teaching atmospheric processes during droughts at the University of Utrecht, following postdoctoral research into land-surface processes, atmospheric dynamics and moisture transport with the goal of improving forecasts. Obbe holds a PhD in Land Atmosphere Interactions and Earth Systems Sciences from Wageningen University and a MSc in Environmental Science from the University of Utrecht.
Jason Hartell, PhDAgricultural Economist
Jason Hartell, PhDJason is a risk model/product structuring specialist and an agricultural economist with over 15 years of experience within emerging economies. He has participated in a wide array of projects involving natural disaster risk in Asia and Africa. Jason’s primary responsibility involves modelling conditions which create shocks in food production and collaborating with stakeholders to create financial disaster risk management solutions to manage disruptions to livelihoods, the value-chain, and financial institutions lending into agriculture. Jason holds a MSc in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Kentucky.
Michael WilliamsHead of Exposure
Thomas JohnsonSoftware Developer
Thomas JohnsonThomas is a software developer with experience in a variety of roles and environments. Following a successful stint at Google, he moved into a tutoring role, teaching data analysis techniques using R and Shiny in both California and Chile, before his employment at Global Parametrics. Thomas’ interests lie in rapid development of data analysis tools, open source software, environmental issues. He holds a BSc from NC State University's Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in Environmental Economic Policy.
Michael WagnerDatabase Architect
Michael WagnerMichael is a geospatial software developer and database expert. For the last fifteen years he has implemented and customised geospatial software and provided consultation and training on geospatial information and the relating standards and technology in numerous projects and countries. Michael is a certified PostgreSQL Professional and has extensive experience in designing, configuring and tuning spatial databases. At Global Parametrics he is taking care of optimising data workflows and keeping database performance in peak condition. Michael holds an MSc in Geographic Information Science and Systems and is a postgraduate engineer in geoinformatics and land surveying.
Michael McPhersonSystems Administrator
Michael McPhersonMichael has over 20 years' experience in IT development and administration, including installing, using and maintaining Linux Operating systems. During his career, he gained valuable knowledge of networking, system administration and learning to work with numerous programming languages. He has obtained the Comptia A+ Certification and is studying for Red Hat Certified System Administrator Certification.
Michael WarrenVice President of Finance
Michael WarrenMichael is a commercial and strategic finance leader, with over 15 years of experience in financial services spanning M&A and corporate finance. At GP, Michael is responsible for the finance function and funding. He is a Fellow Certified Chartered Accountant (FCCA), trained with Ernst and Young in their highly successful restructuring team and has held roles extensively involving fundraising and growing fintech business. Prior to GP, Michael was Head of Corporate Finance at a private equity house based in London.
Sharon ArnoldFinance and Office Administrator
Sharon ArnoldSharon is the Financial and Office Administrator at Global Parametrics and serves as the Human Resources coordinator. She has over 15 years of experience keeping books using QuickBooks software. Previously, Sharon held various roles at an administrative capacity, including at the University of Kentucky and within the garment industry.
Justine CraneFinance Manager
Justine CraneJustine is a certified financial professional with over 20 years of experience working in the financial services sector. Over an illustrious career within various positions at Lloyds of London, she has demonstrated professional knowledge of financial reporting, VAT preparation, risk management and internal controls. Justine is a certified chartered accountant and holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Northumbria.
Nina ShapiroOver the course of an illustrious career with the World Bank, Nina held several senior management and operating roles. From 2000- 2011, Nina was a member of the Management Group and was Vice President Finance and Treasurer of the International Finance Corporation. She sat for 7 years on the Board of MAN Group as well as Zurich Insurance Group’s Investment Management Advisory Council and the Carbon Trust’s Advisory Panel.
Alexander VlemingNon-Executive Director
Alexander VlemingAlexander is a Financial Consultant and Director, with an established career encompassing financial strategy and insurance. He is passionate about financial solutions for international development, and an investment committee member of InsuResilience investment fund. Alexander is founder and CEO of Rushmere Capital, providing independent financial and strategic advisory services in insurance, FinTech and InsurTech. Previously, Alexander held the role of Managing Director and Regional Head of Principal Investments for Swiss Re, identifying, transacting and managing a portfolio of direct equity investments internationally. For Rothschild & Co, he developed and managed investment banking opportunities in Europe and Asia. As VP of Investment Banking at HSBC, he focussed on developing and delivering investment banking solutions for global insurance clients.
Deborah A. HazellNon-Executive Director
Deborah A. HazellDeborah is an Executive Officer of Fischer Francis Trees & Watts (FFTW), a fixed income, institutional asset management firm. She joined FFTW’s New York office in 1999 and prior to her appointment as CEO in 2008, headed the Global Client Service and Business Development team. Deborah previously worked for UBS Asset Management, where she spent nine years as a Global Portfolio Manager. Previously, she managed global fixed income portfolios at Chase Investors International in London, which was subsequently sold to UBS Asset Management. Deborah began her financial career in the investment management department of Saudi International Bank, where she also managed US and global fixed income portfolios. Deborah has a BA in Economics from New York University.
Prof. Jerry SkeesExecutive Director
Prof. Jerry SkeesWith a career of 35 years as a professor at the University of Kentucky, Jerry and his previous firm, GlobalAgRisk, have been on the forefront of many important innovations in low and middle-income countries relating to weather and seismic risk. He led the development of the first index insurance product for the U.S. crop insurance program in 1991, leading to work on weather index insurance with the World Bank in the mid-1990s. Jerry was instrumental in developing the globally acclaimed Index-Based Livestock Insurance Programme in Mongolia and in providing core research in Ethiopia that led to the African Risk Capacity facility. He was key in developing the world’s first regulated insurance product in Peru paying before a disaster, coined forecast insurance and laying the foundation for ongoing global efforts on forecast-based financing.
Evangelia MyersNon-Executive Director
Evangelia MyersEva heads up the UK Department for International Development’s Disaster Risk Finance team. She has over 15 years of experience in international economic and financial policy issues, including with HM Treasury and advising the UK Executive Directors at the IMF and the World Bank Boards. She oversaw a £90m DFID-World Bank extractives project in DRC and was an ODI fellow in Guyana where she helped design a market based agricultural insurance scheme.
Global Parametrics is supported by leading institutions in the public and private sector. The first seed investments were provided by KfW’s InsuResilience Investment Fund and the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.