20 episodes

An independent podcast focused on geopolitical risk topics for decision makers in specialty insurance markets, reinsurance and beyond.

Episodes feature guests from the likes of Canopius, Gallagher, Hiscox, Howden, Mosaic, Samphire, the Lloyd's Market Association, King's College London and University of Oxford's China Centre, interviewed by host David Benyon.

The Political Risk Podcast David Benyon

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An independent podcast focused on geopolitical risk topics for decision makers in specialty insurance markets, reinsurance and beyond.

Episodes feature guests from the likes of Canopius, Gallagher, Hiscox, Howden, Mosaic, Samphire, the Lloyd's Market Association, King's College London and University of Oxford's China Centre, interviewed by host David Benyon.

    Pool Re's treaty transformation and talks about cyber

    Pool Re's treaty transformation and talks about cyber

    Featuring Tom Clementi, CEO of Pool Re, the UK's government-backed mutual reinsurance fund for terrorism risk. We discuss freshly agreed plans to transform Pool Re's operating model into a treaty reinsurer. Tom also talks about the IFTRIP 2024 international meeting of terrorism pools, hosted by the US Treasury. Cyber reinsurance and the role of government-backed PPPs like Pool Re was on the agenda in DC, and is also the focus of an industry consultation with Pool Re in the UK.

    • 25 min
    War Risk: Red Sea & Gulf of Aden; Black Sea & Ukraine

    War Risk: Red Sea & Gulf of Aden; Black Sea & Ukraine

    This is a war risk insurance flavoured episode, featuring Michael Burle, head of marine at Liberty Specialty Markets, and Neil Roberts, secretary of the Joint War Committee, and head of marine and aviation at the Lloyd's Market Association. We discuss the Red Sea Crisis of Houthi attacks on shipping, plus Somali piracy activity in the Gulf of Aden, and we also talk about re/insuring Ukrainian war risks, on land and in the Black Sea.

    • 27 min
    Geopolitical Interregnum

    Geopolitical Interregnum

    The liberal international order, sometimes called Pax Americana, is in decline, but it's unclear what happens next. In this episode we explore the concept of geopolitical 'interregnum' as a framework for markets and insurers to consider the business environment. Michael Feller is a partner at Geopolitical Strategy, based in Melbourne, who has held senior roles in Australia’s foreign service and prime minister’s department.

    • 31 min
    PV: South Africa & MENA markets in focus

    PV: South Africa & MENA markets in focus

    Two political violence interviews from the recent GAIF34 event in Oman. The first focuses on South Africa before the country's tense general election in May. Carla Jordan is CEO of London-based Santam Specialist Business, and CEO of Santam-owned, Johannesburg-based MGA, Emerald Risk Transfer. The second conversation is with Rafic Abi Saleh, assistant vice president, war & terrorism at Liberty Specialty Markets in Dubai, to discuss the rapid growth of the Middle East's PV market.

    • 27 min
    Special Ep: Cyber insurance & Ransomware resilience - we're on the same side

    Special Ep: Cyber insurance & Ransomware resilience - we're on the same side

    A special episode in association with Mosaic Insurance. Guests Yosha DeLong, global head of cyber, Mosaic Insurance, and Jason Nurse, reader in cyber security, University of Kent, discuss the need for greater alignment between insurance, corporate and government stakeholders for managing cyber security, particularly against the heightened threat posed by ransomware attacks.

    • 42 min
    Global Strategic Change: Adjusting to new Realities

    Global Strategic Change: Adjusting to new Realities

    Sir Stewart Eldon, KCMG OBE, is a consultant and former senior diplomat. His diplomatic postings include serving as UK permanent representative to NATO, ambassador to Ireland, and as the UK’s deputy permanent representative to the UN in New York. He advises Transparency International on counter-corruption in defence, and is senior civil adviser to the Higher Command & Staff College at the UK Defence Academy. Working with The Ambassador Partnership, a specialist consultancy of former diplomats, he recently published an article on geopolitical shifts for 2024. In this episode we discuss Ukraine, NATO’s expansion northwards, Turkey, the ambitions of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and the role of Sub-Saharan Africa in the Global South.

    • 33 min

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