Dario Luna Pla

Former Head of Disaster Risk Management, Ministry of Finance, United Mexican States

An economist by training, Dario has held various positions in Mexico’s Ministry of Finance. Most notably, he led the placement of Mexico's well-known catastrophe risk management program, which not only transferred the risk of hurricane and earthquake into the capital markets, but also provided the country with over half a billion in ex-ante disaster funding.

Dario contributed, over a number of years, to efforts that made Mexico a pioneer in both resilience analytics and sovereign cat bonds. Throughout the Mexican G20 Presidency in 2012 he led the discussion of disaster risk management among the G20 Finance Ministries. He has also been a reinsurance broker at Willis Re in London, and has provided catastrophe risk management advisory services to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility.

Dario is currently working with the Mexican Insurance Association to develop private micro-insurance solutions based on probabilistic catastrophe models for households that are under the poverty line.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree in economics from ITAM, he holds an MSc in public policy and administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MSc in risk management from Cass Business School.