Hurricane Ida caused a path of destruction from the Gulf Coast to New York City, exposing insurance coverage gaps and fatal flaws in flood management. Collaborative solutions for developing a robust and resilient private flood insurance marketplace have brought together regulators, the insurance industry, and other interested parties.
Among the many needs to create a more favorable marketplace, the most addressable is the need for better data for decision-making. Catastrophe models are a core component to demystifying flood risk. This session will explore use cases and examples of how flood models can help insurance companies build their flood portfolios in a robust and sustainable way.
Director of Product Management, RMS
Dr. Saleh is a Director of Product Management at RMS. He has more than 15 years of experience in quantitative research and implementing forward-looking analytics to assess climate related physical risk. He earned his PhD in Hydrology and Quantitative Hydrogeology from the University of Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris VI (Sorbonne Universités), France.
Prior to joining RMS in 2020, he held various academic and executive positions at Jupiter, Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris Institute of Technology (Mines Paris Tech), U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Commerce. He was awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award for his distinguished Federal Service in fostering collaboration between Government and industry.
Senior Director, Global Governmental and Regulatory Affairs
Matthew Nielsen leads Governmental and Regulatory Affairs. He is responsible for maintaining relationships with regulators, legislators, and rating agencies on behalf of the company to establish open channels of communication around RMS models and solutions.
Matthew is a meteorologist and geographer with extensive experience in North American catastrophe risk. In his prior role at RMS, he was responsible for developing the RMS climate peril models for the Americas, including the severe convective storm, winter storm, flood, and hurricane models. He has conducted field reconnaissance for major catastrophes including Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Before joining RMS, Matthew conducted remote sensing in satellite meteorology research at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA). He holds a BS in physics from Ripon College, where he won the Henry Knop Award in Physics, and an MS in atmospheric science from Colorado State University. Matthew is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the International Society of Catastrophe Managers (ISCM), and the American Association of Geographers (AAG).