David K.A. Mordecai and Samantha Kappagoda of Risk Economics, participated in the National Academy of Sciences Summit for Managing Extreme Events. The event was co-sponsored by National Academy of Sciences, Willis Research Network, Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). The Summit was held on September 9-11, 2011 at the National Academy of Sciences and Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington D.C.
David K.A. Mordecai served as an invited panelist with Brian Kamole, The White House, Dr. Thomas Karl, NOAA, Dr. Ruth David, ANSER, Stephen Weinstein, General Counsel, Renaissance Re, and Gus Felix, Head of Operational Risk, Citigroup. Samantha Kappagoda also attended the three day event.
The summit brought together over 100 renowned researchers, federal agency heads, emergency-management officials, insurance and reinsurance leaders, and other experts from the public, private, and non-profit sectors for three days in Washington D.C. to discuss how to better prepare for and recover from natural disasters, terrorist attacks, financial system breakdowns, energy and food shortages, and other extreme events, including those that may be triggered by climate change. The Summit was conceived as the first activity of a long-term collaboration among the public, private and academic sectors to harness research, policy, and private sector expertise to better understand and manage extreme events. The primary goal of the Summit was to develop a unifying framework to support that collaboration.
David Mordecai and Samantha Kappagoda are President and Chief Economist respectively, of Risk Economics, an advisory firm that applies rigorous analytics to large-scale real world geopolitical and socio-economic issues relating to demographics and macroeconomics. The firm’s expertise includes domains within finance, regulation, political risk, commerce and consumer behavior, labor, housing, immigration, global population, resource allocation environment, health and aging.