Andreas Spiegel

Head of Group Sustainability Risk, Swiss Re

Andreas Spiegel acts as Head of Group Sustainability Risk. The unit drives strategic efforts to integrate environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities into Swiss Re's business practices and operations, it manages reputational risks associated to sensitive business transactions and it manages the dialogue with Swiss Re's public stakeholders like governments, UN organizations, associations, long-term investors, NGOs and the public. Andreas co-chaired the UN Principles for Sustainable Insurance from 2013-2015 (currently he acts as a board member) and he is a member of the Financial Stability Board Task force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.

In his former role as Senior Climate Change Advisor for Swiss Re he was steering Swiss Re's climate change strategy and execution of strategic initiatives to assess and manage risks, seize business opportunities (public sector risk transfer solutions, renewable energy, agricultural micro insurance), influence the business environment and position Swiss Re on the topic. In 2009/10 he was a member of the official Swiss Federal climate delegation to the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen and he represented Swiss Re on the topic in various external organizations (UNEP FI Steering Committee, UNEP FI Climate Change Working Group, Climate Group, Climate Wise, Geneva Association, Economiesuisse).

Andreas holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Environmental Sciences from the Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland (ETH), with a main subject in environmental micro-biology and energy technology. In his previous roles as consultant for Accenture and as climate change expert for UBS he gained a comprehensive insight into the environmental risk landscape of financial institutions.

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