Oasis conference

14 September 2017

Location: Zurich, Switzerland


While the recovery after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma was still underway, approximately 80 natural perils modelling experts met in Zürich to discuss and enhance the models that will help us to better estimate and manage natural catastrophe risk in the future.

Click here to read the full summary.

See also the blog "Cat modelling uncertainty and transparency - needs you!", written by Claire Souch, on Open Minds.





Dickie Whitaker, Chief Executive, Oasis LMF
Beat Aeberhardt, Head NatCat Tools, Swiss Re      


Oasis current situation - Update on software status, demo and deployment options
Mark Pinkerton, Chief Technology Officer, Oasis LMF
Ben Hayes, Chief Information Officer, Oasis Palm Tree
Dickie Whitaker, Chief Executive, Oasis LMF


Oasis success stories
Stephen Hutchings, Head of Software, JBA Risk Management

Chris Ewing, Business Development Manager, Impact Forecasting

Mohammad Zolfaghari, Director, CatRisk Solutions Ltd

Will Gardner, Managing Director, COMBUS

How can the software help?
Mark Pinkerton, Chief Technology Officer, Oasis LMF


Coffee break


Panel discussion - Costs and benefits of deploying models to Oasis
Mark Pinkerton, Chief Technology Officer, Oasis LMF
Dickie Whitaker, Chief Executive, Oasis LMF
Ben Hayes, Chief Information Officer, Oasis Palm Tree


Oasis being used in international projects
Julie Calkins, Program Manager, Climate-KIC
Fred Hattermann, Senior Scientist, PIK




Introduction to afternoon session
Martin Bertogg, Head Cat Perils, Swiss Re


Oasis in practice - How Oasis is used in the re/insurance context
Paul Nunn, Head of Catastrophe Risk Modelling, SCOR

Marc Wüest, Expert Atmospheric Perils, Swiss Re


An Introduction to Oasis Hub
Tracy Irvine, Managing Director Oasis Hub/ Imperial College London


The IDF Risk Modelling and Mapping Group: Goals, strategy and progress
Claire Souch, Director, AWHA Consulting


Coffee break


Five things you should know about your catastrophe models
Claire Souch, Director, AWHA Consulting


Oasis approach to support correlation
Dag Lohmann, CEO and Co-founder, Kat Risk LLC


Oasis outlook 2018
Dickie Whitaker, Chief Executive, Oasis LMF


Closing remarks


Farewell Drinks & Networking


Photos by: Fredi Lienhardt

About the event

Over the past two decades, catastrophe models have matured significantly. Within the re/insurance sector, such models are now considered essential tools for risk selection, pricing, assessing capital adequacy and measuring profitability.

Oasis loss modelling framework provides an open source modelling platform that eases the exchange of catastrophe models. This allows the insurance industry to access models from new model providers, which increases the diversity of models and risk views.

At the Oasis Conference, hosted by Swiss Re Institute and Swiss Re's Cat Perils team, participants learned more about the suite of available models, which is constantly growing, and how Oasis can now be integrated in various IT landscapes. At this one-day conference, participants also got an update on available models, see how others have integrated Oasis, and how they can use Oasis in their daily business.