Kurt E. Karl is a Managing Director and head of Swiss Re’s Economic Research and Consulting. As such, he is the editor of sigma, Swiss Re’s insurance industry research publication. In addition, he supports Swiss Re’s strategic planning and provides internal consulting on products and economic risks. He also supplies insights and forecasts on the U.S. and global economies to Swiss Re Asset Management for use in a variety of corporate decisions, including asset management. He is an expert on the U.S. and global economies with extensive experience and knowledge of foreign markets and has lived and worked in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Before becoming the overall head of ER&C, Dr. Karl was for 11 years the head of the North American unit of ER&C. Prior to joining Swiss Re, Dr. Karl was chief international economist at WEFA, Inc., an economic forecasting firm located near Philadelphia. He has a B.A. from the University of Oregon, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.