Dr Swenja Surminski

Managing Director Climate and Sustainability at Marsh McLennan


Swenja is Managing Director Climate and Sustainability at Marsh McLennan, a member of the UK's Committee on Climate Change - Adaptation Committee, and Chair of the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative. She holds a research post at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, part of the London School of Economics and Political Science, overseeing projects on climate risk management, sustainable finance, climate and resilience strategies. She currently co-leads InsuResilienc's work on resilient infrastructure. For 6 years she was Associate Principal at Vivid Economics / McKinsey and has held several positions in the international insurance industry.  A political scientist and ecological economist by training, her work embraces environmental, social and economic perspectives, with a focus on urban communities and the private sector. Swenja is a contributing author to the IPCC, lead author of the UK's Climate Change Risk Assessment, and research lead for the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance.