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Conference agenda

Monday 4 June 2018

13:30 – 17:30

NEW: Introduction session
Also, guests at our recent conferences asked for a session to cover the basics of weather hedging. We have listened and will be running an "Introduction to Weather Hedging" on the Monday afternoon before the actual conference. This half-day session aims to educate participants on the fundamentals of the weather risk management market and products. New joiners should find it especially useful.

Since this adds to the cost of the conference, we will be charging EUR 500 per registration for the introduction only. The regular conference will be free of charge as before.

Tuesday 5 June 2018

Main conference (free of charge)


Registration and coffee


Welcome address

  • Stuart Brown, Head Origination Weather & Energy EMEA and APAC, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
  • Jürg Trüb, Head of Environmental & Commodity Markets, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions


Keynote Speech
To hedge or not to hedge? Most energy companies actively hedge their interest rate, FX and price risks. How does weather fit into that picture? Our keynote speaker, Chris Culp, is a long-time observer of corporate risk management and author of several books on the subject of how risk management adds corporate value.

  • Chris Culp, Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Institute of Applied Economics, Global Health, and Center for the Study of Business Enterprise, Adjunct Professor at the Swiss Finance Institute and Universität Bern




PPAs & increase of merchant risk in the wind markets
With European renewable power moving from subsidy to market pricing mechanisms, bi-lateral Power Purchase Agreements are emerging as a means of reducing or managing merchant risk. But it's not simple, and it remains to be seen whether long term buyers and sellers of wind power can come to terms in a way that will get deals financed. This session will navigate us through this changing landscape and the perspective of wind developers, investors, generators and corporate buyers.

Moderated by Barbara Zuiderwijk, Senior Financial Advisor, Green Giraffe

  • Sophie Dingenen, Partner, Bird & Bird LLP
  • Olivier Bardet, Head of Global Pricing & Structuring at Enel Green Power
  • Juergen Jung, Managing Director, Esmera Partners
  • Bastian Schachtner, Director, Structured Finance Officer EMEA, Power and Renewables, MUFG Bank


Block chain technology and implications and chances for the energy markets
Current energy grids are byzantine compared to the expectations we have on it with a rapidly growing network of producers and consumers leaving room for error and even fraud. Blockchain technology could mean a much more efficient, fast and secure way of managing, fulfilling and executing contracts. What are the implications and chances and what could the future look like?

  • Erwin Smole, CSO & Co-Founder, GridSingularity
  • Andria van der Merwe, Senior Vice President Compass Lexecon
  • Abraham Cambridge, Founder & CEO, The Sun Exchange




Brexit and the political landscape: What can the energy markets expect?
Against a background of news, facts, rumors and fears, let's hear from market participants, law firms and consultants about what people need to focus on. Is Brexit a spanner in the EU's Internal Energy Market works? How will it affect infrastructure investments, trading, carbon costs, etc.?

  • Andrew Whitehead, Senior Partner, Shakespeare Martineau


Data explosion: Is the weather industry ready?
90% of the world's stock of data is less than 18 months old. Whether you call it the age of big data, the data revolution, or some other buzzword, information is now being turned into business intelligence faster than ever before, and we're just getting started. What does that mean for the energy business, or for the identification and management of weather risk? Our guest experts will share their recent experience, and speak to each others', and our, questions about what this means for the future.

Moderated by Mark Stephens Row, New Markets Sales Engineer, The Weather Company

  • Brendan Lane Larson, CEO & Co-Founder, AbsolutClimo
  • Jean-Louis Bertrand, Project Research Director, Institut Louis Bachelier
  • Waleed El-Ramly, Chief Growth Officer and Head of European Operations, ZE PowerGroup Inc.


Coffee & Networking Break


New product pipeline: what's on the drawing board?
Listen to – and ask questions of – the Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Weather & Energy team talk about what we're working on to meet the needs of the market for 2018 and beyond.


Closing remarks

  • Jürg Trüb, Head of Environmental & Commodity Markets, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions


Depart for social program: Guided tour BMW Welt followed by a dinner at BMW Welt Brasserie, busses departing at 6:30pm


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