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InterMET Asia 2017 - 15% discount for WRMA members & organisations facing major weather risks

For 2017 the 4th annual InterMET Asia-Extreme Weather Expo is offering an expanded conference programme focused on the impact of extreme weather and climate change on key business activities  – and how innovations in forecasting and modelling can mitigate and manage the risks to weather affected business – from energy, agriculture and tourism to transport, retail and healthcare.

To celebrate this, we are offering you a 15% reduction on the fee for the full conference programme. All you have to do is click ‘Enter Promotional Code’ at the beginning of the registration process and enter the term ASSOCIATION.

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Weather Risk Management Symposium, 21 March

FREE TO ATTEND: Special Symposium is dedicated to informing weather affected businesses how to manage the growing risks of extreme weather.

If you're involved in energy supply or agriculture, retail or tourism, telecommunications or transportation, or any other weather affected activity, then this free to attend symposium is NOT TO BE MISSED!

Organised in association with the Weather Risk Management Association (WRMA) – the trade body of the weather risk management industry (which includes companies such as Swiss Re, Willis, Celsius Pro and Allianz, Munich Re plus many others – this unique event offers the opportunity to meet face to face with the experts.

To reserve your place at the Weather Risk Symposium  -  Click  REGISTER FOR EXHIBITION and select 'Symposium'

The Weather Risk Symposium Programme

2:00pm – 2:05pm

Welcome from WRMA President

Brad Hoggatt, MSI GuaranteedWeather

2:05pm – 2:35pm

Weather Risk Management: The Confluence of Weather/Climate Science and Financial Engineering

Brad Hoggatt, MSI GuaranteedWeather

2:35pm – 3:20pm

Case Study 1: Managing Weather Risk in the Energy Sector

Dan Tomlinson, Allianz Risk Transfer

Ralph Renner, Endurance Global Weather

3:20pm – 3:45pm

Networking and Coffee

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Case Study 2: Weather Risk Management in the Agriculture Sector Including Applications for Natural Catastrophes

Sandeep Ramachandran, Axis Specialty Markets Ltd

Jonathan Barratt, CelsiusPro Australia

4:30pm – 5:15pm

Case Study 3: Management of Weather Risks in Other Industry Sectors

Ralph Renner, Endurance Global Weather

Claire Wilkinson, Willis Towers Watson

Richard Zhang, Willis Towers Watson

5:15pm – 5:45pm

Technology: Accessing Weather Risk Protection

David Whitehead, weatherXchange

5:45pm – 6:00pm

Ask the Experts Q&A Session and WRMA Wrap-Up

With WRMA Member Representatives: Brad Hoggatt, Sandeep

Ramachandran, Ralph Renner, and Claire Wilkinson

According to recent predictions, increased global warming is expected to significantly impact labour capacity and productivity in Southeast Asia by 2045. Rising temperatures will increase the number of unsafe ‘heat stress’ days per year, which will significantly impact vulnerable workers, and have a negative impact on regional economies. Worst hit will be Singapore and Malaysia, which could experience decreases in productivity by up to 25 percent. Expected decreases in productivity will vary across the region, with Indonesia predicted at 21 percent, Cambodia and the Philippines at 16 percent, and Thailand and Vietnam at 12%. Source: Global Risk Insights, 2015.

The risks to business – and the huge opportunities ...

InterMET Asia – Extreme Weather Expo offers a unique opportunity to better understand two things about how extreme weather will impact business profitability:

Firstly, the risks and hazards that increasingly extreme weather events and climate change pose for public and private enterprises and how to manage and mitigate them.

Secondly, the enormous business opportunities that exist in the development of products and services, and in public-private sector engagement to manage and mitigate the risks and impact of extreme weather and climate change.

No other event attempts to deal with extreme weather and climate change in this way.

The InterMET Asia – Extreme Weather Expo conference programme covers:

  • The collection and analysis of data, and computer modelling.
  • The provision of bespoke forecasting services to industry and government.
  • The design of resilient and adaptable business models, supply chains, infrastructure and public services.
  • The use of index-based insurance to manage weather-related business and investment risks.
  • Impact on areas ranging from energy, agriculture and healthcare, to transport, retail, tourism and the urban environment.
  • The new market opportunities being opened up by extreme weather and climate change.

And, in co-operation with the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDRR), we'll also be highlighting the importance of private – public sector engagement to the development of this market.

What you get for your money

  • Access to the main 2 day programme of multi-themed expert sessions, including sessions on energy, aviation, public health and many more.
  • 2 technical workshops on flood and tropical events organised by Baron.
  • Half day Weather Risk Management Symposium organised by the Weather Risk Management Association (WRMA).
  • Technical presentations by exhibiting companies.
  • Special Session hosted by the World Bank - Global Facility for Disaster Reduction & Recovery (GFDRR).


  • A 2-day international exhibition featuring many of the world's leading meteorology technology companies and forecasting service provider

For further details please scroll down this enewsletter.

Who will be there ...

  • Senior executives of public and private enterprises impacted by extreme weather events.
  • Senior executives of providers of hydrometeorology technology, and computing and forecasting services.
  • Senior representatives of NMHSs from Asia, Africa and the Pacific regions.
  • Senior representatives of the World Bank - GFDRR and other agencies.
  • Senior representatives of relevant government agencies.
  • Representatives of the re-insurance and weather risk management community.
  • Universities and research institutions involved in the Global Weather & Climate Enterprise.
  • Innovators of new technologies and end user applications.
  • Agencies and NGOs engaged in disaster reduction and recovery.

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Meet some WRMA Symposium speakers ...

Bradley D. Hoggatt, Chief Portfolio Manager, MSI GuaranteedWeather
Brad is responsible for the financial performance of the company's global weather derivative, insurance, and commodity portfolios. He also spearheads the development of new risk quantification techniques for implementation within the weather-modulated financial continuum.   Since 2013, Bradley has served on the WRMA Board of Directors and is currently President. Previously, he was Portfolio Manager, Europe for Aquila Energy’s Weather Derivatives Group where he was a founding member. 

Claire Wilkinson, Managing Director, Alternative Risk Transfer Solutions, Risk & Analytics, Willis Towers Watson
Based in London, Claire is responsible for the origination, structuring and execution of weather-index and parametric solutions for companies across all industry sectors on a worldwide basis. She is also responsible for developing alternative risk financing and index based solutions to address complex risks. She has been active in the weather-index market for 15 years and has been in the insurance broking industry for over 25 years and is a Board Director of WRMA.

Dan Tomlinson: Managing Director, Allianz Risk Transfer.
Dan is based in London structuring and marketing weather risk management products. He has been active in the financial markets since 1995 and for the last 16 years has concentrated on the field of weather related financial risk management.  In the past he has worked at Deutsche Bank, ICAP, WeatherXchange, Element Re, XL Capital and Galileo Weather before joining Allianz in 2011.

Jonathan Barratt, CEO, Celsius Pro (Aust) Pty Ltd.
Jonathan has been involved in the financial markets for the last 30 years having obtained experience in the Australian, London, Chinese and Hong Kong markets. He has a proficient knowledge in all aspects of the Derivative markets including Parametric Indexes insurance, Foreign Exchange, Commodity Futures, and Equity markets. His focus is in parametric, single peril weather insurance/certificates and the primary inputs market (weather, metals, energy and softs).
Sandeep Ramachandran, Senior Vice President, Axis Specialty Markets Ltd.
Sandeep is responsible for managing Axis’ global weather and energy business. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Weather Risk Management Association. He has previously been associated with the weather, agriculture and energy risk management industry for over 15 years in various roles with Morgan Stanley, Swiss Re, Enron and Koch Energy Trading.
Ralph Renner, Director of European Origination, Endurance Global Weather
Ralph is responsible for developing and implementing structured solutions with EGW’S European and Asian clients. He was formerly head of power trading at Macquarie Bank, Dresdner Kleinwort Investment Bank and Centrica Energy. With over a decade of energy trading and risk management experience in the European power, gas, coal and CO2 markets, he has an excellent understanding of the evolving requirements of utilities, traders, renewable energy companies and financiers.

The InterMET Asia - Extreme Weather Expo Conference 2017

The themes for 2017 are: ‘Building resilience and adaptability to extreme weather’ and ‘Public-private sector co-operation’.

The main conference takes place on 21 and 22 March and is branded InterMET Asia - Extreme Weather Expo 2017. It features the following sessions:

Main Conference Sessions:

Following the opening keynote session themed: Public-Private Sector Co-operation, you will be able to attend sessions devoted to: Future innovaton in extreme weather forecasting & modelling, Meteorology and Energy, Meteorology & Public Health, Resilient Agriculture, Urban Meteorology & Flood Management, and Meteorology in Aviation.

In addition, the 2017 conference programme includes the following:

Technical Conference Sessions

Hear the world's leading technology companies present on the development and use of innovative technologies in the two free to attend Technical Sessions on 21 and 22 March.

Weather Risk Management Symposium

Weather challenges a wide spectrum of businesses whose revenues, costs and financial performance are sensitive to weather.  Organised by the Weather Risk Management Association (WRMA) the symposium, to take place on 21 March, will explain the weather risk management market and provide numerous examples of how insurance type tools can be used to protect all types of weather affected activities.

Technical Workshop Sessions

In association with Baron on 21 and 22 March we present two free to attend workshop sessions with the overall theme of 'Flood and Tropical Events: Tools and Technology for Mitigating Extreme Weather'.

World Bank - GFDRR – 2017 Special Sessions

Held in conjunction with the World Bank - Global Facility for Disaster Reduction & Recovery (GFDRR), for 2017 the topic under discussion will be the increasingly important issue of Public-Private Sector Co-operation in the Provision of Forecasting Services.

More details on the conference programme below ...

Confirmed Conference participants:

Main Conference Sessions

  • Dr. Siva Balasundram, Universiti Putra Malaysia and International Society for Precision Agriculture
  • Bob Baron, Jr., Executive Vice President, Baron Services
  • Jonathan Barratt, CEO, Celsius Pro
  • Theresa Condor, Vice President Corporate Development, Spire Research and Consulting
  • Holger Czerwenka, Head of Business Development/Weather, Genossenschaft Meteotest
  • Brian Day, Chairman HMEI, President/CEO, Campbell Scientific (Canada)
  • Dr. Sheldon Drobot, Senior Analyst - Competitive Intelligence, Harris Corporation
  • Dr. Jan Dutton, General Manager Weather Systems, Schneider Electric
  • Prof. Lee Yee Hui, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, NTU, Singapore
  • Dr Neil Jacobs, Chief Atmospheric Scientist, Panasonic Weather Solutions, Panasonic Avionics Corporation
  • Mr Erkki Järvinen, President of Vaisala China Ltd.
  • Abu Saleh Khan, PEng., Deputy Executive Director (Operations), Institute of Water Modelling, Bangladesh
  • Anupam Kumar, Researcher, Nanyang Technical University of Singapore
  • Dr. Sanjay Kuttan, Energy Research Institute, NTU, Singapore
  • Will Lang, Chief Meteorologist, The Met Office
  • Marc Lemmond, Senior Manager for Public Private Partnerships, The Weather Company:
  • Peter Lennox, CEO, Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd.
  • Peter Ping-wah LI, Senior Scientific Officer, Hong Kong Observatory
  • Dr. Kazuo Saito, Senior Director for Research Affairs, Japan Meteorological Research Institute
  • Mathias Steck, Executive Vice President, DNV GL - Energy, Singapore
  • Justin Stockley, Surface Water Business Development Asia Pacific, Xylem Analytics
  • Professor Alan Thorpe - Former Director-General of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
  • Dan Tomlinson, Managing Director, Allianz Risk Transfer (UK) Ltd.
  • Dr. Erik Velasco, Research Scientist, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology
  • Dr. Rinus Vis, Director Singapore Operations, NUSDeltares
  • Randolph ’Stick’ Ware, Founder, Chief Scientist, Radiometrics
  • Dr. Stefan Winkler, Director Video & Analytics Program, Advanced Digital Sciences Center, Singapore
  • Dr. Jin Ho Yoo, Climate Prediction Team Leader, APEC Climate Centre

GFDRR Special Sessions on Public-Private Sector Engagement (participants to include):

  • Dr. Jack Hayes, Vice President, Harris Space and Intelligence Systems Business Segment
  • Dr Neil Jacobs, Chief Atmospheric Scientist, Panasonic Weather Solutions, Panasonic Avionics Corporation
  • Abu Saleh Khan, PEng., Deputy Executive Director (Operations), Institute of Water Modelling, Bangladesh
  • Will Lang, Chief Meteorologist, The Met Office
  • Dr. Amos Makarau, Director, Zimbabwe Meteorological Services Department and President - WMO RA 1
  • Jon Porter, Vice President Innovation & Development, AccuWeather
  • Dr. Laxman Singh Rathore, former Director General of India Meteorological Department
  • Marc Lemmond, Senior Manager for Public Private Partnerships, The Weather Company
  • Peter Lennox, CEO, Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd.
  • Dr. David Rogers, World Bank
  • Dr. Kazuo Saito, Senior Director for Research Affairs, Japan Meteorological Research Institute
  • Dr. Michael Staudinger, Direktor, ZAMG
  • Professor Alan Thorpe - Former Director-General of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
  • Dr. Vladimir Tsirkunov, World Bank

Technical Sessions:

  • Jim Anderson, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Earth Networks
  • Marc Bonnet, Directeur Export, VP International, Météorage
  • Niels Einar Jensen, Furuno Denmark A/S
  • Simone Placidi, Director, MetaSensing AP
  • Richard ‘Sted’ Stedronsky, Director, Strategic Business Development & Partnerships/Meteorologist, Enterprise Electronics Corporation
  • Dr Ludovic THOBOIS, Scientific Partnership & Animation Manager for Meteorology & Aviation, Leosphere
  • Dr. Yunhui Zheng, Lead Optical System Engineer, Sigma Space Corporation

Baron Workshops:

  • To include special Guest Presenter: Dr. David Yates – Hydrological Modeler, U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Special Presentations:

  • Dr. Stuart Fraser, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery - Innovation Lab
  • Stefano Scuratti, Senior Consultant, Public Policy, Economics, Politics, The Economist Intelligence Unit

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Technical Workshops – Flood & Tropical Events

Baron and InterMET Asia present two FREE to ATTEND workshop sessions which will take place on 21 and 22 March. They will have the overall theme of 'Flood and Tropical Events: Tools and Technology for Mitigating Extreme Weather':
'Hydrology and Severe Weather' – 21 March, 11:30 – 16:30

  •     Numerical weather prediction and flood forecasting
  •     Frequencies and transmitter uses cases for weather radar
  •     Weather displays in an operational setting
  •     Distribution of actionable weather information to stakeholders and the public

'Tropical Storms and Cyclones' – 22 March, 09:30 – 13:00

  •     Radar configurations suited for tropical events
  •     NWP applications in tropical forecasting
  •     Value-added data products for effective risk prediction and management
  •     Display and distribution of critical weather intelligence

To reserve a place in these free to attend Baron workshops -  Click  REGISTER FOR EXHIBITION and select the Workshop you wish to attend.

InterMET Asia Exhibition & Technical Conference Sessions

The free to attend InterMET Asia International Exhibition brings together many if the world's leading weather technology companies and providers of forecasting services and provides an excellent opportunity to meet these experts face to face and hear about the latest developments.

Alongside the Exhibition, a number of companies give case study presentations of how weather affected business makes use of weather technology and services to mitigate and manage weather risks.

The following companies have so far confirmed they will be giving expert presentations in the free to attend Technical Conference Sessions:

Earth Networks, Enterprise Electronics Corporation, Furuno Electric, Leosphere, Metasensing, Meteorage, Radiometrics International, and Sigma Space.

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