Maryam Golnaraghi

Investigator | Climate Risk Analytics, Financial and Insurance Product Innovation, New Market Development

Role: Investigator

Site: CDL-Vancouver

Stream: Climate

Maryam has been an executive, senior advisor, head of research, connector, entrepreneur and climate scientist. She has led, drove, influenced, and managed transformative multi-stakeholder climate risk initiatives in the private and public sectors, with significant global impacts to scale up transitioning to a resilient low-carbon economy.

Her work is currently focused on four key areas: climate risk analytics, financial and insurance product innovation and new market development; strategic work with boards of directors/C-suite and shaping regulatory requirements the financial and insurance sectors.

Currently, she is the Director of Climate Change and Emerging Environmental Risks at The Geneva Association (GA), a leading international strategy think tank whose members are 80+ group CEOs of the largest global insurance companies (life and non-life).

Prior to that, she was the Chief of the International Disaster Risk Reduction Program at the UN’s World Meteorological Organization, the UN agency that launched the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the IPCC. Maryam headed up and built this program to assist governments with the development of climate risk management capacities, leveraging technical and operational services of member states in meteorology, hydrology and climate.

Maryam was also the Founder and CEO of Climate Risk Solutions Inc., the first research and advisory firm to deliver advanced climate risk analytics and risk management solutions to companies in energy, agriculture, insurance and financial sectors.

In June 2020, Maryam was named one of the most influential leaders in climate change, by the global insurance industry. Maryam serves in a number of advisory boards in the public and private sectors in North America and Europe. She also mentors and invests in high-tech start-ups.

Maryam received a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from Harvard University, M.Sc. in Applied Physics from Harvard University, and B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. She was also a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Business School and a Principal Investigator at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.