Director, Swiss Re Institute (Switzerland)

Jeffrey Bohn

Dr. Bohn joined Swiss Re Institute as its Director in 2017. Based in Switzerland, Dr. Bohn manages all R&D activities across Swiss Re. Prior to his Swiss Re appointment, he served as Chief Science Officer and Head of GX Labs at State Street Global Exchange in San Francisco. Before moving back to California to assume this role, he established the Portfolio Analytics and Valuation Department within State Street Global Markets Japan in Tokyo. (He is fluent in Japanese.) He previously ran the Risk and Regulatory Financial Services consulting practice at PWC Japan. Past appointments of Dr. Bohn include Head Portfolio Analytics and Economic Capital at Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore and General Manager Financial Strategies Group at Shinsei Bank in Tokyo, where he supervised implementation of best-practice risk and capital analytics. Before moving to Asia, he led Moody’s KMV’s (MKMV’s) Global Research Group and MKMV’s Credit Strategies Group. Dr. Bohn often conducts seminars on topics ranging from credit instrument valuation to portfolio management. Recently, he has also been presenting on technology trends (e.g., 5G, IoT, machine intelligence and distributed ledger technology) and their impact on financial services and insurance. In particular, he and his team are exploring how the insurance digital ecosystem is developing as the insurance value chain is disrupted by these technology trends. He has published widely in the area of credit risk. He co-authored with Roger Stein Active Credit Portfolio Management in Practice (Wiley, 2009). His current research focuses on applying machine intelligence (particularly reinforcement learning) to time-series prediction and risk modelling, using causal inference to improve time series analyses, and managing and valuing R&D efforts in corporate environments. In addition, he continues his research in the areas of factor modelling and large-scale risk simulations. Dr. Bohn is an affiliated researcher at UC Berkeley’s Centre for Risk Management Research and serves as a board member for the Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk (CDAR) spanning UC Berkeley, Stanford and several industry partners. He is also a member of the Advisory Group for the Centre for Digital Trust established at EPFL in Lausanne. On occasion, he teaches financial engineering at UC Berkeley, National University of Singapore’s Risk Management Institute and Tokyo University.

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