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Prof. Dr. Alexander Braun
Research Team Innovation in Risk and Insurance

Alexander Braun is Associate Professor of Insurance and Capital Markets at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) and Director at the Institute of Insurance Economics (I.VW-HSG). Before joining HSG, he worked in the capital markets division of Lehman Brothers in London. Dr. Braun studied at leading universities in Germany, Australia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He holds the degree “Diplom-Kaufmann” from the University of Mannheim (Germany) and a Ph.D. in Finance from HSG. In 2016, he additionally obtained the venia legendi in Business Administration. The research and teaching activities of Dr. Braun have been awarded, amongst others, by the American Risk and Insurance Association, the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association, and the Casualty Actuarial Society. Overall, he looks back on more than 10 years of combined scholarly and practical experience in risk management, insurance, and the financial markets.

Research Focus

The team bundles key topics that will shape the future of insurance. Our approach is holistic, combining both theoretical and empirical methodologies to deliver the most adequate solution for each research question that we address. We explicitly consider concepts beyond the classical insurance industry to tackle modern risk management challenges with a major societal impact. Therefore, we work at the interface between capital markets, insurance markets and technology. Currently, our research/teaching activities encompass the following areas:

  • InsurTech and innovative business models in insurance
  • The impact of new technologies on risk management and insurance
  • Alternative risk transfer (ART) and insurance-linked securities (ILS)
  • Management of extreme risks and special risks
  • Climate change and global protection gaps
  • Household risk management and modern investment solutions