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 solutions 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:
Alexander Braun is Adjunct Professor of Risk Management at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) and Member of the Executive Board of the Institute of Insurance Economics (I.VW-HSG). Before joining HSG, he worked in the Capital Markets Division of Lehman Brothers in London. Mr. 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 the University of St.Gallen (Switzerland). In 2016, he additionally obtained the Venia Legendi in Business Administration. The research and teaching activities of Mr. Braun have been awarded, amongst others, by the American Risk and Insurance Association (ARIA), the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association (APRIA), and the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS). Overall, he looks back on more than 10 years of combined scholarly and practical experience in risk management, insurance, and the financial markets.
Research and Consulting Areas
The main research and consulting areas of Mr. Braun currently comprise Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS), InsurTech and Innovation in Risk & Insurance. Moreover, he regularly works on selected topics in the fields of asset pricing, asset management, financial regulation as well as insurance economics. Mr. Braun has published in renowned scientific journals of the risk management discipline such as the Journal of Risk and Insurance, the European Journal of Operational Research, the Risk Management and Insurance Review, and the Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance.
Mr. Braun regularly contributes to worldwide academic conferences in his field and has been an invited moderator, panelist, and keynote speaker at various professional industry events. In addition, he served as a referee for over 25 different academic journals, mainly in the disciplines risk management & insurance, actuarial science and banking & finance. Due to the proven expertise in his core research and consulting areas he had several media appearances, comprising German and Swiss newspaper articles as well as Swiss national radio and television broadcasts.
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Basic research in the area of risk and insurance management is a central component of our work.
We are characterized by an internationally oriented education offer for the insurance industry.
Our courses offer students content that promotes the exchange between research and practice.