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Prof. Dr. Despoina Makariou
Research Area Catastrophe Risk and Machine Learning in Insurance

Despoina Makariou is an Assistant Professor of Risk Management and Insurance at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and a Visiting Research Fellow in Statistics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She has been awarded with a PhD in Statistics at the LSE for the development and application of statistical learning methods in insurance and finance followed by postdoctoral research at the Department of Philosophy, Logic, and Scientific Method, LSE. She holds a MSc in Insurance and Risk Management from Bayes (former Cass) Business School in London. She has been granted scholarships on grounds of academic excellence and research potential. She holds an Advanced Chartered Insurance Institute Diploma from the Chartered Insurance Institute in London and she has industry experience in the London Insurance Market in the areas of catastrophe risk modelling, and pricing of (re)insurance and alternative risk transfer products. Her research interests lie on machine learning in insurance and finance, insurance-linked securitisation, and catastrophe risk management.

Research Focus
  • Machine learning in insurance and finance
  • Pricing aspects in insurance-linked securitisation
  • Catastrophe risk management (man-made and natural disasters)