Catastrophe Modeling for Credit Risk

risQ leverages data science and machine learning
to model the complex risks climate change poses to debt securities

Our Team

Dr. Evan Kodra

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Northeastern University’s SDS Lab. His research on climate and weather extremes has been cited by the International Panel on Climate Change and has been highlighted by publications including Nature, USA Today, Yahoo!, and MSNBC. His cumulative industry work since 2011 has contributed substantially and directly toward successful partnerships, millions in revenue, and multiple patents.

Colin Sullivan

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Holds a B.S. from Northeastern University in Computer Engineering and has over three years experience working in technology transfer at both Yale University and Northeastern University. During his time in technology transfer, he worked with faculty and students in helping facilitate the translation of research from the laboratory setting into tangible products ready for market. Colin has a wealth of industrial experience in business development and sales of technical software products.

Dr. Auroop Ganguly

Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor

The Principal Investigator of the SDS Lab and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Auroop has a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as 17 years of experience spanning academia, a government-owned national research laboratory, and the private sector. His research on climate extremes has been published in high profile journals including Nature, PNAS, Nature Climate Change, Scientific Reports, Physical Review E, PLoS One, IEEE Transactions, and Geophysical Research Letters. He has published an edited book titled Knowledge Discovery from Sensor Data. Auroop is also the Co-Chair of the Societal Dimensions Working Group for the Community Earth System Model developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

John Sheffield

Product and Strategy

John was a cofounder and executive at Seven Bridges Genomics, which operates a peta-scale biomedical data analysis platform that powers major government and industry research initiatives worldwide. As a partner at the Linnaean Company, he leads data product development in industries ranging from transportation/urban planning to real estate private equity. John holds an AB (Harvard College, Phi Beta Kappa) and an MSc in Applied Statistics (Oxford University, Marshall Scholar).

John Rowe

Catastrophe Modeling R&D

For 22 years John has worked at developing solutions for modeling natural hazards and evaluating their potential for generating monetary loss. Most recently, John was Vice President of Research and Modeling at AIR Worldwide, a leading global catastrophe risk modeling company serving insurance, government entities and blue-chip companies. John’s role at risQ is to help find ways to apply climate research to real world problems to make a positive difference. John holds a MSc in Structural Engineering from City University London and the Danish Technical University (DTU).

Dr. Chris Hartshorn

Product Development and Technical R&D

Chris has helped to drive innovation as Chief Research Officer at Lux Research providing emerging technology intelligence and strategic advice to hundreds of the world's most innovative companies and agencies, and as Chief Technology Officer at Callaghan Innovation, the government agency responsible for catalyzing innovation in New Zealand. He brings first-hand experience in developing and growing information services businesses, and commercializing multidisciplinary solutions drawing from physical, life and data sciences.

Advisors

Dr. Ory Zik

Advisor, Sustainability and Commercial Solutions

Dr. Ory Zik is an award-winning physicist with deep entrepreneurial experience and a passion for protecting the environment. He currently serves as the founding CEO of Greenometry - a global non-profit catalyzing the transition to a low-carbon economy through a unifying metric rooted in data and science. Prior to Greenometry, Dr. Zik served as the Vice President of Analytics Lux Research, where he built analytical solutions for innovation and supply chain sustainability. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Center for Health and Global Environment at The Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Singdhansu Chatterjee

Advisor, Statistics and Data Sciences

As an Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Chatterjee has multiple scientific publications in theoretical and applied statistics as well as climate change and weather extremes. Dr. Chatterjee has also served as a lecturer at the University of Manchester, and is a member of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics at the American Mathematical Society.

Dr. Carling Hay

Advisor, Flood Modeling and Physical Sciences

Dr. Carling Hay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Boston College. Her expertise covers a broad range of disciplines including atmospheric physics, statistical modeling, geophysics, and climate change. Dr. Hay's primary current research focus has been on leveraging statistical techniques to model sea level rise and variability as well as its impact on human populations and built systems.

Engagements & Publications

Managing the Financial Risks From Flooding in a Future Climate
JBA Risk Management & risQ, American Geophysical Union 2018 Fall Meeting

Climate Risk Analytics Startup with Northeastern Links Receives Phase II Funding Grant
risQ wins National Science Foundation SBIR Phase II Grant

Climate Change as A Reinsurance Risk Modulator
risQ CEO Evan Kodra presents at the RAA Cat Risk Management Conference, 2017

U.S. National Climate Assessment
risQ co-founders Kodra and Ganguly cited in Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4)

Climate Ready Boston, Report
risQ helps City of Boston address the challenges posed by climate change

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