Eric Durand Head Cyber Centre Competence Swiss Re Institute

Eric Durand joined Swiss Re in 1990 as a research scientist in the Natural Perils team, developing new analysis and simulation models for European Storms and their effect to insured portfolios.

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He then worked for Swiss Re Australia as a cat specialist and underwriter for a period of two years before returning to Zurich to take over the leadership for a group of Property/Casualty treaty underwriters.

In 2002 he was appointed to SR-Iberica in Madrid as a Chief Underwriting Officer for the Iberian Peninsula, before returning three years later to Zurich as an Underwriting Manager Treaty Property. In 2014 he transitioned to Swiss Re's Group Underwriting to lead the newly created Cyber Center of Competence and to coordinate the company's efforts with regards to Cyber activities. He also leads SwissRe's project on Solar Storms and their effect to the bulk power grid.

Eric Durand grew up in Neuchatel (Switzerland) and graduated in Electrical Engineering at the ETH in Zürich. He holds a PhD from the same institution in Biomedical Engineering.