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Dr. Peter Sousounis

Dr. Peter Sousounis is Vice President and Director of Climate Change Research at AIR Worldwide. His responsibilities include ensuring that catastrophe model development at AIR accounts for climate change, helping clients address their climate change concerns, assisting with global resilience projects, and providing thought leadership. He has overseen all AIR atmospheric model development and built the first numerically-based storm surge model and the first tsunami model. Peter has graduate degrees in Meteorology from MIT and Penn State and has authored nearly 100 publications on weather, climate, climate change, and catastrophe modeling.

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Philip Camp

Philip Camp joined AIR in 2016 as a Scientist in our Research and Modeling department. Philip graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Masters in Geography. Additionally, Philip has earned his B.A in Biology from Eckerd College. Philip was also a Research Staff Associate and Lab Manager at Columbia University, assisting dynamic research teams with various lab-related tasks.

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Pooja Yara

As a Senior Product Marketing Manager at AIR, Pooja Yara leads global marketing campaigns for Cyber, Insurance Linked Securities, Global Resilience, and various Asia-Pacific related natural catastrophes. Prior to joining AIR, Pooja held various roles in the risk management and insurance industry. She holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an MBA in International Business from Temple University.

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Praveen Sandri

Dr. Praveen Sandri has over 15 years of experience in probabilistic risk analysis for natural and man-made catastrophes and has been instrumental in the development of various catastrophe models worldwide. Praveen is responsible for managing strategic operations in the India office, which provides services in the areas of software development, model implementation, GIS, model and product testing, analytics & data services along with providing client services and business development initiatives in India, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East regions. He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering at Osmania University in India, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Texas Tech University, with a specialization in the application of expert systems and artificial networks in Wind Engineering.

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Rachel Wisch

Rachel Wisch joined AIR in 2015 and is currently a Senior Writer. She earned a B.A. from Brandeis University, an M.S. in Communication and Public Relations from Lasell University, and Certificate in Mediation from Mediation Works, Inc. Rachel is a Certified Extreme Event Modeler (CEEM).

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Raulina Wojtkiewicz

Raulina Wojtkiewicz joined AIR in 2009 and is a Senior Engineer, Manager in our Research Department. Before joining AIR, she was a Research Assistant at Northeastern University, where she received her M.S. in Civil and Structural Engineering. She also worked as a Project Control Engineer for Ingenería Estrella in Santiago, D.R. She completed her undergraduate work at Pontifica Universidad Catiólica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in Santiago D.R.

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Rebecca Arias

Rebecca Arias is a Senior Product Marketing Manager in our Marketing group. Before joining AIR in 2016, Becky worked for Amadeus as a Product Manager responsible for the mobile product portfolio for the North American market. Becky earned a B.A. in Accounting and Business Administration from Muhlenberg College and an MBA from Bentley University.

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Richard Yablonsky

Richard Yablonsky, Ph.D., CCM, is a Manager and Principal Scientist at AIR Worldwide. Since joining AIR Worldwide in December, 2014, Richard has worked heavily on the tsunami component of the Southeast Asia Earthquake Model, he has contributed to the tsunami component of the US Earthquake Model, and he has developed new tropical cyclone precipitation algorithms for the Post Event Loss Calculations in Australia and the Philippines. He is now becoming involved in many aspects of tropical cyclone and storm surge modeling at AIR, with an emphasis on U.S. storm surge but also wind field generation, precipitation, catalog updates, and teaching "CATSchool." Previously, Richard worked as a Marine Research Scientist (2013-2014) and a Marine Research Associate (2009-2013) at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography in Narragansett, RI, specializing in modeling of air-sea interaction in tropical cyclones. Richard has also held a Visiting Scientist Appointment at the Developmental Testbed Center in Boulder, CO (2014). Richard obtained a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island (2009) and three degrees from North Carolina State University: M.S. in Atmospheric Science (2004), B.S. in Meteorology (2002), and B.A. in Chemistry (2002).

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Rob Savitsky

Rob Savitsky joined AIR in 2016 and was a Senior Product Marketing Manager in our Marketing group. Previously, Rob worked in various digital marketing and product management roles at several entertainment, media, and technology companies. He holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Babson College. Rob left AIR in 2019.

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Robin Wilkinson

Robin Wilkinson is Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Casualty Analytics at AIR. She founded Arium in 1998 and joined AIR when it was acquired by Verisk 2017. Prior to Arium, Robin was head of Legal Services at British Airways. Robin earned her B.A. in Philosophy from Reed College and graduated from New York University School of Law.

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Roger Grenier

Roger Grenier re-joined AIR in 2018 as a Senior Vice President in our Business Development group leading the Global Resilience Practice. Previously, Roger worked for Liberty Mutual as Director of Catastrophe Research and Development. Prior to that, Roger worked for AIR in a variety of roles including Research, Consulting and Product Management. Roger earned a B.S in civil engineering from Tufts University, an M.S. in civil engineering from Stanford University and a PhD in civil engineering from North Carolina State University.

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Ruilong Li

Ruilong Li joined AIR in 2012 as an Engineer in our Research and Modeling Department. Prior to AIR, Ruilong worked as a Research Assistant/Lab Technician for Florida International University, where he studied the effects of architectural features of air-permeable roof cladding materials (tiles and shingles) on wind-induced uplift loading. Ruilong earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Florida International University and M.S in Engineering Mechanics from Harbin Institute of Technology, China.

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Samyadeep Ghosh

Samyadeep Ghosh is a Senior Research Engineer in AIR’s Flood Research team and has more than six years of experience with flood hazard models. He joined AIR in 2012 and has contributed to the development of the U.S. Inland Flood model and India Flood Hazard model. His day-to-day activities include simulations of multiple hydraulic and hydrologic models and he also develops tools to streamline in-house workflows. He holds Master’s degree in Land and Water Resources Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

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Santhosh Kumar Choori

Santhosh Kumar Choori is a Research Engineer in AIR’s Flood Research team and joined AIR in 2016. His current responsibilities include the collection and compilation of hydrologic data and its quality checks, as well as the calibration and simulation of the hydraulic model. He contributed to the development of Flood Hazard Maps for India and Canada and holds a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with specialization in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

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Sara Gambrill

Sara Gambrill is Director of Communications at AIR. She joined AIR in 2012 and is responsible for AIR publications, marketing collateral, and other client communications. She earned her A.B. in Latin Literature from Bryn Mawr College and her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Emerson College.

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Sarah Bobby

Sarah Bobby joined AIR in 2015 and is a Senior Engineer in our Research Department. Sarah earned her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, where her research focused on the creation of an in-house probabilistic risk assessment and optimization methodology geared toward the design of structures under wind and seismic hazards. Additionally, Sarah earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

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Saurabh Mishra

Saurabh Mishra joined AIR in 2012, and works as a Senior Risk Analyst in the Hyderabad office. He leads a Data Services Group team which processes and handles deliverables for clients in the London Market. Saurabh is also responsible for process improvements developing and maintaining automations for various teams in Hyderabad. He holds an IPGDM in Financial risk management from IIRM, Hyderabad, and an engineering degree in electrical and electronics from Sam Higginbottom University.

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Scott Stransky

Scott Stransky is Vice President, Emerging Risk Modeling in AIR's Research and Modeling group. He is responsible for cyber risk modeling and analytics for all cyber solutions across Verisk and leads AIR’s Statistics and Applied Mathematics group, which is responsible for cyber risk modeling, supply chain modeling, life and health modeling, and stochastic catalog generation for various wind perils. He managed the research and development of AIR’s most recent tropical cyclone models for the Caribbean and Hawaii, and severe thunderstorm models for the US and Canada. He has participated in damage surveys for severe thunderstorms, tropical cyclones, and wildfires. Scott earned a B.S. in Mathematics with Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His Master’s research involved numerical modeling of rotating fluids in the laboratory setting and extrapolating the results to real-world weather models. He has been at AIR since 2007.

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Serge Gagarin

As a Manager of Segment Marketing at AIR, Serge Gagarin's responsibilities include leading marketing campaigns for international model updates, new model launches, and AIR offerings related to insurance-linked securities. He also develops marketing materials for Touchstone®, AIR's new platform for catastrophe risk management. Prior to joining AIR, Serge was a software developer specializing in modeling and simulation development for government agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. He earned a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.B.A. and M.S. from the Boston University School of Management.

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Shane Latchman

Shane Latchman is an Assistant Vice President in AIR's London office. In this role, Shane heads the London research group, whose responsibilities include model evaluation, documentation, and liaising with clients and regulators. He also leads some of AIR's Touchstone initiatives, such as the integration of third-party data and models and the development of future multi-modeling/blending capabilities. Shane also helps to facilitate the link between external models onSolvency II. Shane received a B.Sc. with honors in Actuarial Science at City University and a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

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Shimon Sugiura

Prior to joining AIR in 2014, Shimon Sugiura worked for the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan, as a member of the team managing decontamination in the Kanto region from nuclear pollution caused by the Fukushima nuclear power plant failure. He previously worked for a GIS company, the Pasco Corporation, on projects to develop GIS systems for forestry, agriculture, and road management.

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Sid Sasanian

Sid Sasanian joined AIR in 2013 as a Scientist in our Research Department. He is currently in charge of AIR fund designation, which is a portfolio optimization service for our crop insurance clients. He is also responsible for the update of the U.S. crop model and involved in research and development of crop models for other regions. Before joining AIR, Sid worked as a Geotechnical Engineer at Hatch Ltd., where he participated in risk assessment, modeling, and optimization of multi-billion dollar mine development and operations. Sid earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of Western Ontario. He also has a MBA degree with a Graduate Diploma in Financial Engineering from York University in Toronto.

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Srinivas Kondapalli

Srinivas Kondapalli is a member of AIR’s Flood Research team. He has more than 10 years experience in development of catastrophe risk models worldwide. His responsibilities include the collection and analysis of hydro-meteorological and elevation data sets, and the analysis and validation of hydrological and hydrodynamic models. He contributed to the development of AIR’s inland flood models for Germany, United States, Poland, and Japan and flood hazard maps for China, Thailand, Brazil, Canada, and India. He has worked on the enhancement of DTM quality for future models and contributed to the development of AIR’s cyclone model for India. He holds an M.S. in Water Science Engineering from UNESCO-IHE, Delft, Netherlands and an MBA specializing in Finance from IGNOU, New Delhi.

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Stefanie Meul

Stefanie Meul is a Senior Risk Consultant in AIR's Munich Office. Previously, she worked at the Free University of Berlin as a scientific staff member with a focus on future climate projections. Stefanie received her PhD in Meteorology from the Free University of Berlin.

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Stephanie Higgs

Dr. Stephanie Higgs is a Research Associate in AIR’s London office. Her primary roles involve working on model evaluation, documentation and communicating technical scientific principles to clients. Stephanie specializes in the European windstorm model and works to forge links with academic and research institutions, specifically those involved in the field of meteorology and atmospheric science. She earned an MPhys in Physics from the University of Reading and a Ph.D. in Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate, also from the University of Reading.

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