|The International Association for the Study
of Insurance Economics, or by its short name "The
Geneva Association", is a unique world organisation comprised of
a maximum of 80 chief executive officers from the most important insurance
companies in the world (Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa
and Australia). It is a non-profit organisation. Its main goal is to research
the growing importance of worldwide insurance activities in all sectors
of the economy. It tries to identify fundamental trends and strategic issues
where insurance plays a substantial role or which influence the insurance
sector. In parallel, it develops and encourages various initiatives concerning
the evolution - in economic and cultural terms - of risk management and
the notion of uncertainty in the modern economy.
The Geneva Association also acts as a forum for its members, providing a
worldwide unique platform for the top insurance CEOs. It provides a framework
for its members to exchange ideas and discuss key strategic research issues,
especially at the General Assembly where once per year over 50 of the top
insurance CEOs gather. The Geneva Association serves as a catalyst for progress
in this unprecedented period of fundamental change in the insurance industry.
It seeks to clarify the key role that insurance plays in the further development
of the modern economy.
The Geneva Association directs its efforts on the stimulation of research
in insurance and related fields, the building and maintaining of a network
of researchers and specialists, and the dissemination of information and
articles on insurance-linked topics. To this end it publishes the distinguished
Papers on Risk and Insurance -Issues and Practice and the Geneva
Papers on Risk and Insurance – Theory, several Geneva
Association Information Newsletters, the working paper series "Etudes
et Dossiers", and selected books and monographs. It also organises,
co-organises and/or supports a series of international
conferences and seminars throughout the year.
Mr Henri DE CASTRIES, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, AXA Group, Paris.
Mr Michael DIEKMANN, CEO; Allianz AG, Munich;
Mr Richard HARVEY, Group Chief Executive, Aviva plc, London;
Mr Arthur F. RYAN, Chairman and CEO, The Prudential Insurance Company, Newark.
Secretary General and Managing
Mr Patrick M. LIEDTKE, Geneva.
Mr Walter STAHEL (Risk Managment)
Prof. Gerry DICKINSON (Insurance & Finance).
Heads of Research
Dr. Christophe COURBAGE (Health & Ageing)
Dr Knut HOHLFELD (Progress)
Ms Geneviève REDAY-MULVEY (4 Pillars)
Dr. Orio GIARINI, Geneva.
Historic Development of the Geneva Association
Presidents of the Geneva Association
Mr Raymond BARRE, Paris (1973-1976); Mr Fabio PADOA, Trieste (1976-1983);
Mr Julius NEAVE, London (1983-1986); Prof. Dr. Dr. e.h. Reimer SCHMIDT,
Aachen (1986-1990); Sir Brian CORBY, London (1990-1993); Drs. Jan H. HOLSBOER,
Amsterdam (1993-1999); Mr Walter KIELHOLZ, Zurich (1999-2003).
The Constitutive Assembly of the Geneva Association took place in Paris
on February 27, 1973, at the headquarters of La Paternelle (today part of
the AXA Group). The following companies were represented by their President
or Chief Executive Officer: Allianz, Münchener Rück, Aachener
& Münchener, and Victoria for Germany; Commercial Union, Royal
and Mercantile & General for the United Kingdom; Erste Allgemeine for
Austria; Royale Belge for Belgium; UAP, AGF, Paternelle, Préservatrice
and SAFR for France; Generali, RAS, Reale Mutua, INA and Fondiaria for Italy;
Nationale Nederlanden for the Netherlands, and the Swiss Re for Switzerland.