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Ekhosuehi Iyahen


Secretary General

Ekhosuehi is the Secretary General of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF) which is an industry-led public-private partnership supporting the growth and development of insurance-related resources and capabilities to help achieve the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and related U.N. Agreements, collectively herein known as the U.N. Global 2030 Agenda. Prior to her role as Secretary General of IDF, Ekhosuehi was the Director for Policy & Technical Advisory Services for the African Risk Capacity Agency Secretariat (ARC). She has more than 12+ years of diverse experience in a range of finance and private and public sector areas, having focused on developing risk insurance pools and funds for sovereigns in developing countries for over a decade. Specific areas of focus have included Disaster Risk Management and Financing, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, (Re)insurance and Alternative Risk Transfer Mechanisms, Environmental Sustainability, Policy and Regulation, Catastrophe Hazard/Risk Modelling.   

Prior to her role as Director for Policy & Technical Advisory Services, Ekhosuehi was the Lead Client Services Manager for Risk Transfer within the ARC Secretariat and was the primary working-level African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited (ARC Ltd) counterpart within the Secretariat for client-related matters regarding insurance transactions. This involved supporting country governments to determine and finalise the most appropriate insurance contract structure to manage their drought risk needs and carrying out capacity building work in-country.   

Before this role, Ekhosuehi was directly involved in managing and supervising the technical and day to day operational aspects of the World Bank sponsored Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the first multi-country parametric risk pool in the world. As Vice President for Client Relations, she managed the renewal process for 16 CCRIF member countries for a period of approximately 5 years, from its launch to full operation, including the management of the claims administration process for the facility as a result of triggered policies.   

A graduate of Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Ekhosuehi was awarded a distinction for her dissertation which examined the role of Risk-Transfer Instruments - Risk Pooling and Securitisation as an Adaptation strategy to Natural Hazards in Small Island Developing States. She was also selected as a 2018 Rockefeller Foundation Resident Practitioner Fellow at the Bellagio Centre   A citizen of both Nigeria and Barbados, she currently serves as an advisor to a number of Governments, international development agencies, private sector entities and academic institutions on catastrophe/climate risk and loss and damage and the role of insurance.