Membership of the IDF is open to all industry participants (insurers, reinsurers and brokers), multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations and public sector institutions who share the same objective of optimising and extending the use of insurance and its related risk management capabilities to build greater resilience and protection for people, communities, businesses, and public institutions that are vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters and their associated economic shocks.
Membership of the Steering Committee and Operating Committee is by invitation. Members are chosen on the basis of their commitment to the cause and principles of the IDF. The Steering Committee reflects the public-private nature of the IDF institution, and includes leadership of multilateral organisations, non-governmental organisations and global industry participants.
Membership of the Working Groups is by invitation or application. Members are chosen on the basis of their expertise and experience in the specific focus area of each Working Group, and each Working Group includes members from both public and private spheres.
The IDF Steering Committee is led by industry leaders, UN agency leaders, international institutions and others, and is accountable for the overall strategy and direction of the IDF. It is Chaired by Michel M. Liès and co-chaired by Achim Steiner (Administrator, UN Development Program (UNDP)) and Hiroshi Matano (Executive Vice President of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of the World Bank Group).
The Operating Committee reports to the Steering Committee and is responsible for overseeing the IDF Working Groups and driving delivery of agreed targets and objectives.Read more
Responsibilities specifically include:
The Chair, Deputy Chair and Co-Chairs of the Operating Committee are (non-voting) members of the Steering Committee and report into the Steering Committee in its entirety on progress with respect to implementation of the strategy and work programs.
The Committee is Chaired by Rowan Douglas (Willis Towers Watson). The Deputy Chair is Ivo Menzinger (Swiss Re). The Co-Chairs are Jan Kellett (UNDP) and Olivier Mahul (World Bank Group).
The IDF Secretariat is located in London and led by the Secretary General who manages the Secretariat team and provides a focal point for the Forum’s day-to-day activities, engagement and administrative needs.Read more
The Secretariat is led by the Secretary General, Ekhosuehi Iyahen and supported by Rebecca Lewis, Programme Associate.
The IDF was formally incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in England & Wales in June 2020. The independent legal entity enables the IDF to fulfil its administrative roles and functions with members, stakeholders and projects.
IDF Working Groups include over 200 experts and practitioners from industry, governments, international institutions, NGOs and academia that have been engaged across different priority areas since April 2016.Read more
These priorities are assessed and driven forward by five dedicated working groups whose evolving membership is drawn from private and public institutions. The working groups are:
Insurance Industry Associations
Civil Society / NGO / Think tank /Foundations