June 22-24, 2014 Zurich, Switzerland

Programme:

CONFERENCE AGENDA – AT A GLANCE

Sunday June 22, 2014

Time Room Event
17:30-19:30 Next2Bar
Renaissance Zurich Hotel 
Conference Registration and Reception

Monday June 23, 2014

Time Room Event
07:00-07:45 Foyer Coffee & Light Breakfast Snacks and Conference Registration
07:45-08:45 Auditorium Opening Ceremony (sponsored by Allianz Group)
08:45-09:45 Auditorium Keynote Address
09:45-10:15 Foyer Networking & Refreshment Break (sponsored by Guy Carpenter)
10:15-10:45 Auditorium Keynote Address
10:45-12:15 Auditorium Discussion Panel No 1
12:15-13:15 Foyer Lunch
13:15-14:15 5th floor Breakout Session I
14:25-15:45 5th floor Breakout Session II
15:45-16:15 Foyer Networking & Refreshment Break
16:15-16:45 Auditorium Keynote Address
16:45-18:15 Auditorium Discussion Panel No 2
19:30-20:15 Haus zum Pre-dinner Reception
20:15-22:00 Rüden Gala Dinner (sponsored by Allianz Group)

Tuesday June 24, 2014

Time Room Event
07:30-08:00 Foyer Coffee & Light Breakfast Snacks and Conference Registration
08:00-09:20 5th floor Breakout Session III
09:20-09:50 Foyer Networking & Refreshment Break
09:50-10:50 Auditorium Keynote Address
10:50-12:20 Auditorium Discussion Panel No 3
12:20-13:20 Foyer Lunch
13:20-14:20 5th floor Breakout Session IV
14:20-14:50 Foyer Networking & Refreshment Break
14:50-15:20 Auditorium Keynote Address
15:20-16:50 Auditorium Discussion Panel No 4
16:50-17:00 Auditorium Closing Remarks

CONFERENCE AGENDA – IN DETAILS

Location: Allianz Suisse Headquarters, Richtiplatz 1, 8304 Wallisellen

Sunday June 22, 2014

Time Room Event
17:30-19:30 Next2Bar
Renaissance Zurich Hotel 
Conference Registration and Reception

Monday June 23, 2014

Time Room Event
07:00-07:45 Foyer Coffee & Light Breakfast Snacks and Conference Registration
07:45-08:45 Auditorium Opening Ceremony (sponsored by Allianz Group)
Welcome Remarks
  • Lysa Porth, Assistant Professor and Guy Carpenter Professor in Agricultural Risk Management and Insurance, Warren Centre for Actuarial Studies and Research, University of Manitoba, Manitoba, CANADA.
  • Junsheng Li, Deputy President and Professor, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, CHINA.
  • Amer Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer, Allianz Re, SWITZERLAND.
  • Ralph Bone, Executive Vice President, Global Agricultural Leader, Guy Carpenter, Minnesota, USA.
Group Photo
08:45-09:15 Auditorium Keynote: Marco Ferroni, Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, Basel, SWITZERLAND.
“The Role of Index Insurance in Agricultural Risk Management”
09:15-09:45   Keynote: Raushan Bokusheva, Senior Researcher and Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, SWITZERLAND.
Weather-based Insurance Market Development: Challenges and Potential Solutions “
09:45-10:15 Foyer NETWORKING AND REFRESHMENT BREAK (sponsored by Guy Carpenter)
10:15-10:45 Auditorium Keynote: Ines Kapphan, Product Manager, The Climate Corporation, San Francisco, USA.
10:45-12:15 Auditorium Discussion Panel No 1: Innovations in Index-Based Insurance
Moderator: Joshua Woodard, Assistant Professor of Agribusiness and Finance, Zaitz Family Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow, David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Faculty Fellow, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, USA.
Discussants:
  • Marie-Christine Bélanger, Analyst in Agricultural Risk Management, FADQDI, Quebec, CANADA.
  • Barry Goodwin, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, Department of Economics and Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University, USA.
  • Ines Kapphan, Product Manager, The Climate Corporation, San Francisco, USA.
  • Josh Ling, Microinsurance Actuary, Mercy Corps and MiCRO, Medellin, COLOMBIA.
  • Navin Sharma, Vice President – Health and Weather, ICICI-Lombard, INDIA.
  • Olga Speckhardt, Head of Global Insurance Solutions, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, SWITZERLAND.
12:15-13:15 Foyer LUNCH
13:15-14:15   Breakout Session I
 

Project
Room A
(5th floor)

Theme:
Policy/Program

Moderator: Vincent H. Smith
  1. “The Effects of the Agricultural Act of 2014 on Optimal Choice of Farm-level Insurance Coverage Levels”
    • Keith H. Coble, Mississippi State University, USA
    • Erik O’Donoghue, USDA, USA
    • J. Corey Miller, Mississippi State University, USA.
  2. “Designing Public-Private Crop Insurance in Finland”
    • Petri Liesivaara, MTT Agrifood Research Finland, FINLAND
    • M. Meuwissen, Wageningen University, THE NETHERLANDS
    • Myyrä, MTT Agrifood Research Finland, FINLAND.
  3. “Rent Dispersion in the U.S. Agricultural Insurance Industry”
    • Vincent H. Smith, Montana State University, USA
    • Joseph W. Glauber, Robert Dismukes, USDA, USA.
 

Project
Room B
(5th floor)

Theme:
Microfinance

Moderator: Zaigui Yang
  1. “Adverse Selection or Adverse Incentive? The Role of Collateral in Agricultural Microfinance”
    • Kirsten Müller, Oliver Musshoff, Ron Weber, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, GERMANY.
  2. “Risk Assessment in Microfinance – Do Clients State Their True Income?”
    • Ulf Römer, Oliver Musshoff, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, GERMANY.
  3. “Rural Consumption, Capital Accumulation and Pension Benefits in China”
    • Zaigui Yang, Yuan Cao,Central University of Finance and Economics, CHINA.
 

Project
Room C
(5th floor)

 

Theme:
Livestock Insurance

Moderator: Qiao Zhang
  1. “Agricultural Risk Management Using NDVI Pasture Index-Based Insurance for Livestock Producers? in South West Buenos Aires Province”
    • Roberto Darío Bacchini, Daniel F. Miguez, University of Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA.
  2. “Index-based Insurance: a New Tool to Control Vector-borne Diseases under Climate Change in West Africa?”
    • Ahmadou H. Dicko, University of Dakar, SENEGAL
    • William M. Fonta, West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), GHANA
    • Marc Müller, University of Bonn
    • Jérémy Bouyer, Senegalese Agricultural Research Institute (ISRA), SENEGAL and Agricultural Research for Development, FRANCE.
  3. “Feasibility Analysis and Schematic Design of Chinese Hog Price Insurance”
    • Qiao Zhang, Ke Wang, Biwang Wang, Ran Huo, Qian Nie, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, CHINA.
14:25-15:45   Breakout Session II
 

Project
Room A
(5th floor)


Special AFR
Session

Theme:
Meso and Macro Insurance for Agricultural Risks

Moderator: Calum G. Turvey
  1. SPECIAL SESSION "Publishing Agricultural Risk, Finance and Insurance Research and Agricultural Finance Review (AFR)"
    • Calum G Turvey, Cornell University, USA
    • Valerie Robillard, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK.
  2. “Development of Meso-Level Index Based Livestock Insurance in Kenya”
    • Apurba Shee, International Livestock Research Institute, KENYA
    • Joshua Woodard, Cornell University, USA
    • Andrew Mude, International Livestock Research Institute, KENYA.
  3. “Meso-level insurance: Overcoming basis-risk and cost impediments of micro-level weather index insurance?”
    • Ron Weber, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and KfW Development Bank, GERMANY
    • Wilm Fecke, Imke Möller, and Oliver Musshoff, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, GERMANY.
  4. “The Pricing of CAT Bonds For Long and Short Rains for Agricultural Risk Management in Sub Saharan Africa: The Case of Kenya”
    • Lin (Allan) Sun, Calum G. Turvey and Robert Jarrow, Cornell University, USA.
 

Project
Room B
(5th floor)


 Theme: Index-Based Insurance

Moderator: Marie-Christine Bélanger
  1. “The Use of Probabilistic Crop Models to Assess Agriculture Insurance Risks in China”
    • Roman Hohl, Asia Risk Centre and Nanyang Technological University, SINGAPORE
    • Lifang Luo, Auguste C. Boissonnade, Asia Risk Centre, USA
    • Ming Wang, Beijing Normal University, CHINA.
  2. “Implementing an Innovative Weather Insurance Product in Uruguay: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
    • Miguel Robles, International Food Policy Research Institute, USA
    • Domingo Quintans, Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca, URUGUAY.
  3. “Non-traditional Crop Insurance in Poland - the Possibility of Implementation”
    • Aleksandra Hęćka, Krzysztof Łyskawa, Poznań University of Economics, POLAND.
  4. “Parabolic Insurance Index: A New Approach for Weather Index Insurance”
    • Marie-Christine Bélanger, Jonathan Boudreau, Financière agricole du Québec – Développement international, CANADA.
 

Project
Room C
(5th floor)


  Theme:
Demand for Insurance

Moderator: H. Holly Wang
  1. “Is There a Demand for Multi-year Crop Insurance?”
    • Maria Osipenko, Zhiwei Shen, Martin Odening, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, GERMANY.
  2. “Demand for Weather Insurance in China: The Case of Agriculture in Hainan”
    • Jia Lin, Milton Boyd, Jeffrey Pai, Lysa Porth, University of Manitoba, CANADA.
  3. “Farmers’ Willingness To Pay For Reproductive Sow Insurance and Affecting Factors”
    • Chen Hua, Central University of Finance and Economics, CHINA?
    • Tan Ying, South China Agricultural University, CHINA
    • Fang Yu, Central University of Finance and Economics, CHINA.
  4. “An Empirical Study on the Willingness to Buy Rural Real Estate Flood Insurance in China”
    • Jinzheng Ren, China Agriculture University, CHINA
    • H. Holly Wang, Purdue University, USA.
15:45-16:15 Foyer NETWORKING AND REFRESHMENT BREAK
16:15-16:45 Auditorium Keynote: Bob Burden, Consulting Manager, Serecon, Alberta, CANADA.
“The Role of Non-Traditional Metrics In Risk Modelling”?
16:45-18:15 Auditorium Discussion Panel No 2: Pricing and Risk Modeling in Agricultural Insurance Moderator: Ken Seng Tan, University Research Chair Professor, University of Waterloo, CANADA.
Discussants:
  1. Milton Boyd, Professor, Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, University of Manitoba, Manitoba, CANADA.
  2. Bob Burden, Consulting Manager, Serecon, Alberta, CANADA.
  3. James Long, AVP Corporate Risk, Head of Agriculture Analytics, Renaissance Re, BERMUDA.
  4. Misha Novakovic, Senior Structured Risk and Agricultural Underwriter, Catlin Insurance Company, Hamilton, BERMUDA.
  5. Fanny Rosset, Agriculture Underwriter, SCOR Global P&C Specialty Lines, Zurich, SWITZERLAND.
  6. Petra Winter, Dr. med. vet., Underwriter and AVP, Department for Agriculture Risks, Swiss Re, Zurich, SWITZER-LAND.
19:30-20:15   Pre-Dinner Reception at Haus zum Rüden, Limmatquai
20:15-22:00   Gala Dinner (sponsored by Allianz Group)

Tuesday June 24, 2014

Time Room Event
07:30-08:00 Foyer Coffee and Light Breakfast Snacks and Conference Registration
08:00-09:20   Breakout Session III
 

Project
Room A
(5th floor)



Theme:
Agricultural Insurance

Moderator: Hirbod Assa
  1. “The Evaluation of Chinese Crop Insurance in Farmer’s Perspective”
    • Ke Wang, Qiao Zhang, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Key Laboratory of Digital Agricultural Early-warning Technology of Ministry of Agriculture of China, CHINA
    • Shingo Kimura, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), FRANCE
    • Suraya Akter, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, CHINA.
  2. “An Empirical Study on Optimal Reinsurance about Crop Insurance in China—Based on Data from Inner Mongolia, Jilin and Liaoning”
    • Xianhua Zhou, Central University of Finance and Economics, CHINA
    • Yunbo Wang, Huadong Zhang, Anhua Agricultural Insurance Company, CHINA
    • Yichun Chi, Central University of Finance and Economics, CHINA.
  3. “Levy Subordinated Hierarchical Archimedean Copula Approach to Modeling Weather Risk and Pricing Agricultural Insurance”
  4. “A Continuous Time Speculative Storage Model for Pricing Agricultural Insurances”
    • Hirbod Assa, University of Liverpool, UK.
  Project
Room B
(5th floor)
Theme:
Empirical Studies
Moderator: Honglei Wang
  1. “The Role of Weather Derivatives and Portfolio Effects in Agricultural Water Management”
    • Matthias Buchholz, Oliver Musshoff, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, GERMANY.
  2. “Modeling Temperature Dynamics for Aquaculture Index Insurance in Taiwan: A Nonlinear Quantile Approach”
    • Shu-Ling Chen, National Taipei University, TAIWAN, ROC
    • Yu-Lieh Huang, National Tsing Hua University, TAIWAN, ROC.
  3. “Efficiency of Weather Index Insurance in Hedging Rice Yield Risk”
    • Hong Shi, Zhejiang University, CHINA
    • Zhihui Jiang, Australian National University, AUSTRALIA.
  4. “A Frame of Weather Index Based Insurance's Pricing in China -- Compare with Traditional Crop Insurance”
    • Xiangyu Sun, Honglei Wang, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, CHINA.
  Project
Room C
(5th floor)
Theme:
Index-Based Insurance  
Moderator: Zhao Junye
  1. “The Effectiveness of Subsidized Crop Insurance in Poland”
    • Marietta Janowicz-Lomott, Gdansk University, POLAND
    • Pawel Rozumek, Poznań University of Economics, POLAND.
  2. “$25 Minneapolis Wheat Had to be a Bubble, Right?”
    • Xiaoli L. Etienne, Scott H. Irwin, and Philip Garcia, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
  3. “Status and Problems on Promoting Vegetable Price Insurance in China”
    • Zhao Junye, Zhang Qiao, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Key Laboratory of Agri-information Service Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, CHINA.
09:20-09:50 Foyer NETWORKING AND REFRESHMENT BREAK
09:50-10:20 Auditorium Keynote: Scott Pellow, Chief, Business Risk Management Policy, Strategic Policy Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, CANADA.
Canadian Business Risk Management (BRM) Policy Evolution and Opportunities for Insurance Tools”
10:20-10:50 Auditorium Keynote:Barry Goodwin, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, Department of Economics and Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University, USA.
“On Modeling Dependence”
10:50-12:20 Auditorium Discussion Panel No 3: Government Policy -- Public-Private Partnerships Moderator: Keith Coble, W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University, Mississippi, USA.
Discussants:
  1. Michael Anthony, Head of Emerging Markets Development, Allianz Re, Zurich, SWITZERLAND.
  2. Bart Fischer, House Agriculture Committee, Washington, DC, USA.
  3. Mark Hagen, Managing Director, Guy Carpenter, Minnesota, USA.
  4. Daniel F. Miguez, Economist, Ministry of Agriculture, ARGENTINA.
  5. Bruce Stephen, Director, Agri-Risk Initiatives, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, CANADA.
  6. Marc Tueller, Head of Agriculture, Qatar-Re, Zurich, SWITZERLAND.
  7. Qiao Zhang, Professor and Director of Agricultural Information Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, Beijing, CHINA.
12:20-13:20 Foyer LUNCH
13:20-14:20   Breakout Session IV
  Project
Room A
(5th floor)   Theme:
Microfinance
Moderator: Sanlie Middelberg
  1. “Collective Credit and Behavior Restriction: the Analysis and Improvement of the Credit Village Assessment for Risk Control in Liuyang, China”?
    • Lanfeng Li, Duo Fang, Yuling Wu, Central University of Finance and Economics, CHINA.
  2. “Towards a New Agricultural Credit Risk Assessment Tool”
  3. “Analyzing the Value Chain Requirement for Agricultural Investment Financing: An African Perspective”
  Project
Room B
(5th floor)
Theme:
Policy/program
Moderator: Wenjun Long
  1. “Implementing an Integrated Personal and Financial Consulting Model in New York State”
  2. “From Crop to Farm-Specific Payment and Insurance: Modeling Impacts of the Evolution of the Common Agricultural Policy in the Netherlands”
    • Esther Boere, Wageningen University, THE NETHERLANDS
    • G. Cornelis van Kooten, University of Victoria, CANADA
  3. “Study on the Agricultural Insurance Mode with Chinese Characteristics”
    • Wenjun Long, Ministry of Agriculture, CHINA
    • Haotian Qi, Huazhong Agricultural University, CHINA.
  Project
Room C
(5th floor) Theme:
Risk Assessment
Moderator: Saramena Sauthoff
  1. “Effects of Genetically Modified Crops on the Actuarial Risk Classification of Canola”
    • Eli Gotthilf, Jonathon Harder, Daniel Turenne, Adam Wishnowski, Lysa Porth, Brock Porth, University of Manitoba, CANADA.
  2. “Trending Crop Losses for Advancements in Agronomic Technology”
    • Amber Anseeuw, Jon Lim, Lysa Porth, Brock Porth, Milton Boyd, University of Manitoba, CANADA.
  3. “Which Factors Influence the Willingness of German Farmers to Grow Sugar Beet for Biogas Production? The Role of Risk Attitude, Economic Ability and Socio-Demographic Parameters”
14:20-14:50 Foyer NETWORKING AND REFRESHMENT BREAK
14:50-15:20 Auditorium Keynote: Michael Carter, Professor, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, USA.
“Emerging Insights from Behavioral Economics for the Design of Agricultural Index Insurance in Developing Countries”
15:20-16:50 Auditorium Discussion Panel No 4: Agricultural Finance
Moderator: Calum Turvey, W.I. Myers Professor of Agricultural Finance, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, New York, USA.
Discussants:
  1. Esther Boere, Ph.D. Candidate, Wageningen University, THE NETHERLANDS.
  2. Michael Carter, Professor, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, USA.
  3. Thomas Heintz, Global Head of Agriculture, Allianz Re, Zurich, SWITZERLAND.
  4. Michael Kortenbusch, Managing Director, Business and Finance Consulting, Zurich, SWITZERLAND.
  5. Don Preusser, President, John Deere Insurance Company, Iowa, USA.
  6. Ron Weber, Sector Economist, KfW Development Bank and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, GERMANY.
16:50-17:00   CLOSING REMARKS
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