About us

Insurance Tech Solutions for Climate Risks and Natural Catastrophes

Founded in 2008, CelsiusPro is a Swiss Insurtech company that specializes in industrializing index insurance solutions to mitigate the effects of adverse weather, climate change and natural catastrophes. We aim to:

• increase resilience against NatCat and weather events,
• combine risk management with data science,
• simplify, digitalize and automate the risk management process.

We are a global leader as full service provider for risk modelling, underwriting and the administration of index-based risk management products and consultancy in the context of weather risk and natural catastrophes.

Recognized as Top10 InsurTech Companies in Europe 2018 by Insurance CIO Outlook magazine
Winner of the 2014 Australian Insurance Industry Awards (Innovation of the year)

Winner of the 2009 Swiss Insurance Innovation Award

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Board of Directors

Thomas D. Meyer
Chairman of the Board

Thomas is a partner of BLR & Partners, a Swiss advisory and investment boutique with a group of seasoned professionals with complementary business backgrounds, seeking active industrial and financial participations. Thomas was working for more than 30 years with Accenture and for 17 years as Managing Director and CEO Accenture Switzerland and Head of Accenture Digital Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Russia, as well as Insurance Industry Lead Europe, Africa and Latin America Accenture Group. Next to his engagement with CelsiusPro, he is currently the Chairman of Sunrise Communications Group AG, Chairman of Stoosbahnen AG and member of the board of several other companies and institutions in Switzerland. Thomas holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen.

Mark Rüegg
CEO / Delegate of the Board

Mark founded CelsiusPro in 2008 with the view that climate change is a mega trend and affects the bottom line of companies and therefore new risk transfer products are pivotal. Mark was on the BoD of the Weather Risk Management Association (WRMA) 2012-2016. Mark has held various positions with Swiss Bank Cooperation and UBS in the area of FX, Rates and Collateral Trading as well as FX prime Brokerage Sales and trading platforms. Mark is a CFA Charter holder and has an MBA in Economics from the University of Rochester/Bern.

Dr. Stephan Hostettler
Member of the Board

Stephan is Managing Partner of his independent consulting firm, and has been active as an entrepreneur and consultant in Switzerland, the USA, Europe and other international markets since 2002. His consulting firm Hostettler&Company is specialized in implementing sustainable value-based corporate governance. Furthermore, Stefan is lecturer for Corporate Governance at the University of St. Gallen (HSG). Prior to this, he worked in Switzerland for a major bank in the area of financial analysis and in the USA in consulting on corporate finance and corporate governance.

Gabriela Lippe-Holst
Member of the Board

Gabriela is serving as Executive Chairwoman of Acqupart Holding AG an international investment management company based in Switzerland. Prior to starting her own company Gabriela worked for Swiss Re Group for more than a decade and was appointed Managing Director. During her international career she held various executive positions with management and P&L responsibilities in risk as well as legal management in Zurich and New York with geographical responsibilities extending to Latin America. She is currently serving as Vice President of the board of the Latin America Chamber of commerce in Switzerland. Gabriela holds a master in Law from the University of Neuchâtel and an L.L.M in international business law with a published thesis on the Gulf Monetary Union from the University of Zurich.

Key Team Members

Sebastian Glink
Director Business Development & Technology

Sebastian is Head of Business Development and Technology. He is specialised in the development of Business Intelligence and Big Data solutions for the insurance sector. Sebastian has been working for leading private weather service providers for over 10 years, where he has been part of the executive management team, responsible for the business sectors insurance, retail and agriculture. Sebastian holds a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and Geophysics from the University of Innsbruck and a Master in Business Intelligence from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences.

Jonathan Barratt
CEO CelsiusPro Australia Pty Ltd

Jonathan has been involved in the financial markets for the last 30 years having obtained experience in the Australian, London and Hong Kong markets. He holds a master’s degree in Economics from the University of New England as well as a Graduate Diploma of Corporate Law from the University of Sydney. Jonathan is a Senior Associate of ANZIFF and FINSIA and has a proficient knowledge in all aspects of OTC derivatives, foreign exchange, commodity futures and equities markets. He has been CEO of CelsiusPro Australia Pty Ltd. since 2012.

Lea Müller
Head of Consulting

Lea and her team consult clients from the public and private sectors on climate, agricultural and natural catastrophe risks worldwide. Furthermore she manages the Technical Assistance Facility of the InsuResilience Investment Fund to protect local communities and small businesses from extreme weather and climate change. She has more than seven years’ experience in index insurance, natural catastrophe modelling and climate change adaptation strategies. Previously she was with Swiss Re Global Partnerships to create tailored insurance solutions for the public sector. Lea holds a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland.