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Pictured left to right are: Tom Feeney, Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives; John M. Huff, Director, Missouri Department of Insurance; Katherine Greig, Deputy Director, New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery & Resiliency; Samantha Medlock, Senior Advisor, White House Office of Management and Budget; The Hon. Michael Dunkley, Premier of Bermuda; Stephen Weinstein, Chairman, RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation; Julie Rochman, President & CEO, IBHS; David Marra, President, Renaissance Reinsurance U.S. Inc.; Justin O'Keefe, Chief Underwriting Officer – Property, RenaissanceRe

On June 2, 2016, RenaissanceRe convened nearly 200 leading policy makers, insurance industry experts, scientists, environmentalists, and members of the media at the New York Stock Exchange to discuss the recovery of lower Manhattan and lessons learned since Superstorm Sandy. The New York Recovery & Resilience Leadership Forum was conducted by RenaissanceRe's Risk Sciences Foundation, which was created to support advanced scientific research in atmospheric risks, the development of risk mitigation techniques to safeguard communities, efforts that reduce the economic turmoil following disasters, and organizations that promote physical and financial resiliency.

The Forum covered a number of important issues raised by Sandy, including New York's and the region's recovery, efforts to promote resilience before the inevitable next storm, the benefits of scientifically sound construction and mitigation, the positive impact of endemic coastal ecosystems and "natural buffers," and the role of the private sector in fostering adaptation and sound rebuilding. Speakers at the symposium included the Hon. Michael Dunkley, Premier of Bermuda; Katherine Greig, Deputy Director at the New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery & Resiliency; John M. Huff, Director of the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; Samantha Medlock of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Collin O'Mara, CEO of the National Wildlife Foundation, and Julie Rochman, President & CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.

"This Forum, the latest in our award-winning series of free-of-charge outreach events, underscored RenaissanceRe's commitment to proactive collaborations with private and public leaders to help make our communities safer and more resilient, recover faster, and to reduce the economic toll of the devastating impacts of events like Storm Sandy," said Stephen Weinstein Group General Counsel of RenaissanceRe and Chair of its Risk Sciences Foundation. "The rising risks of natural disasters are too material to be solved by any one stakeholder group and open discussion among government officials, business leaders, researchers, environmentalists and others is critical to both identifying solutions and seeing to their implementation. We are grateful for the participation of so many committed leaders at this Forum."