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Peter Hoeppe

Peter Hoeppe

Head Geo Risks Research/Corporate Climate Centre
Munich Re


Prof. Hoeppe joined Munich Re in 2004. He was appointed Head of the Geo Risks Research Department in January 2005. Currently he is heading the Munich Re division “Geo Risks Research/Corporate Climate Centre”.
Before joining Munich Re Prof. Hoeppe has worked in different institutes at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and as a post doc at Yale University (USA). Most time of his university career Prof. Hoeppe spent at the Insitute of Bioclimatology and Applied Meteorology and the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. His academic education is in meteorology (Masters and PhD) and human biology (PhD).
Prof. Hoeppe is scientific member of many scientific societies, from 1999 to 2002 he has been the President of the International Society of Biometeorolgy. He has held expert functions in different UN-Organisations. He is the Chairman of the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative, which he has founded in 2005. In 2007 Prof. Hoeppe has been appointed as Global Warming Advisor of the Bavarian State Government and Chair of the “Finance-Forum: Climate Change” of the high-tech Strategy of the German Federal Government. In 2009 he has been one of the initiators of the Desertec Industrial Initiative. In 2014 he became Chairman of the “Münchener Universitätsgesellschaft”, the sponsoring association of the “Ludwig-Maximilians-University”.
Prof. Hoeppe currently is member of several caucuses, advisory boards and associations:
-Board Member of the Global Climate Forum
-Member of the Steering Committee of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at LSE
-Member of High Level OECD Advisory Board on Management of Large Scale Catastrophes
-Chair of MCII (Munich Climate Insurance Initiative)
-Member of Advisory Board of Munich Re Foundation
-Member of Working Group "Extreme Events and Climate Risks” of the Geneva Association
-Chair of “Muenchener Universitaetsgesellschaft”
-Board member of VfU (Verein für Umwelt-management und Nachhaltigkeit in Finanzinstituten) and coordinator of "Finanz-Forum: Klimawandel“

Research Interest

His main areas of research have been effects of atmospheric processes (heat/cold, UV radiation, air pressure fluctuations) and air pollutants (ozone, particles) on humans and the general assessment of environmental risks. Currently his research focus is on trends of natural catastrophes and their drivers and on strategies to increase the resilience of societies against these perils. A major topic also is the analysis of effects of climate change on insurance and the development of strategies on how this industry can contribute solutions for the adaptation and mitigation of global warming.