Dr. Michel Léonard, CBE, is an economist and data scientist with 20 years of experience in insurance and finance. His expertise is translating between technology and business to deliver applied risk and investment solutions. He joined the Insurance Information Institute as Vice President & Senior Economist in December 2018.
Dr. Léonard started his career with Richard Medley, George Soros’ former macro head strategist. He was Senior Vice President & Chief Economist at Aon and Jardine Lloyd Thompson, and Chief Economist & Chief Data Scientist at Alliant, the insurance broker owned by Blackstone and KKR, where he worked with both parents and their portfolio companies. He then joined MaKro LLC, a private equity-funded Fintech and Insurtech risk advisor as Partner & Chief Data Scientist. Throughout his career, Dr. Léonard has worked closely with underwriters, brokers, and the C-Suite to develop transaction and company specific risk analytics that combine economics and machine learning to better align insurance coverage with risk exposures, enable coverage placement, and unleash growth.
A thought leader in applied risk quantification, he is a frequent media commentator, speaker at industry events, and has published widely. He was a Civil-Military Fellow at West Point and advised U.S. government agencies on risk quantification. He is Adjunct Faculty in NYU’s Economics Department and in Columbia University’s Department of Statistics and Data Science Institute, where he focuses on Applied Economics, Fintech, and Insurtech.
Dr. Léonard holds a BA from McGill, an MTS from Harvard, and an MA and PHD in Political Economy from the University of Virginia focusing on qualitative and quantitative risk modeling.