Dr. Michel Léonard, CBE, leads the Triple-I’s Economics and Analytics Department. He is responsible for providing analysis and insight on industry economics and business performance, as well as other forward-looking, data driven insurance insights.
Michel brings more than twenty years of insurance experience to Triple-I, including senior and leadership positions as Chief Economist for Trade Credit and Political Risk at Aon; Chief Economist at Jardine Lloyd Thompson; Chief Economist and Data Scientist at Alliant; and Chief Data Scientist at MaKro LLC. In these roles, he worked closely with underwriters, brokers and risk managers to model risk exposures for property-casualty and specialty lines such as credit, political risk, business interruption and cyber.
Michel also currently serves as adjunct faculty at New York University’s Economics Department. Previous academic appointments include Adjunct Faculty in NYU’s Center for Data Science and Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University’s Data Science Institute and Statistics Department. He was the recipient of a grant from the Spencer Educational Foundation to develop a course in data analytics for insurance. In these capacities, Michel provides a key link between the Triple-I, its Non-Resident Scholars and academia.
Michel holds a Bachelors of Arts from McGill University, a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard University, and a Masters of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy in Political Economy from the University of Virginia, focusing on qualitative and quantitative risk modeling. He is a member of the Insurance Research Council Advisory Board.