KatRisk is a catastrophe modeling company founded in 2012 by one geek, one scientist, and one engineer. It is our mission to be a provider of comprehensive and cost effective catastrophe risk models and data, resulting in exceptional value to clients.
Our philosophy is that you own your risk and should be empowered to act on knowledge. This knowledge comes through a clear presentation and explanation of all our assumptions and choices during the model development process. When we don't know we'll say so. We will listen and learn, acknowledging that catastrophe modeling is often no precise science. Your intuition and experience together with our craftsmanship, engineering, and science will create tools that help you to make decisions and run your business better. Our models have an open architecture allowing users to better understand underlying model parameterizations and if desired modify models to suit specific needs. We look forward to working with you.
Dag Lohmann, CEO, Co-founder – Before co-founding the risk modeling company KatRisk LLC, Dag was a Vice President of Model Development at Risk Management Solutions in Newark, CA leading a team of modelers and software engineers building and implementing catastrophe models. He worked for 7.5 years on the development of continental scale flood risk models in RMS and RMS' Next Generation risk modeling methodology. From 1999 to 2004 he was with the National Weather Service, NOAA/NCEP/EMC in Camp Springs, MD, where his main interest was data assimilation with real-time data, forecasting and hydrological modeling. He received a Physics Diploma (Masters) from the Georg-August University in Goettingen (Germany) and a Ph.D. from Hamburg University (Germany) before working for 2 years as a postdoc at Princeton University. He received the 1999 Tison Award of the IAHS and has published numerous papers on risk modeling, hydrological modeling, model uncertainty, forecasting, data assimilation, and climate change.
Stefan Eppert, Chief Technology Officer, Co-founder - Stefan worked for 6.5 years at Risk Management Solutions on the development of continental flood risk models, model implementation and simulation methodologies. He has a Master's in Hydrology from the University of Freiburg, Germany. Stefan is an avid technologist who is comfortable in multiple programming languages and their application to large scale computational problems.
Guy Morrow, Co-founder - Guy has more than 17 years of experience in the development of models used to estimate financial losses due to natural catastrophes including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes/hail. He is a former Senior Vice President in charge of Model Development at Risk Management Solutions. Before RMS he was an Associate Principal in a consulting engineering firm and is a registered Civil and Structural engineer in the state of California. He has a BSCE from the University of Illinois, a MSE from the University of California, Berkeley, and a MSBA from Boston University.
Swami Krishnamoorthy, Vice President Software Engineering, Partner. Swami has 20 years of experience in technical leadership. He has developed and delivered enterprise applications and solutions under Distributed, Mobile platforms for Mortgage, Insurance and Banking industries. Before joining KatRisk, Swami was Staff Software Engineer at EllieMae, Inc in Pleasanton, CA building SAAS application for Mortgage Process Automation. Prior to that he worked for 7 years as Director of Model Development and various other roles at RMS, Newark, CA in the development and implementation of risk models in RMS and RMS' Next Generation platform. He was the Computer Standards Expert Certification Signatory for 2009 to 2013 RMS Model - Standards of the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology. He received a Bachelors in Physics degree from Bharathidasan University (India) and Masters in Computer Applications from University of Madras (India). He is currently pursuing Executive MBA from University of Northern Alabama.
Brandon Katz, Vice President Model Solutions, Partner. Brandon is a seasoned model developer and client relations expert with a wealth of previous experience building and contributing to catastrophe models ranging from flood to terrorism. Previous to KatRisk, Brandon started out as a climate scientist within the Pennsylvania State University’s Atmospheric Physics Master’s Program where he spent his time working on multidisciplinary projects within meteorology, geology, oceanography, and radio wave propagation. After university, he spent 5 years working for Risk Management Solutions (RMS) within the model development department where he materially contributed to the China typhoon flood model, the North American hurricane model, the inland European/US Flood models, and the exposure database/products development team. Upon leaving RMS, Brandon then spent 3 years working for the reinsurance brokerage arm of Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT Re) where he lead the research and development team in all of its flood related projects with additional attention paid to creating roadmaps and assisting with the general management and direction of the group. During his tenure at JLT Re, Brandon conceptualized, executed, documented, and marketed all released products, forging deep relationships with many clients. Brandon brings with him to KatRisk a deep understanding of full process model development, strong client relationship skills, and an innovative spirit with respect to risk management and mitigation strategies.
Norm Miller, Vice President Climate Risk Analysis. Norm is Professor Emeritus at University of California – Berkeley in the Department of Geography. He specializes in climate model development, analysis and risk assessment. He received a B.S. in Engineering Science from University of Maryland and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin. Norm has also worked at Department of Energy National Laboratories from 1987 to 2013, where he led the Regional Climate Systems Modeling Group and is currently a Research Affiliate at Berkeley National Laboratory in the Computational Research Division. He has worked as a Visiting Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and was a Visiting Professor at the India Institute of Technology – Kharagpur. Norm has over 130 peer-reviewed publications, was a co-author and expert reviewer of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change 2nd and 3rd Assessment Reports and is a Co-Recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize shared by the IPCC members and Al Gore.
Jan Holtkamp, Data Analyst and Flood Modeler – before joining KatRisk Germany, Jan worked for 6 years at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems as an Research Engineer where he worked on the development of methods to measure the material quality of solar grade silicon. He has a Master's in Hydrology from the University of Freiburg, Germany. In his Thesis he designed a physically based model to explain changes in the isotopic composition of the precipitation in Germany.
Shahrbanou Madadgar, Principal Climate Risk Modeler. Shahrbanou has 7+ years of experience in statistical hydrology, climatology, and risk analysis. She has published several papers in climate-related catastrophes (e.g. wildfire, droughts), probabilistic forecast modeling, and climate change impacts. Before joining KatRisk, she was a Sr. Analyst of Model Development at RMS. As a Postdoc at the University of California, Irvine, Shahrbanou worked on catastrophe risk modeling as well as the hybrid statistical-dynamical prediction of precipitation over the Southwest US with the contribution of SST patterns. She got her PhD from Portland State University, the topic of her thesis was on improving the spatio-temporal forecast of drought events by application of probabilistic models.