Aiste Kalinauskaite is the lead insurance product developer at Simplitium. She is also the Director at City Cat Consulting who provide expertise in catastrophe modelling and help to bridge the gap between exposure management and IT departments.
Since taking a module at university about SQL databases, Aiste has been passionate about the technology and its capabilities. After spending nearly a decade in (re)insurance industry, Aiste has developed expertise in catastrophe modelling and exposure management. At Zurich Insurance Group, she worked on automation and streamlining of the catastrophe modelling process, which eventually led to work on the global exposure database project. While at Guy Carpenter, she worked for clients including the Lloyd’s Syndicates and global insurance companies, assessing their exposures and implementing their regulatory reporting. Her motto is to leave everything better than how you found it.
Aiste holds degree in Econometrics from Vilnius University and a BSc (Hons) in Applied Statistics from University of Plymouth. After graduation, she collaborated with her lecturers to publish an article in Significance magazine on how to bring statistics into communities.
Matthew Jones is the Head of Insurance Product at Simplitium, leading the product development of ModEx - the multi-vendor catastrophe risk modelling platform for the (re)insurance industry.
Before joining Simplitium, Matthew founded Cat Risk Intelligence, a UK based company providing catastrophe risk management consultancy to the (re)insurance industry. Prior to this, Matthew served as Global Head of Catastrophe Management for Zurich Insurance Group, leading the organisational change required to establish a global team with consistent processes to provide catastrophe knowledge, systems, models and services across Zurich’s general insurance lines of business. Matthew worked for Zurich for fourteen years, filling various roles in the actuarial pricing and catastrophe risk management fields. Before this, he was a reinsurance pricing actuary for St Paul Re in London.
Matthew graduated from the UK’s University of Nottingham in 1993 with a degree in Physics. He then completed a PhD in Oceanography and Remote Sensing from University College London, whilst being based at the UK’s National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. He is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Actuaries and a co-author of ‘Natural Catastrophe Risk Management and Modelling: A Practitioner’s guide’.