Descartes Underwriting

Descartes Underwriting

  • FinTech/InsurTech, Poisťovníctvo, Umelá inteligencia / Machine Learning
  • Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, New York, Singapore, Sydney
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Maria is a Data Scientist focused on risk modeling and the development of new products. She uses her experience in seismic hazard and risk in her role as part of our 'Nat Cat' team, working on Underwriting for Earthquake policies. Holding a PhD from Politecnico di Milano, Maria has built on her engineering seismology expertise in positions as a Doctoral and Post-doctoral Researcher both in Academy and Industry.

As a member of the data/software/devops team, Alex works alongside Underwriting Data Scientists and R&D Data Scientists to develop, industrialize and run data science tools that have already been proven useful for the business. Passionate about solving difficult problems, Alex enjoys finding simple solutions that can easily be explained to the wider team. At Descartes, he finds it really satisfying to be able to work in a team where the contribution of each team member is valued. Previously, he worked on a variety of software/data science projects such as high performance computing for scientific models on turbulence. At Descartes, data science software / MLOps projects usually require tight collaboration between areas of expertise such as data, software engineering and devops engineering.

Pierre is one of our R&D Data Scientists, working on climate risk modelling and the development of new products for Wildfire. After completing his engineering degree, Pierre obtained a PhD in Physics & Hydrodynamics from École Polytechnique & ESPCI Paris, where he built his understanding and experience modelling various phenomena, ranging from anti-fogging surfaces and condensation to statistical physics applied to microeconomics. A key part of Pierre's role is to solve complex problems in the field of machine learning.

After completing her Masters program specialized in environmental challenges and renewable energy sources at École Polytechnique, Vania joined Descartes as a Business Developer, focussing on Iberian & Latin American markets. Vania is responsible for developing relationships with clients and Brokers to further Descartes' commercial development on an international basis. As part of her daily activities, she promotes Descartes' parametric products within her corporate broker network at meetings and in regular exchanges, increasing market awareness through publications and events, including occasional public speaking engagements. Being responsible for the product strategy of hail and renewable energy, she monitors the insurance market trends and facilitates the internal portfolio growth. Vania also contributes to our Underwriting process, by assisting in the development of new parametric products.

Chloé is our Finance & Operations Project Manager! Chloé brings experience in finance, business development, and investment analytics to Descartes Underwriting. With a business degree from HEC and dual-degree from Université Paris Sorbonne in Applied Mathematics, Chloé is a great addition to the team. Her role involves building out robust financial models and implementing operational tools to improve efficiency within her department!

Presentation

Descartes was born out of the conviction that climate change calls for a revolutionary approach in insurance to better protect corporations, governments, and vulnerable communities. We offer a new generation of parametric insurance that builds resilience against the full spectrum of climate and emerging risks. Utilizing Machine Learning and real-time monitoring from satellite imagery & IoT, our state-of-the-art climate tech provides innovative coverage for all trade sectors in all regions of the world. After a successful Series B raise of $120M USD, Descartes Underwriting is proud to be recognized among the French Tech Next40. With a growing corporate client base (150+ and counting) - our diverse team operates out of our global offices headquartered in Paris and based in Singapore, Sydney, New York, London, Madrid, Frankfurt and Hong Kong.

What they are looking for

With employees from over more 25 different nationalities to date, the team at Descartes Underwriting values diversity across multiple dimensions – cultural, cognitive, leadership & experience. Continuing to build a diverse multilingual and multicultural team is core to their value proposition, allowing them to think & build globally from the first iteration. Descartes seeks talents who share our collective fighting spirit and will add additional analytical perspectives & insights.

Headquartered in Paris, the company’s international footprint includes offices in New York, Singapore, Sydney, London, Madrid, Frankfurt and Hong Kong with continued office expansion planned for 2023.

Good to know

Descartes by the numbers:

  • Widespread international client base, building corporate and public sector resilience with covers for more than 300 clients in 60+ countries
  • Up to 200M USD capacity offered per contract
  • USD 141.5 million raised with support from BlackFin, Serena, Cathay, Highland Europe and Eurazeo
  • 25+ nationalities represented in a team of 100+ employees
  • 8 office locations: Paris (HQ), New York, Singapore, Sydney, London, Madrid, Frankfurt, Hong Kong

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