Guillermo Franco

Managing Director & Global Head of Catastrophe Risk Research, Guy Carpenter

Guillermo leads Guy Carpenter’s parametric advisory offerings and supports GC Securities in the design and analysis of parametric cat bonds. He also coordinates research initiatives in the fields of catastrophe risk, parametric risk transfer and nature.

Since 2012, Guillermo has supported GC’s operations from Boston, London, Dublin, and New York, leading GC’s research strategy and fostering a better understanding of catastrophe risk models through Guy Carpenter’s Model Suitability Analysis (MSA)® initiative. He is a frequent research collaborator at UC Santa Cruz and the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

Previously, Guillermo was Manager and Principal Engineer at AIR Worldwide (now Verisk), where he headed the Decision Analytics practice on portfolio optimization and parametric risk transfer. Before that, he was a Research Fellow at Columbia University’s Earth Institute in New York where he studied the socioeconomic impacts of natural disasters. He has conducted field research in Turkey, Bolivia, Chile, Italy, the US, Nepal, Ecuador, Jamaica, and Sri Lanka.

Guillermo holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in civil engineering and engineering mechanics from Columbia University in New York and a bachelor’s from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. He is a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute in California (EERI) and a frequent collaborator of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) in the UK. He has over 50 publications in academic journals and conference proceedings.