British Columbia

Maryam Golnaraghi

Director of Climate Change and Environment, The Geneva Association

Over the last 25 years, Dr. Maryam Golnaraghi’s careers has spanned working as an executive, senior advisor, founder and entrepreneur in the industry, government and the United Nations. She has led, drove and managed transformative multi-stakeholder climate risk initiatives in the private and public sectors, with global impact. In 2020, Maryam was included in a list of those ‘Most Influential on Climate Change’ produced by InsuranceERM and was chosen among the top 100 influencers in the world on topic of “Resilience” by The Leaders’ Magazine.

Currently, Dr. Golnaraghi is the Director of Climate Change and Environment at The Geneva Association (GA), an international strategy think tank whose members are CEOs of the largest insurance companies. She is leading strategic industry-level initiatives to boost insurance industry’s contributions as risk managers and investors to transitioning to a resilient low carbons economy

From 2004 to 2014 Maryam was the Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction Program at the UN’s World Meteorological Organization, where she headed up and built an international program the supports governments with the development of national polices and institutional capacities in climate and disaster risk management. Dr. Golnaraghi serves on a number of executive and advisory boards of governments, companies and multi-lateral organizations, and is a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.

She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, an MS in Applied Physics and a PhD in Physical Oceanography from Harvard University and worked a senior research fellow at the Harvard Business School.