Dr. Gordon Woo

Catastrophist, RMS

Dr. Gordon Woo is a catastrophist at Risk Management Solutions (RMS), specializing in the quantitative analysis of a broad spectrum of catastrophe insurance risks, both natural and man-made. In his fifteen years at RMS, he has designed computer models for numerous catastrophes, including terrorism and cyber risk.

For his work on terrorism risk, he was named by Treasury and Risk magazine in 2004 as one of the hundred most influential people in finance. In September 2013, he testified to US congress on terrorism risk modeling. Drawing upon concepts successfully developed for terrorism, he is developing an innovative adversarial framework for cyber risk.

He is the author of the two books, ‘The Mathematics of Natural Catastrophes’, published by Imperial College Press in 1999, and ‘Calculating Catastrophe’, published also by Imperial College Press in 2011. Dr. Woo graduated as the best mathematician of his year at Cambridge University, completed his PhD at MIT as a Kennedy Scholar, and was a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows. He also holds a Cambridge postgraduate degree in computer science. He is a visiting professor at University College London, and an adjunct professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.