Cover Notes: “Good COP, bad COP?”

As the dust settles on the COP26 negotiations, sustainability champions Philippe Lamberts MEP (co-president, Greens-European Free Alliance) and Christian Mumenthaler, group CEO of Swiss Re, reflect on the outcomes from Glasgow and next steps for policymakers and businesses.

This is the second event in Insurance Europe’s new, “bite-sized” webinar series. Called “Cover Notes”, these half-hour events showcase the people and topics that are making the news.


Philippe Lamberts graduated as an engineer in applied mathematics from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. From 1987 to 2009, he held various commercial and managerial positions at IBM. In 2009, he was elected to the European Parliament, mainly dealing with banking and financial regulations. Following re-election in 2014, he became co-president of the Greens/EFA Group. He was re-elected as both an MEP and co-president in 2019. For his third and final term as MEP, he aims to put the climate emergency at the top of the European agenda.

Christian Mumenthaler has a PhD in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He started his career in 1997 with the Boston Consulting Group. He joined Swiss Re in 1999, serving in a number of positions including group chief risk officer, head of life and health, chief marketing officer reinsurance and CEO reinsurance. In 2016 he was appointed group CEO. His many external appointments include co-chair of the World Economic Forum Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders, chair of Insurance Europe’s Reinsurance Advisory Board and chair of the Geneva Association.


Michaela Koller has been director general of Insurance Europe since 2007. She is currently secretary general of the Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA) and chairs EIOPA’s insurance and reinsurance stakeholder group. She was previously a member of the management committee of the European Savings Banks Group and the World Savings Banks Institute.