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Doctoral Scholar wins major international research award

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A Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) Doctoral Scholar at the University of Bath School of Management is to be the recipient of the prestigious Geneva Association/Shin Foundation Research Excellence Award.

Ms Olajumoke (Ola) Olaosebikan, from Lagos, Nigeria, has won the award for her research paper on the Determinants of the Profitability of Micro-Life Insurers in Nigeria. The paper, which draws on her doctoral research, will be presented at the 48th Annual Conference of the International Insurance Society (IIS) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 17-20 June, 2012.

The Geneva Association/Shin Foundation Award comprises free conference registration, airfare, and hotel costs to attend the IIS Conference in Rio. Ola will also receive a cash prize of US$5,000 and she will be presented with her award at a gala events evening during the IIS Conference.

Mr Michael Morrissey (President and CEO of the IIS) said:
"On behalf of the IIS, Geneva Association and Shin Research Foundation I congratulate Ola on her award for her study on the determinants of the profitability of micro-life insurers in Nigeria. This research fits very much into the theme of the 48th Annual Conference of the IIS in Rio, Brazil in June and is very timely given the increased attention by governments, insurance and reinsurance companies, academics, and others in risk and insurance issues in emerging economies. I expect there to be a lot of interest in Ola's study at the IIS Conference."

Mr Gary Comerford (Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, RGA) added:
“As sponsors of Ola’s doctoral research on micro-insurance in sub-Sahara Africa we are delighted to hear that she has won this prestigious insurance industry award. We look forward to meeting Ola in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 and listening to her present her research findings at the 48th Annual Conference of the International Insurance Society."

Ola said:
“I am extremely delighted to have won the 2012 Geneva Association/IIS Research Award and look forward to presenting my research paper at the IIS conference in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in June. I would like to thank my sponsors -Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) for their financial support and also my principal supervisor, Professor Mike Adams, for his continual guidance."

Ola’s principal supervisor at the School of Management, Professor Mike Adams, said:
“This is a creditable and high profile achievement, particularly for someone like Ola who is at a very early stage of her career. I am very proud of her success.”

Her paper will also be published in the academic journal Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance: Issues and Practice in January 2013.

Notes to Editors

The IIS/Geneva Association research forum is designed to foster original and practically-orientated applied research in the fields of risk and insurance that addresses issues of commercial and/or public policy relevance to the global insurance industry. The theme of the IIS conference is emerging risk and insurance issues in developing markets of which micro-insurance is a major part of the agenda.

The IIS Conference attracts over 500 insurance professionals representing 50 nations and provides a forum for business leaders, regulators and academics to examine issues facing the global insurance industry.

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The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. Currently ranked 1st for Student Experience (Times Higher Education 2015) and 1st for Business Studies (The Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016), we are a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014.

We are one of a select number of international business schools accredited by EQUIS, the European Foundation for Management Development's quality inspectorate and the Bath MBA has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1976.

The centrality of research to teaching is an essential feature of all our programmes. The School offers a full range of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate up to PhD level and post-experience programmes including the world-ranked Bath MBA. The School also provides tailored executive development programmes for middle and senior management.

The School of Management has a faculty of over 100 teaching and research staff, including visiting academics, with a professional support team of around 90 managerial and administrative staff. Research income averages £2 million per annum. There are approximately 2,400 students in total comprising some 150 MBA students, over 500 Master’s students, 250 full- and part-time research students, and over 1500 undergraduates following BSc degrees.