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Bath Doctoral Scholar wins Major International Research Prize

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Ola Olaosebikan

School of Management doctoral scholar, Ola Olaosebikan, has been awarded the prestigious Geneva Association/Shin Research Foundation Research Excellence Award for her paper on the “Determinants of the Profitability of Micro-Life Insurers in Nigeria”.

Ola’s award was presented at the 48th Annual Conference of the International Insurance Society (IIS) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The conference attracted an audience of 350 senior insurance executives, regulators and academics from around the world.

Ola’s supervisor at the School of Management, Professor Mike Adams, commented:

“The Geneva Association/Shin Foundation award is a highly prestigious prize in the world of insurance. Ola’s paper was very well received by the IIS delegates and offers some key insights for insurers, reinsurers, policymakers and others interested in the role of insurance in promoting sustainable economic and social development in emerging markets.”

Ola said:

“I am extremely honoured to be one of the recipients of the prestigious Geneva Association/Shin Research Excellence Award. I am also delighted at the feedback and interest received from senior insurance executives and academics during the presentation of my paper at the 48th Annual Conference of the International Insurance Society (IIS) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I would like to thank my research sponsors; the Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) and my research supervisor; Professor Mike Adams for making  this achievement possible.’’

Notes to Editors:

A new Centre for Strategic Risk has recently been established in the School of Management; it is a multi-disciplinary research unit that produces rigorous academic research.    Doctoral scholars in the Centre are researching the use of reserving and re-insurance to manage earnings for cost purposes; the profitability of micro insurance schemes in developing countries; the link between property insurance and capital cost, and the role of reinsurance and cost of capital in the non-life sector. Prof Adams, Director of the Centre, is also working with colleagues in Hong Kong to explore the link between insurance and corporate governance in China, and researchers at Sweden’s Umeǻ University to examine the economic institutional development of the Swedish insurance market.

The Centre has prestigious academic and industry supporters including the Willis Research Network, UK Government Actuary’s Department, the Wharton School, and RGA, one of the world’s largest life re-insurers.

If you would like to find out more about the work of the Centre for Strategic Risk, please contact Prof Adams on:

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General Notes For Editors:

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.