Chip Cunliffe

Biodiversity Director
Profile / Bio: 

Chip established and manages AXA’s Ocean Risk Initiative which works to identify innovative insurance and finance solutions to the impacts and implications of ocean-related risk. He is leading the development of a Coastal Risk Index to integrate coastal ecosystems into insurance risk models; working with partners to develop a mangrove insurance product and a separate Coastal Resilience Bond, as well as identifying insurance pathways to prevent Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. He co-chairs the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance launched in 2019 to incentivize private investment and blended finance into coastal natural capital by pioneering ground-breaking products that help build resilience in vulnerable coastal regions. In 2012 Chip launched AXA’s Ocean Education program - a curriculum-led syllabus for students aged between 7-and 16 which has so far reached more than 9m students. Outside AXA XL, Chip sits on the Global Resilience Partnership’s Advisory Council and is a Trustee of the UK Associates of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.