Michael Szönyi is a member of executive staff in the Group’s Sustainability function with Zurich Insurance. He leads Zurich's award-winning Flood Resilience Program, a multi-sector alliance with academia, humanitarian organizations and the private sector, aiming to enhance community flood resilience. The program, originally started in 2012, was recently extended to run in a second phase from 2018-2023.
With his natural hazards expertise, Mr. Szönyi is also responsible for advising the company and all alliance partners on risk insights and risk mitigation strategies as part of the program. A centerpiece is the implementation of the self-developed flood resilience measurement framework across our program countries. In addition, Michael is leading the post-event review function PERC which helps learn how big natural events turn into humanitarian disasters.