Joël Wagner


Since July 2014, Joël Wagner is a Full Professor in the Department of Actuarial Science at the HEC Faculty of the University of Lausanne.

From 2010 until 2014 he was Assistant Professor of Risk Management and Insurance at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and Member of the Executive Board of the Institute of Insurance Economics. He was also a Member of the Steering Committee of that university’s profile unit Responsible Corporate Competitiveness (RoCC). He taught various courses in the university’s Master in Banking and Finance curriculum and selected modules in the institute’s executive education programme.

Joël finished his postdoctoral lecture qualification (habilitation) on topics in Insurance Management and Financial Stability in 2013 and has been awarded the degree of Privatdozent at the University of St. Gallen. He holds a venia legendi in Business Administration with special emphasis on Risk Management. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics (Dr. ès sc. , fields of analysis, numerical analysis and simulation, 2006) and an engineering degree in Physics (Master, ing. phys. dipl. EPF, 2002) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). During his doctoral studies, he was also a visiting research associate at the University of Houston (2002, 2003). From 2006 to 2009 he was a consultant in the Financial Services and Insurance practice of The Boston Consulting Group.

His research focuses on current topics in risk management and insurance. Recent and ongoing work includes the analysis of current challenges in life and pension insurance (e.g., model risk, option pricing, pension reforms), in insurance management (multichannel distribution, claims auditing), and recent developments in regulatory and reporting frameworks (costs and benefits from regulation, solvency requirements, guaranty funds, IFRS and embedded value reporting). His activities include regular projects with insurance companies and studies on selected topics for the insurance industry. Joël Wagner frequently presents his findings at academic conferences and in talks to practicioners. He published several articles in academic peer-reviewed journals.