BACKGROUND PROFILE OF BUSINESS ENTERPRISES AT UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA (PTY) LTD The Aon Benfield Natural (BE at UP) Hazard Centre, Africa, was In 2000 a structure for campus enterprises was established in November 2008 established to enable the University of Pretoria to at the University of Pretoria to position itself as a true leader in the fields of research, enhance the management of training and consulting. These campus enterprises natural disasters in the African continent. In promote contact with the private and the public sector, collaboration with Benfield, one of the world’s as well as the broader community. One of the enterprises established was Business Enterprises at leading independent reinsurance and risk University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd (BE at UP), in which intermediary, the Centre provides research solutions and consultative services in natural the University has 100% shareholding. AON BENFIELD hazards, with particular emphasis on seismic and weather-related risks throughout Africa. BE at UP acts as facilitator that allows the business world access to the vast pool of multidisciplinary Natural Hazard Centre brainpower and resources at the University. It aims Africa at creating an environment for entrepreneurship, The Centre functions as a multidisciplinary which includes the commercialisation and marketing platform where researchers and of viable products and services in a wide variety of postgraduate students are able to develop fields. sensible solutions for the African continent. The Centre also has access to a network of A selected profile of available services: associates with extensive experience and skill • Economic input/output models for local government, and local and international investors in earthquake hazard modelling, mining • Statistical data-mining solutions catastrophes, flood and meteorological risks. • Business and professional ethics strategies • Consultation and research in the fields of community Conducting applied research to benefit both the health, public health and health systems private and public sectors, the Centre provides • Forensic analysis of drugs of abuse its clients in the engineering, disaster • Actuarial risk management solutions • Gender audits and related research activities management, insurance and other • Macroeconomic modelling industries with research solutions, • Water quality assessments for livestock, game, consultation services and management domestic use and irrigation purposes information related to the prediction of • Organisation and work behaviour assessment natural disasters in order to lower risks. • Business strategy services It also offers independent advice, opinion and • Human capital and risk management • Clinical drug trials analysis on various aspects of Africa’s natural • Development and planning in the field of tourism perils, and how to prevent potential damage to • Cultural resource management and relocation of lives and property. graves • Consultation and research on Information Communication Technology (ICT) FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Celia da Silva Marketing Manager Graduate Centre, First Floor, Entrance 2.27 NATURAL AND Business Enterprises at University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd Cnr Lunnon and Herold Streets, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0083 AGRICULTURAL Tel:+27 (12) 420 4247/4245 Fax: +27 (12) 362 5270 PO Box 14679, Hatfield, 0028 Tel: +27 (12) 420 4245 SCIENCES Cell: 082 776 3913 Fax: +27 (12) 362 5270 E-mail: email@example.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.be.up.co.za Website:www.be.up.co.za COLLABORATION WITH of poverty, mismanagement of natural resources, RELEVANT SERVICES INDUSTRY and failures of policy and institutional frameworks. We cannot prevent a natural disaster, but The study of natural disasters The development of research we can take steps to minimise the negative is therefore vital for Africa’s centres that combine research effects. future in light of: activities and the development of The West has many hazard and disaster research • The supply of electricity: postgraduate students with a direct centres, and many approaches to planning and The Centre can help the engagement with the private sector are particularly valued by the University of Pretoria. modelling these events. But European hazard nuclear industry to provide Through these activities the University is able to assessment procedures are not designed for African environmentally safe electricity from secure foster its research agenda while making a direct scenarios. locations with a very low danger from natural contribution to a field with immediate practical hazards. The Centre can also assist in the benefits to the country. Africa needs African methodologies and African- planning of hydro-electric dams which can specific techniques to deal with its unique data. withstand earthquakes. The collaboration between the University and • The building of infrastructure: The Centre Benfield also helps to position the University as a This is exactly what the Aon Benfield Centre, Africa focuses on: to improve the understanding can contribute to creating bridges and buildings world-class institution and to focus on the upliftment of natural hazard risks for Africa. which can withstand the worst natural disasters. of the African continent at large. This Centre allows • Sustainable financial markets: Financial crises the University to serve local stakeholders in the insurance industry and community as a whole and This Centre has been made all the more important call for better modelling and the valuation of act as a multidisciplinary research platform for by another factor that we failed to foresee – global risk. The world is already taking note of Africa-specific solutions. warming. Five countries – The United States, commercial models based on African-originated China, Russia, India and Japan – dump 56% of mathematical solutions. the greenhouse gasses into the air, leaving the • The safety of people and places: The Centre THE NEED FOR THIS other 202 countries of the world to produce the CENTRE can help governments formulate emergency other 44%. Africa contributes only half a percent plans for disasters and protect coastal lands in of this, but we will share the impact of its negative The risks posed by natural and the wake of rising sea tides, tsunamis and results equally. human induced hazards and windstorms. disasters are rapidly increasing The world is entering the age of the mega-disasters worldwide. The frequency of natural as global warming combined with the increase in MANAGEMENT AND disasters rose by 30% in the past population and asset density creates a new and FIELDS OF EXPERTISE 50 years. Africa is exposed to unforeseen certainty. From hurricane Katrina to several types of natural hazards, the recent Sichuan earthquake in China, as we including earthquakes, windstorms, hail and floods. develop the new Africa, we too will discover soon, The Aon Benfield Centre is What’s more, Africa is the only continent whose that we are also not safe. headed by the University’s actual share of reported disasters has increased Professor Andrzej Kijko, in over the past decade. conjunction with Benfield’s South African office and the Benfield Several factors contribute to Africa’s high ReMetrics Natural Hazards team in London. vulnerability to disasters, including the high rate Professor Kijko has extensive skills and expertise of population growth, food insecurity, high levels in earthquake hazard modelling, mining catastrophe, and flood and meteorological risk. The Centre also assists in developing Benfield’s proprietary Geographical Analysis Project (GAP) earthquake model – GAPQuake South Africa.
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