Richard Smith-Bingham

Executive Director, Insights, Marsh & McLennan Advantage
The pace of change in the world today is so multifaceted and dizzying that the full implications can easily be underappreciated or disregarded. Conversely, there are countless opportunities for risk leaders to connect their expertise with their organization’s strategic ambitions to support sustainable investment decisions.

Based in London, Richard leads the Insights team for the Marsh & McLennan Advantage.  Focusing on climate resilience, cyber resilience, healthy societies, innovations in infrastructure, transformative technologies, and workforce for the future, the team draws on the unique expertise of MMC and its networks to identify breakthrough perspectives and solutions to society’s most complex challenges.

Richard specializes in emerging risks, which has him exploring trends and disruptions in the macro-level risk landscape and advising companies and governments on how to better anticipate and respond to new complex threats.

It is a role that enables him to align a thirst for spotting weak signals of new trends and possible game-changing dislocations with his consulting background in Oliver Wyman helping multinationals negotiate the interface between strategy and risk to manage earnings volatility. 

He publishes widely, is a frequent speaker at conferences, and often participates in projects run by multilateral bodies and non-governmental organizations.  He is also responsible for BRINK, a digital content platform collaboratively produced by Marsh & McLennan and Atlantic 57 that posts a new article each day.

Publication topics include geopolitics, social instability, cyber risk, energy sector challenges and sustainability, emerging risk anticipation, corporate risk appetite, reputation risk, risk culture, and the management of critical risks by governments. 

He sits on the Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report and is a Steering Group member of the OECD’s High-Level Risk Forum, which focuses on country-level risk governance arrangements.

Prior to joining MMC, Richard led the policy and research agenda for NESTA, the UK’s innovation agency.  He has a BA from Oxford and a PhD from University College London.