Jennifer Phillips is a Project Associate responsible for the disaster risk management component of the Climate Risk Adaptation and Insurance in the Caribbean (CRAIC) project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The project seeks to address climate change, adaptation, and vulnerability by promoting weather-index based insurance as a risk management instrument in the Caribbean. Ms Phillips specializes in developing disaster risk management products and approaches that can be used by the project partners when introducing weather-index insurance to new communities.
Before starting at MCII, she worked in the Advancing Climate Risk Insurance Plus (ACRI+) team at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, focusing on the Increasing Urban Resilience through Risk Transfer in China project and the Applying Integrated Disaster and Climate Risk Management to Renewable Energy in Barbados project.
Ms Phillips obtained her Master’s degree in Development Economics from the University of Göttingen, where she investigated the effect of income inequality on environmental legislation for her master’s thesis. She received her Bachelor’s degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University where she double majored in International Relations and Economics and specialized in political economy. She has completed internships for the Michigan House of Representatives and the Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND) in Geneva and has additionally worked in Burkina Faso and Russia.