Alicia Montoya heads Swiss Re Institute’s Research Commercialization unit, bringing high potential initiatives from ideation to market. Her work focuses on developing technology, core IP, partnerships, and end-to-end resilience offerings.
Alicia joined Swiss Re in 2012, driving innovation, product development, and commercialization of solutions that address some of the world’s biggest risks, from climate change and natural catastrophes to sustainable energy, food security, infrastructure and transportation. She leads Swiss Re’s Quantum Cities™ initiative, using tech to foster sustainable economies and societies.
Alicia started her career in London as a financial journalist at Bloomberg, then worked at the European Commission before joining Swiss high-tech start-up, u-blox, in 2005. She then worked for Alstom, driving the company’s Clean Power campaign, promoting solutions to help utilities and governments transition to clean energy.
Alicia holds a B.A. in Economics, MSc in Social Anthropology and MSc in Multimedia Systems. She is a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). Alicia is also a FinTech mentor, helping start-ups use new data, technology, and modeling to advance sustainability.