Robert Gibbons

Robert J. Gibbons, Ph.D., CPCU, CLU, is Executive Director and President of the International Insurance Foundation. Since joining the Foundation in 1996, he has guided its evolution into a leading provider of technical assistance for emerging insurance markets. He played a key role in the creation of the IAIS Core Curriculum for Insurance Supervision by designing the module format, drafting learning objectives, authoring two of the modules, and pilot testing portions of the Core Curriculum.

Formerly Vice President of the American Institute for CPCU and the Insurance Institute of America, Dr. Gibbons has extensive experience in professional insurance education, in distance learning, and the management of educational institutions. At the Institute he supervised the entire CPCU and IIA curriculum and contributed to the Institute’s textbooks on insurance accounting, financial management, and regulation.

Dr. Gibbons has also served as Technical Advisor to the Association of Insurance Institutes of the Caribbean, for which he has conducted several risk management seminars. He developed the Chartered Insurance Institute’s North American Insurance Market Practice course, and he has been a consultant to UNCTAD, The World Bank, and USAID. He played a key role in the development of the USAID Financial Sector Development Certification Training Course, and was the course facilitator for the Insurance module.

A graduate of Kenyon College, Dr. Gibbons earned his Ph.D. at Yale University, specializing in economic history and international economics. He is co-author of Insurance Company Finance and Investments, which The Journal of Risk and Insurance called “a significant breakthrough in the area of insurance company financial management . . . consolidating materials from current finance and economic theory and applying them to insurance company financial management.” Another study, The Changing Location of the U.S. Insurance Industry, traced the role of technological change in office siting decisions. Dr. Gibbons contributed this perspective on economic development to advisory panels for the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment and for Greater Philadelphia First.