Financial Services >> Analyst Interviews >> November 14, 2003

Political Risk Insurance: Edward Coppola – Zurich Emerging Markets Solutions

EDWARD A. COPPOLA is senior vice president and chief operating officer of Zurich Emerging Markets Solutions (ZEMS). He joined Zurich in September 1997 to serve as senior underwriter for ZEMS. In 2001, he was named vice president for political risk insurance, and later chief operating officer of ZEMS. He became senior vice president in 2003. Prior to joining Zurich, Mr. Coppola served as regional manager of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of the World Bank. He was part of the initial team that helped establish MIGA, and while there he was responsible for policy form development and arrangement of political risk guarantees for major infrastructure and natural resource projects. Previously, Mr. Coppola worked as an insurance officer at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and a claims officer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Mr. Coppola holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Michigan State University. Profile
TWST: Could we start out with a quick overview of Zurich Emerging

Markets Solutions?

Mr. Coppola: Zurich Emerging Markets Solutions (ZEMS) is a specialized

underwriter of medium- and long-term