ACIIR welcomes new researcher

The Alabama Center for Insurance Information and Research at The University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce has welcomed a new associate researcher to its team.

Dr. Sebastain Awondo began as the center’s new associate researcher in January.

Awondo will continue the center’s efforts in providing information and research insight for key stakeholders across Alabama. His research includes insurance ratemaking and loss reserving, catastrophic risk, decision making under risk and uncertainty, insurance regulation, micro-insurance and predictive modeling.

“I am thrilled to accept this position because it gives me a great platform and access to resources that will allow me conduct cutting-edge research, as well as help shape public and private policy in multiple areas of insurance and risk management,” Awondo said. “This is what I enjoying doing and see myself doing in the foreseeable future.”

Awondo obtained his doctorate in applied economics and a Master of Science in statistics from The University of Georgia. He is the recipient of The University of Georgia AAE outstanding Ph.D. student award in 2014 and the Cameroon Ministry of Higher Education best student award in 2001.

His research has published in Agricultural Economics and Marine Resource Economics with additional articles under review.

Prior to joining the center, he served as post-doctoral research associate at The University of Georgia, Tifton Campus and a research economist with RTI International in RTP North Carolina. He also served as programs support officer for DED/COMINSUD in Cameroon where he helped design, implement and evaluate several economic development projects.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Awondo join the center,” said Lars Powell, center director. “His skill set expands our technical capabilities and will help keep us on the leading edge of research to support our mission.”