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Bernard Belk

Global Head Food & Agriculture
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Bernard Belk heads the Global Food & Agriculture Business of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. Based in Zurich, he oversees a team of experts focused on providing innovative crop-shortfall insurance, weather-based index covers and structured price hedges solutions across the entire agricultural supply chain - from agriculture real estate owners, input suppliers to commodity processors.Mr. Belk joined Swiss Re Corporate Solutions in 2008 with more than 20 years of solid experience in the agricultural sector. He started as farmer growing cereals, sugar beet and potatoes in Europe, as well as breeding sheep in New Zealand. He served the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Africa where he managed the development programme in Cape Verde before joining a family-owned business trading/conditioning coffee and dried fruits company. Prior to joining Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, Mr. Belk worked for 12 years at SGS, a leading agricultural supply chain service provider. At SGS, he held several positions, including Global Grain Manager and Global Strategic and M&A Manager in Geneva and Sao Paulo.Mr. Belk holds a Master Degree in Agriculture Sciences from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich, a MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne and a Master Degree in Real Estate from the University of Zürich, all in Switzerland.

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