Our story


The inspiration to starting Luminant Analytics was our desire to innovate insurance pricing. We want to challenge the way insurance pricing is done today, because the current reliance on internal loss data leads insurers to missing key external changes, and new opportunities. We also want to enable insurers to adopt our new approach to pricing, through the insights and predictions from our risk assessment platform. This approach is based on decomposing insurance loss trends through a combination of relevant external data sets, and then blending those insights with learnings from internal data. Ultimately, pricing will reflect the adoption of those pivotal changes that they have missed so far.

Our Team

Dr. Renu Ann Joseph – CEO & Founder

Dr. Renu Ann Joseph is passionate about using data insights to unravel the big picture. A key ingredient in her problem-solving approach is the combination of traditional analytical methods and a fresh, objective, data-driven perspective.

In her most recent role before founding Luminant Analytics, she worked on identifying and projecting external environment changes, captured from varied data sources, and linking them to a large re-insurer’s US casualty book of business. Though the scope of trends spanned several casualty lines of business, the focus of most of her work was on analyzing the deteriorating loss environment in US auto insurance, using out-of-the-box thinking applied to conventional data sources.

Renu is a trained Economist, with work experience in the financial services industry and in public health, in both corporate and academic environments. In the past fifteen years, she has worked on headline topics in casualty insurance data analytics, macroeconomic modeling, health policy analysis and tobacco control economics.

Bertrand Waché – Head Business Development

MBA, CPCU, ARM

Bertrand Waché is a veteran business developer in the insurance industry, where he spent nearly 30 years, mostly on the P&C side of the business, both in the US and internationally. He began by instilling marketing discipline into commercial insurance companies traditionally steeped in unsophisticated business behaviors where research, profiling, segmentation and quantified tracking of targeting activities did not exist. He moved on to product management and distribution functions, running two national networks of personal lines agents in the US, before wrapping all of his home office and field experience into a global research and development responsibility to support all product lines for a jumbo worldwide carrier. Then, he focused on spotting trends for a top reinsurer.

Bertrand has always been keen on running businesses by the numbers, and loves the opportunities presented by Luminant Analytics to enlighten (re)insurers about the actual influence of external factors on their bottom line, to improve their risk selection and pricing.

Ágnes Pákozdi – Associate Business Information Analyst

Ágnes is passionate about startup business development and data analytics. She comes to Luminant Analytics with many years of sales and customer relationship management experience in the Finance industry, also as a trainer and coach.

She is currently pursuing a Master of Sciences degree at FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland. She has a Bachelor´s degree in Economics from Budapest Business School, as well as a General Management Certificate from University of St. Gallen.

With her entrepreneurial, financial and CRM background, Ágnes is responsible for the day-to-day business management, whilst also running several data research and data analytics projects. She is committed to digital business transformation and data science in the financial industry with a focus on professional client experience.

Development partners


The Luminant DRIVEN  platform is proof of transformative data analytics: one that powers insurance business decision-making through the contextual blending of very diverse, but highly relevant data sources.

It brings together the talent of an extraordinary data science team, appropriately situated in the actuarial and underwriting context. The technology solution that renders the analytics to scale is built with the help of two companies that have a strong enterprise software development skill set.

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Collaborating partners


Our Collaborating partners are part of our journey into next-gen insurance – both from a technology and an Insurtech environment perspective.

In the future risk assessment and pricing will move away the current static data analytics to a more dynamic, continuous and connected analytics – through our targeted inputs, we aim to accompany that journey with FairConnect, a European leader of telematics based solutions.

Nassau Re´s mission of building a franchise across the insurance value chain is set in one of the most appropriate locations – Hartford, Connecticut – the insurance capital of the world. By being based here, we are part of the momentum that the city has been generating in the global Insurtech space.

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Advisors

Katharine L. Wade

Strategy advisor for insurance regulatory affairs and product/market fit.

Katie served as Connecticut’s Insurance Commissioner from March 2015 to December 2018, where she was responsible for consumer protection and the regulation of an industry that generates $170 billion in direct written premium (top 3 in the U.S.).  As Commissioner, she advanced the adoption and market introduction of new technology and innovation with start-ups and traditional insurers.  A thought leader on regulatory policy, she advocated for regulatory collaboration in the U.S. and with the global regulatory community to encourage and foster market innovation to provide consumers with new products and services, enhance the customer experience and improve risk management and insurance operations.  Prior to becoming Commissioner, she led federal and state government affairs, public policy and U.S. compliance at the global insurer, Cigna, where she worked for more than 20 years.  Currently she is the Principal in Dunraven Strategies advising clients on insurance and regulatory matters.

Rick Perdian

Product Development Advisor for insurance data analytics with a focus on incorporating emerging risks in new and established insurance markets.

Rick’s thirty-year career in law and insurance has taken him to Switzerland, Singapore and China. He handled complex claims and litigation for The Home Insurance Company, Zurich Financial Services and Swiss Re. For seven years he worked at the Swiss Re’s Centre for Global Dialogue addressing the emerging risks and trends impacting the re/insurance industry. Rick has a law degree from Temple University. When not pondering the global risk landscape, he keeps busy as a classical music critic and writer.

Frank Fischer

Advisor on building & scaling organizations from the ground up, running operational teams and implementing complex client solutions

Frank built his 20y+ career running complex IT solution implementations for large multinationals, with professional stations at Mars, McDonald’s and Syngenta in diverse locations like France, Germany, Russia, Japan and Switzerland.  Frank honed his skills in project and program management, as well as in leading and developing large, geographically dispersed teams.

Frank has economics degrees from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and Université d’Aix-Marseille, France. He is currently a Senior Principal with Infosys Consulting, Zurich, Switzerland, and a co-owner of Luminant Analytics.

Dr. Ian Tidswell

Advisor on B2B pricing, pricing strategy & execution to large and small companies that want to increase their profitability by improving prices.

Starting from a strategy consulting background at McKinsey & Co. and other consulting, operational and leadership positions, Ian methodically built his expertise in the pricing area up, including a stint as global Head of Pricing at Syngenta, a global Crop Protection and Seeds company.  He has over 15 years of experience in pricing, with deep experience in pricing strategy, price setting, commercial terms design and price execution for companies in various industries.

Ian has a Physics BSc from the Imperial College, London, and a PhD from Harvard University.  He is the founder and lead for een Consulting, as well as a Pricing coach for Innosuisse, the Swiss agency for the advancement of innovation.  He is based in Basel, Switzerland.