Marcelo Ramella (BA in Accounting and Finance, Universidad de Morón, Buenos Aires, Argentina; MBA, Università Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Italy; MSc Social and Organisational Psychology, PhD Social Psychology, LSE)
Visiting Fellow with Psychology@LSE
Assistant Director, Research with the Bermuda Monetary Authority, Bermuda.
Member of the Reinsurance Subcommittee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS)
Member of the Reinsurance Transparency Subgroup of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS)
Governor of the Bermuda College, Bermuda
My first degree is in Accounting and Finance, from Universidad de Morón, in Buenos Aires, Argentina where I am also a Chartered Public Accountant (CPA). However, I never practised as CPA in Argentina, as right after graduating I moved to Milan, Italy, to do an MBA at Università Luigi Bocconi, which I completed in 1990. I lived in Italy until mid nineties working in the Project Finance Department of a multinational engineering corporation, arranging project finance packages for a variety of turn-key projects, from a steel plant in Bihar, India to a tomato-processing plant in Odessa, Ukraine and a stainless-steel plant in Las tunas, Cuba.
The extraordinary corruption scandals that hit Italy’s business community in the nineties, in addition to horrifying me, provided the motivation to come to the LSE to do a Master in Organisational and Social Psychology. I completed it (with distinction) in 1995 and was presented with the unique opportunity to stay at the LSE to do a PhD, and also to teach at the then Department of Social Psychology. My PhD, which I completed in 2001, looked at adolescent sexual health promotion, in particular, at creative ways of using multi-media technologies for engaging with young people in deprived areas in Peru and conducting health promotion in a participatory manner (see Project SaRA, at the London Multimedia Lab website).
In 2001 I joined a small independent research centre, the Policy Research Bureau, and got involved in a variety of policy evaluation projects looking at the effectiveness -or lack of- of New Labour’s policies on youth justice. I moved to the Home Office in late 2002 to continue doing evaluation research with marginalised young people (see Positive Futures project at the London Multimedia Lab website).
Since 2004, I have been living in the small mid-Atlantic island of Bermuda, where I am Assistant Director, Research with the Bermuda Monetary Authority, the island single financial services regulator. Also, I am a Governor of the Bermuda College, the island’s only tertiary education institution.
Importantly, from the time I arrived to the LSE in the summer of 1994, I have never lost contact with it. Be it as a MSc or PhD student, a Guest Lecturer or now a Visiting Fellow, I have always tremendously enjoyed my relationship with the LSE. I love coming to London a few times a year, to be rigorously challenged by highly charged students, to energise myself, and hopefully, to inspire others too.
My research interests are multiple and span a variety of areas, from public health to financial regulation, from audio-visual languages to youth crime. There is however a thread underlying these endeavours and is the search for understanding the generation, development and enactment of creativity, which very often, occurs under adverse –even hostile- conditions. Under this broad umbrella, I have worked in research on promoting sexual health with young people in highly deprived areas of Peru, and in evaluating UK youth crime and social inclusion policy aimed at engaging with marginalised young people in UK’s inner cities.
I am currently involved in several initiatives related to the review and re-design of systems of regulation and supervision of financial markets.
I am also part of a handful of projects in course in the small island of Bermuda, where I currently live, that have to do with the island’s public health, e.g., the promotion of safer roads and the regulation of health care services.
At the LSE, I contribute to the teaching of the MSc in Social and Organisational Psychology.
Books, chapters and journal article
Ramella, M. and Madeiros, L. (2007). Bermuda Sidecars: Supervising Reinsurance Companies in Innovative Global Markets. The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance – Issues and Practice, Vol. 32(3)
Ramella, M. (2005). A Profile Bermuda Health Systems and Services. Hamilton, Bermuda: Bermuda Ministry of Health and Family Services. (available on www.gov.bm)
Ramella, M. and Olmos, G. (2005). Participant-authored audiovisual stories (PAAS). Discussion Papers in Qualitative Research, LSE Methodology Institute. (available of Ramella_and_Olmos)
Ramella, M. (2004). Positive Futures Impact Report: Engaging with Young People. London: the Home Office. (available on www.homeoffice.gov.uk)
Ramella, M. (2003). Using sport to support young people in marginalised communities in England and Wales. In A. Kokkevi (Ed.) New Approaches and Methods of Early Intervention to Prevent Dependence and Criminality among Young People Using Drugs. Athens: OKANA.
Ghate, D. and Ramella, M. (2002). Positive Parenting – the National Evaluation of the Youth Justice Board Parenting Programme. London: The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. (available on http://yjbpublications.justice.gov.uk)
Humphreys, P., Lorac, C. and Ramella, M. (2001). Creative Support for Innovative Decisions. Journal of Decision Systems Vol. 10(2), pp.241-263.
Deriabin, A., Ryzhenkov, P., Humphreys, P. and Ramella, M. (2000). Extending discursive space: toward the development of an on-line information system for organisational consulting and management. Artificial Intelligence (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine), Vol. 2, pp. 359-362.
Humphreys, P., Lorac, C. and Ramella, M. (2000). Creative knowledge management for distributed innovative decision making. In C. Carlsson, P. Brezillon, P. Humphreys, B. Lundberg, A. McCosh and V. Rajkovic (eds) Decision Support Through Knowledge Management. Stockholm, University of Stockholm Press.
Ramella, M. and Attride-Stirling, J. (2000). The creation of gendered spaces as a medium for sexual health promotion among young people in Peru. In J. Watson and S. Platt (eds) Researching Health Promotion. London, Routledge.
Ramella, M. and Bravo de la Cruz, R. (2000). Taking part in adolescent sexual health promotion in Peru: community participation from a social psychological perspective. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. Vol. 10(4), pp. 271-284.)
IAIS (2008) Global Reinsurance Market Report 2007. Basel, Switzerland: International Association of Insurance Supervisors (available on www.iaisweb.org) [I was part of the team that wrote this report]
IAIS (2007) Global Reinsurance Market Report 2006. Basel, Switzerland: International Association of Insurance Supervisors (available on www.iaisweb.org) [I was part of the team that wrote this report]
Ramella, M. (2003). Positive Futures Progress Repor – June 2003. London: the Home Office.
Attride-Stirling, J. & Ramella, M. (2002). Support for Mental Health Practice Groups Evaluation: Final Report. London: South London & Maudsley NHS Trust.
Bhabra, S., Ramella, M. and Ghate, D. (2002). Evaluation of Greenwich YOT Parenting Support Service: Final Report. London: Greenwich Youth Offending Team.
Ramella, M. (2002). Evaluation of ‘Making Amends’ Restorative Justice Intervention: Final Report. Exeter: Devon Youth Offending Team.
Ramella, M. (2002). Evaluation of MECS Service (Motivation Enhancement and Cognitive Skills Groups): Final Report. London: Southwark Youth Offending Team.
Ramella, M. (2002). Evaluation of Wandsworth YOT Parenting Support Service: Final Report. London: Wandsworth Youth Offending Team.
Ramella, M. (2002). Evaluation of ‘Moves’ Mentoring Intervention: Final Report. Exeter: Devon Youth Offending Team.
Ramella, M. (2002). ‘Way Out,’ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Service Development Evaluation: Final Report: London: Wandsworth Youth Offending Team.
Ramella, M. (2002). Evaluation of Southwark YOT Parenting Support Service: Final Report. London: Southwark Youth Offending Team.
Ramella, M. (1999). SaRA: Reproductive Health for Adolescents: Final Report. London: Department for International Development.
Ramella, M. (1998). Ecuador-Peru Conflict: Drawing to a Close. Latam Markets Today, 22 June 1998.
Ramella, M. (1998). Ecuador-Peru Conflict: Moving Forward. Latam Markets Today, 4 June 1998.
Ramella, M. (1997). Peru: Fujimori and El Niño. Latam Markets Today, 10 July 1997.
NOTE: “Latam Markets Today” is a newsletter published daily by US ‘think tank’ IDEA.
Ramella, M (2005). Trends in Insurance Captives Formation 1997 – 2004. Bermuda: Bermuda Monetary Authority.
Financial Times, 15 May 2009. Insurers cash in as hedge funds retreat, by Paul J Davies (available on www.ft.com/cms/s/0/92d937c2-417d-11de-bdb7-00144feabdc0.html)
Asia Insurance Review, February 2009. Global reinsurance market is resilient, says IAIS
Web link to home institution and/or personal homepage
The Bermuda Monetary Authority’s website is www.bma.bm
The Bermuda College website is www.bercol.bm