Etti Baranoff Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Etti Baranoff is an Associate Professor of Insurance and Finance at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA teaching risk and insurance, employee benefits and financial risk management since 1995. From 2010 to 2016 she also served as an external research director for the Insurance and Finance Program of the Geneva Association, an Insurance Think Tank based in Switzerland. She served as an independent expert on all fundamental and theoretical work in the area of Insurance and Finance (IF) and was the editor of the Insurance and Finance Newsletter of the Geneva Association on issues regarding financial stability and international macro regulation of all sectors of the insurance industry relating to systemic risk and financial stability issues. Her Insurance work spans 40 years, 25 years in academia with publications in prominent journals, including The Journal of Risk and Insurance, The Journal of Banking and Finance, The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance, and American Journal of Accountable Care (AJAC), among others. She is currently on a few Journal’s editorial boards. Her current focus is on Blockchain and disruptions in insurance, health insurance utilizations and performance by specialty segments. Her financial stability research includes over 50 published articles in solvency detection of insurers, capital structure and market discipline.
Dr. Baranoff began her insurance career in 1978 when she joined American Founders Life Insurance Company in Austin, Texas as a Pension Administrator. She moved to doing market research. In 1982 she became a Texas insurance regulator when she joined the Texas State Board of Insurance (Changed later to the Texas department of Insurance – TDI) as a rate analyst and later changed to be a legislative researcher. After 12 years at TDI, she moved to the Texas Association of School Board while also working with her professor (the late) Dr. Robert C. Witt. In 1995 she joined VCU.
Dr. Baranoff is dedicated to her teaching and to improve the students’ understanding of the dynamic field of RMI. She is a former High School teacher in Israel with a teaching certificate credentials. Her first textbook Risk Management and Insurance was published in 2002 by Wiley & Sons. Her second co-authored textbook Risk Assessment was created for the ARM designation. In 2009 she completed a new version of the Wiley’s textbook with Drs. Patrick Brockett and Yehuda Kahane Risk Management for the Enterprise and Individuals published in 2009 by FlatWorld.
A multiple-time winner of the Research Paper Award from the International Insurance Society and the prestigious Thales Grant. She is a member of ARIA, FMA and other association. She became a life member of the prestigious Risk Theory Seminar in 2017. Dr. Baranoff consulted on various cases and is quoted by many of the media outlets in the US. She earned a PhD in Finance with minors in Risk Management and Statistics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. She has a BA in Economics and Statistics and a Teaching Certificate in Social Sciences from the University of Tel-Aviv.