Martin Halek is an Associate Professor in Risk Management and Insurance, and the Director of the MBA Programs in the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. Prior, he held academic positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Georgia and the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. He was also a visiting professor at Audencia Nantes School of Management in France. Dr. Halek earned a Ph.D. (Insurance and Risk Management) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. (Actuarial Science) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. (Mathematics) from Whitman College. Prior to his academic career, he worked as an actuarial consultant in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Halek’s areas of research include insurance economics, insurer ratings and financial markets, insurer loss reserving practices, adverse selection and hazard risk assessment. He has published in top academic journals including the Journal of Risk and Insurance, The Geneva Risk and Insurance Review, Forest Policy and Economics and Land Economics. Dr. Halek regularly presents his research at academic conferences and universities, and he is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Risk and Insurance Association (ARIA), the European Group of Risk and Insurance Economists (EGRIE) and the Western Risk and Insurance Association (WRIA). Dr. Halek has received research grants from various organizations including SSHRC, USAID, NFID and Society of Actuaries. He has also received research and teaching awards including the Donald Hardigree Memorial Award for the Outstanding Paper published in the Journal of Insurance Issues and the Les B. Strickler Innovation in Instruction Award by ARIA.