Huebner Fellows

Through its doctoral graduates, the S.S. Huebner Foundation has had a major impact on risk and insurance education. An estimated one-third of all collegiate education in insurance is provided by Huebner alumni, they teach thousands of students each year worldwide. Huebner Fellowships are available to Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business doctoral students in the Risk Management and Insurance program. The fellowships provide an annual stipend. Fellowships are granted for one academic year and are renewable on evidence of satisfactory progress for up to 2 years.

Huebner Fellows are selected from among Ph.D. students in the Department of Risk Management and Insurance by the Executive Director of the Foundation and the Doctoral Program Coordinators of Georgia State University’s RMI doctoral program. The selection of Huebner Fellows addresses the Foundation’s traditional goal of supporting collegiate risk management education. Huebner Fellows have academic research interests in insurance economics specifically or the efficient allocation of risk in the economy more generally.

2014 Huebner Fellows

Phillippe D'Astous

Philippe d’Astous

Philippe d’Astous is a Ph.D. student in Risk Management and Insurance at Georgia State University. Prior to starting the PhD program, he completed an MSc in Finance at HEC Montréal, Canada, where he won the best thesis award for the 2010-2011 year. His main research interests lie at the intersection of banking and consumer finance with an emphasis on risk management. As an instructor in the undergraduate program at GSU, he has taught courses on applied probability with applications to risk modeling and insurance.

His current research, a joint effort with GSU Associate Professor Stephen Shore, uses institutional variations in minimum required credit card payments to estimate the impact of increasing minimum payments on delinquency, debt repayment, and charging behavior. He has previously done research centered on identifying the link between revolving credit line utilization and consumer delinquency (joint with Georges Dionne, HEC Montréal, and Anne-Sophie Bergerès). His ongoing research projects focus on consumer credit contract choices as well as the impact of macroeconomic conditions on credit utilization.

After completing his PhD, Philippe’s goal is to pursue an academic career in a research university.

Yiling Deng

Yiling Deng

Yiling Deng is a Ph.D. student in the Risk Management and Insurance Department at Georgia State University. She has also been a CEAR Scholar since 2012. Prior to joining the doctoral program at GSU, she received a Master of Science degree in Statistics from Mississippi State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Risk Management and Insurance from Central University of Finance and Economics. She also worked in the insurance industry and the Chinese Forestry Bureau, prior to her arrival in the United States. U.S.A.

Her research interests lie broadly in financial institutions, insurance regulation, and corporate finance. One of her working papers about tort reforms on liability will be presented at the AEA/ARIA session of the Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) meeting in Boston (2015). She also has multiple working papers presented at both finance and insurance conferences, including American Risk and Insurance Association (ARIA), Eastern Finance Association (EFA), Midwestern Finance Association (MFA), and Western Risk and Insurance Association (WRIA).

After completing her Ph.D. program, she plans to pursue an academic career in a research university.

Huebner alumni directly associated with Georgia State University

  • Kenneth Black, Jr. – founder and former Chair of the Department of Risk Management and Insurance, Georgia State University; former Dean of the College of Business, Georgia State University
  • John W. Hall – former Chair of the Department of Risk Management and Insurance, Georgia State University
  • Bruce A. Palmer – Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Risk Management and Insurance, Georgia State University
  • Richard D. Phillips – former Chair and Professor of Risk Management and Insurance, Georgia State University; Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives and Innovation, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University
  • Harold D. Skipper, Jr. – Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Risk Management and Insurance, and holder of the C.V. Starr Chair of International Insurance, Georgia State University; currently Professor Emeritus, Georgia State University

Huebner Executive Fellows

Huebner Executive Fellows are selected from amongst the Executive Doctorate in Business (EDB) students in the Robinson College of Business. HF’s goal is to assist professionals and executives in the EDB program who seek to develop the disciplined research skills necessary to address contemporary insurance and risk problems in such areas as regulation, policy, or industry practice.

2015 Huebner Executive Fellow

Bank Examiner for the Edward Cho, Bank Examiner, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (FRB)

Edward Cho, Bank Examiner, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (FRB)

Edward Cho is a Bank Examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (FRB) in their Charlotte Branch office. He is primarily responsible for supervising Bank of America’s Operational Risk, Internal Audit, Basel/Advanced Measurements Approach, Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, Information Technology, Model Risk Management, Compliance Risks, Market risks, and Resolution/Recovery Planning. Mr. Cho is also involved with Federal Reserve System initiatives providing horizontal supervision in areas including Model Risk Management and Shared National Credits.

Prior to joining the FRB, Mr. Cho was a Bank Examiner for the North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks supervising several large financial institutions in NC. He also served as the central point of contact for several large financial institutions in the southeast region as a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Enterprise Risk Services practice.

Mr. Cho currently resides in Charlotte, NC. He is a proud graduate of Leadership Charlotte’s Class 27 and has served as its Treasurer. He has also served on committees for the AICPA and the United Way-Charlotte, and serves as a Deacon at South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church.

A graduate of the University of South Florida with both a Bachelors and Masters in Accounting, Mr. Cho holds professional designations including Certified Public Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Certified Information Technology Professional. Mr. Cho is a member of the Executive Doctorate in Business class of 2016.

2014 Huebner Executive Fellow

Emanuel V. Lauria Jr. Executive Vice President, Global Client and Business Development, Crawford & Company

Emanuel V. Lauria Jr.
Executive Vice President, Global Client and Business Development,
Crawford & Company

Emanuel Lauria has leadership responsibility for Crawford’s sales, marketing and client relationship management functions worldwide, reporting to the CEO. In this role he also directs the company’s brand strategy and new product development, and is a member of the Enterprise Risk Management Executive Council of the firm.

Prior to joining Crawford, Mr. Lauria was global chairman, Wells Fargo Risk Management Solutions and the managing director of the Wells Fargo Insurance Services Atlanta office. He previously served as international risk services director for the eastern U.S., and was a member of the corporate integration team for the Wachovia Insurances Services acquisition. During his 20+ years as a managing director with Marsh Inc., Mr. Lauria held a wide variety of positions as a senior client executive, office head, regional manager and G5 global business leader for the firm’s largest, most complex clients. He started his career as a casualty underwriter and underwriting manager for major property and casualty insurers.

Mr. Lauria is a graduate of Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a holds a professional certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Stanford University. He is currently a candidate for an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration at the Robinson College of Business of Georgia State University.

A longtime Atlanta-area resident, Mr. Lauria is a member of the board of Trustees of the Risk Management Foundation of Georgia State University. He has been active on a number of other local boards, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He served as vice chairman of the United Way of Metro Atlanta, chairman, Downtown Atlanta March of Dimes Campaign, and president, parent board for Crossroads Christian School.