About Risk Cooperative
Risk Cooperative is a certified minority-owned insurance brokerage and risk advisory firm. Appointed with all major carriers and the Lloyd’s of London market, we provide insurance solutions across all classes of risk, including comprehensive employee benefits, life and health, property and casualty, cyber and other specialty lines.
The insurance industry has very few minority-owned firms. Of course, as an MBE, Risk Cooperative is uniquely qualified to serve as a Tier 1 partner implement your firm’s supplier diversity goals. Our team of industry professionals specializes in helping businesses build operational resiliency. When required, we design bespoke solutions to address clients’ unique challenges.
Founded in 2014, our team of seasoned, certified risk managers and licensed insurance brokers are subject matter experts across all classes of risk. As a result, organizations across the U.S. and around the world choose Risk Cooperative.
Our leadership team of risk experts are licensed to originate, place and service insurance solutions in all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico, with access to global markets for international solutions. Our risk advisors guide organizations to proactively manage and mitigate risks across a wide range of insurable and non-insurable risks. Contact us today to begin your journey to operational resilience.
Dante A. Disparte
Juliana is a Technologist, strategic advisor, MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, TED Senior Fellow and currently serves as a member of theWorld Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development. Juliana is Co-founder of BRCK Inc.
A hardware company based in Kenya that makes BRCK and other devices. BRCK is a self-powered mobile WiFi router that has on-board battery and storage, a backup generator for the internet. It provides redundant internet connectivity using wireless or ethernet backhaul. BRCK stands for “rugged internet for people and things”, and it takes its name from its sturdy boxy shape.
Juliana is Co-founder of Ushahidi Inc, a non-profit tech company, born in Africa, which specializes in developing free and open source software for changing how information flows in the world. Ushahidi also acts a catalyst in innovation as part of the Making All Voices Count global challenge for development. She is an internationally sought after keynote speaker as well as strategic advisor to the councils of BASF, Microsoft 4Afrika and Waabeh Ltd. She is also a trustee of The iHub in Kenya and Bankinter Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Spain.
Juan Verde Suárez is a business and Spanish social entrepreneur who worked on the political campaigns of Senator Ted Kennedy, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Senator John Kerry, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
He also served as International Co-Chair for the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama in 2012. In addition to developing and directing a strategy designed to mobilize millions of American citizens residing outside of the United States, Mr. Verde serves as an advisor to President Obama on international trade, the Hispanic vote as well as sustainability related issues.
As Senior Partner of U.S. consultancy firm Mapa Group, Verde advises governments and corporations on market expansion, strategy and sustainability. He currently serves on a number of corporate and advisory boards including the Government of Lithuania´s International Advisory Committee and the Alumni Board of Directors at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In the corporate world, Mr. Verde serves, or has served, among others, on the board of directors of Abengoa Bioenergy S.A., a global biotech ethanol company; Santander Bank, N.A., a U.S. subsidiary of the Spanish financial institution Grupo Santander.
Founded in 2014 by an expert team of risk, strategy and capital management executives, Risk Cooperative is a certified minority‑owned and fully licensed brokerage across the full spectrum of risk and insurance solutions. The firm has accomplished many prestigious milestones over the company’s operational timeline.
Risk Cooperative Founded
Risk Cooperative is founded to help organizations leverage risk management principles against their business strategies. The firm establishes headquarters in Washington DC.
Comprehensive Benefits Practice Launches
Risk Cooperative adds a benefits adminisatration team and launches a full-service practice designed to help companies combat employee benefits complexity and cost inflation.
Risk Cooperative Partners with Lloyd’s on the City Risk Index
Risk Cooperative and Lloyd’s, the world’s specialist insurance market, partnered to develop Lloyd’s City Risk Index – the first ever analysis of economic output at risk in 301 major cities from 18 threats over a ten-year period to start a meaningful process toward enhancing city-level resilience.
Risk Cooperative is Approved to Write Insurance Nationally
Risk Cooperative achieved regulatory approval to write insurance nationally, including in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, positioning the firm as a highly scalable company capable of supporting customers across the U.S. and around the world with essential risk and insurance solutions.
Publication: Global Risk Agility and Decision Making
Risk Cooperative Founder, Dante Disparte, and Daniel Wagner make a compelling case for the need to bring traditional risk management and decision making approaches into the twenty-first century.
Industry First: Secured 2 Cyber Warranty Program
Risk Cooperative, in partnership with Ridge Global and Secured2, a data security technology firm, developed a cyber warranty programme that combines security with data-breach indemnification. The key elements of the warranty program include the Secured2 product built into Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure allowing every customer who takes advantage of Secured2’s innovate technology to be covered.
Executive Appointments & Transitions
Founder Dante Disparte transitions to the role of Chairman and pursues ground breaking work on digital currencies and global financial inclusion. Co-founder Andres Franzetti assumes the role of CEO at Risk Cooperative.
Risk Cooperative Receives Industry Recognition
The executive team racked up a number of professional accomplishments during the firm’s 6th year of business. CEO, Andres Franzetti, was named to the Washington Business Journal’s Business of Pride Class of 2020. While Chief Revenue Officer, Les Williams, was named a 2020 Specialty Power Broker by Risk & Insurance.
Andres Franzetti Joins the NSBA Leadership Council
“The Risk Cooperative CEO, a recognized leader in Washington’s small-business community, joins the National Small Business Administration’s Leadership Council to work alongside other advocates from across the country to help build a more resilient small business community and promote the interests of small organizations to federal policymakers.”
Publication: 360° Cyber Risk Survey
This 2022 report updates the 2017 findings to provide informed analysis and actionable best practices to help middle-market organizations, senior leaders, and boards of directors obtain a better understanding of the operational and financial impacts of cyber risks and a roadmap toward better operational resiliency.
As one of the few minority-owned brokerages, Risk Cooperative brings Tier 1 risk and insurance solutions to meet Fortune 2000 companies’ supplier diversity goals.
Risk Cooperative Celebrates 9 Years
2023 has been a year of extraordinary recognition for the Risk Cooperative team, as Derrick Wong was named Rising Star and Power Broker by Risk & Insurance for Employee Benefits and the Operations Team, led by Maria Jaramillo, was awarded the Top 50 Operations Team OnCon Icon Award.