Stephen Bennett

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Stephen Bennett
Occupation Assistant director for business development, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; executive director, SPHEAR
Employer Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Location San Diego, CA
Stephen Bennett is assistant director for business development at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and executive director of the “Scripps Partnership for Hazards and Environmental Applied Research” (SPHEAR). Recently, the Scripps team served among the leadership of a Nobel Prize-winning intergovernmental panel on Climate change.


Prior to joining Scripps, Bennett was the director of reinsurance research for Citadel Investment Group, L.L.C. in Chicago. Citadel is one of the world’s leading hedge funds with nearly $20 billion of capital under management and over 1,000 employees across the world. Bennett’s team was tasked with technology/infrastructure development, quantification of risk and geophysical research. The full range of geophysical hazards from hurricanes to earthquakes represents the primary risk to [reinsurance portfolios]. Bennett managed a team of weather analysts and meteorologists as a part of Citadel’s energy trading desk. Much of his professional career has been dedicated to meteorology and weather research as applied to financial markets and the media.

Bennett worked as a broadcast meteorologist for WeatherData Inc. before joining the radio division of Weather Services Corp. He was a weather forecaster and product developer for The Weather Channel before moving into the financial sector as a research meteorologist for the Enron Corp.[1]


A native of Conyers, GA, Bennett’s educational foundation is in meteorology, having obtained a B.S. from the University of South Alabama. His degree is augmented by training in leadership/management and legal studies. Bennett recently received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.

He is also a principal investor and CEO of Cirrus Properties L.L.C., a North Carolina firm specializing in real estate development and consulting. Bennett is also an active member of the American Meteorological Society.[2]


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  1. Stephen Bennett, J.D.. U.C. San Diego School of Management.
  2. Stephen Bennett:Bio. Scripps.