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RiskMinds Insurance

The Meeting Place For Insurance CROs, Chief Actuaries And CTOs

21 - 23 March 2016

Hotel Okura Amsterdam

Joe Perdoni, Head of Prudential Supervision, Gibraltar Financial Services Commission.

Joe has over 20 years of insurance sector experience, predominantly within the Lloyd's of London Insurance Market, most recently at CEO level. He has also held senior roles at director level for compliance, risk management and internal audit. He is a qualified chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, has a BA Hons in Accountancy and Finance and holds the ACII qualification from the Chartered Insurance Institute and is also a Chartered Insurer. He joined the Commission in 2014.


Benjamin Ball heads up Benjamin Ball Associates, a team of presentation advisors They help senior management with pitches and important communications, particular with investors. Recent clients include Statoil, Microsoft, United Utilities, Lend Lease, HSBC and Vattenfall. Ben previously worked as a corporate financier. Ben was Director of Strategy at Cable and Wireless and at BBC Worldwide. He was educated at Oxford University and London Business School.

Jérôme is an economist and senior risk and capital management expert.

At Swiss Re, Jérôme contributed to the launch of the first natural catastrophe securitisation developed by the company. He also led the implementation of SOX-404.

Since 2009, Jérôme has joined Group Risk Management at Zurich, where he leads the Risk Governance and Reporting Team. He drives efforts to strengthen the Group’s risk culture and prepare for new regulatory requirements. He also leads the group-wide implementation of the own risk and solvency assessment and recovery and resolution planning.

Jérôme holds a master degree in economics from the University of St-Gall, Switzerland. He has worked in several countries, and is fluent in 5 languages.

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Fabrice Brossart

Jason Brown joined QBE in 2002 and was appointed Group Chief Risk Officer in March 2014. Prior to his current role, Jason was Chief Risk Officer for QBE's Australian and New Zealand Operations and previously held the role of Executive General Manager, Technical & Operations with responsibility for national underwriting, national claims, reinsurance, actuarial, legal, and mergers and acquisitions. Jason has been involved in the financial services industry for over 20 years, including in consulting, audit and senior executive roles. Prior to joining QBE, Jason was a Principal at Ernst & Young.

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist and Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. His research interests encompass the characterisation of all the accumulating and eventually pathogenic molecular and cellular side-effects of metabolism (“damage”) that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage. He has developed a possibly comprehensive plan for such repair, termed Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), which breaks aging down into seven major classes of damage and identifies detailed approaches to addressing each one. A key aspect of SENS is that it can potentially extend healthy lifespan without limit, even though these repair processes will probably never be perfect, as the repair only needs to approach perfection rapidly enough to keep the overall level of damage below pathogenic levels. Dr. de Grey has termed this required rate of improvement of repair therapies “longevity escape velocity”.


Marie-Anne Haegeman is the CRO of the Belgian business unit of KBC Group. As such she is responsible for the second line risk management for KBC Bank NV (incl its foreign branches), KBC Insurance NV, Group Re (KBC’s reinsurance company) and some smaller KBC entities within Belgium. She is also CRO of CBC. As such, she is member of the CBC executive committee and of the CBC Board. During her career she built up strong expertise within finance, treasury and risk. She also is one of the founding members of Genderaction@KBC, a network aiming to enhance inclusive leadership. 


Steve has been the CRO at LV= for the last four years, having previously been the Finance Director for their Life & Pensions business. Steve is a chartered accountant and through his time at LV=, GE Capital and Deloitte has 26 years’ experience in the UK and European Insurance market having worked in the Lloyd’s, general insurance and life insurance sectors. 

As Chief Risk Officer for LV= Steve’s focus has been on developing the risk culture through the integration of an enterprise-wide approach to risk management, driving a significant strengthening in capability and shifting the risk focus to a more strategic and forward looking perspective. 

As a member of the Executive Team he is helping to lead the way in LV= becoming “Best Loved” in all areas of its business.

Brian Heffernan has a dual role at Tokio Marine Kiln (TMK) as Chief Actuary for their Lloyd’s managing agent TMK Syndicates and Chief Risk Officer for TMK Insurance. Prior to joining TMK, he was Chief Risk Officer of Mitsui Sumitomo at Lloyd’s. Previously, he had worked for 12 years within the reinsurance market. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland.


Dr. John C. Hulsman is the President and Co-Founder of John C. Hulsman Enterprises a global political risk consulting firm. An eminent foreign policy expert, John is a senior columnist on foreign affairs for City AM newspaper in London and also writes regularly for the Aspen Institute of Italy, and Limes, the premier Italian foreign affairs journal. A senior veteran of think tanks in Europe and America, Hulsman is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. The author of all or part of 10 books, Hulsman has also given 1470 interviews, written over 330 articles, and delivered more than 450 speeches on foreign policy around the world.

Markku is the CRO of the LocalTapiola Group. He has extensive experience in both actuarial and risk management work in insurance business. He is responsible for the Solvency II implementation project of the LocalTapiola Group. He has also been a member of Solvency II working groups of the Actuarial Association of Europe and the Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe (AMICE).

Active in this role from January 2011 and a member of the Executive Committee. Andrew joined Beazley as Group Actuary in 2005 and was responsible for all aspects of actuarial advice to the Group. Prior to that, Andrew was an actuarial consultant providing advice to a range of Lloyd's and international clients. Andrew is an Affiliate of the Institute of Risk Management and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

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Alan Rae

Periklis is a graduate from the London School of Economics, a Chartered Financial Analyst and an accredited Financial Risk Manager. His experience transcends finance, risk, capital management and strategy for financial institutions (banks and insurance firms) across Europe, North America and Africa. Key areas of expertise include financial risk and regulation (Solvency, Basel), financial planning and risk forecasting, value based management, stress testing, capital management, counterparty credit risk, securitisation and structured products. Periklis was previously with the department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Currently, he is researching “the intended and unintended consequences of cross-industry (banking and insurance) financial regulation” at IE Business School.

Chris is the CTO and co-founder of Brolly, an insurance technology startup participating in the prestigious Entrepreneur First accelerator in London. Prior to co-founding Brolly, he co-founded a technology consultancy and worked with finance companies to architect and build large scale payment systems and consumer products