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RiskMinds Insurance

The Meeting Place For Insurance CROs, Chief Actuaries & CTOs

21 - 23 March 2016

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Mr. Renzo Giovanni Avesani is the Chief Risk Officer of Unipol Gruppo Finanziario. He gave his contribution to development of the European and Italian legislation regarding the Solvency topics as Chairman of the CRO Forum association, Chairman of the Steering Committee Solvency II of Insurance Europe and as Chairman of the CRO Forum Italy. After graduating in Economics and Finance at Bocconi University, he earned a PhD at New York University. He had various working experiences both at the national and international level. He has been CRO at “Banca Intesa” and he was in charge of developing the Risk Management activities at the Banking Supervision Regulation Division of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He has also been Professor of Macroeconomics and Finance at University of Brescia (Italy).


Theo Berg is responsible for Life and Non-life actuarial reporting , Rating agencies relationships, Solvency II implementation, Capital management and Enterprise Risk Management. He is a chairman of the Commission Risk Management, Dutch Association of Insurers. Prior tp joining Delta Lloyd he was Deputy Group Chief Actuary at Allianz SE and he started his career at Towers Perrin of which the last six years as a partner. Mr Berg is member of the Dutch actuarial association.

Mr Berg was Involved in several of the key changes in the Insurance Industry:

Introduction of Embedded Value methodology and value based reporting in the Dutch and Belgium industry

Publication of Marktverkenning Beleggingsverzekeringen in 1999, identify key issues in Unit-linked policies. Introduction of MCEV guidelines by the CFO-forum for Allianz and guidance on market consistent principles of Solvency II to EC.

Defining and introducing valuation curves for insurance companies in the Netherlands during the credit crisis.


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.

Mark Camillo is Head of Professional Indemnity & Cyber, EMEA and is responsible for the PI, A&E, and CyberEdge® suite of end-to-end risk management solutions at AIG. Prior to this role, Mark led the cyber team for the Americas including oversight of the Personal Identity Coverage (PIC) and Payment Fraud Products. Mark joined AIG in 2001 and has held positions of increasing management responsibility in various parts of the organization including eBusiness Risk Solutions, Affinity Group, Accident & Health, Professional Liability, and the Fidelity team. Prior to AIG, Mark worked in sales, marketing, and product development for Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and SITEL Corporation. Mark has a Masters of Business Administration from SUNY Buffalo and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming.


Hila Conforti is the Chief Risk Officer at Clal Insurance group since 2007. From 2013 she is also the Group Head of Control and  Compliance, responsible for the implementation of the Internal Enforcement Program and for the professional guidance of the internal control function. Prior to her current position, Hila served in several senior positions in the Banking Supervision Department at the Bank Of Israel, and as a member of the advisory committee to the Insurance regulator in Israel. During Her professional career and as a fellow at the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program at Boston University, she acquired wide experience in financial regulation and expertise in qualitative and quantitative risk management. Hila holds M.A. in Economics from Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel and B.A. in Economics and International Relations from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 

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”.


Sébastien is a Senior Actuary within the General Insurance Risk Specialist department of the Bank of England Prudential Regulation Authority, leading the Solvency II Internal Model Validation Standards team responsible for providing independent reviews of Internal Model validation submissions.

Sebastien’s greatest strengths are his creativity, drive and openness. He thrives on challenges particularly those that expand on mutual benefits for multiple stakeholders. Notable is his active involvement in the creation of the Internal Model Industry Forum (“IMIF”) in the United Kingdom. IMIF, sponsored by the Institute of Risk Management, has established an industry forum to address the key questions and challenges that insurers face with the use and validation of internal risk models and to work in a collaborative way to develop good practice to ensure that these models add value to the organisation. In the last 2 years this forum has grown into a strong think tank with 300 members.

Sébastien is currently advocating for a greater focus on uses of internal models and the role that they can play in supporting a wider understanding of risks and their business implications for their organisation.  

Sébastien holds a bachelor degree from City University and is a qualified actuary with the French Institut des Actuaires. He lives with his wife and daughter in London. In his free time Sebastien is an enthusiastic rugby fan and is helping his family with the development of a vineyard in France.    

Sébastien will be reflecting on the evolution of Internal Model validation in the UK over the last 2 years.


A Digital Transformation Executive and General Manager, with 20 years experience combining deep Product knowledge, rich Data insights and strategic Operations know-how to lead change, innovation and growth in global organizations. Industry speaker, evangelist and thought leader on developing and leading high performance teams, divisions and companies using data, culture and agile as main pillars.


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. 


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.


Annette Olesen is the Group CRO for Nordea Life & Pensions, the largest life & pension company in the Nordics with EUR 61bn asset under management. She is overall responsible for risk management across the Nordea Life & Pensions group as well as capital management insofar as modelling, assessments and monitoring at the NLP Group level. Annette previously worked as partner with one of the big 4 accounting firms and has international experience from working in London 1998-2009. Since 2004 Annette has been involved in the political debate relating to Solvency II, and she is today a member of the Insurance & Reinsurance Stakeholder Group of EIOPA.


Alan Rae is a qualified UK Actuary with over 30 years’ experience in the Insurance Industry, focussing on Capital Management, Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions.  He is also an experienced Non-executive Director and has held directorships in many European Countries over the last 20 years.  Since 2009 has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Friends First in Ireland, and is a member of their Risk and Audit Committees.

He has held management positions in Scottish Widows and Friends Provident (working for them in Spain, Ireland and The Netherlands (Eureko) as well as the UK), and was a Partner in Watson Wyatt (now part of Towers Watson).  

In 2008 he re-joined Eureko/Achmea as Finance Director for Division Europe responsible for its 10 insurance subsidiaries outside The Netherlands. In 2010 he moved to Achmea Corporate Finance focusing on capital efficiently under Solvency II

His team is responsible for model validation for the various types of risk, and is active in the field of both banking and insurance. He has participated in on-site missions in various institutions on topics related with risk management.

He has been a member of the EIOPA ISM sub-group, which fosters convergence of supervisory practices in the field on Internal Models.

Vincent also participates to Basel Committee’s groups - and to the new SSM's task force - that evaluate the consistency of the internal models' outputs in the banking context.

Vincent has been a lecturer on quantitative models for a number of years in various forums. He is a civil engineer with a specialisation in applied mathematics and economics.


Dominic is Head of Risk Aggregation & Analytics at Swiss Re. His team is responsible to deliver quantitative risk analyses for risk-based steering and risk reporting. He provides advisory to business units for planning, performance measurement and scenario analysis.

Dominic started his career at Swiss Re, where he was developing the internal capital adequacy model for the Swiss Solvency Test. He spent several years as a consultant, leading the insurance risk management team at Deloitte and building up a risk management practice at Synpulse.

Dominic holds a PhD in solid state physics from the ETH in Zurich.


Course leader Tom Wilson is the author of Value and Capital Management: A Handbook for the Finance and Risk Functions of Financial Institutions published in the Wiley Finance Series. All participants will receive a signed copy of Value and Capital Management from the author.

Over the past decades, Tom has held leadership positions in risk and finance at world-class financial institutions including CRO positions at Allianz, ING and Dresdner Bank; the CFO of Swiss Re New Markets; and Global Practice Leader for the Finance & Risk Practice at Oliver Wyman and Company and the Risk Practice at McKinsey and Company. He earned his PhD in Economics from Stanford University and his BSc in Business Administration with honors from U.C. Berkeley

At only 22 years old, Jamie Woodruff is already one of the world’s leading authorities on cyber security, and has a media profile to match. Jamie entered the public eye when he successfully hacked Facebook as part of a student competition at Bangor University where he was studying computer information systems. He has since uncovered security holes in numerous high-profile operations, including Kim Kardashian’s website, which he hacked in May to reveal that it was putting her fans’ data at serious risk.

National Clinical Director for Innovation NHS England, Consultant Urological Surgeon and Clinical Lead for Innovation Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Director of Medical Innovation, Anglia Ruskin University

Tony is a practicing frontline NHS surgeon, Director of Medical Innovation at Anglia Ruskin University, and has founded 4 Med-Tech start-ups. He has also co-founded the £500m Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus which will become one of the world’s largest health innovation spaces.

In 2014 he was appointed as National Clinical Director for Innovation at NHS England. Here he provides clinical leadership and support in delivering improved health outcomes in England and drives the uptake of proven innovations across the NHS, promotes economic growth through innovation and helps make the NHS the go place on the planet for medical innovation.


Lukas Ziewer is the regional Chief Risk Officer and a Director of the MetLife Europe operations (MEL and MEIL), where he  leads with his team various initiatives, including the drive towards consistently high standards of risk governance across the WCE countries, the  embedding of internal risk and capital models, and the roll out of ORSAs for the operating entities. He joined MetLife in November 2014, coming from a consulting career; Lukas was a partner in the European Insurance practice of Oliver Wyman for many years, where he led the Financial Risk practice and worked with many leading European insurance groups. He is a qualified actuary and has an MSC in mathematical Physics. Lukas has published widely on risk management, strategy, hedging, and the impact of regulation.


Adele Sumner is the Head of Fraud Intelligence & Strategic Development for the Counter Fraud Unit at RSA Insurance UK. She has over sixteen years of ‘hands on’ experience in counter fraud activity in the insurance sector, including leading RSA’s Fraud Intelligence Team where she developed techniques and  experience in the use of the internet, both to assist individual investigations and to obtain data that will enhance fraud detection models. She is widely acknowledged for her expertise in the practical deployment and use of technology to identify fraud and has been an important figure in various fraud technology programmes both in RSA and at an industry level.  In her current role she is responsible for developing strategies to tackle fraud and adopts a risk focused, intelligence led approach to combating the external threat fraud posed to RSA. In 2008 she obtained a Master Degree in Fraud Management from Teesside University.


Thanos Agelopoulos is an actuary with more than 15 years of experience in insurance and reinsurance  companies in Greece and Europe. He started his professional career in UK and upon his return in Greece he set up the insurance practice for a consulting company. He moved to Ydrogios in March 2012 as Head of Risk Management and Actuarial. He holds a BSc in Actuarial Mathematics from University of Southampton (UK) and a MSc in Actuarial Management from CASS (UK).

Peter Antal has been Head of Risk Modeling since 2010 and
as such responsible for Swiss Re's internal capital model.
Prior to that he held various senior positions at Swiss Re,
including Chief Actuary of the Financial Services Business
Group from 2001-2005 and Head Product Strategy from
Peter holds a Diploma and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from
ETH Zurich. He is a Fellow of the Swiss Actuarial
Association ("Actuary SAA") and a CFA Charterholder.

Iain Baker joined NFU mutual in 2004 as the Appointed Actuary of the Life Division.  Since then his role has expanded and as Chief Actuary and Chief Risk Officer he now has responsibility for Risk Management across the NFU Mutual group as well as leading the General Insurance and Life Actuarial practices.  Mr Baker’s previous role was that of Capital Management Actuary at AXA UK in Bristol.  Prior to that he was based in Edinburgh where he worked for Guardian Royal Exchange, undertaking a variety of roles including Pension Scheme Actuary and Programme Director, heading up the company’s project management department.


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.

Dr. Oliver Baltzer is Analyze Re's Chief Technology Officer, responsible for product research and development. Under his leadership, Analyze Re has developed a risk engineering platform that provides insurers, reinsurers, and capital markets with deeper insights into their risks and helps identify ways of achieving strategic objectives. Prior to co-founding Analyze Re, Oliver was Chief Architect for Computational Analytics at Flagstone Reinsurance, where he has successfully led the design and implementation of leading-edge catastrophe modelling software, risk analytics and pricing systems. Oliver has more than 15 years of experience in developing high-performance scientific and parallel applications in academia and industry. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Dalhousie University and Master's degrees in High-Performance Computing from University of Reading and Computer Engineering from HTW Berlin. His main areas of interest are the application of high-performance and cloud computing technology to solve complex risk analytics and decision problems.


Graduated from the Free University of Brussels in Business Engineering, Henk Becquaert has been a member of the Belgian Federal Planning Bureau and has worked on the staff of several ministers. In 2005 he joined the CBFA, which was reorganized and renamed the FSMA as from 1 April 2011.

Since 2 May 2014, he is responsible for the operational supervision of financial products and pensions, for IT services and for Facilities & Infrastructure.


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.

Raphael manages the advanced internal model uses workgroup which is part of the Internal Model Industry Forum. Raphael is currently advising NHBC on the enhancement of their ORSA process and internal Model Approval Process. He previously worked for big four consultancy firms where He was a senior risk management and regulation specialist focussing on risk transformation, risk strategy, internal model approval and validation projects.


Rodrigo has over 16 years of experience in Capital Markets.

Since 2011 he is part of Terra Brasis Resseguros, initially serving as Chief Risk Officer and assuming, in April 2014, also the role of Chief Financial and Operational Officer.

Most recently he served as a Director at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup, in New York, were he was responsible for the Latin America Structured Credit Desk.

Prior to this function, he worked at Deutsche Bank, in New York, where he ranked for a number of years as one of the top market makers for Latin American Interest Rates and Credit Options.

In a prior role within the same institution, Rodrigo served as the Bank’s Latin America Strategist. During this period, he was a member of team ranked the #2 Emerging Market Research team by Institutional Investor Magazine.

Earlier on his career, he worked as a Sovereign Bond trader for Banco Safra and as an intern for Winterthur Reinsurance.

Rodrigo holds a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo, a Master’s of Business Administration Degree from the University of Chicago and an Associate in Reinsurance Certificate (Are) from the American Institute for Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (AICPCU).

Risk Dynamics founder, Dr. Dominique Bourrat, has nearly twenty years of focused experience in applying Risk Management to the financial world.

With a PhD in Mathematical Sciences – Nuclear Physics, Dominique began her career by developing mathematical models for the CERN. She later joined the dealing room of BNP Paribas. After enriching her skills at INSEAD, Dominique joined MasterCard, for which she set up and managed the European Risk Management Centre. Subsequently, Dominique led Fortis’ cross-risk modeling department before putting her industry expertise to work in forming Risk Dynamics.

Dominique focuses her current work on supporting major financial institutions in their efforts to leverage their Pillar II and economic capital strategies, collaborating with regulators, moderating industry roundtables over the world and facilitating gatherings of the global Society of CROs.


Fabrice Brossart is the Chief Risk Officer of AIG EMEA. Fabrice is responsible for the development and management of the Enterprise Risk Framework and leads the IMAP programme. Fabrice joined AIG in February 2011 as Chief Actuary for the European region. Between 2014 and 2015 Fabrice worked in a number of risk management roles at the AIG head office in New York. A French national, Fabrice qualified as an actuary in France in 1997 and in the UK in 2001.


Niall Butler is the Chief Risk Officer for Allianz Worldwide Care, with 26 years experience (13 in Risk Management) in the Financial Services industry.  Prior to joining Allianz in 2011, Niall held senior Operational Risk positions in banking , including Operations and IT roles. Niall has an International Diploma in Risk Management,  Bachelor of Financial Services Degree and a Diploma for Risk Management in Financial Services. Niall is a current Member of the Institute of Risk Management and is a “certified banker” with the Institute of Bankers (Ireland) and is actively involved in Insurance Ireland’s risk forums. Niall has  worked  on numerous  international assignments in Europe and the Middle East on Global Risk Systems, Qualitative Risk and Banking / Insurance enterprise  initiatives.


Based in New York, Harry Chopra leads Credit Benchmark's sales and customer service activities globally. Previously, Harry was head of global sales and client services for S&P Capital IQ, where he marketed S&P’s credit ratings and research and commercialized credit related analytics for the investor community. He has also held senior roles in Citigroup Asset Management. Harry has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Delhi and an MBA in Marketing from The University of Michigan.


Stephen has over 25 years’ experience working with directors and executives within the retail financial services industry, both in the UK and internationally.

Stephen started his career as a management consultant with PWC and Towers Watson, assisting clients with strategic business development, regulatory issues, finance transformation and performance improvement.

As an executive, Stephen is practiced in leading large teams of actuaries and accountants, and forming strategic initiatives to move the business forward. He has held a series of senior posts as Strategy, Finance and Risk Director at Barclays, Generali and HSBC. Most recently he was appointed to lead the Solvency II programme, and the finance and actuarial transformation at Sun Life Financial UK. '


Matteo Coppola is a Partner & Managing Director in the Milan office of the Boston Consulting Group. Matteo is the Global leader of the Risk Insurance practice area. Matteo developed multiple experiences for large banks and insurance companies on strategic planning, risk management, capital management and regulatory management. In BCG since 2007, Matteo previously worked for five years in Booz Allen & Hamilton in Italy and in the US and afterwards for HSBC where he was responsible for the Product Development area in the US Consumer Lending Division.


Michel M. Dacorogna is SCOR scientific advisor. He conducts research in the field of insurance mathematics, capital management and risks. He is also in- volved in presenting to management and to customers SCOR models and capital management techniques. Formerly the deputy CRO of SCOR, he has developed the group internal model.

Coauthor of: “An Introduction to High Frequency Finance”, he has also pub- lished numerous articles in scientific journals. He is an associate editor of Quantitative Finance.

He received his Habilitation, Ph. D. and M. Sc. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Geneva in Switzerland and did a post-doc at the University of California in Berkeley.

As a Senior Advisor to organizations on the issues related to Data Strategy, Data Governance , Data Management Maturity and Data Quality she has consulted management in a variety of industries. She has provided thought leadership and knowledge transfer training to Data Leaders across the key domains including: Pension, Life, Trade, Finance & Risk, as well as in Banking,the Public Sector and Retail. Managed complex stakeholder landscape including external Service Provider, regulators and internal client stakeholders for firms such as Nike, Levis Strauss, ING Bank, ABN AMRO Bank, WUB Bank, NN Insurance, Atradius Insurance and the European Commission. Althea completes her extensive profile with management consulting experience from Accenture. She has held roles in Portfolio Management, Management Consultancy and Data Strategy  and is a passionate Information Management Professional.

André de Vries Vice President, Business Development, EMEA, Global Financial Solutions at RGA focuses on capital motivated reinsurance, including longevity. André was directly involved in the longevity transactions that RGA implemented for Delta Lloyd in the Netherlands.

He is based in Amsterdam and has worked in the financial industry for more than 15 years. Prior to RGA, André worked at ABN AMRO Bank in various roles including as member of the Insurance Solutions Group.


Pollyanna Deane is a partner in Simmons & Simmons’ international insurance group in London. She specialises in advising insurance companies and unusually, advises both life and general insurers on the many aspects of their business. These include business transfers, attributions of inherited estates, mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, demutualisations and joint ventures. She has been extensively involved in Solvency II projects for both capital management purposes and business preparation; with a particular interest in Solvency II’s impact on Corporate Governance and asset management.

Eva is a Managing Director – Accenture Finance & Risk Services, based in Munich. She leads Accenture’s Global Finance & Risk Services for Financial Services Institutions in Europe, America and Latin America. She is specialized in Risk Management and Finance for the insurance industry, with a focus on Risk and Finance architecture. Eva has been with Accenture for more than 14 years, leading large transformation projects at major insurance and reinsurance companies, helping his clients to adapt their capabilities, organization and processes. Before joining Accenture she worked 5 Years as an Underwriter and 8 years for a Big 4 Company.


Alex is Chief Risk Officer and a member of the Executive Committee at Just Retirement, a company specialising in income and mortgage solutions for people at and near retirement.  A qualified actuary, he has spent 25 years in various financial services companies including Old Mutual, Lehman Brothers and Swiss Re.  In addition to risk management, Alex has experience in strategy, mergers and acquisitions, treasury and capital management, structured finance and reinsurance.  He also has a keen interest in the culture of organisations, and the impact of that on performance and risk management.  Alex holds a degree in Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics from Heriot Watt University.


Jan-Hendrik Erasmus is a Partner in Oliver Wyman and head of the UK Insurance Practice. His project work has focused predominantly on the European insurance sector.

In recent years he has supported a number of leading European insurers in thinking through the likely impact of Solvency 2 on the competitive landscape. In addition he has led the development and subsequent implementation of several in-force value delivery programmes across the industry.

Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Jan-Hendrik was the Director of Risk and Capital Management of Lucida plc, where he executed Lucida’s derivative transactions and led on Lucida’s longevity derivative transaction with JP Morgan, the first of its kind involving an Insurer.

Jan-Hendrik joined Lucida from Prudential’s Group Head Office where he developed and implemented Prudential's risk-adjusted profitability framework in the UK, Asia and the US. He started his career at Momentum Life in South Africa.

Ofir Eyal is a Principal in the London office of the Boston Consulting Group. Ofir is a co-leader of the Risk Insurance practice area. Ofir supported numerous insurers with designing and implementing their ERM framework, as well as with their capital submissions. Prior the BCG, Ofir worked in Oliver Wyman and in PwC as an Actuarial Consultant. Ofir is a qualified Actuary with the Institute of Actuaries and holds a BS.c. in International Business from Warwick University.


Lorenzo is leading the Compliance Insurance Initiative globally and he is a core member of the Risk Insurance practice area. His key areas of expertise are Risk Governance and Organization, RAF, Emerging Risks, Cyber/IT Risk and Conduct Risk, and Compliance Risks broadly, working on these topics across Banking and Insurance. Lorenzo is the author of selected papers such as ALM models in Insurance and Compliance Risks Framework (forthcoming). Lorenzo holds an MBA from INSEAD (Singapore) and attended the first year Economics PhD at Northwestern University (USA)


Marek Garwacki has been a Senior Underwriter for non-life Customized Solutions at PartnerRe since 2012. He is responsible for marketing, structuring and underwriting all kinds of tailor-made reinsurance arrangements. Those include in particular capital-optimization covers, like structured quota-shares, adverse development covers and loss portfolio transfers. Prior to joining PartnerRe, he held various responsibilities during 7 years as a French insurance regulator, including the financial supervision of insurance companies and the negotiation of Solvency 2 measures.



John is Chief Risk Officer for Standard Life’s UK and Europe businesses. In  29 years with Standard Life he has experienced a wide range of roles including Managing Director, Customer Service and Managing Director, Finance in UK and Europe. He has sat on Standard Life’s UK Executive since 2003 and is a Director of all of Standard Life’s UK regulated entities.  Within Standard Life his previous roles also include Finance Director and Chief Executive of Standard Life Bank, Group Actuary overseeing international development and spending three years in Canada.  


Marco Giunta is a Project Leader in the Milan office of the Boston Consulting Group. Marco is a core member of the BCG Risk Insurance practice area. Marco developed a deep experience on risk management, capital management, ALM, RAF and Solvency II topics working for major Insurance groups across Continental Europe and the UK. Marco is the author of selected papers such as ALM models in Insurance. In BCG since 2012, Marco previously worked 3 years at Oliver Wyman.

DARAG is a specialist run-off insurer, strategically re-aligned as such under Arndt’s leadership. DARAG assumes inactive or discontinued business from direct insurers and reinsurers, thus relieving them from old risks and guaranteeing the professional settlement of claims.

Arndt Gossmann is also a Member of the Executive Board of the Institute of Insurance Economics at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Before joining DARAG, Arndt Gossmann worked at KPMG Germany, where he headed the Restructuring & Corporate Finance for Insurance divisions.


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Ben Grainger

Ben has worked extensively in insurance investments. Including working with insurers to gain exposure to alternative assets in the current low yield environment and working with asset managers to optimise their insurance offerings.

Graham has leadership oversight of EY’s Risk services for the insurance industry across EMEIA markets, helping the life and P&C insurance industries process substantial regulatory and market change.

Graham has worked across the globe with insurance and financial services companies, advising on financial, operational and strategic challenges. He has worked to implement enterprise-wide risk management frameworks, evaluated many potential insurance transactions, assisted clients with post-acquisition integration, built full model-office reporting and projection models, and assessed major outsourcing transactions as part of insurers’ drive to operational efficiency. During the global financial crisis he worked actively with many insurers in Asia-Pacific and globally to secure their financial positions and re-evaluate their strategic direction.


Brian joined Moody’s Analytics in 2013 as an insurance specialist with significant experience in technology solutions to the global insurance industry. He has in-depth knowledge of the life and pensions business coupled with comprehensive understanding of enterprise technology in relation to the development and implementation of core administration, actuarial/ risk systems and Solvency II programs. Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics Brian had senior roles in Oracle and Towers Watson as well as being a Managing Consultant with Cap Gemini/E&Y. He has also worked for a number of large UK and US insurers in a variety of roles and several insurance technology vendors. Brian holds an MBA, a Certificate in Investment Management (London Business School, a Diploma in Marketing (Dip M) and is a Member of the Charter Institute of Marketing (MCIM), a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (FCII), and an Associate of the Pensions Management Institute (APMI).


Nigel Hooker, Ph.D. FIA is a Director of Professional Services at Conning where he is responsible for supporting clients in the European region. Prior to joining Conning in 2010, Nigel served as head of Professional Services in Europe at DFA Capital Management, an enterprise risk software company he co-founded in 1999. Previously, he held senior actuarial positions at Zurich Insurance Group, including that of Chief Actuary of Zurich Re (UK) in London and Deputy Group Chief Actuary. Nigel is a graduate of Cambridge University with a Ph.D. in mathematics. He has extensive experience in supporting clients in the use and implementation of ERM software and the automation of efficient end-to-end business processes.

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 12 books, Hulsman has given over 1500 interviews, written over 510 articles, and delivered more than 470 speeches on foreign policy around the world.

Tom Ivell is a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Finance & Risk practice. Tom has led large, transformational consulting programmes across a broad range of EMEA financial institutions, ranging from retail, corporate and investment banks to brokerages, traditional and alternative asset managers, major insurers to market infrastructures. He has been a key contributor to the firm’s build-out of new and emerging risk management areas such as conduct risk, technology risk and outsourcing / vendor risk. Tom holds a Master’s of Engineering from Oxford University.

Dr. Astrid Jaekel is a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Insurance Domain, with a focus on Financial Effectiveness and based in Zurich. Astrid has worked with numerous insurance companies in their preparation for Solvency II and in developing and advancing their risk, capital and value measurement and management frameworks. Astrid is co-author of our recent report on “Solvency II: Quantitative and Strategic Impact.

Eric is a Managing Director – Accenture Finance & Risk Services, based in Paris. He is specialized in Risk Management and Finance for the insurance industry, with a focus on Enterprise Risk Management framework, Solvency II and Risk and Finance architecture. Eric has been with Accenture for more than 15 years, leading large transformation projects at major insurance and reinsurance companies, helping his clients to adapt their capabilities, organisation and processes.


Tamar Joulia is Senior Advisor with Risk Dynamics, leading the Risk Advisory practice, and Guest professor in Master of Financial Risk Management.

She joined the financial services industry in 1992, has been member of the EBA Consultative panel, and Board member of the IACPM between 2006 and 2011. During her career in international bank-insurance groups, she was responsible for active credit portfolio management, credit trading and investments.

She now focuses on support to Enterprise Risk Management, e.g. governance, risk appetite, stress testing, capital planning as well as balance-sheet optimization for banks, insurers and asset managers in the context of new Prudential and Financial Markets Regulations.


Mr. Kautto is  a Chief Risk Officer in LocalTapiola Mutual Life company and has earlier worked over 25 years in several actuarial positions in the life insurance.  

He has 20 years experience in investments committee work  and developing ALM activities and ALM tools in the LocalTapiola group for non-life and life insurance.  

He is  a fellow of the Finnish Society of Actuaries (FASF).


John Kedar is Director Strategic Relationships for Ordnance Survey International, assisting nations around the world embed fit-for-purpose and cost-effective national mapping and information sharing solutions.  These improve national economies, government services and the experience of citizens.

 John joined Ordnance Survey in 2013.after 30 years in the British Army.  He deployed on operations to Central America, Balkans, Cyprus, Afghanistan and Iraq.  He has developed government policy and strategic direction for geospatial information and furthered the role of geography on international military and stability operations, disaster relief and London’s Olympics. 


Reza Khorshidi heads Science, EMEA and Special Projects Lab at AIG; he built teams of elites that delivered a wide of range of data-driven products/apps/solutions and consulting to AIG's global business. He also is a fellow at Oxford Martin School, where he leads the program on Machine Learning and Biomedical Informatics. He obtained his DPhil in computational neuroscience and machine learning, from the University of Oxford in 2010, and joined Opera Solutions as an Analytics Lead (in engagements ranging from healthcare and biotech, to retail, social media and telco). His main areas of interest include, Biomedical Informatics, Machine Learning (incl. Bayesian Learning and Deep Learning), Neuroscience, Financial Services and Insurance, Population Health and New Mechanisms of Delivery of Care.

Bert Kramer (1968) is senior consultant insurance risk management at Ortec Finance. He holds a master degree in Econometrics and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Groningen, both passed cum laude. Next to his work for Ortec Finance, he has held an Assistant Professor of Finance position at Tilburg University, and is currently affiliated to the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen.


With more than 12 years of experience in the field of high-volume data processing and decision analysis in risk management, Jerome is the founder of Time Is Life.

Through his project management expertise in business intelligence applied in financial contexts, Jerome guides his clients towards their objectives with a 100% success rate.

Risk Dynamics Managing Partner, Dr. Marie-Paule Laurent, is an industry expert with vast experience in both the corporate and retail arenas. After earning her PhD in Financial Risk Management from the Solvay Business School ULB Belgium, Marie-Paule spent nearly a decade gaining a broad range of experience in risk modeling and frameworks. In addition to having conducted extensive research in the credit risk management environment, she has been published in respected industry journals and risk management industry books (e.g. LGD publications in Riskbooks and guidelines).

In recent years, Marie-Paule has been conducting methodology and model validations for large groups in France and the Benelux, advising them on model optimization and performing benchmarking. She heads Risk Dynamics’ team of quantitative experts involved in modeling and policies validation in line with Basel II and market best practices, capitalising on benchmarks.

Victor Lebreton is Advisor at Sparselent Venture since 2015. In 2012 he was appointed EU Innovation Expert (FP7, H2020), and has supported many projects and innovation to grow to market quickly. His expertise is on Start ups and Early Stage Companies with FinTech and Advanced Analytics products and services.



Emilio joined Aberdeen following the SWIP acquisition and leads the Multi Asset Quant team of Investment Solutions, in charge of producing the systematic investment process for multi-asset allocation and global macro portfolio management, as well as, quantitative based absolute return strategies . Emilio is also part of the Innovation Committee of Aberdeen Asset Management.

Emilio joined SWIP from Popular Banca Privada in Madrid where he had overall responsibility for asset allocation and portfolio strategy decisions. Prior to this Emilio worked with Arcalia for six years, the Private Banking arm of Grupo Bancaja in Madrid, where he had a number of roles including Head of Research with responsibility for developing the firm’s Global Asset Allocation model. Emilio’s strengths are in the application of quantitative investment analysis to asset allocation. Additionally, Emilio Cano has been involved in several academic projects, imparting lectures on Quantitative Finance in some of the most prestigious Universities in Spain.

Joseph Lu leads a multidisciplinary team of experts to research and develop innovative ways to improve the understanding of the risk of people living longer than expected, commonly called longevity risk.  He works for Legal & General, one of the UKs leading annuity providers.  His work covers insurance products such as Individual Annuities, Insurance pension de-risking solutions such as Pensions Buyouts and Buy-ins as well as Longevity risk solutions.


Bartek Maciaga is a Principal in the Cologne office of the Boston Consulting Group and has been with BCG since 2010. He is a member of BCG's Insurance Practice, specializing in life insurance. Bartek has over 15 years of actuarial consulting and life insurance industry experience. He is a certified actuary, a member of the German Society of Actuaries (DAV), and an FRM member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals. He graduated in finance and banking at Warsaw School of Economics.

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Clive Martin

Clive focusses on helping clients deal with the people aspects of business change, leading his team to design and deliver effective messaging and engagement activity.  He co-developed the “Risk Management Formations” approach to clarifying accountability for risk with Professor Paul Willman from London School of Economics in 2014 and also co-authored a paper for the IOSCO conference in 2015 on “The challenges of risk, culture, behavior and corporate integrity in financial services” with Professor Roger Steare.  Clive graduated with a degree in Risk management from Glasgow Caledonian University in the late 1980’s before joining Willis where he spent the early part of his career.  He joined EY in 2000 and has delivered a large number of client projects ranging from risk management support to clients in financial services and regulatory reviews of risk culture, through to design and execution of communication and change management activity on major business transformation programs.  He has formed, shaped and managed several client-facing businesses for EY operating mainly in New York, London and Zurich.

Prasun Mathur joined Phoenix Group in 2012 (AUM £58bn*). He is the Deputy Head of Investment Risk & ALM strategy. Part of his responsibilities include leading the development of models and processes to pro-actively measure, manage and monitor Phoenix's £7B annuity book pre and post Solvency II. More recently, he has been significantly involved in Phoenix's Solvency II application process to the PRA, and subsequent work on balance sheet optimisation.

Prasun has over 8 years of experience in insurance ALM, investment strategy and new product development. Prior to joining Phoenix, Prasun worked for Standard Life and HSBC. Prasun holds a 5 year Masters degree in Math and Computing from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and an M.B.A. from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. (*as at 30 June 2015)



Sean McGuire is a Partner at Oliver Wyman based in the London Office. He has worked with major financial institutions across the globe on a broad range of strategic, risk and finance topics. Sean specialises in Enterprise Risk Management for insurers and leads our work with insurers on operational risk. Sean holds a BSc.(Hons) in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics from the University of Warwick and an MSc. in Management Science and Operational Research from Warwick Business School. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification.

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).

John has over 20 years in Finance and Risk Transformation for insurance and reinsurance companies globally. His experience ranging for accounting standards changes to Solvency II and capital and liquidity management.


Natasha Naidoo is the Actuarial Validation and Governance Lead at Old Mutual plc. In this role her responsibilities include the Group Own Risk and Solvency Assessment, supporting the setting and embedding of risk strategy and risk appetite, and responsibility for model risk and validation. Prior to that she worked at KPMG in Canary Wharf, where she focused largely on internal model and economic capital validation projects, actuarial audits of global UK-based life insurers and finance transformation. Prior to joining KPMG, Natasha joined Old Mutual South Africa after being part of Old Mutual’s actuarial scholarship programme, and rotated around the business in various capacities including implementation of an internal credit economic capital model and as a Marketing Actuary.


Tony joined Converium as Chief Actuary in 2006 and became in 2008 Chief Pricing Actuary and member of senior management of SCOR Global P&C with responsibilities of all P&C pricing and modelling operations. He has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance/reinsurance industry, with a broad range of experiences from leading reserving and pricing departments to financial modeling, M&A, and reinsurance structuring.


Dr. Nicolas Niedhart is an Associate Principal in the Zurich office and a leader in McKinsey & Company’s Risk Management Practice and Insurance Practice. He serves financial institutions, governments and regulators on enterprise risk management topics, with a strong focus on risk culture, governance, control and compliance

Thorir Oskarsson gratuated as an actuary with Cand. Act. degree from the University of Copenhagen in late 2006. He worked as an all-around actuary  for a non-life insurance company in Copenhagen, Købstædernes Forsikring, from 2006-2009.

In 2009 he worked in the actuarial department of VIS Insurance Ltd.   In May 2015 he was appointed CRO. Ever since joining VIS he has had a big impact and focus on the Solvency II project, ERM, ORSA etc.

From December 2009 he has been a board member of a medium sized Icelandic Pension Fund.


Carlo Palmieri is the Managing Director and Founder of CP Consulting, a London-based market research and consulting firm specialising in insurance.

CP Consulting regularly monitors and publishes research on important insurance related issues such as the evolution of distribution channels, digitization, new business models, price comparators for insurance and the Internet of Things in insurance.

Carlo has previously worked for consulting firms Oliver Wyman and Bain & Company where he provided strategic advice to banking and insurance groups in several European countries and Latin America.

Carlo is one of the mentors at the London incubator Startupbootcamp  - Insurtech division - whose partners are 12 of the leading European insurance and banking groups.

Often invited as a speaker at international conferences, he co-chaired the "Global Summit for Insurance Innovation" held in Madrid in October 2015 where he presented the latest innovations in distribution and business models in insurance.

Carlo writes regularly for international trade publications including POST Online, Insurance Times, Insurance Daily and Azienda Banca. His views and his research findings are often featured in magazines such as Forbes, Dow Jones, ITIJ, to name a few.

Graduated in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan, Carlo also holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School.


Luca Pancaldi is a Partner from the McKinsey Milan office with wide experience in banking and insurance. He has served primary financial institutions in Europe and Asia and he is one of the European leaders of the McKinsey Risk Management practice. In the last years, his work has focused mainly on Risk Appetite, ERM transformations, Risk Oganization and Culture, Capital Optimization programs. Luca studied Management Engineering at Politecnico di Milano and he holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD business school (Paris and Singapore)


Grigorios Papamanousakis is a Quantitative Strategist within the Multi Asset Quant team of Investment Solutions joining Aberdeen via the SWIP Acquisition in April 2014. His main responsibilities involve producing the quantitative investment framework for the SAA and TAA, as well as, quantitative absolute return strategies. Grigorios joined SWIP in January 2013 from Royal Bank of Scotland’s Economic Capital Modelling team where he worked on valuation, stress-testing and capital modelling of the global loan and credit portfolios of RBS Group.

Grigorios holds a BSc and MSc in Applied Mathematics from the National Technical University of Athens and a dual MSc in Financial Mathematics from Heriot-Watt and University of Edinburgh. Grigorios is a PhD Candidate in Financial Modelling in the Department of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics of Heriot-Watt University.

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.


Rogier Peters has held the Chief Risk Officer position at Ageas (UK) ltd since September 2014. 

In his current role Rogier is responsible for making recommendations to the Management and Board on the company’s risk appetite, capital management, internal control and mitigating strategies to control the risk exposures. His focus is to continuously improve the company’s risk management and control procedures to ensure that always adequately positioned to meet the internal standards and regulatory requirements.

Prior to joining Ageas UK, Rogier held various CRO positions within Ageas Group, including companies as Etiqa Insurance & Takaful in Malaysia and Ageas Continental Europe in Brussels. Prior to this he was the Group Actuary of Fortis Group. He also worked for AEGON Group and Willis Towers Watson. Through his career, Rogier has built wide expertise in different disciplines of risk and change management and gained a deep understanding of different insurance markets.


Roger Peverelli is a partner at VODW, a customer strategy consultancy firm, and specialised in strategy and innovation in financial services. Roger has worked for financial institutions in virtually every European country, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia.
He is regularly invited to share his vision at conferences and business schools and to participate in boardroom sessions.
Together with Reggy de Feniks he authored 'Reinventing Financial Services. What consumers expect from future banks and insurers’ (Financial Times Prentice Hall, eight languages worldwide). Their forthcoming book 'Reinventing Customer Engagement. The winning business model for future banks and insurers' will be launched this Autumn.
Furthermore, they founded DIA Barcelona (Digital Insurance Agenda), the first global community connecting insurance executives with fintech leaders, to accelerate innovation in insurance.

With over two decades of experience in the insurance industry working in various management and positions and functions, Martin understands all areas of the insurance industry, including both field sales and direct insurance. He was previously in charge of the Independent Research & Development activities of ERGO with Axel Springer Plug & Play in Berlin. Martin is now an Innoscout for ERGO as well as an Executive in Residence at Startupbootcamp InsurTech, the first global Insurtech accelerator based in London.

ERGO Direkt is the Direct Subsidiary of ERGO Insurance Group and part of the Munich Re Group


Andy is one of Europe’s leading specialists in work-related road risk management, and helps Zurich’s customers fully understand the risks they face, meet their health and safety obligations and sustainably reduce their collision rates across Europe and beyond.

Andy graduated from the University of Southampton in 1984 with a B.Sc. in chemistry. He has worked in various technical and marketing positions within Permabond, an ICI subsidiary, where he was given responsibility for managing the safety of the company’s European vehicle fleet in the early 1990’s.  This ultimately led to Permabond being recognised as having one of the safest fleets in the UK. Andy’s work at Permabond was recognised in both 1999 and 2000 when he won the Fleet News Risk Management award.


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.

Licensed actuary. 17 years of experience as an actuary or risk manager. In his previous work dealt with topics related to the calculation of tariffs, technical reserves and reinsurance. In recent years, the main area of his work and interest is risk management in an insurance company, and in particular in the context of the Solvency II. For last a few years in charge of Solvency II Committee in the Polish Insurance Association and a member of Insurance Committee in the Actuarial Association of Europe.


Svetlana has more than 10 years of experience in Banking and Insurance organizations across a variety of roles in Risk Management, Capital Management and Capital Markets. She is currently the Vice President in charge of Market & Liquidity Risk at Manulife Financial. Svetlana is responsible for identification, assessment and monitoring of Interest Rate, FX and Liquidity Risk exposures within Manulife Group. In addition, Svetlana is in charge of derivative risk oversight across Manulife Financial. Prior to this, Svetlana has worked at Royal Bank of Canada. Svetlana has a Masters of Financial Economics from the University of Toronto. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Adrian co-founded QuanTemplate with his friend Marek Nelken in 2012, having spent most of his career as a Lloyd’s reinsurance broker. At Howden, where he worked from 2004, he established a reinsurance treaty desk specialising in emerging markets, and developed a suite of stochastic loss-forecasting models.

An entrepreneur by nature, Adrian left the firm in 2010 to set up an equities trading strategy with Marek, establishing a working relationship that would come to full fruition with QuanTemplate. Adrian oversees all aspects of the QuanTemplate product and manages client relations across the business. Otherwise, he follows the wind and waves as a dedicated kite-surfer.

As Principal Insurance Risk Offer Sebastian Rath is advising the risk agenda of NN Group. He joined the Leading Dutch Insurance Group with activities in over 18 countries at an important phase, when NN Group became independent from ING Group. During this time NN Group delivered the Internal Model application for Solvency II. He is now responsible for shaping the International Risk strategy across CROs and business stakeholders.

As International Risk Professional Sebastian Rath worked 10 years in London and advised a range of financial risk carriers, providing subject matter expertise with holistic understanding across risk pricing, actuarial risk modelling, risk transfer, capital management, strategy, governance and regulatory compliance. He worked with global, leading risk carriers and regulators across the UK, Bermuda, USA, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, CEE and Asia. Sebastian regularly contributes to industry papers and leading risk conferences; actively shaping international debate on climate, extreme risks and the use of big data. Recently he shaped an industry-guide addressing non-modelled catastrophe risks with the Association of British Insurers, and issued a good-practice booklet for the use of internal models with the UK Institute of Risk Management addressing flood risk management.


Brian joined Moody’s Analytics in 2012 and is responsible for product development in the life sector. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and has over 20 years life sector experience. His particular focus in recent years has been on capital modelling, particularly Solvency II, and stress & scenario testing. Previously, he has been a partner in an outsourcing firm and had a variety of roles in both consultancy and industry. He has an MA in Engineering Science from the University of Cambridge.


Mr Vesa Ronkainen is coordinator of Centre of Expertise in Internal Models at EIOPA. Before joining EIOPA in 2014, he was in charge of internal models and related research in the FIN-FSA. Previously he has worked for the European Commission as national expert and at several Finnish life and pension insurance companies’ actuarial departments.


Andy is responsible for  BT’s customer innovation across  a number of industries,  providing thought leadership on big data and the security implications of the internet of things. Traditionally Andy has focused on high value propositions across a range of industries including health, oil and gas, and most recently automotive. Having joined BT in 1986 as a programmer, by 2000 Andy was building some of the very first eCommerce sites, pushing boundaries by porting them to interactive TV, an award-winning initiative.

Andy then moved into proposition development, and has successfully identified emerging trends that would go on to have a major impact. In 2002, he led on IP-CCTV, in 2004 Tele-Health and by 2008 had moved onto Distributed Acoustic Sensing in the Oil Industry. Prior to joining BT in 1986, Andy worked as an accountant at PwC. Andy holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Swansea.

Markus Salchegger is a managing director, responsible for Accenture Finance and Risk Services insurance in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. With over 18 years of experience in insurance, reinsurance, banking, asset management and software development Markus has helped clients in analyzing, designing and deploying solutions for finance & risk management and financial service applications. Markus Salchegger joined Accenture in 2001. Prior Accenture he worked in the Software Industry to develop new concepts and methods for risk management and financial service applications. Beside the ‘regulatory agenda’ his current focus areas are finance & risk transformation approaches and risk-adjusted operating models.


Responsible for the actuarial function (actuary function holder), member of the Life company management group and member of group ALM-committee and group risk management committee. Co-writer in ‘The solvency II handbook (2014)’ on chapter ‘Solvency II and Mutual Insurance Companies’, and co-writer in several AAE working group papers considering market consistency, sovereign debt and Solvency II VA. President and board chair from 2014, and board member of the Actuarial Society of Finland.



10+ years as a consultant advising life & non-life insurance companies’ Finance, Risk and Compliance teams (including Prudential & Aviva). Waleed has also served as a Policy advisor at the UK insurance regulator (the Bank of England - PRA).


Since 1997 Dr. Schwarz works for the insurance industry, first as a mathematician with an actuarial consultant firm and since 2003 with Munich Re.
His professional focus is on accounting and regulatory issues. Since 2007 he works for the Department Financial Solutions Life, where he leads a specialist team. During 2010-2013 the also headed the Global Life Solvency & Accounting project. Since 2015 he is also responsible for structuring capital solutions offered on the German market.

Dr. Schwarz has been nominated as a member of several task forces in the German Actuarial Society (e.g. „Options and Guarantees“, „International Accounting“). Since 2010 he also is appointed as a lecturer at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich.

Vinaya Sharma is an Actuary and Managing Director at QRM. He has been involved in a variety of roles ranging from actuarial modeling to client management and business development for financial institutions and insurance companies around the globe. Prior to joining QRM, he helped lead his employer’s Enterprise Risk Management initiative and was active in the Society of Actuaries Risk Management Task Force. He is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries, a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst, and holds the PRM designation from PRMIA.


Andy Sharpe is Chief Risk Officer for Munich Re’s life business in the UK, Asia, Australasia and Africa.  In this role he is accountable for ensuring that the firm’s business is developed and managed in a manner that is consistent with Munich Re’s risk appetite. He has worked in a variety of risk related roles during his career, and has a background in Financial and Enterprise Risk Management as well as Solvency II.

Stuart Shepley is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and member of the CAS & SoA in the US, as well as both the SoA in Ireland and the Chartered Insurance Institute.

He is currently Chief Actuary for the Zurich Insurance Group where he is responsible for all General Insurance Actuarial matters throughout the Group as well as for the GI reserves, reserve governance and for the professional development of all GI actuaries across the actuarial community.  Stuart is a member of the Finance Executive Team and leader of the Actuarial Function.

Previously he was a partner at KPMG, COO at ACE Limited. Prior to this he was at Commercial Union as chief actuary,  underwriting director and a branch manager.

Nick Silitch serves as senior vice president and chief risk officer of Prudential Financial, Inc. In this role, he oversees Prudential’s risk management infrastructure and risk profile. Under his direction, Enterprise Risk Management creates models, metrics, frameworks and governance to support the development of, and adherence to, the firm’s risk appetite and limit structures. He is chairman of the organization’s Enterprise Risk Committee that evaluates current and emerging risks relevant to the company, and is a member of Prudential’s Senior Management Council.

Experienced insurance and automotive entrepreneur, with a background in process innovation and service delivery. David formed RightIndem following a detailed analysis of the customer’s experience and perception of the claims process. This analysis demonstrated clearly the disconnect between the customer experience objectives of the industry and the outcomes actually delivered.

To be effective a new approach was required, an approach that leveraged evolving process norms in other areas of consumer engagement in order to create a solution for the customers process and indemnity needs at a lower delivered costs to the insurer.

RightIndem is that solution, an on-line claims platform that combines outstanding customer support with increased staff productivity and reduced leakage.


Sukhraj is responsible for managing the Risk Management, Risk & Compliance Monitoring, and Compliance Functions at AmTrust Europe; a multi-line General insurer writing income of c€500m across Europe.  Sukhraj is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Internal Auditor with a background working in Big 4 Firms as a market practitioner, as well as operating as an experienced Head of Internal Audit.  Sukhraj acted as the Head of Internal Audit at the Corporation of Lloyd’s on an interim basis.  Sukhraj has seen the issue of Conduct Risk develop from multiple angles, including regulators, advisors, and from inside an insurance company.

Periklis is a graduate from the London School of Economics, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and an accredited Financial Risk Manager (FRM). 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 is an active contributor to international conferences, research projects and publications. Entrepreneurially, he has been the founder of two successful firms in financial services consulting, and of two (less successful) firms in the retail and tourism fields. 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 in Madrid, Spain.

Periklis believes that there is nothing new about FinTech innovation and, even though not a Schumpeterian economist, he believes that we have enough tools to understand and analyse the field without the need for grand forecasts and conclusions.


Peter is Standard Life’s Head of Conduct and Compliance, reporting directly to the Group CRO.  He has overall responsibility for the Conduct, Compliance Assurance, Regulatory Advisory and Regulatory Environment teams based within Risk.  Prior to his current role, he was Standard Life’s Head of Legal Services, with responsibility for the teams providing legal advice and support to the Group’s business areas.  Peter holds an MBA from Edinburgh University Business School, and joined Standard Life in 2002, following a few years in private practice as a corporate lawyer, specialising in M&A and corporate finance work.

Irene van den Brink, Director Business Development, has joined the company after 15 years of innovation and business development for banking and insurance companies in Europe and the Americas. She is responsible for OutShared, the insurance-in-a-box SAAS solution offered to existing insurers or greenfields in the insurance industry. Before that, Irene managed breakthrough projects as a VODW consultant for international players like Zurich Financial Services, ABN AMRO, ING and Philips among which the development of their online proposition. Her quality is to look from a client’s perspective in finding way to improve business strategies and results.


Sabine brings nearly 20 years of senior positions working with leading global firms, including IBM, FICO, Pegasystems and SSP. 100s of well-known financial services institutions have leveraged her skills to achieve their growth strategies across multiple markets.

She writes on the topics of strategic execution, InsurTech innovation, digital business models and experience design to challenge current market practices and optimise value creation.

Dimitrios has qualifications in Mathematics, Actuarial Science and Business studies. He has extensive international and diverse experience in the insurance industry and also worked in technology ventures. He has been an entrepreneur and has also held various leadership roles from actuarial to general management where he managed turnarounds and transformations.

He holds publications in scientific journals and his interests are mainly focused in: innovation, analytics, digital solutions and optimization techniques with applications in the complete value chain of the Insurance enterprise.


Phil has over 15 years of international experience advising large multinational groups on in Solvency II, ERM, economic capital, value based management and acquisitions. Over the years, Phil has played a lead role in the implementation of Solvency II at three of the largest insurance groups in Europe. Phil has supported Swiss groups on their implementation of the SST, and UK clients with the implementation of the ICA. Phil has supported a number of reviews and audits of (market consistent) embedded values for UK and European insurance companies.

He is currently supporting a global insurer with designing and assessing feasibility of potential restructuring and reinsurance solutions to optimize regulatory capital. He also leads the development of the Recovery Plan for a large insurer.


Grace von Offenberg Sweeney was appointed Deputy Head for Actuarial within the Insurance Directorate of the Central Bank of Ireland in June 2014.  Grace is responsible for all aspects of actuarial supervisory engagements for Domestic and International Insurers and Reinsurers regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

She is a General Insurance Actuary with more than 10 years industry experience prior to joining the Central Bank in 2013.  She Since qualifying as a General Insurance Actuary she has been involved in a wide a variety of actuarial and management roles.  Grace held a roles including Head of Finance Aviva Europe, Head of Internal Audit Aviva Group Ireland, Investment Actuary Aviva Group Ireland and Pricing Actuary Hibernian General Insurance.  She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and has earned a MSc in Actuarial and Mathematical Studies from the University of Southampton, UK.


Phil Whittingham was last year confirmed as  Senior Vice President & Head of Model Validation and Risk Governance (including Operational Risk) for XL Group plc following the formation of XL Catlin.  He is responsible for a range of risk management activities including validation of the Group’s internal model and developing risk management policy and approaches to meet XL Group’s own internal standards and the regulatory requirements of Solvency II, BMA and other regimes. He started his career broking general insurance business in the London market before moving into risk management in a number of industry and consultancy roles. Until recently, Phil was  chairman of the Institute of Risk Management’s  ERM in Insurance (Solvency II) special interest group. He is course developer and lead examiner of the institute’s Risk Management in Financial Services paper. He is a regular speaker on Solvency II and risk management.


Christian Bongiovanni is a core member of the European Insurance Practice as well as the Risk Practice. He is leading the Risk/Regulation practitioners group and an initiative on advanced analytics at a European level.