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The Most Respected Figures In The Field Presented At RiskMinds Insurance 2014

The Most Respected Figures In The Field Presented At RiskMinds Insurance 2014

Niek Hoek CEO Delta Lloyd Groep

Niek Hoek obtained a Masters degree in Business Economics at the Free University of
Amsterdam in 1981.He was appointed to the Delta Lloyd Executive Board as CFO in 1997 and became CEO in 2001. Before joining Delta Lloyd he was Director of Investments for the Shell Pension Fund and CEO of Shell Uruguay. Niek Hoek is a member of the Supervisory Board of NIBC Bank and a member of the Supervisory Board of Arcadis. He is also chairman of the Supervisory Board of Stadsherstel Amsterdam, chairman of the Advisory Board of Stichting Zuiderzeemuseum, vice-chairman of the Dutch Association of Insurers and member of the Executive Board and General Council of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers.

Gabriel Bernardino Chairman EIOPA

Gabriel Bernardino is Chairman of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA). He is responsible for the strategic direction of EIOPA and represents the Authority at the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the European Parliament. Mr. Bernardino prepares the work of EIOPA’s Board of Supervisors and also chairs the meetings of the Board of Supervisors and the Management Board. Mr. Bernardino is the first Chairperson of EIOPA. He was elected by the Board of Supervisors of EIOPA on 10 January, 2011. His nomination followed a pre-selection of the European Commission and was confirmed by the European Parliament after a public hearing held on 1 February, 2011. Mr. Bernardino assumed his responsibilities on 1 March, 2011. Prior to his current role, Mr. Bernardino was the Director General of the Directorate for Development and Institutional Relations at the Instituto de Seguros de Portugal (ISP). He has served in several positions of increasing responsibility since he joined the ISP in 1989 and represented EIOPA’s preceding organisation, CEIOPS, as Chairman between October 2009 and December 2010.


Jennifer Blanke Chief Economist World Economic Forum

Jennifer Blanke is Chief Economist and Head of The Global Competitiveness Network at the World Economic Forum. Since joining the team in 2002, she has written and lectured extensively on issues related to national competitiveness and has edited a number of competitiveness reports, with a particular regional focus on Western Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. From 1998 to 2002, she was Senior Programme Manager responsible for developing the business, management, and technology sections of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos. Before joining the Forum, Dr Blanke worked for a number of years as a management consultant for Eurogroup, Mazars Group in Paris, France, where she specialized in banking and financial market organizations. Dr Blanke obtained a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and an MA and a PhD in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva).

Eberhard Müller CRO Hannover Re

Dipl. Math. Eberhard Müller, born 1950 in Hamburg, joined Hannover Re in 1982. His first two years at Hannover Re he worked as assistant to the chairman. In 1989 he set up the Non-Life Actuarial department of Hannover Re. Today he is Chief Risk Officer and Managing Director of the Group Risk Management division (GRM), reporting to the chairman and working with 62 employees. Eberhard Müller represents Hannover Re in the CRO Forum. He is member of the German Actuarial Society (Deutscher Aktuar-Verein) and - as Aktuar DAV - member of the German ASTIN as well as of the international ASTIN group. Since 2002 he is also member of the IAA Reinsurance Subcommittee. In the Solvency II process Eberhard Müller was and is involved in several national  and international  working parties / advisory groups.

Jean-Paul Servais Chairman Belgium Financial Services and Markets Authority

Jean-Paul Servais is the Chairman of the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) and member of the following international organizations of supervisory authorities for the financial sector: IOSCO, ESRB, ESMA and EIOPA. He is also a Professor (lecturer) at the ULB (Free University of Brussels) and deputy Director of the special Masters in Tax Law (Master complémentaire en droit fiscal) at the ULB and has previsouly taught at other universities in Belgium and abroad, lecturing on a range of financial and legal topics. He is the Author or co-author of more than 280 contributions for various colloquia and study days, both at a national and international level, as well as articles and publications, in particular in areas of relevance to the FSMA's activities and the academic and scientific activities undertaken at the ULB. He has a Master of Law (Maîtrise en droit) from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and a Master of Economics in Business Management (Master in de economie, bedrijfskunde), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Doug Caldwell CRO ING Insurance

Doug Caldwell has been CRO and a Member of the Management Board at ING Insurance/IM EurAsia since December 2012. Since joining ING in 1999, he held several senior management positions including Vice President Financial Reporting and Control for ING Re Individual Life in Denver, Head of ING Group Corporate Insurance Risk Management in Amsterdam, Head of Asset Liability and Capital Management for ING Insurance US in Atlanta and Chief Risk Officer for ING Insurance Asia/Pacific in Hong Kong. Before joining ING, Mr Caldwell held various actuarial positions with ARM Financial Group in Louisville and Ernst &Young in Atlanta. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA), a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA), and holds a degree in Mathematics from Auburn University.

Raj Singh Group CRO Standard Life

Appointed Chief Risk Officer in January 2013. He is responsible for developing strategies to manage financial, strategic and operational risk across the Standard Life group. Before joining Standard Life, Mr Singh had acquired extensive experience in financial services worldwide. In 2011 he established advisory firm Accredere AG in Switzerland, advising financial institutions on capital, risk, and merger and acquisition issues, and remains a non-Executive Board member. From 2007 to 2011, Raj was Group Chief Risk Officer at Swiss Re Insurance Company Ltd in Switzerland, where he was also a member of the Executive Board and Committee. Before this, he was Group Chief Risk Officer at Allianz SE in Germany, a position he held from 2002.

Angela Darlington CRO Aviva Life

Anglea Darlington is the Chief Risk Officer for Aviva’s Life business in the UK, having taken up this appointment in June 2012. Prior to becoming CRO she was Interim CFO for Aviva UK Life from April to May 2012 and Chief Actuary for Aviva UK Life from May 2009 to April 2012.  In this role, she was the Actuarial Function Holder and also responsible for Investment Governance, ALM, WP Governance, Actuarial developments and the Actuarial Existing Business team. Outside of work, she enjoys most sports (watching mostly these days), wine and photography.

Wikus Luus CRO Hollard

Wikus Luus joined Hollard in July 2012 as the Chief Risk Officer and member of the EXCO. He is responsible for Risk Management and Compliance Functions across both of Hollard's main long and short term insurance licenses as well as Group. Previous employment includes Liberty Life (large SA based life insurer) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (8 years of which 5 in London). He has a BCom (Hons), is a FIA (Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries) and a FASSA (Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa).

Alex Hindson CRO Amlin

Responsible for establishing a Governance function covering Risk, Legal and Compliance for the Bermuda and Zurich-based reinsurance entity ($1.0bn GWP) in compliance with FINMA and BMA requirements.. As a member of the Management Board, responsible for integrating risk and governance into business strategies, plans and processes and ensuring they add-value to business decision making.
Previously Head of Group Risk at Amlin plc responsible for the implementation of Pillar II requirements under Solvency II and the implementation of an Enterprise Risk Management framework across the Group. Prior to that Head of Enterprise Risk Management consulting at Aon.

Susan Atkinson CRO Hannover Reinsurance Group Africa

Sue Atkinson started her career as a bursary student with Hannover Re Group in South Africa.  She spent eleven years in the Corporate Actuarial team of the life reassurance company, but in 2011 moved across to the role of Chief Risk Officer for the local Group, where she is responsible for risk management of the life and non-life reinsurance companies, the primary non-life insurer, and the strategic investments company.  She is a qualified actuary and CERA.

John Hollows CRO KBC

John Hollows has been CRO of KBC since 2010 and a Member of the Executive Board since 2009. Prior to his current role, John was the CEO of the Central & Eastern Europe & Russia Business at KBC GROUP. John has also held roles in Hungary & the Asia Pacific. John started his career at Barclays  Bank and was there for 14 years before moving to Kredietbank (as KBC was known at the time)

John Melville Executive Head: Risk Services Santam

John Melville is the Executive Head of Risk Services at Santam.  As such, he is responsible for Santam’s underwriting function; product solutions; actuarial services (covering pricing, capital modelling and solvency management); developing and implementing reinsurance strategy; and Santam Re. He also chairs the SAIA-FIA Strategic Risk Forum which was established in 2011 to enable the short-term insurance industry to proactively engage on and respond to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Risk Factors that affect the sustainability of insurance. He joined Santam in 2010 from Metropolitan where he had been since 1994. He completed a Bachelor of Business Science degree with majors in Actuarial Science (Honours), Mathematical Statistics, and Economics at the University of Cape Town.  Thereafter he completed a Post-graduate diploma in Actuarial Science in 1992, and qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, and the Actuarial Society of South Africa.


Professor Andrew Cairns Professor of Financial Mathematics Heriot-Watt University

Andrew Cairns is Professor of Financial Mathematics at Heriot-Watt University and Director of the Actuarial Research Centre. He is a world-renowned expert on the modelling, measurement and management of longevity risk and has published widely on the subject. Current research includes basis-risk measurement and modelling and understanding errors in exposures data.

Eric Chaney Chief Economist AXA Group

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