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Speakers Confirmed 2017

We are currently pulling together the agenda and speaker list for 2017. If you would like to be part of the research or join the speaking list, please put forward your suggestions to mariana.dumont@insurancenexus.com


Ty Sagalow

Ty Sagalow

Founding Member & Board Director, Lemonade Insurance Company

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Saad Mered

Saad Mered

Group Chief of Claims Officer, Zurich

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Saad Mered was appointed as Global Chief Claims Officer for Zurich’s General Insurance Segment in January 2014, and Group Chief Claims Officer in June 2016. In this role, Saad leads over 10,000 claims professionals across more than 40 countries delivering to customers through 4.5 million claims per year representing $19 billion in payments and $28.8 billion in case reserves. Saad is overseeing the transformation of the claims organization as it embraces the digital age and the ubiquitous use of data so that Zurich may surpass our customers’ expectations, across segments.

Prior to that role, Saad was Chief Executive Officer, Middle East and & Africa, for Zurich’s General Insurance Segment from October 2010. The region included the key strategic growth markets of Turkey and South Africa, Morocco and the Middle East. Saad joined Zurich in November 2008 as CEO Middle East and oversaw Zurich’s Life and Non-Life operations and strategic growth initiatives in the Middle East. A particular focus was the launch and expansion of Zurich’s General Insurance capabilities in the region through both Greenfield start ups in the DIFC, Bahrain and Qatar as well as gaining 100% ownership grandfathered rights entry in the UAE, Oman and Kuwait through the acquisition and integration of the Compagnie Libanaise d’Assurance, SAL.

Saad started his professional career at American International Group (“AIG”) in 1994 where he held various positions during his long tenure with the company. He commenced his career as a Management Associate focusing on specialty general insurance products, particularly Financial Lines. He held his first management responsibilities in regional product management in Europe followed by division level leadership for AIG’s French operations. Saad moved into general management when he was appointed to lead AIG’s Egypt operations post acquisition and market entry in 2001. He returned to Europe for AIG to lead the Commercial Segment. His last assignment at AIG was a global role in the implementation of their small business strategy.

His insurance career has led him to be based in New York, Paris, Cairo, Dubai and Zurich.

He holds a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Alexander Schmidt

Alexander Schmidt

Global Chief Claims Officer, AXA Direct

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Alexander Schmidt is global chief claims officer for AXA Global Direct (AGD) in Paris. AGD bundles most of AXA’s direct business, operating in 7 countries in Europe and Asia.

Prior to taking this role in 2016, he was Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company based in Cologne, Germany, where he was a core member of the European Insurance Practice. In this role he led and coordinated multiple engagements for international insurance groups, focussing on all topics in P&C.

Alexander has a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe (Germany) and a PhD in Business Administration from the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.

Mario Ricco

Mario Ricco

Global Chief Claims Officer, Generali

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Travis Bowles

Travis Bowles

Global Claims Officer P&C, MS Amlin

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Travis Bowles is the Global Head of P&C Claims at MS Amlin, and Claims Director for Amlin Insurance S.E. (MS Amlin’s regulated entity for European based business). MS Amlin is now part of the MS&AD group. Prior to this Travis held various senior roles in legacy Amlin, including Syndicate Director of Legal, Risk & Compliance. Before joining Amlin in 2009, Travis was a solicitor at RPC in London specializing in reinsurance and large complex Insurance disputes for London market and global (re)insurers. Travis is a qualified solicitor in the UK and Australia.

Klaus Vogel

Klaus Vogel

SVP Claims, If P&C

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Klaus Vogel, is Head of Commercial & Industrial Claims (or Senior Vice President) at If P&C Insurance. Insurance and business educated.

Klaus has spent the whole of his career in the insurance industry, holding various positions in underwriting, business development and of course, claims.

He brings a wealth of practical experience, having worked on the frontline as a Property large loss adjuster specialist as well in serving in several leader positions of various different levels.

His approach is strategic and development-oriented, now heading up the Nordic Claims unit at If with a core focus on taking claims handling to the next level.

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Dr Eberhard Witthoff

Dr Eberhard Witthoff

Head of Claims, Munich Re

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Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker

Head of Claims, UK and Southern Europe, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance

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Andrew is currently the Head of Claims (UK and South Europe) at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) – having been appointed to this position in October 2016 to oversee the establishment of the claims team which will support the growth of the Commercial Property, Casualty and Financial Lines books of business in the UK and across South Europe (including Ireland, Spain, Italy).

Andrew has worked in Insurance – and Claims specifically – for over 30 years, starting in the London market with Municipal Mutual in the mid-1980s before spending 24 years working for the claims team at AIG.

His career at AIG spanned the roles of adjuster, on-site investigator, section leader, team manager and finally regional leader – his last role before joining BHSI being the Head of Casualty Claims for AIG Europe.

Steve Tait

Steve Tait

Head of Claims Automation, RSA

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Neil Owen

Neil Owen

Head of Claims – Reinsurance, Brit Global Specialty

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Neil is Head of Reinsurance Claims at Brit with over 20 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance sector. Neil read law at University but began his career as an underwriter, before practicing law (later as Partner) at a leading International law firm advising clients on coverage and loss exposure in the insurance and reinsurance sector (for which he was recognised by the Legal 500 as someone who "finds solutions rather than simply giving legal advice"). Neil remains a fully qualified solicitor and a former Executive Committee member of the British Insurance Law Association.

Mike Gillett

Mike Gillett

Head of Claims, Liberty Syndicates

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Mike is the Head of Claims for Liberty Specialty Markets, he is responsible for the management of the entire claims portfolio for the business and for the development and implementation of a claims strategy and proposition that is designed to put outstanding service to clients, both internal and external, at its core. He is also a member of the LSM Executive Management Team.

Mike has over 30 years claims experience in the London Market, in which time he has personally managed a large number of highly complex and high profile losses spanning the first party, third party and reinsurance business class areas. In addition Mike has held board positions for a number of Market Committees and Associations.

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Manjit Rana

Manjit Rana

CEO, Ingenin

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Manjit is a founder and CEO of Ingenin, a multi-award winning innovation consultancy created to help insurers grow their businesses through the adoption of disruptive technologies and innovative business models.

Passionate about Innovation, InsurTech, start-ups, entrepreneurialism and creating innovative technology based solutions to address insurance market issues. Manjit is able to identify key business and market needs and has the commercial acumen and entrepreneurial approach to turn ideas into profitable, scalable business ventures.

He has created several start-ups as well as working for large corporates such as CSC, Fujitsu Consulting and AXA Insurance where he was recruited to help create the AXA Innovation Hub.

An innovative and creative thinker, commercially driven with proven success in creating added value opportunities, communicating concepts at a senior level and translating intellectual ideas into business propositions. Strong understanding of trends, developments and issues in the insurance sector in the UK, USA and APAC regions and widely considered an expert and thought leader on technology based innovation in the insurance sector.

Energetic and passionate, completely at home in a corporate or dynamic, fast moving, entrepreneurial environment. A seasoned senior executive and dynamic leader with proven track record of management success in both start-up and corporate arena’s. Over 30 years’ experience of proposition development in the insurance industry.

His broad and deep understanding of the insurance industry together with his ability to generate creative solutions means he is well placed to identify innovative and new solutions for insurance companies looking to evolve their products, services and operations to better service digital and mobile enabled customers.

Gareth Eggle

Gareth Eggle

Head of Insurance, Flint Hyde

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Gareth leads the (Re)Insurance practice at Flint Hyde, providing insight across Broking, Insurance and Reinsurance, whilst sourcing and representing senior level (Re)Insurance Professionals, throughout the UK, Continental European, Asian and American markets. He has written a number of articles on the challenges and realities of securing talent in the industry, engaging in debate at the most senior level on the subject. For much of the last few years he has focused primarily on strategic hires within income-generating positions, and with an excellent track record of delivery, particularly on hard-to-fill projects, priding himself on his ability to find creative solutions to problems.

Renaud Million

Renaud Million

Co-Founder and CEO, SPIXII

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Renaud Million is the co-founder and CEO of SPIXII, a tech company dedicated to making insurance simple and accessible. After studying engineering at Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Renaud moved to England and finished his education with an MSc in Operational Research & Management Sciences at Lancaster University. He proceeded to serve EY London for six years, consulting insurance companies and building risk models while training for the British actuarial profession.

Passionate about transforming the insurance industry, the move to start SPIXII was a natural fit.

Martin Kroos

Martin Kroos

Head of Claims, Achmea

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Mark Southern

Mark Southern

Managing Director, WPA Group

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Mark is responsible for the distribution of WPA products into the individual and small corporate health insurance market.

Before joining WPA he was Royal Marines Commando, serving on Operations across the globe.

Mark is a keen triathlete – a field in which his aspirations are significantly greater than his abilities.

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