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Early Confirmed Speakers in 2017


Marc Lipman

Marc Lipman

Chief Operating Officer, AIG

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Anu Dixit

Anu Dixit

Chief Data Analytics Officer, National Life

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Cindy Forbes

Cindy Forbes

Chief Analytics Officer, Manulife

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Eric Narcisco

Eric Narcisco

Chief Executive Officer, Effective Coverage

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Eric is the founder of New York-based Effective Coverage, a digital insurance firm. In 2000, a devastating apartment fire set in motion the journey that led his firm to be one of the earliest adopters of technology in the insurance industry. While working at Chubb during the catastrophes of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, Eric gained a more personal appreciation for the value of insurance..

He left Chubb because he saw a market that needed technology built to consumers needs.What he built was an insurance agency that strikes a balance between an all-digital start-up and the local agency in your town. He has combined the accessibility of the internet with the expertise of long-time agents. Now, with over 50,000 policies sold and customers in 40 states, Eric focuses on the strategic vision of his firm and on sharing the lessons he’s learned with business leaders and entrepreneurs. Eric was also named one of PropertyCasualty360.com’s best insurance professionals under 40 in 2016.

Dan Newman

Dan Newman

Author, Building Dragons: Digital Transformation in the Experience Economy

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Daniel Newman is the Principal Analyst of Futurum Research and the CEO of Broadsuite Media Group. Living his life at the intersection of people and technology, Daniel works with the world’s largest technology brands exploring Digital Transformation and how it is influencing the enterprise. From Big Data to IoT to Cloud Computing, Newman makes the connections between business, people and tech that are required for companies to benefit most from their technology projects, which leads to his ideas regularly being cited in CIO.Com, CIO Review and hundreds of other sites across the world. A 5x Best Selling Author including his most recent “Building Dragons: Digital Transformation in the Experience Economy,” Daniel is also a Forbes, Entrepreneur and Huffington Post Contributor. MBA and Graduate Adjunct Professor, Daniel Newman is a Chicago Native and his speaking takes him around the world each year as he shares his vision of the role technology will play in our future.

Arlene Kern

Arlene Kern

SVP, Strategic Innovation Leader, Munich Re

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Kristen Albright

Kristen Albright Newly Confirmed

VP, Claims Analytics, The Hanover Insurance Group

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Laurie Kimmel

Laurie Kimmel

Head of Data Management & Infrastructure Services, IAT Insurance

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David Castellani

David Castellani

SVP, Business Information Officer, New York Life

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Mike Ackerman

Mike Ackerman

Director of Claims Analytics, State Farm

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Veena Gregoire

Veena Gregoire

Head of Claims Analytics & Statistics, North America, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

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Veena leads the Claims Data Management and Analytics team for AGCS North America. She has over 20 years of US and global experience in the information management and analytics space in the insurance vertical. Veena holds an MBA in Finance & Systems and a Master of Science in Risk and Insurance.

Veena joined the Allianz Group in 2007. She led the Financial Planning & Analysis function for a few years, Directed Small Business Product Underwriting for a couple of years and has spent over 5 years Leading Claims Information Management and Analytics.

Prior to joining the Allianz Group, Veena worked with New York Life in their International division, with Ernst & Young and A. F. Ferguson & Co in their respective management consulting divisions. Her focus and passion has always been the insurance space.

Veena is also published in the Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance (July 2004. Vol 29. Issue 3.582-595).

Damon Levine

Damon Levine

Former VP, Enterprise Risk Management, Assurant

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Andrew Pelcin

Andrew Pelcin

VP, Claims Data Analytics Implementation, Chubb

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Mark Friederich

Mark Friederich

Actuary, Data Solutions, RGAX

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Mark A. Friederich is Actuary, Data Solutions, for RGAx, the wholly-owned subsidiary of and innovation accelerator for Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA). RGAx was established to enable the rapid testing, commercializing and scaling of business opportunities in the life insurance market. He is responsible for several of RGAx’s data-driven business initiatives, providing leadership as well as data and analytic support.

Mark has held several positions of actuarial responsibility within RGA. Most recently, he was Actuary / Executive Director of RGA Reinsurance Company, RGA’s principal operating subsidiary, responsible for several financial functions, including leading and managing the valuation function for several RGA offices worldwide so as to support innovation as well as day-to-day business activities while maintaining best governance practices.

Rahim Rajpar

Rahim Rajpar

VP, Strategy & Business Development, John Hancock

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Rahim Rajpar is Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, for John Hancock Financial Services. Rahim is responsible for developing, analyzing, and recommending profitable growth strategies and opportunities for the US Insurance business with a strong focus on market expansion. Prior to this role, Rahim oversaw a retirement education team that provides individual retirement solutions for 401(k) participants. Rahim was instrumental in getting the group off the ground and managed all aspects of the business which brings in over $1 Billion in assets a year.

Rahim has 17 years of experience in financial services and has been with Manulife Financial, John Hancock’s parent company, since 2001. His past roles with Manulife include both product and brand management in both the US and Canadian Markets, senior channel (advisor, consumer), and investment marketing roles. As the Brand Manager for Manulife Investments, Rahim was also Editor of Solutions Magazine – a consumer investment magazine dedicated to enrich the financial lives of Canadians.

In 2008, Rahim was recognized with the prestigious Manulife Star of Excellence – awarded for outstanding achievement and contribution to the company. In addition, Rahim and the various marketing teams he has led have received a number of awards for outstanding marketing programs from organizations like IFCA (Insurance and Financial Communicators Association), LACP (League of American Communications Professionals), and the CMIA (Canadian Marketing Investment Awards).

Prior to Manulife Financial, Rahim worked for Morningstar Canada and CI Investments – a leading Canadian provider of investment related products.

Rahim holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from the University of Western Ontario and has participated in a number of leadership and marketing continuing education programs, including The Partnership’s Next Generation Executive program. A Native Torontonian, Rahim now lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife Jennifer and two daughters, Ana Lucia and Leila Sofia. In his spare time, he enjoys music, food, and traveling the world experiencing new cultures.

John Johnson

John Johnson

Senior Medical Director, Wellcare

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Tom Benton

Tom Benton

VP of Research and Consulting, Novarica

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Margaret Resce Milkint

Margaret Resce Milkint

Managing Partner, The Jacobson Group

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Pat Speer

Pat Speer

President, Speer Content Strategy & Development LLC

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Stephen Applebaum

Stephen Applebaum

Principal, Insurance Solutions Group

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Chris Edgington

Chris Edgington

Senior Solutions Consultant, Kofax

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Chris is responsible for driving the strategy and providing thought leadership to global organizations in Financial Services. He assists organizations by mapping technical solutions to key business problems to achieve strategic objectives. Prior to joining Kofax, Chris was Senior Director of Global Operations for American Insurance Group (AIG). While at AIG, Chris shaped the worldwide ECM strategy and implemented a Kofax Capture solution for the UK Property & Casualty unit. Chris also spent 14 years at Fidelity Investments in multiple leadership positions. During his tenure at Fidelity, Chris was responsible for implementing the complete capture, workflow, and records management solution across the Fidelity companies, including Life Insurance, HR / Payroll, Retail Brokerage, and Retirement.

Matteo Carbone

Matteo Carbone

Founder, Connected Insurance Observatory

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Samantha Chow

Samantha Chow

Senior Life and Annuities Analyst, Aite Group

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Alex Young

Alex Young

Vice President – Risk Management, DRN Data

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Alex Young, Vice President of Risk Management at DRN, has over 25 years of experience in the Insurance industry. Prior to joining DRN, Alex was the Executive Vice President of the Americas at eBaoTech successfully where he established the company’s first North American client as well as several tier 1 global clients for eBaoTech’s policy and claims administration suites. Alex also worked for Vertafore as Vice President of Insurance Carrier Sales where he focused on agent and carrier connectivity for distribution and grew the company to the number 1 position in that market.

Alex holds an MBA from Babson College, an MST from Bentley College, and a BS in Management and Mathematics from Worcester State University. Alex authors articles on risk management and fraud detection and has spoken at numerous Insurance conferences including AIRNC, ACE, Insurance Analytics Symposium, and NJSIA.

Stuart Rose

Stuart Rose

Market Strategy Director for Predictive Analytics, Guidewire

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Stuart Rose is Market Strategy Director for Predictive Analytics at Guidewire. He is responsible for thought leadership and marketing content for applying analytics within the insurance industry. Stuart began his career as an Actuary, and now has over 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry.

Prior to working for Guidewire, Stuart spent nine years at SAS leading their Insurance Analytics Practice. In addition, he has worked for a leading global insurance company in both their Life and Property and Casualty divisions. As well as working for a variety of software vendors where he was responsible for marketing, product management and application development.

Stuart is a regular contributor to insurance publications and the Analytic Insurer blog. He frequently speaks at insurance conferences and is co-author of the book “Executive Guide to Solvency II”. He graduated from Sheffield University with a BSc in Mathematical Studies.

Karen Pauli

Karen Pauli

Principal, Strategy Meets Action

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Karen Pauli, Principal, has comprehensive knowledge about how technology can drive improved results, innovation, and transformation within insurance operations. Her areas of focus include claims, underwriting, business intelligence and analytics, distribution, and customer management. She has real-world experience with digital transformation projects, which has given her unique insight into the changing customer and distributor experience in the digital age. By aligning business goals and perspectives with technology roadmaps, Karen helps insurers to support evolving business models and create competitive advantage. Karen can be reached at 1.774.462.7820 or kpauli@strategymeetsaction.com. Follow Karen @kpauliSMA on Twitter.

Steven Fernandes

Steven Fernandes

Director of Innovation, Octo Telematics

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As Director of Innovation at Octo Telematics North America, Steven Fernandes is responsible for identifying, testing, and implementing new products and services for the U.S. and Canadian markets. Steven’s career in the insurance industry spans more than two decades in the areas of information technology, product strategy and innovation, for commercial and personal lines. An early interest in telematics lead to an opportunity to work with a top-10 insurance carrier to bring one of first UBI programs to market in the United States. This success prompted him to focus on creating bespoke telematics solutions for the insurance industry, and Steven joined forces with Octo Telematics.

Tony Cid

Tony Cid

Global Head of Commercial Insurance, Intellect Design Arena

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Tony Cid is Global Head of Commercial Insurance at Intellect SEEC responsible for managing go-to-market strategy for Commercial Insurance products and providing oversight to the Product Management group.

Tony has extensive experience in Property and Casualty with both domestic and multi-national insurers. Prior to Intellect, Tony was a Principal at Fourth Insight where he provided consultative services on business strategy formulation, distribution, financial processes, product development, enterprise risk management and related areas to insurance companies and capital providers. He also held a leadership role at QBE North America, where he led a large scale transformation and business turn-around.

Andrea Eichhorn

Andrea Eichhorn

Global Industry Executive, IBM Cognitive Solutions

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Andrea Eichhorn is a Global Industry Executive within the IBM Cognitive Solutions team, with a passionate focus on the customer experience. Andrea is responsible for defining cognitive strategies and solutions across focus areas in Insurance, including; consumer, agency/distribution, underwriting and claims. Andrea supports a range of global insurers at the executive level to explore both big T and little t transformation by leveraging cognitive solutions.

Andrea has over 30 years of business and consulting experience across a range of industries, developing and delivering fact based, value focused, customer experience driven operational strategies and implementations. For the past 15+ years Andrea has focused on the Financial Services Industry, quickly being recognized for her leadership on driving improvements to the customer/agent/broker experience to deliver overall differentiation.

Prior to joining the Watson team, she had been helping clients understand and implement information and big data solutions across a range of business-driven scenarios across the financial services industry. She recently led a first of a kind IBM solution supporting Claims Fraud detection and is responsible for evolving IBM’s point of view around Producer / Customer Effectiveness.

Prior to joining the IBM Software Group, she was an Associate Partner within the IBM Global Consulting Services team, helping clients define operational strategies to improve call centers, marketing, sales and other customer facing processes/organizations.

Andrea has written and contributed to various whitepapers, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Within insurance, her experience spans life, annuity, retirement, health care, personal, commercial, specialty, group and workers compensation lines of business. Her experience extends across digital, customer experience (including CRM, MDM and Omni Channel), as well functional/operational transformations.

Prior to IBM she was a Director in the Cross Industry Operational Strategy Practice at PwC Consulting working across a wide range of industries. Andrea began her career at Pepsico where she held a range of roles, including: strategy development, operational planning, new business startups franchise relations, and CFO of non-traditional businesses.

Patrick Schmid

Patrick Schmid

AVP, Enterprise Research, The Institutes

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Dr. Patrick G. Schmid is an economist and the Assistant Vice President of Enterprise Research for The Institutes. As the head of The Institutes' Enterprise Research department, he leads teams that develop market insights and analytical research.

Dr. Schmid formerly served as the Director of Research for the Insurance Research Council (IRC), a division of The Institutes. He has an MA and PhD in economics from Temple University. He has taught economics and related subjects at a number of Philadelphia-area colleges and universities. Prior to working in the insurance industry, he worked as an economist for Moody's Analytics.

Soumendra Mohanty

Soumendra Mohanty

EVP, Head of Analytics, L&T Infotech

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Soumendra Mohanty, EVP & Head Analytics at L&T Infotech, is an acclaimed thought leader and SME in Big Data Analytics space. His expertise is in the Big Data Solutions, BI Architectures, Enterprise Data Warehouse, Customer Insight Solutions and Industry-specific advanced analytics solutions.

With over 20 years of Industry experience, he has designed and implemented data analytics solutions for Fortune 500 clients across Industry verticals. His latest area of interest and research is in Cognitive Analytics, Deep Learning and IoT.

Satadru Senqputa

Satadru Senqputa Newly Confirmed

General Manager & SME, Insurance, DataRobot

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Jim Callan

Jim Callan

Chief Executive Officer, Econiq

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Jim founded Econiq and has been CEO since the company’s incorporation. Jim’s early career was in retail banking and banking technology in Ireland and the USA.

Jim combines deep business experience and market understanding with the technical knowledge and expertise that comes from years of successful project implementations.

He is widely recognised as an innovator in the software sector and was the founder and CEO of Eontec, which was acquired by Siebel Systems in 2004.

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