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Early Confirmed Speakers in 2017


Marc Lipman

Marc Lipman

Chief Operating Officer, AIG

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Marc Lipman is the Chief Operating Officer of AIG Insurance Company of Canada. Based in Toronto, he is responsible for the development and implementation of various strategic initiatives as well as acting in various client facing capacities. As part of his role Mr. Lipman is responsible for overseeing and championing AIG’s Innovation strategy within Canada.

Prior to assuming his current responsibilities, Mr. Lipman held various positions with AIG including the Chief of Staff of AIG Canada, the Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of AIG Canada and the Chief Regulatory Officer for all AIG companies in Canada from 2008 to 2010. Mr. Lipman has worked with AIG for 10 years and holds 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Mr. Lipman holds a Masters of Laws degree, with an award of Merit, from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, in Toronto, Canada.

Anu Dixit

Anu Dixit

Chief Data Analytics Officer, National Life

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Anurakt Dixit is the Chief Data Analytics Officer at National Life Group and is responsible for building sustainable operational models through business & technology transformation. Prior to this, Anurakt was the Head of Data and Analytics Technology at National Life Group as well as various senior roles with AXA Financial and Citigroup.

Cindy Forbes

Cindy Forbes

Chief Analytics Officer, Manulife

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Cindy Forbes is Executive Vice President and Chief Analytics Officer of Manulife and is a member of the Company’s Global Leadership Team. Prior to this role, she served as Chief Actuary.

Ms. Forbes oversees the Company’s analytics function worldwide. She has spent more than 30 years with Manulife holding senior finance roles in the Reinsurance, Investment and U.S. divisions. Previously, she worked in the Company’s Asian operations, where

Manulife offers a diverse range of products including individual life insurance, group insurance plans, pensions and wealth management products across 10 territories. Ms. Forbes was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in 2011 and again in 2015. She holds positions on a number of external boards including the International Insurance Society.

Her industry knowledge and international experience, combined with the diverse roles she has held in her career, give her a unique perspective on the future state of the analytics function and the insurance industry.

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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Arlene Kern is a Strategic Innovation Leader for the Innovation Practice or “Incubator” Team within New Strategic Markets at Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. (Munich Re) in Princeton, NJ. The Incubator Team will create a disciplined and sustained innovation practice to generate economic growth for Munich Re’s US P&C Operations and its clients.

Arlene has a broad reinsurance background in multiple disciplines. Having more than 25 years of industry experience, Arlene’s most recent role prior to The Incubator at Munich Re was within National Clients Property Underwriting in the Reinsurance Division. Previous positions include leadership roles within Business Information Solutions and Financial Management and Reporting. She started her career with State Farm, where she was a Supervisor of various departments within the Accounting Finance Division.

Arlene currently sits on the Executive Board of Directors for the Intermediaries and Reinsurance Underwriters Association (IRUA) where she has been instrumental in advancing the education and awareness for underwriters across the industry in emerging topics for both property and casualty lines of business. She is also a board member of the IICF Northeast Region.

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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David Castellani is the Business Information Officer for New York Life Insurance Company (NYL). In this role, Mr. Castellani is responsible for translating NYL’s business goals into clear enterprise technology solutions, for driving process improvements across company operations, and for establishing consistent governance over all information technology initiatives. His areas of focus include the oversight of large technology initiatives, the development of a comprehensive data strategy, and the continued evolution of technology’s service capabilities.

Mr. Castellani has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, and has held various positions related to business, sales, marketing, and product development during this time. Prior to joining NYL in 2011 as head of the former Retirement Plan Services business, David was a Managing Director and the Chief Marketing Officer at EWM, LLC, a wealth management firm based in Zurich, Switzerland and New Canaan, CT. Earlier, he served a combined 25 years at Prudential Retirement and CIGNA Corporation. He also founded two start-up companies, both of which centered on the use of technology to drive process improvement.

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.

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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Samantha Chow is a senior analyst with Aite Group, specializing in the life and annuities industry. She brings over 16 years of experience in primary and secondary market research, product development, pricing strategies, competitive intelligence, project management, process improvement, and change management in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Aite Group, Mrs. Chow was Corporate Vice President of business productivity and innovation at New York Life Insurance Company, serving them for nine years. In a similar research capacity, Mrs. Chow also spent over six years with AFLAC.

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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Satadru Sengupta, General Manager and Insurance Subject Matter Expert at DataRobot, is a practicing data scientist for the last ten years. He previously worked at the Liberty Mutual, AIG and Deloitte Consulting where he built many predictive models and deployed in the production. In his current role and prior, Satadru has given advisory services to a large number of financial institutions seeking to harness the power of data science.

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.

Jay Gentry

Jay Gentry

Director, Location Intelligence & Data Quality, Global P&C Insurance, Pitney Bowes

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Jay Gentry has worked for Pitney Bowes for 10 years and has spent his 23-year career focused on the insurance industry. Jay is focused serving PB’s insurance clients and helping them solve today’s most challenging risk issues and consumer centric trends. He is the SME (Subject Matter Expert) for the US and International P&C Insurance practice at Pitney Bowes and speaks weekly with P&C insurers on the use of geocoding and spatial analysis in P&C Insurance Applications.

David Fetters

David Fetters

Partner, Operations, Genus Technologies

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Mahendra Nambiar

Mahendra Nambiar

VP, Head of Sales & Marketing, Global Insurance, Capgemini

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Mahendra is a Vice President in the Capgemini Insurance Global Business Unit. He leads Global Insurance Sales and Solutions and is a senior delivery executive with expertise in strategy and implementation of complex global business transformation solutions. As a technology evangelist, he has worked closely with a number of InsureTechs and Carriers driving their innovation and transformation agendas.

Ashish Nangla

Ashish Nangla

Senior Director, Insurance, Synechron

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Jim Engelking

Jim Engelking

Director of Business Development, Genus Technologies

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For too many companies, the thought of disrupting business prevents the adoption of technology required to achieve strategic objectives. Jim Engelking guides customers through this maze, relying on more than 30 years of experience in portal, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), content management, as well as implementation and migration methodologies to clearly define an achievable path to success.

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

SVP, Strategic Partners Group, CCA Global Partners

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Greg Johnson joined the CCA Global Partners team in 2015 and serves in his role as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Partners Group. Over the course of his career, Mr. Johnson has enjoyed a variety of senior leadership roles at American Express, Ameriprise Financial and Crawford & Company that leveraged his expertise in strategy, sales, leadership development and business transformation. He currently contributes on several advisory boards and has previously served on the Board of Directors for RiverSource Life Insurance of New York.

Mr. Johnson earned his undergraduate degree from The American University, his MBA from Emory University Goizueta Business School, a certification in Emerging Markets Strategy from Georgia State University and his CFP designation from the College of Financial Planning. He remains a frequent panelist and guest lecturer at Emory University, Kennesaw State University and Georgia State University.

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