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2019 Speaker Line-Up of Visionaries and Senior Leaders

We are currently in the process of recruiting top level speakers for the event. If you'd like to submit a proposal for a speaking opportunity please contact the conference director, Ira Sopic at ira.sopic@insurancenexus.com


Alex Faynberg

Alex Faynberg

SVP & Chief Actuary, Combined Insurance

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Glenn Fung

Glenn Fung

Chief Research Scientist, AI & Machine Learning Research Director, American Family Insurance

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Tilia Tanner

Tilia Tanner

Global Head of Analytics for Client Risk Solutions, AIG

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Thomas Sheffield

Thomas Sheffield

SVP and Head of Specialty Claims, QBE

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Will Dubyak

Will Dubyak

VP Analytics for Product Development and Innovation, USAA

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Nicolette Deguia

Nicolette Deguia

Head of Consumer Innovation and Design, Allstate Digital Ventures, Allstate Insurance Company

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Laurie Pierman

Laurie Pierman

Vice President, Claim Operations, Amerisure Insurance

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Eugene Wen

Eugene Wen

VP of Group Advanced Analytics, Manulife

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Mingju Sun

Mingju Sun

Director of Data Science Engineering, American Family Insurance

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Michiko Kurahashi

Michiko Kurahashi

Chief Marketing Officer, AXIS Capital

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Jac J. Amerell

Jac J. Amerell

Vice President and Enterprise Controller, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

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Jerry Gupta

Jerry Gupta

SVP, Digital Analyst Catalyst, SwissRe

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Richard L McCathron

Richard L McCathron

Chief Insurance Officer, Hippo Insurance

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Michael Mayers

Michael Mayers

Vice President, Digital Products, Argo Group

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Begench Atayev

Begench Atayev

Head of Analytics and Optimization, Allianz Partners USA, Allianz Worldwide Partners

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Ted Stuckey

Ted Stuckey

Managing Director, QBE Ventures, QBE

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Bilal Parviz

Bilal Parviz

Vice President of Product Development, Arch MI

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Aviad Pinkovezky

Aviad Pinkovezky

Chief Product Officer, Hippo Insurance

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Patrick Sugent

Patrick Sugent

Vice President, Analytics, LexisNexis Risk Solutions

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Chuck Gomez

Chuck Gomez

Vice President Research & Consulting, Novarica

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Margaret Resce Milkint

Margaret Resce Milkint

Managing Partner, The Jacobson Group

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Stephen Applebaum– chairman

Stephen Applebaum– chairman

Managing Partner, Insurance Solutions Group

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Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

Chief Digital Officer & Chief Information Officer, AIG

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Paul Travers

Paul Travers

Senior Vice President of Finance Technology, Data and Process, MetLife

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Paul Travers is senior vice president of Finance Technology, Data & Process. This includes leading MetLife’s deployment of a lean based continuous improvement initiative, supporting the Finance Transformation Program as well as technology projects & support for Finance, Actuarial and Procurement globally.

Paul joined MetLife in early 2013.  Prior to joining MetLife, Paul’s most recent role was the Managing Director for Program, Process & Risk Management for the Chief Technology Officer at TD Ameritrade where he was responsible for program management, risk management and ITIL (infrastructure service management) & Lean process improvement initiatives.

A senior program and process improvement leader with over 30 years senior management responsibility for business, technology and client service operations global programs and enterprise wide portfolios at several companies, including Merrill Lynch , JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Prudential Financial.

A former Lieutenant Commander (Special Duty Intelligence) in the US Naval Reserve, Paul was mobilized twice post 9/11 for Operations Iraqi Freedom & Enduring Freedom working for the Office of Naval Intelligence and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Travers received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a Masters certificate from George Washington University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and ITIL practitioner.

Paul Travers is senior vice president of Finance Technology, Data & Process. This includes leading MetLife’s deployment of a lean based continuous improvement initiative, supporting the Finance Transformation Program as well as technology projects & support for Finance, Actuarial and Procurement globally.

Paul joined MetLife in early 2013.  Prior to joining MetLife, Paul’s most recent role was the Managing Director for Program, Process & Risk Management for the Chief Technology Officer at TD Ameritrade where he was responsible for program management, risk management and ITIL (infrastructure service management) & Lean process improvement initiatives.

A senior program and process improvement leader with over 30 years senior management responsibility for business, technology and client service operations global programs and enterprise wide portfolios at several companies, including Merrill Lynch , JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Prudential Financial.

A former Lieutenant Commander (Special Duty Intelligence) in the US Naval Reserve, Paul was mobilized twice post 9/11 for Operations Iraqi Freedom & Enduring Freedom working for the Office of Naval Intelligence and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Travers received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a Masters certificate from George Washington University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and ITIL practitioner.

Georg Schwegler

Georg Schwegler

Chief Executive Officer, Aegon Transamerica Ventures

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Sue Blevins-Lehmann

Sue Blevins-Lehmann

Assistant Vice President Claims Shared Services, Nationwide

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George Hansen

George Hansen

Claims Actuary - General Insurance, Zurich

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Glenn Hofmann

Glenn Hofmann

Chief Data Scientist, New York Life

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Glenn Hofmann is the Chief Data Scientist at New York Life, and leader of the Center for Data Science and Analytics (CDSA), a fast-growing and highly innovative team. He joined New York Life in July 2016. CDSA supports many areas of the company with data science and AI, such as Underwriting, Actuarial, Marketing, Agency Distribution, Service and Product.

Prior to joining New York Life, he built and lead analytics teams in Property and Casualty insurance (at Verisk, TransUnion and Allstate) and held leadership positions at Claritas, ID Analytics, and HSBC. Prior to his business career, Glenn served as Professor of Statistics at the University of Concepcion in Chile.

He received his Ph.D. in Statistics from The Ohio State University in 1997 and his MBA from the Wharton Business School in 2009.

Glenn Hofmann is the Chief Data Scientist at New York Life, and leader of the Center for Data Science and Analytics (CDSA), a fast-growing and highly innovative team. He joined New York Life in July 2016. CDSA supports many areas of the company with data science and AI, such as Underwriting, Actuarial, Marketing, Agency Distribution, Service and Product.

Prior to joining New York Life, he built and lead analytics teams in Property and Casualty insurance (at Verisk, TransUnion and Allstate) and held leadership positions at Claritas, ID Analytics, and HSBC. Prior to his business career, Glenn served as Professor of Statistics at the University of Concepcion in Chile.

He received his Ph.D. in Statistics from The Ohio State University in 1997 and his MBA from the Wharton Business School in 2009.

Alicia Marsiglia

Alicia Marsiglia

Vice President, Allied Healthcare Product Head, Hiscox USA

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Chris Schenk

Chris Schenk

Head of Pricing Strategy & Underwriting Analytics, Hiscox USA

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Daniel Roth

Daniel Roth

Vice President, Product Development, Allianz Partners

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In his current role for Allianz Partners, a global insurance and assistance subsidiary of Munich-based Allianz SE, Daniel is responsible for designing and executing product innovations for both existing and potential new markets in the United States, including creating and obtaining regulatory approvals for the forms and rates supporting these products.

Daniel first joined Allianz Partners in 2008 as the chief actuary of the U.S. business unit, overseeing all actuarial functions, including pricing, reserving, forecasting, reinsurance risk management, and portfolio monitoring. Prior to joining Allianz, Daniel served in numerous actuarial roles in the insurance industry, supporting a wide variety of lines of business domestically and internationally, including commercial property, workers compensation, ocean marine, and professional liability.

Daniel is a Chicago-area native and received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He currently serves as the Chair of the American Academy of Actuaries Task Force on Travel Insurance and as a member of the Casualty Actuarial Society’s Risk Management Committee. He is also a founding member and current President of Casualty Actuaries of the Richmond, Virginia Area (CARVA), a soon-to-be regional affiliate of the CAS.

In his current role for Allianz Partners, a global insurance and assistance subsidiary of Munich-based Allianz SE, Daniel is responsible for designing and executing product innovations for both existing and potential new markets in the United States, including creating and obtaining regulatory approvals for the forms and rates supporting these products.

Daniel first joined Allianz Partners in 2008 as the chief actuary of the U.S. business unit, overseeing all actuarial functions, including pricing, reserving, forecasting, reinsurance risk management, and portfolio monitoring. Prior to joining Allianz, Daniel served in numerous actuarial roles in the insurance industry, supporting a wide variety of lines of business domestically and internationally, including commercial property, workers compensation, ocean marine, and professional liability.

Daniel is a Chicago-area native and received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He currently serves as the Chair of the American Academy of Actuaries Task Force on Travel Insurance and as a member of the Casualty Actuarial Society’s Risk Management Committee. He is also a founding member and current President of Casualty Actuaries of the Richmond, Virginia Area (CARVA), a soon-to-be regional affiliate of the CAS.

Satadru Sengupta

Satadru Sengupta

General Manager – Insurance, DataRobot

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Satadru Sengupta, General Manager, Insurance at DataRobot, is a practicing data scientist for more than ten years. Before DataRobot, Satadru led the Global Distribution Analytics at AIG Science Team and previously worked with Liberty Mutual Insurance and Deloitte Consulting. In his current role as the GM Insurance, Satadru runs the Insurance Practice at DataRobot where he spends 50% time on strategy, thought leadership, and client advisory and remaining time on hands-on work in the front-line.

Satadru Sengupta, General Manager, Insurance at DataRobot, is a practicing data scientist for more than ten years. Before DataRobot, Satadru led the Global Distribution Analytics at AIG Science Team and previously worked with Liberty Mutual Insurance and Deloitte Consulting. In his current role as the GM Insurance, Satadru runs the Insurance Practice at DataRobot where he spends 50% time on strategy, thought leadership, and client advisory and remaining time on hands-on work in the front-line.

Cletus Nunes

Cletus Nunes

Sales Director, North America, Octo Telematics North America

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Cletus Nunes is a Senior Director, Sales at Octo Telematics North America. He oversees insurance, automotive and emerging product sales in the US and Canada. Cletus has worked in the connected vehicle industry for more than 16 years in product development, delivery and sales for OEM, fleet, automotive, and insurance connected car solutions. Cletus is a strategic leader and key innovator with a history of success in anticipating consumer need and capitalizing on emerging technology to deliver innovative products and solutions. His passion is finding new opportunities to use vehicle connectivity to improve ROI.

Cletus Nunes is a Senior Director, Sales at Octo Telematics North America. He oversees insurance, automotive and emerging product sales in the US and Canada. Cletus has worked in the connected vehicle industry for more than 16 years in product development, delivery and sales for OEM, fleet, automotive, and insurance connected car solutions. Cletus is a strategic leader and key innovator with a history of success in anticipating consumer need and capitalizing on emerging technology to deliver innovative products and solutions. His passion is finding new opportunities to use vehicle connectivity to improve ROI.

Shawn Ram

Shawn Ram

Head of Insurance, Coalition

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Shawn Ram is a technology insurance leader. Prior to joining Coalition, Shawn led the national Technology Industry Practices at Aon Risk Solutions and at Crystal & Company where he also served as Executive Managing Director and Western Regional leader. As a Technology Practice leader, Shawn was responsible for the growth, brokerage, product development and service of the firms’ technology customers. Shawn has managed client relationships of Fortune 100 and middle market clients for over a decade. He is a frequent speaker on Technology risk topics such as Cyber liability, Patent Infringement, and Digital Currencies. He has been quoted in many publications including the Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, Property and Casualty 360, and World Risk and Insurance News. Shawn was named one of Business Insurance magazine’s 2013 ‘40 under 40 Broker Leaders’ and has been a finalist for Power Broker of Risk & Insurance Magazine. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University.

Shawn Ram is a technology insurance leader. Prior to joining Coalition, Shawn led the national Technology Industry Practices at Aon Risk Solutions and at Crystal & Company where he also served as Executive Managing Director and Western Regional leader. As a Technology Practice leader, Shawn was responsible for the growth, brokerage, product development and service of the firms’ technology customers. Shawn has managed client relationships of Fortune 100 and middle market clients for over a decade. He is a frequent speaker on Technology risk topics such as Cyber liability, Patent Infringement, and Digital Currencies. He has been quoted in many publications including the Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, Property and Casualty 360, and World Risk and Insurance News. Shawn was named one of Business Insurance magazine’s 2013 ‘40 under 40 Broker Leaders’ and has been a finalist for Power Broker of Risk & Insurance Magazine. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University.

Andrew Breen

Andrew Breen

Senior Vice President digital, Argo Group

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Jinjie Duan

Jinjie Duan

Head of Claims Actuarial & Predictive Analytics, Farmers Insurance

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Ernst Renner

Ernst Renner

Managing Partner, NEOS

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Ernst is responsible for the vision and direction of NEOS, with a focus on business and IT transformation and modernization in the insurance and financial services industries.

Since founding NEOS in 2000, Ernst has grown the company to include core practices in business strategy and operations, data science and engineering, and technology modernization. He has advised executives at over 50 clients globally, including twelve Fortune 500 companies, on finding the right blend of strategy, technology, and process to drive desired business outcomes.

Ernst’s business passions are data-driven process optimization, learning systems, and cognitive computing–and their application to make insurance operations better.  He actively consults with client executives on industry insights, strategic planning, and action-focused delivery planning.  Ernst’s experience spans over twenty years of executive leadership in international business and technology. Prior to founding NEOS, he led the information architecture and technology efforts for the individual and group annuities, mutual funds, and life insurance divisions of The Hartford.

He has spoken on business and technology modernization topics at conferences throughout North America and Europe.

Ernst is responsible for the vision and direction of NEOS, with a focus on business and IT transformation and modernization in the insurance and financial services industries.

Since founding NEOS in 2000, Ernst has grown the company to include core practices in business strategy and operations, data science and engineering, and technology modernization. He has advised executives at over 50 clients globally, including twelve Fortune 500 companies, on finding the right blend of strategy, technology, and process to drive desired business outcomes.

Ernst’s business passions are data-driven process optimization, learning systems, and cognitive computing–and their application to make insurance operations better.  He actively consults with client executives on industry insights, strategic planning, and action-focused delivery planning.  Ernst’s experience spans over twenty years of executive leadership in international business and technology. Prior to founding NEOS, he led the information architecture and technology efforts for the individual and group annuities, mutual funds, and life insurance divisions of The Hartford.

He has spoken on business and technology modernization topics at conferences throughout North America and Europe.

David Bliss

David Bliss

Vice President, Product Management, CCC

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David leads CCC’s core automotive claims product lines. In this role, he sets strategic direction for the company’s product investment roadmap with a focus on mobile solutions, AI, and self-service enablement.

David leads CCC’s core automotive claims product lines. In this role, he sets strategic direction for the company’s product investment roadmap with a focus on mobile solutions, AI, and self-service enablement.

Charles Dugas

Charles Dugas

Director, Insurance Solutions, Element AI

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Charles Dugas joined Element AI in September 2017 as Director of Industry Solutions where he leads the insurance vertical, helping carriers and other insurance market participants develop a strategic vision for AI and implement AI solutions across their organizations. Charles holds a B.Sc. in Actuarial Science, a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Machine Learning with Yoshua Bengio. He has 20 years experience developing and implementing analytical solutions in financial services, either as an entrepreneur, a professor, or manager of analytical teams.

Charles Dugas joined Element AI in September 2017 as Director of Industry Solutions where he leads the insurance vertical, helping carriers and other insurance market participants develop a strategic vision for AI and implement AI solutions across their organizations. Charles holds a B.Sc. in Actuarial Science, a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Machine Learning with Yoshua Bengio. He has 20 years experience developing and implementing analytical solutions in financial services, either as an entrepreneur, a professor, or manager of analytical teams.

Michael Adler

Michael Adler

Principal – Management Consulting, KPMG

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Kevin Koenig

Kevin Koenig

Principal, EY

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Mr. N. Viswanathan

Mr. N. Viswanathan

Head – AI & Cognitive Digital Solutions, LTI

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Samuel Schuler

Samuel Schuler

Investment Director, Allianz X

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