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Daniel Wilcox
Private Sector Development Adviser
Department for International Development

Daniel is a Private Sector Development Adviser at the Department for International Development - which leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, where he specialises in disaster risk insurance. Prior to this he has over 12 years’ experience in the financial sector, including working for Morgan Stanley, Westpac and RBS with a focus on regulation, governance and structuring. Daniel holds an MsC in economics from the University of Edinburgh and began his career as a Chartered Accountant at Ernst and Young with a portfolio of clients including Aon, Aviva and Lloyd Syndicates. He has recently been a business consultant for a number of blockchain start-ups.  

Day Two

Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

14.45 | Unlocking the Potential for Blockchain in Emerging Markets

Nick Leimer
Principal Insurance Industry Lead, Azure
Microsoft

Nick Leimer is the Principal Insurance Industry Lead for Azure. Nick brings 20+ years of experience bridging the business and IT gap in application development, operations, and infrastructure. Before joining Microsoft, Mr. Leimer was the Senior Director for Actuarial Compute at Manulife leading the migration of LAN based HPC Farms to the Azure environment for all of Asia; including all desktop Moody’s / GGY Axis users and data feeds. Prior to Manulife, his career progressed through developing applications for Actuarial Valuation and Projection including components of ArcVal and Prophet, the Defined Benefit area with the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (BPGC), and leading life insurers, AIG and Manulife.

Day Two

Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

13.45 | Panel Discussion - Making the Technology Work

Adrian Thornycroft
Programme Director, TOM
London Market Group

Day One

Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

15.40 | Why Collaboration is Key – Reviewing the London Target Operating Model (TOM)

12.20 | Panel Discussion - Leveraging Blockchain Across the Insurance Value Chain: Creating Your Strategy

Dante A. Disparte
CEO & Founder
Risk Cooperative

Dante Disparte is an entrepreneur, business leader and global risk expert. He is the founder and CEO of Risk Cooperative, a strategic risk advisory and insurance brokerage firm based in Washington, D.C. Dante serves on the board of the American Security Project, where he founded and chairs the Business Council. He is also a member of the Bretton Woods II Council and a fellow at New America. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on business and political issues shaping the world. From entrepreneurship, where he was invited by the White House to speak at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya, to risk, economic competitiveness and security issues, Dante’s wide-ranging views are regularly featured in leading media and publications, such as Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, Forbes and International Policy Digest, among others. A graduate of Harvard Business School, where he chairs the D.C. alumni association and is a former member of the global alumni board. Dante holds an MSc. in Risk Management from the NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. in International and Intercultural Studies from Goucher College. He is fluent in 6 languages and has conducted business all over the world. He is the co-author “Global Risk Agility and Decision Making” (Macmillan, 2016) and was recognized as one of the 40 leaders under 40 by the Washington Business Journal and in the inaugural Powermeter 100 list.

Day One

Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

09.20 | Opening Keynote Address - Moving Towards a Decentralised Digital Marketplace

09.10 | Chair’s Opening Remarks

Day Two

Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

09.15 | Chair’s Opening Remarks

Ariel Berman
Vice President
AIG

Ariel has over 20 years' experience in risk management and the insurance industry. Of these, 14 years' experience of exclusively underwriting financial institutions with AIG in NY and London . Most recently he was the Financial Institutions Manager for EMEA and responsible for leading and implementing the FI strategy. Ariel has extensive experience in new product development, creative solutions for emerging and new risks; working closely with clients to ensure they have the right mitigation tools to tackle future risks. Currently Ariel is one of the leaders with AIG responsible for fintech   and Innovation and led the successful the first pilot to use blockchain technology in multi-national policy program.     He holds a MBA degree with finance concentration from the New York Institute of Technology and is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII).

Day One

Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

14.30 | Panel Discussion - Consortium vs Independent? Reviewing Approaches to Blockchain Collaboration

14.00 | Going Solo - Initiating a Blockchain Collaboration & Developing a Use Case

Magda Ramada
Senior Economist
Willis Towers Watson

Magdalena is a Senior Economist at Willis Towers Watson’s Research and Innovation Center. She has 20+ years of experience in R&D and international consulting. Magda holds a PhD in Quantitative Economics and Finance and was Willis Towers Watson’s Head of Research and Analytical Services. She currently focuses on strategic consulting for the Insurance Industry, especially around emerging markets, #insurtech and blockchain/distributed ledger technologies. Her main areas of expertise include technology and innovation, MNC internationalization strategies, emerging markets, global governance, macroeconomic and sociopolitical risks. Magdalena has 15 years of teaching experience at European and Latin American universities. She has presented at various international conferences and summits and has several publications in her areas of expertise. She also led many research projects for multilateral organizations on microinsurance, financial inclusion and innovation.

Day Two

Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

15.30 | Panel Discussion - Engaging Your Business in a Marketplace Model – Culture & Change Management

14.15 | Beyond Back-End Efficiencies – Leveraging Blockchain for the Future of Insurance

Gary Nuttall
Managing Director
Distlytics

With over 25 years of commercial experience in a variety of industries, including retail, pharmaceuticals, commodities trading and insurance, Gary has acknowledged expertise in Business Intelligence, Data Analytics and Business Analysis.  He is a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and is well recognised in the Blockchain / Distributed Ledger Technology arena, with particular expertise in the commercial insurance and legal sectors.  He has been an international keynote speaker, panellist, moderator and chairperson at numerous conferences, summits and events since 2015 and regularly features in the Blockchain Top 100 people list. Gary runs the ICO Meetup London group and is a founding partner of Team Blockchain, a global virtual consultancy specialising in distributed ledger, crypto and ICO’s.  He is a technical consultant to the ClydeCode Consultancy practice formed by international law firm Clyde & Co.  He’s an advisor to Blocksure, a UK-based InsurTech startup implementing blockchain in the insurance industry.  He’s also an advisor and mentor to blockchain startups and ICOs and is Managing Director of Distlytics a boutique blockchain analytics consultancy through which he provides education, advisory and consultancy services.

Day One

Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

14.30 | Panel Discussion - Consortium vs Independent? Reviewing Approaches to Blockchain Collaboration

Benoit Abeloos
Policy Officer, Startups and Innovation, ICT Standardisation
European Commission

As policy officer, Startups and Innovation, Benoit is in charge of Blockchain standardisation, and chairs the Interoperability and Standardisation Work Stream of the FinTech Task force, between DG CNECT and DG FISMA. He also leads for DG CNECT the EU Catalogue of ICT standards, which is referred to in the Digital Single Market Strategy, and of international ICT standardisation actions. He contributes to the implementation of the ICT standards priorities communication and to different EC startup and scaleup initiatives, such as the policy support to Member States intending to improve their entrepreneurship ecosystem. He is also member of the eHealth Task Force. He worked previously as standardization and interoperability policy officer at the Health and Wellbeing Unit of DG CNECT, where he was in charge of the epSOS large scale pilot project. Before joining the Commission, he held different executive positions in ICT startups, in Amadeus, the technology partner of the travel industry, and in Belgacom, the Belgian Telecommunication incumbent.

Day Two

Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

10.00 | Regulatory challenges for Widening Blockchain Adoption

Lars Henneberg
Head of Risk Management,
Maersk Shipping

Day Two

Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

11.25 | Blockchain in Insurance: Use Cases in Action

Sylvain De Crom
Head of R&D
Aegon Blue Square Re

Sylvain is the Chief Product Officer for B3i and has been instrumental in designing the initial prototype and ongoing development of the enterprise version that we aim to take into production and also for the longer term product development roadmap. Sylvain was previously responsible for the research and development efforts of Aegon Blue Square Re, Aegon’s in-house reinsurer. He started his professional career in investment banking. He holds a Masters in Physics from Utrecht University in The Netherlands. His focus in academia was in computational and statistical physics. Sylvain has published numerous articles on longevity, blockchain and underwriting risk solutions and is a frequent speaker on the topic and related innovations.  He has done extensive research on longevity risk and geo-concentration risk and was one of the pioneers of stochastic longevity modelling and structured the first capital market longevity risk hedge.

Day Two

Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

13.45 | Panel Discussion - Making the Technology Work

11.25 | Blockchain in Insurance: Use Cases in Action

Susan Holliday
Principal Industry Specialist Insurance
International Finance Corporation

Susan is part of the financial institutions group at IFC. She invests in insurance, both mature companies and earlier stage technology related to insurance, in developing countries. She has 29 years experience in insurance in a variety of different roles. Prior to joining IFC, Susan worked at Swiss Re, where she was a Managing Director and Head of Strategy for the reinsurance business worldwide and a member of the executive team. In this capacity she worked on all aspects of life and health and property casualty re/insurance; headed a global team; and led the strategy work for emerging markets and for Fintech. Susan also held the positions of CFO of Reinsurance Client Markets and Head of Investor Relations at Swiss Re. Before Swiss Re, Susan worked in equity research and equity sales covering the insurance industry at UBS, JP Morgan and Paribas. Susan started her career as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross (now Deloitte) in London and then established a counterparty credit analysis department for an insurance broker. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments in the UK. Susan is a British national. She graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford with a degree in modern history. In 2014, Susan completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. She is also an angel investor and advisor to several start-ups.

Day Two

Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

14.45 | Unlocking the Potential for Blockchain in Emerging Markets

Bill Pieroni
CEO
ACORD

Bill Pieroni is President & CEO of ACORD. Prior to his appointment in 2016, Mr. Pieroni served as the Global Chief Operating Officer of Marsh and was responsible for the firm’s global operations. Additionally, he was the Chief Technology and Transformation Officer across the Risk and Insurance Segment. Prior to joining Marsh, Mr. Pieroni was Senior Vice President and part of the Office of the Chairman at State Farm. Prior to that, he served as Aon’s Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer with global responsibility for operations across retail, wholesale and reinsurance brokerage. His extensive insurance and financial services background also includes General Manager of IBM’s insurance business, a partner at Accenture, and consultant with McKinsey & Company. Mr. Pieroni earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting with University Honors & Distinction from the University of Illinois. He also received his M.B.A with Highest Distinction, and was named a Baker Scholar from Harvard University School of Business Administration.

Day Two

Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

09.20 | Keynote Address - Towards Digital Maturity – Lessons for Blockchain Adoption

Chris Madsen
CEO
Aegon Blue Square Re

Chris Madsen is Chairman and CEO of Blue Square Re N.V., Aegon’s internal reinsurer and a company he co-founded in 2010. Mr. Madsen holds a Masters in Engineering from Princeton University in Princeton, USA. His undergraduate degree is in Mathematics and Economics. He is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He started his professional career in New York in 1990, working as Consulting Actuary and later Principal. Mr. Madsen has published numerous articles on innovative underwriting risk solutions and is a frequent speaker on the topic and related developments. Mr. Madsen is an avid proponent and driver of integrating start-up and insurtech expertise into insurance solutions - including internet-of-things applications as well as blockchain initiatives such as “B3i”. He is also responsible for the ground-breaking longevity solutions that Aegon brought to the capital markets totalling over EUR 20bn of reserves.

Day One

Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

12.20 | Panel Discussion - Leveraging Blockchain Across the Insurance Value Chain: Creating Your Strategy

Walid Al-Saqqaf
Innovation Manager
Beazley

Walid Al-Saqqaf is a contractor at Beazley as their In-House Entrepreneur and Blockchain Evangelist. He is also founder of a dedicated podcast on blockchain in the insurance industry called Insureblocks. Previously Walid worked as a Fintech consultant and has co-founded 5 start-ups.

Day Two

Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

15.30 | Panel Discussion - Engaging Your Business in a Marketplace Model – Culture & Change Management

Christopher McDaniel
President
The Institutes' RiskBlock Alliance

Christopher has 25+ years’ experience in the financial services industry with varied projects and management roles including organizational transformation, process improvement, roadmap development, PMO and all facets of technology. Experience includes projects related to process re-engineering, data analytics, system integration and relationship management. Extensive experience in the Life and Annuity space, with strong industry-wide relationships and operational expertise. Christopher is currently Executive Director of The Institutes RiskBlock Alliance. The Institutes RiskBlock Alliance is an unprecedented, industry-led consortium collaborating to unlock the potential of blockchain across the insurance industry. RiskBlock will accelerate time to market and adoption through real-world applications and impactful blockchain use cases. Previously, Christopher was a Specialist Leader in Deloitte Consulting Insurance Practices specializing in Strategy and Operations. Previous to Deloitte, Christopher was the SVP of Operations & Technology for the Insured Retirement Institute, where he brought together operations, technology and compliance executives across the largest insurance and brokerage companies in the nation into one strategic voice to drive the annuities industry forward. He was also responsible for the management and expansion of the industry standard Straight Through Processing business processing models. Christopher also served as the Chief Operating Officer & VP of Annuities Product Management at Aplifi, the industry provider of the second largest annuities transaction order entry platforms. During his tenure he completed a turn-around of the annuities processing software firm from zero customers in production to 40 during, with a more than doubling of the company’s valuation. Lastly, Christopher served as a SVP & Chief Information Officer in Pacific Life’s Broker/Dealer unit. This unit consisted six securities firms with more than 3,000 branch offices. Christopher was brought in to standardize the technology across all companies, while running the day-to-day technology. Systems implemented tripled securities trading volume while providing 75% improved regulatory compliance with bullet proof disaster preparedness.

Day One

Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

16.10 | Blockchain – From Bricks to Castles: An Enterprise Approach

12.20 | Panel Discussion - Leveraging Blockchain Across the Insurance Value Chain: Creating Your Strategy

David Edwards
Founder & CEO
ChainThat

David has proven his industry leading experience repeatedly during his work with large enterprises and start-ups alike over the past 20 years. His wide-ranging skills span the provision of high-level business architecture design & strategy down to detailed, low-level technical solutions.  He has been working with and architecting Blockchain and smart contract based solutions for (re)insurance since 2014 and is skilled across a multitude of Blockchain platforms.  He has been a thought leader in how insurance markets can adopt blockchain solutions to add real business value.

Day One

Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

14.30 | Panel Discussion - Consortium vs Independent? Reviewing Approaches to Blockchain Collaboration

Stephan Karpischek
Co-Founder
Etherisc

Stephan is one of the co-founders of Etherisc, a blockchain startup building decentralized insurance applications. Before Etherisc, he co-founded disrupt consulting, a cooperative for digital strategy consulting, educated major banks and telecom enterprises on blockchain technology, and was part of the of the UBS Crypto Innovation Lab. Stephan has more than 20 years experience with IT businesses, has been working on digital currencies since 2008 and holds a PhD in Information Management from ETH Zürich.

Day Two

Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

11.15 | Practicalities of Creating a Decentralized Insurance Platform

Ingemar Svensson
Founder & CEO
iXledger

Before founding iXledger, Ingemar was the CTO of Risk and Valuation at SunGard Asset Management. His experience ranges from managing large organisations to hands-on software development. Ingemar has spent 20 years building mission critical systems in various roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance.

Day One

Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

11.50 | Developing Insurance Solutions Using Blockchain

John Thompson
Partner
Intelligent Protection Partners

John Thompson is a consultant for Diacle, a blockchain regulatory and compliance firm.  He is also co-founder of Intelligent Protection Solutions, a financial & asset protections specialist advisory firm providing insurance solutions to businesses & individuals.  He has over 17 years of experience in financial services, including working for Lloyds & Royal London.  John took up a keen interest in disruptive technology and the developments occurring in blockchain in 2016.  He is exploring how he can take

Lee Brenner
Chief Partnerships Officer
Global Blockchain Business Council

Lee Brenner is Chief Partnerships Officer at the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), the world’s leading trade association for the growing blockchain technology ecosystem. Launched at the World Economic Forum at Davos in 2017, the GBBC is an industry-led, Geneva-based non-profit dedicated to furthering adoption of blockchain technology through engaging and educating business leaders, regulators, and global decision-makers on how to harness this groundbreaking tool to create more secure, equitable, and functional societies. A technology & media veteran, Lee previously was the Market Development & Storytelling Lead on Microsoft’s Technology & Civic Engagement team. Prior to Microsoft, Lee co-founded, managed, and oversaw the acquisition of HyperVocal, a digital media start-up. During his time at HyperVocal, Lee also reported from the White House and co-hosted "Politics Powered by Twitter," a daily radio show on SiriusXM. Earlier, Lee founded FastFWD Group, a digital communications and marketing firm dedicated to targeting often underserved demographics. During the early days of social media, Lee was Politics & Cause Marketing Lead at MySpace at its height of popularity, working closely with organizations like the innovative 2008 Obama Presidential campaign. Lee was also an Executive Producer of the groundbreaking MySpace-MTV Presidential Dialogues. Before MySpace, Lee was a Senior Editorial Producer at CNN in New York and Washington, DC, where he produced live TV interviews with heads of state and other global newsmakers. With a desire to use technology for social good, whether in government, civil society, or non-profits, Lee has tried to maintain that integrity during his career. Lee was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations for 5 years; he sits on the Board of Advisors of Why Tuesday?, a voting rights organization; and he sits on the Technology Board of Advisors to Atlas Corps, an organization that brings technology & social innovators from around the world to train in the United States.

Day One

Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

09.50 | Building the Business Case for Blockchain Investment

Marco Boni
Head of Operations and IT
Generali

Marco Boni has over 20 years of international experience in the insurance industry. He is now Global head of Operational Excellence and Process Innovation in the Generali Group. In 2015, being the head of Operations and IT at Generali Global Corporate & Commercial Italy, he promoted the creation of a broad market community involving the COOs of the main Italian insurers and brokers with the aim of modernizing the operating model at market level, beyond the traditional company boundaries. This community focused on the risk assessment and placement processes and came up with the first European commercial insurance blockchain PoC at the end of 2017. With an endless passion in technology and innovation nurtured in various Operations and IT management roles, Marco Boni also covered leadership positions in different insurance functions allowing him to gather sound competences in marketing and communications, direct business management, tied agent distribution, multinational business and underwriting. Prior to Generali he worked for Zurich Insurance Group, Marsh and Allianz. He holds a Master in Business Administration and an engineering degree from the Politecnico di Milano University.

Day Two

Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

13.45 | Panel Discussion - Making the Technology Work

11.25 | Blockchain in Insurance: Use Cases in Action

Mark Duff
Associate
Y/Zen

Mark is an experienced and well respected professional in the London Insurance Market with a solid and strategic understanding of the international reinsurance market and the utilisation of IT within global financial organisations.  Mark first started his career as a broker and underwriter before moving on to account management working with IT solutions providers like CSC where he managed accounts for customers within the London Market until 2005 and then TriSystems Limited until 2011.  More recently he was Head of Client Management at Qatarlyst Limited and Ebix.  Mark knows many people in the market, including specific cyber brokers and underwriters, and has handled a number of business development projects.

Day One

Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

12.20 | Panel Discussion - Leveraging Blockchain Across the Insurance Value Chain: Creating Your Strategy

Navin Ramachandran
Blockchain and DLT Specialist
IOTA Foundation

Consultant Radiologist at University College London Hospital. Navin is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer and Faculty Member at UCL's Centre for Blockchain Technologies. In addition to this, Navin is UK Joint Clinical Lead for the NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative (Prostate Cancer), Co-founder of NHS Code4Health (OpenCancer and PEACH) and Member of the IOTA foundation. IOTA is a ground breaking new open-source distributed ledger that does not use a blockchain.

Day Two

Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

15.30 | Panel Discussion - Engaging Your Business in a Marketplace Model – Culture & Change Management

Paul Meeusen
CEO
B3i

Paul Meeusen has over 25 years of experience in advising, building and operating teams in an international environment in the disciplines of finance, accounting, operational treasury, audit and risk control. Paul is the CEO of the newly incorporated company B3i (Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative) which has been formed out of the B3i consortium which was created in December 2016. As Head of Distributed Ledger Technology at Swiss Re, he led Swiss Re's team in the forming B3i and has been instrumental in driving its strategy which is aimed at overhauling the way insurance companies exchange data and trade risks. Prior to reinsurance, he was a Director in the Financial Advisory practice of PwC and he started his career with a provider of treasury, cash management and financial planning software. Paul is passionate about applying new and disrupting technology for a good purpose, and is a thought leader on Blockchain-enabled insurance operating models. He holds a Masters in economics from Leuven university (Belgium) and is a Certified Internal Auditor.

Day One

Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

14.30 | Panel Discussion - Consortium vs Independent? Reviewing Approaches to Blockchain Collaboration

11.40 | The Story So Far – How the B3i Consortium is Moving the Industry Forwards in Blockchain Application

Peter Temperley
Chief Product Officer
Blocksure

Over 30 years experience in the London insurance, reinsurance and broking markets covering financial control, technology, process improvement, MI and change management. Peter brings valuable expertise to support our vision of using new technologies to enhance the customer experience across the insurance industry. His detailed understanding of Distributed Ledger Technology will enable the industry to realise significant efficiencies and identify growth opportunities. He has recently led a blockchain PoC at a global reinsurer.

Day Two

Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

11.25 | Blockchain in Insurance: Use Cases in Action

Ranvir Saggu
CEO
Blocksure

An experienced insurance executive with over 25 years’ in-depth experience across composite insurers, MGAs, brokers and claims TPAs, including: CEO responsibility for BUs where he has driven growth and performance improvement; and CFO and IT director roles in turnaround businesses. He is accomplished in change-management delivering large transformational programmes and building high-performance teams. Hands-on experience across international businesses, PE backed ventures and regional SMEs.

Ross Campbell
Chief Underwriter
Gen Re

Ross Campbell is Chief Underwriter of the Research & Development department of Gen Re Life/Health, based in London. His varied role involves medical and non-medical risk research including digital innovation. For 10 years Ross was Chief Underwriter of Gen Re UK responsible for claims and underwriting client services. Ross has worked in reinsurance for more than 30 years both in the UK and in overseas markets. A graduate of Aberdeen University, he is a Chartered Insurer, holds the Assurance Medical Society Diploma in Medical Underwriting, and is a Senior Examiner for the Chartered Insurance Institute in London.

Day One

Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

14.30 | Panel Discussion - Consortium vs Independent? Reviewing Approaches to Blockchain Collaboration

Ryan Rugg
Head of North America
R3

Ryan Rugg is spearheading North American business development in asset management and insurance for R3.  She works closely with R3’s network of members and partners, helping drive global commercialization and integration of R3’s Corda platform. In 2017, she launched the Center of Excellence for Insurers and Reinsurers at R3 which is redefining the foundations of insurance by harnessing the power of collaborative networks through the deployment of blockchain technology. Prior to R3 Ryan worked for Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan where she gained extensive experience in financial services covering a broad range of institutions including; insurance, hedge funds, banks and asset managers. Ryan started her career in Technology at Lehman Brothers, experiencing first-hand the inefficiencies in the legacy infrastructure she is now working to solve. She has a double major in Computer Science and Finance.

Day One

Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

14.30 | Panel Discussion - Consortium vs Independent? Reviewing Approaches to Blockchain Collaboration