InsureTech Connect 2017 will feature two full days of keynotes, news, panels, fireside chats and demos with more than 200 thought leaders from across the global insurance industry.
CHIEF CUSTOMER OFFICER @ PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL
Naveen Agarwal is responsible for driving Prudential’s customer experience and engagement strategies to deliver economic returns and expanded capabilities to the company. Prior to Prudential, Naveen was CEO of Pricelock, a startup helping energy professionals to hedge and transact physical energy contracts, and President of E*TRADE Capital Management where he managed E*TRADE’s retirement, mutual fund, wealth management, lending, and corporate stock plan business. Naveen holds an MBA from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, CA and Bachelors in Computer Science & Engineering from IT-BHU, Varanasi, India.
HUSSEIN AL BAYA
PRINCIPAL @ SAGEVIEW CAPITAL
Hussein is a Principal at Sageview Capital, a growth equity firm founded by two former partners at KKR and that has raised over $2bn since inception. Hussein leads the firm’s investment efforts in the financial services and financial technology sectors. Previously, he was on the investment teams at Valinor Management, Bain Capital Credit, and Goldman Sachs’ Principal Investment Area. Hussein is an honors graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
PRINCIPAL @ AMERICAN FAMILY VENTURES
Drew is the NY based Principal at American Family Ventures, a $200m Venture Capital firm backed by American Family Insurance. He was previously a Senior Associate with AXA Strategic Ventures, a fund he helped build while in the Strategy & M&A team at AXA. Drew has a deep finance background and has led publicly traded restructurings, capital raising and partnership negotiations on three continents and was the Founder of CalendarFly.com a NY based ed-tech startup.
FOUNDER & CEO @ HOVER
A.J. Altman is Founder & CEO of HOVER, a 3D software company based in San Francisco. Prior to founding HOVER, A.J. was an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. He began his career as an engineer at Intel Corporation. A.J. is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
FOUNDER AND CEO @ PLUG AND PLAY TECH CENTER
Saeed has been a technology investor since 1998 and co-founded Amidzad with Pejman and Rahim in 1999. He has been closely involved with many new emerging growth companies, including 3 investments with over $1B valuation: Paypal (acquired by eBay), Lending Club (IPO, Dec 2014) and DropBox. Saeed founded Plug and Play, the ultimate startup ecosystem, in 2006. Saeed is an active member of the tech community and a frequent contributor to numerous charitable foundations.
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER @ LAPETUS SOLUTIONS
With over 25 years experience in developing and building businesses for major global insurance marketing organizations in Europe, Latin America and North America, Janet is responsible for bringing our revolutionary approach to life event prediction to market through branding, messaging and business development activities. She received her BA from University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and her XMBA from Loyola College.
GLOBAL LEADER, INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY @ WILLIS TOWERS WATSON
Duncan is Global Leader, Insurance Technology at Willis Towers Watson. He specialises in personal lines pricing and related software and has worked with most of the UK’s main insurers and major multinational insurance groups. He steers the development of market leading insurance technology and software solutions used by insurers globally for the pricing, claims, underwriting, reserving and capital management. He also heads the Advanced Analytics function within the Company.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ LIMELIGHT HEALTH
Recognizing the early trend for insurtech innovation in 2013, Jason co-founded Limelight Health to deliver better data integration and sales efficiency for insurance carriers, PEO’s, brokers and others in the employee benefits ecosystem. Limelight’s award-winning technology, QuotePad™, aims to transform the way health insurance and employee benefits are quoted, sold and renewed. Jason is a serial entrepreneur advising numerous Silicon Valley startups, also volunteering in the industry/community.
Sharon Ashton has been with the Chubb for 31 years. Sharon has a BA in Economics with a minor in Computer Science from Lafayette College Easton, Pennsylvania. Sharon joined Chubb’s Information Technology department in 1986 as a programmer. She has been involved in the design, build and implementation of Commercial Lines applications at Chubb and has managed both technical and business analysis teams.
PRINCIPAL @ AMERICAN FAMILY VENTURES
Josh Aycock is a Principal and founding member at American Family Ventures, the venture capital arm of Fortune 500 property and casualty insurer American Family Insurance, where he is focused on sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities, structuring deals, and supporting the firm’s portfolio companies. Josh currently serves on the Boards of Cozy; Hover; One, Inc.; and XOR Data Exchange. Prior to joining AFV in 2013, he worked for several years in health tech and disaster response, as well as in product roles at various startups. He holds an AB from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MBA and an MS in human-computer interaction from the University of Michigan.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ TRUSTEDCHOICE.COM
Charles “Chip” Bacciocco is the CEO of TrustedChoice.com, the nation's largest online marketing platform for independent insurance agents and IA insurance companies. Prior to joining TrustedChoice.com in 2012, Chip served in multiple roles over his 30-year career in the insurance industry, including as COO of Aon Private Risk Management Services, Inc., Senior Vice President of Product Strategy at Zywave and Vice President of E-Business Application Development at Arthur J Gallagher & Co. Chip is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and lives with his wife and children in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
CEO & CO-FOUNDER @ DENIM®
Gregory Bailey is the CEO & Co-Founder of Denim®, an insurtech company that is reimagining marketing and distribution with wicked smart technology. With more than 20 years of executive experience in the insurance industry, Gregory has led national marketing and sales teams at Northwestern Mutual, Mutual of Omaha, CUNA Mutual Group, Pacific Life and Athene. Gregory and the Denim team are excited to make a major product announcement at this year's conference!
PARTNER @ NORWEST VENTURE PARTNERS
Parker Barrile is a Partner at Norwest Venture Partners. Prior to Norwest, he was CPO at Prosper, a marketplace lending company, and VP Product at LinkedIn, where he led a product org responsible for 80% of LinkedIn’s revenue. Earlier in his career, Parker founded a venture-backed startup and held strategy roles at Google and Bain & Company. Parker has served as an advisor to startups such as Medallia, Thumbtack, NerdWallet, Doximity, and Procore. He holds a BS in Math and an MBA, both from Stanford.
VENTURE INVESTOR @ MENLO VENTURES
Croom is an investor at Menlo Ventures where he focuses on investing in innovative financial technology and software companies. Prior to joining Menlo, he launched and ran Payoneer’s Early Payments business, offering working capital solutions to small businesses around the globe. Croom began his career as a growth-stage investor at Susquehanna Growth Equity where his investment experience includes companies like Credit Karma, Payoneer, and PaySimple.
DR. JOHANNES BECHER
FOUNDER & CEO @ GETSURANCE
Johannes is the founder and CEO of the Berlin-based life insurance startup Getsurance. Before inventing the first digital disability insurance, he replicated existing business models such as Lending Club as an executive at Germany's super-incubator Rocket Internet. With a PhD in law and additional degrees in Management and Technology, Johannes excels in building products in highly regulated industries. He lives in Berlin-Kreuzberg and enjoys burgers and craft beer - which he pays in Bitcoin whenever possible.
HEAD OF NEW STRATEGIC MARKETS @ MUNICH RE
Jill Beggs is Head of New Strategic Markets at Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. (Munich Re) managing the Innovation Practice, Corporate Communications and Cross-Platform Teams. Jill was previously Head of Specialty Lines Underwriting in the Reinsurance Division (RD) of Munich Re and an Innovation Point Person, responsible for understanding the Group’s innovation efforts. A graduate of Gettysburg College, Jill’s a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter and earned the Associate in Reinsurance designation.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ MALBIS MEDIA
With over 15 years of experience in direct response TV & radio advertising, Jason Bennett has created, managed and analyzed results-driven campaigns directly responsible for nine-digit call center sales. When he’s not creating schedules for call center advertisers, Jason enjoys fishing and coaching basketball.
RUTH FOXE BLADER
DIRECTOR, INVESTMENTS @ ANTHEMIS GROUP
Ruth Foxe Blader is a Director at Anthemis. Prior to joining, she led venture investing in Insurtech and Asset Management at Allianz, where she spent more than 5 years bridging the gap between Allianz and the emerging technology ecosystem. Ruth has spent her entire career guiding digital transformation at Fortune 500 companies, previously leading PepsiCo’s global digital and social strategies, and running the European subsidiary of a New York digital agency.
VP - INNOVATION STUDIO @ RGAX
Farron Blanc is VP, Innovation Studio at RGAx, Reinsurance Group of America’s, incubator. His expertise in product development, and growth, derive from years in developed and emerging insurance markets. He is a partner at SixThirty, a FinTech VC fund, and a mentor at the Global Insurance Accelerator. He was named one of the 20 Insurance Innovators to know by Digital Insurance, and one of the top 35 young executives by Intelligent Insurer in 2017.
TEAM MEMBER @ AQUILINE TECHNOLOGY GROWTH
Julie joined the investment team of Aquiline Technology Growth in 2017. Prior to joining Aquiline, Julie was an investor at Accel in Palo Alto where she focused on high-growth SaaS, mobile, and Internet businesses. Previously, she worked at Two Sigma Ventures investing in early-stage data science driven businesses. Julie began her career in venture capital at Insight Venture Partners.
GROUP HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS @ ZURICH INSURANCE
Francis Bouchard is the Group Head of Communications and Public Affairs for Zurich Insurance Group where he oversees the Group’s communications, government affairs, corporate citizenship and thought leadership initiatives. His first joined the insurance sector in 1989, and since has held a series of industry-focused lobbying, communications, sales and public affairs roles. He also served as a managing director at Hamilton Place Strategies. Francis attended Syracuse University and the George Mason University School of Law.
VENTURE PARTNER @ BANCO SANTANDER
Pascal has been an active investor in the financial services industry for the past 8 years and has focused on fintech venture for the past 5. Pascal brings a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience as an executive with both large institutions and high growth SMEs, including tech startups. Pascal is currently focused on AI, digital identities and platform strategies applied to the financial services industry. Pascal is currently a Venture Partner with Santander InnoVentures.
CO-FOUNDER @ ENERGETIC INSURANCE
James Bowen is the co-founder of Energetic Insurance, an InsurTech startup developing innovative risk management solutions for the solar industry. James is also a Lecturer teaching product development and entrepreneurship at Olin College of Engineering. Previously, he co-founded a solar development company and was a founding team member at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. He is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and The George Washington University.
S. ERIC BOYUM
MANAGING DIRECTOR @ AON RISK SOLUTIONS
Mr. Boyum serves as a Managing Director and National Leader of Aon’s Technology and Communications Industry Practice. With over 20+ years with Aon, Mr. Boyum has amassed considerable experience in executive liability program development and claim resolutions, primarily in the technology and telecommunications, life science, and retail sectors. Prior to his engagement with Aon he spent 5 years in brokerage positions in the San Francisco Bay area working with Technology clients. Mr. Boyum holds a B.S. in Business Finance with an Emphasis in Risk and Insurance from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse.
SVP, DIGITAL @ ARGO GROUP
Andrew Breen is SVP of Digital for Argo Group, a mid-cap in the insurance and risk management space where he leads the company’s transition to a digital business. His team applies technology so Argo can become the fastest and smartest risk assessor. Andrew is formerly the VP of Product for Amex’s Enterprise Digital division and has done eight tech startups across multiple. Andrew is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business.
FOUNDING PARTNER @ HELPFUL NETWORKS
Jacob Brody is a Founding Partner at Helpful Networks, a platform consultancy and investment firm where he advise mid & large-cap clients while investing in and advising entrepreneurs building next generation platforms. Previously, Jacob was a Founding Partner at New York City based seed fund MESA Ventures and Co-Founded Benny, a Google Ventures backed freelancer tax & insurance startup. Jacob is a lifelong New Yorker, same as his wife Lauren and baby boy Bowie.
VP CORPORATE RESEARCH @ CHURCH MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY
Bob Buckley joined Church Mutual in 1988. He has held leadership roles in sales, underwriting, product management and corporate administration. Buckley graduated from LeMoyne College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, and has completed executive education programs at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
PRINCIPAL @ DELOITTE CONSULTING, LLP
Tim is a Principal in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations service area. He has over 22 years of experience in strategy, operations and technology consulting within the financial services industry. Tim specializes in providing services to insurance clients, with an emphasis on individual life, annuity and group insurers. He lives in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife, Melodi and sons, Grant and Bennett. Tim is a graduate of the University of Kansas (BS – Business Administration) and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan (MBA).
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR @ CONNECTED INSURANCE OBSERVATORY
Matteo is Founder and Director of the Connected Insurance Observatory, Global InsurTech Thought Leader. He is internationally recognized as an insurance industry strategist with a specialization on innovation. Matteo is author and world-renowned authority on InsurTech - ranked among top international InsurTech Influencers - and he has spoken to audiences worldwide. Before creating the Connected Insurance Observatory, he spent 11 years in Bain & Company’s Financial Service practice. Matteo received his degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University, Milan.
GLOBAL HEAD OF EULER HERMES DIGITAL AGENCY @ EULER HERMES DIGITAL AGENCY
Louis Carbonnier joined Euler Hermes in 2014 to head the Group CEO office. In July 2015, Louis founded Euler Hermes Digital Agency (EHDA) to explore new business models and reinvent credit insurance using digital technologies. Since then, EHDA has become a reference in B2B trade, launching more than 100 PoCs and prototypes. Prior to joining EHDA, Louis worked as a Principal at Oliver Wyman. He drove strategy consulting to financial institutions focusing on digitalisation and distribution strategy internationally.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO @ BLUEPRINT INCOME
Matt is the co-founder and CEO of Blueprint Income (formerly Abaris) where he’s working to reimagine the pension in a 401(k) world using insurer-backed retirement income. Matt left the Wharton M.B.A. program to start Blueprint Income in 2014. Prior to that, he was a Policy Advisor at the US Department of Treasury, where he advised the Treasury Secretary and other senior officials on student loans and the future of retirement.
DIRECTOR OF ASSURITY VENTURES @ ASSURITY
As Director of Assurity Ventures, a certified B Corporation life and health insurer, I look to partner with or invest in early stage or expansion stage startups that have context for insurance related products. This includes insurance-specific technology entities as well as other technology startups that provide the possibility of marketing our products such as fintech and health & wellness offerings. - Stop by as I would love to help.
BRIAN T. CASEY
PARTNER, REGULATORY & TRANSACTIONS INSURANCE GROUP @ LOCKE LORD LLP
Brian T. Casey is a Partner in the Atlanta office of Locke Lord LLP and a member of the Corporate, Capital Markets and Health Care Practice Groups, Brian focuses on corporate, merger and acquisition, corporate and structured finance and other transactional, and regulatory matters for corporate clients in the insurance, financial services and health care industries. His clients include insurance companies, insurance holding companies, managing general agents and insurance agencies, third party and claims administrators, banks and other financial institutions, investment banks and reinsurance companies.
MANAGING PARTNER @ RUSSELL REYNOLDS ASSOCIATES
Justin Cerilli leads the firm's Financial Services Technology and Data & Analytics Practices. Within Financial Services, Justin recruits leaders for Insurance, Asset Management, Banking and Capital Markets, and Consumer Banking clients. Justin advises clients on how to recruit and retain transformational talent in Data & Analytics. He also helps boards and CEOs successfully recruit executives to FinTech companies.
DR. NAZIM CETIN
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ ALLIANZ X GMBH
Dr. Nazim Cetin is the Co-CEO of Allianz X. Nazim has more than a decade of leadership experience in investing, business development and entrepreneurship. Before joining Allianz X, he held several leadership positions at media conglomerate Bertelsmann. Prior, he founded the first German magazine focusing on philosophy and economics agora 42 and was an investment banker at Maple Bank. He is a venture partner for Target Global, and an advisor for VC funds and start-ups.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ RISKGENIUS
Chris Cheatham is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of RiskGenius. The RiskGenius platform organizes the world’s insurance policy information. Chris previously worked with the ClaimKit team to develop Privity, a document management system that has managed over $1 billion in claims. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Kansas and a juris doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.
HEAD OF AQUILINE TECHNOLOGY GROWTH @ AQUILINE HOLDINGS
Max has over 17 years of private equity and venture capital investing experience. Prior to Aquiline, he was a Managing Partner at Millennium Technology Value Partners. Previously, he led technology growth investments for Mellon's Private Equity Group and worked at Salomon Brothers. Max is a member of the Board of Directors of Carpe Data. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Queen's University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
FOUNDER & CEO @ CAPTRICITY
Kuang Chen is the founder and CEO of Captricity and the recipient of MIT Technology Review's ‘35 Innovators Under 35’ award. The idea for Captricity came from Kuang’s PhD dissertation at UC Berkeley. His research focused on data-centric approaches to increase the efficiency of low-resource organizations. While doing research in Tanzania and Uganda, he experienced firsthand the importance and difficulty of transforming paper into actionable data. Captricity now provides its solution a majority of top insurance companies, as well as US government agencies, and hundreds of non-profits - to increase revenue, reduce cost, and gain insights.
SENIOR LIFE & ANNUITIES ANALYST @ AITE GROUP
Samantha Chow is a senior analyst with Aite Group, specializing in the life insurance and annuities industry. She brings over 15 years of experience in 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, Ms. Chow held senior-level strategy, innovation, and research positions at New York Life Insurance Company and Aflac. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and statistics and a master’s degree in international business.
HEAD OF FUTURES @ HISCOX
Matthew joined the UK retail division of Hiscox in 2011 and managed a large customer service initiative that included structural changes and the identification, improvement and measurement of behaviours that focussed on customer service. In 2013 he transferred to the London Market division where he was developing the e-commerce strategy for both the London and Guernsey businesses. In 2016 he moved to head up a new division within Hiscox UK, looking at innovation and disruptive trends in the insurance and fintech sector. Matthew works with start ups, VCs and entrepreneurs; finding ways to trial new ideas and innovations in a quick, cost effective way.
GROUP CHIEF TRANSFORMATION OFFICER @ AXA
Benoît Claveranne is Group Chief Transformation Officer and a member of the AXA Management Committee. He notably oversees technology, data, distribution, operations and efficiency. He joined AXA in 2009 where he grew business and built franchises in France, in Europe and in Asia. Before joining AXA, Benoît Claveranne sat on the boards of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank during the Global Financial crisis, after having held several positions in the French Treasury.
CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ CEDENT
Michael Coles is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cedent, a global investment firm focused on the insurance industry. He is known to have a very practical understanding of (re)insurance, alternative capital, and emerging technologies that are changing the fundamental economics of the insurance business. Previously, at Coles Advisory Partners, he advised global insurance companies with corporate finance and growth strategies. Michael is frequently sought after by government leaders, policy makers and some of the world’s largest organizations for guidance on how to navigate the increasing complexities of the global insurance markets.
GLOBAL INSURANCE DIGITAL LEADER @ EY
David Connolly leads the EY Global Insurance Digital Practice. He is heading EY's focus to define a multitude of technology-enabled business offerings that help insurers quickly launch digital solutions to remain competitive. In addition, David is driving EY’s launch of a Digital Insurance Service Bureau, where EY will run and host insurance products for carriers from both a business process and IT support perspective. David is based in Silicon Valley, California.
MICHAEL F. CONSEDINE
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS
Michael F. Consedine has spent his entire career in the insurance industry as an attorney, regulator, and executive. Before joining the NAIC as CEO in January 2017, he served as the Global Head of Government and Policy Affairs at Aegon, one of the world's largest financial services companies with operations in 20 countries serving over 30 million customers. Mr. Consedine served as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner from 2011 to 2015.
GLOBAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP LEAD - INSURANCE @ NEST LABS, INC.
Christina Cragholm is the Global Enterprise Partnership Lead for insurance carriers at Nest Labs, Inc.Christina became a pragmatic strategist and practitioner of the Internet of Things (IoT) while at QUALCOMM, Inc. Previously, Christina grew businesses throughout the mobile industry value chain: hardware strategy at Samsung, carrier sales at iSkoot, embedded software partnerships at Kodiak Networks, service provider data analytics at Globalstar, and billing consulting at Accenture. Christina attended Princeton University and the MIT Sloan School of Management.
PRESIDENT & CEO @ VALEN ANALYTICS
Dax Craig is the Co-Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Valen Analytics – an Insurity Company. Valen is an advanced data and analytics provider for the property and casualty insurance industry. Valen works with insurers who are actively looking to improve underwriting profits by driving growth and/or lowering their loss ratio. Prior to founding Valen in 2004, Dax was founder and CEO of Xertex Technologies, a leading provider of antennas for Wi-Fi, in-building wireless, and telematics. Dax earned his MBA in finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ ORBITAL INSIGHT
James Crawford is the founder and CEO of Orbital Insight, a geospatial big data company using deep learning analysis of satellite images to understand socio-economic trends at scale. He has worked on innovative software projects for two decades, previously leading Google Books and managing robotics at NASA's Ames Research Center.
PAMELA PECS CYTRON
FOUNDER, CHAIRWOMAN & CEO @ PENDO SYSTEMS
Pam Pecs Cytron has 30 years of financial services technology experience and launched Pendo Systems, Inc. in 2008. Pendo provides technology for the global capital markets industry and serves 25 percent of US G-SIFIs. In 2015, Pendo created a machine learning platform that helps make financial institutions AI-ready by turning unstructured data into structured, AI-ready data at a machine scale. Pam’s leadership extends beyond Pendo to serving the community at local, state, and national level.
CEO & CO-FOUNDER @ TRACTABLE
Alex Dalyac is co-founder & CEO at Tractable, an artificial intelligence company that automates expert visual tasks. Tractable’s AI technology is the leader in auto damage appraisal; its products are used globally by leading insurers. Prior to cofounding Tractable, Alex was a hedge fund quant, and a business developer at “startup unicorn” Lazada. Alex holds a degree in econometrics from the London School of Economics, and a master’s in computer science from Imperial College London, where he is a recipient of the Philips Prize in Computer Science for 2014.
FOUNDING PARTNER & CEO @ HIGHLINE BETA
Marcus Daniels is a digital product entrepreneur, pre-seed venture capitalist and corporate accelerator expert that helps co-create new ventures with the Global 2000. A Founding Partner of Highline BETA which is a Startup Co-Creation company launching new ventures with corporations in FinTech, InsurTech and Digital Health. Co-Founder of HIGHLINE, a pre-seed vc with 32 active startup investments and 14 exits. Prior to HIGHLINE Marcus was the Managing Director of Extreme Startups and COO at TrendHunter.com.
PRESIDENT, LIFE INSURANCE @ SELECTQUOTE INSURANCE SERVICES
Tim is the President of SelectQuote Insurance Services, America’s largest independent term life insurance agency focused on direct-to- consumer insurance distribution. Previously Tim founded and led SelectQuote Auto & Home, one of the country’s largest DTC property and casualty brokerages. In 2007 Tim co-founded and was the Chief Executive Officer of Spring Venture Group, a high-growth national tech-enabled insurance platform in the senior health, auto/home and life insurance verticals. Tim has a Business Degree from the University of Missouri and his MBA from the University of Kansas.
GENERAL MANAGER OF NORTH AMERICA @ MOBILEYE
Moran David is Mobileye’s General Manager of North America. Moran has spent the last 18 years as an entrepreneur and a consultant, specializing in travel, retail, consumer products, e-commerce and business strategies. Moran has vast experience working with retailers, B2B and service companies on strategy, finance, growth channels, innovation and infrastructure planning. He was also the founder of Boom Sushi in NY, the CEO of Sabon USA, and the founder of Nature Adventure in Chile.
HEAD OF CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT @ FARMERS INSURANCE
Mariel Devesa is the Head of Corporate Development and Innovation at Farmers Insurance, a Fortune 500 company and one of the nation’s leading property and casualty insurers. She is responsible for the development of relationships and programs addressing changes in the new economy to acquire and retain customers and improve existing capabilities. Devesa has directly developed and lead programs generating in excess of $300M in annual revenue. Farmers was the 1st insurer to incorporate phone distraction in a telematics offering in 2017 and the 1st mainstream carrier to launch coverage’s for rideshare drivers in 2015; which is now live in 29 states.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ INSUREON
Ted Devine is the CEO of Insureon, the nation’s leading online small-business insurance agency. Prior to joining Insureon, Devine held several senior executive leadership positions at Aon Corporation, including President of Aon Risk Services, which boasts more than $5 billion in revenue and 28,000 employees worldwide, and CEO of Aon Re. Before joining Aon, Devine spent 12 years as Director of McKinsey & Company, helping improve the performance of Fortune 500 companies.
PARTNER @ CANAAN PARTNERS
Brendan invests in startups that are changing the world with code in the fintech, e-commerce and digital media sectors. He built Canaan’s investment thesis in insurance and is passionate about companies that re-imagine how insurance products are purchased and sold. Previously, Brendan was a senior quantitative analyst at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. He holds an M.B.A. with distinction from NYU Stern School of Business, an M.S. in Computer Science from Brown University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Bowdoin College.
PRODUCT MANAGER – IOT, CONNECTED HOME @ VERISK
Drew Doleski is responsible for smart home product development at Verisk Insurance Solutions, a market leader of advanced data and analytics services to insurance, healthcare, financial services, supply chain, and energy markets. Drew comes from a broad background at the intersection of insurance and technology. His past work experience includes Samsung SmartThings, Esurance, Allstate, and Bang & Olufsen, where he has held roles in marketing, operations, and product development. He is an alumnus of Loyola University Chicago's Quinlan School of Business.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ CSAA INSURANCE GROUP
Paula Downey is president and chief executive officer of CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer. She joined CSAA Insurance Group and its AAA club affiliate, AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah, as the chief financial officer in 2000. Ms. Downey was promoted to chief operations officer in 2003, president in 2005 and president and CEO in 2010. Previously, Ms. Downey had a career with the Auto Club Group in Dearborn, Michigan
CEO & PRESIDENT @ CARPE DATA
As co-founder and CEO, Max Drucker leads development and execution at Carpe Data, which provides next generation predictive scoring and data products to P&C and life insurance companies. Carpe Data is the latest in a series of innovative, insurance-focused technology companies that Max has co-founded, which include Social Intelligence, Steel Card, and eCoverage. Max has also been recognized by Insurance & Technology Magazine as one of its Top 10 Innovators of the Decade.
CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER AND CHIEF DATA & ANALYTICS OFFICER @ MARSH
Sastry Durvasula is Marsh’s Chief Digital Officer and Chief Data & Analytics Officer. With deep experience in Big Data, Blockchain and Digital platforms, Sastry leads Marsh’s overall strategy and delivery for all things digital and data. Previously, he was Enterprise Head of Data & Digital Tech at American Express, where he launched the company’s Big Data ecosystem and innovative B2C/B2B digital experiences. Sastry plays an active role in leading industry consortia and is credited with several patents.
FOUNDING PARTNER @ HALYARD CAPITAL
Bruce Eatroff is the Founding Partner of Halyard Capital, a lower middle market private equity firm with over $600 million of assets under management. Founded in 2000, Halyard focuses on investments in sectors such as Financial Services Technology, IT & Tech-Enabled Services, Information Services and Digital Marketing. Prior to founding Halyard, Bruce was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, UBS and CIBC. Mr. Eatroff has an MBA from Wharton and a B.A. from Lafayette College.
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO @ FABRIC
Fabric Co-Founder & CEO Adam Erlebacher was formerly COO at Simple where he led Simple’s growth from pre-launch to hundreds of thousands of customers (acquired by BBVA). Prior to Simple, he co-founded PlaceVine, an online advertising marketplace (acquired 2011), and led business development at natural language startup Colloquis (acquired by Microsoft). Earlier, Adam specialized in technology, media, & telecom transactions at JPMorgan. He received his B.A. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School.
FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN @ COMPAREGLOBALGROUP
Mads is a Serial Entrepreneur, and the Founder and Managing Partner of Nova Founders Capital. Within Financial Services, Mads has founded companies such as CompareGlobalGroup, CompareAsiaGroup, CompareEuropeGroup, Private Equity Insights, and ComparaGuru.com, backed by investors including Goldman Sachs, QED, Peter Thiel, and The World Bank. Mads holds the record for the fastest completed bachelor in Denmark, where he is from, and received his MBA from MIT, where he graduated as one of the youngest ever.
JAMES M. FISCHER
PARTNER @ DRINKER BIDDLE
James Fischer is a partner and co-vice chair of the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group and a member of the Corporate Venture team. Jim represents both public and private clients in various industries including medical, chemical, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical, and general manufacturing. Jim focuses his practices on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, entrepreneurial matters, venture capital financings, secured and unsecured financing/lending transactions, corporate restructurings and general corporate matters. Jim also focuses his practice on advising both individual and institutional clients in a variety of matters.
SVP, CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT @ MAIDEN RE
Colin Fitt is the Senior VP of Corporate Development at Maiden Re. Maiden Re is a publicly traded Bermudian reinsurance company that focuses on low volatility reinsurance for small and mid sized regional and specialty insurance companies. Colin’s reinsurance carrier began as a reinsurance broker developing specialties in catastrophe modeling and structured reinsurance. He later went on to work for the private equity arm of GE pursuing strategic investments. Prior to joining Maiden he spent 13 years as an insurance investment banker focusing on mergers and acquisition and capital raising.
CEO & CO-FOUNDER @ POLICYGENIUS
Jennifer Fitzgerald is the CEO and Co-Founder of PolicyGenius, an independent digital insurance company for consumers. Previously, she was a junior partner at McKinsey & Company, where she advised Fortune 100 financial services companies on marketing and strategy. Jennifer regularly shares her insights on personal finance and insurance tech and serves as an expert on the insurance industry and entrepreneurial path. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Florida State University.
SENIOR ANALYST @ CELENT
Mike brings extensive industry experience to the analyst role. Prior to Celent, he was VP of Enterprise Underwriting Solutions at Zurich North America. He held a number of executive positions at RSA, including a Regional Operations role. Mike's research focuses on innovation, emerging technologies, business process and operations, and distribution management. Mike has a BA in economics from Davidson College and a MBA from Duke University. He is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER @ ITL
Guy has 30 years within the insurance industry and been on the leading edge of building innovation systems for the past 10 years spanning primary carriers, reinsurers, and related sectors. As Chief Innovation Officer, Guy leads ITL’s Innovator’s Studio, helping insurance providers leverage consistent innovation for long term leadership, growth, stability. Guy is also one of the world’s leading authorities on the risks and opportunities associated with autonomous vehicles.
EVP AND CHIEF STRATEGIC AND DEV OFFICER @ CRAWFORD & CO.
Ken Fraser joined Crawford & Co. in June 2015 as the chief strategic and development officer and partners with business segment leaders and corporate executives to conceive and execute strategic, long-term financial plans for Crawford. His responsibilities include developing competitive analysis of the competitive landscape to contribute to decisions about new markets, products and pricing. Prior to coming to Crawford, he held executive roles with Wells Fargo Insurance and Marsh & McLennan.
STRATEGY & INNOVATION @ CSAA INSURANCE GROUP, A AAA INSURANCE
Brian Gaab is a strategy and innovation leader for CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA insurer. The company has been serving AAA members for over 100 years offering automobile, homeowners, and other personal lines of insurance. Brian joined the company in 2013 in corporate strategy, and in 2015 began with the new Strategy & Innovation function for CSAA IG where he focuses on implementing new technologies inside the company to make insurance simple, proactive, and personal.
VP & GLOBAL HEAD - CONNECTED EXPERIENCE @ VIRTUSA
Adam Gabrault, VP & Global Head of Connected Experience is a 10+ IT services veteran with a proven track record delivering enterprise-grade digital solutions and leading professional services organizations in the US, Europe and APAC. Adam has global responsibility for Virtusa’s mobile + IOT practice. He works with the team to ensure client success through all phases from defining strategy, designing, building and launching connected experiences across the Banking & Financial Services, Healthcare, Insurance, Media & Diversified industries. Prior to joining Virtusa, Adam was Director, Delivery & Northeast PMO for Mobiquity and held leadership positions with APN Outdoor, Experian Data Quality, and Micros-Retail.
AREA PRESIDENT - MANHATTAN @ ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER
In addition to helping lead the innovation strategy for broker Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Brendan Gallagher serves as Area President - Manhattan. Prior to that, he was the head of Business Development for Gallagher’s Chicagoland Property & Casualty operations, where he also led the company’s Senior Care Practice across the United States.
PRINCIPAL @ DELOITTE CONSULTING, LLP
Malika Gandhi is a Principal in Deloitte Consulting’s Insurance Strategy practice, with more than 15 years of experience across the financial services industry, spanning insurance, retirement services, retail banking, and capital markets. Over the last 3+ years, she led the development and launch of D-rive, Deloitte’s end-to- end telematics platform for the auto insurance sector. Malika holds a BA in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
PARTNER @ OLIVER WYMAN
Prashanth Gangu is a Partner at Oliver Wyman in the Insurance practice. He works on business strategy, new venture setup, organizational design and large-scale transformation across the insurance value chain for insurers, and on transaction advisory for private equity investors. Prashanth is involved with the World Economic Forum and was a keynote speaker at ITC2016.
GAURAV D. GARG
CEO, PERSONAL INSURANCE @ AIG CONSUMER INSURANCE
Gaurav D. Garg is the Chief Executive Officer of Personal Insurance, responsible for Private Client Group, Personal Accident and Supplemental Health, Personal Auto and Property, Travel Guard and Assistance Services, Extended Warranty and Service Programs. Prior to joining AIG, Gaurav was a Senior Partner and President at Mercer and member of the Executive Committee. He was also with AIG from 2000 to 2012, holding various management and leadership positions across AIG’s Personal Line insurance business.
FOUNDER & CEO @ HARVESTING
Ruchit is Founder & CEO of Harvesting, a company focused on enabling financial inclusion for farmers in emerging world. Prior to Harvesting, Ruchit was Founder & CEO of 9Slides, an online learning company for growing businesses, which was acquired by Limeade in 2015. Prior to that Ruchit worked for Microsoft at Redmond HQ and Hyderabad for several years and contributed to many key projects such as XBOX Live, Windows 7, MSN Games etc. Ruchit is also chairman of Shobhit University Alumni Network and mentor/advisor to several startups in India and USA.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT – STRATEGIC MARKETING, INDUSTRY RELATIONS AND INNOVATION @ MAJESCO
Denise Garth, a Top 50 InsurTech Influencer, is Senior Vice President Strategic Marketing responsible for leading marketing, industry relations and innovation in support of Majesco’s client centric strategy, working closely with Majesco customers, partners and the industry. Prior to joining Majesco, Denise held business and technology senior executive roles with leading insurance companies. Denise is a Cum Laude graduate, with a BS in Math and Computer Science from Central College in Iowa.
CMO, PERSONAL INSURANCE @ TRAVELERS
Jay Gauthier has been a leader in driving digital marketing innovation, strategy, and execution for some of world’s leading direct-to- consumer technology and financial services brands. Jay currently serves as the CMO of Personal Insurance for Travelers, overseeing the company’s marketing functions that support its Direct-to- Consumer and Retail Marketing channels in Personal Insurance. Prior to his assignment at Travelers Insurance, Jay has also held direct-to- consumer digital and direct marketing roles at Microsoft, IBM Direct, Compaq Direct, and Lotus Development Corp. Jay holds a B.A.of English from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
GENERAL PARTNER @ PROPEL VENTURE PARTNERS
Ryan brings 20 years of global fintech experience to Propel Venture Partners. Ryan is executive chairman of SmartBizLoans, a SMB lending marketplace he co-founded as an EIR at Venrock; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s director of bKash, Bangladesh’s leading remittance network; and a director of River City Bank in Sacramento. He was co-founder/CEO of real estate payments company PropertyBridge (acquired by MoneyGram International), an early investor in Eventbrite, and a founding advisor to Square.
SVP, RESEARCH & CONSULTING @ NOVARICA
Jeff Goldberg, SVP, Research and Consulting at Novarica, is an expert in areas including data analytics, digital strategy, SaaS/cloud computing, and software engineering. Previous roles include senior analyst at Celent; VP, Internet Technology for Marsh Inc.; Director, Web Technology for Harleysville Insurance; independent software consultant; and Microsoft researcher. He has a BSE in computer science from Princeton University and an MFA from the New School in New York.
FOUNDER AND CEO @ NEXT INSURANCE
Guy Goldstein, Founder and CEO of Next Insurance, is focused on transforming small business insurance, making it simple, fast, and transparent. Guy brings over 20 years of experience in technology, product development, management, and strategy. Prior to Next Insurance, Guy was the Founder & CEO of Check, a mobile payment company, which was sold to Intuit for $360M. Guy served in the Israeli Air Force as a major and fighter pilot.
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER @ MERCURIEN
Based in Sydney, Australia, Michael Graham is a co-founder of Mercurien Insurance Pty Ltd and Principal of Fleetrisk. With a background in brand and product innovation Mr Graham is now focussing his efforts on innovation in insurance at the intersection of technology, data analytics and emerging business models. Mercurien has recently been accepted into the Singapore based KPMG Digital Village to develop MVP for on-demand car insurance.
DIRECTOR OF MICROENSURE LABS @ MICROENSURE
Peter heads the innovation incubator at MicroEnsure, the world’s leading microinsurance company. After joining the company in Ghana in 2010, he built the MicroEnsure Africa mobile insurance model, which has since reached more than 50 million registered customers in 12 countries. 85% of MicroEnsure’s customers were previously uninsured. Now based in the US, Peter directs innovation teams as a separate vertical within MicroEnsure’s footprint. He holds degrees from Oxford University, Emory University, and Davidson College.
ADVISOR IN RESIDENCE @ STARTUPBOOTCAMP INSURTECH
Tshidi Hagan currently serves as an Advisor in Residence at Startupbootcamp InsurTech, a leading global insurance technology accelerator programme (“the Programme”). She’s responsible for ensuring the Programme’s strategy evolves to align with the ongoing and changing needs of the Programme’s key stakeholders: primarily this includes the Programme’s corporate sponsors, investors, and startups. Previously Tshidi was an investment professional working for Old Mutual Emerging Market’s (“OMEM’s”) corporate venture fund, known internally as the Strategic Investment Fund. She holds a Bachelor in Business Science from the University of Cape Town and a Masters Level Diploma in Taxation from the University of the Witwatersrand.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO @ LADDER
Jamie is Ladder’s CEO and Co-Founder. He believes life insurance is a fundamentally great product for families and communities and so built Ladder to be the instant, simple, and smart way to insure your life. Prior to co-founding Ladder, Jamie was Partner at Aldenwood Capital and at Oak Hill Investment Management, a premier family office with over $12 billion in assets. He also worked at NextCard, pioneering instant credit and the first ‘internet enabled’ Visa card. Jamie is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Harvard Business School.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ FLO
Gabriel Halimi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Flo, a first of its kind water control and monitoring system that proactively detects microleaks and other vulnerabilities anywhere in a home water system, protecting the home, promoting maintenance and empowering conservation. Prior to co-founding Flo, he was an equity partner of a law firm, and then later joined the Umami Burger restaurants as VP of Corporate Operations. He lives in LA with his wife and twins.
PRESIDENT @ ARITY
Gary Hallgren is president at Arity, a technology company founded by The Allstate Corporation that provides a platform of data and insight solutions for customers across the globe. In this role he leads the development and implementation of Arity’s strategy and operations. Hallgren and his team at Arity are currently focused on bringing new products and services to market that enhance the consumer driving experience and help increase safety on the road.
MANAGING DIRECTOR @ PROTIVITI
Adam Hamm is a Managing Director with Protiviti focused on serving financial services clients concerning risk, compliance, and cybersecurity matters. He has deep knowledge of financial services regulation with hands-on experience in all insurance supervision and policy related matters. Adam served as a former President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Chairman of the NAIC’s Cybersecurity Task Force, Principal on the United States Financial Stability Oversight Council and North Dakota’s elected insurance commissioner.
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER @ TOMORROW
Dave Hanley – an accomplished digital entrepreneur and social advocate – is CEO of Tomorrow, which helps families make long-term financial and legal decisions together for the first time, in an easy-to- use app. Previously, Dave founded Banyan Branch, a leading social media agency, acquired by Deloitte. Prior to that, Dave was VP of Marketing at Shelfari, a social network for readers, acquired by Amazon. Earlier in his career, Dave worked with NGOs and banks implementing and assessing microcredit programs, including time as a Fulbright scholar. Dave holds an MBA from Stanford and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from BYU.
FOUNDER & CEO @ PITZI
Daniel is the founder of Pitzi, the leading provider of protection plans for cellphones in Brazil. Pitzi is backed by leading investors including Thrive Capital, Kaszek Ventures, DCM and QED Investors. Daniel is also an advisor to venture fund Flybridge Capital Partners, where he supports their investment activity in Latin America. Prior to Pitzi, Daniel served as a private equity analyst with Warburg Pincus' financial institutions team in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College.
DR. STEFAN HECK
CEO & FOUNDER @ NAUTO
Dr. Stefan Heck is CEO/Founder of Nauto, whose AI-powered connected auto camera network is making driver safer and smarter today and informing future autonomous vehicle development. Prior, he was professor/research fellow at Stanford University. He also led McKinsey’s Cleantech and Sustainability practice worldwide. He is a board director, angel investor and author of Resource Revolution. Stefan has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from UCSD and a B.S. with honors in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.
MANAGING DIRECTOR @ GLOBAL INSURANCE ACCELERATOR
Brian Hemesath is the Managing Director of the Global Insurance Accelerator. The GIA is a 100-day program designed to help early-stage InsurTech companies grow. He is responsible for the overall success of the program and ongoing support of the portfolio companies. He has built a career around technology startups, having been a founder and co-founder of several businesses.
DIRECTOR IT @ PRINCIPAL
Beth is an experienced technology leader, spending the last 10 years in the financial services industry. In her current role with Principal, she heads a technology department that supports capabilities for product distribution. In addition, Beth partners closely with the Global Insurance Accelerator to connect business leaders at Principal with InsureTech start-ups, to explore innovative solutions to customer needs.
PRINCIPAL INSURANCE SPECIALIST @ IFC
Susan joined IFC in April 2016 as an insurance specialist in FIG. She focuses particularly on developing new investment business and on health insurance and new technologies and in promoting our work insurance for women. Prior to IFC, Susan worked at Swiss Re. 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.
CHAIRMAN @ INSURETECH CONNECT
Caribou Honig is cofounder of QED Investors, a boutique venture capital firm focused on financial services. His investments span an array of marketing, payments, and insurance technology companies particularly where B2C customer acquisition drives the business. He serves on the Darden Corporate Advisory Board and is Chairman & Cofounder of the InsureTech Connect conference. He and his wife have two children and two occasionally annoying dogs.
RICK HU, MD
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ VIVAMETRICA LTD.
Dr. Hu has been a practicing Spinal surgeon for more than 25 years and has held leadership roles in research, teaching and healthcare administration. Dr. Hu is the Founder and CEO of Vivametrica Ltd., a provider of predictive risk analysis to the insurance industry and group wellness program providers. Vivametrica redefines how individuals and organizations measure health risk by combining easy to use, science based analysis tools with personalized data from IoT sensors.
CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER @ HOMESITE INSURANCE GROUP
Mr. Hubbard has 24 years’ experience in the technology sector. After spending 15 years at Microsoft running various software development departments, he became a serial entrepreneur. In 2013, Mr. Hubbard became CTO of a start-up insurance company, AssureStart, that focused on selling small business insurance online. In 2015, American Family Insurance acquired AssureStart and merged it with their operating company, Homesite Insurance. Mr. Hubbard currently serves as Chief Digital Officer at Homesite.
HEAD OF INVESTMENTS @ ARGO DIGITAL
Oleg is Argo Digital’s Head of Investments, overseeing the VC fund allocated from Argo Group’s $4B investment portfolio. Previously, he held a variety of positions at Argo Group, including SVP & CFO of Argo’s US Operations. Prior to Argo, Oleg focused on financial institutions within Bear Stearns Merchant Banking, Bear’s private equity fund, and within Bear Stearns’ investment banking division. Oleg holds an MBA from MIT and a BA from Columbia University.
CO-FOUNDER @ CYBERJACK
Roman is the co-founder of CyberJack, a venture backed cyber insurance startup. Previously, he built an online lending business at Ebury, a Greylock backed Fintech firm, was on the investment team of Bain Capital, and was a consultant with Mckinsey&Co. Roman holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
GENERAL PARTNER @ EOS VENTURE PARTNERS
Jonathan has 18 years of FinTech and InsurTech investing experience, as CEO and Managing Partner of Jaguar Capital Partners, and prior to that as CEO and Managing Partner of Katalyst, an Internet Accelerator. Jonathan has had many notable exits, including the sale of Blockchain provider INVeSHARE to Broadridge Financial Group (NYSE: BR), Enerwise acquired by ComVerge, ERisk acquired by SunGard and several IPO’s including Breakaway Solutions (NASDAQ: BWAY), China Cablecom Ltd. (NASDAQ: CABL) and Internet Capital Group (NASDAQ: ICGE), now Actua (NASDAQ: ACTA).
CO-FOUNDER @ INSURANCE REVENUE
Frank Kasimov is a co-founder of an insurance tech startup InsuranceRevenue.com, a marketplace for publishers to sell leads, calls and clicks for auto, home, life, and business insurance. Insurance Revenue uses big data and machine learning to improve its platform to help publishers get top payouts and buyers find targeted quality prospects.
CHIEF SCIENTIST, GLOBAL @ AIG
Reza is currently the Chief Scientist at AIG (leading the company's AI research and InsurTech innovations, globally), as well as one of the co-leads of Deep Medicine program at the University of Oxford's Martin School (focused on healthcare innovation, and the use of AI in digital health ecosystems). He obtained his DPhil (i.e., PhD) in computational neuroscience and machine learning from the University of Oxford in 2010, and since then has been leading teams, research initiatives, and disruptive innovation projects in both academia and industry.
Ms. Klingel is a transformational business leader with a record of building market value working with turnaround and startup organizations in a variety of industries. Peggy is currently supporting Allstate’s Claims Innovation team developing strategic partnerships and startup engagement strategy. Peggy is a C.P.A., holds an M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University as well as a Bachelor’s of Accountancy from Marquette University. Peggy also holds Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) designations.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ FLOCK
Ed is the CEO of Flock, a London-based insurtech startup that uses Big-Data to quantify risks in real time and insure drone flights. Flock has partnered with a world-leading insurance company to launch their first product in the UK: Pay-as-you-fly drone insurance, sold through a smartphone app. Ed recently graduated from Cambridge University Technology Policy (MPhil), where he published various papers on autonomous vehicles, government policy for artificial intelligence, and the future of the drone industry.
MANAGING PARTNER @ THAYER STREET PARTNERS
Josh Koplewicz is the founder of Thayer Street Partners, a boutique private investment firm based in New York City. Thayer Street provides flexible, private growth capital solutions to middle market business and financial services companies that are often technology-enabled and or leverage the internet, data analytics or software to scale their businesses. Prior to Thayer Street, Josh was an investor at Goldman Sachs & Co’s Special Situation Group where he invested across the capital structure in financial services and business services assets and companies.
ASSISTANT VP OF PROPERTY & CASUALTY INNOVATION @ USAA
Jon-Mike Kowall heads up a strategic team at USAA focused on taking innovation to the next level for the USAA Insurance Company. With 20 years of financial industry experience ranging from actuarial, underwriting, product development, finance, and emerging analytics, Jon-Michael is currently the Assistant VP of Property Insurance Product Development & Innovation. This team is finding new and better ways to create value for the 12 million members of USAA by leveraging new and emerging technologies, creating strategic partnerships, and thinking outside the box.
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER @ CAPE ANALYTICS
Ryan Kottenstette is the CEO and co-founder of Cape Analytics, which leverages geospatial imagery and artificial intelligence to create a living database of the most accurate and up-to-date property data for (re)insurers and other property stakeholders. Prior to cofounding Cape Analytics, Ryan was an investor at Khosla Ventures, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm where he invested in and incubated companies applying computer vision and artificial intelligence in industries ranging from shipping logistics, to agriculture, to healthcare.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ LEASELOCK
Reichen Kuhl, a military veteran (Air Force Captain) is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, a flight instructor, published author, and holds a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. Reichen, winner of Season 4 of CBS’ “The Amazing Race," is an attorney and the CEO of LeaseLock, the first nationwide Rent Payment Insurance company.
CHIEF PARTNERSHIP OFFICER @ HIGHLINE BETA
Ron Kunitzky is the Chief Partnership Officer at Highline BETA, a company that helps forward-thinking enterprises innovate faster and co-create new ventures in the areas of InsurTech, Fintech, Digital Health and CPG. Formerly, Ron was the President of Geyser Marketing Group; a Digital Co-Marketing Agency whose customers include leading technology and media companies like Google and Rogers Communications. He is the author of “Partnership Marketing” (Wiley) and has led workshops for several Fortune 1000 companies.
SVP, CHIEF CULTURE OFFICER @ CHUBB
Ivy was appointed to Senior Vice President and Chief Culture Officer following ACE Limited’s acquisition of Chubb; a transaction that created a global leader in property and casualty insurance. Ivy is responsible for ensuring the clarity and consistency of Chubb’s culture of craftsmanship, characterized by its commitment to superior underwriting, execution and service. Chubb also strives to be a diverse and inclusive meritocracy positioned to continually attract and retain the best talent.
VINCENZO LA RUFFA
PARTNER AND HEAD OF THE FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICES GROUP @ AQUILINE FINANCIAL SERVICES
Vincenzo is a Partner and Head of the Financial Technology and Services Group at Aquiline Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in financial services and technology. Prior to joining Aquiline in 2014, he was Managing Director of Susquehanna Growth Equity, a private equity group he co-founded that focuses on financial technology and software. Vincenzo is a Trustee of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, the Collegium Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, the Foundation for Excellence in Higher Education, and Christendom College. He earned a B.A. in Classics and a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
HEAD OF ANALYTICS @ EXAMONE
Brian Lanzrath is the Director of Analytics at ExamOne, Inc. His main areas of professional focus include predictive modeling for mortality and fraud, as well as the development of analytics-driven quality metrics for producers, paramedical examiners, and underwriters. His work has been published in multiple industry journals, including On the Risk and the Journal of Insurance Medicine, and he is a regular speaker on applications for big data and analytics in the life insurance industry.
VP, PARTNERSHIP SOLUTIONS @ HANNOVER RE
Tony joined the Hannover Re Group in July 2012 and is currently leading the Partnership Solutions group that supports insurance carriers’ products, web, mobile and digital strategies that are focused on the demands of today’s consumers and reaching new markets. With almost 25 years in the insurance industry, Tony has a varied background in product development, pricing, risk management, distribution, consulting and strategic planning.
PARTNER @ MINTZ LEVIN
Heidi is a sought-after insurance lawyer for her uncommon business perspective as an industry insider and reputation as a trusted advisor. She leads insurtech innovators and capital providers through product innovation and helps identify additional ways to maximize profit. Heidi advises VC firms business plan assessment in the context of regulatory compliance. She also assists entrepreneurs with shaping new technology within the global insurance regulatory framework and has experience with app-based and data-driven solutions.
EVP & CHIEF UNDERWRITING OFFICER, PROGRAM SERVICES @ STATE NATIONAL COMPANIES
Luke Ledbetter joined State National Companies in 2010 and serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer of Program Services. Luke’s responsibilities include expanding program services business and strengthening relationships with existing partners. Additionally, he is responsible for the program and credit underwriting and reinsurance functions. Luke obtained law degrees from The University of Texas School of Law and Cambridge University. Prior to joining State National, Luke practiced law with Baker Botts LLP.
PARTNER @ OLIVER WYMAN
Matt Leonard is a Partner at Oliver Wyman where he advises a globally operating client base within the insurance ecosystem. He leads the firm’s insurtech platform and was a keynote speaker at ITC2016.
MANAGING PARTNER @ IA CAPITAL
Andrew S. Lerner is Managing Partner of IA Capital Group, a fintech/insurtech-focused venture capital firm. Mr. Lerner is a director of Homeowners of America, Hedgeco Networks, Ceannate, Credibility Capital, SmartAsset, Wellthie, Crown Global, and Marqeta. Mr. Lerner holds a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ ABE
Spike is the CEO of Abe, a modern commercial insurance brokerage that leverages technology to better serve companies and make brokers more efficient. Previously he was on the early team at Opendoor.com and was an investor at Blackstone, where he helped start Invitation Homes. He received his MBA from Stanford.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER @ AMTRUST FINANCIAL
Christopher M. Longo, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, joined the Company in 2001 and has been Chief Operating Officer since 2016. Mr. Longo served as Chief Information Officer from 2006 – 2017. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Longo served in a number of functions with Credit General Insurance Company including as a commercial lines underwriter, actuarial analyst and regulatory compliance officer.
DAVID D. LUCE
PARTNER @ DLA PIPER (US)
David Luce has over 18 years of experience as an attorney and investment banker advising insurance companies, investment banks, and start-ups on insurance and fintech matters, M&A, securities offerings, structured finance, and venture capital and emerging growth financings and equity raises. He also helps clients with regulatory compliance and investigations and complex consumer litigation.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO @ BETTER VIEW
David is Co-Founder and CEO of Betterview, the leading platform for drone-based property inspections. Betterview is quickly becoming the essential platform for every transaction around buildings and properties for decision-makers who want to reduce risk, cost, and waste in an increasingly competitive environment. Prior to Betterview, David started a company that built social media software for small businesses which he sold to Constant Contact and built enterprise workflow and data analysis software while at Accenture.
FOUNDER & CEO @ THE ZEBRA
Adam Lyons is CEO at The Zebra, which he founded in 2012 and has grown into the nation’s most visited car insurance comparison marketplace. Adam previously worked at Lloyd’s of London and as an underwriter at All Risks LTD. He holds a BBA with a specialization in Risk Management & Insurance from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. In 2017 Adam was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List and spoke alongside Mark Cuban at South By Southwest.
VP INNOVATION @ TRAVELERS
Beth Maerz is the VP Innovation and Customer Experience at Travelers. She joined the company in 2005 in Product Management, moving on to positions of greater responsibility. Prior to joining Travelers in 2005, Beth held leadership positions with a variety of marketing and management consulting firms. Beth earned her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from Boston University.
FOUNDER & CEO @ BOOST INSURANCE
Alex is Founder and CEO of Boost Insurance. Alex recently founded Boost while Principal at IA Capital Group – a leading fintech and insurtech-focused VC firm in New York – where he gained almost a decade of experience investing in early stage startups. Alex helped spearhead insurtech investment activity at IA and completed multiple portfolio company investments in the space including Sure, Snapsheet, Wellthie, SmartAsset, and Hamilton Insurance Group.
CO-FOUNDER @ GALAXY.AI
Jas is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Galaxy.AI. She has been part of the boards of early stage companies and advised companies on business strategy and development. She has been founder of start-up previously and has also worked with several technology companies as part of a Venture Capital fund across various industry verticals. She has worked in three other countries apart from the US – UK, Canada and India. Jas has also received a Commonwealth Scholarship offered by University of Cambridge from where she did her Masters, and also holds Bachelors in Engineering from Panjab University.
INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE @ ARGO DIGITAL
Rohan is an Investment Associate at Argo Digital, helping manage Argo’s venture investment portfolio. Previously, he was at Fahrenheit 212, a leading innovation and design consultancy, where he advised Fortune 500 companies on innovation and growth challenges through digital product strategy and design. Rohan holds a BS in Economics from Wharton and a BAS in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
FUND MANAGER - INSURANCE @ POLAR CAPITAL
Fund Manager of the Polar Capital Global Insurance Strategy which for 18 years has invested exclusively in the global (re)insurance industry. The Strategy has over £800m (as at 28 February 2017) focusing on the non-life insurance industry. Nick has a global network of contacts with a particular emphasis in London, the US and Bermuda. Nick is active in the InsurTech community including mentoring on two accelerator programmes. He has been recognised as a Top 50 Global InsurTech influencer by Insurtechnews.
CHAIRMAN & CEO @ KESPRY
With 20 years of experience at growth-oriented technology startups as well as category leading software providers, such as Alteryx, Salesforce and SAP, Mathew has held a wide range of senior leadership positions, from driving company strategy to leading product management, development, sales and marketing teams. He joined Kespry, the leading aerial intelligence platform provider, in January 2017, where his focus is on driving the company’s growth into new markets and expanding the adoption of industrial insight Kespry’s autonomous drones make possible.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ XL CATLIN
Mike McGavick serves as CEO of XL Group ltd, which provides insurance and reinsurance risk solutions globally under the XL Catlin brand. Previously, Mike was chairman, president and CEO of Safeco Corporation. Prior to joining Safeco, Mike spent six years with CNA Financial Corporation, where he held various senior positions, including president and CEO of the company’s largest commercial insurance unit.
AVP, PRODUCT DELIVERY @ PACIFIC LIFE
Kathy Melgar is AVP, Product Delivery in the Retirement Solutions Division at Pacific Life, responsible for delivering competitive business applications and related technology services. She has over 25 years experience leading teams in application development and delivery, predominantly within insurance and finance companies. Her team is active in corporate innovation programs, using design thinking and agile concepts to engage with business partners to shape digital transformation, with Appian being one of their key enabling technologies.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ BOUGHT BY MANY
Steven has over 20 years’ diverse experience in the financial services industry - as a qualified actuary at AON and as a strategy consultant at McKinsey. Steven co-founded Bought By Many in 2012 to shift the balance of power in insurance. Since then, Bought By Many has been leading the insurtech vanguard in the UK with its focus on customer centricity: from product design, through the acquisition process to claims. Bought By Many is also present in a number of other countries. He is married with three kids, and has a passion for cycling, his sax, and for the charities he’s involved with.
FOUNDER & CEO @ EMBROKER
Matt Miller is the founder and CEO of Embroker, the tech-enabled and data driven commercial insurance broker. Matt is recognized as a key thought leader on insurance innovation and has been interviewed on the topic by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNBC, and others. Previously, Matt worked for Hellman & Friedman, where he served on the boards of HUB International, Applied Systems and Renaissance Learning. Matt graduated from Duke University, and earned an MBA from Stanford GSB.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ COVERHOUND
Keith Moore is CEO of San Francisco-based CoverHound, a recognized insurance technology leader in both Personal and Commercial P&C Insurance. In 2016, Keith founded CyberPolicy, which leverages CoverHound’s leading distribution platform to bring industry-first Cybersecurity + Cyber Insurance options to the US online. In the past three years, Keith has raised over $77 million in capital. In 2017, Keith was a Northern California finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
CO-FOUNDER & CDO @ PLUMIS INC
Yusuf Muhammad is an award-winning inventor and industrial designer. He is Cofounder and CDO of Plumis Inc. which are reimagining the fire sprinkler for the connected smart home. Our flagship product, Automist Smartscan, is well established in the UK, IOT enabled, more efficient, and leaves less water damage than was possible with traditional approaches. It can enable tighter insurance product offerings, valuable data and better risk management.
CAREY ANNE NADEAU
FOUNDER & CEO @ OPEN DATA NATION
Carey Anne Nadeau is the founder and CEO of Open Data Nation, an innovative startup that capitalizes on the tremendous potential of administrative public records to save lives, reduce business risk, and improve financial efficiency. An award-winning MIT-trained city planner and urban data scientist, formerly of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution, her work has been called transformational by the Open Data Institute (UK) and MIT and has been published in numerous outlets, including: the New York Times, The Atlantic, and GovTech Magazine.
FOUNDER & CEO @ CLEARCOVER
Kyle is the cofounder and CEO of Clearcover, a new kind insurance company built from the ground up to provide customers with more, for less. Before founding Clearcover, Kyle was a founding member of American Family Ventures and a corporate attorney focused on emerging company business matters.
VENTURE PARTNER @ NEA
Koichi is responsible for the creation of new experiences in the safety, security, and health of SOMPO customers by leveraging advanced digital technologies. Prior to joining SOMPO, Koichi led several start-ups as COO or CEO, including Midokura Corporation, UBIP, IP Infusion, ACCESS CO., LTD, and Lineo, Inc. In addition, spent 17 years at Mitsubishi Corporation driving global IT business development and strategic investments in the broadband/wireless market.
FOUNDER & CEO @ EFFECTIVE COVERAGE
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 a leader in the digital distribution of home and renters insurance. 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.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER @ DJI
Tim Nguyen serves as Business Development and Strategic Partnerships manager for DJI, the world’s leader in consumer and commercial drones. Tim is responsible for discovering emerging markets and developing the solutions to integrate drones into the workflow of the world’s most forward-thinking companies. Tim has engaged in successful partnerships with companies such as GE, Facebook, Apple, and American Airlines within areas of media, inspection, and public safety.
COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE FOR THE STATE OF WISCONSIN
Commissioner Nickel was appointed as Commissioner on January 3, 2011 by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. He currently serves as President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). He is also a member of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) and the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance which serves as an advisory committee to the Federal Insurance Office.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO @ BUNKER
After spending 15 years in executive positions at leading insurance carriers including Travelers & AXIS Capital, Chad left the traditional industry in early 2015 to launch Bunker, the first ever contract-related insurance marketplace, along with Insure.VC - an angel fund focused exclusively on Insurtech. In addition to his background in the industry, he's now been on both sides of the fence, raising venture capital for Bunker, and investing in several insurtech startups.
PRESIDENT @ INSIDE VENTURES
Trevor is the President of Inside Ventures whose mission is to help large brands find new customers through online lead generation and inside sales - primarily focused on insurance and education industries. Prior to Inside Ventures, Trevor worked at Deloitte Consulting and Five Elms Capital. Trevor received an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Kansas.
PARTNER @ XL INNOVATE
Martha Notaras is a Partner at XL Innovate, a venture fund focused on insurtech. She is on the board of Notion and a stealth data and analytics company, as well as a board observer at Cape Analytics. Martha ran corporate development for DMG Information, and served on many boards including RMS. She worked in investment and commercial banking at Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse. She earned her AB at Princeton and MBA at Harvard.
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER @ TEAMBRELLA, INC.
With over 20 years of experience in software development, Alex specializes in computer security and game theory. Before becoming an entrepreneur, he was a professional poker player. Alex holds an MSc in Computer Science from LETI. He currently lives in St. Petersburg, Russia.
STRATEGY DIRECTOR, INDIVIDUAL LIFE @ PRINCIPAL
Tammy Pascuzziis Strategy Director of Life Insurance at the Principal. She has over two decades of experience in the Financial Services industry. She has served in a variety of roles including project management, formal leadership and business unit strategy. Her responsibilities include researching innovative business opportunities and influencing strategic direction. Tammy is currently focused on advancing the use of data and analytics to grow revenue, build differentiating capabilities and engage the customer.
FOUNDER & CEO @ ROOST
Roel Peeters is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of startup experience ranging from enterprise software to consumer electronics and semiconductors. Before starting Roost, he was the co-founder of Ozmo Devices, a pioneer in low-power Wi-Fi. Prior to Ozmo’s acquisition by Atmel in 2012, Peeters successfully raised angel and venture funding rounds for the company. He also developed and executed Ozmo’s go-to- market plan with strategic partners including Intel and Microsoft. Furthermore, Peeters secured a key role for Ozmo in the standardization activities of Wi-Fi Direct technology.
INVESTMENT DIRECTOR @ JADEVALUE
Frank Pei is an Investment Director with JadeValue, investing in InsurTech/Fintech in China and globally. On top of the investment side, Jadevalue also runs a Fintech incubator in Shanghai and an Insurtech incubator in Beijing. Frank has deep knowledge of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, and worked for leading Chinese FinTech companies such as Ant Financial, and CashBUS.
GENERAL MANAGER, INSURANCE @ JORNAYA
Jaimie Pickles serves as General Manager of Jornaya's fast-growing insurance business. Prior to Jornaya, he pioneered and led multiple online and mobile advertising companies, including InsWeb – the first online insurance marketplace, We Speak Insurance – the first insurance call generation company, and Canal Partner LLC – advisor and investor in early-stage advertising technology companies. Jaimie holds the CPCU and ARM insurance designations and is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
INVESTMENT MANAGER @ TRANSAMERICA VENTURES
Andrew Pitz is an investment manager at Transamerica Ventures, the global venture capital fund of Transamerica and AEGON that specializes in investing in insurtech, fintech and enterprise software companies. There he has led the firms’ investments in PolicyGenius, Digital Currency Group, Everplans, SmartAsset and Hixme. Prior to joining Transamerica Ventures, Andrew worked at KBJ Capital, an early-stage technology investment fund. Andrew is a 2009 graduate of Penn State University.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ WELLTHIE
Sally has been a leader and innovator in the healthcare industry for over 20 years. She founded Wellthie in 2013 out of a deep passion for making health insurance more simple and approachable for consumers. She had a successful career leading product development at Anthem, one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies. Under Sally’s leadership, Wellthie has been named one of 30 Tech Startups with the Potential to Change the World.
PRINCIPAL IN OUR INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY PRACTICE @ DELOITTE
Arun has more than 25 years of experience delivering technology and strategy consulting services to the Insurance industry. He currently serves as the Insurance Sector leader for Deloitte Digital. During his tenure at Deloitte, Arun has led multiple initiatives for clients looking to define and to implement disruptive technology solutions and increase operational efficiency through the use of technology. Arun recently led a multi-disciplinary project to launch a disruptive insurance start-up which utilizes a digital platform to engage with customers and prospects.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ METROMILE
Dan leads Metromile's vision to connect the world’s cars and revolutionize the services that support car ownership. Most recently, he was the co-founder and CTO of AisleBuyer, a mobile retail innovator that was acquired by Intuit in April 2012. Additionally, he has published several research papers in machine learning with applications such as astrophysics, remote sensing, and computer vision. Dan has a Master’s in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Brandeis University.
PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER @ SNAPSHEET
CJ Przybyl is the co-founder and President of Snapsheet, the auto insurance industry’s largest provider of virtual claims settlement solutions. CJ began working in mobile claims technology startups in 2011 when he led the pivot of BodyShopBids into Snapsheet, a pivot that was featured in Forbes Magazine as an example for future entrepreneurs.
FOUNDER & CEO @ OKCHEXIAN
Paul Qi, Founder and CEO of OKChexian. MA in Actuarial Science at Boston University, BE in Computer Engineering and BA in Law at University of Science and Technology of China.
PARTNER @ ANTHEMIS
Yann is a Partner at Anthemis and brings in-depth knowledge of the trends shaping financial services innovation, as well as the startups addressing those and has international experience in a broad range of financial services. He contributes to the Principal Investment activities as well as advisory service. Prior to joining Anthemis, Yann worked as a consultant at Kurt Salmon in New York in various sectors and led the financial services innovation activity in the US.
ENTERPRISE UNDERWRITING SOLUTIONS, BC&IT @ ZURICH NORTH AMERICA
Girish Rao is the AVP of IT at Zurich North America responsible for Commercial Insurance underwriting solutions. In this role, he leads a multi-billion dollar application portfolio, overseeing a large diverse team across multiple geographies. Over his 25 years in the IT industry, Girish has lead complex, large-scale, multi-million programs spanning strategy development, solution architecture & execution, business transformation and process automation. Girish’s breadth of experience spans the Insurance, Retail, Technology and Education sectors.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, DIGITAL PARTNERS @ MUNICH RE
Andrew Rear is the Chief Executive of Munich Re Digital Partners. He joined Munich Re in 2010, leading the Asia, Africa and UK life businesses until May 2016 when he took up his current role. Digital Partners is a global business working with, and investing in, start-ups, digital verticals and the sharing economy, with the ambition of building a more engaged proposition for insurance customers. Prior to joining Munich Re, Andrew was a partner and head of the EMEA insurance practice at Oliver Wyman.
FOUNDER & CEO @ DATALOT
Josh Reznick has been a communications software developer since childhood and has been helping shape how businesses connect with customers for the past two decades. In 2009, Josh founded Datalot with the goal of creating a unified platform merging digital advertising with phone-based sales processes. Josh is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, NY, where he resides with his wife and two daughters.
JESSICA RICHARD, PH.D.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER @ MALBIS MEDIA
Jessica Richard completed a Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Recognizing that there is a substantial degree of overlap between academic research and business, she decided to implement her training in data analysis, communication, and marketing in a business arena.
INNOVATION SCOUT @ ERGO DIGITAL VENTURES
I’m an Innovation Scout for ERGO Digital Ventures and Executive in Residence at Startup Boot Camp London. My background is 17 years of insurance and marketing experience. As innovation scout I identify new technologies that are related to the insurance industry with a strong focus on “bring innovation alive”. Before joining ERGO Digital Ventures I was heading an international inhouse consulting unit for ERGO Direkt.
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ COMPARE.COM
Andrew Rose is the President and CEO of Compare.com, the leading car insurance comparison website in the United States. Compare.com was founded on the belief that shopping for car insurance should be easier. Andrew is a graduate of the Darden School of Business and has worked in a number of insurance companies prior to Compare.com, including Progressive, Countrywide and Elephant Auto Insurance. Andrew lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife and three children.
PARTNER @ YELLOWWOODS VENTURES
Daniel looks after venture activities for Yellowwoods, identifying investment and strategic partnership opportunities for the Group’s insurance portfolio. Yellowwoods represents insurance businesses across sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, SE Asia and Europe covering life, P&C, brokerage/affiliate and price comparison. We add most value at proof of concept stage onwards and have a record of building large, international businesses over the long-term. Daniel has experience in corporate finance, wealth management and start-ups as founding partner of a UK crowdfunder. He holds an MBA from London Business School.
HEAD OF NATIONWIDE VENTURES @ NATIONWIDE
Erik's background is an eclectic mix of technology startups and large financial institutions. His past experiences include leading Nationwide’s disruptive innovation group, serving as North Carolina's first Chief Digital Officer, as well as holding several executive roles at tech startups and Fortune 500 companies. He was also an Executive-in Residence at the MIT Media Lab. In addition, he likes to relate nearly any situation to an episode of Seinfeld.
HEAD OF NORTH AMERICA @ R3
Ryan Rugg is Head of North America for R3, spearheading business development focused on asset managers and the insurance industry. She is responsible for the launch of R3’s DLT Centre of Excellence for global (re)insurers, which is redefining the foundations of insurance by harnessing the power of collaborative networks, as they deploy DLT at scale. Prior to R3 Ryan worked for Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan where she had extensive experience in financial services.
CHAIRMAN AND CEO @ GWG LIFE
Jon R. Sabes, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of GWG Holdings, is a financial professional with over 20 years of experience in the fields of finance, venture capital, business development, managerial operations, and federal taxation. In 2016, he was the first insurance executive to identify the application of epigenetics and genomics to life insurance and has been leading GWG Life in repositioning itself as an insurtech disruptor ever since that time.
DIRECTOR, INSURTECH @ PLUG AND PLAY TECH CENTER
Ali Safavi is the Founder and Director of Plug and Play Insurance, the largest insurtech focused startup innovation platform in partnership with over 40 global insurance institutions including Munich Re, Aon, USAA, State Farm, SOMPO Digital Lab, Farmers, Nationwide, Allianz, Travelers, Aviva, AIG. Ali is also a Principal at Plug and Play Ventures, the venture arm of Plug and Play Tech Center where he invests in startups across multiple industries.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ BLOCKSURE
Ranvir has always had a strong focus on how technology can improve insurance. He strongly believes the new wave of digital change can deliver more appropriate products for customers with improved profitability across the insurance value chain. He has extensive experience across most areas of insurance (composite and direct insurers, MGAs, brokers and claims TPAs) having held senior executive roles at businesses such as Fosun Insurance, Towergate, Direct Line Group.
INVESTMENT PARTNER @ XFACTOR VENTURES
Named “One of the Most Powerful Women in NYC Tech” by Refinery 29, Nicole is on a mission to ensure the brilliance and scale of tech are leveraged to solve real problems. An Investment Partner at X Factor Ventures and Founder and CEO of CFSI and JP Morgan backed fintech startup, Credit Hero, Nicole is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard College. She has been named A Mogul Changing The Game" by Marie Claire and has been featured in Fast Company, TechCrunch, Forbes, Essence, Elle, Ebony, and Forbes.
PARTNER @ OXBOW PARTNERS
Chris Sandilands is a Founding Partner at Oxbow Partners, a boutique strategy and M&A consulting firm serving the insurance industry. Oxbow Partners are InsurTech thought leaders and have advised several of the world’s leading insurers and brokers on the topic. For example, the firm was the sole advisor to Munich Re on the strategy, design and implementation of its Digital Partners division in 2016.
VP, BUSINESS OWNER, DIGITAL CHANNEL, DIGITAL CHANNEL PRODUCT MARKETING @ GUIDEWIRE
Ayan Sarkar is the business lead for Guidewire’s products and services for digital products and customer journeys. Previously he had 15 years of experience serving insurance companies at both McKinsey & Company and Deloitte, with a focus on digital and advanced analytics. Ayan founded and ran the Spark Group, a for-profit education technology company. He has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B. Tech from IIT Kanpur.
MANAGING PARTNER @ NEPHILA ADVISORS LLC
Mr. Schauble has been a Managing Partner at Nephila since 2004, in Bermuda until 2010 and now in San Francisco. His primary responsibilities include investor relations, strategic and business development projects (including insuretech) and oversight of Nephila’s weather strategy. He served as a Director of The Climate Corporation (2007-20012), MetroMile (2009-2011), and Advisen (2014-2016), and is Vice Chair of the board of Ceres.
EVP AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF COMMERCIAL @ AIG
Robert S. Schimek oversees AIG’s commercial insurance businesses worldwide. Previously, he served as CEO of the Americas, CEO of EMEA and CFO for global property casualty. Before joining AIG, Mr. Schimek was a partner at Deloitte & Touche L.L.P. Mr. Schimek is a C.P.A. He earned his M.B.A. from Wharton School of Business and his undergraduate degree from Rider University. Mr. Schimek is a member of the Board of Directors of BritishAmerican Business, the Board of Directors of the American Insurance Association and Chairman of the Rider University Board of Trustees.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ PILLAR TECHNOLOGIES
Alex Schwarzkopf is the CEO and co-founder of Pillar Technologies. Pillar was recently part of the first Techstars IoT program, won the Forbes Change the World competition and was named best Insurtech startup at Plug and Play. Prior to launching his startup, Alex worked at Tesla Motors in Silicon Valley, and he spent time designing scalable wireless technologies for sub-Saharan Africa.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ TRANSAMERICA VENTURES
Georg Schwegler manages AEGON’s corporate venture activities as CEO of Transamerica Ventures Fund http://www.transamericaventures.com/), a role he began in January 2014. His experience in the corporate venture industry stems from T-Venture, where he joined in October 2000 and served as CEO from 2005 until 2013. He also served as adviser for the German government. Georg holds a PhD from the University of Cologne/Germany in Business Administration.
GENERAL MANAGER, INSURANCE @ DATAROBOT
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.
CO-FOUNDER & CFO @ NEOSURANCE
Andrea Silvello is a business & strategy consultant and insurtech entrepreneur. He has over 15 years of experience in business & strategy consultancy in international firms (BCG and Bain & Company) and is the founder and MD of a business & strategy boutique focusing on innovation, digital strategy and corporate finance (Business Support). He has founded InsurTech start-ups focusing on micro-insurance, health & home insurance and eHealth services (Neosurance and Digital Tech).
PARTNER @ ANDREESSEN HOROWITZ
PRESIDENT @ CEDAR CONSULTING LLC
Dennis Silvia is the President of Cedar Consulting LLC, a captive insurance consulting firm. He has 25 plus years of experience in alternative insurance mechanisms. Dennis holds AAI and CPCU insurance designations and has an MA degree in Management from Regent University completing his thesis project on Alternative Insurance Programs. His consulting practice focuses on the integration of alternative risk program structures to assist in reaching enterprise-wide risk management goals.
CEO @ RING
In 2000 Jamie founded Your First Step, the company developed global wholesale Voice over IP networks in developing countries including, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa, the company later merged with Nobel Ltd. Becoming the world’s largest online phone card seller. In 2005 Jamie was inspired by the archaic nature of voicemail to found the world’s first voicemail-to- text company, PhoneTag. In September of 2009 PhoneTag was acquired by Ditech Networks for $17 million. Jamie currently is the CEO and Chief Inventor of Ring, the doorbell for the smartphone which has raised $100 million from Kleiner Perkins, Sir Richard Branson and other distinguished investors. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurship from Babson College.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ SURE
Wayne Slavin is the CEO of Sure, an Insurtech startup whose platform is providing services to more than 30 of the world largest carriers. Prior to Sure he was the VP of Product Management at Tapingo, TechCrunch’s Most Innovative Company of 2013. His other past projects and companies include NetStumbler, an app with more than 1.5+ billion downloads, the Barnes & Noble Nook, Buddy Media, and BackupRight the SaaS company he sold in 2012.
MANAGING PARTNER @ EXPONENTIAL VENTURES
Dan is Managing Partner of Exponential Ventures, an early-stage investment fund and incubator, in partnership with Anthemis Group, thematically focused on Financial Wellness. We invest across the fintech, insuretech and healthtech markets in Europe and the U.S. Board member at ABAKA and investor & advisor of Startupbootcamp Insuretech. Background in Strategy Consulting and Sales/BD leadership across EMEA and TMT sectors for Monitor Deloitte and IBM.
VP & Partner, Financial Services, Digital, Big Data & Analytics, & Strategy Service Line @ IBM
Leading Strategy & Transformation for Insurance clients. Focus on InsureTech Strategy & Ventures, Digital Strategy, Analytics & CIO Advisory.
CEO & CO-FOUNDER @ WEGOLOOK
Robin’s desire to bolster confidence in purchase decisions by online consumers led her to found WeGoLook, a crowdsourced verification platform utilized across every industry. She has an extensive background in sales, beginning her career with the Washington Post and advancing to regional management positions. Robin then started a consulting firm which transitioned automotive dealerships into internet sales. Her e-commerce experience combined with her early entry into the sharing economy make her a unique voice.
CEO & PRESIDENT @ HEALTH INSURANCE INNOVATIONS
A strategic visionary and recognized leader, Gavin Southwell has served as HIIQ’s CEO and President since 2016. With over 15 years of executive leadership experience, he has been instrumental in the company's record success in driving growth and controlling costs. He previously served as COO at Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford and as Risk Manager for Beazley and has a proven track record in delivering enhanced performance with a customer focused approach.
FOUNDER & CEO @ FIGO PET INSURANCE
A serial entrepreneur, Rusty is passionate about leveraging innovative technologies to transform how consumers purchase, interact and value insurance. As a licensed insurance professional, Rusty owned three agencies before fulfilling his vision of launching an InsurTech company. Inspired by Buster—his loyal Boston Terrier—and deep understanding of the industry, Rusty launched Figo, the first technology-based pet insurance company. Rusty is often a keynote speaker at InsurTech events, sharing his expertise on innovation and Figo’s no-stack approach to technology architecture.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ WPA GROUP
Julian has been CEO of the WPA Group, recognised throughout the UK as the pioneer in customer service excellence powered by unrelenting clarity of leadership and technology leverage, for more than 30 years. As an authorised UK health-insurer, WPA has been at the forefront of each wave of tech advances - now, especially, machine-learning and fully automated underwriting and administration in the staggeringly complex medical environment. WPA's own development of DELOS and Precision Analytics now leads the way for managing multiplex customer and provider relationships with quality, accuracy and certainty.
PRINCIPAL @ OAK HC/FT
Matt Streisfeld is a Principal at Oak HC/FT and joined the firm in 2015. Matt focuses on growth equity and early-stage venture opportunities exclusively in financial services technology. He is a Board Observer on Insureon, Trov, and Urjanet. Prior to joining Oak HC/FT, Matt was a Vice President with LLR Partners. Matt was previously a Senior Associate at Lightyear Capital. Matt was also an Associate at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Matt graduated from The George Washington University.
CEO & CO-FOUNDER @ RIGHTINDEM
David is a serial entrepreneur in claims services and is passionate in his belief that to be effective; any solution must be based on meeting the needs of the customer – emotional as well as contractual. For the past 18 months David has as its CEO led RightIndem’s mission to outperform the existing models in claims. In doing so RightIndem have proved that when properly planned for, outstanding customer service can be delivered digitally at a far lower cost to the insurer than existing telephone based claims models.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO @ PIE INSURANCE
John is the co-founder and CEO of Pie Insurance, where he leads a team of experienced technology and insurance industry veterans. Prior to founding Pie, John led the finance team at Esurance for three years before becoming CMO and growing the company from $50 million to $1.3 billion in premium in 2013 when he left. Most recently, he led the direct distribution channel at a small business lender.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ PICWELL
Matt Sydney is the CEO of Picwell, a Philadelphia-based healthcare technology company. He has 20 years of experience helping health plans and employers adopt successful health benefits programs. Prior to joining Picwell, Matt was EVP of Sales and Marketing at HealthEquity, a leading provider of health savings accounts. Previously, he held senior positions at LifeCare and IntelliHealth, an Aetna company. He is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Michigan.
GLOBAL HEAD OF DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION @ GENERALI
Moshe is Global Head of Digital Transformation at Generali, one of the world’s largest insurance companies. Prior to this, Moshe was Deputy CEO and CMO of Migdal Insurance, Israel’s largest insurance company. Moshe was a lecturer at Tel Aviv university’s MBA program on human center innovation in financial services and a board member in Anthemis group. Moshe started his career at Intel Israel. He has deep experience with international innovation and is passionate about reinventing financial services.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ OCTO TELEMATICS NORTH AMERICA
Nino Tarantino is the North American CEO of Octo Telematics, the global leader insurance telematics provider. Under his leadership North American operations exceeded 1.5 million connected users just 4 years after its launch in 2011. Nino is also Board Director of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA) and is a frequent speaker at industry events on subjects such as usage based insurance, telematics and crash and claims management. He was previously General Manager of Acotel USA, operating in the mobile premium content and value added services sector and VP of Business Development at Anoto Group AB, a global leader in digital writing solutions. Connect with him on Linkedin or follow him on Twitter @ninotarantino.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER @ DISCOVERY INSURE
Francois joined Discovery Holdings in March 2000. During his tenure at Discovery he has been responsible for Discovery Health’s Operations, Vice President for Destiny Health – rebranded as Vitality (USA), involved in the UK operations of Prudential Health post the acquisition of Standard Life Healthcare by Discovery Holdings in the UK - rebranded as VitalityHealth, VitalityLife and involved in the start-up of the fastest growing short term Insurer in South Africa called Discovery Insure. Francois was selected as Discovery’s Leader of the Year in 2004 and holds a Masters Degree in Business Management.
PRESIDENT & CEO @ M FINANCIAL GROUP
Wes Thompson became President and CEO of M Financial Group on September 1, 2017. He oversees all strategic and operational aspects of M, including development of resources and services designed to enhance Member Firm success. Prior to M Financial, Wes was CEO of Emerge, which he founded in January 2015, with the goal of making protection from emergencies accessible to everyone.
GLOBAL HEAD OF INSURANCE @ SALESFORCE
Jeff is the Global Head of Insurance at Salesforce, partnering with top financial services companies and innovative solution providers to re-think digital experiences for employees and customers. He was an Innovator Award Winner at IBM and played executive roles in IBM's growth initiatives, including Smarter Cities, Smarter Healthcare, and the Retail Emerging Business Opportunity Group. He also founded InsurTech Garage, an innovation center showcasing technologies developed by leading insurers, startups, and VCs.
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT @ ADVISORCONNECT
Jeff Tompkins is Founder and President of AdvisorConnect, a NYC-based technology company focused on enabling the advisor of the future with industry-specific, best practice-driven online tools. Jeff has experience in three prior start-ups. His previous startup, SocialPicks, won best startup in the New York Stock Exchange’s Big Startup competition. Jeff completed his graduate studies at Oxford University where he studied Politics and Philosophy as a US Marshall Scholar and he graduated magna cum laude in Government from Cornell University.
IT ARCHITECT @ MUNICH RE
Markus Tradt is an IT Architect at Munich Re in Germany. He leads the global blockchain initiative at Munich Re and is a technical architect for B3i. Markus joined Munich Re in 2002 and has been responsible for IT topics around asset management, accounting, regulatory reporting, and underwriting systems. He has also been active in the blockchain community. Markus graduated from Munich School of Philosophy S.J. and holds a master’s degree in Philosophy.
BYRON UDELL, JD, CLU, CFP, CHFC
PRESIDENT AND CEO @ ACCUQUOTE.COM
Byron is the founder and CEO of AccuQuote, one of the nation’s largest and most respected life insurance quoting and brokerage agencies. His business exploded back in the mid 1990’s as he was one of the first to utilize the web as a marketing platform. His firm has placed over $100 billion of life insurance in force and is always looking for new technologies to streamline the process for consumers.
MANAGING PARTNER @ CORE INNOVATION CAPITAL
Kathleen Utecht is a managing partner of Core Innovation Capital, a leading venture capital firm investing in financial services startups empowering everyday Americans. Portfolio companies include CoverHound, Oportun, Mirador, and Mosaic. Kat's previous work includes a mix of financial services (GE Capital, Raymond James Financial Service Group), operating (co-founder/CEO of Green Rock Entertainment) and investing (Comcast Ventures) experience. Kat’s insights are cited regularly by numerous publications including Forbes, Inc, and the Wall Street Journal.
MANAGING DIRECTOR @ STARTUPBOOTCAMP INSURTECH LONDON
Sabine is the CEO of Startupbootcamp InsurTech, the leading independent European accelerator for insurance technology startups. Sabine cultivates the expertise of renown insurers, investors and mentors to bring cohorts of startups to market within a three-month period. She brings extensive operational and growth expertise gleaned from her corporate innovation and acceleration activities working with 100s of financial institutions. Sabine is a co-editor of the first crowdsourced InsurTECH Book, planned for publication by Wiley early 2018.
CO-FOUNDER @ QOVER
Jean-Charles Velge Co-founded Qover in 2016 with Quentin Colmant. He spent his whole career in the private equity industry, half in Europe and half in Hong Kong. He started as a consultant at Bain & Company, then joined the largest Benelux fund NPM Capital before joining Redhorse in Hong Kong. Jean-Charles is 34 years old, graduated in Economic Sciences, holds a master’s in Finance and an MBA.
ROBIN VON HEIN
FOUNDER AND CEO @ SIMPLESURANCE GROUP
Robin von Hein founded simplesurance group in 2012, after he had worked in the insurance sector for more than 10 years. He realized that digitalization was an alien concept to the industry and envisioned an easy and transparent way to purchase insurance. With the technology solutions of simplesurance he has changed the way people see and buy insurance. After 5 years, German Finance Magazine Handelsblatt counts him to the 100 most innovative people who drive digital progress forward.
CO-FOUNDER @ ONRAMP INSURANCE & GENER8TOR
Troy is a Co-Founder of gener8tor, a nationally ranked startup accelerator with programs in Milwaukee, Madison and Minneapolis. To date, gener8tor’s 54 alumni have cumulatively raised more than $140M in follow-on financing. In addition, Troy and gener8tor organize the annual OnRamp Insurance Conference focused on connecting insurance corporations, investors and startups each Spring in Chicago.
CEO @ TROV
Scott is the Founder & CEO of Trov, the world's first on-demand insurance platform. He is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience building great technology companies including being a member of the founding management team of Macromedia - IPO 1993 (acquired by Adobe), co-lead investor and founding director of Baidu, founder & CEO of C2B Technologies (acquired by Inktomi - now Yahoo!) and founder & CEO of DebtMarket (acquired by Intercontinental Exchange).
CEO & CO-FOUNDER @ HIPPO INSURANCE
Assaf is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hippo, a new kind of insurance company that uses modern technology to provide a simpler process, smarter coverage, and a completely new approach to how we care for our homes. In the past Assaf started and ran Sabi (sold), built a Telecom business in developing countries and was a consultant with McKinsey focused on financial institutions and an investor with Intel Capital.
MANAGING DIRECTOR @ FOSUN RZ CAPITAL
Ms. Ying Wang joined Kinzon Capital in 2014, bringing with her 11-years experiences in venture capital, especially in FinTech and consumer internet space. Fosun Group has $150B Asset under management, and through its insurance & multi-industry business, generates over $20B investable assets annually. Ms. Wang leads Fosun’s high-tech investments in the US, with focus on FinTech and pioneering technology. Prior to Kinzon, she served as Executive Director at NLVC since 2006.
SVP, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION @ ALLSTATE
As Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation, Bob’s responsibilities include leading Web, Mobile, Social Media, User Experience and marketing operations functions for Allstate. Bob joined Allstate in July, 2009, and his background includes over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, Internet commerce and operations across a variety of industries. Prior to joining Allstate, Bob held senior roles at a number of companies, including AT&T, Ameritech Corporation and W.W. Grainger, Inc.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ OCEANWIDE
Mitchell co-founded Oceanwide and has led the company as CEO since its inception. At Oceanwide, Mitchell has focused on designing and promoting the company’s market leading insurance SaaS solutions. Prior to Oceanwide, Mitchell co-founded Bizware Computer Systems. Mitchell has also co-founded several other entrepreneurial ventures in technology, real estate and hydro-power, and sits on the board of several companies. Mitchell holds degrees in Software Engineering and Public Accountancy from McGill University.
CEO @ HIXME
Denny Weinberg is CEO of Hixme, a disruptive company at the intersection of Digital Health & FinTech. As CEO of Hixme, and former executive of WellPoint (now Anthem), Denny has created a disruptive technology leader in the new era of worker-owned health benefits. Previously Denny held a variety of business consulting positions with Touché-Ross and Company (currently Deloitte & Touché) in Chicago focusing on Financial and Operational turnarounds in Healthcare, Manufacturing & Insurance.
PARTNER @ ROUTE 66 VENTURES
Pat is a repeat entrepreneur with nearly a decade of investment experience. Prior to joining Route 66, Pat was a Vice President with Quona Capital, a growth-stage venture fund where he focused on FinTech in emerging markets. At Route 66, Pat brings together his entrepreneurial, direct investment and global FinTech experience to source, evaluate and lead new venture investments as well as mentor and support Route 66’s existing portfolio.
SCOTT D. WOLLNEY
PRESIDENT & CEO @ ATLAS FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC.
Since December 2010, Mr. Wollney is President/CEO and a director of Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc., a publicly listed specialty commercial automobile insurance company (NASDAQ: AFH). Mr. Wollney has more than 25 years of experience in P&C insurance as an executive and co-founder of both insurance companies as well as brokerage operations, holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois.
SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST @ CB INSIGHTS
Matthew Wong is senior research analyst at CB Insights, where he produces data analysis and research on startup and venture capital trends across emerging industries. Matthew’s industry research and analysis have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and Bloomberg among other major media outlets. Matthew launched and currently manages Insurance Tech Insights, a data-driven resource and newsletter covering innovation and technology for executives and tech investors in the global insurance industry.
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER @ AMERICAN FAMILY
Telisa Yancy is recognized in the business community as a revolutionary thinker and a transformational leader with a keen focus on customer-driven business models that leverage technology and design to gain efficiency and deliver delight to customers. Ms. Yancy is a member of the American Family Insurance senior leadership team, where she serves as the Chief Marketing Officer of the Fortune 300 company, leading all marketing, customer experience, consumer insights, communications and digital functions. Ms. Yancy is listed as a 2017 AdAge Women to Watch and a 2016 Ebony Magazine Power 100 Honoree. Ms. Yancy is a native of Chicago, IL and holds a BS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
GENERAL MANAGER @ JADEVALUE
Liu Yang is the General Manager of JadeValue's InsurTech incubator in Beijing, the first InsurTech focused incubator in China, where he is dedicated to build the next generation of insurance innovation to meet the changing needs of the consumers. With a degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University, Liu Yang has rich diverse experience as an investor and over 15 years in the communications and insurance industry.
CEO & CO-FOUNDER @ HEALTHCARE.COM
Howard Yeh is the CEO and co-founder of HealthCare.com, an online healthcare company founded in 2014 and built around connecting consumers with coverage options. HealthCare.com is a leading provider of performance-driven advertising for health insurance and Medicare marketers. Howard previously co-founded ContactUs.com (acquired in 2015 by WorkWave) and was COO and co-founder of BrokersWeb (acquired in 2011). He began his career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch and a venture capitalist at VantagePoint Capital.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ SUREIFY
Dustin Yoder is an InsurTech entrepreneur, visionary, and product builder. The son of a top Silicon Valley insurance broker and InsurTech entrepreneur, Dustin has been primed to make a splash in the insurance space from birth. In 2012, Dustin formed Sureify, an InsureTech start-up company providing a full-stack platform for life insurance clients. Sureify has built a web and mobile engagement platform, “LifeTime”, to manage the relationship between life insurance carriers, agents, and the customer.
SVP AND CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER @ METLIFE ASIA
Zia Zaman joined MetLife in July 2014 as the Chief Innovation Officer for the Asia region. In his role, Zia is responsible for leading LumenLab, the industry-first innovation center, and steering the innovation agenda for the Asia region. Zia holds an MBA from Stanford’s GSB. He also has an undergraduate bachelor’s of science degree from MIT in electrical engineering and a master’s of science degree in operations research, also from MIT. Zia is married with two children and lives in Singapore.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER @ FIDELITY LIFE AND EFINANCIAL
Laura Zimmerman is executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Fidelity Life and Efinancial businesses. In this role, she leads customer acquisition, data and predictive analytics, branding and communications. Zimmerman is also responsible for driving the firm’s digital customer experience and strategic partnerships. Prior to Fidelity Life, Zimmerman, held senior marketing and strategy positions with Guardian Life Insurance Company, Allstate, and Legg Mason. Zimmerman earned her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
PRINCIPAL @ LIGHTBANK
Rick is a Principal at Lightbank, a $200m early-stage venture firm with over 100 portfolio companies to date. Rick focuses on enterprise tech investments and serves as a Board Member for Snapsheet, Riskmatch and Benchprep. In addition to his role at Lightbank, Rick is on the investment committee for NUSeeds and a mentor at Techstars and First Growth Accelerator. Rick received his MBA with honors from Columbia and graduated from the University of Richmond.