Director of Business Development
Nasser Aftab is the Director of Business Development at Phonexa. In this role, Nasser manages Phonexa’s business development strategy, oversees sales and client relations, and gets custom solutions for Phonexa partners and clients. His key responsibilities include keeping Phonexa a leader in the competitive SaaS marketplace, formulating long-term strategies for success, and maintaining robust customer relationships. Nasser began his business development career in banking, then grew his expertise working in lending and financial services. In that time he worked for three of the top five globally-ranked FinTech companies: WorldPay, First Data, and Bank of America. His background has been marked by a strong focus in Fortune 500 client acquisition on a global scale, facilitating FinTech and SaaS software technology solutions.
Gustaf is the Founder and CEO of BIMA, the leading provider of mobile-delivered insurance and healthcare in emerging markets. BIMA operates across 9 countries across Africa and Asia and has reached more than 30 million subscribers in just 9 years. Gustaf has driven the company’s growth from a small pilot scheme in Ghana to one of the world’s leading insurtech players. He has continuously developed BIMA’s product portfolio in order to leverage technology and provide value to the customers. As a result, BIMA is now offering services beyond traditional insurance including health services such as access to tele and video doctor’s consultation. Gustaf previously worked in management roles at Tele2 and has a Masters from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
CEO & Founder
Ankit Agrawal is the Co-Founder and CEO of InsuranceDekho, India’s fastest growing insurance platform aimed at selling insurance in a jargon free manner to Bharat. Ankit has over 10 years of experience in across investment banking, corporate finance, business development and general management. Prior to InsuranceDekho, Ankit was a part of MoveInSync, India’s largest office commute company. Prior to MoveInSync Ankit was an investment banker advising companies on raising growth capital, mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring. He worked with UBS in the US and Anand Rathi Advisors in Mumbai. When not working Ankit loves spending time with young entrepreneurs advising them on various facets of entrepreneurship. Ankit is also an angel investor having invested in multiple companies at a seed/angel level.
Senior Technical Director
Sanchit is an experienced operations executive dedicated to helping organizations seamlessly integrate mapping technology to streamline and improve business operations. Prior to joining Nearmap, Sanchit was the Business Development Manager at Facebook assigned to grow their new global and targeted partnership opportunities in location, mapping, spatial computing, and places data licensing. In addition, he spent almost a decade as a Director at Sanborn in which he boosted mapping profitability 15 percent by introducing workflow optimization and key quality control methods throughout the development process. Sanchit holds a Masters in Science with a concentration in Mapping and GIS from The Ohio State University.
SVP & Chief Digital Officer - Enterprise Technology
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Fawad Ahmad joined State Farm® in 2016 as Vice President – Digital in Bloomington, IL. Fawad’s primary role was to lead the digital strategy development and execution for the enterprise. In 2017, Fawad was promoted to Senior Vice President in Enterprise Technology – Customer Experience, where he had oversight of IT Products and Business Solutions. In 2019, Fawad was named Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer (CDO) in Enterprise Technology. As CDO, he continues to lead the Enterprise Technology department which enables State Farm digital and customer experience capabilities, supports both customer and associate applications, and improves and simplifies supporting business processes. Prior to joining State Farm, Fawad led business and digital strategies and transformations at other Fortune 500 organizations, such as Staples and eBay. He has also provided legal, compliance and corporate oversight work for financial services organizations like Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. and U.S. Bank. Fawad earned his juris doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Southeastern University. Fawad believes people do their best work when you give them a clear vision, empower them, and then get out of their way. He is honored to lead customer experience technology work at State Farm.
Chairman & Co-Founder
Neptune Flood Insurance
Jim Albert founded the insurtech startup Neptune Flood in 2016 based on a business model leveraging artificial intelligence and data analytics to make it easy to buy flood insurance. Neptune, with business in 43 states and over 35,000 policies, is the fastest-growing private flood insurer in the US. Prior to forming Neptune, he was CIO at Bankers Insurance Group, ran a group of technology businesses in the UK, and led the US consulting firm Idea Integration. Jim has an Electrical Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, and additional education at Wharton, INSEAD, and Cornell.
American Family Ventures
Founder / CEO
Luke set out to revolutionize safety and quality management in 2004 by creating SafetyCulture, a cloud-based platform company dedicated to offering innovative, low-cost, mobile-first products that empower frontline workers, distributed teams and other users to raise standards and ensure a safe and efficient workplace. SafetyCulture’s key mobile application, iAuditor, is the most widely used auditing and inspection app in the world with over 600million checks conducted each year. iAuditor mobilizes all workers, from the front lines to the corner office, to participate in real-time data collection and reporting in order to quickly recognize and improve workplace safety and efficiency. Currently the company employs 340 people in five offices across AU, UK, US and the Philippines and is servicing over 26,000 companies around the globe.
Shay is a versatile, dynamic, and experienced global technology and innovation leader. Over the course of his career, Shay has led multiple large-scale global transformations introducing teams to new, cutting-edge technologies and methodologies. Shay previously served as VP R&D and Innovation in Amdocs (NASDAQ: DOX) where he was responsible for building world-class services, resulting in major business growth, as well as the CTO for Amdocs Delivery where he spearheaded the technology for over 5,000 developers. Shay spent several years in the Israeli Air Force and is a great believer in nurturing creativity to achieve the best results.
MetricStream & Author
Chief Data Scientist
Allison has spent her career focusing on ways data science can help people address their most important challenges, from personal health to personal finance, and teaching others to find answers in data for themselves. It started with her work in operations research at MIT, where she earned her PhD studying how predictive modeling can help diabetes patients personalize their care. She then applied her expertise to helping bolster heart health as CEO of a health wearables startup and to identifying promising applications of data analytics as a consultant at Sequoia Capital. Allison has literally written the book on business analytics — “The Analytics Edge” — a popular textbook and edX course she co-authored while a lecturer at MIT. She’s also taught data science to business students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Now, in leading data science at the core of the Assurance platform, she guides her team’s steadfast focus on the customer and constant exploration of data solutions to drive real-time decisions.
CEO & Co-Founder
Tim Attia is the co-founder and CEO of Slice Labs, a technology startup and leading on-demand insurance cloud platform provider. Slice launched in 2015 with a mission to change, improve and redesign insurance. The company’s Insurance Cloud Services (ICS) is transforming traditional insurers into digitally-driven carriers by providing them with a platform that enables them to quickly ideate, experiment, test and deploy new, on-demand insurance products. Tim began his career with a large technology and management consulting firm, and has since continued to work with major global insurance carriers on technology and distribution. He is excited to use his background in insurance and financial technology to apply intelligent design, data and technology to solving the gaps and risks facing the growing on-demand workforce. Tim holds an Electrical Engineering degree from McGill University, and has over 20 years experience in the insurance technology industry.
Founder & CTO
Cambridge Mobile Telematics
Hari led the MIT CarTel project with Sam Madden, developing several award-winning technologies that were the origins of Cambridge Mobile Telematics. He is also the Fujitsu Professor of Computer Science at MIT and a Director of Wireless@MIT. Before CMT, he founded, advised and contributed to three MIT spin-offs acquired by TIBCO, Cisco, and Broadcom. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2015.
CEO & Founder
Charles Bark is a successful serial entrepreneur. He is now Founder & CEO of HiNounou, an AI Predictive Healthcare & InsurTech Data Platform company that empowers the silver generation to Live Longer, Healthier, Happier, at home, and brings greater Peace of Mind to their families. HiNounou is awarded the Best digital health start-up by Bayer, and Best InsurTech by DIA (Digital Insurance Agenda) Munich. Charles himself is named by French President Macron as one of the top 3 French entrepreneurs in AI in China.
Business Insurance Practice Leader
Bouchard Insurance, a Marsh & McClennan Agency
Justin Barnaky is the practice leader for business insurance for the Bouchard region of MMA. Justin has 15 years of insurance experience solely focused on the property & casualty exposures for commercial clients. His service team has specialized industry focus groups (verticals) made up of Healthcare, Social Services, Construction, PEO/Staffing, and Community Associations.
Oliver has been Chairman of the Board of Management of Allianz SE since May 6, 2015. Oliver joined the Board of Management of Allianz SE in 2008 as global Chief Operating Officer. In September 2009 he took over the Chief Financial Officer position. Effective January 2013 he became responsible for Insurance Western & Southern Europe and Global P&C markets.
He started his career with McKinsey & Company in New York. Later, he moved to their offices in Germany. In 1998 he took over McKinsey’s German insurance practice. In 2003 he became Director in charge of the firm’s European insurance and asset management sector. Oliver studied business administration at University of Cologne and holds an MBA from the NYU Leonard Stern School of Business.
CEO & Founder
Anthony Beilin started Collective Benefits after he suffered a back injury that left him out of work for 6 months. Previously to this, Anthony was the Global Head of Innovation at Aviva and is a successful serial entrepreneur, founding and exiting unbound, a global media company. Collective is a venture-backed insurtech platform offering tailored insurance products and benefits for the self-employed like sick pay, family leave, and mental health support. Collective partners with companies helping them boost loyalty, reduce churn and talent acquisition costs by giving their self-employed workforces the protections and benefits they want and need.
Claims Offering Manager, Insurance
Yaron Ben-Zvi is Head of Platform Innovation for MassMutual, as well as the co-founder and CEO of Haven Life, MassMutual’s in-house startup that’s setting the pace for life insurance innovation. In this role, Yaron oversees the strategy and vision of direct-to-consumer initiatives and is responsible for the delivery of an end-to-end digital life insurance transactional platform. His interest in life insurance began as a customer when he set out to buy a policy for himself and found existing solutions had not realized the potential of digital capabilities. Previously, Yaron was a founder of several early-stage companies, including a digital life insurance agency as well as a robo-advisor.
AVP, Technology Platform Owner
Brian is the Salesforce Platform Owner and a leader within the Pacific Life Salesforce Center of Excellence (CoE). The Salesforce COE is leading the CRM digital transformation program for Pacific Life’s Retail business, to allow the company to engage their customers more deeply than ever before, across Marketing, Sales, and Service functions. Brian is a results-driven and solution-oriented leader, with more than 20 years of experience in Technology and Professional Services, spending the past 5 years at Pacific Life. He’s passionate about solving business problems by determining the right solutions through a combination of collaboration, process improvement, the use of innovative technology, design creativity, and common sense. Before joining Pacific Life, Brian spent several years as a CRM technology consultant and project delivery lead, working on projects and programs covering multiple industries, including Financial Services, Insurance, Healthcare, and Professional Services.
As Guidewire’s Vice President of Strategy, Neil Betteridge is responsible for shaping Guidewire’s strategic direction. His areas of focus include corporate development and building the ecosystem of solution partners connecting complementary software, technology, and data with Guidewire. InsurancePlatform. Previously, Neil held the role of Guidewire’s Directory of Product Marketing where he was instrumental in the marketing strategy, positioning, and direction of Guidewire’s product suite. Neil has 30 years of professional experience with more than two decades focused on development, implementation, marketing, and management of insurance technology. Prior to Guidewire, Neil was with Skywire Software (now Oracle), as VP of Product Management.
CEO & Co-Founder
Yamini Bhat is recognized as a thought leader in driving sales transformation for enterprises. She Co-founded Vymo, an AI-enabled Personal Assistant for Sales in 2013, that has since been deployed at AXA, Allianz, Sumitomo, HDFC Bank, and Generali, among others. Vymo is funded by Emergence Capital and Sequoia Capital, and is recognized by Gartner and CB Insights for innovation in ‘Prescriptive Sales’. Previously, Yamini worked at McKinsey as an Engagement Manager, where she specialized in Marketing Strategy and Sales & Distribution across Banking, Credit, and Insurance.
CEO & Co-Founder
Dhyanesh is ‘Co-founder and Group CEO’ at Gramcover, India’s only rural focussed insurtech, with 15 years of experience in creating scalable & sustainable insurance solutions. Before Gramcover, Dhyanesh was associated with ICICI Lombard for thirteen plus years. A thorough risk management professional, Dhyanesh has exposure to various insurance domains like sales, distribution, underwriting, reinsurance, operations, and claims and has worked with multiple stakeholders including corporates, Government, Financial institutions, and technology providers to create value-creating and innovative insurance solutions. An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, beyond rural insurance, Dhyanesh is passionate about healthcare and climate change.
Bessemer Venture Partners
Charles Birnbaum is a partner in Bessemer’s New York office where he leads the firm’s investing in early stage financial services companies. Charles’ fintech portfolio includes many high-growth companies, such as Betterment, Shift Technology, Fabric, Bread, Eave, United Capital, and Zopa. Before venture, Charles spent three years at Foursquare helping to bring forth the company’s first merchant-facing tools. Prior to Foursquare, he spent six years in investment banking and equity capital markets focusing on the technology, media, and telecom sectors. He earned his MBA from the Wharton School, Master of Arts in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University.
VP, Wealth & Insurance Solutions, APAC
Rana has over 25 years of leadership experience in the Banking & Financial Services Industry in India spanning across Retail & Corporate Banking, Life Insurance and Credit Cards Sales. He has held senior roles in companies like SBI Cards, GE Capital, Birla Sun Life Insurance, American Express Bank, HDFC Bank and ANZ Grindlays Bank. In his role at Equisoft, Rana leads Sales, Business Development and helps drive Strategic Initiatives for new clients in the APAC region. Rana holds an MBA from Indian School of Business and a Bachelor of Science from Calcutta University in India.
Asia InsurTech Podcast
Theresa is the Director of Accelerating Insurance, a research and consulting firm supporting insurers in their innovation journey. She is also the founder of the Asia InsurTech Podcast, a unique ecosystem of entrepreneurs, thought leaders and industry experts across Asia. Prior to her current roles, Theresa worked for management consultancy Detecon as Asian Insurance Lead, and spent 10 years with multinational insurer Generali.
CEO & Founder
Ilya Bodner has changed the way people buy, sell, and think about commercial insurance. A startup enthusiast and insurtech pioneer, Ilya is the founder and CEO of Bold Penguin, a rapidly growing tech company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Ilya started his career on the front lines as an agent, and has been on a mission to upgrade the industry through one successful startup after another. Recent recognitions include “Executive of the Year” by BizTech and Best in Biz, “People’s Choice Innovation Leader of the Year” by the Insurance Innovation Awards, and Columbus Business First’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2019.
Jay Bourland has been working with computers and technology for more than 20 years. He is currently the CTO at Fenris Digital, where he leads the product and technology strategy. Prior to Fenris, Jay was the SVP of Engineering at Alteryx where he grew the engineering team from 6 teams to more than 20, adding in modern practices, and helped take the company to a successful IPO. During 18 years prior to Alteryx, he worked in a variety of positions in Product Management and Engineering through a series of acquisitions with a startup in Boulder called Qualitative Marketing software, ultimately ending up as part of Pitney Bowes. He holds five patents, primarily in the area of geocoding.
CEO & Co-Founder
Christophe is an entrepreneur and senior Data Scientist. He worked at AXA Data Innovation Lab and Datarobot, and then co-founded Zelros, a European software vendor developing an AI software dedicated to insurers. Christophe also founded FrenchData, an influential Think Tank promoting the French data scene, as well as the Data Science Olympics, the largest European machine learning competition. Christophe holds a Master of Science from the Centrale Supelec University.
Evelyn was appointed Bupa’s Group CEO in 2016.
She has a strong track record in global executive management and extensive experience in financial services, risk and capital management, and mergers and acquisitions.
Evelyn joined Bupa as CFO in 2012 from Friends Life where she was Chief Executive Officer of its Heritage division. Previously at Friends Provident, she was the Executive Director responsible for strategy, capital and risk and, before that, Chief Financial Officer.
Evelyn grew up on a farm in Ireland and she’s the eldest of six. She was one of the first two women in Ireland to qualify as actuaries. She began her career with New Ireland Assurance and Bank of Ireland. She holds an MBA from London Business School. Evelyn is currently a Non-Executive Director of London First, as well as a Non-Executive Director of the Bank of Ireland Group plc.
On becoming Group CEO in April 2016, Evelyn established a clear Strategic Framework to focus the organisation on delivering for customers. Evelyn believes strongly in promoting diversity in the workplace and empowering people to deliver high standards of service and care for customers.
CEO & President
Plymouth Rock Assurance
Mary is a seasoned senior executive with over 25 years of Personal insurance experience, having both developed and executed strategies to expand or reinvent business models, driving improved results. She has invested 15 years of her career in high net worth personal lines, beginning her tenure at Chubb as an actuarial trainee and expanding to roles of increasing responsibility across Product and Pricing, ultimately launching the Predictive Analytics practice for Chubb Personal Lines and spending 5 years at ACE (now Chubb), most recently as President of their Private Risk Services division. Before joining ACE, she led Explorer Insurance Company, applying her combination of analytics and operational leadership to turnaround and re-launch of the company. Mary joined Plymouth Rock in August 2018, from The Hartford Insurance Company where she held the position of Senior Vice President with responsibility for both their Direct to Consumer and Agency personal insurance businesses.
Mary has Bachelor degrees in both Applied Mathematics and Economics from Rutgers University. She loves spending time with family and friends, coaching youth sports and is a supporter of Junior Achievement, CT Women’s Hall of Fame and member of United Way’s Venture Capital Review team.
CEO & Founder
Jay Bregman is the CEO & Cofounder of Thimble, insurance that helps small businesses succeed on their own terms. Thimble’s policies are designed for the uncertainty of starting and growing a business–both in normal times and in times of heightened anxiety like 2020. Thimble has sold over 125,000 policies to small businesses across America via its award-winning app, partner APIs, and broker tools, and has raised $30M from investors including IAC (NASDAQ: IAC). Prior to Thimble, Jay founded Hailo, a ridesharing company in London acquired by Daimler.
Principal & Consulting Actuary
Director of Strategic Innovation
The Cincinnati Insurance Companies
Wendi Bukowitz is Director of Strategic Innovation for The Cincinnati Insurance Companies, a national carrier that offers business, personal and life insurance products through independent agents. The Strategic Innovation Group builds on our history of innovation to renew and accelerate innovation across the enterprise. Prior to joining Cincinnati Insurance, Wendi led the Innovation Lab at Munich Re’s US P&C Operations. She holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her BA from Duke University.
Allie Burns is CEO of Village Capital. Before that, she spent seven years working directly with technology pioneers Steve and Jean Case, supporting their work in venture capital, philanthropy and impact investing. As a senior executive at the Case Foundation, Allie was responsible for oversight of the organization’s communications, marketing and partnerships functions. She worked on campaigns that helped build the field of impact investing; co-created the Startup America Partnership, a private sector initiative created in response to President Barack Obama’s cross-agency effort to promote entrepreneurship; and helped launched Revolution’s Rise of Rest campaign. Earlier in her career she worked at AOL and Discovery Communications.
Centana Growth Partners
Eric Byunn co-founded Centana Growth in 2015 and is one of its Partners. Before founding Centana Growth, Eric spent over 20 years in growth equity and technology. Eric currently serves on the Boards of Beacon, Blueprint Systems, Ease, Jumio, One, Inc., SheerID, Sentieo and Vena. He previously led investments in companies including Cloudmark (acquired by Proofpoint), Coremetrics (acquired by IBM), Covario (acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network), GMI (acquired by WPP), KVS (acquired by Veritas), MarketShare Partners (acquired by Neustar), PSS Systems (acquired by IBM), Sourcecode/K2, Varicent (acquired by IBM) and Vindicia (acquired by Amdocs). Eric spent 13 years at FTV Capital, a $3.8 billion growth equity fund, where he was a partner, served on the management committee and led investments in enterprise technology. Prior to FTV, Eric served as Director of Online Services at myCFO, a startup wealth management firm. He held several positions at Netscape/AOL, including management of Netscape’s Personal Finance Channel and product management for the Netscape Navigator browser. He also has worked at Microsoft and McKinsey & Company. He received an AB summa cum laude in economics with additional focus in computer science from Harvard College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Eric is also a CFA Charterholder.
Mr. Carlucci serves the organization as Senior Vice President of the Insurance division. Mr. Carlucci oversees strategic planning and business development activities for the company’s Property & Casualty and Life Insurance offerings. Mr. Carlucci joined ValueMomentum in March 2014 and has significantly contributed to ValueMomentum’s rapid growth in its mainstay Insurance vertical. A career spanning over 30 years, Mr. Carlucci is an industry veteran with extensive and varied experiences, and possess in-depth knowledge and expertise in consulting professional services, business development and go-to-market strategies, corporate strategic planning, IT leadership, finance, and insurance operations. Prior to joining ValueMomentum, Mr. Carlucci had a long stint with Erie Insurance Group and served the organization as Vice President, IT Strategic and Integrated Services before moving to ValueMomentum. Mr. Carlucci holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), and completed the Executive Development Program from Kellogg School of Management.
Bruce Carnegie-Brown was appointed Chairman in June 2017. He is currently also Vice-Chairman of Banco Santander. He was a Non-Executive Director of JLT Group plc from 2016 to 2017, prior to which he was Non-Executive Chairman of Aon UK Ltd from 2012 to 2015, Senior Independent Director of Catlin Group Ltd from 2010 to 2014 and Chief Executive for Marsh UK and Europe from 2003 to 2006. He was Chairman of Moneysupermarket Group from 2014 to 2019 and Senior Independent Director of Close Brothers Group plc from 2006 to 2014. He previously worked at JP Morgan for 18 years in a number of senior roles and was Managing Partner of 3i Group plc’s Quoted Private Equity Division from 2007 to 2009. He is President of the Chartered Management Institute.
Futurist & Author
Jim Carroll is one of the world’s leading futurist, trends and innovation experts, with a massive global blue-chip client list. Over the last 25 years, Jim has shared his insight with more than 2 million people in attendance at his events. Jim’s global client list gives him a front row seat to the high velocity change that is occurring as disruption comes to take hold of every industry and every organization. With that insight, and the customized research that he undertakes for every engagement, he helps to transform growth-oriented organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes! Jim’s global client list is extensive and covers virtually every industry sector, including with NASA and the PGA of America; the Walt Disney Organization, the World Government Summit in Dubai, the Swiss Innovation Forum, the Wall Street Journal, National Australia Bank, WorldSkills, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, DuPont, The GAP, the US Air Force Research Laboratory, Godiva, SAP, Pfizer, Mercedes Benz, International Roads Union & hundreds more. Jim Carroll is an author, with books including Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast; Surviving the Information Age, The Future Belongs To Those Who Are Fast, Ready, Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast and What I Learned From Frogs in Texas: Saving Your Skin with Forward Thinking Innovation.
Insurance Industry Executive
Brian Cartwright is an Industry Executive in Microsoft’s US Financial Services Industry Group focused on solutions related to Risk Modeling and Analytics. He has 25+ years’ experience leading application development with a strong background in Financial Systems, Risk/Actuarial Modeling, Process Automation, Data Strategy, Reporting and Analytics. Prior to Microsoft, he worked at leading insurance companies as a senior leader driving development, innovation and cloud migrations. Brian currently works closely with Customers and Solution Providers to establish strategies and process improvements to help companies become more efficient, build new capabilities and control costs by becoming more digital and leveraging the cloud.
VP of Product Management
Lerk-Ling Chang leads product management for Guidewire’s InsuranceSuite Applications. She was previously Guidewire’s VP of Strategic Ventures, where she led the company’s venture investing efforts and drove acquisitions and strategic partnerships. Lerk-Ling was the first product management hire at Guidewire, where together with the company’s co-founders, she led development of Guidewire’s first two products – ClaimCenter and PolicyCenter – from initial concept to successful delivery for first customers. As Director of Product Strategy, she led evaluation and scoping of new products including early versions of Guidewire’s data and analytics, and digital products. Prior to Guidewire, Lerk-Ling held product management leadership positions at Ariba and Health Hero Network (a digital health company). Before enterprise software she worked in healthcare investment banking and equity research at Merrill Lynch. Lerk-Ling holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Harvard University. Lerk-Ling is passionate about building innovative products that deliver high value to customers.
Chief Executive, Greater China
Steven Chang joined Munich Re Group in 1997. Over the 20 years of service, he worked in different management positions within the Group in Shanghai and Beijing. Starting 2009, Steven assumed the position as CEO, Beijing Branch in charge of overall business operation in mainland China. Starting 2013, his role expanded to all markets and clients in Greater China region. Between 2016 and 2018, Steven was seconded to Munich Syndicate in London to establish a cross-platform within the Group to synergize business origination. In London, he is also in charge of the Asian business development of Munich Re Digital Partners. Starting Aug.2019, he takes over the position Chief Executive, Greater China in addition to his principle officer role for China branch. Based in Beijing, he is responsible for the non-life business and operations in the Greater China region i.e. mainland China, Taiwan, HK and Macau. The Munich Re’s innovation platform based in China STC Consulting is also reporting into Steven. Steven is also one of the executive board members of the Insurance Association of China and Insurance Institute of China. He also serves as a guest tutor for post graduates in the School of Economics at Peking University and the Insurance Institute of Nankai University. He is also a qualified lawyer for practicing Chinese Law. He owns over 30 years’ experience in insurance and financial fields in China.
CEO & Co-Founder
Chris Cheatham is the chief executive officer and co-founder of RiskGenius, an Insurtech company using artificial intelligence (AI) to enable property and casualty (P&C) carriers to analyze policy language across two policies or an entire portfolio. Chris is responsible for strategic direction of the product and the company. Cheatham holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Kansas and a juris doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.
Alvyn Cheang is a Presales Consultant at Smart Communications. With more than 12 years’ experience, he has worked with multiple clients from banking, insurance, telecommunications and retail across Asia Pacific, helping their business transform while improving processes and customer centricity. As a Presales Consultant, his role is to understand key objectives of the clients and the systems to be integrated with ensuring security and compliance to standards within the customers organizations as well as international standards and best practices.
Katherine Chiglinsky is a finance reporter at Bloomberg News where she covers Berkshire Hathaway and insurance companies. She’s had bylines in publications such as the Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia and was editor in chief of her college’s student newspaper, where she won the Rex Smith Journalism Award. She received a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
CEO & Co-Founder
In 2015, having been diagnosed with borderline diabetes, Gautam kickstarted his entrepreneurial dream with BeatO – a health tech start-up aimed at empowering people with chronic conditions to achieve positive health outcomes through innovative technology. Over the years, BeatO has made a strong impact in the ever-expanding Indian healthcare sector helping over 1,20,000 users improve their blood sugar levels. Prior to this journey, Gautam led several global strategic and commercial initiatives with his work at the Lufthansa Group. He is an MBA from the prestigious Indian School of Business with a first-class honours engineering degree from Leicester University.
Life, Annuity, and Health Market Lead
Samantha Chow is the LAH Marketing Lead with EIS, bringing 20 years of experience in the life insurance and annuity industry. She has deep expertise in L&A product development, pricing strategies, competitive intelligence, operational process improvement, underwriting, claims, policy administration, and change management. Prior to joining EIS Group, Mrs. Chow gained her carrier level expertise from New York Life and AFLAC where she held roles such as corporate vice president of business productivity and innovation and director of research. Ms. Chow was focused on growing enterprise-wide capabilities for facilitating transformational and cultural change, digital transformation, improving customer experience, innovation, and competitive advancement.
Mr. Coles is Cedent’s Managing Partner and a Senior Advisor at Perella Weinberg Partners. Across both his roles, he specializes in M&A advisory, new ventures, strategic investments, capital markets, and corporate finance throughout the international insurance sector. He has experience advising and partnering with the world’s leading insurance corporations on critical strategic matters. Mr. Coles earned a BSBA in Finance and a Masters in Science in Finance from Northeastern University.
Rob is the CEO of Crossbordr Insurance LLC. Crossbordr is a multinational consulting and insurance broker based in Chicago. The company specializes in designing and developing transformational insurance programs supported by leading technology for clients primarily based in the U.S. and Asia, with a special focus on China.
Prior to establishing Crossbordr, Rob worked as a Managing Director at Aon Corporation as well as Director, Consulting with Capgemini. Rob received his MBA from the School of Management at Northwestern University (Kellogg) and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s School (HKUST).
Ryan is a Managing Director at MassMutual Ventures (MMV), a global venture capital firm investing in early to growth stage technology companies. Key areas of investment focus include financial technology, digital health, cybersecurity and enterprise software. Ryan joined MMV in 2018, establishing the firm’s presence in Asia. Before entering the venture capital business, Ryan spent over ten years in public markets at Goldman Sachs and at a multi-strategy hedge fund. He then joined data analytics startup, Essentia Analytics, to lead expansion into Asia. After Essentia, Ryan managed regional operations at LOFT, an emerging technology incubator with a focus on artificial intelligence, IoT and blockchain applications. Ryan currently serves as a board director at Qure.ai, Aspire, InDebted and Neat, and as a board observer at Biofourmis, Qoala, Lynk Global, Milieu Insight and See-Mode. Ryan holds a BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in Psychology with research experience in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience.
Quentin Colmant is the CEO of Qover, which he co-founded alongside Jean-Charles Velge in 2016. Prior to launching this venture, Quentin pursued a successful career in the insurance industry, holding a series of top management positions at Allianz Benelux in both life and non-life business. Quentin, 37 years old, graduated with a Master’s in Engineering Science in applied mathematics and also holds a Master’s in Finance and an MBA.
Head of Small Business Insurance
Mauricio has a passion for helping small businesses succeed. Since joining Intuit in 2017, Mauricio has led teams focused on developing partnerships in the payments, lending and employee benefits industries in an effort to help small businesses get paid faster, save money and grow. Since 2018, Mauricio has led Intuit’s Small Business Insurance business, where he now focuses on improving the way small businesses search, buy and manage their insurance coverage. Mauricio hopes his work results in more small businesses having the insurance they need to protect them from unforeseen incidents as many are uninsured or under-insured today. Prior to Intuit, Mauricio led teams at Facebook, The Boston Consulting Group in Mexico and Sony in the United Kingdom and Australia. He holds a Business Administration degree from Bocconi University in Italy and an MBA from INSEAD in France and Singapore.
Parker Conrad believes that sometimes you’re the fire hydrant, sometimes you’re the dog. He speaks from experience — he graduated from Harvard after flunking out, beat testicular cancer at 24, founded three companies, and left two of them. In 2013, he launched Zenefits, the first all-in-one HR platform that allowed businesses to sign up and manage payroll and benefits online. Today he leads Rippling, the only platform that unifies every employee system across departments to truly automate administrative work.
Co-Founder & COO
Trent Cooksley is COO of Cowbell Cyber. Cooksley is an insurance executive and 3-time startup co-founder. He has held underwriting, operational, finance and business development roles in all stages of company growth. Cooksley built some of the first pay as you go insurance technology solutions and has worked with many of the most dynamic insurtechs and carriers as partner or investor. Prior to Cowbell, Cooksley was Head of Open Innovation for Markel Corporation and Managing Director of Markel Digital.
Jon is an entrepreneur with a passion for solving problems through innovation. With over 15 years’ experience in the insurance industry, Cooper has held leadership roles spanning across technology, consulting and corporate development. Cooper holds a bachelor’s degrees from The University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Wharton School, where he is a frequent lecturer, and was the recipient of three entrepreneurship awards.
McKinsey & Company
Deniz Cultu is a Partner in the Minneapolis Office of McKinsey & Company. In his more than 19 years with the Firm, he has primarily served clients in the financial services industry. Mr. Cultu has served leading institutions on topics of service operations, strategy, and organization design. He is a leader of the Firm’s Property and Casualty Claims Practice in North America. Mr. Cultu is active in the Minneapolis/St. Paul community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities and served as the chair of the Risk Management Advisory Board for the Minnesota Super Bowl LII Host Committee. Mr. Cultu holds an M.B.A. from The Kellogg School of Management, with concentrations in finance, management and strategy, and marketing. He earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude.
CEO & Co-Founder
In over 12 years, Yashish has grown Policybazaar to become a key influencer in consumer
decisions around insurance. He believes death, disease and disability products are the future of
the insurance industry, as India strives towards social security. He is an avid sportsperson, and
has worked in the past as MD of Ebookers Plc and consultant with Bain & Co in their London office.
CEO & Co-Founder
Alex Dalyac is co-founder & CEO of Tractable, a company that develops artificial intelligence for accident and disaster recovery. Tractable’s market-leading tools use photos to automate damage appraisal, allowing insurers to improve accuracy, reduce turnaround time, and deliver a revamped customer claims experience. Founded in 2014, Tractable has a world-class research and development team with over 30 years of combined research experience, and has raised over $30M from Insight Venture Partners and other top-tier investors. The company is based in London, with offices in New York and Tokyo.
Stefaan de Kezel
Group Innovation Director
Stefaan de Kezel is Director of Innovation and Business Development at Ageas. His focus is on innovation research both in and outside the insurance industry, connecting the dots with (fin)tech players, and creating cross-business synergies within Ageas. He has +20 years of experience in insurance and prior to Ageas worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM where he built extensive experience in the financial services sector.
Adam Demos has empowered a new generation of data-driven trusted advisors by putting their customers at the center of the conversation. Adam is the founder and CEO of towerIQ inc., a data normalization company focused on bringing transparency to the insurance market. TowerIQ is headquartered in Boston, MA and backed by General Catalyst, Hyperplane Ventures, Clocktower Ventures, Vestigo Ventures & Laconia Capital. Adam previously helped build App Annie the global leader for intelligence data in the mobile economy which was also founded with a “data-first” approach.
Daniel is a Director with PwC’s Insurance Advisory practice, focusing on carriers within Life, Annuities and Group. He has led several large scale transformations from strategy to execution, including market entry, policy admin replacement, digital surround, and front-office modernization. Daniel brings significant depth and breadth across the insurance value chain and commonly assumes the critical role of brokering discussion between business and IT Executives on their most pressing initiatives.
Paul Desmarais III
Chairman and CEO
Paul Desmarais III is the Chairman and CEO of Sagard Holdings, the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Portag3 Ventures, and the Chairman and co-founder of Diagram. Within the investment portfolios of Portag3 Ventures and Sagard Holdings, he is the Chairman of Wealthsimple and Peak Achievement Athletics and a director of Koho, Integrate AI, and IntegraMed. Paul is also a Senior Vice President of Power Corporation of Canada and Power Financial of Canada. As a part of his responsibilities at the holdings, he sits on the boards of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, and Imerys. Prior to his current role, Paul worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division, Investment Group, and Special Situations Group; Imerys in supply chain management and strategy; and Great West Lifeco in risk management. Paul is a recipient of a B.A. in economics from Harvard College and holds an MBA from INSEAD in France.
Founder & Head of Product
Kumar Dhuvur is the Founder and Head of Product of Zesty.ai, a property risk analytics platform powered by Artificial Intelligence. Zesty.ai uses the latest advancements in computer vision and deep learning on 115+Bn data points to accurately model the potential impact of attritional and catastrophic losses for Property and Casualty Insurance. Kumar has a deep background in Risk Management and Data Analytics. He led Capital One Bank’s credit risk analytics teams in the US and UK. He also served as a Consultant at McKinsey & Company and advised financial services institutions on Risk Management and Data Analytics strategies. Kumar has received an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras. He lives in San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two kids.
Bajaj Allianz General Insurance
Mr K V Dipu is President & Head of Operations and Customer Service at Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company. He has led numerous industry leadership projects as the head of operations, communities & customer service @ Asia’s leading general insurance company. Mr Dipu forefronts the digital transformation drive at Bajaj Allianz GIC, leveraging start-ups from fintech/insure tech globally, while leading a team of ~1600 people in 170 locations. A management graduate from the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIM Lucknow), he joined Bajaj Allianz GIC in 2016 after a stellar career of nearly 20 years with GE Capital. During Mr Dipu’s distinguished career spanning over 24 years, his forte has been combining digital transformation with deep domain expertise & six sigma rigor to redesign the business model for operational excellence and customer delight. Bajaj Allianz GIC features in IDC’s list of top 20 insurers for 2020 in the Asia Pacific, is ranked # 7 in the list of global top 100 digital insurers and has twice been awarded “Digital Insurer of the Year” across Asia.
CEO & President
Employers Holdings Inc
Douglas D. Dirks has served as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EIG) and its predecessors since 2005. Mr. Dirks was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Nevada State Industrial Insurance System, the state-run monopolistic worker’s compensation fund, which was privatized as a mutual insurer on January 1, 2000, and became a publicly-traded company in January 2007. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association and the Kids’ Chance of America Advisory Board.
Budiman Rusly Djohari
Chief Data & Analytics Officer
Budiman is Chief Data and Analytics Officer at Sequis Life, Indonesia. He is responsible for shaping and driving data analytics strategy, implementation and technology execution across the company. Prior to Sequis Life, Budiman was Head of data at KMK Online, a leading digital online news, sports and entertainment portal in Indonesia. Here he held leadership roles across digital products. Budiman earned a Master in Information Systems Development from HAN University of Applied Sciences, Arnhem, Netherlands and currently he has been working for 17 years in the data management field area. After graduating from Master degree, He worked as Senior data consultant in EDENRED Singapore, leading to support CRM and PRM programs in 14 countries across APAC region for big companies such as HP (Hewlett-Packard), Microsoft and CISCO.
Sompo Digital Lab Tel Aviv
Yinnon Dolev is the CEO of Sompo’s Digital Lab in Tel Aviv. His group is responsible for partnering and investing in innovative startups in areas such as Insurtech, Digital Health, Smart mobility, Cyber security and more. Prior to that, he founded and managed the startups partnerships program by General Electric (GE) Digital in Israel, the first of its kind dedicated to the industrial internet. In this role Yinnon was responsible for creating partnerships with 26 Israeli software companies, 3 capital investments and the acquisition of IQP, a Japanese-Israeli startup. Yinnon spent 13 years at GE, where he was a graduate of the Experienced Commercial Leadership Program and held various management positions in strategic marketing, product management & business development in the US and in Israel. Prior to joining GE Yinnon was a software engineer and he is also a retired Major in the Israeli Defense Forces. Yinnon holds a BA in Computer Science from the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel an MBA from Cornell University.
CEO & Co-Founder
Harprem is the CEO and Co-Founder of Frank.co.th which was acquired by bolttech group back in 2019. He is now the CEO of bolttech brokerage in Thailand overseeing all of its operations in the country. Harprem previously came from a background of e-commerce having started his first company in 2013 selling pet and baby products online under the company Moxy/Orami which he exited to an Indonesian conglomerate Sinar Mas. He is passionate about the digitalization of goods and services and brings with him a strong operational skillset and advocacy for a customer-first approach. In his spare time, he enjoys long big bike trips, diving, travelling and spending time with his wife and 2 sons.
COO of the Americas
Mitch Doust is COO of the Americas at Cover Genius, where he is responsible for the establishment and growth of the XCover platform and the broader Cover Genius business across North America, Canada and Latin America. Mitch joined Cover Genius from leading insurtech company Trov, where he was Global Head of Business Development and led the establishment of Trov’s global network of insurance partnerships. Prior to his move into technology, Mitch began his career with EY in Australia before moving to the Suncorp Group (one of Australia’s leading insurers) where he held a number of strategic roles including P&C strategy, venture investing and strategic innovation. Mitch also serves as an independent advisor at Anthemis Group.
CEO & Co-Founder
After working 10yrs as an executive in construction for the insurance industry, building deep experience and broad industry relationships, I saw an opportunity to use technology to improve the way customers connect with contractors when they are making property insurance claims.I made the leap to entrepreneurship in 2017, founding handdii with Kathryn Wood an executive claims professional. handdii is a three-way platform where contractors can easily connect, engage and grow their businesses, insurers experience reduced cost and customers find their property insurance repair experience hassle free.
Laura Drabik is a recognized thought leader and trusted advisor to insurers seeking to harness disruptive technologies to their competitive advantage. An accomplished executive, presenter, and product strategist, she’s known for turning insights gained in the field into category-leading solutions for Guidewire customers. Her highly respected blog and InsurTalk podcast interview series are go-to resources for learning about the trends transforming the P&C landscape, and best practices for fostering innovation and achieving sustainable business growth. Laura has also gained renown for inspiring the next generation of insurance industry leaders though a series of panel discussion videos, an influential TEDx Talk, and her role on the board of directors of Girls in Tech. Laura was named to Insurance Business America’s “Elite Women 2019” list, and is a recipient of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” award.
VP Customer Transformation
After serving as Quadient’s VP of Product Marketing for five years, Scott Draeger serves as Quadient’s VP of Customer Transformation. He focuses on helping customers around the world create omni-channel customer experiences every stage of the customer journey. As a graduate of UNLV with an English Literature degree, Scott Draeger joined this industry by accident. He started as a document designer at a leading Chicagoland service provider, working on healthcare statements and direct marketing applications. He moved to the software side of the CCM software industry in 1998, working professional services, technical support, and training before finding his passion in Product Marketing/Management in 2007. (sigh) Unfortunately, some of his early banking and insurance applications are still in production. He has a Master EDP from Xplor, serves on the Board of Directors for Rutgers University CX program, and earned his CCXP (Certified Customer Experience Professional) certification from the Customer Experience Professionals Association in 2018. He knows you aren’t proud of all of your customer communications, and he wants to help you change that.
Chief Underwritting Officer, Property & Agriculture General Insurance
Kean Driscoll is Global Head of Reinsurance Strategy and Head of Global Portfolio Management, AIG General Insurance, and Global Chief Underwriting Officer, Property and Agriculture. Kean is responsible for evolving and enhancing AIG’s comprehensive global reinsurance program as the company continues to position General Insurance as an industry leader. In his capacity as Chief Underwriting Officer for Property and Agriculture, Kean ensures consistency in underwriting practices around the world. He works with AIG regional business teams to align General Insurance’s underwriting with AIG’s overall risk appetite and engage with clients and distribution partners on profitable growth opportunities. Prior to his current roles, Kean was the Global Head of Reinsurance, President of Validus Holdings, Ltd. and Chief Executive Officer of Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. He was a founding member of Validus Re, and previously served as its Chief Underwriting Officer. Prior to that, Kean was with Quanta Re and Zurich Re.N.A. (Converium). Kean previously served as a Chair of the Reinsurance Association of America (RAA). He is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Risk-Sharing Mechanisms (ACRSM) at United States of the Treasury since September 2015. Kean holds a B.A. in Literature from Colgate University and a M.B.A. from Columbia University, where he graduated with Honors.
Joseph D’Souza has over a decade of experience founding and growing companies. As the CEO and Founder of ProNavigator, he is using artificial intelligence (A.I.) to resolve insurance knowledge workers underwriting, claims, and billing questions — instantly and automatically. A TEDx talk speaker, Joseph speaks on the subjects of A.I., insurance technology, and entrepreneurship. Joseph aims to change the way insurance information is delivered. Prior to ProNavigator, Joseph successfully built two companies from the ground-up. He sold his first company, LifeSong Events, at 28 years old and is also the Co-Founder of Start Early India, a non-profit that has been running a free school for less privileged children in Mumbai since 2010.
Global Head of Insurance Solution Consulting, Financial Services Global Business Unit
Alan is a global practitioner of innovation, who thrives on helping customers achieve business objectives with high-performing teams, disruptive technology and leadership. With over 25 years of Insurance experience, he is responsible for leading a highly skilled global solution consulting insurance team that provides thought leadership and technical/functional guidance to both the private and public sectors in the Life, Savings and Health Insurance industries. Prior to Oracle, Alan was an executive at a large insurance carrier where he led teams across all lines of business, enabling key initiatives that focused on premium growth, reducing operational cost, lapse, and innovation. Alan was also the US Director of Insurance for Microsoft, supporting the growth of partner led insurance solutions in the market.
Head of Insurance
Tom is the Head of Insurance at Grab, where he oversees the strategic direction and development of the insurance offering in Grab Financial Group. He and the team are on a mission to help address the insurance gap in Southeast Asia, by using technology and data to design innovative digital solutions.
Prior to joining Grab, Tom was part of the early team at Chubb Digital, where he was Head of Digital Partnerships APAC. In this role, he built strategic partnerships with technology companies and financial institutions across Asia. Tom has over 15 years experience in financial services including at ANZ and Barclays in Australasia and Singapore. He has also been part of several startups including as Head of Partnerships for an insurtech-focused digital consultancy and as COO of an early stage HR tech startup.
Tom has a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Finance from the University of Otago in New Zealand and an Executive MBA from INSEAD.
A New Zealander by nationality, Tom has lived in Singapore for the last six years, with his wife who also works in tech and his two young children. Outside of work he likes to get into the outdoors with his family, including on trips back to New Zealand.
Mary Beth Eckert
CIO, Property & Casualty
Mary Beth is an execution driven leader, renown for her ability to attract, develop and retain high-performing teams that purposefully encourage a corporate culture of diversity and inclusion. As USAA’s Property & Casualty CIO, Mary Beth is focused on successfully supporting a $21B book of business on existing platforms, while planning and executing a multi-year, strategic system modernization program and digital agenda that solidifies the USAA mission of facilitating the financial security for military members, associates, and their families. Mary Beth’s organization is making significant strides in the execution of BizDevSecOps Transformation, Cloud Enablement, Agile / SAFe maturity, and application of a Quality Engineering mindset, and is partnering on transformational BlockChain, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence solutions. Mary Beth has over 25 years of experience within the insurance technology industry. She is recognized as a strategic results-oriented business and technology leader with the proven ability to execute and deliver within the fast-paced digital landscape. With a passion for Women in Technology, Mary Beth serves as the Executive Sponsor for Aspire, the USAA Women in Technology diversity network. She is a board member with the SA Cancer Council, serving the role of VP of Technology, Communications, Marketing and Social Media. Mary Beth is the recipient of the 2019 DigIn Women in Insurance Leadership award. She was a speaker at the 2019 Insuretech Connect conference as well as the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank. Mary Beth holds a BA – Information Systems degree from the University of Wisconsin. Outside of work, Mary Beth enjoys cooking and baking, exercising and spending time with family and friends. She’s been married to her husband Daniel for over 20 years. They are the proud parents of two young adults.
Munich Re Specialty
Adam Edelstein is Chief Operating Officer for Munich Re Specialty Insurance (“MRSI”) with responsibility for Technology, Operations and Claims. Adam brings deep expertise in delivering sustainable growth and leading organizational transformation at a variety of notable carriers and consultancies. He has successfully led large-scale change programs, developed a cohesive, loyal and energized organizational culture and never lost focus of unit economics and profitability. Adam lives in New York City with his wife and two children. He is an attorney licensed to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.
Innovation and Program Manager - Customer Services
Geordie Elliott is the Innovation and Program Manager at Allianz Australia where he spends his days improving the experience of customers and enabling staff members deliver great service. With almost 20 years of experience across the UK and Australia, he has a strong understanding of why it is important to build enduring and robust processes in the claims space. Outside of work, Geordie spends his time as dad taxi to three kids under 9 years old which drives his second hobby, ultra-running. It is a good excuse to get some peace and quiet for a few hours.
Adam joined Majesco as Chief Executive Officer in 2018. Prior to joining the company, Adam served as President of Global Field Operations and member of the Executive Leadership team at CA Technologies, a $4.5B Fortune 500 organization and business partner to the world’s largest companies. There he led high-performing teams who helped businesses grow across emerging markets and supported many of the world’s most powerful enterprise organizations through their digital transformation journey by helping them become more agile, more secure, and more capable of solving critical challenges and delivering innovation to adapt to changing market demands. Under his direction, CA evolved from legacy software vendor to digital transformation leader across DevOps, API Management, Security and Agile Management. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Sciences in Management and Information Systems from New York University. Adam currently sits on the Board at Optanix, an IT Service Management company, and at PENCIL.org, a non-profit that connects businesses with schools to provide advancement opportunities for students in underserved communities.
CEO & President
Christopher Ewing began his career as founder, chief executive, and general counsel for multiple insurance entities, each of which resulted in a successful exit. Leveraging his insurance background, Christopher co-founded One Inc to build industry-specific software solutions designed to help other insurers grow their businesses by transforming the way they interact with their customers. Today, over 160 insurance companies process billions of dollars using the One Inc Digital Payments Platform, delivering a frictionless premiums and claims payment experience to their policyholders. Christopher earned his B.B.A. from U.C. Riverside, and his J.D. from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
Founder & Managing Partner
Insurance Evolution Partners
Bryan Falchuk is the Managing Partner of Insurance Evolution Partners, which advises carriers and their partners on how to navigate an evolving industry facing disruption and change. Bryan spent 20 years in insurance, including serving as Head of Claims for Hiscox USA and leading Growth for the insurtech, Hi Marley. He has also held leadership roles in corporate strategy, operations and distribution at carriers like Liberty Mutual and Beazley, and was a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s insurance practice. Bryan is a best-selling author and public speaker, including several TEDx Talks. His new book, The Future of Insurance: from Disruption to Evolution, shares case studies of seven carriers who overcame the barriers to change we face in the industry to innovate in the face of disruptive threats.
Samuel is CEO and co-founder of Akur8. Samuel started his tech career at IBM, where he spent 15 years in various international sales and sales management positions. He then joined an AI fraud detection Insurtech company, Shift Technology, as Head of Sales. Samuel was instrumental in the successful internationalization of Shift, including in the US. After 2 years at Shift, Samuel decided to apply his Insurtech expertise by transitioning to entrepreneurship and co-founding Akur8, to disrupt the insurance pricing sector with Transparent AI.
SVP, Treasurer & CFO
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
As CFO, Farney has responsibility for financial reporting for the State Farm organization, including leadership of the Enterprise Data & Analytics, Enterprise Research, Financial Operations and Investment departments. He has more than 25 years of experience with State Farm® and within the insurance and financial services industry. Farney joined State Farm in 1993 and has served in a variety of executive leadership positions including director of internal sales support, assistant vice president – securities products, assistant vice president – planning & analysis, vice president – financial operations and operations vice president – underwriting. He assumed the role of senior vice president, treasurer and CFO in January 2016.
He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Illinois State University, Normal and earned his MBA from the University of Michigan. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter® (CPCU), Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC) and Fellow, Life Management Institute® (FLMI) designations.
CEO & Co-Founder
Jennifer Fitzgerald is the CEO and co-founder of Policygenius, the nation’s leading online insurance marketplace. She is the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year New York 2019 and one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2018. Before starting Policygenius in 2014, she and her co-founder, Francois de Lame, were management consultants at McKinsey & Company. Jennifer has shared insights in major publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and more. Early in her career, she was a Peace Corps volunteer and did standup comedy. Jennifer is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Florida State University.
Michael is a serial entrepreneur who has built and launched several innovative tech solutions across the mobility space. Listening to what industry leaders identified as gaps within the insurance ecosystem and experiencing first-hand the pain these gaps caused as a customer – Xtract was formed. Michael saw an opportunity to disrupt a manual inefficient claims process by; utilising connected car data, providing a new digital way for an insurer to provide their version of events to their carrier and transforming how connected car data is used globally within the claims process.
Co-Founder & COO
Much like our namesake, the Hosta plant, we are a tenacious group of thought leaders, innovation disruptors, and programmers that achieve their full potential in the most adversary conditions. Our M.I.T.-born, diverse company prides itself on assessing interior structures 80% more accurately, 65% faster, and more comprehensive than assessment alternatives. Henriette, COO, received her MBA from Sloan. She has led corporate strategy offices and worked in top tier consulting, managing multi-million $ projects for Fortune 100 companies on process optimization, restructuring, and strategy development.
CEO & Founder
Daniel is the co-founder and CEO of Evar (www.evari.tech), an innovative SaaS solution for insurers and MGA’s to easily design, launch and distribute brilliant insurance products that are easy to buy, easy to manage and flexible to changing needs. Daniel is passionate about making sure everyone has the right insurance through a customer-centric digital experience and Evari is poised to solve this problem globally for insurers and MGA’s and customers alike. As the former CEO of Zurich General Insurance, Australia & New Zealand, Daniel has a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of insurance and knows first hand the challenges of the industry and the ever-changing needs of customers. Daniel is a Fellow and Board member of ANZIIF, and a member of the Advisory Committee of Insurtech Australia. He has a Masters from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW. He is a Fellow of FINSIA, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Chartered Accountant.
As the Insurance Account Executive for DataRobot, James has spent the last 3 years helping insurers identify and operationalize machine learning models. James clients have seen up to 4% improvement in their loss ratio by automation and optimizing decisions across the customer journey. Prior to DataRobot, James spent 4 years working in the Insurance Brokerage world where he recognized the untapped nature of data.
CEO & Founder
Philip Fung is founder of Kit.com – an at-home health diagnostics platform for businesses. Previously, Philip was one of the early engineers at Facebook, focussing on growth and mobile apps. In 2005, Phil was in-between classes at Stanford and ran into Mark Zuckerberg, who was sitting by himself holding a sign “Come Work at Facebook”. Phil left school a month later to work there.
CEO & Co-Founder
Michael Furlong is the Founder and CEO of Indio Technologies, a division of Applied Systems, which provides insurance application and renewal software to automate the commercial lines submission process among agencies, brokerages, insurers, and the insured. The platform provides a fully digital client risk capture and application experience by automating the data population across each individual, unique insurer application. Prior to Indio Technologies, Mike started Sliced Investing, the first online hedge fund investment platform built for individual investors. Mike’s passion is at the intersection of software and financial services, with a focus on enhancing legacy workflows.
Insurance Partners Lead - Euope & A/P
Noel Garry has 40 years of Insurance experience. Before joining IBM, Mr. Garry led a Customer Centricity program that won a world award and he has spoken at many conferences about Information Management, Analytics and the trend towards Cognitive Computing. In 2010, Mr. Garry joined IBM and has been working with many insurers on their Cloud and Cognitive strategy. He is responsible for developing partnerships in Europe and Asia/Pacific. Mr. Garry is a member of the IBM Insurance Academy. He has a degree in Business and Information Technology from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from University College Dublin.
VP, Onboarding and Implementation
Tiara Gazarian is Vice President of Onboarding and Implementation at Phonexa. Her focus is on working with the sales team to identify and connect with clients that could benefit from using Phonexa as a solution. Tiara also works directly with clients to help them learn and manage their platform, paying special attention to best practices for their business and how Phonexa’s platform can make their business operations more effective and efficient. She is also the liaison between clients and the tech team to create features and capabilities that increase efficiency and aid growth. With past experience working at an insurance brokerage, Tiara has always been attuned to the unique challenges and opportunities in the insurance space. She has spent her career cultivating strong client relationships in the world of commercial insurance and affiliate marketing.
CEO & Founder
Brandon Gell is the CEO and co-founder of Clyde, a venture-backed insurance technology company whose goal is to reshape the warranty market for retailers and their customers through software that can be deployed in just minutes. The idea was born out of Brandon’s own frustrating experience in attempting to offer customers extended warranties directly during his time at a 3D scanner manufacturer. Brandon was a Venture for America fellow, where he focused on design and management and holds a BA in Architecture from Middlebury College.
Zach is a Partner at Gradient Ventures. Previously, Zach led acquisitions and strategic investments as a member of Google’s Corporate Development team, with a focus on Google’s Cloud, Ads and Commerce businesses. Prior to Google, Zach advised software and internet companies as an investment banker, strategizing and executing IPO, M&A, investment and financing opportunities. Zach started his career at a leading energy trading hedge fund, managing trading algorithms as a quant and data scientist. Zach’s entrepreneurial efforts include co-founding a social media startup, as well as consulting a tech incubator’s portfolio startups on fundraising and legal issues. Zach received his JD from the UCLA School of Law, and his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He received his BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia.
CEO & Co-Founder
Guy Goldstein is the founder and CEO of Next Insurance. He is an experienced entrepreneur and executive, bringing nearly two decades of management, strategy and product development experience to his role as CEO. Since founding Check in 2007, (acquired by Intuit for $360M), Guy has raised over $430 million in venture capital funding. He has a history of driving rapid growth for his companies, growing Check from zero to ten million members and Next Insurance to a $100M annual run rate. He has a proven track record in corporate development, mergers and acquisitions and as research and development leader. During his seven-year tenure at Mercury Interactive (later acquired by Hewlett-Packard), Guy helped establish the company-wide inorganic growth roadmap and strategic planning process, resulting in three acquisitions and nearly one billion in revenue. As Senior Director of Mercury Interactive’s R&D division, Guy managed an international team of engineers and QA that built products generating $350 million in sales. At Hewlett-Packard, Guy led inorganic growth expansion acquisitions to develop HP’s Business Intelligence strategy. Guy graduated cum laude from Tel-Aviv University with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Computer Science.
CEO & Founder
Adrian Gore founded Discovery in South Africa in 1992 – with a core purpose “to make people healthier and enhance, and protect their lives”. Discovery is now multinational and is renowned for Vitality, the largest global platform that creates behaviour change and financially integrates this behaviour into insurance and financial services pricing. This model of insurance – coined Vitality Shared Value – is transforming insurance markets and financial services globally and concurrently making a significant share of the global insured population healthier and extending life expectancy. Discovery listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1997 and has a market cap of $6 billion as at 30 December 2019. Certain global trends have made the Vitality Shared-Value model even more relevant today than in 1992. Given these trends, Adrian through Discovery applied the model to its own companies in the United Kingdom and is now transforming the global market by embedding its model into the world’s largest insurers. This is achieved through an ecosystem of reward partners, technology assets, clinical capabilities, and actuarial data and structures, to help partners integrate behavior change into products and pricing. The Global Vitality Network includes national insurance champions such as AIA, Generali, John Hancock, Manulife, Ping An Health, Sumitomo Life, IGI and Saludsa and Equivida – representing more than 35% of the global personal protection market, with over 16 million Vitality members, across 24 markets.
Ron is passionate about revolutionizing Artificial Intelligence to help people work smart and enrich their lives. A technology enthusiast at heart, Ron founded Chisel with a vision to leverage AI to help industries like insurance who deal in high volumes of unstructured data and manual processes digitally transform. Ron is a charismatic speaker with a unique vision focused on business success and technological innovation. Under Ron’s leadership Chisel won Gold at the 2019 Zurich Innovation World Championship and the ACORD InsurTech Innovation Challenge in 2018. In his free time, Ron enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Jennifer Good started Peacefully based on her experience with the death of her grandmother. Prior to that, she was the CEO and co-founder of a healthtech company. She began her career at Boston Consulting Group, where she advised Fortune 500 companies on their strategy. Jennifer is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and a Fulbright Scholar. When not thinking about end-of-life, she loves hiking, going to the beach and spending time with her fiancé and dogs!
CEO & Founder
Peter is a serial entrepreneur, having started five businesses and invested in more than ten start-ups. His most notable business venture was Brighter Option (now Social.com), the world’s largest Facebook ad management software, which was acquired by Buddy Media and subsequently acquired by Salesforce in August 2012. He is now focused on bringing technology to more established industries, with the aim of producing value and improving businesses by harnessing the latest technologies.
VP, CRM Program Owner
Directly responsible for leading the Salesforce Center of Excellence (COE) since 2017 that provides digital transformation through an agile delivery methodology, leveraging cross-functional teams to connect Marketing, Sales and Service on a unified platform. The goal of the program is to provide next-generation business capabilities such as marketing automation, sales analytics, omni-channel servicing and more to ensure relevance and growth into the future. Rob has been with the 150 Year Old Pacific Life since 2001 in various roles and is passionate about the opportunity to create new ways to engage and strengthen relationships with financial professionals and consumers.
Lorenz holds a degree in physics from the University of Vienna and an Executive MBA from the Danube University Krems. He has more than 25 years of experience in B2B sales and the cross-industry digitalization of business processes in the areas of finance, telecommunications, real estate and media. Lorenz is a serial entrepreneur, before founding bsurance in 2018 he successfully completed an exit of a leading Austrian e-Recruiting software provider eRecruiter, which was sold to Austria’s leading job portal Karriere.at in 2017.
CEO & Co-Founder
Mike is an entrepreneur in the risk, insurance, and technology space. He serves as CEO and co-founder of Hi Marley, the insurance industry’s first intelligent, conversation-driven service platform. He has worked with over 100 insurance companies developing software solutions and executing change programs to help them accelerate growth, improve service, and drive significant combined ratio savings through improved operational efficiency and process quality. Mike previously co-founded and led Futurity Group (acquired by Aon), a software and services company focused on monitoring and improving performance in P&C insurance/claims. Post-acquisition, he co-led Aon’s Claims Practice. Prior to that, he was an Associate Partner with IBM where he co-led the Insurance Claims Practice and he began his career as a management consultant with Accenture’s Insurance Group.
CEO & Co-Founder
Driven by the desire to restore insurance to its original purpose of providing mutual aid for those who need it most, but can afford it least, Michele founded Democrance in 2015. Prior to that, Michele worked in strategy and distribution at global insurance powerhouses AXA and MetLife in France, Egypt and the UAE. He is a frequent speaker and contributor at microinsurance, entrepreneurship and social innovation events and publications. Italian by birth, Michele holds a Master in Management from ESCP Europe in Paris and MSc in Economics from Turin University, Carlos III University in Madrid and City University in London.
Head of Partnerships
Yady Guitana joined Traveloka in 2014 and currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the CEO, as well as Senior Vice President of Financial Services, and as Head of Global Partnerships.
Yady oversees and drives the business operations, development, and strategies for insurance, cobranded credit card, and other financial services product in development. He is also responsible for partnership development for Traveloka group. Prior to joining Traveloka. Yady served as Consultant at McKinsey & Company, Director at Structural Investment Management, and Financial Analyst at IBM.
Yady holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Co-Founder & CPO
Rajeev Gupta is CPO and co-founder at Cowbell Cyber. Gupta was the GM for the Application Protection Business Unit at Zimperium, a leader in Mobile Security. He comes with 20 years of hands-on experience in software architecture and design of large-scale secure enterprise applications. Prior, at CA Technologies, he was the Head of Product for the Application Delivery business unit, where he mentored several customer teams and led efficient software development strategies for Fortune 500 clients.
EVP, Microsoft Cloud + AI Group
As executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud + AI Group, Scott Guthrie is responsible for the company’s computing fabric (cloud and edge, including cloud infrastructure, server, database, CRM, ERP, management) and Artificial Intelligence platform (infrastructure, runtimes, frameworks, tools and higher-level services around perception, knowledge and cognition).Prior to leading the Cloud + AI Group, Guthrie helped lead Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud platform. Since joining the company in 1997, he has made critical contributions to many of Microsoft’s key cloud, server and development technologies and was one of the original founders of the .NET project. Guthrie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Duke University.
CEO & Co-Founder
Jamie is Ladder’s CEO and Co-Founder. Rooted in personal experience, his deep belief that life insurance is a fundamentally good product for families and communities has inspired him to build Ladder and close the $16T life insurance coverage gap in the US. 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.
COO & Co-Founder
Ruth is the CEO and co-founder of Anapi. She has extensive experience in insurance, having previously been with Zurich Insurance Company for 10 years in various functional roles. Most notably she was the APAC regional risk manager at Zurich prior to leaving the corporate world behind for entrepreneurial pursuits. Her experience as an enterprise risk manager places her well with Anapi as they help startups manage their key risks through innovative insurance solutions.
CEO & Founder
Liri Halperin is a serial entrepreneur and the Founder & CEO of LeO, a leading conversational AI platform designed specifically for the insurance industry. LeO supports insurance agents and enterprises with 24/7 AI-powered chatbots that handle customer service and sales needs, helping to cut costs and increase ROI. Before LeO, Liri co-founded two other successful start-ups. She’s also the co-founder of Parliament51, a social impact venture that aims to obtain equal opportunities for women in the workplace, and was proud to be invited to speak on this topic at the UN last winter.
CEO & Co-Founder
Sean Harper is the CEO and co-founder of Kin Insurance, an insurance technology company and home insurance carrier built to make insurance easy, efficient, and affordable. Previously, Sean founded FeeFighters, a payments company bought by Groupon, and TSS-Radio, an eCommerce company that became an Inc. 500 fastest-growing company. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Sean was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and an investor at Longworth Venture Partners. He holds an AB from the University of Chicago, where he studied economics and computer science, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
CEO & Co-Founder
Richard is co-founder and CEO at Cytora, where he leads the business strategy. Richard holds a Masters in Political Science from the University College of London. Prior to Cytora, Richard worked as a product strategist at eBaoTech, a cloud technology vendor to the insurance industry.
Kazy has over 15 years of insurance-related service experience. After working at American actuarial consulting firm Milliman, Kazy has worked at global investment banks, including JPMorgan and Nomura, where he provided risk management and product development services to insurers. Solutions he was engaged included derivative, reinsurance, product development and M&A advisory for insurers in Japan. Kazy founded justInCase in 2016.
Chief Product & Data Officer
A seasoned data and analytics guru, Chad has seen first-hand the impact data-driven insights can have on customers’ success. He brings experience with AI and ML technologies in the energy, aerospace, defense, automotive, and construction industries to help agencies and carriers discover new opportunities to drive business growth by leveraging insights within their data. Prior to Vertafore, Chad spent seven years as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Engineering & Product Design division at IHS Markit. An experienced go-to-market strategist in the software and data analytics industries, Chad also held leadership roles at Progress Software, PTC, and Intel.
VP, Emerging Technology
Root Insurance Company
Jen’s work futureproofs the business of Root; identifying and launching business lines that address the needs of companies changing the way people and goods move around in the world. She focuses on transportation network companies, micromobility operators, and companies tackling autonomous driving. Prior to Root, Jen enabled various companies evolve their business and products to capitalize on the benefits offered by technology. Jen is an alum of Disney, Twitter, Oculus (Facebook), financial services, UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Stanford University.
Co-Founder & VP of Biz Dev
Travis Hedge is the co-founder of Vouch Insurance, the digital business insurance platform designed to serve the needs of high-growth technology companies. Prior to Vouch, Travis was a Senior Associate at SVB Capital, the venture capital subsidiary of SVB Financial Group, where he worked with companies in a variety of tech sectors. Travis began his career at Nationwide Insurance, where he built a strong understanding of the insurance industry. Travis is originally from Columbus, and graduated from The Ohio State University.
Scott Heimes is the Chief Marketing Officer at Zipwhip, a Seattle-based SaaS company, empowers companies to communicate with their customers in the most effective and preferred way possible – text messaging. Scott is responsible for driving Zipwhip’s marketing program, guiding business development efforts and developing corporate growth strategies. Scott most recently served as CMO of SendGrid, a global digital communication platform, and has also held C-level positions at Digital River and WebMD. An avid outdoorsman, Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
Co-Founder, President, COO
Assaf is a recognized expert on predictive analytics and data insights with more than 15 years of experience building scalable consumer-facing digital products. As the Co Founder, & President of Sproutt, Assaf leads the company’s product and business functions. Previously, Assaf was Chief Insights Officer at Amobee, a Singtel wholly owned subsidiary. Prior to that Assaf was the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Kontera, a big data marketing technology provider. Kontera was acquired by Singtel in June 2014 for $150 million. Assaf received his BS. in Computer Information Systems from San Francisco State University and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and Tel Aviv University.
The ABD Team
Brian Hetherington currently serves as Chairman of The ABD Team, which Brian helped launch as CEO and Co-Chairman in 2012. The organization is an employee-owned and client-centered business-to-business professional services firm, providing leading-edge risk management, insurance brokerage, employee benefits, human resources and retirement consulting services. Brian is passionate about driving success through building a strong company culture and believes in a workplace that values “WORK, LOVE, PLAY.” Prior the ABD Team, Brian served President of Property & Casualty for Wells Fargo Insurance Services. Before his stint at Wells Fargo, Brian was the VP of WW Sales and Service of Night Fire Software, Director of Sales for Network Equipment Technologies and had various sales and marketing roles at MCI Telecommunications. Brian carries the sentiment that if you care about your teams, and they care about each other and their clients, your clients will care about you. His course with Deepak Chopra at Kellogg GSB called the “Soul of Leadership” was instrumental in how he approaches managing his teams and has allowed him to be an even more transformational and innovative leader. Brian received his Bachelor’s with High Honors in Political Science from Northwestern University and was a McGovern Scholarship winner to the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern. Brian also serves as a Board Member for Worldwide Broker Network, Industry Insurance Charitable Foundation, Rebuilding Together Peninsula, and Broker Tech Ventures. He lives outside San Francisco with his wife, 3 teenage boys and 2 year old goldendoodle. Other items of note include Dead Shows, Accordions, include Nord keyboards.
CEO & Founder
Gary Hoberman has 25 years’ experience bringing transformative solutions to market for leading financial organizations. He is the inventor of eight patents, including Unqork, the first Do-it-Yourself Enterprise software platform, founded in 2017. Gary has grown Unqork to support 20 of the top global financial institutions, including leading financial services and insurance companies, and has secured funding from prominent investors including Goldman Sachs. Prior to Unqork, he was the Global CIO for MetLife, overseeing technology across 47 countries, managing a $1.2 billion budget and more than 10,000 resources and one of the youngest-ever Managing Directors at Citigroup.
Larry Hogan serves as an Account Executive for Smart Communications focused on technology-enabled business transformation within the insurance industry. For the past 20+ years he has successfully developed solutions and strategies to improve how insurers and financial institutions communicate and engage with their customers, agents, employees and other key stakeholders. He has been with Smart Communications for more than a decade, with earlier experience working for Exstream Software, BlueGill Technologies and Capgemini’s global insurance division.
Susan Claire Holliday
Susan Holliday is an advisor to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank where she focuses on insurtech and insurance for SMEs and women. She has served on insurance sector boards in UK, Brazil and India and is currently a board member of Tribal Planet, a Silicon Valley tech company, and an advisor to Eos Venture Fund and to several start-ups, and a non-resident scholar for the Insurance Information Institute. She has worked across life, health, property and casualty insurance and reinsurance at both global and regional levels and led strategy for emerging markets and fintech. She is a published author of the Fintech Circle InsurTech Book and the AI Book. Prior to joining IFC, she was a managing director at Swiss Re, serving as head of strategy for Swiss Re’s global reinsurance business and before this CFO of Reinsurance Client Markets and group Head of Investor Relations. Before Swiss Re, she was in equity research and equity sales covering the insurance industry at UBS, JP Morgan and Paribas. Ms Holliday is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment in the U.K. She graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford, with a degree in Modern History and completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management and Women on Boards programs.
CEO & Founder
Tomas is the CEO and Founder of CoverGo. CoverGo is the first fully configurable, modular, no-code insurance enterprise software powered by 400+ APIs for omni-channel distribution, policy admin and claims. CoverGo is used by insurance companies and MGAs across 3 continents to enable digital insurance transformation at record speed. Prior to starting CoverGo, Tomas worked in insurance and banking at PwC London and also managed operations of an insurtech startup in Singapore. Overall, Tomas worked in 15 countries across 3 continents and obtained 4 master degrees. Tomas is a frequent speaker at conferences, mentor of insurtech startups and an active contributor to the insurtech and fintech community.
Tanya Ho Wai
Senior Director, Insurance Products
Tanya currently serves as a Senior Director of Insurance Products in the Financial Services Global Business Unit of Oracle Corp where she has global responsibility for the product strategy and engineering teams on several insurance products, with a focus on the Oracle Insurance Policy Administration product. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, her primary focus continues to be in the product design, solution architecture and implementation of solutions in the Life and Annuity insurance space.
Sr. Director, Product Management
Kathy Hrach is Sr. Director of Product Management at IVANS, focused on enhancing connectivity for insurers and agencies. She has spent her career helping to automate manual processes and drive efficiency through technology. She is involved with industry groups including The Big I’s ACT, AUGIE, and IVANS Advisory Board.
Edin Imsirovic is an associate director in the property/casualty ratings division of AM Best. In this role, Edin is responsible for a team of analysts that monitor and evaluate the ratings of various property/casualty insurance companies in the United States. Edin has contributed to AM Best’s research publications, and held a leading role in its recent criteria procedure on innovation. Edin speaks regularly on insurance industry issues, including insurtech and emerging technologies.
Emily Kim Ae Sun Hunter
Product Manager, CX Research and Design
Emily Kim Ae Sun Hunter is a Product Manager for Enterprise Operations Information Technology and Strategy. Emily has been with John Hancock for almost 7 years and her various roles within the company have always been focused on the frontline and the customer. Having been a customer service representative herself, Emily knows truly what the customers’ needs are. Emily transitioned into Workforce Management for the Long-Term Care and Annuities departments and helped lead the development of the Life Insurance call center. In addition to her strong connection to the customers, Emily believes that the core heartbeat of a company are the employees. Emily was asked to manage the Annuities department having been recognized for her enthusiasm in employee engagement and natural leadership skills. She quickly became known for her commitment to impactful process improvements and leading high performing teams. Due to Emily’s years of experience with John Hancock customers, Emily transitioned into her current role to help bring new capabilities to the company. Emily is passionate about digital transformation and the positive impact that it has on customers and the employees
BrokerTech Ventures Accelerator
John Jackovin is the BrokerTech Ventures AcceleratorExecutive Director. John brings with him a unique skillset, which adds tremendous value to the program. His lens into the startup world, including his own first-hand experience going through the Techstars Accelerator, has proven invaluable in creating the kind of experience we hope to deliver through the Accelerator. Over the years, John’s companies have produced millions in revenue and have serviced thousands of customers. In 2014, he took a company through Techstars, one of the most prominent and successful technology accelerators in the world. Since then, John has consulted for many organizations in the world of Fintech and InsurTech, most recently Des Moines-based Dwolla, where he managed the Growth and Internal Services Product teams.
Global Business Development Lead - Insurance
Amazon Web Services
Anthony J. (Tony) Jacob leads Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) insurance industry team. In this role, Tony is responsible for leading the development and execution of AWS’ strategic initiatives in the life and non-life insurance industries, in reinsurance, and in AWS’ work with large brokers. Prior to working at AWS, Tony was the managing director of Microsoft’s worldwide insurance industry team. Tony also served as a business development executive in corporate and consulting roles. Firms he worked with included Boullioun Aviation, a leading aircraft leasing firm and a division of German bank WestLB; Insightful, a provider of statistical analysis software to insurance, securities, rating agencies, and other industries; and Microsoft, where he led marketing teams supporting that company’s financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and retail industry groups. Before working in the software industry, Tony served as a senior business development executive supporting NASA and Lockheed Martin, including on a joint government-industry program to develop a next-generation space shuttle. Tony also served as an on-air commentator for NASA television during coverage of three space shuttle science missions.
Duck Creek Technologies
Mike is Duck Creek’s chief executive officer and also serves on the Board of Directors. He brings more than 25 years of technology, operations and insurance-industry expertise to this global leadership role, in which he’s responsible for the company’s strategic direction and overall performance. As CEO, Mike shares his passion for the possible by aligning company goals and industry experts to deliver the solutions that drive business value for insurers worldwide. Prior to Duck Creek, Mike held several leadership roles at Allstate. He was senior vice president for the agency technology and sales business units, where he was responsible for strategic management and operations. He also led the business through a technology transformation that improved interactions and communications between the carrier’s employees, agents, and customers. He joined Allstate as the senior vice president of technology and operations, where he was credited for reinventing the insurer’s claims operations through modern technology and governance, a project that impacted 17,000 employees and involved 1,000 resources on three continents. This “Next Gen” claims initiative, which he spearheaded, was honored in 2008 with two illustrious industry recognitions: “Premier 100 IT Leaders,” by Computerworld magazine, and the Pink Elephant’s Information Technology Infrastructure Library Project of the Year award. Before joining Allstate, Mike was a managing partner for Accenture’s global claims and underwriting practice in the financial services group. In this role, he was responsible for Accenture’s overall claims and underwriting product strategy and direction, which included creating the company’s pioneering software solution, Accenture Claim Components, now Duck Creek Claims.
He is a true high-tech serial entrepreneur: in 1998 he created his own B2B insurance brokerage company, Protegys Group, and the following year launched Assurdiscount.com, the first online B2C insurance website in France. In 2000, he bought La Parisienne Assurances, an insurer established in 1829. Thanks to his various entrepreneurial experiences, Olivier completely rethought the strategy of his Protegys group in 1995, withdrawing from the brokerage business, and refocusing La Parisienne on innovative insurance products design. In less than 4 years he transformed La Parisienne into Europe’s leading digital insurer, with a CAGR of 37,2% for the last five years, continued profitable growth and a turnover that has since multiplied by 4 to reach €382 million in 2019. La Parisienne was rebranded Wakam on September 2020. Olivier graduated from EM Lyon Business School and has a master’s degree from SDA Bocconi in International Economics and Management.
CEO & Co-Founder
An innovative leader with a passion for simplifying insurance, Anik Jain is the Co-founder and CEO of Symbo, an InsurTech with a suite of front-end distribution platforms for the insurance industry. He plays a vital role in realizing the strategic market position of the firm as well as accelerating its growth trajectory. An alumnus of IIM Calcutta, Anik has 19 years of experience working across organizations such as Marsh, Mahindra Insurance Brokers, Reliance Life, and ICICI Lombard. Anik has a reservoir of experience in leading business units at different levels – startups to change management in a mature organization.
CEO & Co-Founder
Ian is the Co-Founder & CEO of Breathe Life, a Montreal-based InsurTech. He has been a marketer and entrepreneur in Montreal and Silicon Valley since 2001. Formerly the VP Product Marketing at PasswordBox and took on the role of General Manager after the acquisition by Intel. He has played a key role in the launch of several startups and Co-Founded FounderFuel, Canada’s leading accelerator, as well as MTLinTech, Montreal’s voice of the startup community. Ian is a father of 2 boys and is driven by having an impact in people’s lives.
VP, Enterprise Agent Experience Officer, Distribution Value Stream Owner
Head of Marketing
Lisa Jillson leads Marketing, Communications, Research & Design for Arity, where she leads all brand, sales and product marketing, product design and consumer research initiatives. Passionate about the intersection of innovation, technology and marketing, Lisa played an instrumental role in launching Arity’s first connected car solutions, and inclusive of her work at Allstate, she has led marketing launches for more than 10 software products over the last five years.
Senior Software Engineer
Principal Financial Services
Che has worked at Principal for 15 years in a variety of software development roles. Recently, he’s been leading up an Agile development team, as well as, playing an Architect role in the data extraction and automation space. Che has a passion for using technology solutions to help streamline inefficient business processes and drive business growth.
Jeremy has more than 25 years of insurance industry experience and has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Protective Insurance since May 2019. Prior to Protective, Jeremy served in various executive leadership roles at American International Group, Inc. (AIG) for 17 years. Roles included, President, US Commercial for AIG; and CEO & President of Lexington Insurance Company, AIG’s excess and surplus lines unit. Jeremy is a graduate of the University of Oxford with a Masters of Arts degree in law.
Deputy CEO of P&C Partners
Chuck is responsible for the global marketing team, driving the FINEOS corporate brand, product go-to-market, and in-market product management for North America. Chuck is a senior insurance executive with over 30 years of expertise in insurance and information technology. He is a frequent presenter at industry conferences, including LOMA events, LIMRA, the Insurance & Technology Executive Summit, ACORD, IASA, and the International Insurance Society. His background in the carrier, analyst, and software vendor communities give him a unique perspective on the insurance market. Earlier in his career, Chuck helped relaunch the Meta Group Insurance Industry practice and helped it become the leading insurance advisory services practice of its time. With the merger of META Group and Gartner, Chuck moved to the vendor community holding leadership roles at Callidus Software (Callidus Cloud), Siebel, Oracle, Celent Research, and EIS Group before joining FINEOS.
CEO & Co-Founder
Brett Jurgens is an entrepreneur, startup advisor and angel investor with experience in IoT, insurance, fintech and consumer products. He currently has two primary roles, one as the CEO and Co-founder of Notion, a Comcast company (acquired in 2020), and as an Executive Director/GM at Comcast. Brett co-founded Notion, a smart security system that empowers home and property owners to be proactive in protecting their spaces, people, and most valued possessions, in 2014. The Notion smart security system is a comprehensive platform powered by a multifunctional sensor and mobile app. Prior to Notion, Brett started two other companies, served as the first employee at the pharmaceutical startup UrgentRx where he ran business development and operations, and was an investment banker at Piper Jaffray. A proud native Coloradan, Brett was born and raised near Boulder, CO and graduated from the University of Colorado. He currently resides in Denver, CO with his wife and two kids.
President & COO
As the head of global technology and operations, Vinod is leading the digital transformation at SE2 as they continue to innovate the industry’s leading end to end Life & Annuity digital technology ecosystem. Vinod has 33 plus years of experience driving innovation in the insurance industry working for companies like TCS, MetLife, Prudential, and AIG. He’s the visionary responsible for leading innovation at SE2 and is committed to generating growth for SE2’s clients. An avid runner, Vinod pushes himself to see how fast and far he can go – rules he applies when he’s revolutionizing technology and operations at insurance companies.
Chief Business Officer
Adam joined Tensorflight in August 2019. He has been in the insurance industry for over 30 years and has held a number of senior management positions with Marsh, CRC, FM Global, and RiskMatch. His background as a property specialist as both an underwriter and broker in addition to his experience with recently acquired RiskMatch provides an additional perspective and skill set to the technical team at Tensorflight.
CEO & Founder
Stephen Kane is the Founder and CEO of FairClaims, a consumer-friendly online dispute resolution platform working with major carriers to resolve pro se BI claims at impasse. FairClaims is #1 in dispute resolution for the sharing economy – customers include HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List, Turo, & Outdoorsy. Stephen is a Fellow at the Stanford CodeX Center for Legal Informatics, and Founder / Board Chair Emeritus of GRID110, a 501c3 working with the LA Mayor’s office to develop the LA startup ecosystem. He was formerly an Associate at International law firm O’Melveny & Myers and part of the early team at Lex Machina (sold, LexisNexis)
CEO and Co-Founder
Elli Kaplan is the co-founder and CEO of Neurotrack, a Silicon Valley-based digital health company backed by Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, and Sozo Ventures. Elli’s career spans two decades in the public and private sectors, including leadership positions at the White House, State and Treasury Departments, and the United Nations, where she was the Deputy Chief of Staff for UNDP, the largest UN agency. Elli has also held positions with AIG and Goldman Sachs where she focused on private equity investing in emerging markets. Elli has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
CTO, America's Insurance
Skilled technologist with a focus on bringing innovation, digital and new technologies to play for true business value. Co-leads the DXC Invitational engagement program in the Americas, leads the insurance CT team, and active in defining the use cases and technology adoption curve for the industry. Active in both the DXC insurance product community and surround technology community to bring both together efficiently.
Dir., Research & Technology
Pascal has a multi-faceted role. He is our Risk Auditor and Director of Research & Technology. He does original research with our Larkspur team to enhance Nephila’s proprietary underwriting and risk management systems. He also evaluates insurtech opportunities and assists the Partner Capital team, authoring papers on research, risk modeling and portfolio construction. Pascal joined us in 2011 from AIR Worldwide where he managed insurance-linked securities in catastrophe modeling.
Geoff Keast is the CEO for Montoux, a decision science platform specifically designed for life insurers. He is passionate about technology that creates fantastic customer outcomes. Geoff has extensive experience in growth and business development, with a background in helping large financial companies use technology to transform the way they do business. Before joining Montoux, he spent time working with fintech companies Fiserv in the UK and ABnote in the US.
Director, Carrier Marketing
CEO & Founder
Joel is a serial entrepreneur, having founded his first company in IaaS at age 11 which sold at age 15, an aviation software company at 16 which sold 2 years later, a music promoter exited to Live Nation and now founder & CEO of Eve.io, automating the business ops of large events and using the insights to offer proactive cancellation ‘Insurance as a Service’.”
Founder and Managing Partner
Brewer Lane Ventures
John Kim is currently Founder and Managing Partner of Brewer Lane Ventures. Previously, John was President and Chief Investment Officer of New York Life Insurance Company where he led the growth of the Company’s assets from $213 billion to $582 billion, while managing the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. John started New York Life Ventures in 2012, which over the years, produced top quartile performance. John formerly held CEO roles at Prudential Retirement, CIGNA Retirement and Investment Services, and Aeltus Investment Management.
John is currently a board director at three insurtech startups (Socotra, Avibra and Ladder Life) and is on the board of trustees of Eversource Energy. John was previously on the board of FiServ. John received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.
Chief Executive Officer
American Modern Insurance Group
As Chief Executive Officer of American Modern, Andreas Kleiner creates the vision and strategy that drives the continued success of the company. In collaboration with his executive team, he builds a highly collaborative, customer-centric, results-focused culture that serves the client, customer, and employee. Andreas began his leadership of American Modern in May 2016, and his 26-year career at Munich Re spans multiple senior management positions covering all major fields of insurance and reinsurance, as well as serving as a member of the Board of Management of ERGO International.
David Knibbe was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and chair of the Executive Board and Management Board as of 1 October 2019. David is responsible for the strategy, performance and day-to-day operations of NN. He was appointed to the Management Board on 7 July 2014. Previously, David was CEO Netherlands from 2014. In this role, David was responsible for all insurance and banking business in the Netherlands, and was leading the integration of Nationale-Nederlanden & Delta Lloyd and the acquisition of VIVAT Non-life. He has experience in the financial services industry dating from 1997. David is treasurer and member of the board of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) and a Member of the Board of the Johan Cruyff Foundation. David holds a master’s degree in Monetary Economics from Erasmus University in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and completed a general management programme at Harvard Business School (US).
Mary Kaye Korzun
Solution Architect, Insurance Industry Software and Solutions
Mary Kaye Korzun, Principal Solution Architect, Insurance, at DXC Technology, is passionate about the wave of opportunity cloud technologies have unleashed and delivering innovative digital solutions to insurance carriers allowing them to put the customer experience at the center of everything. Over 20 years in the insurance industry developing and demonstrating customer value with industry leading insurance solutions and inspiring carriers in their digital journey.
CEO & Founder
Ray helps Guidewire explore new technologies and drive innovation. In this role, he makes sure that all product teams are working on the best technologies. Ray joined Guidewire more than 10 years ago, during which time he helped build Guidewire Live and the foundations of the Guidewire Digital products.
Head of Direct to Consumer
Felix has 20+ years of experience in Law, Consulting and Insurance and currently is the Head of Direct to Consumer at Security Benefit and Insurance Executive in Residence for the Fintech/Insurtech lab of the Partnership for New York. Previously he was the Chief Operating Officer for Zurich’s North American Commercial Insurance leading strategy development, digital transformation and innovative service development and Principal and Recruiting Director at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the insurance and corporate development practice. Felix studied Law and Economics. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg, as well as a Bar exam.
Head of PMO
Thanos Lagios, Head of Project Management Office at Allianz Technology of Americas, is responsible for managing the strategic delivery of all projects and customer demands in the NA portfolio, along with budgets and governance. Focusing on different project methodologies, organizational change management and cost-benefit analysis. Prior to this Thanos was heading the Rapid Automation department, for 2 years, responsible for driving automation, digitalization and productivity gains across the company, focusing on software robotics and their applicability in the insurance business. Thanos has worked in the IT industry managing service delivery for a number of years before that.
Founder & COO
Ben is a Co-Founder of Rhino, whose mission is to financially empower renters with the choice to purchase a low-cost insurance alternative instead of paying a traditional security deposit. He currently serves as COO and is a member of the leadership team that reimagined the surety bond model based on the needs of leasing transactions at the company’s outset. Prior to Rhino, Ben oversaw acquisitions, development, and management for a private multifamily development business after spending 7 years at Goldman Sachs raising capital, structuring debt, and building proprietary asset-liability management infrastructure. He received his S.B. in Mathematics from MIT in 2007 and currently lives in Los Angeles.
North American Talent & Organization Lead
Katherine LaVelle is a managing director in Accenture’s Strategy practice. Having led various practices within Accenture Consulting, she is now responsible growing and expanding North America Talent and Organization strategy consulting practice which addresses clients’ most critical workforce and organization topics, including future workforce, organization agility, learning and HR transformation. Ms. LaVelle joined Accenture in 1993 and has spent her post-graduate career consulting in the financial services industry, working primarily in North America and Europe, implementing international, large-scale and complex change programs, specifically in the investment banking, alternative assets, and retail banking sectors. Committed to her work with Accenture’s talent and organization practice, her areas of expertise have grown to include a large depth of knowledge in leadership effectiveness, culture change, organization agility, and change journey management for global organizations to drive clear business outcomes. Ms. LaVelle’s experience includes working with leadership teams to align strategy with values, mindsets, and actions to improve employee performance and deliver bottom line results.
CEO & Co-Founder
Nati Lavi is the founder and CEO of Shapa Health, a revolutionary insurtech platform that drives behavior change through engagement and adherence since 2018. Nati is responsible for the company’s overall strategy, product delivery. Nati has over 25 years of technology, sales , business and market development experience. For the last 20 years he has held executive positions within Silicon Valley, focusing on the business of high performance computing and storage, as well as being an industry veteran in digital cloud streaming. Previously he was heavily involved in numerous mergers and acquisitions. Nati enables decision making and the entrepreneurial spirit by constantly striving for innovation. This approach is what leads the core of Shapa Health’s culture, allowing it to constantly be on the forefront of technology and innovation.
Mr. Lau is currently Chairman of WeSure, Tencent’s Internet insurance platform. Tencent WeSure works with leading insurance companies to select and offer insurance services to over a billion users on the WeChat and QQ platforms. Before WeSure, he was Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co. and Asia Head of McKinsey Digital. Mr. Lau graduated from Oxford University with a Master degree in Engineering, Economics and Management.
Alexandre (Alex) Lazarow has spent his career working at the intersection of investing, innovation, and economic development in the private, public, and social sectors. He is a venture capitalist with Cathay Innovation, a global firm that invests across Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Previously, Alex worked with Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm that has invested over a billion dollars in hundreds of startups around the world. He has served as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company, a financial regulator with the Bank of Canada, and an M&A investment banker with the Royal Bank of Canada.
Brian Lee, VP of Technology, North America, is responsible for presales of the SmartIQ product line in North America for Smart Communications. Brian joined Smart Communications in 2019 through the acquisition of Intelledox (now SmartIQ) where he managed both Presales and Professional Services for several years. Prior to that, he was Principal Solutions Architect with Thunderhead.
Executive Vice President
Micro Insurance Company
Richard started working on microinsurance in January 2002 when he joined Opportunity International a leading microfinance provider from Benfield Greig (now Aon Benfield), a global reinsurance intermediary. At Benfield, he worked as a reinsurance broker responsible for the African account and worked in a team covering the Middle East and South East Asia. Richard pioneered the introduction of insurance products within the Opportunity Network which lead to the establishment of MicroEnsure in 2006. As a leading insurance intermediary for the mass market, MicroEnsure provides life, health and weather index insurance to over 60,000,000 people in 16 countries in Africa and Asia. In July 2020 MicroEnsure merged with STP Risk and Tonka BI to form “The Micro Insurance Company”. Richard also served on the steering committee of the ILO “Micro Insurance Innovation Fund” a $35m fund provided by the Gates Foundation and has served as a member of the Micro Insurance Network Board.
IA Capital Group
Andy is the Managing Partner of IA Capital Group, a New York-based insurtech-focused venture capital firm. With seven current funds plus its fully-exited first fund, IA Capital is the longest-tenured and most experienced VC firm with a primary focus on insurtech. Director of Homeowners of America Insurance, SMArtX, Ceannate, Credibility Capital, SmartAsset, Wellthie, Crown Global Insurance, Credit Sesame, Boost Insurance, and Gainfully. BSE Princeton, MBA Wharton.
Alex is the co-founder of OneDegree, a fast growing insurtech company with presence across Asia and a virtual insurer in Hong Kong. Prior to starting OneDegree, Alex was in leadership roles at a number of successful insurtech startups in the US and Asia. Additionally, he had been a consultant with the World Bank and Deloitte Consulting. Alex is the vice-chair of the International Actuarial Association Health Section and a fellow of the Society of Actuaries. He has an MBA from UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from UCLA.
Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder
Neil Liang is Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder at CareVoice, a Shanghai-based health InsurTech company. At CareVoice, he leads the product and service ecosystem strategy, and has worked with leading health insurers in China to transform the membership experience using the CareVoice digital solution. With deep roots in the Silicon Valley tech culture, Neil has 20 years of experience in technology product management and innovation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University in the United States.
CEO & Founder
Jesse Lipson is the Founder/CEO of LEVITATE, a software application that helps insurance agencies keep in touch with clients, prospects, and referral sources in a much more personal and authentic way than mass blast email marketing tools. Prior to LEVITATE, Jesse founded ShareFile, a secure file-transfer service for businesses. ShareFile was acquired by Citrix in 2011 and today has over $200M in revenue and several hundred employees. He served on the executive leadership team at Citrix as Corporate VP of Cloud Services. Jesse holds a degree in philosophy from Duke and serves on the Board of Yext (NYSE: YEXT).
Product Solutions Consultant
Christopher Longano joined Carpe Data in early 2020 as a Product Solutions Consultant. He brings over 10 years of experience working with P&C insurance carriers, supporting and consulting primarily on underwriting and product management data and software. In 2015, he earned his CPCU, and holds a Masters degree from Columbia University.
CEO & Co-Founder
As Co-Founder and CEO Michael has led JRNY from conception through three investment rounds and managed a successful pivot to an insurance-specific solution just 12 months ago. JRNY has blasted onto the insurtech scene and is now a key member of the insurtech community in Asia/Pacific. Under Michael’s leadership, JRNY has been named in the top 2 startups in Asia Pacific, is an InsurTech100 company and was identified by Deloitte as “One to Watch” at the Fast 50 Rising Star awards. Personally, Michael is passionate about the importance of insurance in people’s lives and as part of societal resilience.
Chairman and CEO
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Charles F. Lowrey is Chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc. Prior to assuming his current roles, Lowrey served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Prudential’s International businesses. Previously, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Prudential’s U.S. businesses. Lowrey also served as president and CEO of PGIM, Prudential’s global investment management business, and earlier as CEO of its real estate investment business, PGIM Real Estate. Before joining Prudential in 2001, Lowrey was a managing director and head of the Americas for J.P. Morgan’s Real Estate and Lodging Investment Banking group, where he began his investment banking career in 1988. Earlier, Lowrey spent four years as a managing partner of an architecture firm he founded in New York City. During this time, he became a registered New York architect. Lowrey received an MBA from Harvard University, a master’s degree in architecture from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Princeton University.
Qoala is an Insurtech company on a mission to revolutionize insurance through a combination of underwriting risk for high frequency events in daily lives and photo-based claims assisted by machine learning. Qoala aims to delight customers by creating a seamless customer experience through parametric claims and personalized products while helping insurers reduce costs and risk through digital fraud detection. They collaborate with leading insurers to develop insurance products for new use cases, such as flight delays, hotel quality checks, e-commerce logistics, cancelled movie tickets, phone screen damages etc. and sell to end customers through a wide network of ecosystem partners. This ease and transparency for what is usually a complicated process lets users take greater control of their lives, making insurance claims as simple as ordering a pizza through an app. Founded by Oxford University and UCL graduates Harshet Lunani and Tommy Martin, the team comprises individuals from diverse industry backgrounds through their experiences at BCG, Traveloka, AXA, BIMA, Tokopedia, AXA, Line, Accenture and Mandiri among others.
COO - Direct Response Channel
Plymouth Rock Management Company of New Jersey
Tom Lyons will be the third and final panelist on my session. Tom’s picture is attached, and here is his bio: Tom Lyons is the Chief Operations Officer of the Direct Response Channel for the Plymouth Rock Management Company of New Jersey. He is responsible for all aspects of Plymouth Rock Assurance’s auto direct‐to‐consumer marketing and distribution efforts, sales center operations, marketing analytics, and strategic partnerships. Before assuming his current position, Tom served as Plymouth Rock’s Vice President of Direct Sales where he led the enterprise‐wide Sales Center and oversaw relationships with the company’s alternate distribution partners referred to internally as Super Agents.
Mike MacDonald is the Chief Operating Officer of Claim Genius, where he oversees product development, product strategy, and all client operations. Michael has over 25 year of web development and executive technology experience, most recently at the CTO of NASDAQ’s Global Corporate Solutions business, which served over 10K of the world’s largest companies with market leading mobile, web, and SaaS solutions. Mike is also a co-founder of Weather Underground (wunderground.com), the internet’s first weather service, which provides real-time weather data, forecasts, and graphics to over 20M global users per month, and which was sold to The Weather Channel and Comcast in 2012.
Christian Macht is CEO of ELEMENT Insurance AG. Prior to joining ELEMENT, he held several top positions in the digital industry. He acted as CSO Europe at the technology company Rakuten, Supervisory Board Member of the Rakuten Europe Bank, and beforehand as the COO Central Europe for Groupon and at Boston Consulting Group as project leader for several years. Christian Macht has a degree in Economics and Sinology from University Tübingen and a doctoral degree in law.
VP of Insurance and Risk Management
Rob leads the effort to develop new ways for Lime to manage global corporate risk. He has spent his 30+ year career originating and cultivating disruptive businesses in the insurance space. Previously at Zendrive, Rob reinvented how driving risk is measured, managed and priced, with a focus on creating safer drivers and safer roads. His team leveraged mobile data analytics to measure driver behavior and price vehicle insurance more accurately than any other product on the market. His products allow businesses to lower their risk and control their cost of insurance. This data-centric approach has yielded record-breaking underwriting profits and improved road safety. Prior to Zendrive, Rob led corporate strategy and business development for Answer Financial, growing the business from zero to $500 million, making it the country’s largest online insurance comparison shopping service. His work established Answer Financial as a leader in the bank-insurance space and was instrumental in the acquisition of the company by Allstate. Prior to Answer Financial, Rob founded NetInsurance, a venture-funded pioneer in the online insurance space. He led the company from start-up to its sale to a publicly-traded national bank. Rob previously served as president of ISU International, the nation’s largest franchisor of independent insurance agencies. He began his career with Chubb Insurance. Rob is a graduate of Yale University. He enjoys mountain biking, skiing and practicing yoga with his wife and three children.
Nita Madhav is the Chief Executive Officer at Metabiota, a company that specializes in measuring, mitigating, and managing epidemic risk. Nita has over 15 years of experience in probabilistic modeling and risk assessment, with a focus on monitoring and modeling infectious disease spread and economic impacts. Before becoming CEO, Nita was VP of Data Science at Metabiota. Before joining Metabiota, Nita worked as a Principal Scientist at AIR Worldwide. Prior to that, Nita performed hantavirus research at the US CDC. Nita holds a BS in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, with distinction, from Yale and an MSPH in Epidemiology from Emory University.
Blockchain Founders Fund
Aly Madhavji 穆亚霖 is the Managing Partner at Blockchain Founders Fund which invests in and venture builds top-tier startups. He is a Limited Partner on Loyal VC. Aly consults organizations on emerging technologies such as INSEAD and the UN on solutions to help alleviate poverty. He is a Senior Blockchain Fellow at INSEAD and was recognized as a “Blockchain 100” Global Leader by Lattice80. He is an internationally acclaimed author, publishing three books and a monthly columnist for the leading blockchain magazine. Aly serves as a board member of CryptoStar Corp. (TSXV: CSTR) and has served on various advisory boards including the University of Toronto’s Governing Council, which manages a $2.5B budget. He is a mentor with Chinaccelerator, an elite accelerator program operated by the venture fund SOSV with $700M+ AUM and the Mobile Only Accelerator (MOX). Aly holds a Master of Global Affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar from Tsinghua University (清华大学), a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (Singapore and France), and a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Toronto.
SVP & General Manager, Financial Services
As Senior Vice President and General Manager of Financial Services at Salesforce, Rohit Mahna leads the company’s strategy in the wealth management, banking, and insurance sectors. Mahna and his team are responsible for Salesforce’s product, marketing, and overall go-to-market strategy for the financial services industry. He has been at Salesforce for over six years and was instrumental in the vision and development of Salesforce’s Financial Services Cloud, the company’s first industry-specific product. Financial Services Cloud is the fastest growing cloud in the history of the company.
Director of Product
Director of Strategy – Advisory Partners
Eric has had a long and varied career in technology and business process improvement. He worked more than a decade as Consultant in Project and Program Management, primarily in the Financial Services and Insurance industries. He spent over five years as an Infrastructure Architect and Solutions Architect at JP Morgan Chase, followed by over eight years as a Data and Storage Strategist with NetApp and EMC. He was the IT Manager of a global shipping company for three years before joining Microsoft as a Global Account Technology Strategist serving Morgan Stanley, then as a Digital Transformation Lead for Financial Services and Insurance customers based in the New York area. Eric’s goal in his role at Blue Prism is to educate partners and customers about “the art of the possible” when exploring Intelligent Automation and it’s impact on the future of work. Eric earned his PhD. In History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
CEO & Founder
UDoTest is a B2B At-Home Disease Testing Software Platform of which Allison is the founder. In 2013, Allison introduced the first “at-home Pap smear” test in Sub-Saharan Africa to women avoiding their annual Pap smears, and to those at-risk for cervical cancer. Several awards and recognition from companies like Genentech, Frost and Sullivan, Quest Diagnostics and Discovery Health / Vitality brought UDoTest to the U.S in 2017. In 2018, Allison served as one of two fellows at the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Innovation Lab in Washington DC where she was involved in transformational healthcare projects with payers across the United States. Prior to UDoTest, Allison was the CEO of a successful technology company that built software for leading enterprises across Africa. Prior to entrepreneurship, Allison led global telecommunications companies in Shanghai and Silicon Valley. Allison has been interviewed on news channels, clinical cable TV networks, popular morning shows, by radio personalities and has appeared in or been quoted in many articles on disease prevention, access, quality, consumer engagement, HPV and UDoTest’s dynamic testing software platform.
In 2016 cyber security expert Andrew Martin founded DynaRisk, a global cyber security company that provides tools and services to help consumers and SMEs protect themselves from cyber risks. DynaRisk partners with some of the world’s leading insurance companies to help insureds minimise their exposure to growing cyber security threats. Andrew Martin is one of the world’s top cyber security professionals and has held senior leadership positions at major global banks including HSBC and RBC. His work has protected millions of people around the world from criminal groups and state sponsored attacks.
Senior Product Manager
Patrick Masi is a Senior Product Manager for Vertafore with 20+ years of experience working with customers, developers, and sales teams to help carriers deliver outstanding agent experiences. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a former software developer.
Dimitry Mazur is a founder and CEO of London-based start-up Brokers Navigator. He has spent over 10 years in financial services and previously worked for Canopius and Direct Line Group. Dimitry is a results-driven professional with a strong academic background and unique mixture of coding and business skills. He has many degrees – in Maths & Physics, IT, Economics & Risk Management, and Strategic Management. In 2017 he won a scholarship from Apple and later successfully completed Apple Developer Academy.
CEO & Founder
A cargo insurance innovator, Johnny is focused on evolving centuries-old insurance traditions, delivering greater efficiency and effectiveness to the market. Powered by digitalization, automation, and predictive analytics, his vision is made form in Loadsure—a fully-digital, end-to-end cargo insurance solution that radically simplifies the complex, saving brokers, shippers, and carriers time and money. As CEO of Loadsure, Johnny continues to both drive his business vision forward and accelerate brand awareness. His thought leadership has also proven invaluable in assisting others bridge the traditional-digital insurance gap—demonstrating the ways in which digital insurance can complement the existing insurance market to deliver greater value to the customer. Guided by Johnny’s visionary hand, Loadsure has become widely recognized as an innovative approach to volume transactional business and a path to new markets. In fact, Loadsure was the only Lloyd’s of London coverholder approved in 2019, a Lloyd’s Lab 4th Cohort selection, and short-listed for Insurance Insider’s Disruptor of the Year Award. Johnny brings 18 years of cargo broking experience and a passion for entrepreneurship to the fore. Previously a cargo broker at Lochain Patrick and, before that, a founding member of Roanoak, he grew books of business that included such impressive names, as Macy’s, Volga-Dnepr, the Olympics, and Walt Disney.
EVP, Research & Consulting
Rob McIsaac is an Executive Vice President of Research and Consulting and practice leader for life/annuity/benefits at Novarica. He has expertise in IT strategy and management for the insurance and financial services industries with experience in technology and business strategy for life, annuities, wealth management, and banking. Prior to joining Novarica, he led the Business Transformation Office at Nationwide Insurance; served as CIO for First Citizens Bank, a rapidly growing regional firm based in Raleigh, NC; and spent most of his career at Guardian Life, where he was the Divisional CIO responsible for annuity, distribution, and broker-dealer operations, and at Prudential Insurance, where he held a variety of positions, including leading e-business development efforts. Rob holds an MBA in Information Systems from Seton Hall University, a BA in Economics from Montclair State University, and a number of business and technical designations including FLMI and LLIF.
VP Sales & Marketing
Carol oversees Solartis insurance business development initiatives. She’s been working in the insurance industry throughout her entire career. Carol started as an insurance carrier underwriter followed by managing a NY based insurance agency. Fascinated by technology, she moved into insurance technology where she honed her skills in insurance process improvement. Working for CGI for 9 years, IDP for 4 years, and Insurity for 5 years, Carol’s contributions included Business Analyst work, Training, and New Business Development. Carol attributes her success to her strong background in insurance and her ability to provide solutions that deliver real business benefits and financial value.
Partner & Co-Founder
Brian McLoughlin co-founded MTech Capital in 2016 to invest in InsurTech and related startups. The firm now has a portfolio of 10 InsurTech companies in the US and Europe. Prior MTech Capital, Brian was a partner at Upfront Ventures for 14 years, where he focused on early-stage investing in the FinTech sector. He holds an MBA from Wharton School of Business and a BA from Rutgers College. He is based in MTech Capital’s Santa Monica office. The firm’s current portfolio: Akur8, Bold Penguin, Corvus, CyberCube, DealerPolicy, Embroker, Inshur, Insurify and Matic (along with one undisclosed investment).
President & CEO-elect
Andrew McMahon, President and CEO-Elect of The Guardian Life Insurance Company, is responsible for advancing Guardian’s business lines, including Individual Markets, Group Benefits, and Digital to Consumer. Since joining Guardian in 2017, he shaped the company’s efforts in Strategy, Data Analytics, Digital to Consumer, and InsurTech investing. Before Guardian, Mr. McMahon spent 4-years investing, launching, and advising several InsurTech companies and consulting for financial services companies. Before that, he led several business segments at AXA, where he served as president and board director. Andrew developed a passion for the insurance industry at McKinsey as a partner, where he spent almost 10-years.
CEO & Co-founder
Bought By Many
Steven Mendel (CEO) co-founded Bought By Many in 2012 following a career as an actuary, with experience in both financial and professional services industries including roles at Barclays Wealth and McKinsey. Bought By Many launched its market-leading pet insurance policies in 2017 and now covers more than 200,000 pets in both the UK and Sweden. It was voted the Most Trusted Pet Insurance Provider at the 2019 Moneywise Customer Service Awards. Ranking as one of Which?’s best pet insurance providers, Bought By Many also received the Feefo Platinum Service Award in 2020. It was named in both the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 and was named one of Wired’s hottest start-ups in Europe.
Bought By Many creates and distributes easy-to-understand pet insurance policies that offer better cover, fair prices, and a stress-free experience to give pets what they need when they need it most. By applying a social and digital research model, Bought By Many designs policies previously unavailable through other providers.
Sales Consultant, USA
Alec has over 25 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry earning his FLMI and CLU designations early in his career. His many roles include home-office policy service, agency recruiting & financial planning, with many years applying this knowledge as a Business Analyst and Quality Assurance Lead. Alec’s current role as a member of the Pre-Sales team, he partakes in activities related to new sales opportunities and provides detailed demonstrations of Equisoft’s suite of products.
CEO & Co-Founder
Dan Michaeli is Co-Founder and CEO of Glia. Dan is a long-time proponent of customer-centricity—from his time as a customer and technology strategy consultant for several top enterprises—to being the driving force behind Glia’s vision to combine the human touch with technology to create the best customer experiences.
Tomer is a General Partner at Viola FinTech, a $120M global FinTech and InsurTech focused VC fund. He sits on the boards of Planck, Inshur, Tookitaki, Omnius and Easyknock.
Before Viola, he Co-founded Fundbox, a leading FinTech company in the SMB credit and payments sector and served as the VP of Operations
Previously, Tomer served as a principal in Carmel Ventures, investing and helping deep-tech early-stage startups such as Wanova (acquired by VMWare), DesignArt (acquired by Qualcomm), LiveU (acquired by Francisco partners)
Prior to Carmel, Tomer served for 10 years in technical and management positions in a top-tier technology unit of the IDF. Tomer holds M.Eng. Cum-Laude in Biomedical Engineering from the Technion, B.S. in Physics, Mathematics & Chemistry from the Hebrew University, and an MBA from INSEAD. Tomer is a graduate of the extremely selective “TALPIOT” Elite Officers’ Training Program of the IDF
Senior Partner, Global Business Services
Yoann Michaux is a business strategist, digital transformation and customer experience thought leader with 15+ years of experience in Consulting, Licensing and Business Development. At IBM, Yoann leads Enterprise Strategy & Interactive eXperience (iX) for Insurance, as well as Boost for Financial Services, a strategic consulting approach to drive growth for Financial Services. In his role, Yoann focuses on accelerating digital and cognitive transformation for clients, as well as driving growth through new business models and enhancing customer, employee and agent engagement through phygital experiences. Prior to joining IBM, Yoann was a Managing Director at Accenture Digital, leading Financial Services for Bloom, a venturing and incubation group dedicated to digital disruption for CEOs. Prior to that, he held various positions within Accenture Interactive, managing digital transformation for capital markets and customer experience offerings for Financial Services.
Pascal Millaire is the CEO of CyberCube, an InsureTech firm dedicated to providing data-driven cyber underwriting and aggregation management analytics to the global insurance industry. The CyberCube platform was established in 2015 by Symantec to apply the cyber security company’s unique sources of data to cyber insurance analytics and now operates as a standalone venture-backed company. Previously, Pascal was President of a hotel software company and spent 7 years at McKinsey where he served companies in the insurance industry. Pascal holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Chief Operating Officer: U.S.
Virgil has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the insurance industry. He is a former U.S. Marine and veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Georgia College and a MBA from Wesleyan College. He serves on multiple boards to include Claflin University, Palmetto Business Forum and the Prisma Health Foundation Board of Trustees. He also served as co-chair of the 2019 SEUS-Japan Association.
CEO & Co-Founder
Renaud Million is the co-founder and CEO of Spixii, an award-winning InsurTech company dedicated to helping more people get better protected. Transforming customer-facing processes such as quote & buy, policy administration and claims, Spixii Conversational Process Automation platform accelerates the digital transformation of insurance providers. After studying engineering at Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Renaud moved to England and finished his education with an MSc in Operational Research & Management Sciences at Lancaster University. He proceeded to serve EY London for six years, consulting insurance companies and building risk models while training for the British actuarial profession. Passionate about transforming the insurance industry, the move to start Spixii was a natural fit. Renaud was named Young actuarial professional of the year 2017 by Insurance ERM.
Head of Financial Services
Alex is currently Head of the Financial Services Team at the Department for International Trade. Previously he led the insurance and capital markets team within DIT for 3 1/2 years, building our global strategy and driving initiatives around Climate Resilience, insurtech, Green Finance, and the application of new Fintech and Insurtech applications in addressing market development issues in emerging markets. He started his career at Lloyd’s of London, before joining the UK government in 2014.
Director of Product, Insurance
Gina Minick is a Product Director of Insurance Solutions at Arity, a technology company founded by The Allstate Corporation that provides data science and insight solutions for customers across the globe. Gina is responsible for enabling insurance companies both inside and outside of the Corporation to execute on their goals around telematics. She enjoys the challenges of Product Management in solving for customer needs through innovative approaches and a different way of thinking. Gina joined Allstate in 2007 and played an integral role as Product Manager of the countrywide roll out of Drivewise®, the Allstate telematics program. She also led the product strategy and implementation for Allstate Rewards℠, a program that rewards safe drivers. Gina also held positions at Allstate in Risk Management, Catastrophe Management and Marketing. Prior to Allstate, Gina was a Competitive Intelligence Consultant at Progressive Insurance and State Analyst in Commercial Auto. Gina earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Mount Union University.
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 digital distribution platform as a ‘trusted advisor for curated choice’ to bring industry-first Cybersecurity + Cyber Insurance options to the US online. Keith has over 20 years of successful digital product and marketing innovation experience, most notably as GM and SVP at LendingTree [NASDAQ: TREE] and IAC [NASDAQ: IAC]. In just the past four years, Keith has raised over $105 million in new capital for CoverHound and CyberPolicy. Keith was previously a Northern California finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Christian Mumenthaler started his career in 1997 as an associate with the Boston Consulting Group. He joined Swiss Re in 1999 and was responsible for key company projects. In 2002, he established and headed the Group Retro and Syndication unit. Christian Mumenthaler served as Group Chief Risk Officer between 2005 and 2007 and was Head of Life & Health between 2007 and 2010. In January 2011, he was appointed Chief Marketing Officer Reinsurance and member of the Group Executive Committee, and became Chief Executive Officer Reinsurance that October. In July 2016, Christian Mumenthaler was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer.
EVP – North America
Greg Murphy is an accomplished financial services executive with a passion for transforming the customer experience and improving the reputation of the industry. In his current position with INSTANDA, Murphy is responsible for executing strategy and growth initiatives in the critical North American insurance market. Murphy has extensive experience in the disciplines of wealth management, financial planning, life insurance, and property and casualty (P&C) insurance. He has played leadership roles in several U.S.-based financial corporations, and just prior to joining INSTANDA, he was Vice President – Business Transformation and IT Strategy for W.R. Berkley Corporation. Prior to driving overall business transformation program for the entire family of Berkley companies, Murphy served as Associate Vice President, Strategy and Execution at Voya Financial, where he developed and maintained a business architecture methodology for Voya Life/Voya Financial Advisors. He also held director-level positions with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, as well as leader positions for Jostens and American Express Financial Advisors. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Augsburg University and has completed graduate level work in Finance at the University of Minnesota.
Juliette is a professional water resources engineer turned entrepreneur. Juliette is a passionate and driven individual, inspired by social good and solving big-impact problems. After seeing the devastation of the Queensland 2011 floods and then the Calgary, Canada 2013 flood, and how each impacted on friends and family, Juliette was motivated to improve flood preparedness and response. In 2018 Juliette founded FloodMapp with her co-founder Ryan Prosser. FloodMapp combines traditional hydrology and hydraulic modelling techniques with big data analytics and machine learning; to offer predictive flood mapping aimed at helping insurers prevent loss and improve the customer experience in the moments that matter. Prior to FloodMapp, Juliette worked as a consultant and water resources engineer for over ten years specialising in flood modelling, hydrology, surface water management, and water supply planning. Throughout her career, she has worked at Golder Associates, Seqwater and Jacobs, gaining experience with different climates and hydrological challenges across Australia, Indonesia and Canada.
TDI Academy Programme Director Global / Europe
The Digital Insurer
Malini leads The Digital Insurer’s Academy is responsible for the smooth running of all Programmes. Having worked directly in the insurance industry and then as a consultant in Europe and Asia, Malini is passionate about the potential of technology to transform and disrupt insurance business models in mature and evolving markets.
CEO & Founder
Kyle is the co-founder and CEO of Clearcover, the smarter car insurance company. Under Kyle’s leadership, Clearcover has raised more than $104 million to date and has launched in
multiple markets – California, Illinois, Arizona, Ohio, Utah, Texas, Wisconsin, Louisiana with more on the way. Before founding Clearcover, Kyle was a founding member of American Family Ventures where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and structuring over 50 equity and debt venture capital investments in nationally-based tech startups. Prior to this role, Kyle was a corporate attorney focused on emerging company business matters at AlphaTech Counsel. Kyle has a law degree and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.
Ivan is the Growth Strategist at Wesurance Group and he has acquired numerous experiences in the startup industry, especially in the field of business and growth development. Having the experience of running his own startup in the past, he is passionate about innovation and leveraging tech in a day-to-day basis. Along with the rest of the Wesurance team, Ivan is currently striving to revamp and introduce to the market a new generation of insurance, with the goal of revolutionising the insurance industry through creating an all inclusive insurance ecosystem.
As Chief Marketing Officer, Dion is responsible for leading the overall marketing operations of Halodoc business, including strategic planning, product marketing management, and go to market strategy across multiple Halodoc’s product and service verticals. Taking Halodoc’s mission of simplifying access to healthcare, he works on synthesizing the mission statement into further elevating the Halodoc brand positioning and propositions. While at the same time leveraging growth opportunities in the health and wellness space, emphasizing users as the focal point. Prior to Halodoc, Dion served as the CMO for Southeast Asia’s leading travel booking platform Traveloka. He also spent nine years working in the FMCG industry where he progressed through various key positions in marketing, sales and finance verticals, at both local and global level.
Sherry specialises in the Fintech & Insurtech VC investments and overall post-investment management of HKSTP Ventures. Prior to joining HKSTP Ventures, Sherry began her career in HSBC, then followed by building Fintech and Insurtech startups in London and Hong Kong. She was also the Operating Partner at Integra Partners, a Singapore-based venture capital fund.
VP, Insurance Solutions
David joined Equisoft in 2020 to lead sales and drive strategic initiatives in the US as the Vice President of Insurance Solutions. He has over 25 years’ experience in core systems transformation and digital strategies acquired during his prior insurance and vendor experiences at Unum, DXC, SunGard, InsPro and FINEOS. David earned a degree in International Business from King’s College and holds over ten insurance designations acquired over his career including FLMI and CEBS.
Scale Venture Partners
Alex has over a decade of experience in advising and investing in early and growth stage software startups. At ScaleVP, Alex focuses on opportunities in business software (marketing, sales, HR, finance) and vertical software (financial services, commerce, etc). He is a Board Director at KeepTruckin and a Board Observer at Root Insurance, DroneDeploy, and Forter. Prior to joining ScaleVP in 2013, Alex was at Crosslink Capital where he worked on investments in Bleacher Report (acquired by Turner) and Flurry (acquired by Yahoo). Prior to Crosslink, Alex was at investment bank Montgomery & Co. providing advisory services to Internet and software clients. Some of his clients included Club Penguin, MySpace, and LegalZoom. Alex holds a BS in Business Administration and a BA in Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in San Francisco and can be found in a body of water most weekends, whether pool, ocean, lake, or bay.
Ben Noble has 20 years of experience in digital efforts for a variety of industries. He is passionate about digital, Customer Experience, transformation, and leadership. After a non-linear college career that started in Physics and ended in Philosophy, Ben began an even less linear career in IT that ultimately led him towards leadership and digital experience. As vice president of Experience at Erie Insurance, he leads a transformation effort to deliver ERIE’s multi-channel, digital experience strategy and the culture to support it long into the future.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Brewer Lane Ventures
Martha Notaras is Managing Partner at Brewer Lane Ventures, investing in early stage insurtech and fintech companies focusing on creating new business models, empowering incumbents, and leveraging insights from data & analytics. Brewer Lane Ventures has invested in Socotra, Ladder Life, Avibra, and Cape Analytics. Prior to joining Brewer Lane Ventures, Martha was a Partner at XL Innovate, investing in insurtech startups including Lemonade, GeoQuant, Cape Analytics, Slice Labs, and Pillar Technologies. Martha serves on the boards of Palomar Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLMR) and ATTOM Data Solutions. Previously, Martha ran corporate development for DMG Information, the business data and analytics division of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc. Of the 20 investments Martha made at DMG Information, two achieved valuations over $1 billion. Martha has served as board director for many early and growth stage companies, focusing on fintech, insurtech, proptech, edtech and digital media. Martha’s prior experience includes investment banking at Merrill Lynch and commercial banking at Credit Suisse. Martha earned her A.B. cum laude from Princeton University and her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, awarded for graduating in the top five percent of the class.
CEO & Founder
Adelaide Odhiambo is a leading insurance expert, experienced in designing, developing and managing both conventional and micro insurance products. An actuarial science graduate of the University of Nairobi, Adelaide launched her career in the insurance industry where she went on to work with top brands designing innovative insurance products for them. She has developed her 17 years expertise on Insurance-related issues having worked with top brands including Airtel, Jubilee Insurance, APA and Barclays globally. An inherent creative, Adelaide founded Bluewave insurance in 2016, a start-up Insurance company that creates innovative Micro insurance solutions for the mass market that are accessible and affordable. By providing Micro insurance products accessible through mobile technology, Bluewave is disrupting the Insurance industry and serving underserved markets that have yet to be addressed by insurance companies because they tend not to focus on the low-income earners. As a result, Bluewave seeks to play a key role in improving Insurance uptake and penetration in Kenya, then Africa which is currently at 3% and 6 %respectively. Adelaide’s vision is to use her experience to create innovative insurance products that are affordable and accessible to the very people who need it most and thereby help eradicate poverty in Kenya. This led her to create a Micro insurance product dubbed APA Imarisha accessible by dialing a USSD code from the simplest mobile phone. For as little as $0.2 (Ksh20) a week, one gets benefits of hospital cash, disability and funeral cover. The process is paperless and by simply dialing *483*310# one can pay premiums via MPESA and use the same code to make any claims. Adelaide is driven by a personal sense of responsibility to change the world; one person’s life and leave them better than she found him/her and therefore she looks out for opportunities where a relatively small effort will make a large impact. It is this personal sense of responsibility that she has built her company on. Read more about the work we do at Bluewave here
Allison O’Hair Arzeno
Chief Data Scientist
Allison has spent her career focusing on ways data science can help people address their most important challenges, from personal health to personal finance, and teaching others to find answers in data for themselves. It started with her work in operations research at MIT, where she earned her Ph.D. studying how predictive modeling can help diabetes patients personalize their care. She then applied her expertise to helping bolster heart health as CEO of a health wearables startup and to identifying promising applications of data analytics as a consultant at Sequoia Capital. Allison has literally written the book on business analytics — “The Analytics Edge” — a popular textbook and edX course she co-authored while a lecturer at MIT. She’s also taught data science to business students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Now, in leading data science at the core of the Assurance platform, she guides her team’s steadfast focus on the customer and constant exploration of data solutions to drive real-time decisions.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Gilbert is a co-founder and Managing Partner of FinTLV Ventures. Prior to establishing FinTLV Ventures, Gilbert has served 26 years in the Israeli Intelligence Corps and was the Chief Technology Officer of Unit 8200 for 10 years, leading the unit’s technology strategy, Cyber Security and Data Analytics programs and led numerous Joint-Ventures with technology vendors in Israel and abroad. Today Gilbert is the Co-Managing Partner of FinTLV Ventures, a leading a pro-active venture capital fund, that creates innovative initiatives – products, services and joint-ventures – enabling its global, valuable network of dozens of insurance companies to successfully carry out their innovation strategy and meet their challenges.
VP, Solutions Principals
As Medallia’s VP of Solutions Principals, Diane O’Hara works with some of Medallia’s largest and most complex customers. Diane provides thought leadership and guidance around how to drive business results across the enterprise through solution design, change management, user adoption, and CX culture.Prior to joining Medallia, Diane was Managing Director and Head of Global Insights for Citi’s worldwide Consumer businesses. Diane has spent over 25 years in the financial services industry and has built and led teams across businesses, geographies and functions. Diane’s responsibilities have included areas such as customer experience measurement and analytics, digital analytics, consumer insights, marketing and branding effectiveness and decision management.
Peter Ohnemus is the founder of dacadoo, based in Zurich Switzerland. The patented dacadoo Health Score & Risk Engine is being licensed to key Life & Health insurers. Peter co-founded and was CEO of ASSET4 in 2004 with Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch as investors, which was sold to Thomson Reuters. He previously held senior executive positions with Sybase, Logic Works, The Fantastic Corporation and COS – all of which went public during his tenure. Peter Ohnemus was named Entrepreneur of the Year for Switzerland by EY.
Chief Digital Officer
Global Alliance Director
Gautham Pandiyan is the Global Alliance Director for IBM at Qualtrics, with 11+ years experience in leading Sales teams & Alliances at Mobile & eCommerce technology companies. In his role, he supports IBM teams around the world, including Experience Management (XM) initiatives focused on the Insurance Industry. He has spoken at forums organized by Microsoft, Oracle & Salesforce, on various industry podcasts, and served as a judge for Enterprise Mobility contests. He holds a Master of Science in Molecular Cancer Biology & Master of Engineering Management degrees from Duke University, and resides in the Raleigh, NC area.
IAG Firemark Ventures
Prash Pandit leads Firemark Singapore as Managing Director. His passion for emerging technology and innovation helps to guide the diverse and passionate group of individuals who have a core focus of championing the IAG mission of making the world a safer place. Prash comes from a strong financial services and innovation background. Prior to joining Firemark, he served as Director of Product for PayPal Australia and prior to that, Prash was the Global Head for eXellerator Labs at Standard Chartered Bank.
Head of Digital
Tom Parsons serves as head of digital for AmWINS Group, Inc. where he is responsible for developing and implementing digital offerings for retail clients. His diverse background includes expertise in actuarial services, underwriting and technology. With 15 years of experience in the insurance industry, Parsons’ roles have varied ranging from building, managing and training teams to designing complex captive structures to meet clients’ coverage needs. Prior to joining AmWINS, Parsons served as president of WNC Insurance Services’ specialty division where he built an end-to-end online platform to distribute surplus lines insurance products to retail and wholesale markets. Before working with WNC, Parsons served as a departmental portfolio manager of Tokio Marine Kiln, where he led the implementation of a complex Solvency II financial model and raised over $1 billion in collateralized reinsurance across a number of ILS partners. Parsons graduated from the Southampton University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and holds a Master’s in Finance from Cambridge University.
Pranav is a pioneer in deploying AI, big data and the IoT in the insurance industry. As a reformed industry executive, his mission is to bring insurance out of the 1800s and into the 21st century. To achieve this, Intellect SEEC, is developing technology to personalize insurance coverage and pricing down to an individual, as easy to buy as name in – policy out, and slash cost by more than 80%. Pranav is a widely recognized thought leader, publishing a number of related articles and speaker at industry events.
Bain Capital Ventures
Ashley joined Bain Capital Ventures as an investor focused on financial and insurance technology. Ashley is involved in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, due diligence, transaction execution and portfolio company support. Prior to joining Bain Capital Ventures, Ashley spent two years as a management consultant in McKinsey & Company’s strategy and corporate finance group. At McKinsey, she advised financial services clients on strategic investments and growth opportunities. Ashley graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she concentrated in finance.
CEO & Co-Founder
Roel Peeters is the CEO & Co-founder of Roost. Mr. Peeters is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of startup experience ranging from enterprise software to consumer electronics and semiconductors. Before starting Roost in 2014, he was the co-founder of Ozmo Devices, a pioneer in low-power Wi-Fi. Ozmo delivered the enabling technology for the world’s first WiFi mouse (marketed by HP) and the WiFi remote control shipping with the Roku 3 box. Mr. Peeters is a co-inventor of low-power Wi-Fi Personal Area Networks (PAN) technology and successfully created a worldwide standard known as “Wi-Fi Direct”. Ozmo was acquired by Atmel in 2012. Mr. Peeters received his MBA from The Wharton School and an MSEE from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.
Julio Pernía’s first venture into the world of innovation began when he joined CERN as a programmer in 2002. Following his return to Spain he worked as a consultant for Lucent Technologies and Telefónica. Julio began his career as an entrepreneur in 2006 with the founding of his first insurtech company, out of which his team organically developed Reparanet, the biggest SaaS platform for repair companies in Spain. In 2017, Julio co-founded Bdeo, a visual intelligence startup with AI capabilities to help insurers automating underwriting and claims for property and motor. In addition to being an entrepreneur in the insurtech industry Julio has worked in the sports technology industry. In 2012 he founded Director11, a sport management SaaS platform which is currently the most-used product in the Spanish La Liga. International clubs like Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Olympique de Marseille, Colo-Colo, Santos, Valencia and Villarreal are currently Director11 customers. Julio Pernía holds a degree in telecommunications engineering.
The Digital Insurer
Simon is responsible for TDI’s global development as well as our business in Asia. He is also our blockchain lead. With over 25 years in insurance, Simon has deep industry and consulting experience, working in increasingly senior roles across Life, GI and Asset Mgt businesses in Europe and Asia, most recently as KPMGs lead partner for insurance advisory & digital innovation and, previously MD of Aviva, in Hong Kong.
He is passionate about helping insurers engage more effectively with customers and, making insurance more relevant to more people, through technology.
General Manager of Insurance
Jaimie Pickles is the general manager of Jornaya’s fast-growing insurance business. Prior to Jornaya, Jaimie pioneered and led multiple online and mobile advertising companies, including InsWeb Corporation – the first online insurance marketplace, We Speak Insurance – the first insurance call generation company, and Canal Partner LLC – advisor and investor in early-stage marketing and advertising technology companies. Jaimie holds the CPCU and ARM insurance designations and has a BS from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
CEO & President
Church Mutual Insurance Company
“‘Protecting the greater good’ is more than a slogan at Church Mutual. Every day, across the U.S., we serve organizations that improve the human condition. It’s a responsibility that’s very personal to me, and I’m proud that our customers value our strength, stability and commitment to their missions. People matter.”
Rich Poirier joined Church Mutual in April 2011 as vice president — claims and was promoted to chief operating officer in October 2011. He was named president in 2014. He assumed his present position in January 2016.
Poirier earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University in 1983. Following graduation, he was given a direct commission in the United States Navy through its Law Education Program. Poirier earned his Juris Doctorate from Marquette University in 1986. Following law school graduation, he entered four years of active duty as a Navy judge advocate in Norfolk, Virginia.
Following his discharge from active duty, Poirier continued his service in the Navy Reserves. He held a number of prestigious assignments, including two commanding officer tours. He retired in 2010 at the rank of Captain. His numerous awards and decorations include two Navy Achievement Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals and a Meritorious Service Medal.
Poirier is active in numerous civic organizations. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Aspirus, Inc.; the NTC Foundation; the Marathon County Chapter of the Boys and Girls Club of America and the Wausau Wolf Pack Youth Lacrosse Association.
Poirier is a member of the Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Senior Advisor & Board Member
Northwestern Mutual POEC
Lisa Pollina is an Investment Banking executive and Board member who has negotiated over $50 Billion in corporate development deals throughout her career. She is the past Vice Chairman for RBC Capital Markets, a $5 billion division of the Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE: RY), and the Global Financial Institutions (FIG) Executive for Bank of America Merrill Lynch (NYSE: BAC). Prior to Bank of America, Pollina was an appointed executive in a JP Morgan private equity investment portfolio company, completing a successful IPO. Named one of the ‘Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance’ by American Banker magazine, she is a current appointee to the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States’ Working Group on Global Markets. During the tenure of President George W. Bush (43), Ms. Pollina represented the United States at various NATO-related meetings in Europe and Washington. More recently, she has been a regular attendee at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. A published author and speaker, Ms. Pollina is an MBA graduate from the Yale School of Management and has taught strategy at Yale and corporate finance at the University of Chicago.
VP, Client Solutions & Alliances Asia
Jon Post serves as Vice President, Client Solutions & Alliances for Smart Communications. Based in Singapore, Jon has more than fifteen years’ experience enabling technology solutions in the financial services sector. He was an early evangelist of cloud technologies and currently focuses on digital transformation and customer experience solutions. Jon has also been very active in industry development with supporting associations such as the Australian Information Industry Association, helping to drive innovation and connection between technology vendors and industry. He previously chaired the NSW.NET cluster, was Deputy Chair for the AIIA Cloud special interest group, participated in the AIIA Security SIG and was also an iAwards judge.
Sally Powell is a bilingual (Mandarin Chinese) executive with a decade of leading companies in the international insurance space. Sally joins PAI Health from AXA Global Healthcare, where she was the Head of Market Development, Asia Pacific. Sally previously held senior management positions within Bupa Global, including China Country Manager.
Founder & Senior Advisor
Seth Preus is now the senior advisor at Mivation, mivation.com, a new start-up insurance software company that develops insurance-focused gamification/productivity improvement tools being used today by over 30,000 professionals . Seth Preus is also the co-founder and creator of RacingSnail and Leaderboard Legends, a suite of productivity and commission management tools. He is an entrepreneur whose endeavors span 20 years and have touched multiple industries including insurance, paperboard & packaging, real estate, search engine optimization and lead generation. Preus is an expert in the field of software productivity management tools with a focus on goal setting, sales & activity tracking, sales analysis, compensation plans, rewards and recognition concepts, gamification, and ROI calculators. He regularly shares his knowledge on the topic through industry seminars, white papers, and public speaking engagements. He graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University with a BSBA in 1996.
Patrick brings to Nearmap more than 25 years of experience helping teams deliver disruptive content and analytic solutions across a wide variety of industries. His passionate leadership style, along with his customer-centric and consultative approach, has allowed his teams to tailor complex technology offerings into business solutions for his clients and partners in the global marketplace. Prior to joining Nearmap, Patrick has held senior executive positions at both early stage and established leaders in software, content and technology such as SPSS, IRI, and MarkLogic. During his successful career, Patrick has been part of some of the industries more innovative times such as the emergence and growth of the predictive analytics space while at SPSS and the disruptive NOSQL Big Data movement while at MarkLogic. Patrick holds a Masters in Business with a concentration in Marketing from DePaul University’s Kellstadt School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Dayton.
Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Jay Rajendra is Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer for Arch Capital Group. Among other things, Jay leads Arch’s Digital Partnerships group and its Strategic Analytics team. Jay built Arch’s innovative data and analytics team from scratch into an industry-leading advantage in just 3 years. Previously, Jay led major transformation projects and helped develop new insurance ventures for XL. Jay started his career consulting to large international (re)insurers and innovative start-ups on pricing, strategy and M&A. He has an MBA from MIT, and a Bachelors and Masters in mathematics from Oxford University. In his spare time, Jay provides strategy consulting for start-ups, entrepreneurs and non-profits in the U.S. and internationally.
CEO & Founder
Sai Raman, Founder and CEO of CogniSure, Inc. has over 20 years of insurance expertise. In his career, Sai worked with many carriers/brokers implementing technology to solve business problems across the insurance value chain. Prior to founding CogniSure, as a Partner/Regional VP for a large global consulting company, he was responsible for sales, solutions & delivery of $50M+ annual IT spend spread across many insurance carriers in the Midwest. Sai was instrumental in setting up centers of excellence for Guidewire Platform implementation and also creating a one of a kind joint venture with a large commercial insurance carrier. He founded CogniSure in 2019 with a singular mission – to eliminate inefficiencies associated with unstructured documents in the insurance industry. The Patent Pending CogniSure AI Platform focuses on unlocking insights trapped in documents such as Loss runs, Submissions, Quotes and Policies. It utilizes deep learning algorithms to accurately extract, validate and analyze data from these documents to create new growth opportunities, develop risk insights, reduce cost of operations. Sai is CPCU, AIAF, and CFP certified, and CogniSure is proud to be included in the BrokerTech Ventures 2020 accelerator.
CEO & Co-Founder
As CEO and co-founder of Azuga, Ananth Rani created the vision for the company to disrupt the GPS tracking industry with a connected, cloud vehicle platform that meets the demands of fleets, commercial insurance companies and Road Charging (RUC) programs,. Today, Azuga powers the largest insurer-backed commercial auto fleet telematics program in North America. He was previously the co-founder of Xora, (acquired by Click Software and then by Salesforce), a leading player in mobile workforce management. Ananth has also worked in leadership roles at Oracle and AT&T.
Digital Partners, a Munich Re Company
Andrew Rear is the Chief Executive of Digital Partners, a Munich Re company. 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.
Adam first saw the potential of parametric (or ‘event-based’) insurance while working at RMS, the world’s largest catastrophe modeling firm. Whilst there, he and co-founder Ian Bartholomew structured and modeled triggers on over $2bn of parametric insurance products and catastrophe bonds to protect governments and large corporations in the US and around the world. They are now using those same principals on a scalable platform. The result is FloodFlash, the first mass-market parametric flood solution. This new rapid-payout insurance is set to provide affordable cover to the millions who need it most.
CDO & CRO
Sean Ringsted is Chief Digital Officer at Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company and the largest commercial insurer in the U.S. Mr. Ringsted leads Chubb’s digital efforts aimed at transforming the company into a digitally integrated organization. The initiatives involve all areas that produce and support Chubb’s business into a digital environment. Mr. Ringsted has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. In addition to his role as Chief Digital Officer, Mr. Ringsted has served as the company’s Chief Risk Officer since 2008, prior to ACE’s acquisition of Chubb in 2016.
CEO & Founder
Glenn Riseley is the founder and CEO of HeadUp Labs. Glenn’s background is in consumer psychology and behavioral economics. After building and selling the world’s largest corporate health program to Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, he established HeadUp Labs – a data science company that helps life and health insurers across the world harness the most recent advances in technology, health-science and machine learning to transform their relationship with their customers. HeadUp’s Human Dashboard engages every individual and puts their health in their hands. The platform enables insurers to better understand and take care of people so they can better manage their risks and finally deliver what people really want – certainty and long, healthy, happy lives.
Founder and Principal Consultant
Sara Roberts is Founder and Principal Consultant at Kettlewell Consulting. Sara has an extensive international career in Human Resources, having worked with large corporations across industry sectors and regions including Asia, US and Europe. She partners with CEOs, Boards and diverse senior leadership teams to drive a business aligned organization and people agenda.
Mike has overall responsibility for global strategy, organization, culture, and operations at Guidewire. He is passionate about building great teams and innovative products and platforms that deliver value for customers, partners, and shareholders. Prior to Guidewire, Mike led product management and go-to-market strategy for core CRM products at Salesforce and served in the US Navy as a submarine officer. Mike’s unique leadership and cloud experience give him the capability to accelerate Guidewire’s role in the P&C industry.
Victor Roy is the Founder and CEO of Bindcover. Prior to Bindcover, Victor has more than 15 years’ experience in the Insurance industry from Broking, Agency, Underwriter and Loss Adjuster. He holds various Insurance qualifications such as ANZIIF (Senior Associate) from Australia, CIIB from Indonesia Association for Insurance and Reinsurance broker and AMRP (Certified Risk Management Insurance). The idea of Bindcover sparked when visiting Lloyds of London in 2018. Victor has a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Curtin University in Perth and a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from London School Public Relations in Jakarta. In 2020, he enrolled in the Global MBA program from IE University Madrid.
CEO & President
Ohio Mutual Insurance Group
Mark C. Russell was appointed President of Ohio Mutual Insurance Group (OMIG) in September 2015 and assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in January 2016. He has more than 30 years of broad experience in the property & casualty insurance industry, overseeing corporate operations in information technology, marketing, agency relations, claims, customer experience, and real estate. Prior to joining Ohio Mutual, he served in a variety of senior executive roles at Grange Insurance (Columbus, OH) over an 18 year period. He began his career in claims at Crum and Forster Commercial Insurance and subsequently at Anthem Casualty Insurance.
Sten Saar co-founded Zego with Harry Franks in 2016 after they spotted a gap in the insurance market while working together at Deliveroo. The cost and rigidity of annual insurance was acting as a barrier of entry to gig-economy workers, so Zego launched flexible pay-as-you-go policies for this workforce, with great success. As CEO of the company, Sten has since steered Zego to become the UK’s most influential insurtech firm and the go-to brand for fleet companies and micro-mobility providers, thanks to its flexible, data-driven approach.
Long before founding Zego, Sten established himself as a talented entrepreneur, founding a notepad business in his native Estonia aged just 17 and growing it into an international brand before selling it in 2013. After moving to the UK, Sten worked in the operations team for private rental home platform, Onefinestay, later working as Director of Operations at Deliveroo, where he left to launch Zego.
Dr. Tunde Salako is an insurance and insurtech enterpreneur with experience in the business of engendering access to insurance and healthcare locally and intercontinentally. His background and expertise have obliged him the privilege to have cut across several industries spanning insurance, healthcare, and more recently data science. He has worked with both local and international professionals at c-suite and board levels on diverse missions channeled towards achieving specific goals. He is currently the Co-founder and CEO of Hadiel- a digital health insurance and Softaware-as-a Service (SaaS) platform accelerating insurance inclusion via technology and data science. Hadiel is a member of the Barcelona Health Hub and also a start-up in the in the Insurtech Hub Munich’s acceleration program. Tunde’s interests cut across technology, innovation, and business process automation. He is passionate about the use of technology to galvanize inclusion in the insurance ecosystem hence, the birth of the platform -Africa Insurtech Rising in a bid to nurture the insurance-technology space.
Global Lead - Industry Sector, Insurance
Kenneth Saldanha is a Managing Director with Accenture’s Financial Services practice and is the leader of the North America Insurance Strategy Practice. He has spent over 15 years serving Insurance companies. He focuses on strategy and operations optimization in large, global insurance companies. Kenneth has designed and guided the execution of large-scale change programs within individual functions and at the enterprise level for national and global carriers. He has served as an advisor and counselor to individual senior managers and senior management teams through business transformations. Kenneth holds a B.A. in Mathematics & Economics from Gustavus Adolphus College and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago.
Kate Sampson is a Managing Director at Anthemis. With over 20 years of experience in the
insurance industry, Kate brings deep insight and relationships across various insurance verticals. She is passionate about insurance and even more committed to cultivating change in the world of finance. Kate is recognized as an industry expert and thought leader in insurance innovation, disruption, product development and mobility. Prior to joining Anthemis, Kate spent 18 years at Marsh in various leadership roles including; Private Equity and M&A, Sales Leadership and San Francisco Head of Office. In 2014, she joined Lyft as the first VP of Risk Solutions to help drive further innovation in the insurance industry to address the challenges of emerging-risk companies.
VP, Global Head of Insurance Go-To-Market
Ayan Sarkar leads Salesforce’s efforts to serve the $5T Insurance industry. Ayan’s focus is on helping drive competitive advantage in Insurance through the digital, data and ecosystem capabilities of the Salesforce platform. Ayan has 25 years of experience across major Insurance markets (P&C, Life, Group Benefits, Annuities and Retirement) and the end-to-end Insurance Value Chain (Strategy, Product, Distribution, Service, Claims). Before Salesforce, Ayan was the business owner and lead product manager for InsurancePlatform, Guidewire’s industry platform for the Insurance industry. Previously, he was a leader in McKinsey’s Financial Services practice with distinctive knowledge in Digital, Data and Analytics.
CEO & Co-Founder
Karn Saroya is the CEO and co-founder of Cover. He is primarily responsible for operations and investor relations day-to-day. To date, Karn has raised $27M throughout seed, Series A, and Series B rounds. Karn attended MIT as a Fulbright Scholar, and he is a Y Combinator Fellow and Alumnus.
1996 Joined MS&AD Insurance Group. 2003 Founded a joint venture company in India
and was stationed in Chennai, India for 3 years. 2017, Appointed as the first Silicon Valley
representative in the MS & AD and founded the Group’s first overseas CVC, MS & AD
Ventures in 2018 initially with a scale of USD40M, investing 13 companies in half a year.
Expand investment scale to USD120M in July 2019. As of the end of July 2020,
investments have been made in 40 startups in 6 countries
(Israel,Germany,UK,Singapore,India and U.S.A.) within 2 years.
CEO & Founder
Pasquale Saviano is the founder and CEO of Photocert. A company that validates the authenticity of photos & videos and provides image analysis used to automate processes without relying on face-to-face interactions. Before Photocert, Pasquale helped build the Italian National Emergency System software that saves people’s lives. He is passionate about innovation and is currently building in his spare time an offline “Alexa” robotic dog.
CEO & Founder
Marcus Schmalbach (MBA / PhD), is Founder and CEO of RYSKEX GmbH headquartered in Berlin, Germany. He has a long-standing experience in risk and insurance management in various industries. Before the founding of RYSKEX he was Head of German MBA program located in Germany. He is still working as a professor on innovation management matters with a research focus on parametric solutions, blockchain technology and machine learning. Marcus also worked for Allianz SE, Marsh & McLennan Companies and completed his doctorate on captive insurance companies in cooperation with Munich Re America, New York City.
Luca is the CEO and Founder of HealthyHealth – a company transforming medical underwriting for life and health insurance by replacing questionnaires and medical exams with digital health data from smartphones and wearables.
CEO & Founder
Simon gathered initial experience in the field working for 4 years at BIMA, which quickly became a leading micro-insurance company in emerging markets thanks to its unique mobile-based solution, with 31 million people reached. Simon then created OKO which brings parametric crop insurance to smallholder farmers in Africa. OKO is now active in Mali and Uganda and established major partnerships with Orange and Allianz. It is listed as one of the top 100 fintech globally by KPMG, and one of the 12 most promising start-ups in Africa by Disrupt Africa.
Principal & Consulting Actuary
Sheri is a principal and consulting actuary leading a Milliman Property & Casualty practice focusing on introducing InsurTech solutions into insurance rating and sales processes, and advanced rating techniques for emerging markets. Sheri’s practice applies technology and advanced analytics to develop innovative insurance products for traditional and start-up insurers and the associated state regulatory rate filing support.
Julie’s marketing expertise spans 20 years in building high growth tech companies’ global marketing strategy, messaging & branding, public/analyst relations, product & channel marketing, digital marketing, field marketing and lead generation initiatives. Julie previously served as CMO of Safe-T, VP Marketing of Voyager Labs, VP Marketing at Tufin®, Global Marketing Director at Lumenis, AVP Global Public Relations at Comverse (NASDAQ: CMVT), and Director of Corporate Communications at PowerDsine (NASDAQ: PDSN, now Microsemi) and Amdocs (NYSE: DOX). She holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University and a BA from Colgate University in New York.
CEO & Co-Founder
Anurag Shah is CEO and Co-Founder of Aureus Analytics. In this role, he is responsible for defining the overall growth, execution strategy, and finance for the organization. Anurag has over 20 years of hands-on experience in managing large global teams and driving revenue growth. He was the founding member and CEO for EdVenture prior to joining the leadership team at Omnitech, where he served as the COO and Head of Global Operations. Aureus Analytics is Anurag’s second startup venture. Anurag is a Business Management graduate from Narsee Monji Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai and Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. Anurag loves his beer and coffee. When not working, Anurag can be found planning the next road trip
Global Programs Director
Ash Shah is our global programs director – including AXA’s Move to the Cloud, this is the single largest program in AXA Operations scope focusing on a Hybrid cloud strategy to ensure the company can exploit technology changes to continue its business growth. Prior take on this role, Ash was is the Regional CIO and Chief of Staff for AXA Asia, overseeing IT operations in the 8 countries and a regional office in Hong Kong for 3 years. Ash also held a number of senior roles for Whitbread Group, Financial Conduct Authority (UK financial service regulator), Zurich Financial Services, Accenture and Adecco on a global basis. He holds a degree from the London School of Economics as well as attended leadership courses at INSEAD, France and IMD in Switzerland.
President & Chief Product Officer
Manish Shah is President Chief Product Officer at Majesco. In this role, he is responsible for management and development of innovative software products for the global insurance business and works on strategic directions for the company as a member of leadership team. Prior to the merger of Cover-All and Majesco, Manish was President and CEO of Cover-All and served on its Board of Directors. Before being named CEO in July 2013, Manish was Cover-All’s Chief Technology Officer and responsible for sales and operations, including strategic planning, customer relationships and product management. Prior to joining Cover-All, Manish held several technology management positions independently and with Tata Consultancy Services for over a decade, serving a wide variety of industries including P/C Insurance. He was responsible for business development, product management, project management and solution consulting to various enterprises including many Fortune 500 companies. Manish earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from MS University of Baroda, India.
Sales Director, Insurance and Healthcare, Financial Services Global Business Unit
Naintara is an insurance industry executive at Oracle responsible for leading industry sales and marketing for core insurance applications. Naintara works extensively with Oracle’s global insurance customers to understand needs, help position Oracle solutions, and drive value propositions for Oracle Insurance customers. She has over 22 years of information technology experience, the last 12 of which have been dedicated to the Financial Services industry in Australia and the region.
Founder & Executive Chairwoman
Clara Shih is CEO and founder of Hearsay Systems, a leading enterprise SaaS insurtech based in San Francisco. Hearsay’s agent and advisor actions platform enables every rep to behave like the top producer. Over 170,000 advisors and agents across insurance, banks, and wealth management firms in 22 countries rely on Hearsay to modernize the human client experience. A pioneer in the industry, Clara has been named one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs,” Fast Company’s “Most Influential People in Technology,” and a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. Clara is a member of the Starbucks board of directors and previously held various roles at Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com. She graduated top of her class in computer science at Stanford University, where she also received an M.S. in computer science. She also holds an M.S. in internet studies from Oxford University, where she studied as a U.S. Marshall Scholar.
Chief Technologist for Innovation and Ecosystems
Faisal Siddiqi is a technology enthusiast and practitioner with expertise in blockchain technologies, visual and conversational user experience (UX), API design and open source technologies. As chief technologist for Innovation and Ecosystems at DXC Technology, Faisal helps identify key emerging technologies and apply them in solutions, open communities and industry standards bodies. Faisal leads the DXC Invitational startup engagement program, as well as blockchain and open source communities, emphasizing pragmatic use of emerging technologies in real products. Faisal is a DXC Technology Distinguished Engineer.
Insurance Industry Executive
Jonathan Silverman is a Director in Microsoft’s US Financial Services Industry Group focused on solutions related to Risk, Core Systems, AI, Data Analytics and IoT. He has 25+ years’ experience in the Financial Services Industry with a strong background in Insurance, ERP, Data Strategy, and Strategic Consulting. Prior to Microsoft, he had roles in Sales and Management with industry innovators. Jonathan currently works with Customers and Solution Providers to establish a cloud strategy related to improving Risk Management, Underwriting and Claims processes. He helps customers understand the value of technology by demonstrating the value of Public Cloud resources to enable and enhance Industry solutions.
Managing Director & CEO
Bajaj-Allianz General Insurance
Tapan Singhel is one of the founding members of Bajaj Allianz General Insurance. As its MD & CEO, Tapan has built the organisation to where it is today with over 6 crore customers and a wide distribution network spanning across more than 1,100 locations across the country. Under his aegis, the company has been recognised as one of the best in Asia. An avid social media influencer, Tapan has over 6 lakh followers on LinkedIn and has been recognised as the LinkedIn’s Top Voice in India consecutively for the past two years. He also chairs the CII National Committee on Insurance and Pensions. He has also been honoured as the ‘Personality of the Year’ at India Insurance Summit & Awards 2019, 22nd Asia Insurance Industry Awards 2018 and Indian Insurance Summit 2017 and the ‘Most Promising Business Leader’ of Asia at The Economic Times Global Business Summit 2018. He has also won ‘CEO of the Year’ honour at the prestigious 3rd Annual Insurance India Summit & Awards 2018 and Insurance Asia Awards.
CEO & Co-Founder
Cole Sirucek is an investor and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience founding, investing into and otherwise supporting entrepreneurial ventures. He is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of DocDoc, the world’s first patient intelligence company. Prior to DocDoc, Cole spent seven years in the direct investment team of Temasek Holdings. In this capacity, he has successfully invested over US$500M in private equity direct and secondary transactions. He has also served as an Independent Member of the Board of Directors for Global Eagle Acquisition Corp, a US$190M, NASDAQ listed SPAC focused on the media and entertainment industry. Cole attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Jennifer Smith is CEO and Co-Founder of Cursive, an enterprise software documentation, and automation company. Previously, Jennifer spent 3 years at Greylock Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and 6 years as a consultant serving financial services and technology clients at McKinsey & Company. She graduated from Harvard Business School and Princeton University, summa cum laude.
Global Insurance Leader
Patrick Smith is the Global Insurance Leader for Deliveroo and has a lengthy career in all aspects of international risk management and insurance programme and product design and delivery. Patrick is Founder and executive director of Tribe (www.tribe-advisory.com) which specializes in the creation of risk and insurance solutions for affinities and groups, with a particular emphasis on digital platforms, gig and sharing economy and electric vehicles. Patrick is a former founder/owner of a UK-based MGA and a Guernsey domiciled Captive Cell Company. /Director approved MGA), an owner/director of Caucus (a GFSC approved captive cell company). Immediately prior to this, he was Chief Risk Officer of The Warranty Group, a global specialty insurer and International Director of Risk, Insurance and Claims Management for the Hertz Corporation. Patrick served as a non-Executive director of Airmic, from 2009, taking the chair in June 2015. He is the Principal of the Airmic Academy and a mentor to both individuals and start-up companies.
Product Marketing Manager
An award-winning marketer, Ryan has held various sales and marketing roles at leading technology firms within the P&C industry for almost twenty years. For the last three years, Ryan has served as the Product Marketing Manager for the Guidewire Marketplace and Ecosystem. As a member of the Product Marketing Alliance, American Marketing Association, and Pragmatic Institute Alumni, Ryan’s work has been recognized with numerous awards including the ADDY® Award, Telly Awards, and the Markie Awards. Ryan lives near Nashville, TN with his wife and two children.
Jon Soberg is Managing Partner at MS&AD Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on the future of finance, risk assessment, and building a sustainable society. Jon has been a venture capital investor for a decade with a strong track record of top-tier returns including multiple unicorn investments and strong exits. Jon is known for being one of the early investors from Silicon Valley to invest globally and for his focus on financial technologies and applying data and analytics to change industries. Jon began his venture capital career at Blumberg Capital, where he was a Partner focused on enterprise software and financial technology investments. Jon has made more than 100 investments and held over 40 board and observer positions across five continents. Prior to becoming an investor, Jon was a serial entrepreneur and operator, with an IPO exit at Adforce, and multiple financial services industry positions including Capital Group, Great-West Life, HSBC, and executive leadership of Ditech’s $70B lending organization. Jon has been a Lecturer at the Wharton School and holds Engineering degrees from Harvey Mudd College and Northwestern University. Jon graduated as a Palmer Scholar with an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing from Wharton, and he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Chief Strategy Officer
As Chief Strategy Officer, Ian-Edward Stafrace applies his passion for innovation and broad knowledge crossing business, risk & technology to bring forward looking and growth focused challenging disruptive thinking for Atlas Insurance PCC, a leading insurance carrier based in Malta. He is currently leading its digital business transformation and strategic technology investments together with the adoption of agile culture and management. He also heads the BI Analytics team and international business team where Atlas hosts protected cells facilitating EU direct business ranging from traditional captives to consumer InsurTechs. He is an MSc Risk Management graduate from Birmingham City University, Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and Certified Fellow of the UK Institute of Risk Management.
CEO & President
California State Compensation Insurance Fund
Vernon Steiner was appointed President and CEO of State Fund on June 9, 2014. Vern has 30 years of insurance industry experience, the majority in workers’ compensation. As the President and CEO, he reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the day-to-day operations at State Fund. Vern began his career in 1990, as a Claims Examiner. Early in his career, Vern experienced the workers’ compensation system from the point of view of a third-party administrator, a self-insured/self-administered employer, and a managed care organization. In 1995, Vern joined AIG as a Service Center Manager, and by 2003, when he left AIG, he was the Regional Vice President, Northwest. He worked for CNA from 2003 to 2007, starting as the Vice President, Field Operations, and ultimately Vice President, Workers’ Compensation. Prior to joining State Fund, Vern served as Senior Vice President, Claims at Zenith Insurance from 2007 to 2014. Vern was a member of the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute’s (WCRI) advisory board from 2009 to 2016, and he served as the California Workers’ Compensation Institute’s (CWCI) Board of Directors Chairman and as a member of the Fraud Assessment Commission from 2014 to 2016. He is currently on the CWCI board, the executive committee of the board, and has served on the WCIRB Governing Committee since 2014. Vern received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jeremy Stewart is President of Angie’s List. In this role, Mr. Stewart oversees all operations for Angie’s List, HomeStars and mHelpDesk. Prior to assuming this role in November 2019, Mr. Stewart served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Angie’s List from March 2018. Previous to joining Angie’s List, Mr. Stewart held various finance roles at IAC from August 2013 to March 2018, most recently as the Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis. With IAC, Mr. Stewart also oversaw the integration of Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor operations following the merger of the businesses. Prior to joining IAC, Mr. Stewart worked in finance and strategy at Intel Corporation.
Jim Suchara has served in a variety of technology executive leadership roles ranging from Vice President to CTO and CIO. He has a proven track record of recognizing business opportunities and developing digital capabilities that harness leading-edge technologies, consistently delivering measurable results through new revenue streams and operational efficiencies. Jim’s strategic and operational leadership experience ranges across a wide range of industries including marketing & communications, transportation, financial services and insurance. Jim currently leads the Digital Innovation practice at Amerisure, helping the firm to realize the “art of the possible” when it comes to technology innovation and digital transformation. The practice was recognized with an industry award from a jury of insurance technology peers for results achieved within its first year of operation. Jim is recognized as a successful innovator and early adopter of the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, social media, advanced analytics, cloud and other digital technologies in delivering both corporate and customer-facing solutions.
CEO & Founder
Nikolaus Suehr is the CEO and Co-Founder of KASKO, an InsurTech providing the fastest and most flexible platform for insurance companies to digitalize and scale their product offering. He has 10+ years of professional experience from strategy consulting, product management and sales. Prior to co-founding KASKO, he held Business Development and Consulting roles in insurance management companies like Funk Gruppe, OCC and Zeb. He was named the Best InsurTech Founder of 2019, and KASKO the Best Scaleup, by EXECinsurtech. His LinkedIn community has 10,000+ members and he hosts Elefantenrunde, his own live show for insurance leaders in the DACH region.
Head of Fuchsia Innovation Center
Muang Thai Life
Nadia Suttikulpanich is the head of Fuchsia Innovation Centre and Fuchsia Venture Capital at Muang Thai Life Assurance Pcl. (MTL). She led the development of SEA first dynamic pricing insurance for type 2 diabetes and digitizing MTL’s customer service and engagement platforms. Her team also established Thailand’s first digital end to end telemedicine partnership between the insurance company and hospitals. The platform allows insurance company and hospital to connect and do digital KYC, connect patients and doctors for VDO consultation, deliver medication and verify coverage and do settlement for cashless experience. The dual role allows Nadia to have a deep understanding of the needs of both insurance customers and the business, and to seek out relevant investments and partnerships through the venture arm.
CEO & Co-Founder
John Swigart is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pie Insurance, responsible for overseeing all aspects of Pie since its establishment in 2017. He brings with him more than 20 years of experience in tech-enabled insurance and financial services businesses. John started his career in the Financial Institutions Group at A.T. Kearney, a management consulting firm, and worked at Swiss Re in their U.S. Reinsurance business and global Capital Partners divisions. Subsequently, John served on the Esurance executive team for 13 years, where he initially led all the financial functions and then became the company’s first Chief Marketing Officer. Most recently, John served as the Chief Marketing Officer for RapidAdvance, a non-bank small business lender that is part of the Quicken Loans family. John is a member of the Sixup PBC’s board of directors and holds a B.A. in Economics from Haverford College.
CEO & Co-Founder
Jake is CEO of Everyday Life Insurance, a Boston-based tech startup that levels the playing field for everyday people seeking to protect their loved ones. Inspired by the opportunity to use technology to deliver financial security to the tens of millions of families in the US without access to quality financial planning advice and support, Jake and his co-founder Dipali Trivedi established Everyday Life in 2018. Previously, Jake spent 20 years bringing innovation to financial services via strategy leadership roles at MetLife, EY, BNY Mellon and Foresters Financial.
CEO & Founder
Moshe is the CEO and Founder of Axell – an Israeli-based advisory and innovation builder in financial services that enables incumbent and FinTech collaboration in today’s digital world. Prior to this, Moshe occupied a number of senior executive roles in large global insurers, including the Global Head of Digital Transformation at Generali and Deputy CEO and CMO of Migdal Insurance. Career highlights include leading the deployment of multiple award-winning digital and mobile platforms for clients and distributors. He has also lectured at Tel Aviv University’s MBA program on human-centered innovation and served as a board member to a digital investment firm.
CEO & Founder
A programmer by training and a venture capitalist by profession. Aaron founded his first startup at 13 and subsequently sold two companies before turning 21. Former IT Youth of the Year, Aaron represented Singapore in programming competitions overseas. Aaron subsequently accepted a scholarship from the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore and read computer science at Carnegie Mellon and Singapore Management University. As a returning scholar, Aaron joined SEA’s leading venture fund – Singtel Innov8 ventures. Aaron was instrumental in the starting of Blk71– Singapore’s largest startup ecosystem. He subsequently relocated to the United States and started Block71 San Francisco and the firm’s San Francisco operations before returning to Singapore in 2015. While at Innov8, Aaron oversees the fund’s investments in South East Asia. Aaron left Singtel Innov8 in October 2015, having spent almost five years in the fund. He is currently CEO of Carro, a venture backed used car marketplace.
Aaron was most recently awarded the ITMA Future IT Leader Award. Aaron graduated with a double degree, Summa Cum Laude with a BSc and MSc from Singapore Management University School of Information Systems and Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer.
Jessica Tan is currently the Group Co-CEO and Executive Board Director of Ping An Group, overseeing the Group’s technology businesses and digital innovation. She is a standing member of the Group’s Executive Management Committee and the Group Investment Management Committee for its 28 subsidiaries across Insurance, Banking, Investment and Technology/Internet Businesses. Before joining Ping An Group, Ms. Tan was a global partner at McKinsey & Company, and served clients in U.S.A. and Asia for 13 years. Ms. Tan is a Singaporean, and graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Masters of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and two bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics.
EVP, Financial Lines
Michael Tanenbaum was appointed the North America Head of Cyber & Professional Liability in August 2015. In this role, he is responsible for Chubb’s cyber and Errors & Omissions (E&O) operations across North America, consisting of Technology, Network Security/Privacy, Miscellaneous Professional Liability, Architects & Engineers, School Leaders, Public Officials, Media, Lawyers Professional, and Real Estate products and services. Chubb’s North American E&O practice provides specialty products to corporate clients through retail brokers, wholesale brokers and agents. Clients range in size from $1M – $10M in sales revenue in the Small Commercial space, $10M – $1B in the Commercial Insurance market segment, and greater than $1B for our Major Accounts distribution. Michael has 20+ years of experience and has been with Chubb (formerly ACE Group) since 2001. He previously served as Executive Vice President of the Professional Risk E&O practice in the U.S. Prior to overseeing the E&O practice, Michael was Senior Vice President of Regional Operations for E&O, where he was responsible for driving distribution strategies with brokers on a national and regional basis, as well as expanding Chubb’s product and marketing approach to local distribution sources. In a previous role, he was also responsible for facilitating Chubb’s E&O National Accounts segment in the U.S., where he was accountable for complex account coordination, profitability, underwriting and deployment of capacity. Michael joined Chubb as Assistant Vice President of Professional Risk in 2001. Prior to that, Michael served as Assistant Regional Underwriting Manager at AIG. He received his BSBA from Boston University.
CEO - Americas
Nino Tarantino leads IMS as CEO of the Americas after serving as CEO of North America for Octo Telematics from 2010-2018. An insurance telematics industry leader, Nino grew Octo from inception to $50M in only 4 years after its launch. Mr.Tarantino was named Influencer of the year at the 2018 Telematics Detroit Awards and won best telematics product in 2017. Nino earned his Master’s in Telecommunications Engineering in Rome and began his career with Telecom Italia. He later held management positions with Iridium, the first global satellite phone company, Anoto/Ericsson and Acotel where he launched one of the first premium SMS/MMS services in North America with the 2004 Olympics coverage.
CEO & Co-Founder
Tobi ist the CEO & Co-founder of Laka, a leading InsurTech venture specifically supporting the new future of mobility, covering bikes, e-bikes and more. Before founding Laka, he worked in Corporate Finance for Barclays and KPMG.
The Digital Insurer
Hugh Terry is the Founder of The Digital Insurer. Hugh has more than 20 years’ experience in the Insurance industry including operational, consulting and entrepreneurial roles. He is an actuary by profession and lives in Singapore. He is passionate about the application of technology to insurance business models and as well as writing articles he actively shares his experience via consulting assignments, speaking opportunities and participation in entrepreneurial initiatives in the field of digital insurance
SVP, Corporate Development & Strategy
James Thom is the SVP of Corporate Development and Strategy at Vertafore. In his role, James leads Vertafore’s M&A efforts and its relationships with other insurtech players, supporting Vertafore in delivering on its open ecosystem approach. James came to Vertafore from McKinsey & Company where he led transformations of many software and financial services businesses.
Senior Sales Executive
Phil Thomas serves as a Senior Sales Executive for Smart Communications where he works with insurance companies throughout the country on transforming customer communications and business process. Phil joined Smart Communications in 2019 through the acquisition of Intelledox and previously worked in the Cyber Security industry. Phil started his career in insurance working as a Claims Adjuster for a TPA in the UK, part of Royal Bank of Scotland Insurance. Phil is also a professionally qualified soccer coach, and moved to the US in 2007 to coach with Major League Soccer and currently resides in Dallas with his wife and two children.
CEO & Co-Founder
Niels Thone, CEO and Founder at Sprout.ai. Sprout.ai is a VC backed insurtech startup building the most advanced AI claims automation solution in the global insurance space. Niels’ experience in tech and insurance is focused around strategy, fundraising, customer success and the use of deep learning in claims processing.
CEO & President
John Hancock Insurance
Brooks Tingle is responsible for and provides strategic leadership for John Hancock’s insurance businesses. Much of his focus is on innovation to enhance the relevance and attractiveness of insurance products to today’s consumers. He was instrumental in creating John Hancock Vitality, which integrates life insurance with a technology-enabled wellness program to offer customers savings and rewards for living healthy. Previously, Mr. Tingle led the Marketing and Strategy teams for John Hancock Insurance and served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for John Hancock Life Insurance Company. He received an MBA from Boston University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire.
CEO & Founder
Mr. Toth is the CEO & Founder of zesty.ai, a property risk analytics platform powered by Artificial Intelligence. Zesty.ai uses the latest advancements in computer vision and deep learning on 115+Bn data points to extract key property features to accurately model the potential impact of both attritional and catastrophic losses for Property and Casualty Insurance. Attila has deep experience in artificial intelligence and real estate. Attila served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales at C3.ai, a fast growing Artificial Intelligence startup founded by information technology pioneer, Tom Siebel. Under Mr. Toth’s leadership contract bookings have grown fivefold. Prior to C3, Mr. Toth was General Manager at SunEdison. Under his leadership the company partnered with large property owners, such as Walmart, Whole Foods and the U.S. Department of Defense to power their properties with renewable energy. With Mr. Toth at the helm, the business grew in excess of 100% year-over-year to $330MM in annual revenues. Early in his career, Mr. Toth was a senior strategy advisor at McKinsey & Co. where he advised Fortune 500 companies on business strategy and data analytics. Mr. Toth holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Toth lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three children.
General Partner & Managing Director
Victoria is an operator turned investor with a track record of scaling revenue from the first customer to hundreds of millions of dollars across enterprise, SMB and consumer sectors. Most recently, she was CRO at Kabbage where she built the revenue functions from the ground up to over two hundred million dollars. At Felicis, Victoria is focused on the reinvention of financial services/Insure-tech, security, enterprise, vertical SaaS, health tech, and marketplace sectors. Victoria led the firm’s investments in Hippo, SentiLink, Dovetail, Drum, and others. Prior to Felicis, Victoria’s angel investing and advising track record includes Roofstock and Faire (two recent unicorns), as well as HealthIQ, ZocDoc, Galileo, StimLabs, Roadie, and Entelo.
Alex spent eighteen years with various insurance carriers (Liberty Mutual, Farmers, Zurich, & Starr) and 3 rd party data providers (Lexis Nexis) in a variety of leadership positions in the areas of Distribution, Product Development, Underwriting/Product Management, data management, strategy, system implementation & operations management. Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University and his Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern University.
Paul Tyler serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Nassau Re. In that role, he leads the strategy, development, and delivery of company marketing campaigns across digital and traditional channels. Paul has lead the digital rebranding efforts of acquired insurance companies and affiliated asset management companies. He has a launched a direct to consumer channel for Nassau Re that includes term life, final expense, and fixed annuities. In addition, he launched Nassau Re/Imagine, an Insurtech-focused incubator based in Hartford. Prior to his role at Nassau Re, he worked at Fidelity & Guaranty Life as Senior Vice President from 2012 to 2017 and at MetLife in a variety of strategic roles for 14 years in operations, technology, sales, and compliance in the retail business. He earned his A.B. from Princeton University and his J.D. from Cornell Law School.
CEO & Co-Founder
Deepak Bhuvneshawri Uniyal has 22 yrs of professional experience. He joined the Insurance industry in 2005 and resigned as an Associate Vice President in 2010 and became an Insurance Advisor. He was a consecutive MDRT ( Million Dollar Round Table ) from 2010 to 2017, which is the global recognition to any insurance advisor. He Co-Founded Insurance Samadhan in 2017 and started operations in 2018 Aug after a lot of leg work. He believes in building a great team, work culture, and utilizing resources to their best capabilities. Deepak is an adventure sports freak and has been part of the highest of road rally in the world called “Raid-Di-Himalaya”
VP of Product
As VP of Product, Francisco is responsible for managing Hyperscience’s product and design strategy and roadmap. Francisco has worked in the enterprise AI space for more than a decade. He founded BlackLocus, a data-driven startup that built an automated pricing engine for retailers, which was acquired by The Home Depot in 2012. After that, he spent 8 years working at Google in the Ads, Research and Cloud teams. Most recently he was head of the Perception AI team at Google Cloud responsible for Google’s computer vision and AutoML developer platforms. Francisco earned a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Universidad de Chile, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and a Masters in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Francisco lives in NYC, is an amateur triathlete in olympic and Ironman distances and an avid reader of science fiction books.
Senior Director Product Marketing Financial Services & Insurance
Kelly Utley is a go-to-market (GTM) leader who has developed and launched multiple products at Salesforce including the Financial Services Cloud, Salesforce’s first vertical product offering which has gone on to become the fastest growing product at the company. Utley has 20+ years of experience in developing and commercializing innovative solutions addressing sales, service, and marketing challenges within Financial Institutions, and has driven adoption with thousands of active users in leading Banks, Insurers and Wealth Managers across all 7 continents. In her spare time, she is a fitness enthusiast who loves nature and travel.
Marnus van Heerden
Marnus studied accounting and Law at the University of Stellenbosch. He qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG. He has a passion for innovation and behavioral economics. He is the CEO and co-founder of Pineapple. An insurtech based in South Africa that aims to make insurance instant fair and rewarding and allows members to insure their stuff and their cars in the snap of a picture using AI. The app has just under 40 000 members in South Africa and they have recently rolled out with a partner in the USA.
Strategic Market Insights Director
With more than eight years of experience at Guidewire in product marketing and go-to-market leadership, Brian currently works to ensure strategic alignment and innovation with Guidewire customers. He is responsible for capturing market insights and working with product managers on implications for product strategy. Prior to Guidewire, Brian led product management and marketing teams for several SaaS-based solutions serving property & casualty and high tech industries. Brian was named to the Insurance Business Hot 100 list in 2019. He holds a B.A. in Math and Econ from Kenyon College and an MBA from Stanford. Fun fact: Once lived near Rome’s Spanish Steps
SVP, Product Management
CCC Information Services Inc
Jason Verlen is Senior Vice President of Product Management for CCC Information Services Inc. He has extensive experience in the software industry with specific expertise in product management, big data, and analytics. Before joining CCC in May 2015 Jason spent five years at IBM where he was VP of Big Data Analytics. Prior to IBM, he was VP of Product Management for SPSS, a predictive analytics software company. Jason earned a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Chief Strategy Officer
Linda Ventresca is responsible for guiding the development of AXIS Capital’s strategic priorities and for driving the delivery of those priorities across the organization. She also leads the Company’s enterprise-wide transformation program, positioning AXIS to capitalize on the changes reshaping the insurance marketplace, and the Company’s corporate development and corporate communications teams report in to her. Ms. Ventresca, who joined AXIS in January 2003, has held numerous leadership roles within the organization including Head of Corporate Development and Head of Investor Relations. Prior to joining AXIS, Ms. Ventresca was an investment associate at MMC Capital, Inc., where she worked extensively with AXIS as a portfolio company of the Trident II fund. Previously, she had been a member of the Financial Institutions Investment Banking Groups at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and UBS Securities, LLC. Ms. Ventresca holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.S.E. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
CEO & Co-Founder
Aurora Voss is the Co-Founder & CEO of ClaimSpace, a platform helping the insurance industry to improve how it communicates with customers and external stakeholders. Prior to joining ClaimSpace she ran H2 Ventures, Australia’s earliest stage, fintech and AI-focused venture capital firm. Originally from South Africa, Aurora is passionate about getting the best technology into the hands of those who need it most: customers and customer-facing staff.
Founder & Executive Director
Dr Catriona Wallace has been recognised by the AFR as Australia’s Most Influential Woman in Business & Entrepreneurship. Based between Australia and the US, Catriona is the Founder of consulting practice, Ethical AI Advisory (https://ethicalai.ai/) and is the Founder & Director of Artificial Intelligence company Flamingo Ai. Flamingo Ai is the second only woman-led business ever to list on the Australian Stock Exchange. Catriona is also the co-founder of successful businesses, ACA Research and Fifth Quadrant, she is an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Graduate School of Management and is one of the world’s most-cited experts on Artificial Intelligence, ethics, women in leadership and crisis leadership. Recently the Royal Institution of Australia recognized Catriona as one of Australia’s pre-eminent scientists. Catriona sits on the Board of Responsible Technology Australia and Artesian Capital’s BOAB AI Accelerator and is a philanthropist, human rights activist and …. mother of five.
CEO & Founder
Scott Walchek is a veteran Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur and investor whose career spans over 30 years building companies that deliver world-class innovation in emerging media, e-retail, financial marketplaces, and insurance technology. Notable companies that have been created by or benefited from his leadership include Macromedia (acquired by Adobe), Sanctuary Woods (NASD- traded affiliate of Electronic Arts), C2B Tech (acquired by Inktomi, now Yahoo!), Baidu (China’s leading search platform), DebtMarket (acquired by Intercontinental Exchange), and most recently, Trōv, a global leader in insurance technology.
Mr. Philip Walker is a Chief Executive Officer of iptiQ Americas Inc., responsible for the development of a new business marketing L&H products to individual consumers through distribution relationships in the Americas. A founder of two companies, he has more than 25 years of experience transforming financial services businesses. This includes 12 years in the life and health insurance industry at a primary carrier and as a consultant to carriers and investors in the insurance industry. He co-founded and led a successful company to sell affordable term life insurance to mid-market consumers through electronic channels. His prior experience also includes building and running the online marketing and operations units at Capital One where he also managed the global supply chain. Prior to joining Capital One, he held a global strategy role Thomas Cook where he had previously managed part of its commercial foreign exchange business. He is a frequent guest lecturer in Entrepreneurship (specifically operating models and profit optimization) at the University of Virginia and Hampden-Sydney College. At Capital One he developed the Operations University program and taught classes in operations analytics, predictive modeling and optimization. Mr. Walker is a graduate of the Bishop’s University, Canada with a degree in Finance. In 2002 he completed Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Assaf Wand is the co-founder and CEO of insurtech startup Hippo. Based in Palo Alto, CA, Hippo has reimagined home insurance through the lens of homeowners – building policies with more comprehensive coverage for today’s consumers at up to 25% less than competitors. The high-growth company is valued at more than $1 billion and has expanded its footprint to offer products to more than half of the US homeowner population in less than 2 years. Prior to Hippo, Wand was founder and CEO of Sabi, which designed and produced elegant everyday products (Sabi was acquired in 2015), a consultant with McKinsey & Company and an investor with Intel Capital. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA in finance and LLB in Law from the IDC Herzliya in Israel.
CEO & Co-Founder
Jane Wang is CEO of Optimity, a Life & Health InsurTech provider offering a digital holistic well-being platform for insurers and employers using AI, gamification & habit-coaching behavior economics. Their platform personalizes the Optimity mobile app for users through dynamic health & wealth risk assessments while educating and supporting members with healthy activities, financial best practices, and lifestyle choices to hit their goals. Prior to Optimity, Jane created innovative new “FICO scores” for banks & healthcare organizations, and spent a decade in global clinical trials in maximizing adherence and performing dynamic risk scoring using software for patients in North America, Asia and the EU.
Tiffine Wang, Partner at MS&AD Ventures, an early stage global fund (US, Singapore/South East Asia, Europe, Israel) focused on fintech, insurtech, mobility, impact/sustainability and digital health. She previously spent 5 years with Singtel Innov8, working on investments and strategic partnerships primarily with startups and companies in Silicon Valley and North America and held positions in various global accelerator programs including AngelHack, European Innovation Academy (Portugal, Qatar, Italy, France, China) and Alchemist Accelerator. She serves as an Industry Fellow for the Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology (CET) at the University of California, Berkeley and sits on the Advisory Board of UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Analytical Finance.
Senior VP, Private, Flood
Wright National Flood Insurance
James R. Watje joined Wright National Flood Insurance Services in 2018 as Senior Vice President of Private Flood. A 35+ year veteran of the insurance industry, Jim is tasked with the oversight and management of existing and the creation/development, implementation and distribution of new Private Market Flood products. He coordinates the management of Private Flood partnerships, and is responsible achieving growth and premium objectives with our carrier partners in the Private Market Flood Division. Prior to joining Wright Flood, Mr. Watje has held national and regional management and senior executive positions with companies such as Universal North America, a ‘super-regional’ specialty residential property carrier, Cornerstone General Insurance Agency, a full service Managing General Agency (founded by Watje and acquired by Universal in 2008), California Select and Pacific Select Property Insurance Company, both prior affiliates of Florida Select Insurance Company. Jim resides in Decatur, Georgia with his beautiful wife of 38 years.
Principal & Consulting Actuary
Nancy is a Principal with Milliman – San Francisco who manages an actuarial consulting practice that specializes in Insurtech, climate resilience and catastrophic property risk. At the forefront of innovation in flood risk, her team provides state-of-the-art tools, technology, and analysis to insurers, reinsurers, producers and industry groups in the flood insurance space. Nancy is the primary contact on Milliman’s engagement on NFIP Risk Rating 2.0 and provides strategic advice and support to FEMA. Widely known as a thought leader in the areas of climate resilience and property insurance availability and affordability, Nancy advises regulators and policymakers on changing catastrophic risk. She was awarded the American Academy of Actuaries Outstanding Volunteerism Award for her participation on the Flood Insurance Work Group.
As the Chief Executive Officer of AXA Asia, Gordon oversees the Group’s operations in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, while he also serves as a member of the Group’s Management Committee. With more than 30 years of experience in the insurance business, Gordon Watson is one of the industry’s most accomplished talents. An energetic and creative leader, he believes strongly in the power of collaboration, diversity and innovation to drive results and to help others achieve success, a philosophy that has earned him a sterling reputation, both in Asia and globally. Gordon’s experience of the insurance industry is as broad as it is deep, having held a number of key senior roles at AIG/AIA spanning multiple continents and cities. He was also the Global Executive Vice Chairman for Alico before it was acquired by Metlife. Gordon is the Founding Chair of Shared Value Project (SVP) in Hong Kong, where he works with private companies to tackle social issues. He is also on Cyberport’s Advisory Board for Fintech, is a GlobalScot, sits on the Asian Board for the Saltire Foundation and Entrepreneurial Scotland, and is a board member of the Parents’ Leadership Council for Boston College.
Exec. Director of IoT, Insurtech and Innovation
Dave Wechsler leads Comcast’s emerging markets initiatives focused on connected home insurance, maintenance and warranty and is responsible for creating the company’s vision, strategy and product development around these initiatives. Dave partners with the nation’s largest insurance carriers and reinsurers and explores new ways to leverage Comcast customer’s broad adoption of connected device/IoT technology, for both residential and business customers. Prior to joining Comcast, Dave was a serial entrepreneur and had 25 years of experience working at start-ups focusing on new internet technologies and IoT.
CEO & Founder
Brad founded Snapsheet in 2011 and has led the company through multiple hyper growth stages. He is passionate about developing creative solutions for today’s complex problems, using powerful technical platforms to deliver great user experiences. He is a champion for the Chicago tech community and regularly serves as a mentor to leaders at emerging tech companies. His work with Snapsheet has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company. Brad has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising from Indiana University Bloomington. He is a guest lecturer at Northwestern University.
Managing Director, Small Business
Jennie is an experienced business leader. Joining PayneWest in 2019 as the managing director of Small Business. Having spent more than 19 years in the insurance industry, Jennie is made to make an impact in her every day. Experience includes underwriting, sales/marketing, agile and leadership development. She leads the strategic initiatives in Small Business to position PayneWest as the Small Business insurance Leader in the communities PayneWest serves. She grew up in the military, living all around the world and landing in the Northwest where she is now home. Earning a degree in mathematics was nothing compared to raising two amazing kids! When not working she can be found on a golf course, at a winery or enjoying the endless hiking trails in the Northwest.
Insurance Industry Expert
Experienced Product Leader with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Property & Casualty Insurance, Strategic Consulting, Telematics, Predictive Modeling, Insurance Ratemaking, Management, and Actuarial Science. Strong program and management professional with FCAS credentials and a Bachelor of Science, Mathematics focused in Math/Government from Georgetown University.
Dan is a Managing Partner at Ninety, where he helps to build partnerships with global (re)insurers, leads insurance innovation research, and advises Chief Innovation Officers on the most effective operating models for innovation in insurance. Dan has been involved at the heart of digital transformation and innovation in the insurance industry for 15-20 years, working with Allianz, Travelers, Generali, Aetna, Bupa, Zurich, AXA, Swiss Re, and more. His experience includes overseeing significant IoT pilots in personal and commercial lines, innovation op model re-engineering for global insurance groups, and a number of big data and automation challenges in all lines of business.
Karen White is the Chief Executive Officer for RMS. She is an accomplished leader in the technology industry, with a 25-year track record of leading, innovating, and scaling global technology businesses. Karen is an expert at bringing technology, innovation, data, and operations together to help drive digital transformation. Karen started her career in Silicon Valley in 1993 as a senior executive at Oracle reporting to CEO Larry Ellison. Her global responsibilities included business development during a time of massive transformation in the computer industry. During her seven years at Oracle, the company’s revenue grew to $10 billion, profits increased nearly 65x, and the market valuation grew to more than $150 billion. Most recently, Karen was President and COO at Addepar, a leading fintech company serving the investment management industry with data and analytics solutions that are replacing decades old legacy systems with leading-edge tech. Addepar’s SaaS platform now supports $800 billion in total assets, and it counts some of the world’s leading global financial services firms as customers and partners. Prior to Addepar, Karen was CEO and Chairman of the Board at Syncplicity, a leading enterprise file sync and management SaaS business aimed at enterprises as well as the mid-market. She led the company from first product launch to 30,000 customers, culminating in the acquisition of Syncplicity by EMC in 2012. Previously, Karen led worldwide corporate and business development at SolarWinds, a top IT and network management software company whose customers included the Fortune 500. The company was listed on the Nasdaq with a successful IPO in 2009, valuing the business at nearly $1 billion. Karen is currently on the Board of Directors at Varo Money, a mobile banking fintech that seeks to be the first fintech national bank in American history and has applied for a national bank charter.
Dir. Countrywide Product Initiatives
Tom Williams is a Product Director at National General Insurance. In this role he shapes the enterprise telematics and underwriting vendor strategy and has overseen the rollout of numerous cutting-edge products. NatGen’s strategy of frequent acquisitions and subsequent integrations makes this role very challenging and rewarding. In 2018 Tom and his team launched NatGen’s SmartDriveSM telematics program which is now available in over 20 states and continues to grow rapidly. Williams joined the company 15 years ago, and he has held a variety of leadership roles in Product Management during that time. Most notable was his time as the P.M. for the New York personal auto product. The fast-paced and entrepreneurial culture at NatGen mesh will with Tom’s managerial style and bias for action. Prior to joining NatGen he worked for Travelers Insurance for a decade. During this time he was focused on catastrophe management as well as overseeing various property products. Tom has both his undergraduate degree and MBA from Florida State University.
CEO & Founder
Cole Winans is the CEO and Founder of Flyreel, the most advanced AI solution for residential and commercial property insurance carriers. He’s a self-taught technologist and entrepreneur that launched and sold his first technology business at age 14. Prior to Flyreel, Cole developed and deployed over 100 successful enterprise and consumer software products and applications. Cole’s expertise extends into Mobile Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision and Cloud Application development. In addition to his business pursuits, Cole enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and two baby boys. He’s a two-time Ironman triathlete and was the captain of a championship Canadian junior hockey team.
Head of Investment
Raymond Wong manages HKSTP Ventures and the Investment & Business Support departments at the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corp. He has over 20 years of extensive financial services experience in capital investment, portfolio management, mergers and acquisition as well as strategic investment across different sectors in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to HKSTP Ventures, Raymond was the Principal in HPEF Capital Partners which is an ex-HSBC private equity firm. Prior to HSBC, Raymond worked in the capital investment and investment banking divisions of ABN AMRO Bank. Previously, he had software development experience at IBM Laboratory in Toronto, Canada.
CEO & President
Aetna Senior Supplemental Insurance
Ty leads the Aetna Medicare Supplement and Ancillary product businesses from Nashville, Tennessee. Under his leadership, annual revenues have grown from less than $300 million to $1.9 billion, placing Aetna among the top three carriers in the industry. Ty is a recovering actuary with over 30 years of insurance experience including senior leadership roles in Life, Long-Term Care, Structured Settlements, Annuities, Medicare Supplement and Insurance Mergers & Acquisitions for companies including First Colony Life, General Electric, Genworth Financial and Aetna. Ty’s greatest accomplishments are by far his two daughters, Beth and Kim. He is an avid golfer, frequent industry speaker, and very active in government relations work. He holds a BS degree in Mathematics from Liberty Baptist College and the actuarial designations MAAA (1989) and FSA (1992).
Jenny Xia is a founder of FreeWill. She was previously at Bain Capital, where she helped start the impact investing fund, McKinsey, and a cofounder of Paribus, a fintech company that exited to Capital One. She was recently named Forbes 30 under 30 and Town & Country’s Top 50 Philanthropists. FreeWill description: FreeWill provides free online wills that makes it easy for people to donate to charity. This has generated over $1B in commitments to charity. Their mission is to move over $1T into high-impact charities.
CEO & Founder
Val Ji-hsuan Yap is the Founder and CEO of PolicyPal Group. Prior to PolicyPal, Val Yap worked as the Assistant Vice President at OCBC Bank, where she headed a wide range of digital initiatives, working closely with wealth and marketing to drive innovations. Val also served as Risk Assurance Associate at PwC in London. Former sales broker at Allianz, Val feels passionately about making insurance protection simple and accessible to everyone. Val who was recently named to Forbes “30 Under 30” list for Finance and Venture Capital and is a post-graduate with MSc Business Management at Imperial College London and BA Digital Media at University of the Arts London.
Technology Marketing Lead
Joel has over 20 years experience in technology with experience in everything from network and banking infrastructure, through to designing and developing eCommerce and insurance software solutions. He has been instrumental in the design and development of solutions for online commerce, document generation, Group and Annuity product management. Throughout his career, Joel has focused on delivering software solutions guided by understanding the underlying needs of the industry. This is Joel’s second stint at EIS; having previously spent over 8 years with EIS, primarily with the Presales team. Joel spends his free time designing and building furniture.
New York Life Ventures
Elizabeth is Vice President and Head of Innovation Services within New York Life Ventures. She is responsible for the strategy and development of a comprehensive set of programs and experiences aimed at facilitating and accelerating innovation at New York Life. Prior to New York Life, Elizabeth spent over 15 years in a variety of leadership roles at start-ups including Mi8, SpeechCycle, and Clear, and has lead two successful exits. Elizabeth graduated with a dual degree BA/MBA from Rutgers University.
Dustin Yoder is an insurtech entrepreneur with a passion for the next generation of insurance sales and policyholder engagement. Early to insurtech and the son of a top Silicon Valley insurance broker, Dustin has been primed to make a splash in the insurance space since his high school days working at the family brokerage. In pursuit of his passion, Dustin formed Sureify in 2012 to revitalize the life insurance space. Prior to Sureify, he built, and eventually sold, Vendus Product Labs, an enterprise product development company that served clients such as Genentech, Stanford University, and Honda. Dustin has a BA in finance from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Marty is a globally recognized financial executive and advisor with over 20 years of financial and operational experience in addressing over 75 special situation investments. He is a Co-founder of Buckle, an inclusive financial services platform company which is incorporating new technologies and data into insurance and credit products, alongside executing an M+A strategy, to create the USAA of the gig economy. He also serves as a Managing Director at M-III Partners, the top Wall Street boutique restructuring firm and serves on the Advisory Board of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering of Georgia Tech.
Dir. Industry Strategy & Marketing, Financial Services
As Director of Industry Strategy for Financial Services at Adobe, Christopher Young leads a team of industry specialists who work with Adobe’s financial services clients to help them develop best-in-class digital marketing strategies using Adobe Experience Cloud. Prior to joining Adobe, Young spent more than eight years at E*TRADE Financial, where his last position was vice president of brokerage marketing. Prior to E*TRADE, he was the vice president of retail advertising at JPMorgan Chase. Young also has extensive agency experience working with a range of clients across traditional, direct and digital advertising and marketing programs.
VP, Research and Consulting
Deb Zawisza is a Vice President of Research and Consulting at Novarica. She has expertise in insurance technology leadership and transformation with over 25 years of experience. Prior to joining the firm, she spent eight years as SVP/CIO for Claims/Loss Control at Travelers Insurance, leading core system modernization, expansion of data and analytic capabilities, Agile transformation and digital initiatives related to property/casualty claims across all lines of business. Deb has also served as CIO/CTO at The Phoenix Companies (now Nassau Re), where she was responsible for all IT functions for life and annuity and investment management. In addition, she has held roles as a Senior Principal Consultant at PwC with a focus on insurance technology strategy and various IT leadership roles at Aetna for commercial P/C, Life and Annuity and pensions. She attended Rensselaer Polytechnic’s MBA program and holds a BBA from Adelphi University.
EVP & CMO
Fidelity Life Association & eFinancial
Laura Zimmerman is executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Vericity (Nasdaq: VERY), a leading provider of direct-to-consumer life insurance solutions through its subsidiaries, eFinancial and Fidelity Life. In this role, she leads the firm’s digital customer experience, strategic partnerships, customer acquisition, branding, and communications. Prior to Fidelity Life and eFinancial, Zimmerman, held senior marketing and strategy positions with Guardian Life Insurance Company, Allstate, and Legg Mason Global Asset Management. Zimmerman earned her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Group Chief Digital & Innovation Officer
Steven is Group Chief Digital & Innovation officer for Generali. He joined from RSA, where he designed and drove the digital transformation agenda across the Group. From 2015 to 2016 he was Chief Digital Officer at Zurich, driving digital transformation across its UK businesses, with focus on marketing, distribution, sales, underwriting & claims. Prior to that, from 2009 to 2015, he was Chief Digital Officer at Bupa, the international healthcare group, responsible for setting out their transformation ambitions, identifying new digital commercial opportunities, supporting and challenging business performance and establishing a series of centres of excellence to drive best in class customer experiences and business performance. In 2005 he took the role of Head of Online & ecommerce at Prudential PLC and before that he covered several roles at Barclays PLC, including Online Banking Director for the retail bank, where he oversaw the rapid development of its digital assets and capabilities. Steven has a particular interest in InsureTech and holds advisory roles for a number of start-ups. Steven holds two Batchelor’s degrees: the first, in European Business from Brunel University in London, the second, in Financial Services from The University of Manchester (UMIST). He also has undertaken an Executive Leadership Programme at London Business School.
As CEO, Amy has a strong passion for providing an exceptional customer experience and products that deliver real value and performance for Vertafore’s customers. Her approach drives Vertafore’s commitment to continuous improvement through a vibrant company culture that inspires employees to innovate and be creative to solve customers’ ever-changing needs. Amy is a veteran software and data solutions executive, having spent two decades in senior leadership roles in the B2B software industry. After beginning her career as a senior consultant at Deloitte, she spent nearly 10 years as a partner at The Structure Group, an IT services consultancy acquired by Accenture in 2015. At Ventyx, an ABB Enterprise Software company, Amy served as EVP, Global Client Services and SVP and General Manager of enterprise solutions. Prior to joining Vertafore, she spent four years in the C-suite at P2 Energy Solutions, the largest software and technology provider to the upstream oil and gas industry, first as CTO, then COO and finally as CEO. Amy earned a BA in mathematics from Northwestern University.