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Agenda 2018




Agenda for EIF2018, 24 October, 2018. The agenda is always subject to change due to any unexpected issues that may arise for speakers.



08:00 - 09:00

Registration & networking refreshments

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09:00 - 09:10

Opening remarks & welcome from Kevin Thompson, CEO, Insurance Ireland

09:10 - 09:30

Industry keynote: "Insurance on the sidelines of a consumer and societal revolution"

Barry will reflect on the changes we are seeing in people’s behaviours, especially when it comes to retirement, and how Standard Life Aberdeen has adapted to meet the changing behaviours of their clients, including the recent sale of the Life & Pensions business to The Phoenix Group. With the proposed introduction of auto enrolment in Ireland, he will reflect on the experience in the UK and finally he will look at the changes we will see in the advice market that might just make it a savings revolution.

Barry O’Dwyer, Head of UK, Standard Life Aberdeen

09:35 - 10:20

Making innovation real in insurance

Emerging technologies and innovations are beginning to transform the insurance landscape as they enable new ways to measure, control, and price risk, engage with customers, reduce cost, improve efficiency, and expand insurability. This has produced enormous opportunities for established insurers to modernize, create new insurance products and services, and shake up their business models. It has also led to the emergence of many new innovative startups and partnerships seeking to significantly enhance the way insurance has traditionally been assembled, purchased, and experienced. Increasingly, our industry is being compelled to strategize about ways to innovate in response to changing dynamics.

Accenture will lead this session with a presentation followed by a panel discussion.

Innovation introduction
Ryan Shanks, Director at The Dock, Accenture’s global multidisciplinary research and incubation hub.

Brona Magee, Deputy CEO, Head of Global Markets, SCOR Global Life
Deeksha Joshi, Managing Director in Corporate Strategy and Research at Liberty Mutual Insurance
Fergal Collins, CEO, Aon Centre for Innovation and Analytics (ACIA)
Ryan Shanks, Director at The Dock, Accenture’s global multidisciplinary research and incubation hub
MODERATOR: Paul Pierotti, Head of Applied Intelligence, Accenture Ireland

10:20 - 10:50


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10:50 - 11:25

Human Capital, the Most Overlooked Asset Class: trends, challenges and opportunities

The panel will be asked to consider four broad areas:
• Leading
• Engaging
• Reinventing
• Reimagining
How is having 5 generations in the workplace changing the shape of the workplace, polices, procedures, technology and human interactions?
Is the social environment changing habits?
Why does insurance come out bottom of career choice for many graduates?

Vievette Henry, Global HR Organizational Effectiveness Lead Human Resources AIG, USA,
Jenny Minogue, Chartered Organisational Psychologist – Insurance Supervision at Central Bank of Ireland
Vanessa Hartley, Director of Retail & Agency, LCS UKi, Google

MODERATOR: Valarie Daunt, Partner – Human Capital, Consulting, Deloitte


11:25 - 11:40

A cross Atlantic view

Don Forgeron, President and CEO of IBC (Insurance Bureau of Canada)

11:40 - 12:10

Shifting gears to fundamental transformation of the insurance industry

Connected-car technologies are being adopted quickly; according to research by the automotive consultancy Secured By Design (SBD), they are expected to become standard in automobiles by 2020, at the latest.
There are a growing number of players in the connected car ecosystem: car manufacturers, telecommunications firms, sensor and chip manufacturers, digital-platform giants like Amazon and Uber, academic institutions, standards-making bodies AND insurance companies.
This session will review how this evolving ecosystem will disrupt the insurance industry and whether there are opportunities to unlock new sources of profit.

Claudius Leibfritz, CEO Allianz Automotive
Dr. Barry Sheehan, Lecturer, risk management and insurance, the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick


12:10 - 12:45

Insurance Ireland Council Chairs Panel

The II councils drive the II agenda. With SII bedded in is now the time for serious strategic reflection? There have been many changes over the last 10 year. Should companies be looking at industry equity rather than own company brand equity? How does Ireland fair in the battle for capital?

Ann Kelleher, CEO, Ark Life Assurance Co dac
Aidan Holton, Insurance Ireland International Council Chair and Monument Group
Debbie O’Hare, Chief Executive Officer, Hannover Re, Ireland
Donal Clancy, Executive Director, MD Laya Healthcare
John Quinlan, CEO, Aviva Ireland
MODERATOR: James Grennan, Head of A&L Goodbody’s Insurance Group

13:00 - 14:10


Dining Hall, Trinity College

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14:15 - 15:00

Global Leader keynote: A history of the future – the world in 2025

Jeremy Rifkin, consultant and advisor to governments and the EU and political and societal commentary, will examine emerging trends in science and technology, and their impacts on the environment, the economy, culture, and society.
Author, ‘The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism’

Jeremy Rifkin

15:00 - 15:20

Financial Conduct Regulation

Derville Rowland, Director General (Financial Conduct), Central Bank of Ireland

15:20 - 15:50


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15:50 - 16:30

Regulation: regulation of an innovative insurance market

This panel will cover:
Cyber risks – managing own exposure and insuring others.
Proportionality and innovation: how to ensure appropriateness and consistency (limiting regulatory burden to allow for innovation and not harm small market participants)?
Innovative ways to manage the regulatory challenge – new ways to compliance.
Social Media, social scoring and personal data – implications for the insurance industry (underwriting, claims handling, publically available vs. restricted data, customer signaling).

William Vidonja, Head of conduct of business, Insurance Europe
Don Forgeron, President and CEO of IBC (Insurance Bureau of Canada)
Rory Moloney, CEO Aon Global Risk Consulting
Timothy Shakesby,Team Leader of the Conduct of Business Oversight, EIOPA

MODERATOR: Florian Wimber, Head of European Affairs and International Insurance, Insurance Ireland

16:35 - 17:15

Leaders Panel - review and wrap-up

The leaders panel will be requested to reflect and project: they will reflect on what they have heard sofar and they will give their perspectives on how the future will look.

Anthony Brennan, President Insurance Ireland and CEO, Zurich Ireland
Stephen Cross, CEO Everest Insurance Ireland, dac
Henrik Matsen, Group Head of Balance Sheet at Athora Holding Ltd
Michelle Moore, General Manager, Chaucer Ireland, Plc

MODERATOR: Darren Maher, Partner and Head of the Financial Institutions Group, Matheson

17:15 - 17:20

Closing remarks from Kevin Thompson, CEO, Insurance Ireland


17:30 - 18:45

Private tour of the Book of Kells and the Old Library, followed by a cocktail reception.

19:00 - 23:00

Insurance Ireland's President's Gala Dinner

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