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Agenda 2019




Current agenda for EIF2019, 3 October, 2019. Please check back over the next couple of months as we finalise the agenda and confirm speakers.



The focus of the conference is twofold – 1) to look at trends shaping our industry to 2030 and 2) to look beyond our European borders for a broader perspective and how a number of insurance nations are building propositions unhampered by legacy systems and thinking. We will also have a strong geopolitical theme to the conference reflecting the interplay of our industry and global trends.


08:00 - 08:50

Registration & networking refreshments

08:50 - 09:00

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

09:00 - 09:20

Ireland, Europe and beyond

Presentation and speaker tbc.

09:25 - 10:05

Utopia versus dystopia?

This presentation from leading industry professionals will paint a of the future. Expect to hear about a future with:

  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Climate catastrophe
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Google, the world leading insurance provider
  • Machines vs man


10:05 - 10:35

Geopolitical keynote address

Peter Conradi, Europe Editor of the Sunday Times, journalist and author will deliver this keynote address.

Peter will reference some of the following topics and the interplay between these global trends and our industry.

  • Key geopolitical risks on the radar and their potential impact on society, democracy and the global economy
  • The rise of US protectionism and how it is changing the trade landscape
  • Fragmentation in Europe
  • Russia NATO conflict
  • Understanding the interconnectedness of geopolitical risks
  • Viewing geopolitical risks in the context of other risks

10:35 - 11:05


Sponsored by:

NEAM. coffee break sponsor at EIF2019

11:05 - 11:35

Global industry leader keynote

An interview with Thomas Buberl, CEO and Director of AXA

Gold sponsor at EIF2019

AXA, gold sponsor at EIF2019



11:35 - 12:20

Perspectives from around the globe

This unique panel will identify key trends that are currently shaping the future direction of the industry within their respective marketplaces. We will hear how a number of insurance nations are building propositions unhampered by legacy systems and thinking.

Recaredo Arias, President of The Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA) and Director General of the Mexican Association of Insurance Companies (AMIS)
Christina Lindenius, CEO, Swedish Insurance Association
Yong-Kil Shin, Chair, Korea Life Insurance Association

12:20 - 13:00

Regulators' perspectives

The Regulators’ perspectives – a near and far approach to developing a supervisory framework in a dynamic marketplace.
What will the world look like in 2030? What is the role of the Regulator and the Regulator’s strategy in developing a supervisory framework in a dynamic marketplace? This panel will be asked to address two key questions:

  1. How will supervision evolve in response to new and innovative insurance products?
  2. How is the regulator innovating – what is innovation in the supervisory model?

Sarah Liebing, Head of Insurance, De Nederlandsche Bank
+1 tbc


13:00 - 14:10


Canal Suite

Sponsored by:

14:10 - 14:30

The European outlook

This keynote presentation is from one of the EU executive’s foremost and senior ranking civil servants for financial services

John Berrigan, Deputy Director General, DG FISMA, European Commission

14:30 - 15:10

Human Capital, responding to the future, 2030

Everyday, our industry professionals are challenged to do their best for our clients and for society. Our leaders and Human Capital specialists are tasked to create the culture and environment that solves complex issues, fosters innovation and allows, as well as retains, talented individuals achieve their greatest career experience. This panel will discuss how to deliver innovation whilst “honouring” legacy, managing in a multi-cultural environment, and the role of the professional.

Dorothée Burkel, Chief Corporate and People Operations Officer and member of PartnerRe’s Executive Committee
Claire Cusack, Director of Human Resources EMEA at Allianz Worldwide Care
Mary Ryan, Managing Director, CACI
Jonathan Clark, Global Head of Business Solutions Claims, SCOR SE and President the Chartered Insurance Institute UK (CII)
MODERATOR: Valarie Daunt, Partner – Human Capital, Consulting, Deloitte


15:10 - 15:40


Sponsored by:

15:45 - 16:25

Sustainable finance

The insurance industry is founded on the principles of protection and risk management. It has never been afraid to tackle big issues and face significant societal challenges such as today’s issues of climate change and ageing population. In recent years “sustainability” has become a strategic imperative within financial services organisations and insurance companies are working to incorporate it into their strategies and portfolios.
It is a new asset class, delivering long-term economic benefits and new sustainable finance products are being developed.
Global insurance players are investing significant sums and resources and committing to Sustainability Development Goals.
Financial services organisations are also refining their sustainability approach within their asset management activities.
This panel of experts will provide insights on a range of crucial elements of “sustainability”, from product development and investment strategies, to meeting climate and sustainability goals. It will also look at the current trends, goals and objectives of leading organisations driving the sustainability agenda.

Zelda Bentham, Group Head of Sustainability, Aviva plc
Yann Le Palec, Executive Managing Director Head of Global Ratings Services, S&P Global Ratings

16:25 - 16:50


16:50 - 17:30

Insurance Ireland Council Chairs panel

Insurance Ireland Councils drive the II agenda. This panel will reflect on what they have heard during the day and how issues raised will impact the Irish market place and the Irish domiciled industry selling international financial services. The panel will also focus on the consumer.

Aidan Holton, Insurance Ireland International Council Chair and CEO Monument Group
Debbie O’Hare, Insurance Ireland Reinsurance and Captive Council Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Hannover Re
Donal Clancy, Insurance Ireland Health Council Chair and Executive Director, Managing Director, Laya Healthcare
John Quinlan, Insurance Ireland General Insurance Council Chair and CEO, Aviva Ireland

17:30 - 17:40

Kevin Thompson, conference close

17:45 - 20:00

Networking Reception.

Sponsored by:

Accenture, PLATINUM sponsors at EIF2019