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Agenda for EIF2017, 25 May. The agenda is always subject to change due to any unexpected issues that may arise for speakers.

08:00 - 08:50

Registration & networking refreshments

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08:50 - 09:00

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

09:00 - 09:15


A strategy and action plan for Ireland’s International Financial Services Sector

Eoghan Murphy, Minister of State at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform (Ireland)

09:15 - 09:30

The Irish Regulatory Environment

Gerry Cross, Director of Policy and Risk, CBI

09:30 - 10:20

Regulation: national diversity, international (dis)harmony?

The panel, from the UK, the US, Europe and Ireland will discuss issues such as equivalence, harmonisation, the likely impact of the roll back of the Dodd-Frank bill to financial regulation (US), and the future of Solvency II in an autonomous Britain.

Manuela Zweimueller, Head of Regulations, EIOPA
John Huff, Former Director of MO DIFP, Immediate Past President, Natl Assoc of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)
Gerry Cross, Gerry Cross, Director of Policy and Risk, CBI
Steven Findlay, Assistant Director, Head of Prudential Regulation,, Association of British Insurers (ABI)
Sean McGovern, Chief Compliance Officer Head of Regulatory & Government Affairs, XL Catlin

Moderator, Glenn Gillard, Deloitte


10:20 - 10:40

Global industry keynote address

Denis Kessler, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of SCOR SE

10:45 - 11:15


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11:15 - 12:00

The low yield world

How well is the industry coping? What are the real risks and opportunities? What happens if/when yields start to rise significantly?

Euan MacLaren, Natixis Global Asset Management
David Harney, CEO Irish Life
Sean MacHale, Danske Bank
Moderator, Greg Carter, Managing Director Analytics, AM Best

12:00 - 12:40

The changing tax landscape

This panel will discuss Irish and International tax developments including BEPS, Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB), future UK tax strategy and potential US tax reforms.

Helen O’Sullivan, SVP AXIS- International Tax Director
Praveen Sharma, Managing Director, Global Leader – Insurance Regulatory & Tax Consulting Practice, Marsh
Jefferson VanderWolk, Head of the Tax Treaty, Transfer Pricing & Financial Transactions Division in the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD
Moderator, Conor Hynes, Partner-Tax, Deloitte

12:40 - 13:10

Keynote: Things Fall Apart: What's driving nationalism and populism in Europe?

Award winning British journalist, broadcaster and author, Paul Mason  surveys the French and Dutch elections, the prospects for a Red-Red-Green coalition in Germany, the perennial Greek debt problem and the impact of Brexit. He looks, slice by slice, at the demographic layer cake that’s emerged in recent elections and asks, for the Eurozone and the UK – where will the next 5 years lead? 

13:10 - 14:05


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14:05 - 14:55


Brexit impacts for Ireland and our industry in these unchartered waters.  What is the position of the remaining 27?

Ronan Gargan, Policy Advisor at Department of Foreign Affairs
Kieran Donoghue
, Head of International Financial Services, IDA
Garvan O’Neill, Director of Group Finance L&G
Helena Walsh, Executive Director, Cicero Group
Moderator, Darren Maher, Partner Financial Institutions Group, Matheson

14:55 - 15:40

Technology: trends, hyperbole and cultural lag

This session will explore some of the technology trends that are and will impact our industry.
Our panelists, experts in blockchain, RPA (robotic process automation) and data, will help to out the hyperbole and identify what is needed to cut the cultural lag to technology adoption.

Robin Merttens, Independent Consultant and Analyst, Ottair Limited
Alpesh Doshi, Founder, Fintricity
Ross Campbell,Chief Underwriter of Gen Re Life/Health UK 
Ian Fantozzi, Group Chief Operating Officer Beazley 


15:40 - 15:50

Announcement of winner of Insurance Ireland /University of Limerick Masters essay competition

15:50 - 16:20


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16:20 - 17:05

Leaders Panel

An international panel of senior industry representatives and commentators will discuss key issues facing the insurance industry in Ireland and globally including the economic outlook for the industry, threats and opportunities, whether regulation is a friend or foe and the rise of technology.

David Flandro
, Global Head of Strategic Advisory, JTL Re
Julian James, President, Global Markets, Allied World Assurance Company
Paul Mason, Award Winning British Journalist, Broadcaster and Author
Frank Mee, Allianz Worldwide Care
Moderator, James Grennan, A&L Goodbody

17:05 - 17:10


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17:10 - 19:00

Entertainment & Cocktail Reception

19:00 - 01:00

Gala Dinner & Entertainment

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