Keynotes and Executive Panels
Hear from industry leaders as they discuss topics around all things risk. We’ll explore emerging and systemic risk, climate change, business interruption, and much more.
Keynote: Karen White – Outperform
The risk landscape we operate in is becoming more complex and connected. Systemic risk, climate change, increase in the frequency, severity and volatility of events, the growing protection gap, shifting and clash impacts of catastrophes, direct and silent cyber, business interruption and secondary perils are some of the driving forces, along with new expectations and mandates emerging among regulators, investors and customers.
All this is coming more to the forefront, with lessons from the Pandemic front and center, another accelerant. In parallel, what is becoming newly possible through advanced model science, technology, open platforms and cloud, analytics and data solutions is moving at an accelerated pace to meet these industry forces. There is the potential at this time in the history of our industry to create both new growth opportunities and a deeper, more impactful and transparent level of risk management and resilience.
RMS is laser focused on supporting industry and customer goals to outperform in this dynamic environment. At Exceedance this year, we will cover what we see coming and what RMS is doing to help meet the challenges ahead. We will explore the science and tech, business model and partnership moves we anticipate in the coming year that will lay the groundwork for the future of risk management.
9:00 am EDT – 10:40 am EDT
Executive Panel: Risk Data and Analytics: Innovations, Emerging Business Models, and Opportunities Reshaping the Industry
Risk is complex, connected, and evolving. Developing a better understanding of today’s risks, as well as emerging and systemic risks, requires thought leadership and innovation around risk data and predictive analytics that promise to reshape business models and outcomes in the industry over time. In this panel discussion, we'll look at how leveraging data, risk, and predictive analytics in new ways can drive better risk outcomes, accelerate product innovation in the insurance industry, and open new growth opportunities. We'll explore how to turn risk data into new analytical insights today, and how this practice will evolve in the future. Join us as Alok moderates this panel of senior industry leaders.
10:40AM – 11:45AM EDT
Keynote: New Perspectives: The Impact and Business of Climate Change
For businesses, governments, and countries, the risks associated with climate change are now a fundamental concern. Systemic or compounded risk is the new norm, from the effects of rising sea levels on storm surge to that of drought on wildfires. And the business interruption caused by these catastrophic events has become a standard boardroom concern. Many elements of the COVID-19 pandemic have parallels with the threat from climate change, both having extraordinary systemic impacts. Join us at Exceedance 2021 where we’ll explore how climate change will impact businesses, the industry, and the markets we serve, both near and long term.
9:00AM – 10:00AM EDT
Executive Panel: Impacts of Climate Change on the Insurance Industry and Today’s Business Strategies
Climate change risk is becoming the most material risk on insurance company risk registers. The pandemic has taught the industry lessons that we can leverage to help understand and manage this risk. Many companies are implementing their strategy and operationalizing their approaches as part of a broader approach to ESG, and all companies are now facing regulatory, board, and investor scrutiny of their approaches.
The panel will explore the strategic and pragmatic operational approaches being taken to better understand and address the impacts of climate change on our businesses, the industry, and the markets we serve, both near and long term.
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
Keynote & Executive Panel: The Future of Insurance
Pandemic-induced losses may amount to $150 billion. But even before COVID-19 hit, dynamic market forces were driving real change. Seventy percent of natural catastrophe losses are uninsured today, and the protection gap is only growing with emerging and systems risks, such as cyber, business interruption, and supply chain, and the broad impacts of climate change on markets. These, coupled with new regulations and digital-first entrants, are changing the business of insurance. They have also altered how we need to plan for the future and what will become possible. Join us at Exceedance 2021 to hear about new technology, innovations, and regulations that will impact the future of the insurance industry. Driven by COVID-19, the industry has gone through a rapid digital transformation in the last 12 months, surpassing what many thought could be achieved in five years or more. With the inertial barriers to digital adoption gone, cloud adoption now considered business-as-usual, and market forces driving change, the industry is preparing to take on the future in new ways.
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
Featured Customers in Executive Panels
Delivering the industry’s best customer experience is our number one focus. At RMS, we are thrilled to feature our customers as they share their insights and experiences during Exceedance 2021.
Alice leads the Insurance Consulting and Technology practice of Willis Towers Watson, comprising over 1,200 colleagues operating in 35 markets worldwide. This team’s services and solutions help insurance industry clients manage risk and capital, improve business performance, and create competitive advantage.
Alice’s previous roles in Willis Towers Watson have included heading Analytics for Willis Re North America and serving on Willis Re’s global leadership team. Before she joined Willis Towers Watson in 2006, Alice led a team of actuaries and catastrophe modelers at Guy Carpenter. Prior to that, she led actuarial pricing teams for Zurich Re in both North America and Switzerland.
In addition, Alice has held a number of volunteer leadership roles within the insurance industry, including serving on the boards of the Casualty Actuaries of Greater New York (CAGNY), the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS), and the American Risk and Insurance Association (ARIA).
Education and Credentials
Alice holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from The University of Texas and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University. She has also attained FCAS, CERA, and MAAA designations.
Amer Ahmed was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Re with effect from 1 January 2012.
Since 1 June 2010 he was President of Allianz Re with responsibility for the day to day operations of the company.
In May 2007 he joined Allianz Re as Chief Risk Officer. Prior to this he was Chief Risk Officer and Member of the Board at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty.
Mr Ahmed studied mathematics at Bristol University and started his career consulting at William M Mercer, subsequently serving in various actuarial and management positions at Odyssey Re. He joined Allianz Global Risks as Chief Actuary in 2002.
Charlie is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Acacia Holdings Ltd, the specialist retrocession vehicle established in December 2021. He has over 25 years’ executive experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry operating from London and New York in underwriting and broking. Charlie has specialized in growth and turnaround situations and the use of alternative capital to bring new and innovative solutions to the (re)insurance industry.
Prior to Acacia, Charlie was Global Head of Reinsurance and Portfolio Management for AIG. He has also served as Group Chief Financial Officer at a UK listed Lloyds vehicle and was Chief Operating Officer at Guy Carpenter. Charlie started his career in the industry at Benfield Group.
Dominic Christian is Global Chairman of AON’s Reinsurance Solutions business. He is a member of the Global Executive of AON. He is Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s.
Dominic is a Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a Trustee of the StandUpFoundation, a Director of The Bermuda Society, Chairman of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA) and Former Chairman of the Lloyd's Tercentenary Research Foundation.
For 2015/16 he was President of the Insurance Institute of London. In 2017 he was elected to the Court of Common Council of The City of London.
He leads the Inclusion@Lloyd's Group – a contemporary approach to Diversity and Inclusion being in his view central to future business success. He has been Chair of ClimateWise for 4 years and is part of the Government Advisory Board that recently published the Dasgupta Review the economics of biodiversity. He sits on the board of Race Equality Commission.
Dominic holds an Honours Degree in History from the University of East Anglia and an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law.
His children describe his interests as Family, talking, football, tennis, history, architecture, East Anglia, new countries, trees, lakes, cats and overworking. Not all are approved of.
Jean-Paul has been SCOR Global P&C’s CEO since April 2019, based in New York. With over 25 years of professional experience in underwriting and risk assessment, he joined SCOR in the US in 2008, holding several senior management positions from Chief Underwriting Officer for the Americas Treaty business to CEO of SCOR Global P&C’s Treaty Teams worldwide.
Prior to joining SCOR, Jean-Paul held senior underwriting positions at AXA Re/Paris Re in Paris and was a broker with (AON) Benfield in London and Paris.
He holds a Masters of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of California Berkeley and a Civil Engineering degree from l’Ecole des Travaux Public in Paris. He started his career in San Francisco in earthquake engineering risk assessment, before heading the European team of EQECAT (now CoreLogic), developing and deploying Natural Catastrophe Models for insurance and reinsurance companies.
Prateek is responsible for the assessment, management, governance and controls related to insurance/underwriting risks of the P&C and Group Benefits businesses while supporting the business in achieving profitable growth consistent with The Hartford’s stated strategy and risk appetite. He oversees the identification, assessment and management of emerging risks related to underwriting especially systemic issues like catastrophes, cyber, trends, demographics, macro-economic factors, etc.
Before joining The Hartford, Prateek Chhabra was Chief Risk Officer for The Hanover Group’s US Domestic businesses. He was responsible for enterprise risk management, reporting, governance and controls across all business lines and risk types. In addition to Investment risk and Operations risk, he was responsible for Catastrophe risk management, Economic Capital Model validation and review and portfolio risk optimization. Prior to Hanover, Prateek worked with McKinsey specializing in risk and strategy consulting for large insurance companies and banks. He also has experience working in insurance brokerage with Aon and catastrophe modeling with AIR Worldwide.
Prateek holds an MBA in Finance and Management Information Systems (dual specialization) from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master’s degree in Finance and Marketing (dual specialization) from FORE School of Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Accounting from Panjab University.
Rob Bentley has led a 30-year career in insurance and reinsurance broking, analytics, software development, and executive management. He serves as the CEO of Guy Carpenter’s Global Strategic Advisory which is comprised of Advisory, Analytics, Structured Risk, M&A Advisory, Lloyds Capital, and Business Intelligence. He is a member of the firm's Executive Committee.
Rob re-joined Guy Carpenter from Marsh, where most recently he served as president of the US and Canada Division. Previously, Rob was president of Marsh Insurance Services which included Marsh Sponsored Programs, Marsh Private Client Services, Marsh ClearSight and Victor O. Schinnerer & Company. Rob returned to Marsh & McLennan after spending five years at Risk Management Solutions, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and board member with global responsibilities for strategic execution across internal and client-facing operations. Prior to that, Rob spent 17 years at Guy Carpenter, where he held the positions of Global Chief Operating Officer, Western Region manager, and head of Global Analytics.
Rob holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Virginia and is an alumnus of the Stanford Executive Program.
He joined Tokio Marine Kiln in 2017 from ProSight Specialty Managing Agency Ltd-Syndicate 1110, where he served as Director and CRO and was responsible for both the risk management and actuarial functions. Vivek was previously a Senior Technical Specialist at the Bank of England (BoE) and was responsible for overseeing the implementation of Solvency II and setting up a supervisory framework post-SII across both the General and Life Insurance sectors. Prior to the BoE, Vivek was a Director at PwC and advised a variety of London Market (Lloyd’s / non-Lloyd’s) and Life Insurance firms on their Enterprise Risk Management, Compliance, Capital Optimisation/Finance Transformation and Solvency II activities across all three Pillars. He started his Insurance career at Brit Insurance, first within their Strategic Change division and then leading their Pillar 1 SII efforts.
Vivek is a Board Executive Director at Tokio Marine Kiln and is responsible for Enterprise Risk Management, Model Validation, Strategy and Risk Intelligence, Exposure Management, Legal and Compliance. He chairs the TMK ESG Committee and is a member of the ClimateWise Insurance Advisory Council. Vivek graduated in Actuarial Science from Cass Business School and is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII).
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