2016 Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, programming will be held in the Ballroom at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center.

Download a pdf of the 2016 Global Insurance Symposium Schedule.

Credit hours are available for both the Insurance and Innovation track.


Tuesday, Apr. 26

8 AM - 5 PM ACORD Insurance Innovation Challenge at Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center | 730 3rd St. Des Moines, Iowa
For more information visit acordchallenge.org. To register as an attendee please click here.

2 - 4:30 PM Registration at Des Moines Marriott Downtown

3 - 5 PM Global Insurance Accelerator Open House | 321 E. Walnut St. Ste. 130, Des Moines, Iowa

5 - 6:30 PM Opening Reception at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates | 100 Locust St. Des Moines, Iowa
Welcome remarks from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

Wednesday, Apr. 27

7 - 8 AM Registration and Breakfast ­at Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center | 730 3rd St. Des Moines, Iowa

8 - 8:15 AM Opening Remarks
Commissioner Nick Gerhart, Iowa Insurance Division

8:15 - 8:45 AM Opening Keynote: A Look at European Cybersecurity and Innovation
A Look at European Cybersecurity and Innovation
Julian Enoizi, CEO, Pool Re

8:45 - 9:15 AM View From the Fed
Tom Sullivan, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

9:15 - 9:30 AM Break

9:30 - 11 AM Global Insurance Accelerator Demo Day Pitches 
Introduction by Jeff Russell, President & CEO, Delta Dental of Iowa and Board Chair of Global Insurance Accelerator
  • Fluttrbox - Montreal, Quebec
  • Isaac Re - New York, NY
  • InsuranceSocial.Media - Orange County, CA
  • Smart Drivinc - St. Louis, MO
  • Telematic - Madison, WI
  • WeSavvy - Dublin, Ireland

ACORD Innovation Challenge Winners Announced

Closing Remarks by Brian Hemesath, Managing Director, Global Insurance Accelerator

11 - 11:15 AM Break

11:15 AM -
12:15 PM
Insurance Track - Grand Ballroom B
Perspectives on Global Regulation
  • Moderated by Dan Brown, Partner, Dentons
  • Joe Engelhard, Senior Vice President & Head of Global Regulatory Policy Group, Global Government Relations, MetLife
  • Jayne Plunkett, Head Casualty Underwriting Reinsurance, Member of Reinsurance EC, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.
  • Christina Urias, International Insurance Regulatory Affairs Managing Director, NAIC
Innovation Track - Rooms 312-315
Life After Launch: Later Stage Startups
  • Moderated by Gregory Bailey, Co-Founder & CEO at Denim Labs Inc. & General Partner at Insure.VC
  • Jason Andrew, Co-Founder & CEO, Limelight Health
  • Adam Cassady, Co-Founder & CEO, Tyche
  • Jennifer Fitzgerald, Co-Founder & CEO, PolicyGenius

12:15 -
1:45 PM

Lunch Keynote
Trans-Pacific Partnership and International Issues Impacting the Insurance Industry
Paul Thanos, Director, Office of Finance and Insurance Industries, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administrator

Presentation of Global Insurance Symposium Student Scholarships

1:45 - 2:45 PM Insurance Track - Grand Ballroom B
Insurance Capital Standards
  • Moderated by Susan Voss, Vice President & General Counsel, American Enterprise Group
  • Peter Gallanis, President, National Organization of Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Associations
  • Terri Vaughan, Dean, College of Business and Public Administration, Drake University
  • Bob Stein, EY Managing Partner, retired; Independent Director of Aviva plc, Assurant, Resolution Life; fellow of the Society of Actuaries
Innovation Track - Rooms 312-315
Venture Capital in Insurance
  • Moderated by Mike Bechtel, Managing Partner, Ringleader Ventures
  • Greg Mazanec, Principal, QED Investors
  • Kyle Nakatsuji, Principal, American Family Ventures
  • Chad Nitschke, Co-Founder & CEO, Insure.VC and Co-Founder & CEO, Bunker


2:45 - 3 PM Break

2:45 - 3:30 PM Insurance Track - Grand Ballroom B
The Rise of Global Chinese Investment and Direct Implications to the Insurance Industry
  • Rick Niu, President & CEO, Starr Strategic Holdings LLC
Innovation Track - Rooms 312-315
Accelerators, Studios, Labs – Why invest in these types of innovation centers?
  • Moderated by Bill Hartnett, Head of Innovation, ACORD Insurance Innovation Challenge
  • Tim Rozar, CEO, RGAx (RGA's Innovation Studio)
  • Jeff Russell, President & CEO, Delta Dental of Iowa and Board Chair of Global Insurance Accelerator
  • Pat Talley, U.S. Central Regional Director, Lloyd’s America

3:45 - 4 PM Break

4 - 5:15 PM Closing Keynote
Corporate Innovation
  • Moderated by Commissioner Nick Gerhart, Iowa Insurace Division
  • Maria Ferrante-Schepis, Managing Principal, Insurance & Financial Services, Maddock Douglas, Inc. 
  • Guy Fraker, AutonomouStuff, LLC
  • Jag Randhawa, Vice President and CIO, CAMICO Mutual Insurance
  • Neil Sprackling, President, North America Life & Health Business, SwissRe

5:15 - 6:45 PM Cocktail Reception - Iowa Hall of Pride | 330 Park St. Des Moines, Iowa

Thursday, Apr. 28

7 - 8 AM Registration and Breakfast at Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center | 730 3rd St. Des Moines, Iowa

8 - 9 AM Economic Outlook
Bob Baur, Chief Global Economist, Principal Global Investors

9 - 10:15 AM CEO/President Roundtable
  • Moderated by Mike Abbott, Partner, and Charlie Richardson, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
  • Mark Mullin, President & CEO, Transamerica
  • Mike Smith, CEO of Insurance Solutions, Voya Financial
  • Deanna Strable, President, U.S. Insurance Solutions, Principal
  • Nick Von Moltke, President & COO, Global Atlantic Life & Annuity
  • William Wheeler, President, Athene Holding Ltd.

10:15 -
10:30 AM

10:30 -
11:45 AM
Commissioner Roundtable
  • Moderated by Paula Dierenfeld and Scott Sundstrom, Governmental Affairs, Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
  • Commissioner John Doak, Oklahoma Insurance Department
  • Commissioner Ted Nickel, Wisconsin Insurance Department
  • Commissioner Katharine Wade, Connecticut Insurance Department
  • Director Peter Hartt, New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance

11:45 AM -
Closing Remarks/Adjourn


Credit Hours

The Global Insurance Symposium has been approved for the following:

  • 9.25 Iowa CLE credit hours
  • 1.0 Federal CLE credit hour for one of the following sessions: Insurance Capital Standards and Venture Capital in Insurance 
  • 10.0 Iowa CPE Management Advisory Services credit hours
  • 14.0 General Classroom CE hours for Insurance Producers from the Iowa Insurance Division (must attend the insurance track sessions)




Venue and Booking