Global Insurance Symposium announces Keynotes Dr. Robin Kiera, Anya Prince addressing Digital Disruption, Genomics
Feb. 12, 2018
Des Moines, Iowa

International leaders in insurance and technology will headline the 2018 Global Insurance Symposium held in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 24-26. Both speakers will bring unique insights on cutting-edge ideas and challenges facing traditional insurance companies, insurtech, startups, and industry professionals.

Hailing from Hamburg, Germany, Dr. Robin Kiera is one of the most influential thought leaders in digital transformation, fintech, and insurtech. Kiera, recently named a top 15 insurtech online influencer, will use real examples from across the world to address how insurance companies can survive challenges of digital disruption through innovation and even use digital disruption as an opportunity.

Anya Prince, associate professor of law and member of the University of Iowa Genetics Cluster, will explore ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic testing. Her keynote will include thoughts on how new technology around genomics and genetic testing impacts insurance coverage of genetic technologies and interventions.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring a diverse group of keynote speakers and panelists to this year’s Global Insurance Symposium,” said Laura Beebe, Global Insurance Symposium co-chair. “With technology and innovation ever present in the insurance industry, we are glad to be able to offer experts who can speak to a wide range of topics affecting regulators, carriers, startups, and industry leaders.”

“As in years past, our speakers offer world-class expertise and a unique take on key issues impacting insurance and technology today and tomorrow,” said Kay Godfredsen, Global Insurance Symposium co-chair and first deputy commissioner for the Iowa Insurance Division. “We believe it’s what makes this event special and one insurance and technology professionals won’t want to miss.”

Focusing on technology, policy, and innovation, the 2018 Global Insurance Symposium brings insurance and technology leaders from around the globe to Des Moines, Iowa on April 24-26, 2018. Now in its fifth year, the 2018 Global Insurance Symposium features a full agenda of renowned keynotes and panelists, as well as speed networking sessions, networking receptions, and interactive demonstrations. Speakers include state insurance commissioners, CEOs, industry leaders, entrepreneurs and startups, and regulatory representatives from around the world. Attendees will also be able to observe demonstrations from the eight startups participating in the Des Moines-based Global Insurance Accelerator 2018 cohort.

The Global Insurance Symposium is also pleased to announce Faegre Baker Daniels as a platinum sponsor for the symposium. Grinnell Mutual, Sammons Financial Group, and CFA Society of Iowa have been announced as gold sponsors. Insurance Thought Leadership has also been announced as a 2018 Global Insurance Symposium event partner.

Additional event details will be released in the weeks leading up this year’s symposium.

The full schedule and session details are now available here. Those wishing to attend the symposium are encouraged to register online here.


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About the Global Insurance Symposium

Established in 2014, the Global Insurance Symposium is the premier symposium for insurance professionals and regulatory authorities to hear from the world’s most renowned insurance experts and to interact with fellow insurance industry colleagues from around the world. The Global Insurance Symposium is presented by the Iowa Insurance Institute, the Federation of Iowa Insurers, Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Global Insurance Accelerator, Insurance Thought Leadership, and the Iowa Insurance Division. For more information, visit

Global Insurance Symposium Update: {3/20/2020 10:00 a.m. CDT} Due to state and federal guidelines on large gatherings, the 2020 Global Insurance Symposium has been cancelled. The symposium will be back next year on April 26-28, 2021. For those attendees who were looking forward to seeing the final presentations of this year’s Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA) cohort, please note that the GIA is going to host a virtual pitch event on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from 3:30-5:00 pm CST. More information can be found at