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The 2024 Global Insurance Symposium Official Agenda

Navigating a New Frontier of Risk

Symposium content covers various aspects of risk facing insurers and innovators

Day 1 – Tuesday, April 16

11:30am Registration Opens – InsurTech Expo and Networking Lunch


Official Welcome and Opening Comments from Co-Chairs

The 10th Annual Global Insurance Symposium is co-chaired by Pharmacist Mutual CEO Aaron Pearce and Global Atlantic Senior Vice President, Legal & Associate General Counsel Christian Walk.

1:45pm Financial Risk Impacting the Insurance Industry

2:30pm Breakout Sessions:

Option One: AI and Insurance: Ethical Risk or Reward?

As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to evolve rapidly, it’s transforming the insurance industry creating new opportunities to improve how we work. On the other hand, utilizing AI poses significant ethical risks that must be addressed.

Join industry experts Shea Brown, Ph.D., Babl AI CEO and University of Iowa Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Navrina Singh, Credo AI CEO, and U.S. Department of Commerce National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC) Member; Hareem Naveed, AVP Integrated Analytics at Munich Re Life US; and Scott Kosnoff, Faegre Drinker Partner; and Colorado Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway to dive deeper into the ethical risks surrounding AI and the insurance industry.

Learn about critical topics such as:

  • How AI can be used to your advantage in the insurance industry
  • Ethical implications of using AI
  • How to take advantage of AI responsibly
  • What’s on the horizon – both from a technology and regulatory perspective

Option Two: Climate Risk: How Insurers Can Weather the Storm

Across the world, people are starting to experience extreme weather events more often than usual – a trend that climate scientists expect to continue. Of course, extreme weather affects the insurance industry in more ways than one, and it will be essential for insurers to understand continued and future challenges in this space.

Industry experts speaking on the climate risk panel including Doug Bujakowski, Sammons Professor and Chair of Actuarial Science and Risk Management at Drake University; and Charlie Sidoti,  Executive Director of insurance and climate nonprofit, InnSure; Andy Siffert,  BMS meteorologist; and North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread.

3:30pm Networking Break

4:00pm Chief Risk Officer Panel

What's Keeping Your Chief Risk Officer Up at Night?

What is keeping your company’s Chief Risk Officer up at night? I’ll give you a hint; it’s not the monsters hiding in your closet, but rather the constant risks our industry faces, from inflation to emerging technology risks like artificial intelligence.

Moderated by Stu Doyle, Principal at Ernst and Young, speakers include Pooja Rahman, Chief Risk Officer at Transamerica; Ken McCullum, Chief Risk Officer at Principal; and Craig Venable, Chief Risk Officer at Alfa Insurance.

5:00pm Welcome Reception and InsurTech Expo

6:30pm Speaker Sponsor Dinner – invitation only.

Day 2 – Wednesday, April 17

7:30am Continental Networking Breakfast

8:30am Opening Remarks

8:45am Keynote Speaker – To be announced


Insurance Commissioner Panel

Insurance regulators from several states will address the latest insurance regulatory developments, industry trends, and the most significant risks facing the industry in the years to come. This panel is moderated by Faegre Drinker Partner, Pat Hughes, includes Commissioner Scott White of Virginia and  Commissioner Michael Conway of Colorado, and  Commissioner Andrew Mais, of Connecticut and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners President.

10:30am Networking Break

11:00am Break Out Sessions

Option One: Litigation Risk: What Every Insurer and Innovator Needs to know

Understanding litigation risk and regulatory risk and its impact is crucial to a successful career in the insurance industry. By mitigating litigation risk insurers and innovators will be better equipped to handle potential litigation and protect themselves in today’s litigious society.

As all attorneys know, there is no “one size fits all” approach to litigation. in this panel industry experts will discuss the latest litigation trends and how companies can avoid financial losses and damage to their reputation.

Hear from industry experts link Jason Gould, Of Counsel at Carlton Fields; Patricia Carreiro, Shareholder at Carlton Fields; Sean O’ Brien, Shareholder at Dickinson, Bradshaw; and Katherine Weber,  Shareholder at Maynard Nexsen.

Option Two: Fraud Risk: How Insurers Can Rewrite the Script on Bad Actors

Our industry knows how important it is to be vigilant regarding fraud risk and protection. Scammers always find new ways to circumvent the proper process and commit insurance fraud. Please join us to hear from several industry experts regarding emerging fraud risks and how to keep your company safe.

The panel, moderated by  Cindy Nelson of Grinnell Mutual, feature three fraud risk experts:  Josh Himes, SIU Director at Nationwide; John Trovinger, Associate Vice President of Client Success for the Anti-Fraud Analytics Group at Verisk; and Michelle Rafeld,  Executive Director of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.

12:00pm Lunch and Student Case Competition

1:30pm GIA Demo Day

3:00pm Breakout Fireside Chat Sessions

Real Estate Risk and Insurance: Impacts on Investment Portfolios and Personnel

Panelists will delve into the intersection of real estate and insurance, including considerations regarding real estate as an investment, as well as the impact of remote work on the industry.

Speakers for this fireside chat include Ben Bailey, Managing Director for JLL; Reena Pally, Managing Director of Debt Strategies Real Estate, MetLife Investment Management; and Kevin Farley, Vice President of Enterprise Worksite Services, Principal Financial Group.


CEO Panel: Navigating a New Frontier of Risk - Views from the C-Suite

Not often do we get to hear industry insights form a bird’s-eye-view, or in this case, a CEO’s-eye-view! We’re very excited to hear form several industry-leading CEOs, as they share about guiding their companies and navigating present and emerging frontiers of risk. This year’s participants include Grant Kvalheim, CEO & President of Athene USA and President of Athene Holding Ltd. and  Allan Levine,  Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO at Global Atlantic Financial Group; and Eric Steigerwalt,  President and CEO of Brighthouse.

4:45pm Closing Comments

5:00pm Wellabe Reception

601 6th Ave. Des Moines, IA 50309
This is three blocks from the Iowa Events Center and two blocks from the Hilton Hotel.