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Global Insurance Symposium Announces First Slate of Speakers And Programs

March 4, 2024 (Des Moines, Iowa)  Organizers of this year’s Global Insurance Symposium (GIS) are pleased to announce the industry-leading speakers and program topics for the 10th-anniversary event. With an overarching theme of ‘Navigating a New Frontier of Risk, the 2024 Symposium will focus on various emerging risks facing insurers and innovators and how to navigate those risks.

“The 2024 Global Insurance Symposium is all about exploring emerging risks the industry is facing and engaging in meaningful conversations with other insurance and financial professionalson these important topics,” said Christian Walk, GIS co-chair and Associate General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Global Atlantic Financial Group. “Attendees can expect to leave with a better understanding and a playbook of tactics to effectively manage these risks, which ultimatelyhelps them stay ahead of industry trends and become more successful innovators and insurers.”


Tuesday, April 16
AI and Insurance: Ethical Risk or Reward
Hear from Shea Brown, Ph.D., Babl AI CEO and University of Iowa Professor; Navrina Singh, Credo AI CEO and U.S. Department of Commerce National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee member; Scott Kosnoff, Faegre Drinker Partner; and Colorado Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway.

Climate Risk: How Insurers Can Weather the Storm
Featuring Doug Bujakowski, Sammons Professor and Chair of actuarial science and risk management at Drake University; Charlie Sidoti, Executive Director of insurance and climate nonprofit, InnSure; Andy Siffert, Senior Vice President and Senior Meteorologist at BMS Group; and North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread.

What’s Keeping Your Chief Risk Officer Up at Night?
With Stu Doyle, Principal at Ernst and Young, and panelists Pooja Rahman, Chief Risk Officer at Transamerica; Ken McCullum, Chief Risk Officer at Principal; and Craig Venable, Chief Risk Officer at Alfa Insurance.


Wednesday, April 17
Insurance Commissioner Panel
Moderated by Faegre Drinker Partner Pat Hughes, and includes Commissioner Scott White of Virginia, Commissioner Michael Conway of Colorado, and Commissioner Andrew Mais of Connecticut, President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Litigation Risk: What Every Insurer and Innovator Needs to Know
Hear from industry experts 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.

Fraud Risk: How Insurers Can Rewrite the Script on Bad Actors
Moderated by Cindy Nelson of Grinnell Mutual, featuring 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.

Real Estate Risk and Insurance: Impacts on Investment Portfolios and Personnel
Moderated by Jason Kelley, Head of Commercial Real Estate Risk and Managing Director at Global Atlantic Financial Group. This fireside chat includes 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
Moderated by Natalie Lamarque Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Principal FinacialGroup. The panel includes Grant Kvalheim, CEO & President of Athene USA and President of Athene Holding Ltd.; Allan Levine, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO at Global Atlantic Financial Group; and Eric SteigerwaltPresident and CEO of Brighthouse.

You can discover more about these speakers here. To view the full GIS agenda, click here. To register for GIS, click here. Hotel rooms for the event can be booked here.

Additional speakers will be released leading to the symposium.

Media Registration

Media is invited to attend the Global Insurance Symposium. To register, contact Courtney Ryan at

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