Jan. 22, 2019 (DES MOINES, Iowa) – Today, the Global Insurance Symposium announced registration for the 2019 event has officially opened. This year, approximately 700 insurance and technology leaders from around the globe will gather in Des Moines, Iowa, for the 2019 Global Insurance Symposium on April 23-25. The annual symposium provides a venue for the insurance industry to address important issues impacting the marketplace with a primary focus on technology, policy, and innovation.

The Global Insurance Symposium planning committee is also pleased to announce two new leaders for the 2019 event, co-chairs Erik Askelsen (Faegre Baker Daniels) and Nathan Schelhaas (Principal Financial Group).

As a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels, Erik Askelsen helps insurance clients develop and implement strategies and respond to the challenges they face. Askelsen understands the regulatory, corporate, transactional, product, governance, government relations, and market conduct issues of the insurance industry.

Nathan Schelhaas serves as a vice president and actuary in the Individual Life Division of Principal Financial Group. Schelhaas has been with Principal for 20 years and has held multiple roles. His designations include fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).

 “The 2019 Global Insurance Symposium brings an incredible opportunity to network with international professionals in the insurance industry, and to hear from the best and brightest speakers from across the world,” said Schelhaas.

“We’re thrilled to bring more industry professionals and speakers to the Des Moines metro this year,” said Askelsen. “Our lineup is what makes this event so special, and one that you won’t want to miss.”

Those planning to attend the symposium are encouraged to register online here. Early-bird pricing will end Feb. 28.

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

Media Registration

Media personnel are invited to attend the Global Insurance Symposium. To register, contact Sydney Kistenmacher at skistenmacher@ls2group.com.

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 www.globalinsurancesymposium.com.


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 www.globalinsuranceaccelerator.com.