How can we insure against growing cyber and climate threats? What will best practice look like in data use and access, sustainable investment, and diversity, equity and inclusion in insurance?
All these topics and were covered by a top-level roster of international speakers at our full-day conference in Paris.
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President, France Assureurs
President, Insurance Europe
Chairman & CEO, UNIQA Insurance Group, Austria
President, Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA)
President & CEO, American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI)
Panel debate: How to insure a heating planet
European coordinator, Insure Our Future
CEO, CCR, France
Chairman & CEO, CCR Re, France
Head of insurance & pensions unit, European Commission
Group chief sustainability officer, Assicurazioni Generali, Italy
Moderator: Nicolas Jeanmart
Head of personal & general insurance, Insurance Europe
Head-to-head: Navigating the new era of data access and control
Chairperson, European Insurance & Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)
Anne Mette Toftegaard
Group deputy CEO, Alm. Brand Group, Denmark
Moderator: Geeke Feiter
Member of the board of directors, Dutch Association of Insurers
Panel debate: How to serve tomorrow’s consumers
CEO, Aéma Groupe
Director general, BEUC (the European consumer organisation)
Chairperson, European Insurance & Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)
CEO, NN Group, Netherlands
Moderator: Michaela Koller
Director general, Insurance Europe
CEO, AXA, France
Panel debate: Tackling more frequent, varied and severe cyber risks
Secretary general, International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS)
Head of P&C risk management, Swiss Re, Switzerland
Policy analyst, Capital Markets & Financial Institutions Division, OECD
Moderator: Jad Ariss
Managing director, The Geneva Association
Panel: Why DEI in insurance matters
Country president, France, Chubb, USA
Founder and global CEO, Stella Insurance, UK & Australia
Director of policy & regulation, Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers (ABIR)
Moderator: William Vidonja
Head of conduct of business, Insurance Europe
Panel debate: The priorities and pitfalls of ESG investment
CEO, Crédit Agricole Assurances, France
Chief economist, Finance Watch
Vice-president, Insurance Europe
Chairman & CEO, Eurolife FFH Insurance Group, Greece
Allegra van Hövell-Patrizi
CEO, Aegon the Netherlands
Moderator: Olav Jones
Deputy director general, Insurance Europe
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Global Federation of Insurance Associations
President & CEO
American Council of Life Insurers
Global Federation of Insurance Associations
President & CEO
American Council of Life Insurers
Panellists and moderators
The AXA Group is a worldwide leader in insurance and asset management, with 145,000 employees serving 93 million clients in 51 countries. In 2022, IFRS revenues amounted to Euro 102.3 billion and underlying earnings to Euro 7.3 billion. The AXA Group is included in the main international SRI indexes, such as Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and FTSE4GOOD. It is a founding member of the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Principles for Sustainable Insurance and a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. For more information: www.axa.com.
Groupama is a leading European multi-line insurance group, founded at the end of the 19th century and is operating in 10 countries. Premium income in 2022 reached €15.9billion, half in property & casualty insurance and half in life & health insurance. Groupama insures 12 million customers worldwide and employs 31,000 staffs. For more information: www.groupama.fr
UiPath (NYSE: PATH) is on a mission to uplevel knowledge work so more people can work more creatively, collaboratively, and strategically. The AI-powered UiPath Business Automation Platform combines the leading robotic process automation (RPA) solution with a full suite of capabilities to understand, automate, and operate end-to-end processes, offering unprecedented time-to-value. For organizations that need to evolve to survive and thrive through increasingly changing times, UiPath is The Foundation of Innovation™. For more information, visit www.uipath.com.
Aéma Groupe, a leading mutual insurance company, is the 4th largest insurance company in France. Composed of strong brands such as Macif, Aesio Mutuelle, Abeille Assurances, Ofi Invest, Aéma Groupe protects more than 11 million policyholders, employs more than 20 000 people and generates 16,1 billion euros of premiums. For more information: aemagroupe.fr.
As a public reinsurer serving the general interest, CCR provides insurance companies operating in France with state-guaranteed coverage against natural disasters and uninsurable risks.
As risk manager for the French State, CCR collects extensive data on extreme risks and insured assets, modelling these risks and sharing its knowledge with the government and the market for better prevention. For more information: CCR, Groupe public et reassureur international - CCR
Crédit Agricole Assurances, France’s largest insurance Group, unites together Crédit Agricole’s insurance subsidiaries. The Group offers a range of savings, retirement, health, personal protection and property insurance products and services. They are distributed by the Crédit Agricole’s banks in France and in nine other countries around the world by financial advisers and multi-line insurance agents. The Crédit Agricole Assurances companies serve individuals, professionals, farmers and businesses. Crédit Agricole Assurances has 5,700 employees. Its premium income at the end of 2023 amounted to €35.3 billion (IFRS). For more information: www.ca-assurances.com.
At KPMG, our multi-disciplinary insurance teams combine deep industry experience and technical capabilities with innovative partnerships, technologies and solutions to help insurance organizations manage the pace of change, turn challenges into opportunities and create a more certain future for themselves and their customers. For more information: KPMG International.
Mazars is an internationally integrated partnership, specialising in audit, accountancy, advisory, tax and legal services*. Operating in over 95 countries and territories around the world, we draw on the expertise of more than 47,000 professionals – 30,000+ in Mazars’ integrated partnership and 17,000+ via the Mazars North America Alliance – to assist clients of all sizes at every stage in their development. For more information: Mazars Group.
*Where permitted under applicable country laws
Chubb is the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. With operations in 54 countries and territories and approximately 34,000 people worldwide, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. For more information: www.chubb.com
Making an impact that matters around the globe. At Deloitte, we are driven to help our clients, people, and communities thrive. Working with the best of the best, we provide a wide variety of services for a range of industries. Whether we’re helping transform organizations, protecting financial markets, or working with governments to support societies, there is no end to the impact we make each day. The insurance industry is one of Deloitte's major focus on a global scale. We bring together specialists who offer insights and innovative thinking to help respond the changes faced by this industry. For more information go to www.deloitte.com.
Founded in 2006, Softelligence enables organisations in Insurance to accelerate data-driven growth with next generation InsurTech through automation, AI and software engineering. From data to insights with compelling dashboards, from manual processes and forms to pure digital customer journeys, Softelligence is the human link between financial services and technology. Go to www.softelligence.net.
SCOR, a leading global reinsurer, offers its clients a diversified and innovative range of reinsurance and insurance solutions and services to control and manage risk. Applying “The Art & Science of Risk”, SCOR uses its industry-recognized expertise and cutting-edge financial solutions to serve its clients and contribute to the welfare and resilience of society. For more information, go to www.scor.com.
A leading provider of insurance and wealth management, Swiss Life France is well positioned as a private insurer. This one-of-a-kind model is designed to support premium customers, private and corporate alike, throughout their lives, both personally and professionally. For more information: https://www.swisslife.fr/home.html
BNP Paribas Cardif is a world leader in creditor insurance*, providing products and services that let customers realize their goals while protecting themselves from unforeseen events; the company is also committed to having a positive impact on society and to making insurance more accessible. As a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, the insurer has a unique business model anchored in partnerships : it creates solutions for more than 500 partner distributors in a variety of sectors (banks and financial institutions, automotive sector companies, retailers, telecommunications companies and energy companies, financial advisors and brokers who market the products to their customers). More information: The insurer for a changing world - BNP Paribas Cardif - Corporate
*Source : Finaccord - 2022
Mutual insurance group Covéa is a European leader in insurance and reinsurance. Covéa is a solid and dynamic financial player, France’s number one property and casualty insurer through its three brands MAAF, MMA and GMF, and the world’s tenth-largest reinsurer via its PartnerRe brand. For more information: covea.com
Societe Generale Assurances is at the heart of Societe Generale group’s development strategy, in synergy with all its retail, private banking and financial services businesses, in France and abroad. Societe Generale Assurances also pursues the expansion of its distribution model through the development of partnerships with players outside of the Group.
Present in France with Sogecap, Antarius, Sogessur and Oradea Vie, and in 8 countries abroad, Societe Generale Assurances offers a full range of products and services to meet the needs of individual, professional and corporate clients in Savings Life Insurance, Retirement Savings and Personal Protection. For more information: www.assurances.societegenerale.com
With 4.2 million members and 7.9 million insurance contracts managed, the Matmut Group is a major Mutual company in the french insurance market. It offers everyone – individuals, professionals, companies, associations – a full range of insurance products and financial and savings services. The Matmut Group has 6,500 employees and achieved a turnover of 2.5 billion euros in 2022. For more information: www.matmut.fr.
Since 1971, Assurances du Crédit Mutuel has imagined the offers and services that contribute to the development of the insurance business of the French banking group Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale. Active in the property and casualty insurance, health, protection and creditor insurance, and life insurance markets, Assurances du Crédit Mutuel offers innovative solutions to more than 13 million policyholders. For more information: www.acm.fr.
BPCE Assurances is the BPCE Group insurance division, which is organized into two business lines: Life Insurance & P&C Insurance. Created in 2014, the insurance division has around 2,200 employees in 10 locations in France and Luxembourg. BPCE Assurances designs, underwrites and manages contracts. All products are exclusively distributed through the two distribution networks of the BPCE group: Banques Populaires and Caisses d'Épargne. For more information: www.assurances.groupebpce.com.
SMABTP is a French mutual insurer which was established in 1859. The group employs some 3,600 people and has a premium income of EUR 2.9 billion. Headquartered in Paris it has several branches in France and other countries, including Belgium, Spain and Portugal. SMABTP’s internal solvency ratio is 270% (end 2022) and it is rated A+ (with a Stable Outlook) by both S&P and Fitch. For more information: www.smabtp.fr.
Generali is one of the largest global insurance and asset management providers. Established in 1831, the group is present in 50 countries in the world. With around 82,000 employees serving 68 million customers, the Group has a leading position in Europe and a growing presence in Asia and Latin America. More information: www.generali.com.
A benchmark player in the French personal insurance market, CNP Assurances is active in 19 countries in Europe, notably in Italy, its second largest market, and in Latin America, primarily in Brazil. Acting as an insurer, co-insurer and reinsurer, it has more than 32 million personal risk/protection insureds worldwide and more than 14 million savings/pensions policyholders. In line with its business model, CNP Assurances’ solutions are distributed by multiple partners. The solutions are aligned with each partner's physical or digital distribution model, while also being tailored to local customers' lifelong protection and support needs in each country. A responsible insurer and investor working to create an inclusive and sustainable society and to protect as many people as possible, CNP Assurances added its corporate mission to its Articles of Association on 16 April 2021. CNP Assurances is a subsidiary of La Banque Postale. It reported net profit of €1,939 million in 2022 under IFRS 4. For more information: www.cnp.fr.
MAIF, a unique model
Created 90 years ago, MAIF has developed a mutual insurance model in which the human dimension is a key point / fundamental. Each member is both insurer and insured. This specific model is reflected in our organisation, our missions and our actions since our creation. We offer a different, responsible and efficient model, based on trust. For more information: www.maif.fr
AG2R LA MONDIALE is France’s leading specialist in welfare insurance and asset management. We provide a comprehensive range of insurance solutions for all clients, regardless of their profile: working or retired; employee or freelancer; start-up or SME director; business or professional sector. For more information: www.ag2rlamondiale.fr.
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Jad Ariss was appointed managing director of The Geneva Association in 2019 after 24 years with French insurance group AXA, most recently as head of public affairs and corporate responsibility. Prior to that, he was CEO of AXA Middle East and Africa, leading the company’s operations across 14 countries.
Jad joined AXA in 1995 as chief financial officer of AXA Global Risks. In 1999, he became group head of investor relations. From 2001 to 2015, he worked for AXA France in several leadership roles, including corporate secretary, human resources director, CEO of AXA Entreprises (AXA France’s division for commercial lines) and deputy CEO of AXA France.
Jad started his career as a consultant at McKinsey, where he specialised in financial services.
Chairman & CEO
UNIQA Insurance Group, Austria
Andreas Brandstetter was elected president of Insurance Europe in May 2018.
In 1993, he joined the cabinet of the then vice chancellor of the Republic of Austria, before becoming managing director of the Austrian People’s Party. In 1995, he was appointed head of the EU office of the Austrian Raiffeisen Association.
Andreas joined the insurance industry in 1997 as assistant to the CEO of UNIQA’s predecessor company, becoming the member of the management board responsible for international markets and mergers and acquisitions in 2002. In 2011, he was appointed chairman and CEO of UNIQA Insurance Group.
Country president, France
Véronique Brionne, previously Chubb’s senior vice-president of accident and health for continental Europe since 2018, was nominated country president for France in 2020. She is responsible for the performance, strategy and development of Chubb’s business in France.
She joined Bermudian insurer ACE in 2014 as country president for Spain and Portugal. Prior to joining ACE, she had worked at French insurance group AXA for 16 years in various European countries, including Spain.
Particularly involved in the Women in Insurance Network, Véronique actively promotes female leadership in the sector through the “Empower Women in Insurance” initiative and she is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion as a member of Chubb’s Regional D&I Council since it was formed in 2017.
Thomas Buberl has been CEO and director of French insurance group AXA since 2016. His mandate was extended for a further four years in April 2022.
Thomas began his career as a banking and insurance consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and he joined the Winterthur Group in 2005 (acquired by AXA in 2006), first as chief operating officer and then as chief marketing and distribution officer. He moved to Zurich Insurance Group in 2008 as CEO for Switzerland.
At the beginning of 2012, Thomas was appointed CEO of AXA Germany and member of the AXA Executive Committee. In 2015, he also joined the AXA Management Committee and became CEO of global health business, and then in 2016, of global life and savings.
He is a member of the supervisory board of Bertelsmann Verwaltungsgesellschaft and a member of the IBM board. He also sits on the board of trustees of the World Economic Forum.
International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS)
Jonathan Dixon has been secretary general of the IAIS since 2017. He has had a long association with the IAIS, having been a member of the Executive Committee since 2009 and chair of the Implementation Committee since 2012. He also chaired the Governing Council of the Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii), a joint initiative of the IAIS and development partners aimed at strengthening responsible and inclusive insurance.
Prior to joining the IAIS, Jonathan was deputy executive officer at the Financial Services Board of South Africa, with responsibility for insurance regulation and supervision. He was appointed to this position by the Minister of Finance in 2008. Before that he worked for 10 years for the National Treasury of South Africa on economic and financial sector policy issues.
Member of the board of directors
Dutch Association of Insurers
Geeke Feiter has worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years, starting with the ING Group as a management trainee. She has held various positions in distribution and strategy and was responsible for the non-life retail business for Nationale-Nederlanden in the Netherlands and Belgium, serving 1.4 million customers.
Before joining the Dutch Association of Insurers, she was managing director of CVW, a company under government supervision settling claims for Shell/Exxon caused by induced earthquakes as a result of gas drilling.
Her affinity with the non-life insurance sector and passion for technology is reflected in her responsibilities within the VVN, including non-life, innovation and new risks such as climate change and artificial intelligence. Since 2021, Geeke also chairs the working group on disruptive technology of the Global Federation of Insurance Associations.
BEUC (the European consumer organisation)
As director general of BEUC, Monique Goyens represents 46 national consumer associations in 32 European countries to the EU institutions and the media.
Monique is a member of the Euro Retail Payments Board as well as of the European Commission’s Consumer Policy Advisory Group. She is also a member of the Advisory Group on noncommunicable diseases of WHORegion Europe. Previously, she was a member of the EC Expert Group on online disinformation (2018), the Expert Group on trade agreements (2018-2019), the EU High-Level Forum on capital markets union (2020) and sub-group on AI, connected products and other new challenges in product safety (2020), and the EC Platform on sustainable finance and Expert Group High-Level Roundtable on chemicals strategy for sustainability (2021-2022). She was also vice-chair of the European Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations from 2017 to 2020.
Monique is EU co-chair of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue, a network of EU and US consumer organisations, and she represents BEUC at Consumers International, the international consumer organisation.
Head of P&C risk management
Swiss Re, Switzerland
Prior to becoming head of property and casualty risk management for Swiss Re, Balz Grollimund was head of the P&C reinsurance underwriting team for Canada and the English Caribbean at Swiss Re Canada.
Before that, he held several roles in the catastrophe perils unit of Swiss Re, where he was responsible for overseeing the underwriting tools the company uses to assess earthquake and tsunami risks for treaty and single-risk businesses. There he supported the development of non-traditional risk transfer instruments, as well as guiding the organisation through the aftermath of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011 and the New Zealand earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.
European Insurance & Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)
Petra Hielkema has been EIOPA’s chairperson since September 2021. She is also a member of the steering committee and the general board of the European Systemic Risk Board and is a voting member of the executive committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), as well as being the champion of the IAIS Fintech Forum.
Prior to becoming EIOPA chairperson, Petra was division director, insurance supervision at De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), the Dutch central bank. She joined DNB in 2007 as a policy advisor, contributing to the development of Solvency II. In 2013, she became head of insurance policy and, in 2015, she was appointed head of the DNB Expert Centre for fit and proper assessments. In 2017, Petra became director of payments and markets. Prior to joining the central bank, Petra had an international career in the oil and gas industry.
Insure Our Future
Lindsay Keenan is the European coordinator of the Insure Our Future network. He has 30 years of experience campaigning on environmental and social justice issues including as a senior international campaigner with Greenpeace working on corporate and political policy on sustainable agriculture, the governance of oceans, climate change and the Arctic.
NN Group, Netherlands
David Knibbe was appointed CEO and chair of the executive board and management board of NN Group in 2019 and is responsible for the strategy, performance and day-to-day operations of the group.
He was appointed to the management board in 2014 and had been CEO, Netherlands since 2014. In this role, David was responsible for all insurance and banking business in the Netherlands and was leading the integration of Nationale-Nederlanden and Delta Lloyd and the acquisition of VIVAT Non-life.
David’s experience in the financial services industry dates back to 1997. He is treasurer and member of the board of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers and a member of the board of the Johan Cruyff Foundation.
CEO, CCR, France
Chairman & CEO, CCR Re, France
Bertrand Labilloy took over as CEO of the Caisse Centrale de Réassurance (CCR) in January 2015 and has been chairman and CEO of CCR Re since September 2016. He is also vice-president of APREF (the Association of Professionals of Reinsurance in France).
He began his career in the civil service in 1993 in both supervisory and regulatory roles at the French Insurance Supervisory Authority, the French Treasury Directorate and the European Commission.
He then joined Calyon, the corporate and investment banking division of Crédit Agricole, as corporate finance director until 2006, when he became director for economic and financial affairs at the French Federation of Insurance Companies.
Florence Lustman has been president of the French insurance federation, France Assureurs, since 2019. She was previously chief financial officer and public affairs director and a member of the executive committee of France’s Banque Postale.
From 2007 to 2012, she headed the team providing interministerial leadership of France’s Alzheimer Plan and promoting it internationally on behalf of the French president.
Between 2000 and 2007, she was general secretary of the French Insurance Supervisory Committee (Commission de Contrôle des Assurances).
Head of insurance & pensions unit
Didier Millerot has been head of the European Commission’s insurance and pensions unit since 2019. He is currently in charge of the Solvency II review and also represents the EC at the board of supervisors of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority and the executive committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors.
Didier has worked for the EC since 1994. He held several legal posts at DG MARKT, which he joined in 1997 and where, the same year, he was appointed deputy head of the asset management unit.
After a year of secondment to the cabinet of Commissioner Barnier, Didier was appointed head of the accounting and financial reporting unit in 2012 and worked there as the Accounting Directive was simplified and new transparency requirements were introduced.
He joined the FISMA/D2 unit in 2015 during the period when new EU legislation on covered bonds was introduced. Didier also led the review of prudential requirements for investment firms.
Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA)
President & CEO
American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI)
In addition to being president and CEO of the ACLI, whose member companies hold 94% of the US life industry’s assets and serve 90 million families, Susan Neely is president of GFIA and serves on the B20 Task Force on Financing for Global Economic Recovery.
In her ACLI role, Neely has forged initiatives and partnerships on tax and retirement security policy, including significant retirement legislation — SECURE 2.0 — signed into law by US President Biden in December 2022.
Thierry Philipponnat started his career in finance in 1985, holding various positions in commercial and investment banking. In 2004, he was appointed global head of equity derivatives of Euronext.liffe and a member of the executive committees of Euronext in Paris and LIFFE in London.
Thierry then crossed into the NGO world, campaigning and lobbying on behalf of Amnesty International, with a particular emphasis on corporate social responsibility and on the impact of the financial sector on human rights. He was later elected to the executive board of Amnesty International France.
In 2011, he co-founded the European NGO Finance Watch, which he managed as its first secretary general until 2014. Subsequently, he became chairman of the French Sustainable Investment Forum (FIR), a board member of the European Sustainable Investment Forum (EUROSIF) and director of the economic think-tank Institut Friedland. He is a member of the Sanctions Committee and the Scientific Committee of the French Banks and Insurance Companies Supervisor (ACPR).
Between 2013 and 2022, Thierry was a member of the board of the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF) where he chaired the Climate and Sustainable Finance Commission and the Market Consultative Commission. He was also a member of the European Commission’s first Platform on Sustainable Finance between 2020 and 2022. He is a member of EFRAG’s Sustainability Reporting Board.
In 2019, Thierry became Finance Watch’s head of research and advocacy and, in 2022, its chief economist.
Chairman & CEO
Eurolife FFH Insurance Group, Greece
As well as being Insurance Europe’s vice-president, Alexander Sarrigeorgiou is chairman of the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies and chairman and CEO of the Eurolife FFH Insurance Group. He previously held senior executive positions in the insurance and asset management industries in Greece and the USA.
His many board positions include membership of the board of the Hellenic Institute for Insurance Studies and the executive board for EMEA of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA, as well as chairmanship of the Hellenic Advisory Board of South-East European Studies at the University of Oxford, UK.
Group chief sustainability officer
Assicurazioni Generali, Italy
Lucia Silva became Generali’s group head of sustainability and social responsibility in September 2015 and became group chief sustainability officer earlier this year. She leads the definition and implementation of the group’s sustainability strategy and policies.
A senior sustainability professional with 20 years of experience, Lucia works on some of the most pressing challenges of our time, such as climate change, ageing populations, demographic changes and digitalisation. Her focus is on integrating sustainability into the business, looking at insurance products and investment strategies.
Lucia is a board member of Generali Italia, Generali Real Estate and of “Fondazione Generali — The Human Safety Net”, a non-profit organisation supported by the Generali Group, whose mission is to unlock the potential of disadvantaged people.
Prior to joining Generali, Lucia worked for 15 years at KPMG, where she supported various companies from a wide range of sectors in defining and developing their sustainability strategy. During this period, Lucia was also instrumental in the development and implementation of KPMG’s own sustainability strategy in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, leading an international network of colleagues.
Professor Karel Van Hulle
KU Leuven, Belgium and Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Professor Karel Van Hulle lectures in the economics and business faculty of KU Leuven, Belgium and in the economics faculty of the Goethe University in Frankfurt.
After eight years with the Belgian Banking Commission, he joined the European Commission in 1984, where he held responsibilities for accounting, auditing, company law, and insurance and pensions and was responsible for the development of Solvency II.
After his retirement from the EC in 2013, he became a member of the Public Interest Oversight Board until April 2021 and a member of the board of the Bermuda Monetary Authority.
Karel is a lawyer by training. He was nominated distinguished international lecturer in accounting by the American Accounting Association in 1990, distinguished fellow of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors in 2013 and honorary fellow of the UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in 2014.
Founder & global CEO
Stella Insurance, UK & Australia
Sam White is the founder of Freedom Services Group and Stella Insurance Australia (chair and CEO respectively).
Having started her first company in 1999 aged just 24 in her sister’s conservatory, 22 years later she employs over 250 staff with offices in Cheadle, UK, and Sydney, Australia.
Sam cares passionately about diversity, equality, innovation and, above all, making business human. She is a vocal advocate for levelling the playing field for women and championing female leaders within the industry.
In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, Sam is a regular business commentator in the media. She also hosts her own podcast “Human Business with Sam White” where she candidly discusses successes and failures with fellow business owners.
Director of policy & regulation
Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers (ABIR)
Suzanne Williams-Charles is the director of policy and regulation, corporate secretary and data privacy officer at ABIR. She joined ABIR, with over 25 years’ of industry experience, to manage its policy development work. In her role, she is involved in every aspect of the association’s work including corporate organisation, data privacy, government and industry relations, and financial management.
Suzanne began her career with KPMG as an auditor. Prior to joining ABIR, she was head of reinsurance compliance at Hiscox Re and she spent over a decade at the Bermuda Monetary Authority, culminating in the position of deputy director of insurance supervision.
Suzanne also serves as a director of WeSpeak Bermuda, which focuses on women’s professional development.
Head of conduct of business
As head of the conduct of business department, William Vidonja contributes to the global and European debates on legal and consumer protection issues, including insurance distribution, data protection, differentiation, contract law, competition issues and financial education.
William is also part of the employers’ delegation of the Insurance Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee (ISSDC), the only forum at European level in which insurance employer and employee representatives discuss topics of common interest with the support of the European Commission.
He joined Insurance Europe as a trainee in 2002. After his traineeship he was hired as deputy manager of the insurance of the person department before moving to the conduct of business department.
Allegra van Hövell-Patrizi
Aegon the Netherlands
Allegra van Hövell-Patrizi was appointed CEO of Aegon the Netherlands in June 2021. She joined Aegon at the end of 2015, when she was appointed chief risk officer of Aegon N.V., and she became a member of Aegon’s management board in January 2016.
Allegra has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Educated in France, she has extensive international experience, having worked in the UK, Benelux, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Romania and Russia. Among the youngest ever to be elected as a partner at McKinsey, Allegra was a member of the leadership team for banking, wholesale banking, and asset management and insurance.
Prior to working in the insurance sector, Allegra held various positions at the UK asset management company F&C Investments. She joined Prudential plc in 2009, where she was involved in helping define the group strategy and managing the US business, before focusing on risk, culminating in her appointment as Prudential’s group risk director in 2013.
Anne Mette Toftegaard
Group deputy CEO
Alm. Brand Group, Denmark
Anne Mette Toftegaard is a trained lawyer and she has been with Alm. Brand Group, the second largest insurance company in Denmark, since September 2022.
Prior to taking on her current role as deputy CEO, she had worked for member-owned Danish insurer LB Forsikring since 2000, the last eight years as CEO.
In addition to her daily duties, Anne Mette is a non-executive member of the board of EIFO, the Danish Export and Investment Fund. She was previously non-executive vice-chair of the board of the Danish industry association Insurance & Pension, as well as holding non-executive positions at the board of the Teachers Pension Fund, the Danish bank Lån & Spar and the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation.
Michaela Koller has been director general of Insurance Europe since 2007. She is currently secretary general of the Global Federation of Insurance Associations and is vice-chair of the Insurance and Reinsurance Stakeholder Group of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority.
Prior to joining Insurance Europe, Michaela was a member of the management committee of the European Savings Banks Group and the World Savings Banks Institute.
Deputy director general
Olav Jones has been deputy director general and director, economics and finance at Insurance Europe since 2011.
He is a member of the Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority.
Olav studied both engineering and finance and started his career with financial services consultancy Oliver Wyman. He then spent 15 years working for Prudential, Fortis and Ageas in roles related to risk, capital management and strategy, most recently as group chief risk officer.
Head of personal & general insurance
Nicolas Jeanmart has been head of Insurance Europe’s personal and general insurance department since 2010. Prior to joining Insurance Europe, he worked for the European Savings Banks Group, where he held various positions, culminating in four years as head of the banking supervision and economic affairs department.
Aéma Groupe, France
Adrien Couret became the first CEO of Aéma Groupe in January 2021. The group is France’s fourth largest insurer, composed of brands including mutual insurance company Macif and OFI Invest.
Since 2008, Adrien had held successive executive roles at Macif: chief of staff to the CEO, deputy CEO in charge of strategy and transformation and deputy CEO in charge of life and health insurance. He was named CEO of Groupe Macif in 2019. That same year, he became vice-chairman of the Association des Assureurs Mutualistes (AAM). In 2020, he took on the chairmanship of OFI Asset Management and became a board member of reinsurer SCOR.
National Confederation of Insurance Companies (CNseg), Brazil
Dyogo Oliveira, president of Brazil’s National Confederation of Insurance Companies (CNseg), is an economist who, over the last 20 years, has held a number of positions in the federal government including: Minister of Planning, Development and Management; president of Brazil’s state-owned development bank, BNDES; executive secretary of the Ministries of Finance and Planning; and deputy secretary of economic policy in the Ministry of Finance.
Also in government, he was a member of the National Private Insurance Council (CNSP) and the National Supplementary Pension Council (CNPC).
Dyogo has been responsible for formulating and implementing the structuring of the economic area including: establishing the federal government’s spending ceiling; pension and tax reforms; the creation of the Growth Acceleration Program (CAP); the taxation of profits made by companies abroad; and the privatisation of state reinsurers IRB Brasil RE.
He was the President of the National Airport Management Companies Association (ANEAA) from 2019 to 2022, where he worked on the implementation of the concession programme for Brazilian airports.
In the same period, he was a member of the board of directors of major business groups, especially in the finance and technology sectors.
Policy analyst, Capital Markets & Financial Institutions Division
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Leigh Wolfrom is a policy analyst in the OECD’s Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Division where he leads its work on the financial management of catastrophe risk.
In this role, he has produced analysis and reports on a variety of disaster risk financing issues, including the financial management of flood risk, the contribution of reinsurance markets to managing catastrophe risks and the role of catastrophe risk insurance programmes in enhancing insurance availability and affordability. He led the development of the OECD guidance on establishing disaster risk financing strategies.
Leigh has also developed a number of reports on emerging catastrophe perils, such as cyber risks and infectious disease outbreaks, including a report on responding to the pandemic protection gap and an examination of insurance coverage for cyber-terrorism. Prior to joining the OECD, Leigh worked in the Financial Sector Policy Branch at the Canadian Department of Finance and at Global Affairs Canada on international financing issues.
Country president, France
Benoît Chasseguet became Chubb’s country president for France in March 2023 and is responsible for the performance, strategy and development of Chubb’s business in France.
He joined Chubb (ex-ACE) in 2013 as regional marine manager for continental Europe. Prior to that, Benoît spent six years at Achmea as non-life senior regional manager, following more than 10 years as senior marine manager at Eurapco, the alliance of primarily mutual insurers in Europe.
Benoît was previously at Cigna, where he spent eight years as a marine underwriter.
Crédit Agricole Assurances, France
Philippe Dumont has been deputy general manager of Crédit Agricole S.A., head of insurance and CEO of Crédit Agricole Assurances since January 2020. He is a member of the executive committee of Crédit Agricole S.A.
In 2015, Philippe was appointed deputy managing director of Crédit Agricole S.A., in charge of specialised financial services, and he has been CEO of Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance since 2009.
In 2004, he was inspector general in charge of internal audit and a member of the management committee of Crédit Agricole subsidiary and retail bank LCL, before being appointed group inspector general in 2006, a member of Crédit Agricole S.A.’s executive committee in 2008 and a member of Crédit Agricole S.A.’s management committee in 2011. Philippe joined the Crédit Agricole group in 1997 as head of the economics, finance and tax department at Fédération Nationale du Crédit Agricole (FNCA), of which he became deputy CEO in 2004.
In his earlier career, Philippe worked for France’s Ministry of the Economy and Finance and later with Michel Barnier in the Ministry for the Environment from 1993 to 1995. He then became deputy director of François Fillon’s private office when he was at the Ministry for the Post, Information and Space Technologies from 1995 to 1996.