14th International Conference

Insurance Europe’s 14th International Conference: Protect. Connect. Invest. will take place in Helsinki, Finland, on 30 May 2024.

Organised by Insurance Europe in partnership with Finance Finland, the in-person conference will gather a diverse audience, including hundreds of insurance leaders and regulators from across the globe. Experts and high-level keynote speakers will address some of the most important issues facing the insurance industry today, such as climate change, the consumer journey and regulation.

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Conference language: English




Arno Ahosniemi
CEO, Finance Finland


Opening remarks


Keynote speech

Shigeru Ariizumi
Chair, Executive Committee, International Association of Insurance Supervisors


Session 1: Protecting people: the future of climate insurance

Climate change is causing more regular and severe disasters from natural hazard events. This is having a profound impact on people across the globe, and is raising serious questions about the affordability and availability of insurance. This session will examine the effects climate change is having on people and the industry. It will discuss how best to limit climate change, manage associated risks and support adaptation efforts. It will reflect on measures to be considered for the insurance industry to be able to continue to offer people the protection they need.

Moderator: Nicolas Jeanmart
Head of personal & general insurance, Insurance Europe

Scene-setter: Mirka Vahtera
Strategic Accounts, EMEA Lead, ICEYE, Finland

Confirmed panel speakers:

Hans De Cuyper
CEO, Ageas Group

Ekhosuehi Iyahen
Secretary general, Insurance Development Forum

Lori Wing-Heier
Director of the Alaska Division of Insurance and Co-Chair of the Climate and Resilience Task Force, NAIC


Coffee break


A vision for Europe

The conference takes place a week before the EU elections. With around 400m citizens eligible to vote, the elections will change the composition and priorities of the EU for the coming years. This session focus on the hopes and expectations for the European Union, and the contribution the industry will play in Europe’s future.

Moderator: Olav Jones
Deputy director general/Director, economics & finance, Insurance Europe


Session 2: Investing in solutions: reimagining the customer journey

In an increasingly complex world of digitalisation and growing protection gaps, the panel will debate what consumers expect from insurers. The debate will discuss how far insurance products and services are meeting their needs today, and what they could expect in the future. The panel will delve into the role of the regulatory framework in placing consumers first, ensuring a smooth consumer journey and promoting financial education, financial inclusion and engagement of young consumers.

Moderator: William Vidonja
Head of conduct of business, Insurance Europe

Confirmed panel speakers:

Petra Hielkema
Chairperson, EIOPA

Juha Koponen
CEO of LocalTapiola

Susan Neely
President, Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA)
President & CEO, American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI)


Keynote speech: Diversity, equity & inclusion

Fatim Diarra
Member of the parliament (Greens) in Finland




Keynote interview: a Nordic industry leader's perspective

Timo Ritakallio
CEO, OP Financial Group


Session 3: Connecting the dots: making regulation work

The insurance industry is highly regulated and supervised. Whilst good regulation is vital for a competitive and thriving industry, well-intended but poorly designed rules can have negative consequences. This session will discuss how to make regulation that best works for industry and consumers.

Moderator: Olav Jones
Deputy director general/Director, economics & finance, Insurance Europe

Scene Setter: Hans De Cuyper
CEO, Ageas Group

Confirmed panel speakers:

Paulina Dejmek Hack
Director for general affairs, DG FISMA, European Commission

Stefan Gehring
Chief legal and compliance officer, Munich Re, Germany

Christina Lindenius
Managing director, Insurance Sweden

Teija Korpiaho
Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority, member of the board of EIOPA
Chief advisor, life and non-life insurance at Financial Supervisory Authority, FIN-FSA Finland


Closing remarks

Followed by networking

Practical information

Venue: The Finnish National Opera and Ballet

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet is a famous cultural institution that holds a diverse range of performances and other events throughout the year. The Opera House, located in the heart of Helsinki, close to the Senate Square and the Helsinki Cathedral, is hosting the 14th Insurance Conference.

The Opera House is modern and captivating architecture created by Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa, recognised for his organic and biomorphic aesthetic. The Opera House is one of Helsinki's most recognisable monuments, and it has been praised for its unique and environmentally friendly design.

The site is easily accessible by transport or car, and parking is available for visitors. The Opera House is also close to many of Helsinki's hotels, restaurants, and attractions.

Where to stay

Recommended hotel:

Scandic Grand Central Helsinki*
Vilhonkatu 13

Distance to Opera 1,9 km

* For special hotel rates for conference attendees please reach out to: [email protected]

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
Mikonkatu 23

Stylish hotel just next to Scandic Grand Central Hotel
Distance to Opera 2,1 km
Distance to Scandic Hotel Grand Central 150 m

Radisson RED Helsinki
Vuorikatu 24

Brand-new hotel, just nearby to Scandic Grand Central Hotel
Distance to Opera 2,2 km
Distance to Scandic Hotel Grand Central 350 m

Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre
Elielinaukio 5

Next to the central railway station
Distance to Opera 1,4 km
Distance to Scandic Hotel Grand Central 500 m

Scandic Park Helsinki
Mannerheimintie 46 *

Located next to the Opera and nearby Helsinki city center
Distance to Opera 400 m
Distance to Scandic Hotel Grand Central 1,6 km

* Mannerheimintie will be renovated from the sections between Postikatu and Runeberginkatu and later Runeberginkatu and Reijolankatu. The works are estimated to be completed by the end of 2025. Due to the repair work, the traffic arrangements on Mannerheimintie have changed, so please reserve more time to arrive at our hotel.

How to get there

We encourage attendees to favour public transport. If arriving to Helsinki by plane, the most convenient transport method to reach the central station is by train.
More nformation about public transport and price here

Registration and pricing

  • Insurance Europe member associations; chairs & vice-chairs of Insurance Europe working bodies

€200 + VAT

  • Members of Insurance Europe member associations; other trade associations

€450 + VAT

  • GFIA members; media; regulators, supervisors, government officials and academics


  • General Registration:

1.500€ + VAT

Sponsorship opportunities and media

Please contact Annemarie Bos-de Roos / David French, [email protected] to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

For any media queries, please contact David French, [email protected]