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Hear from 250+ of the best minds in insurance — from CEOs of global insurers to founders of startups looking to reshape the industry.
VP, Global Digital Product Strategy
Innovative, collaborative, visionary strategist and digital evangelist. Extensive business acumen, technology prowess and leadership experience. Adept in partnering with senior level executives to identify, develop and discern those distinctive capabilities that help carriers succeed. Passionately committed to all facets of Insurtech & keeping a keen eye on digital disruptors and the technologies that drive the insurance industry forward.
CEO & Founder
Jihan is currently the Founder and CEO of Lami, an Insurance-as-a-Service platform and API. Lami has digitized the entire insurance value-chain from KYC, pricing, underwriting and claims processing all in one platform and API that can be used to distribute any type of insurance product at any point of sale. She set up Lami with the aim of increasing insurance penetration in the developing world. Prior to starting Lami, she worked as a sugar trader in the City of London, trading on the New York and London sugar markets. She has an MBA from the University of Oxford.
Co-Founder & President
Jonathan Abelmann is an entrepreneur passionate about harnessing data and technology to transform industries. Jonathan is the Co-founder and President of Bestow, the leading digital life insurance platform that’s using technology to make coverage accessible to millions. In his role, Jonathan leads talented data scientists, engineers and product owners who are building transformative software that powers instant life insurance solutions for businesses of all sizes, across any channel.
Founder & Managing Partner
Gil is the Founder and Managing Partner of FinTLV Venture Capital - a leading global late stage Insurtech VC (Hippo, Next Insurance, Unqork, Corvus, wefox and many more). FinTLV works very closely with dozens of the leading insurers and re-insurers - to provide real value to its’ portfolio companies. Therefore, Gil is a board member/observer in Hippo, Next Insurance, Corvus and more) .Gil has 20 Years’ experience as a senior executive and board member at the largest insurance companies in Israel. A seasonal entrepreneur in the insurtech startup ecosystem.
CEO & Co-Founder
Principal, Head of Studios
Neda is a Principal and Head of Studios at Avanta Ventures, focusing on investing and helping startups across the insurtech and mobility verticals. Neda's path to entrepreneurship began the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she helped to build and run the Stanford Venture Studio program. Neda went on to StartX (the Stanford affiliated accelerator program) before joining Pear Ventures, focusing on investing in pre-seed startups across a variety of industries. Neda also volunteers with Moms Against Poverty (MAP), a non-profit whose mission is to nurture and educate underprivileged and to break the cycle of poverty.
CEO & Founder
Ilya Bodner has changed the way people buy, sell, and think about commercial insurance. A startup enthusiast and insurtech pioneer, Ilya is the founder and CEO of Bold Penguin, a rapidly growing tech company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Ilya started his career on the front lines as an agent, and has been on a mission to upgrade the industry through one successful startup after another. Recent recognitions include “Executive of the Year” by BizTech and Best in Biz, “People’s Choice Innovation Leader of the Year” by the Insurance Innovation Awards, and Columbus Business First’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2019.
CEO & Founder
James Buckley-Thorp, exited-founder of the international clothing brand [Rupert and Buckley]. James spent his early career launching what soon became a Sunday Times Fast Track 100 clothing brand. Opening stores across the UK and in over an additional 125 locations and internationally. James later sold and exited Rupert and Buckley in 2016. In late 2019 James founded Bequest, which aims to reinvent life insurance, in both its distribution and how it fits into our modern day lives. Bequest are global winners of Insurtech Connect 2020, as well as ranking 4th must watch life insurers of 2021. During the pandemic, Bequest responded with a free legal will writing platform, which made Bequest number 1 in terms of startups helping the UK through the pandemic.
CEO & Founder
As the CEO and Founder of Player's Health Tyrre have spent the last decade developing resources to bring much-needed Risk Management Resources to Amateur Sports Organizations. Tyrre has focused his life’s mission to create a world of love, acceptance, and safety for all in the amateur sports industry. He has become one of the most recognized executives in sports tech. As a former professional athlete, college coach, sports administrator, parent, and now business owner within the amateur sport, this has led him to create Player’s Health. The progress of Player's health has naturally linked to also include Insurance products and solutions that use data to better underwrite and segment the risk of sports organizations.
CEO & Co-Founder
After getting her Ph.D. from Caltech in Computer Science, Zehra worked at Bell Labs, StreamCenter and then Siemens Corporate Research. She has over 30 years of machine learning experience in industry and academia, 18 patents, 100+ publications. In 2019-2020, Zehra was chosen 3X Women Entrepreneur of the Year. Zehra aims to disrupt the way AI is deployed through agile and easy to use, no-code AI solutions serving and working with and for the business users in insurance companies. This approach made TAZI a Gartner Cool Vendor and with the current timing it will bring endless opportunities to the insurance industry.
Head of Aquiline Technology Growth
Aquiline Capital Partners
With over 20 years of private equity and venture capital experience, Max is investing ATG’s first fund, raised in 2017 and focused on the InsureTech/FinTech/Enterprise Software sectors. Prior to ATG, Max was Managing Partner at Millennium Technology Value Partners, where he led more than 20 investments across consumer, enterprise and financial technology, from early growth to pre-IPO companies. Previously, he led technology growth investments for Mellon’s Private Equity Group and worked with Salomon Brothers’ Financial Institutions and Corporate Finance groups. Max led ATG investments in BitPay, Hippo, Health IQ, MoneyTap, Pledg and serves on the Boards of Carpe Data, Super Home, and Vericred.
CEO & Co-Founder
Sina Chehrazi is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nayya, a software company that uses AI and data science to personalize the way that employees choose and use their benefits. Leveraging billions of external data points, Nayya drives individualized guidance during open enrollment and employee engagement all year long. Headquartered in New York, Nayya has raised $50M to date from top investors including Iconiq Growth, SVB Capital, Felicis Ventures, Guardian Strategic Ventures, Unum Business Ventures, and CNO Financial Group. Sina is a graduate of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and Georgetown Law. He began his career as a corporate attorney prior to building the insurance verticals at two NY-based technology companies. Sina has served as an entrepreneur-in-residence and mentor at the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator in Manhattan, where Sina lives today.
Post Mills Capital
Teresa Chia is the Managing Director of Post Mills Capital, where she provides advisory and consulting services to growth oriented businesses in the insurance, financial services, and consumer sectors. She also serves as a Board Director at Kinsale Capital Group. Previously, she served as a Managing Director at White Mountains Capital, a subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, where she focused on the company's direct investing and merger and acquisition activity in the insurance and financial services sectors. Prior to joining White Mountains, she was a private equity investment professional at Permira Advisers and Nautic Partners, and in investment banking at Credit Suisse. Teresa received a B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
John-Isaac "JC" Clark, CEO of Arturo, has a deep background in Geospatial and Location-based services employing machine learning and big data analytics in both startup and corporate environments. Prior to joining Arturo, jC served as head of commercial product at MAXAR (formerly DigitalGlobe) where he worked to unify products across imagery, derived data sets, and machine learning-powered analytics. jC was also a co-founder at T-Sciences where he spent nearly a decade building location-based analytic products in close concert with Google Earth and Google Maps, and developed a passion for all things location. In addition to his role at Arturo, jC serves as a Techstars mentor and advisor and has a strong affinity for companies looking to push the envelope of what's possible to better understand our changing planet.
National Agency Distribution Leader
Through Chris Cline’s 25+ years in the insurance industry, he has established himself as an industry resource for topics such as perpetuation, merger and acquisition, culture, agency operations, marketing and sales, data and analytics, and has had multiple speaking engagements around these topics. At Westfield, Chris leads a team that is focused on the entire agency life cycle and is responsible for implementing the distribution strategy initiative. Since joining Westfield in 1994, he has held positions in a wide array of disciplines; ranging from graphic designer and marketing, sales, training, compliance and personal lines P&L leadership. Through his diverse experiences and life-long focus on continual learning (he’s a closet science geek), Chris has helped create and deliver meaningful agent experiences through a powerful combination of relationships and technology. He’s also the inquisitive and thought-provoking host of Westfield’s award winning podcast, Closing the Gap. Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Akron. Away from work, Chris and his family spend as much time as possible camping, racing BMX or mountain, playing guitar, or cruising the family hot rod.
Partner Financial Services
David Connolly is EY’s Global Insurance IT & Innovation leader, based in Silicon Valley, CA. He and his team of 6,600+ professionals have vetted over 1,200 InsurTechs, and do so on an ongoing basis, building innovative solutions that enable property/casualty and life & benefits carriers to achieve business objectives that in many cases before were not possible. EY helps carriers define their digital strategy, then supports the implementation of the solutions necessary to rapidly bring to market new insurance products, new insurance capabilities, and to enable expansive marketplaces for carriers that extend well beyond what they individually provide, to better serve their customers.
CEO & President
Harry Croydon is co-founder of Micro Insurance Company (MIC) and is CEO and President of STP Group Holdings. Micro Insurance Company's mission is to build people and businesses a global safety net so that when the unexpected happens they can bounce back swiftly. Harry leads and empowers a world-class team to bring this mission alive through creating simple insurance products built around technology based on the principles of straight through processing. Micro Insurance Company is a full stack tech enabled platform that through B2B2C relationships is creating value and delivering millions of policies around the world. Prior to MIC, Harry worked in insurance for 17 years working with Lloyds, Willis, AON and AJG delivering tech solutions and building one of the first Cyber Insurance Lloyds brokers and before that 10 years working with Microsoft and other tech giants in the early days of the internet.
Ned focuses on CTV’s investment sourcing, due diligence, and execution. Prior to Clocktower, Ned worked at MUFG Union Bank in a corporate development role where he executed acquisitions, divestitures and other enterprise-level strategic initiatives. Before MUFG, he worked as an Equity Research Associate at Sandler O’Neill + Partners covering mid and small-cap financial institutions. Ned holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BS in Finance from California Polytechnic State University.
Executive Chairman & Co-Founder
Paul Desmarais III is the Chairman and CEO of Sagard Holdings, the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Portag3 Ventures, and the Chairman and co-founder of Diagram. Within the investment portfolios of Portag3 Ventures and Sagard Holdings, he is the Chairman of Wealthsimple and Peak Achievement Athletics and a director of Koho, Integrate AI, and IntegraMed. Paul is also a Senior Vice President of Power Corporation of Canada and Power Financial of Canada. As a part of his responsibilities at the holdings, he sits on the boards of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, and Imerys. Prior to his current role, Paul worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division, Investment Group, and Special Situations Group; Imerys in supply chain management and strategy; and Great West Lifeco in risk management. Paul is a recipient of a B.A. in economics from Harvard College and holds an MBA from INSEAD in France.
AVP, P&C Marketing Integration
Denny Ehrmin has served in a wide variety of leadership roles at Nationwide. As the AVP, P&C Marketing he is responsible for Nationwide’s agency thought leadership program, digital experience, and suite of marketing benefits that help agents grow their businesses. Denny’s innovative work has won industry awards including the Appy, Halo, EventTech, and ANA’s B2 Award. He was also recognized as a Top 20 Under 40 by the Newark Advocate. Denny holds an MBA from The Ohio State University and Bachelor of Science from Wright State University.
CEO & Founder
As founder and CEO of Foresight Commercial Insurance, David empowers a world-class team to bring insurtech value to the hard-to-place middle market. Armed with the belief that insurers should improve every business they underwrite, David builds insurance products that streamline dated processes and incentivize safety through the use of technology. When he’s not leading the nationally distributed team at Foresight, David is traveling, surfing, or reading and writing about workers comp.
EVP, Chief Technology Officer
Jim Fowler is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Nationwide. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s technology strategy, technology capabilities and business innovation programs. Prior to joining Nationwide in 2018, Jim was Chief Information Officer for General Electric, where he led the company’s global information technology strategy, services, operations and internal digital transformation program. Prior to his 18-year career at GE, he held IT roles with NCR and Accenture. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems and marketing from Miami University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Xavier University. He is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Jim serves as a national board member for YearUp, on the business school advisory board at Miami University, on the Columbus State Community College board of trustees and on the Columbus Collaboratory board of managers. He is well recognized for his results-oriented leadership style and his ability to drive innovation—and was recently recognized by Forbes with the CIO Innovation Award.
Ruth Foxe Blader is a Partner at Anthemis and thought leader in fintech and insurtech. At Anthemis, Ruth leads strategic investment efforts across Europe and North America. Ruth specializes in technology-enabled business models, insurance technology, risk transfer, early stage investing, product strategy and digital transformation. Prior to joining Anthemis, Ruth worked for Allianz SE, where she spearheaded leading digital innovation efforts. She was a founding member of the AllianzX team, where she led investments in startups including Lemonade, MoneyFarm, Argus Cyber Security and SimpleSurance. A New Jersey native, Ruth has spent the last decade between New York, London and Paris. In 2018 and 2019, Ruth was recognized for her outstanding contribution to the global financial technology ecosystem and listed among the Women in Fintech Powerlist by Innovate Finance. She currently serves on the boards of Axle, Demex, Flock, Hokodo, InsurData, Kaiko, Proportunity, Stable and Xapix.
CEO & Founder
Alex Frommeyer is the cofounder and CEO of Beam Dental. Beam Dental is a digital-first dental benefits provider that incorporates dental hygiene behavior into policy pricing, combining an easy-to-use online insurance platform, AI-powered underwriting, and the connected Beam Toothbrush for better overall wellness. Beam has raised over $160 million in venture capital funding and is the only digital-first company within the $75 billion dental insurance industry. Beam also offers vision insurance, powered by VSP, and group term life coverage for employers of all sizes in partnership with Nationwide Insurance. Beam is available in 41 states around the U.S. and is accepted at over 400,000 access points nationwide.
Managing Principal, Strategy & Innovation
CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer
Brian Gaab is the Managing Principal of Core Innovation at CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA insurer. The company has been serving AAA members for over 100 years offering automobile and homeowners insurance. Recognized as a thought leader and advisor to the InsurTech ecosystem, Brian’s work has influenced transformative change across the insurance industry since he joined AAA in 2014. Brian focuses on implementing new technologies inside existing products and designing new innovative risk transfer solutions. He works side by side with partners to identify and explore new areas where AAA can innovate to make insurance simple, proactive, and personal.
Founder & President
Virtual i Technologies
Sinan Geylani is the Founder & President of Virtual i Technologies and based in Zurich. He is technology and product architect for innovative insurance solutions. Sinan has over 16 years of experience in the insurance industry in various roles, companies and regions. His expertise ranges from the development of innovative products and strategic initiatives to clients in USA, Europe, Asia, MEA. Sinan has developed architecture and pricing models for new insurance products developed to serve the needs of new emerging economies. Sinan Geylani has an MBA degree from Columbia Business School, and holds a patent for continuous monitoring and dynamic underwriting pricing.
CEO & Founder
Ron Glozman is CEO and founder of Chisel AI. He is Co-Author of The AI Book, the first globally crowdsourced book on the applications of AI across insurance and financial services. Published by Wiley in 2020, the book brings together some of the industry’s best thought leaders, entrepreneurs and influencers. Named an “Insurance Innovator to Watch” by Digital Insurance Magazine, Ron is a frequent speaker at Insurance and Fintech conferences and hosts the podcast “AI Wisdom – Talking Insurance Innovation.” Chisel AI won Gold at the 2019 Zurich Innovation World Championship.
CEO & Co-Founder
Guy Goldstein is the founder and CEO of Next Insurance. He is an experienced entrepreneur and executive, bringing nearly two decades of management, strategy and product development experience to his role as CEO. Since founding Check in 2007, (acquired by Intuit for $360M), Guy has raised over $430 million in venture capital funding. He has a history of driving rapid growth for his companies, growing Check from zero to ten million members and Next Insurance to a $100M annual run rate. He has a proven track record in corporate development, mergers and acquisitions and as research and development leader. During his seven-year tenure at Mercury Interactive (later acquired by Hewlett-Packard), Guy helped establish the company-wide inorganic growth roadmap and strategic planning process, resulting in three acquisitions and nearly one billion in revenue. As Senior Director of Mercury Interactive’s R&D division, Guy managed an international team of engineers and QA that built products generating $350 million in sales. At Hewlett-Packard, Guy led inorganic growth expansion acquisitions to develop HP’s Business Intelligence strategy. Guy graduated cum laude from Tel-Aviv University with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Computer Science.
Chairman & CEO
Chubb is the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. Over the course of more than 40 years in the insurance industry, Mr. Greenberg has held various underwriting and management positions and gained significant insight in the global property, casualty and life insurance sectors. Mr. Greenberg is Vice Chair of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and a Director of the US-China Business Council. Mr. Greenberg serves on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Board of Directors of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and the Advisory Board of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (Tsinghua SEM) in Beijing. Under Evan's leadership Chubb has become among the most innovative insurers and their work has pushed the entire industry forward.
Founder & Managing Partner
Ramneek is the founder and Managing Partner of PruVen Capital. Prior to PruVen, Ramneek co-founded and led the Global Venture Investing team at Citigroup. In this role, he built and managed the investing team, led venture investments in companies strategic to Citi and drove commercialization efforts between these companies and Citi Businesses. Ramneek led Citi Ventures’ investments in 25+ companies including Square (NYSE: SQ), Docusign (Nasdaq: DOCU), Jet.com (Acq by Walmart for $3.3B), Honey (Acq by Paypal for $4B), Feedzai, DataRobot, Homelight, Ujet and Grab among others. Prior to Citi, he was a Partner at Battery Ventures, where he helped build out the India investment effort as well as develop the local commerce and fin tech investment areas in the US. Ramneek is an active angel investor and advisor to several leading companies including Zappedy (Acq by Groupon), Cardspring (Acq by Twitter), CheckR (last valued at $2.5B), Robinhood (last valued at $11.2B), Ipsy, Vicarious and Gridspace.
CEO & Co-Founder
Sean Harper is the CEO and co-founder of Kin Insurance, an insurance technology company and home insurance carrier built to make insurance easy, efficient, and affordable. Previously, Sean founded FeeFighters, a payments company bought by Groupon, and TSS-Radio, an ecommerce company that became an Inc. 500 fastest-growing company. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Sean was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and an investor at Longworth Venture Partners. He holds an AB from the University of Chicago, where he studied economics and computer science, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
CEO & Co-Founder
Ben Hubbard is the co-founder and CEO of Parsyl Inc., an insurance technology company that delivers data driven cargo insurance solutions for essential supply chains in food and health. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Ben led the creation of the Global Health Risk Facility at Lloyd’s of London, the world’s dedicated insurance solution for distributing Covid-19 vaccines and other essential health products around the globe. Ben is a former senior Obama Administration appointee where he served as Chief of Staff at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and later as the Director of USAID’s $3bn credit financing division, the Development Credit Authority (DCA). Before joining USAID, Ben worked in a range of leadership roles at leading global development organizations, including ONE and the Clinton Foundation. Ben earned a BA in Economics from Cornell University and currently resides in Denver, Colorado.
Hudson Structured Capital Management
Adrian Jones is a partner at HSCM Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of Hudson Structured Capital Management Ltd., an alternative asset manager in re/insurance and transport. HSCM Ventures seeks investment opportunities to support InsurTech entrepreneurs from the founding of their companies through exit. Before joining HSCM in 2021, he was Deputy CEO of P&C Partners at SCOR, the global reinsurer, where he set-up and led SCOR P&C Ventures. From 2010 to 2016, he was head of strategy at RenaissanceRe. He started his career in 2001 at Bain & Co and has lived in New York, Paris, Bermuda, Brussels, and Stockholm.
CEO & Founder
Dr.Sindhu Joseph is the Founder and CEO of CogniCor, the leading AI Digital Assistant platform that delivers revolutionary operational efficiency and productivity for leading financial firms of the world. She holds a Ph.D. in AI, is the inventor of 6 patents, author, and speaker on topics around Enterprise AI, AI in Financial Services and diversity in AI. She is also a mentor to Nex3 AI Startup accelerator and is an advisory council member of Build Common Wealth Inc. She is based in Palo Alto, California, and drives CogniCor’s vision to provide thinking, talking face to every business. CogniCor, created out of her Ph.D., combines traditional inductive AI with advanced deductive AI and reasoning to offer a unique digital assistant platform built for business teams in the Financial services industry.
Dogan is an insurance executive and entrepreneur, with 15+ years of experience in leadership, business development and underwriting. He held various executive roles at ALLIANZ, in different countries. In 2020, he founded NION NETWORK, which is an insurance innovation ecosystem. He co-founded STERE.IO platform to launch and grow insurance programs, where MGAs and non-insurance businesses can place their programs with carriers and reinsurers. In 2020, he launched the LinkedIn Newsletter -Future of Insurance with 20k+ subscribers so far. He was named among the “HOT 100” in 2019 by Insurance Business Magazine for redefining the insurance industry; and one of the 30 "INNOVATORS TO WATCH" by Digital Insurance.
CEO & Co-Founder
Dror Katzav is Atidot’s CEO & Co-Founder. Prior to co-founding Atidot Software Inc. Dror completed an 11-year career as a Team Leader & Project Manager with an elite IDF (Israeli Defense Force) Unit, leading state-of-the-art technology developments in Intelligence. In that unit, Dror led teams in Artificial Intelligence (AI), data solutions, and information sciences. As an experienced data scientist, Dror provided consulting services for many startups. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2008 and a Master of Science degree in Management Sciences and Information Technology from Tel Aviv University in 2013. Dror is a sought-after speaker in international Insurtech conferences and events. He is married, a father of two adorable girls, and resides in Palo Alto, California.
CEO & Founder
Joel Kelly is the Founder and CEO of eve, an insurtech and event tech startup specializing in Insurance as a Service. eve is automating the operations of large scale entertainment productions and using the data to write proactive cancellation insurance. He and his team also successfully built and deployed evePASS, a check-in app to support track and trace initiatives locally and abroad which grew to over 4 Million users in just a few months. Joel founded his first company at the age of 11 and has successful exits in IaaS, B2B Software and Entertainment.
CEO & President
Insurance Information Institute
Sean Kevelighan joined the Insurance Information Institute as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Previously, he was Group Head of Public Affairs for Zurich Insurance Group where he oversaw Government and Industry Affairs as well as Corporate Responsibility. He joined Zurich in May 2013 as Head of Government and Industry Affairs for North America, with responsibility for driving the public policy agenda in the region. Prior to that, he worked at Citigroup, Inc., as Head of Strategic Communications for its Global Consumer Banking business, and for Zurich, as Head of Group Media Relations in North America. He has served in various public sector posts in Washington, D.C. As a political appointee in the administration of President George W. Bush, he served first in the Department of Treasury as a spokesperson for economic issues, and eventually became Senior Advisor for the Office of Tax Policy. He was also the Press Secretary for the White House Office of Management and Budget. Additionally, he worked on Capitol Hill, serving on the staff of members of Congress; most notably as Legislative Director for Representative Bob Schaffer of Colorado. Sean's private sector experience in Washington, D.C. included positions at public affairs firms such as Edelman and Hill & Knowlton. He advised numerous multinational and FORTUNE 100 corporate clients on policy issue management programs, corporate reputation campaigns and crisis communications. Sean is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He and his wife Annik have three children. He is an avid enthusiast of exercise and outdoors, participating regularly in running events as well as the occasional triathlon.
CTO & Co-Founder
Jenn Knight is Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of AgentSync, where she leads the product and engineering teams as they develop a frictionless, modern solution to some of the biggest pain points associated with producer management – broker onboarding, contracting, and compliance management. Jenn and her co-founder and husband, Niji Sabharwal, believe that using technology to solve back-office bottlenecks will empower scaled innovation across the massive, fragmented insurance industry. As one of the industry’s leading Salesforce developers, Jenn has helped solve back-office problems for leading technology companies including LinkedIn, Stripe, and Dropbox.
Dept. of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
Dept. of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
Christopher Krebs is a founding partner of the Krebs Stamos Group, and previously served as the first director of the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). As Director, Mr. Krebs oversaw CISA’s efforts to manage risk to the nation’s businesses and government agencies, bringing together partners to collectively defend against cyber and physical threats. At CISA, Mr. Krebs also pioneered the Rumor Control program, which was designed to counter disinformation campaigns. Before serving as CISA Director, Mr. Krebs served in various roles at the Department of Homeland Security, responsible for a range of cybersecurity, critical infrastructure and national resilience issues. Prior to his time at DHS, he directed U.S. cybersecurity policy for Microsoft, and advised industry and government clients on complex cybersecurity and business risk matters, while serving at positions with Obsidian Analysis and Dutko Consulting. He also served in the George W. Bush Administration, advising DHS leadership on domestic and international risk management and public-private partnership initiatives. Mr. Krebs holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.
CEO & Co-Founder
A 20-year insurance veteran, Steve began his career at Allstate, followed by Esurance, where he built the first U.S. online home insurance business. Prior to Branch Insurance, Steve was President of the Insurance Services Office's personal lines business for Verisk Analytics. Steve co-founded Branch in 2017 to make insurance less expensive and reintroduce insurance to society as a communal good. Branch launched in Ohio in 2019 and is expanding nationally.
IA Capital Group
Andy is the Managing Partner of IA Capital Group, a New York-based insurtech-focused venture capital firm. Currently investing its ninth fund, IA Capital is the longest-tenured and most experienced VC firm with a primary focus on insurtech. Director of SMArtX, SmartAsset, Credit Sesame and Marble, and a former director of Marqeta and many other startups. BSE Princeton, MBA Wharton.
Founder & CEO
Chengchen is the founder and CEO of Penguin Benefits, helping working families and employers coordinate Parental Leave. As a California mother, Chengchen experienced the fragmented HR and insurance process for parental leave. Chengchen’s dream is to connect families, employers, insurers, and HRtech providers, so all families can access benefits with ease. Chengchen is an actuary with over 8 years of experience in US life insurance, primarily in product development. Chengchen is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Certified Leave Management Specialist from the Disability Management Employers Coalition, and a graduate from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Director, North America Property/Casualty Practice
Donald Light is a Director in Celent’s North America Property/Casualty Insurance Practice. His coverage areas include technology and business strategy; connected car, connected home and commercial property, connected workers; insurance platforms and ecosystems; insurtech; digital; and due diligence for insurance technology M&A transactions. He is a frequent presenter at industry conferences including those sponsored by IASA, InsureTech Connect, ACE, and insurance technology firms. Prior to joining Celent, Donald was an insurance subject matter expert with Sapient and for his own firm. He has also held a senior research position in Allstate’s Research and Planning Center.
CEO & Founder
Jennifer Linton is co-founder and CEO of Fenris Digital, her third startup, and has more than a decade of insurance industry experience. Fenris is a Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) company that provides easily accessible and actionable insights for carriers and brokers, with data sources covering more than 250 individuals, 130 million households and all U.S. addresses.
CEO & Co-Founder
Spike Lipkin is the CEO and Co-founder of Newfront, one of the fastest growing insurance brokerages in the nation. Prior to Newfront he was one of the first employees at Opendoor.com, where he helped grow a five-person company into a business now valued at more than $10 billion. Prior to Opendoor, Spike worked as an investor at Blackstone. At both Opendoor and Blackstone, Lipkin was tasked with buying insurance, which first exposed him to the deep systemic challenges facing the insurance industry. These experiences led him to found Newfront - a business that combines insurance experts with proprietary technology to make the buying process less cumbersome and more transparent for its clients and brokers. Lipkin received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and graduate degrees from both Cambridge University and Stanford University.
SVP Platform, Customer Experience & Innovation
SCOR Global Life
Dhirendra is a seasoned professional with over 16 years of experience in the Insurance, eCommerce, and Fintech sector. His previous stints include Quikr where he served as Head of Sales. Before joining the Ecommerce sector he worked with one of the biggest insurance companies ICICI Lombard across various levels. He is an alumnus of IIM- Calcutta and has a Bachelors's degree in Engineering from DJ Sanghvi College of Engineering.
Head of Life & Health Solutions Americas
Heather Majewski has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry in multiple product lines. Before joining Swiss Re, she was Head of Wellness Innovation for John Hancock Insurance, where she was instrumental in the development and launch of the John Hancock Vitality insurance solution that rewards people for making healthy choices. She was also focused on the long-term care industry and improving profitability through product design and health engagement. Prior, Heather held various strategic and actuarial roles at The Hartford in the individual annuity and employer benefits space. Heather is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries with a BS in Actuarial Science and an MS in Mathematics from the University of Connecticut.
CEO & Founder
Jeffrey Mason has spent the last 20 years creating and leading high-growth insurance and insurance technology companies. Since 2016, Mr. Mason has been the Chief Executive Officer of Groundspeed Analytics, a leading data sciences firm he founded that serves property and casualty insurance companies like Aon, Willis Towers Watson, Travelers, The Hartford, Swiss Re, and Liberty Mutual. Prior to Groundspeed, he has led teams in sales, marketing, product, and analytics in numerous roles at full-stack insurance and insurance technology companies. From 2002 - 2015, Mr. Mason led alternative risk financing and alternative risk transfer programs at Chelsea Rhone, where he formed and managed casualty insurance companies globally for hundreds of clients. Mr. Mason holds a BS, Economics from Michigan State University and an MBA from The University of Michigan.
Laviva is an Investor at Luge Capital, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage fintech. At Luge, she spends a lot of time in the insurtech vertical and published the 2020 Status of the Canadian Insurtech Landscape report. Previously, she was an analyst at Ferst Capital Partners (FCP), a fintech startup foundry. She helped build portfolio companies and supported their operations, strategy, fundraising processes and special projects. Laviva was selected on the 2020 and 2017 Women in FinTech Powerlists by Innovate Finance and on Canada’s 2019 Top 50 Women in Fintech by Digital Finance Institute.
Rick McCathron CPCU CIC brings more than 25 years of P&C experience to his role as President of Hippo, the home insurance provider that created a new standard of care and protection for homeowners. Rick joined Hippo in 2017 to establish the company’s insurance operations and bring Hippo’s smart, simple and proactive home insurance products to a national scale. In just over three years, Hippo has become a national leader in the U.S. homeowners market, reaching more than 70 percent of the total U.S. homeowners population. Prior to Hippo, Rick held senior executive positions at well-respected insurance companies including First Connect Insurance as its President & CEO, Superior Access Insurance as its President & CEO and Mercury Insurance Group (NYSE-MCY) as its Regional Vice President. Rick is both a Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter and a Certified Insurance Counselor and sits on the Board of Directors of Hippo Enterprises, Spinnaker Insurance Company and First Connect Insurance. He is an advisor for several other InsureTechs.
Pascal Millaire is the CEO of CyberCube, which provides data and analytic tools to the cyber insurance industry. CyberCube was established under Pascal’s leadership in 2015 within Symantec and has operated as a standalone venture-backed business since January 2018. Today, CyberCube provides software as a service tools that support data-driven decision-making for over 60% of the global cyber (re)insurance market by premium. CyberCube’s clients include globally leading insurance brokers, insurers and reinsurers who benefit from CyberCube’s distinctive data and analytics that are fine-tuned across the entire insurance value chain. Previously, Pascal was President of a hotel software company and a consultant at McKinsey & Company where he served companies in the insurance industry. Pascal holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
CEO & Founder
Matt Miller is the founder and CEO of Embroker, the insurtech making business insurance radically simple. Matt has led Embroker to become one of the leading innovators shaping the future of insurance and has raised over $140M from leading venture capitalists. Prior to founding Embroker, Matt was a Principal at the private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, where he led investments in insurance and software companies and served on the board of HUB International. He is recognized as a key thought leader on insurance technology and innovation and has been interviewed on the subject by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNBC, and others.
CEO & Co-Founder
Joshua is the CEO and Co-founder of Coalition, which provides cyber insurance and security to more than 45,000 organizations in the US and Canada. Prior to Coalition, Joshua was the CxO and Head of Special Projects at Cloudflare (NYSE: NET), a $25bn web infrastructure and security company, following roles at Goldman Sachs, the Central Intelligence Agency, and Microsoft, among others.
President Global Underwriting
Maroun Mourad is president of Global Underwriting, leading Verisk’s businesses across life insurance, U.S. commercial lines underwriting, and property and casualty underwriting internationally. Maroun is a data analytics and insurance executive, profitably growing businesses for 22 years in the United States, UK, Europe, and emerging markets. In Maroun’s leadership roles at Gen Re, AIG, Arch, and Zurich, he served clients across underwriting (production and technical), operations, and general management. He led teams and businesses in personal and commercial lines spanning multiple customer segments, distribution channels, and cultures. Maroun’s focus on team-building, customer-centricity, and delivering quality results drove business transformations in established, start-up, and turnaround environments. Maroun is an industry thought leader, public speaker, volunteer, and mentor. His first book, The Insurance Management Playbook: A Leader’s Guide, published in 2014, demonstrates his passion for the insurance business. Maroun holds a JD and a BA in political science, both from the University of California, Berkeley. He has also completed several executive education programs, including the AIG Mini-MBA at the Columbia Business School and the Zurich Executive Leadership Program at the London Business School. Maroun is a board member for the northeast division of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, a volunteer with New York Cares, and an advisory board member of the NOMI Network, a global nonprofit that supports economic development to fight human trafficking.
CEO & President
Edmund F. Murphy III is President and CEO of Empower Retirement, where he provides leadership and strategic direction for the company’s operating units: Empower Retirement, Personal Capital and Great-West Investments™. Mr. Murphy was appointed as the inaugural president of Empower Retirement upon its formation in 2014, positioning the firm as the go-to provider of financial services for more than 12 million Americans. He previously served as Managing Director at Putnam Investments held executive leadership roles at Fidelity Investments. Mr. Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and is a graduate of the General Manager Program at Harvard Business School.
CEO & Founder
Kyle is the co-founder and CEO of Clearcover, the smarter car insurance company. Under Kyle’s leadership, Clearcover has raised more than $329 million to date and currently operates in 15 states with more on the way. Before founding Clearcover, Kyle was a founding member of American Family Ventures where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and structuring over 50 equity and debt venture capital investments in nationally-based tech startups. Prior to this role, Kyle was a corporate attorney focused on emerging company business matters at AlphaTech Counsel. Kyle has a law degree and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.
CEO & Co-Founder
Phillip Naples, Co-Founder and CEO of Layr, is helping modern companies conquer their business insurance through insurtech. After nearly two decades in the insurance industry as a broker, he set out to modernize the industry by pairing his experience with technology. Layr uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accurately match companies with the insurance policies and coverage they need and accurately predict carrier pricing. The online application takes a few minutes to complete and shows tailored quotes instantly. Small business owners get the coverage they need, with cash-flow-friendly monthly payments by credit card, and can get back to running their business.
Eric Narcisco brings a wealth of experience to the insurance industry. After an early start with Chubb Insurance, Eric founded Effective Coverage in 2007. The firm’s mission was to teach property owners and residents about the benefits of renters insurance by utilizing technology to create modern distribution channels. Eric went on to found LeaseTrack in 2019, a technology platform using Optical Character Recognition, AI, and machine learning that tracks millions of certificates every year. In 2021, Eric sold both Effective Coverage and LeaseTrack to Baldwin Risk Partners (BRP), a publicly-traded insurance holding company. BRP recognized the benefits that Eric and his team had created for multifamily and single-family property owners and operators. As a Managing Principal at BRP, Eric continues to interface directly with senior management and C-level executives to strategize effective and innovative solutions.
Martha Notaras is Managing Partner at Brewer Lane Ventures, investing in early stage insurtech and fintech companies. Martha serves on the boards of Cowbell Cyber, an AI-driven cyber MGA; Lynk, which uses AI to deliver its knowledge as a service platform; and Cape Analytics, which delivers highly accurate property data derived via machine learning. Prior to joining Brewer Lane, Martha was Partner at XL Innovate, investing in early stage insurtechs, including Lemonade. Previously, Martha ran corporate development for the business analytics division of the Daily Mail, where she acquired 20 companies, including insurtech pioneer RMS. Martha is a board director of Palomar Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: PLMR) and ATTOM Data Solutions. Martha earned her A.B. from Princeton University and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Christian Pedak is CEO of LAMIE direct, one of Europe’s fastest growing InsurTECHs. As a passionate innovator, Christian is shaping the future of insurance by constantly creating unique insurance solutions. He studied law at the University of Vienna and the University of Southern California and Finance at the London School of Economics. At a very early stage of his career he got in touch with the insurance industry, working as broker in the second generation family-owned Lloyd’s broker house from 2002 onwards. Since his early days he gained reputation for being one of the top leading InsurTECH experts, by successfully implementing B2B2C insurances programs together with Telco-operators since 2002. As core USP these programs are embedded horizontally within the partners’ ecosystem. LAMIE is now operational in more than seven territories as well as in Turkey, entertaining a total customer base of more than 500.000 customers with 70 employees. In 2015 Christian founded the insurance start-up “LAMIE direct”, which has became one of Europe’s few digital full-stack InsurTECHs. LAMIE is expanding in more than 10 countries with their augmented insurance proposition. Christian is a “challenger” of the status quo in the insurance industry, an avid keynote speaker, panelist and presenter, who is speaking at various international events each year.
Lisa Pollina is an Investment Banking executive and Board member who has negotiated over $50 Billion in corporate development deals throughout her career. An Independent Board Director for Munich RE Americas and FTSE trading firm IG Group, she is the past Vice Chairman for RBC Capital Markets, a $5 Billion division of the Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE: RY), and the Global Financial Institutions (FIG) Executive for Bank of America Securities (NYSE: BAC). Prior to Bank of America, Pollina was an appointed executive in a JP Morgan private equity investment portfolio company, completing a successful IPO. Named one of the ‘Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance’ by American Banker magazine, she is a current appointee to the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States’ Working Group on Global Markets. During the tenure of President George W. Bush (43), Ms. Pollina represented the United States at various NATO-related meetings in Europe and Washington. More recently, she has been a regular attendee at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. A published author and speaker, Ms. Pollina is a MBA graduate from the Yale School of Management and has taught strategy at Yale and corporate finance at the University of Chicago
CDO & CRO
Sean Ringsted is Chief Digital Officer at Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company and the largest commercial insurer in the U.S. Mr. Ringsted leads Chubb’s digital efforts aimed at transforming the company into a digitally integrated organization. The initiatives involve all areas that produce and support Chubb's business into a digital environment. Mr. Ringsted has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. In addition to his role as Chief Digital Officer, Mr. Ringsted has served as the company’s Chief Risk Officer since 2008, prior to ACE’s acquisition of Chubb in 2016.
Skyward Specialty Insurance
Mr. Robinson is the CEO of Skyward Specialty Insurance Group’s, a specialty P&C insurer with nearly $1BN in premium and over $2BN in assets. His career includes ten years with The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc., where he was President of Specialty Insurance, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Risk Officer. Prior to his time at Hanover, he was the Managing Partner of Global Insurance at (Diamond) PWC Consulting. Most recently he was an Executive in Residence and Senior Advisor at Oak HC/FT where he was Chairman and Co-CEO of Groundspeed Analytics and Chairman of Clara Analytics, both Oak HC/FT portfolio companies. Mr. Robinson currently serves on the boards of McLarens, a Lee Equity Partners portfolio serving the insurance industry and PLNAR, an Insurtech company. Andrew has also served on the Board of Directors of Chaucer (top 10 Lloyds Managing Agency) and Breckenridge (now part of WR Berkley).
Roma focuses primarily on the technology sector. She speaks English, Ukrainian and Russian. Prior to Summit, Roma worked at Citigroup, most recently as a senior analyst on the technology investment banking team and previously as an equity capital markets analyst. Roma holds a BS in finance and a BA in human rights, summa cum laude, from the University of Connecticut.
President - OnStar Insurance
Andrew Rose brings 20 years of startup and insurance experience to his role as President of OnStar Insurance at General Motors. Prior to GM, Andrew was CEO of Compare.com, a subsidiary of Admiral Group, White Mountains, and Mapfre. Prior to this, Andrew led the launch of Elephant Insurance, ran the auto business for Countrywide Insurance and led a large product portfolio for Progressive Insurance. His other career stops include AT Kearney, Capital One, Shell, and DuPont. He holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia, a Master Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
CTO & Co-Founder
Neta Rozy is a co-founder and the CTO at Parametrix, a technology startup that specializes in insurance for SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS downtime, such as cloud outages, network crashes, and platform failures. The company’s products are tailored towards tech-reliant businesses, and are they are the first to incorporate the parametric model into tech insurance. Neta has a background in developing enterprise software and robust monitoring systems, driven by a passion for creating innovative solutions that are powered by new technologies in order to solve tough problems.
Sten Saar is CEO of commercial motor insurance provider, Zego. An entrepreneur since an early age, Sten founded a number of companies before co-founding Zego, and worked at other notable UK-based start-ups such as One Fine Stay and Deliveroo at an early stage. At Zego, Sten currently presides over a team of around 300 employees and counting, who use an innovative combination of best-in-class technology and sophisticated data sources to offer insurance products that save businesses time and money. So far, Zego has raised $150m at a $1.1bn valuation, making the company the first UK-founded insurtech unicorn.
CEO & Co-Founder
Niji Sabharwal is Chief Executive Officer and cofounder of AgentSync. Niji believes that technology can enable scaled innovation across the massive, fragmented insurance industry. And he and the team at AgentSync are focused on building a product that reduces friction, increases efficiency, and maintains compliance, ultimately allowing industry leaders to modernize their businesses and insurtech startups to enter and scale faster. Before co-founding AgentSync with his wife, who is also the company’s CTO, Niji worked in sales strategy and operations roles at Zenefits, where he also led the producer licensing and broker compliance response team as the company worked to overcome regulatory compliance issues. Prior to that, he led sales strategy and operations at LinkedIn.
Founder & President
Black Swan Anayytics
As a former insurance insider and mathematician, Tammy Schwartz knows how to read wildfire data. Her combined knowledge, experience and drive to help insurers and property owners is at the heart of Black Swan Analytics (BSA). After leading California FAIR (Fair Access to Insurance Requirements) Plan as VP, Tammy set out to create a complete and actionable wildfire risk assessment model. Through BSA, she guides property owners so they can effectively minimize wildfire exposure and mitigate risk. BSA’s patented 4score™ solution is a best-in-class property underwriting approach that will save hundreds of homes and millions of dollars in wildfire damage.
Principal & Consulting Actuary
Sheri is a principal and consulting actuary leading a Milliman Property & Casualty practice focusing on introducing InsurTech solutions into insurance rating and sales processes, and advanced rating techniques for emerging markets. Sheri’s practice applies technology and advanced analytics to develop innovative insurance products for traditional and start-up insurers and the associated state regulatory rate filing support.
COO - Americas
Darcy Shapiro is the Chief Operating Officer for the Americas for Cover Genius, where she is leading Operations including Insurance, Legal, Finance and Compliance for Cover Genius across the United States, Canada and Latin America. Darcy joined Cover Genius in 2018 from The Hartford, where she was the Product Director for Cyber, Tech, Media and Miscellaneous Professional Liability products and developed The Hartford’s first admitted Cyber policy. In addition to product development and portfolio management experience, Darcy spent time at AIG and the specialty division of Liberty Mutual in different roles including claims counsel and litigation management. Darcy is an active, sponsored member of Chief, an executive leadership network focused on driving more women into senior leadership positions and supporting them once there. Darcy is a licensed attorney and began her career practicing insurance defense in New York.
Co-Founder & COO
Currently, Shrivastav serves as the Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Benekiva, a software company intended to bridge the gap between life insurance companies and their intended beneficiaries, through claims automation, beneficiary and policyholder management, and asset retention. Her team has won several awards and recognition, most recently being part of 2020 MassChallenge FinTech program in Boston. Shrivastav earned her MBA from Wake Forest University, Masters in Project Management from Western Carolina University and Bachelors in Information Systems and Marketing from Appalachian State University. She has numerous project management certifications from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Scrum Alliance. She is passionate about helping organizations weather the paper storm through digital and process transformation. She gets invited to speak and share thought leadership about process re-engineering, innovation, digital disruption, and entrepreneurship.
CEO & Founder
Kate Stillwell is the Founder and CEO of Jumpstart, one of the first InsurTechs to bring parametric to the consumer level. Starting with earthquake risk in California, Jumpstart is expanding both geographically and to other hazards. Having started her career as a licensed Structural Engineer, Kate previously co-founded the US Resiliency Council and the Global Earthquake Model Foundation. She lives with her family in Berkeley, California.
Chief Growth Officer
Arrowhead General Insurance Agency
Ted Stuckey drives organic growth by helping build new programs fueled by innovative technology. His experience and relationships in the insurtech space, along with his aptitude for evaluating opportunities and adapting them to existing infrastructures, helps continue to simplify commercial insurance buying, servicing and claims. Stuckey joined Arrowhead from QBE Insurance Group, most recently as managing director of QBE Ventures. His background also includes industry experience at Travelers and FirstComp (now Markel) in underwriting, analytics and transformation roles.
CEO & Co-Founder
As co-founder and CEO of Pie Insurance, John has been responsible for overseeing all aspects of Pie since its establishment in May 2017. He brings over 20 years of experience in tech-enabled insurance and financial services businesses. Prior to Pie, John served on the Esurance executive team for 13 years, where he led all of the financial functions from 2000-03 and then became the company’s first Chief Marketing Officer. Under John’s marketing leadership, Esurance premium volume grew from $50 million in 2003 to $1.3 billion in 2013. Esurance was sold to Allstate in 2011 for $1 billion.
CEO & Co-Founder
Julian Teicke is the CEO and co-founder of wefox, a full-stack digital insurance company driven by a simple purpose - to make people safe and prevent risk. This is achieved by reinventing insurance at scale using technology. Julian launched wefox in 2015 as a digital platform connecting brokers to their customers and insurers. In 2018, Julian launched wefox Insurance which is Europe’s first fully-digital insurance carrier and Germany’s fastest growing insurance company. Since launch the company has doubled its revenues every year to reach USD$100M in 2020 and achieve profitability. wefox Group is Europe’s leading digital insurance company. The business has 600 employees serving more than 600,000 customers. In 2021, wefox raised a series C of $650m - a world record for an insurtech and giving the company a market valuation of $3b. Prior to wefox Group, Julian co-founded ‘DeinDeal’, the largest e-commerce platform in Switzerland, which established a dominant market position and was successfully sold to an international media company. He sits on four other boards and advisory committees for companies. He became a board advisor for Doctorly in November of 2017. In November of 2014, he became a founding member and advisor for EMPAUA. In 2017 he became a mentor for a company called Kenjo, and the same year he became a mentor for a business called HeartSpace.
CEO & Founder
With a vision of completely transforming the insurance industry, Alex founded Root Insurance on the principle that rates should be based on driving behaviors, not demographics. As Founder and CEO of Root, Alex leads the company in revolutionizing the industry, using mobile technology and data science to offer personalized auto insurance rates to good drivers. Throughout his career, Alex has built expertise in pricing and reserving, finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Alex is based in Columbus, Ohio and is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
CEO & Co-Founder
Ms. Valderrama is an attorney who has devoted her entire career to translating environmental risks into financial risks. Prior to co-founding FutureProof, she worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she was Director of Water Infrastructure Finance. At the NRDC, Alisa led a variety of projects relating to financing distributed “green” infrastructure to manage stormwater and reduce flood risk. Ms. Valderrama holds an LL.M. in international business law from the London School of Economics, a J.D. from University of Southern California, and a B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jean-Charles Velge co-founded Qover in 2016 with Quentin Colmant. He spent his entire career in the private equity industry, half in Europe and half in Hong Kong. He started as a consultant at Bain & Company, then joined the largest Benelux fund NPM Capital before joining Redhorse in Hong Kong. Jean-Charles is 37 years old, graduated in Economic Sciences, holds a master’s in Finance and an MBA.
EVP & Chief Strategy Officer
LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Shweta Vyas is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for the portfolio of brands under LexisNexis® Risk Solutions Group. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic direction and corporate development initiatives of the LexisNexis Risk Solutions Group businesses. Previously, Shweta served as vice president of Market Planning for Health Care at LexisNexis® Risk Solutions. Shweta joined LexisNexis Risk Solutions in 2010 as director, Strategy & Business Development before transitioning to the Health Care business in 2016. She moved to her current role within LexisNexis Risk Solutions Group in March 2020. Prior to joining LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Shweta spent three years as a management consultant at LEK consulting and five years in various finance roles at Lucent Technologies. Shweta holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University as well as an MSc in Finance from Babson College and a BA in Economics from Emory University. She is based in Alpharetta, Georgia.
CEO & Co-Founder
Assaf Wand is the co-founder and CEO of insurtech startup Hippo. Based in Palo Alto, CA, Hippo has reimagined home insurance through the lens of homeowners – building policies with more comprehensive coverage for today's consumers at up to 25% less than competitors. The high-growth company is valued at more than $1 billion and has expanded its footprint to offer products to more than half of the US homeowner population in less than 2 years. Prior to Hippo, Wand was founder and CEO of Sabi, which designed and produced elegant everyday products (Sabi was acquired in 2015), a consultant with McKinsey & Company and an investor with Intel Capital. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA in finance and LLB in Law from the IDC Herzliya in Israel.
CEO & Co-Founder
Brad founded Snapsheet in 2011 and has led the company through multiple hyper growth stages. He is passionate about developing creative solutions for today’s complex problems, using powerful technical platforms to deliver great user experiences. He is a champion for the Chicago tech community and regularly serves as a mentor to leaders at emerging tech companies. His work with Snapsheet has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company. Brad has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising from Indiana University Bloomington. He is a guest lecturer at Northwestern University.
Dan is a Managing Partner at Ninety, where he helps to build partnerships with global (re)insurers, leads insurance innovation research, and advises Chief Innovation Officers on the most effective operating models for innovation in insurance. Dan has been involved at the heart of digital transformation and innovation in the insurance industry for 15-20 years, working with Allianz, Travelers, Generali, Aetna, Bupa, Zurich, AXA, Swiss Re, and more. His experience includes overseeing significant IoT pilots in personal and commercial lines, innovation op model re-engineering for global insurance groups, and a number of big data and automation challenges in all lines of business.
CEO & Founder
Having broken his landlord’s vase, Christian Wiens realized how complicated insurance was and began Getsafe with a like-minded entrepreneur he met on Facebook. As CEO of Getsafe, Christian is on a mission to disrupt insurance the same way that Amazon took on retail - making the experience as easy as online shopping. Christian holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and is an already experienced digital entrepreneur with a strong background in tech, entrepreneurship and product development.
CEO, Co-Founder & President
As Co-Founder, CEO & President of Acrisure, Greg has successfully led Acrisure to become one of the largest global insurance brokers. Under Greg’s leadership, Acrisure has had a compounded annual growth rate of 86% since its inception in 2005 and has eclipsed $2 billion in revenue in 2019. Acrisure is now one of the top ten largest insurance brokers in the world and the most profitable insurance broker compared to its peers. In 2016, Greg led a management buyout of Acrisure’s private equity investor in a $2.9 billion transaction. As a result, the company is now majority-owned (92%) by Acrisure’s employees and its Agency Partners with Board control as well. Prior to founding Acrisure, Greg was a Board Advisor to a variety of companies and was a Vice President for Michigan National Corporation (MNC), a $19 billion bank holding company. As a senior executive at MNC, Greg managed the Commercial Sales and Services Group, was a member of the Corporate Marketing Committee and chaired the Corporate Operations Committee.
CEO & Co-Founder
Hanna started in life insurance in 2014 having opened her own agency that placed over $2B+ in coverage. Realizing that permanent life insurance can be used as a wealth creation vehicle, she also saw how disconnected the traditional permanent life industry was from modern Millennial consumers. She became determined to bridge the education gap and help young families everywhere build a secure financial future. In 2019, she and her cofounder, Qiyun, started Amplify, the first D2C permanent life platform offering products where customers can access cash from their life insurance policies. Since launch, they’ve seen tremendous growth and customer demand.
CEO & Co-Founder
Marty Young is the co-founder and CEO of Buckle, the inclusive, digital financial services platform serving the emerging middle class and gig economy. In addition to insurtech and fintech strategies, Marty also leads Buckle in M+A execution. He is a globally recognized Wall Street professional with 20+ years of special situations experience in executing 75+ transactions worth $30+ billion, as both a trusted financial advisor and executive officer. He also serves as Managing Director of M3 Partners, the top Wall Street restructuring boutique, and on the Advisory Board of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Marty is a West Point graduate and has a master’s degree in Operations Research from Georgia Tech and a master’s in business administration from the NYU Stern School of Business.
Phil has a long track record in start ups having built three business’ in the insurance sector, the last of them becoming the largest white label supplier of general Insurance in the UK. He went on to invest (and Chair) a number of business’ from music, to sports clothing to the insurance sector, and worked with a range of Private Equity Houses in their insurance related investments such as Simply Business, winner of 'Best Company to Work For' two years running. Alongside this he chaired two charities and spent 10 years as Deputy Chair of his local hospital. In 2017, Phil stepped back into the front line setting up DeadHappy to take on Life insurance, and with Venture capital support, is aiming to completely change the customer experience and purpose of the product.
Rick is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Equal Ventures, a $56m early-stage VC fund focused on bridging the digital divide. Over the course of his investing career, Rick has worked with industry defining insurtechs as the first outside investor and/or board member for companies such as ThreeFlow, ClearCover, Riskmatch, Snapsheet, Paladin Cyber and HDVI. Prior to Equal, Rick worked with Lightbank, a leading early-stage VC fund based in Chicago, after beginning his career in consulting and private equity. Rick graduated with honors from Columbia Business School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond.
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