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Insurance, Finance, Investment and Asset Management

FT Future of Insurance 2016

Regulation, Longevity and the Digital Revolution

London |
Speakers include:
Kurt  Karl

Kurt Karl

Swiss Re

Olav Jones

Olav Jones

Insurance Europe

Vibhu  Sharma

Vibhu Sharma

Zurich UK General Insurance and UK Country Head


Following a dramatic vote for Brexit, FT Future of Insurance addressed the implications of the referendum result for the UK's insurance industry. FT's Financial Editor, Patrick Jenkins, Insurance Correspondent, Oliver Ralph, and leading insurance speakers were together for an assessment of what it all means for insurance and predictions on the shape of things to come.

The landscape of the insurance industry is changing fast and it is up to industry leaders to evolve and adapt. Challenges to the sector in the UK can be broadly divided into two: firstly external influences, such as the continued imposition of stringent EU legislation on capital holdings, continued employment of expansionary monetary policy and the ever changing demographic makeup of the UK. Secondly, internal factors affecting the business of insurance such as big data, fast-paced technological development, the evolution of business models, and the influx of new entrants to the market. For a traditionally slow moving sector, how can the insurance industry adapt to these challenges and continue to grow, developing new markets and new customers?

FT Future of Insurance will brought together thought leaders and senior figures from within the industry in the UK, assessed these challenges and discussed the best strategies to thrive in what has become the world’s most regulated insurance market.

fallback Add to my Calendar 06/28/2016 08:00:0006/28/2016 19:00:00trueFT Future of Insurance 2016Following a dramatic vote for Brexit, FT Future of Insurance addressed the implications of the referendum result for the UK's insurance industry. FT's Financial Editor, Patrick Jenkins, Insurance Correspondent, Oliver Ralph, and leading insurance speakers were together for an assessment of what it all means for insurance and predictions on the shape of things to come.The landscape of the insurance industry is changing fast and it is up to industry leaders to evolve and adapt. Challenges to the sector in the UK can be broadly divided into two: firstly external influences, such as the continued imposition of stringent EU legislation on capital holdings, continued employment of expansionary monetary policy and the ever changing demographic makeup of the UK. Secondly, internal factors affecting the business of insurance such as big data, fast-paced technological development, the evolution of business models, and the influx of new entrants to the market. For a traditionally slow moving sector, how can the insurance industry adapt to these challenges and continue to grow, developing new markets and new customers?FT Future of Insurance will brought together thought leaders and senior figures from within the industry in the UK, assessed these challenges and discussed the best strategies to thrive in what has become the world’s most regulated insurance market.FT-Future-of-Insurance-201665fc2b101d510c8dd2832d96d09a1bb7MM/DD/YYYY

Agenda - 28th Jun

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Networking
  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks

    Oliver Ralph, Insurance Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Today and tomorrow – the state of the insurance industry
    • What are the latest predictions about interest rates and how will the insurance industry be affected?
    • Are further M&A deals a busted flush? Is there any value left?
    • How can investors plan ahead?
    • A global market round-up.

    Kurt Karl, Chief Economist, Swiss Re

  • 9:40am
    Maximising data’s value; embracing the challenge
    • The impact of GDPR data privacy: a review of current laws and what will be coming in, in May 2018.
    • How do you get actionable insights from data?
    • Funding strategies: is there a move towards crowdsourcing for data and analytics solutions and why?
    • What is the impact of new technologies and partnering outside the company to solve D&A problems (including crowdsourcing)

    Jonathan Howe, UK Insurance Leader, PwC

  • 9:50am
    How do insurers convert data to value?
    • Avoiding paralysis by analysis – how to identify, capture and utilise the right data; what should teams be thinking about when designing these processes?
    • What strategies should be implemented to improve internal communication processes to meet operational demands?
    • Is technology keeping up with demand for managing ever more complex structured and unstructured data?
    • Looking ahead to the next five years, what are the biggest data management challenges facing insurers?

    Jonathan Howe, UK Insurance Leader, PwC
    Denise Garland, Chief Operating Officer, Tokio Marine Kiln Group
    Helen Crooks, Chief Data Officer, Lloyd's of London

    Moderated by: Oliver Ralph, Insurance Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:40am
    Solvency II - Latest developments and reflections on the insurance Industry’s compliance
    • The first six months.
    • SII’s layers of protection.
    • Intended and unintended consequences.
    • Further developments.

    Olav Jones, Deputy Director General/Director, Economics and Finance, Insurance Europe

  • 11:00am
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 11:30am
    Debate: Is longevity risk the insurance industry’s real game changer?
    • Will insurers move towards investment management and remove longevity risk?
    • Can traditional insurance houses change their business models to meet demographic evolution?
    • Will an ageing population open up new partnerships with governments?

    Steve Webb, Director of Policy, Royal London
    Kerrigan Procter, Managing Director, Legal & General Retirement
    Jane Vass OBE, Director of Policy & Research, Age UK
    Duncan Minty, Ethics Consultant

    Moderated by: Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:15pm
    Emerging markets: Can UK/European insurers meet challenges in new geographies?
    • Where are the world’s high growth markets and should they be treated as regions or single country markets to identify new opportunities?
    • With low penetration and high growth economies there is a compelling case for exploring emerging markets. What is the best strategy to examine key risks, including:          
      • Local market competition
      • Local regulation and partnership/JV rules
      • Political and economic risks
      • Valuations and cultural risks
      • Where profits should be spent 

    Malcolm Steingold, Chief Executive Officer, Aon Benfield Asia Pacific

  • 12:35pm
    The UK insurance market: Emerging risks
    • Which risks are emerging as a threat to the UK insurance market, for example technological and environmental?
    • What risks do these pose in real terms?
    • Are the UK’s insurers’ business models adapting to meet today's new, technological world?
    • Which international markets are the UK’s insurers exploring?
    • What are the challenges to implementing new regulatory measures?
    • Can it cope with so much change at the same time?

    Huw Evans, Director General, Association of British Insurers 

  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
    Understanding cyber based risk and how to manage it correctly
    • What is cyber insurance – what is being protected?
    • Should cyber security be discussed at board level?
    • How is risk measured within a cyber context?
    • Who is at risk – company, owner, employee, individual?
    • The emerging cyber insurance market: early providers and adopters.
    • Driving security-aware behaviours in the customer space.
    • Security suppliers and cyber insurers – are they partners or competitors?

    Mark Camillo, Head of Cyber and Professional Indemnity, EMEA, AIG
    Stephen Ridley, Acting Head of Technology, Cyber & Data, Hiscox
    James Tuplin, Cyber Portfolio Manager, Financial & Specialty Markets, QBE European Operations

    Moderated by: Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:45pm
    Maximising value from the smart application of technology
    • Where are new technologies being applied?
    • Are applications moving from domestic use to a wider,more commercial market?
    • Does the industry need to address and alleviate concerns about using technology from their customer base?
    • How will technology will be applied in the insurance sector over the next five years?

    Lee Brooke-Pearce, Strategic Advisor, Dell Services
    Doug Brown, Head of Big Data, Betsson Group
    Richard Cunliffe, Business Development, Centrica Connected Home
    Andrew Lee, Head of Market Intelligence & Analysis, Octo Telematics

    Moderated by: Oliver Ralph, Insurance Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:30pm
    Networking Break


  • 3:55pm
    How disruptive technology is changing the insurance sector
    • What implications are there for applying new technology to the wider industry?
    • What will fintech’s biggest impact on the insurance market be?
    • Clash of the corporate cultures – can insurers attract and keep development talent? Should they?
    • The rise of non-financial ‘players’ in the market is inevitable, but is this threat to traditional industry members and is there room for sentiment?
    • Will P2P insurance go mainstream?
    • Can insurance companies utilise digital tech to meet millennial expectations and build new customer bases?
    • Why is London an ideal location to become the global leader in insurtech?

    Gareth Howell, Managing Director of Direct & Retail Partners, AXA Insurance
    Steven Mendel, CEO and Co-Founder, Bought by Many
    Rob Moffat, Partner, Balderton Capital
    Larry Shapiro, CEO and Co-Founder, Surely Group

    Moderated by: Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:40pm
    Storms, floods, climate change – how does the industry prepare?
    • Climate change will continue to affect the insurance industry. What do insurers need to be aware of and what strategies can be employed to protect the bottom line?
    • How can government and regulatory directives help to protect homes and individuals in the long term?
    • Are there business opportunities within extreme climatic conditions of particular emerging markets?
    • Can insurers ever improve their reputation during times of catastrophe?
    • Are annual floods now an assumed phenomenon? Flood Re update in light of recent weather events.

    Daniel Clarke, Senior Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Specialist, Finance & Markets, The World Bank
    Trevor Maynard, Head of Emerging Risks, Lloyd’s of London
    Brendan McCafferty, CEO, Flood Re
    John Scott, Chief Risk Officer - Global Corporate, Zurich Insurance 

    Moderated by: Oliver Ralph, Insurance Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:30pm
    Interview: Driving growth in a new market environment – a five year plan

    Vibhu Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, UK General Insurance, Zurich Insurance

    Interviewed by: Oliver Ralph, Insurance Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:55pm
    Closing Remarks

    Oliver Ralph, Insurance Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 6:00pm
    Drinks Reception

Speakers (22)

Kurt  Karl

Kurt Karl

Chief Economist
Swiss Re

Kurt E. Karl is Chief Economist at Swiss Re, where he has responsibility for supervising and editing Swiss Re’s Sigma Papers, the award-winning research series on the insurance industry. His team, a part of the Swiss Re Institute, supports Swiss Re’s strategic planning and provides internal consulting to Swiss Re on new products and insurance market developments. Additionally, he and his team provide insights and forecasts and scenarios on the global economy to Swiss Re for use in a variety of corporate decisions. Dr Karl is an expert on the US and global economies with extensive experience and knowledge of foreign markets, and he has lived and worked in Europe, Africa and Asia. Prior to joining Swiss Re, he was Chief International Economist at WEFA, Inc, an economic forecasting firm. Dr Karl has a BA from the University of Oregon, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a PhD from Princeton University.

Olav Jones

Olav Jones

Deputy Director General and Director Economics and Finance
Insurance Europe

Olav Jones is the Deputy Director General & Director Economics and Finance at Insurance Europe, the federation which represents the European insurance industry. He is based in Brussels and he responsible for all issues relating to Prudential Regulation, Financial Reporting, Investments and International Affairs. He is also a member of the IFRS Advisory Council and Vice-Chair of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)’s Insurance and Re-Insurance Stakeholder Group.

Mr Jones spent 15 years in the insurance industry working at Prudential Plc, Fortis Insurance and Ageas primarily in risk focused roles including Chief Risk Officer. He started his career as a consultant to the financial services industry with Oliver, Wyman and Company, after studying Engineering and Finance.

Vibhu  Sharma

Vibhu Sharma

Chief Executive,
Zurich UK General Insurance and UK Country Head

Vibhu Sharma became CEO of the UK General Insurance business in April 2015 and Zurich’s UK Country head since January 2016. His main responsibilities are to lead the UKGI businesses, incorporating our Commercial Broker, Zurich Municipal and Personal Lines & Endsleigh operations.

As Country head, Mr Sharma is responsible for all cross UK functional activities and representing the single UK business to both internal and external stakeholders. He held financial roles in Zurich’s corporate centre in Switzerland and in Zurich North America.He joined the company in 2008 having worked at KPMG previously for 17 years.

Huw  Evans

Huw Evans

Director General
Association of British Insurers

Huw Evans is Director General of the Association of British Insurers, having taken up the position in 2015. He was previously Deputy Director General and Policy Director, having joined the ABI as Operations Director in 2008.

Most recently Mr Evans has been at the heart of the industry's preparations for the Government's pension reforms and led the ABI's work on the negotiations with the Government on the future of flood insurance. Mr Evans sits on the Executive Committee of Insurance Europe and is a member of TheCityUK Advisory Council. He is also a non-executive director of Flood Re.

Prior to his role at the ABI, Mr Evans worked at the  Royal Bank of Scotland Group and served as a special adviser to former Prime Minister, Tony Blair and Home Secretary, David Blunkett. Mr Evans sits on the Executive Committee of Insurance Europe and is a member of TheCityUK Advisory Council. He is also a non-executive director of Flood Re. 

Lee Brooke-Pearce

Lee Brooke-Pearce

Strategic Advisor
Dell Services

Lee Brooke-Pearce leads Dell Services EMEA Insurance Consulting practice with a focus on data and digital transformation as a significant source of disruption for insurance companies. He has spent over 15 years advising insurance companies on business and technology-led transformations working with many of the UK and EMEA global insurers; in particular concerning business operating models and customer/broker experience improvements required to improve the underlying insurance proposition to market. Currently, Mr Brooke-Pearce is focused on the opportunity provided by the Internet of Things in both personal and commercial lines of business.

Doug Brown

Doug Brown

Head of Big Data
Betsson Group

Doug Brown is a serial entrepreneur who has focused his career on solving tough technology challenges to deliver tangible business value. Specialising in Big Data/Analytics transformation, he has extensive practical experience at big four IT advisory firms and start-ups in leading and selling complex business change projects/teams. He has successfully implemented award winning big data/cloud technology digital projects and established consulting practices delivering to global corporate clients and start up companies. 

Mr Brown has had the privilege of working with multi-national customer facing financial services, entertainment, telecommunications, pharmaceutical  and government operations. He has formerly held a variety of senior management and executive roles at E&Y LLP, PwC LLP, IBM Global Services, Wipro Technologies and Zurich Financial Services. He holds ACII, MSc and MBA qualifications and has lectured at Cranfield University. In his spare time he passionately supports and mentors young entrepreneurs and start-up teams. 

Mark  Camillo

Mark Camillo

Head of Professional Indemnity & Cyber, EMEA

Mark Camillo is responsible for the Professional Indemnity (PI), Architects and Engineers (A&E), and CyberEdge® suite of end-to-end risk management solutions at AIG. Prior to this, he led the cyber team for the Americas including oversight of the Personal Identity Coverage (PIC) and Payment Fraud Products.=

Mr Camillo joined AIG in 2001 and has held positions of increasing management responsibility in various parts of the organisation including eBusiness Risk Solutions, Affinity Group, Accident & Health, Professional Liability, and the Fidelity team. Prior to AIG, he worked in sales, marketing, and product development for Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and SITEL Corporation. He has an MBA from SUNY Buffalo and a BSc from the University of Wyoming.

Denise Garland

Denise Garland

Chief Operating Officer
Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Denise Garland has been the Chief Operating Officer for Tokio Marine Kiln Group since 2012 and is responsible for leading the group’s operations. She is a chartered financial analyst and qualified accountant with more than 14 years’ experience of leading major projects in complex professional and financial services environments. Prior to joining Tokio Marine Kiln, Ms Garland qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young, now EY, and held a number of senior finance and operational posts there, and also at Willis and Man Group.

Jonathan  Howe

Jonathan Howe

UK Insurance Leader

Jonathan leads PwC's UK Insurance Practice.  He has been with PwC for over 20 years and throughout this time he has specialised in providing services to the insurance industry.  He is responsible for all areas of PwC's service; audit, tax, actuarial, consulting and deals.


Jonathan is passionate about insurance and the role it plays in society.  Recently he has focused on the rise of InsurTech and the opportunities that new technologies and sophisticated data and analytics can bring to the industry and its customers.

Gareth Howell

Gareth Howell

Managing Director, Direct & Retail Partnerships

Gareth Howell joined AXA in 2012. Within AXA D&P, he has been responsible for leading the pricing, product, marketing and customer functions over the past few years, to develop and sustain innovative and competitive propositions (products, customer experiences, offers) across channels and business lines. He has also worked on setting the commercial and customer strategy for the D&P business as part of the Ambition 2020 work. From January he he has also led the Direct and Retail Partnerships business in the newly formed AXA Insurance structure. Mr Howell previously worked at Zurich Insurance Group in a variety of leadership roles in their Personal Lines business. He studied Maths and Economics at university.

Andrew  Lee

Andrew Lee

Head of Market Intelligence & Analysis
Octo Telematics

Andrew Lee is Head of Market Intelligence and Analysis for Octo Telematics. His key responsibilities are to provide macro market insight for Octo’s research and development team, overseeing a number of key projects and driving Octo’s entrepreneurial efforts in the rapidly expanding vehicle technology and connectivity sector.

Andrew joined Octo from Frost & Sullivan where he spent a number of years as a motor industry analyst and consultant. His first authored paper was on the topic of commercial vehicle telematics and was published in 2005. On the consultancy side Andrew managed over 20 strategic projects for Frost & Sullivan in the connected car space over the span of 7 years and most recently he spent the last two years heading up their connected car and alternative powertrain consultancy.

Andrew is a keen motoring enthusiast and entrepreneur. Between his career in market research and consultancy, he spent four years establishing and managing electric motor sport projects as well as high profile motoring events with a clear vision to change the perception of eco-friendly vehicles.

Trevor  Maynard

Trevor Maynard

Head of Exposure Management and Reinsurance

Trevor Maynard is Head of Exposure Management and Reinsurance at Lloyd’s and is responsible for monitoring the natural and manmade aggregations of risk across the Lloyd’s market. He is also a director of the Open Architecture catastrophe modelling framework OASIS and sits on the Innovation Advisory Board of the UK Natural Environment Research Council. His team publishes research on emerging risks such as nano technology, pandemics, climate change and food security. Mr Maynard has degrees in pure mathematics and is a fellow of the UK actuarial profession.

Brendan  McCafferty

Brendan McCafferty

Flood Re

Brendan McCafferty is a qualified accountant with over 30 years’ industry experience across insurance, broking and consulting. He has worked in senior positions for leading brands across the industry, including Aviva and RSA, and was formerly UK President of global insurance broker, Willis.

Mr McCafferty began his role as Flood Re CEO in September 2014 and has led Flood Re through negotiations with the UK Government Ministers, its design and build stage, the regulatory application for authorisation by the Bank of England and working with industry to get ready for its launch in April 2016.

Steven  Mendel

Steven Mendel

Bought By Many

Steven Mendel founded Bought By Many ( to shift the balance of power in insurance. He feels strongly that the insurance industry treats corporates better than individuals, and that it’s time for that to change. He is disrupting the world of insurance, through the innovative use of search and social media. 

He has over 25 years’ deep and diverse experience in the financial services industry - as a qualified actuary at AON, as a strategy consultant at McKinsey, and as a business leader at Barclays Wealth and Close Brothers. Driven by a desire to change financial services for the better, he has previously set up an art finance business for Christie’s, and founded an investment consultancy to make asset-based advice available to all pension funds. He is married with three kids, and has a passion for cycling, his sax, and for the charities he’s involved with.

Duncan  Minty

Duncan Minty

Ethics Consultant

Duncan Minty is an independent ethics consultant,specialising in the insurance sector. Over the past 15 years, he has worked with a wide variety of insurance organisations, helping them achieve greater certainty on ethical issues. Mr Minty is the author of numerous course guides and assessments relating to ethics and insurance. His blog at is a leading source of insight into ethical issues and trends influencing the insurance sector. He is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner and prior to working in ethics, he was Head of Insurance at Motabilty Operations, Europe’s largest motor fleet, leased to people with disabilities.

Rob  Moffat

Rob Moffat

Balderton Capital

Rob Moffat joined Balderton Capital in 2009, and became a Partner of the firm in January 2016.

His role divides between finding new investments for Balderton and working with existing portfolio companies. Rob is currently a board director or observer with seven portfolio companies: Qubit, Wooga, Housetrip, Carwow, Rentify, Nutmeg and Prodigy Finance.

Rob's particular sectors of interest include Fintech, Martech, Gaming and Marketplaces. Marketing is also a particular area of interest, and he is responsible for best practice sharing in marketing across the portfolio.

Prior to joining Balderton Rob worked for Google in London, as a Manager in the European Strategy and Operations team. He started his career with five years in strategy consulting with Bain, working mostly with financial services clients.

Rob holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Masters in Maths/Statistics from Cambridge.

Kerrigan  Procter

Kerrigan Procter

Managing Director
Legal & General Retirement

Kerrigan Procter has been Managing Director of Legal & General Retirement at Legal & General since 2013. He was previously Head of Solutions at Legal & General Investment Management from 2006 to 2012 responsible for Liability Driven Investment and multi-asset funds for defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes. Prior to joining Legal & General, Mr Procter worked at RBS and Mercer, having started his career in 1994 with Ernst & Young Corporate Finance. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and has a PhD in Number Theory from King's College, London.

John  Scott

John Scott

Chief Risk Officer - Global Corporate
Zurich Insurance

John Scott is Chief Risk Officer for Zurich Global Corporate. He joined Zurich in 2001 becoming Head of Risk Insight in 2007 and took on his current role in 2009. John leads the global, regional and local implementation of the Group’s enterprise risk management strategy across Zurich’s Global Corporate business.

A graduate of Oxford University, with a PhD in geology from Aberystwyth University, John's early career was in the upstream oil & gas industry, where he gained wide-ranging international experience with BP. In 1995 he gained his MBA at Cranfield and joined BOC, working in Group Strategy & Planning team and then helping to develop BOC’s fast-growing Edwards business division.

John is a member of the Institute of Directors in the UK and is a contributor to the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report.

Larry  Shapiro

Larry Shapiro

CEO and Co-Founder
Surely Group

Larry founded the Surely Group in late 2013, with a team of experienced technologists and insurance experts. Surely delivers innovative Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) technology to the insurance industry, and its products include a cloud-based Quote & Buy platform and a novel Automated Insurance Agent (Robo Broker®).

Prior to co-founding Surely, he built and ran a financial services software house for 10 years, which was successfully acquired in 2012. He is a serial technology entrepreneur, now on his third startup and has worked in the UK high tech scene for 20 years, including 3D TV development at Sharp, and co-founded an Internet billing startup during the first “dotcom” boom. A technologist by nature, he has a Masters in Artificial Intelligence and a Doctorate in Robotics from Oxford University.

Malcolm   Steingold

Malcolm Steingold

Chief Executive Officer
Aon Benfield Asia Pacific

Malcolm C Steingold Chief Executive Officer, Aon Benfield Asia Pacific

Mr Steingold has 35 years of reinsurance and associated industry experience. His background includes reinsurance underwriting, legal practice and reinsurance broking. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Aon Re Asia Pacific in April 2005 and following the acquisition of Benfield on December 2008, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Aon Benfield Asia Pacific and Chairman of Aon Benfield APAC Executive Committee. He represents the Asia Pacific region on the Aon Benfield Global Executive Committee.

Mr Steingold assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Aon Re Australia Ltd in March 2000. He originally practised as a lawyer specialising in insurance and reinsurance law, and was recognised as a leading industry expert in legal liability insurance in Australia. He subsequently developed specific expertise in property catastrophe and alternate methods of risk transfer.

James  Tuplin

James Tuplin

Cyber Portfolio Manager, Financial & Specialty Markets
QBE European Operations

James Tuplin, Cyber Portfolio Manager, Financial & Specialty Markets, QBE European Operations

James Tuplin has spent over a dozen years underwriting professional risks.  He is now Portfolio Manager for Cyber for QBE European Operations based in London, having previously worked for Zurich in both London and for 3 years in Canada, and Allianz in London.  Mr Tuplin is responsible for all Cyber risks that come into QBE London specialising in complex global risks as well as managing the European Cyber portfolio.

Steve Webb

Steve Webb

Director of Policy
Royal London

Moderators (2)

Patrick Jenkins

Patrick Jenkins

Deputy Editor
Financial Times

Patrick Jenkins is Deputy Editor at the Financial Times.  He was formerly Financial Editor and Assistant Editor at the Financial Times since 2014. In that role, he shaped the FT’s overall financial coverage, with a focus on financial services and investment, working closely with the editors of Markets, Lex, FT Money, FTfm and the financial services team, contributing to leader writing and comment, while continuing to write for the Inside Finance column.

Previously, Mr Jenkins was Banking Editor from 2009 until 2014, leading the 10-strong global financial services reporting team. Prior to this he was Companies Editor, and before that Editor of International Company News. Prior to taking up this post, Mr Jenkins spent four years in Germany as Frankfurt Correspondent for the FT. He joined the FT Group in 1996 editing the newsletter FT world insurance report, before becoming a UK companies reporter in 2000.

Oliver  Ralph

Oliver Ralph

Insurance Correspondent
Financial Times

Oliver Ralph is the Insurance Correspondent at the Financial Times. Prior to this Mr Ralph was Deputy Head of Lex since 2014, specialising in banking, finance and consumer. He has also been a Lex writer and, prior to this, the FT UK Companies Editor. He joined the Financial Times in 2009, having worked at Investors Chronicle from 2000 to 2009 and Euromoney from 1998 to 2000. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1996.

Who Attends?

The FT Future of Insurance event will bring together C-Suite, VP and Director-level professionals from insurance and reinsurance companies.

Typical attendees include:

  • C-Suite, VP and Directors
  • Heads of Distribution
  • Head of Product
  • Digital / Online Specialists
  • Investment Managers


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PwC focuses on creating value for our clients. Our firms offer a wide range of capabilities as providers of strategy through execution, committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. 
Our experience with leading FS companies and financial institutions means that we have a deep understanding of the issues clients around the world have to deal with. We focus on the future of FS, effectively working with clients as they shape their business and execute their strategy. We advise on key issues such as the future of risk, impact of regulation, financial crime, innovations in mobile and digital technologies, the disruptive impact of FinTech as well as the changing face of the customer. We use proven methodologies to design and execute business transformation backed by blueprint designs that are used as accelerators. We have invested heavily in building our technology capability focusing on the areas that we believe bring most value to our clients, including data and analytics, technology transformation and cyber. 

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. With more than 44,000 people in our global FS practices, we are able to build long-lasting relationships with our clients and work with them everywhere they do business today and anywhere they grow next. Find out more at

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Dell Insurance Services administers more than two million policies and handles over two million call-center contacts annually. From policy administration to business intelligence to legacy system modernisation to application development, our team of insurance technology and business professionals can tailor solutions to help you: 

  • Get products to market faster and at less cost 
  • Perform and streamline back-office processes
  • Modernize your policy administration system and claims services
  • Combine and centralise billing and reconciliation for multiple solutions
  • Grow your customer base and protect your brand through social media 
  • Maximize new distribution channels 
  • Get mobile, safely
  • Catch costly errors sooner 
  • Claim your space in the wearables and Internet of Things arena

Octo is the number 1 global provider of telematics and data analytics solutions for the auto insurance industry. Founded in 2002, Octo is one of the pioneers of the insurance telematics industry. Today, Octo is the largest and most experienced insurance telematics company in the world, transforming auto insurance through behavioral, contextual and driving analytics for more than 100 insurance partners. Octo has more than 5.6 million connected users and the largest global database of telematics data, with over 207 billion miles of driving data collected and 447,000 crashes and insurance events analyzed (as of 30 June 2018). Octo applies proprietary algorithms to this market-leading database to deliver powerful new insights into driver risk, informing solutions that benefit both auto insurance companies and policyholders.

The company is headquartered in Rome, with offices in Boston, London, Stuttgart, Madrid, and Sao Paulo. For more information, visit

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Lloyd’s is the world’s only specialist insurance and reinsurance market that offers a unique concentration of expertise and talent, backed by strong financial ratings and international licences. It is often the first to insure new, unusual or complex risks, providing innovative insurance solutions for local, cross border and global risks. Its strength lies in the diversity and expertise of the brokers and managing agents working at Lloyd’s, supported by capital from across the world. In 2016, more than 90 syndicates are underwriting insurance and reinsurance at Lloyd’s, covering all lines of business from more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. For more visit us at

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The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) is the leading professional body for the global financial services profession and exists to promote higher standards of integrity, technical competence and business capability. With over 115,000 members in more than 150 countries, the CII is the world's largest professional body dedicated to insurance and financial services.


Our membership covers all disciplines within the insurance industry (claims, broking, underwriting and sales), those working in the life and pensions sector, the mortgage advice market and financial advisers (under the Personal Finance Society brand).


As one of the largest examination awarding bodies in the UK, we have delivered education to over one million students in 150 countries over the last 10 years. Success in CII qualifications is universally recognised as a global standard. While membership of the CII signals a commitment to developing a broad professional capability and to a willingness to adhere to the standards associated with professional status. 

In addition to being a global credit rating agency, AM Best is a publisher of (re)insurance industry references and resources, online and in print. AM Best's flagship publication, Best's Insurance Reports, is made up of detailed analytical reports on thousands of insurers in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Continental Europe, Asia-Pacific and across the rest of the world. AM Best's Financial Suite presents value-added data from insurers' financial statements. A respected source of original news reporting on the insurance industry, Best's Insurance News & Analysis is a comprehensive service that provides access to special reports, statistical studies, the BestWeek news wrap-up, Best's Review monthly magazine, and the BestDay daily news digest from the A.M. Best Company.

ARTEMIS is the online heart of the alternative reinsurance capital, catastrophe bond, insurance linked security and weather risk management markets. Artemis provides up to the minute news, analysis, research and details of transactions on alternative risk transfer topics from cat bonds to longevity risks to parametric weather insurance. Artemis is free to access and allows those with even a limited understanding of ART to learn, gain confidence and directly contact the best people to help

Compliance Insider® is designed exclusively to help compliance professionals anticipate and fully understand the demands of the legal and compliance environment. Focusing on case studies and practical advice, Compliance Insider® provides updates on the latest changes in compliance regulations, as well as best practices from worldwide industry leaders.

Insurance Europe is the European insurance and reinsurance federation. Through its 34 member bodies — the national insurance associations — Insurance Europe represents all types of insurance and reinsurance undertakings, eg pan-European companies, monoliners, mutuals and SMEs. Insurance Europe, which is based in Brussels, represents undertakings that account for around 95% of total European premium income. Insurance makes a major contribution to Europe's economic growth and development. European insurers generate premium income of more than €1 100bn, employ almost one million people and invest over €8 500bn in the economy.

Rein4ce is a niche public relations firm specialising in the insurance, reinsurance and insurance-linked securities markets. Based in London, rein4ce services an international portfolio of clients in London, Bermuda, the United States, Canada, Switzerland and Dubai. was launched in 2011 to provide insurance companies, brokers and professional bodies with a trusted reliable platform to share their news, video, insight and thought leadership.
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Sponsorship Opportunities

Reasons to partner with the FT for this exciting inaugural conference:

  • Gain access to decision makers from both the insurance and reinsurance companies;
  • Brand alignment with the Financial Times and its unrivalled credibility;
  • Demonstrate leadership around the crucial business and economic issues affecting the insurance industry;
  • Benefit from sustained international visibility through our advertising and marketing campaigns.

For Sponsorship information please contact:

Gavin Calderwood
FT Live 
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7873 4808



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