MAY 25-26, 2021

Speaker Bios

David Altmaier
David Altmaier
NAIC President & Commissioner of Florida Office of Insurance Regulation

David Altmaier was appointed as the Florida Insurance Commissioner in April 2016 by the Financial Services Commission. He leads the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) and has oversight of one of the largest insurance markets in the world. Under Altmaier’s leadership, OIR has worked to cultivate a market in Florida in which insurance products are reliable, available, and affordable.

Altmaier began his public service at OIR in 2008, serving in a number of roles including Chief Analyst of the Property and Casualty Financial Oversight unit and Deputy Commissioner of Property and Casualty Insurance.

Commissioner Altmaier was voted President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) for 2021, after serving as President-Elect in 2020 and Vice President in 2019. In his role as NAIC President, Altmaier serves as Chair of the Executive Committee, Internal Administration Subcommittee, Government Relations Leadership Council, and Co-Chair of the Special Committee on Race and Insurance. Commissioner Altmaier also serves as a Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), representing insurance regulators and supervisors of more than 200 jurisdictions worldwide.

Commissioner Altmaier was appointed by Governor DeSantis to serve as a member Florida’s Blockchain Task Force and during the COVID-19 pandemic, was selected to as a member of the Governor’s Re-Open Florida Task Force Industry Working Group on Agriculture, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Management and Professional Services.

Prior to joining OIR, Altmaier worked as a Florida licensed 2-20 and 2-14 insurance agent and as a high school math teacher. Altmaier graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.

Clement Cheung
Clement Cheung
CEO, Hong Kong Insurance Authority

Mr. Cheung has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Insurance Authority since August 2018 upon retirement from the Administrative Service which he joined in 1983. Senior posts that he took up during this career include Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Singapore from 1998 to 2001 when the Asian Financial Crisis erupted, Commissioner of Insurance from 2006 to 2009 during the global financial crisis, Postmaster General from 2009 to 2011, Commissioner of Customs and Excise from 2011 to 2015 and Secretary for the Civil Service from 2015 to 2017. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors and Chairman of the Asian Forum of Insurance Regulators.

Jonathan Dixon
Jonathan Dixon
Secretary General, International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS)

Jonathan Dixon is Secretary General of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), with effect from 3 November 2017.

Prior to becoming Secretary General, Mr Dixon had a long association with the IAIS, having been a member of the IAIS Executive Committee since 2009 and Chair of its Implementation Committee since 2012. He also chaired the Governing Council of the Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii), a joint initiative of the IAIS and development partners aimed at strengthening responsible and inclusive insurance.

Prior to joining the IAIS, Mr Dixon was Deputy Executive Officer at the Financial Services Board of South Africa, with responsibility for insurance regulation and supervision. He was appointed to this position by the Minister of Finance in 2008. Before that he worked for 10 years for the National Treasury of South Africa on economic and financial sector policy issues.

Mr Dixon has a Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Domnhall Cullinan
Domnhall Cullinan
Director, Insurance Supervision, Central Bank of Ireland

Domhnall joined the Central Bank in 2003 and worked in various roles in insurance supervision before being appointed as Head of General Insurance Supervision in June 2012. In June 2014, Domhnall was appointed as Head of the Central Bank’s Anti-Money Laundering Division. Domhnall became Director of Insurance Supervision in September 2019. Prior to joining the Central Bank Domhnall worked in the Life and Pensions industry for 11 years. Domhnall sits on the Board of Supervisors of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and has represented Central Bank of Ireland at the EBA and the Financial Action Task Force.

Conor Donaldson
Conor Donaldson
Head of Implementation, International Association of Insurance Supervisors

Conor Donaldson joined the IAIS in July 2012 and currently serves as Head of Implementation, a position he has held since November 2017. In his current role, he supports the Implementation and Assessment Committee and manages IAIS work in the area of assessment, capacity building and supervisory development, financial inclusion and supervisory cooperation. Conor also represents IAIS Members in global forums focused on the implementation of international standards and works closely with the implementation partners, such as the Financial Stability Institute, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Access to Insurance Initiative, Asian Development Bank, and others to advance capacity building initiatives.

Conor is a member of the Toronto Centre’s Advisory Board on Insurance and Pensions, the Financial Stability Board’s Implementation Monitoring Network, and is a regular speaker and contributor to seminars and training events.

Michelle Fields
Michelle Fields
Superintendent of Insurance, Insurance Commission of the Bahamas

Mrs. Michele Fields was appointed Superintendent of the Insurance Commission of The Bahamas in January 2012. She was educated in The Bahamas and the United Kingdom, earning a B.A with Honours in Accounting at the University of Exeter, before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London, England. She has extensive experience in the public accounting arena and in senior management in the life insurance industry. Mrs. Fields has served as President of the Caribbean Association of Insurance and has represented the Caribbean and offshore region as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors. She is an ex-officio member of the Bahamas National Health Insurance Authority. She is a Charter Member of The Nassau Chapter of The Links, Inc. and is Vice-President of The Bahamas Girl Guides Association.

Jennifer Fitzgerald
Jennifer Fitzgerald
Co-Founder and CEO, Policygenius

Jennifer Fitzgerald is the CEO and co-founder of Policygenius, a leading provider of financial protection, from insurance to wills. Before starting Policygenius in 2014, she and her co-founder, Francois de Lame, were management consultants at McKinsey & Company. Jennifer was the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year New York and one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. She has shared insights in major publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and spoken at conferences such as the CB Insights Future of Fintech. Early in her career, she was a Peace Corps volunteer and did standup comedy. Jennifer is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Florida State University.

Marc Grandisson
Marc Grandisson
CEO, Arch Capital Group Ltd. and Chair, Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers

Marc Grandisson was promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Arch Capital Group Ltd (ACGL) on March 3, 2018 and was appointed to the Board in March 2018. From March 2018 to December 2020, he was also President of ACGL, and from January 2016 to March 2018, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of ACGL. Prior to that role, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arch Worldwide Reinsurance Group from 2005 to 2015, and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arch Worldwide Mortgage Group from February 2014 to December 2015. He joined Arch Reinsurance Ltd. in October 2001 as Chief Actuary. He subsequently held various leadership roles, including Chief Underwriting Officer and Actuary, President and Chief Operating Officer, eventually being named President and Chief Executive Officer at Arch Reinsurance Ltd.

Prior to joining Arch, he held various positions with the Berkshire Hathaway Group, F&G Re, Inc. and Tillinghast/Towers Perrin. He holds a B.Sc. in Actuarial Science from Université Laval in Canada and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Marc is the Chair of the Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers (ABIR).

Frank Grund
Frank Grund
Chief Executive Director of Insurance and Pensions Supervision, BaFin

Dr Frank Grund joined BaFin as Chief Executive Director of Insurance and Pension Funds Supervision in October 2015. Alongside this role, he is also an active member of EIOPA’s Board of Supervisors and the IAIS’s Executive Committee. Before moving to supervision, he served on various bodies in the insurance sector from 2012 to 2015.

Dr Grund was formerly CEO of Deutscher Ring Sach and Deutscher Ring Leben from 2008 to 2012 and took on the position of CEO of Basler Versicherungen Deutschland in 2003. Prior to this, he worked for Gerling-Konzern for 17 years, where he also served as a member of the board of management. Dr Grund holds a doctorate in law from the University of Bonn.

Norio Hida
Norio Hida
Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs, FSA, Japan

Mr. Hida joined the Financial Services Agency of Japan in September 2019 and currently serves as Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs. His main responsibilities include international insurance regulatory issues. Since November 2019, he has been serving as Japan’s representative on the International Association of Insurance Supervisors’ (IAIS) Executive Committee, the Policy Development Committee, the Macroprudential Committee, and is co-vice chair of the IAIS Executive Committee.

Mr. Hida started his career at the Bank of Japan (BOJ) in 1993, had extensive experiences in the areas of supervision of financial institutions and other policy areas. He also served as Policy Board Member executive staff at BOJ and as International Monetary Fund economist. Mr. Hida has held various management positions at BOJ such as Deputy General Manager, Chief Representative Office for the Americas, and Associate Director-General, Payment and Settlement System Department.

Mr. Hida has a bachelor’s degree in law from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and MBA from McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Norio Hida
Norio Hida
Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs, FSA, Japan

Mr. Hida joined the Financial Services Agency of Japan in September 2019 and currently serves as Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs. His main responsibilities include international insurance regulatory issues. Since November 2019, he has been serving as Japan’s representative on the International Association of Insurance Supervisors’ (IAIS) Executive Committee, the Policy Development Committee, the Macroprudential Committee, and is co-vice chair of the IAIS Executive Committee.

Mr. Hida started his career at the Bank of Japan (BOJ) in 1993, had extensive experiences in the areas of supervision of financial institutions and other policy areas. He also served as Policy Board Member executive staff at BOJ and as International Monetary Fund economist. Mr. Hida has held various management positions at BOJ such as Deputy General Manager, Chief Representative Office for the Americas, and Associate Director-General, Payment and Settlement System Department.

Mr. Hida has a bachelor’s degree in law from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and MBA from McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Allegra van Hövell-Patrizi
Allegra van Hövell-Patrizi
Chief Risk Officer and Member of the Management Board, Aegon N.V.

Allegra van Hövell-Patrizi was appointed Chief Risk Officer of Aegon N.V. on November 24, 2015, starting on January 1, 2016. Allegra has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, both working for large international companies and in an advisory capacity. Educated in France, she has extensive international experience, having worked in the UK, Benelux, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Romania and Russia.

Among the youngest ever to be elected as a Partner at McKinsey, Allegra was a member of the leadership team for banking, wholesale banking, and asset management and insurance. In addition, she contributed to a number of initiatives aimed at shaping the financial landscape in Europe.

Prior to working in the insurance sector, Allegra held various positions at the UK asset management company F&C Investments. She joined Prudential Plc in 2009, where as a member of the CEO office she was involved in helping define the group strategy and managing the US business, before focusing on risk, culminating in her appointment as Prudential’s Group Risk Director in 2013.

Peter Kochenburger
Peter Kochenburger
Professor, University of Connecticut School of Law and NAIC Consumer Representative

Peter Kochenburger is the Executive Director of the Insurance Law LL.M. Program, Deputy Director of the Insurance Law Center, and Associate Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He directs the Insurance Law LL.M. program and teaches courses in insurance law and regulation, including Principles of Insurance, Liability Insurance, and Comparative Insurance Regulation, which involves students and faculty from China, Europe and the United States. Professor Kochenburger also works in the area of new technologies and insurance, and is a member of the University’s Transportation Technology & Society Research Group.

He has published in the areas of Liability Insurance and Gun Violence, Climate Change and Insurance, International Insurance Regulation, and Big Data, Insurance and Consumer Protection. He is a funded Consumer Representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, serves on the New York DFS Consumer Protection Task Force, and is a consumer stakeholder with the International Association of Insurance Supervisors. He was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance in January 2020. Professor Kochenburger was elected to the American Law Institute in 2013, is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and holds his B.A. in history from Yale University.

Rob McIsaac
Rob McIsaac
Executive Vice President of Research and Consulting, Novarica

Rob McIsaac is an Executive Vice President of Research and Consulting and practice leader for life/annuity/benefits at Novarica. He has expertise in IT strategy and management for the insurance and financial services industries with experience in technology and business strategy for life, annuities, wealth management, and banking. He has broad experience in IT strategy and management in the insurance and financial services industries. Prior to joining Novarica, he led the Business Transformation Office at Nationwide Insurance; served as CIO for First Citizens Bank, a rapidly growing regional firm based in Raleigh, NC; and spent most of his career at Guardian Life, where he was the Divisional CIO responsible for annuity, distribution, and broker-dealer operations, and at Prudential Insurance, where he held a variety of positions, including leading e-business development efforts. Rob holds an MBA in Information Systems from Seton Hall University, a BA in Economics from Montclair State University, and a number of business and technical designations including FLMI and LLIF. He can be reached directly at rmcisaac@novarica.com.

Daragh Morrissey
Daragh Morrissey
Director for Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft Worldwide Financial Services

Daragh Morrissey is a Director oat Microsoft Worldwide Financial Services. His passion is enabling Microsoft customers to innovate through adoption of technology and culture transformation. He’s presented at Industry events such as SIBOS, Americas FinTech Conference, Money 20/20, and global Microsoft events (Inspire, Ready, and Envision). He is a Certified IT Architect Professional the International Association of Software Architects (IASA).

Susan Neely
Susan Neely
President and CEO, American Council of Life Insurers

Susan K. Neely is President and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), whose mission is to help families live better lives by achieving financial security and certainty. ACLI’s member companies represent 95 percent of industry assets and provide financial security products and services to 90 million families.

In her role, Neely has forged groundbreaking initiatives and partnerships on tax and retirement security policy, including passage of the SECURE Act in 2019, the first retirement security legislation passed in a decade. Under her leadership, ACLI launched the Economic Empowerment and Racial Equity Initiative to tackle issues like addressing systemic inequality and closing savings gaps. Life insurers are championing the adoption of enhanced protections that act in consumers’ best interest.

Neely is widely recognized as one of the most influential people in association leadership. She is a two-time trade association CEO of the year, one of Washingtonian’s "most influential people" and "100 Most Powerful Women in Washington." Neely also received the "Global Citizen of the Year Award" from Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy and International Relations and was recently elected as the vice president of the Global Federation of Insurance (GFIA).

A native of Iowa, Neely holds an undergraduate degree in journalism and French civilization from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University. She is the mother of two adult children, Eve and Ben.

Birgit Rutishauser
Birgit Rutishauser
Head of the Insurance Division, FINMA

Birgit Rutishauser (1972) completed her mathematics studies at ETH Zurich in 1998 and has been a qualified SAV Actuary (Swiss Association of Actuaries) since 2007.

Birgit Rutishauser began her actuarial career at various insurance and reinsurance companies. In 2006, she became a member of the Executive Board of Zurich Switzerland, initially as Chief Underwriting Officer, then as Head of online direct insurance and partnerships. From 2011, she spent four years on the Executive Board of Nationale Suisse as Chief Underwriting and Risk Management Officer.

Birgit Rutishauser joined FINMA in 2016 as head of the Risk Management section within the Insurance division. In this role, she was primarily responsible for the supervision of qualitative and quantitative risk management at supervised insurance companies and for establishing standard capital models and approving internal models for the Swiss Solvency Test (SST). She has been Head of the Insurance division and a member of the FINMA Executive Board since 17 September 2018.

The Board of Directors appointed Birgit Rutishauser as Deputy CEO with effect from 1 June 2019. This rotating role is vested in a member of the Executive Board.

Ali Safavi
Ali Safavi
Co-Founder and CEO, Vero

Ali Safavi is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vero. A mission-driven company focused on redefining how personal risk and insurance is managed. Before Vero, Ali was the Founding Global Head of Plug and Play Insurtech, where he established and led the Insurtech-focused innovation platform's growth to 6 global locations and over 90 partners. As a Partner in Plug and Play Ventures, he led over 70 investments in the insurtech and enterprise space.

Victoria Saporta
Victoria Saporta
Director, Prudential Policy in the Bank of England & the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA)

Vicky is Executive Director for Prudential Policy in the Bank of England and the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA).  She has held a number of positions in prudential policy, financial stability and monetary analysis in a career spanning over 25 years at the Bank of England. Vicky was at the heart of the macro prudential and micro prudential policy reforms undertaken by the Bank after the global financial crisis and has been leading the prudential policy work of the PRA since July 2016.

  

Vicky has represented the Bank on numerous international committees dealing with central banking and regulatory issues. Vicky is currently Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors. She is also a member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

Vicky holds a PhD in Economics, M.Phil in Finance from the University of Cambridge and a B.Sc in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics from the London School of Economics. She has published a number of articles in books, professional journals and Bank of England publications.

Scott Slyester
Scott Slyester
Executive Vice President and Head of International Businesses Prudential Financial, Inc.

Scott Sleyster is executive vice president and head of International Businesses for Prudential Financial, Inc. Prudential’s International Insurance segment has operations and joint ventures in 11 countries across Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Since joining Prudential, Sleyster has served in a variety of leadership positions, most recently as chief investment officer, managing Prudential’s $460 billion general account portfolio. He also has served as head of the Full-Service Retirement business, and chief financial officer for the Employee Benefits Division.Additionally, Sleyster has held roles in Prudential’s Treasury, Derivatives, and Investment Management units.

Since 2012, Sleyster has served on the Board of Directors for North Star Academy, one of New Jersey's first charter public schools. He earned an MBA from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Missouri. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

Kristen Sullivan
Kristen Sullivan
Partner and Americas Region Sustainability Services Leader, Deloitte

Kristen B. Sullivan is a partner and leads Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Sustainability and KPI services, working with clients to help address their sustainability and non-financial disclosure strategy needs. Kristen also serves as the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s (DTTL) Americas Region Sustainability Services Leader and the DTTL Integrated Reporting Community of Practice Leader. Kristen brings extensive experience in delivering sustainability risk assessment, governance, strategy alignment, measurement, reporting and assurance services.

Given the growing market emphasis on the importance of ESG standards and frameworks, Kristen serves as a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Community, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Assurance Task Force, the Sustainable Stock Exchange (SSE) Initiative Corporate Working Group, and serves as Chair of the AICPA Sustainability Task Force and member of the AICPA Materiality Task Force. She also served on the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Working Group. Kristen has authored a number of publications around the value of sustainability and non-financial disclosure and assurance, including conflict minerals and anti-human trafficking disclosure.

She was recognized as #10 on the 2020 Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Influence Leaders. Kristen has over 24 years of experience with Deloitte. Kristen is a CPA (CT, MO) and CGMA. She began her career with Deloitte in the Audit and Advisory services practice. She has also served in Deloitte’s National Office in several different capacities and served in a role working with the deputy CEO of Deloitte LLP focusing on regulatory and public policy matters.

Kristen serves as a member of the Eureka College Board of Trustees, the Stamford 2030 Advisory Board, and the Financial Women’s Association.

Craig Swan
Craig Swan
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Bermuda Monetary Authority

As Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Deputy CEO), Craig Swan is responsible for overseeing the Authority’s supervisory activities of banks, insurance, trust companies, digital assets and investment businesses. He also assists in the BMA’s ongoing planning and development, alongside sharing in the Authority’s executive management and participating in key external initiatives with government and industry stakeholders, both domestically and internationally.

Mr. Swan joined the Authority in 2006, and has held various positions in the Supervision Insurance, Policy & International Affairs and Risk departments.

Prior to joining the Authority, Mr. Swan worked as Controller and later Controller & Vice President, Strategic Information Services for Arthur J. Gallagher Bermuda from 2000 to 2006. Mr. Swan is a Certified General Accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute of Canada. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

Anna Sweeney
Anna Sweeney
Executive Director, Insurance, Prudential Regulation Authority, Bank of England and Chair, Sustainable Insurance Forum

Anna Sweeney is Executive Director, co-leading the Insurance Directorate with Charlotte Gerken. Anna is responsible for the supervision of the UK’s general insurance sector, including the Society of Lloyd’s. Anna is also leading a strategic review of the PRA and its target operating model.

The PRA’s approach to insurance supervision seeks to deliver the PRA’s statutory objectives to: promote the safety and soundness of the firms we regulate and contribute to the securing of an appropriate degree of protection for those who are or may become policyholders.

Anna was previously Director of Insurance Supervision since 2017. Anna is an experienced insurance and banking regulator, having previously led the supervision of a number of the largest banks and insurers.

Dr. Suthiphon Thaveechaiyagarn
Dr. Suthiphon Thaveechaiyagarn
Secretary General, Office of Insurance Commission, Thailand

Dr. Thaveechaiyagarn has served for the positions of Secretary-General and Insurance Commissioner, Office of Insurance Commission of Thailand since November 2015.

He has legal background by obtaining LL.B (Hons.) from Thammasat University, Barrister at Law (Thai Bar), LL.M. from Harvard University, LL.M and S.J.D. from University of Pennsylvania and was also a recipient of the King’s Scholarship from Thailand.

Before joining the Insurance Commission, Dr. Thaveechaiyagarn has working experiences in various fields including a judge of the Court of Justice for 12 years, Secretary-General of the Election Commission, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commissioner and State Audit Commissioner. He was also served as the Chairman of the Anti – Money Laundering Board during 2015 – 2016. For academic work, Dr. Thaveechaiyagarn has taught laws in leading universities and the Institute of Legal Education, Thai Bar Association.

Alex Timm
Alex Timm
Co-Founder and CEO, Root Insurance

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 Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Root, Alex leads the company in revolutionizing this outdated industry, using mobile technology and data science to offer personalized auto insurance rates to good drivers.

Throughout his career in insurance, Alex has built expertise in pricing and reserving, finance, and merger and acquisitions. Before co-founding Root, Alex worked at Nationwide Insurance as a senior strategy consultant for the property and casualty lines of the business. Alex is based in Columbus, Ohio and is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Suzette Vogelsang
Suzette Vogelsang
Head of Banking, Insurance, Co-operative Financial Institutions and FMI Supervision, South African Reserve Bank

Suzette Vogelsang is currently the Head of the Banking, Insurance and FMI Supervisory Department in the Prudential Authority of the South African Reserve Bank.

Suzette’s current supervisory responsibilities include the prudential supervision, on both a solo and group basis (where relevant), of the small to medium size life and non-life insurance companies, small to medium size banks (including foreign branches), and the solo prudential supervision of Financial Markets Infrastructures (securities and derivatives only).

Suzette was also responsible for managing the team who finalised the technical requirements of the new risk based solvency regime that was introduced into legislation in South Africa in 2018. Suzette represents the Prudential Authority in various industry forums in South Africa. Suzette is currently the 3rd Vice Chair of the IAS Exco representing the emerging and developing markets jursidctions. She is also the IAIS Regional Coordinator of the Sub-Sahara Africa region.