13th CRO Assembly: Our changing risk landscape

27 - 29 Nov 2017

Location: Rüschlikon/Zurich, Switzerland

Summary

Game-changing political developments, fake news, artificial intelligence, and climate change are just a few of the big challenging questions for the insurance industry. Leading experts gathered at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue and discussed how to tackle the risks ahead.

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Presentations Day 1

 

Monday 27 November 2017

18.30

Apero

19.30

Welcome dinner

 

Tuesday 28 November 2017

 

BLOCK 1: Political and societal risk

08.00

Coffee and networking

08.30

Welcome and introduction to day one
Patrick Raaflaub, Group CRO, Swiss Re
Anna Maria D'Hulster, Secretary General, The Geneva Association

08.45

Keynote 1: Making sense of the world's game-changing political developments
John Hulsman, Senior Columnist, City AM and President, John C. Hulsman Enterprises

09.30

Keynote 2: Risks from fake news and information overload: managing chaos and confusion
Frank Sesno, Anchor and Washington Bureau Chief, CNN (1984-2009) and Director, School of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University

10.15

Coffee break

10.45

Keynote 3: Politics and propaganda: What are the risks ahead?
Ben Nimmo, Senior Fellow for Information Defence, Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab

11.30

Panel discussion on political and societal risk

Moderator:
Daniel Hofmann, Senior Advisor, Financial Stability and Insurance Economics, The Geneva Association

Panellists:
John Hulsman, Senior Columnist, City AM and President, John C. Hulsman Enterprises
Ben Nimmo, Senior Fellow for Information Defence, Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab
Frank Sesno, Anchor and Washington Bureau Chief, CNN (1984-2009) and Director, School of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University
Raj Singh, Group Chief Risk Officer, Standard Life

12.15

Lunch

 

BLOCK 2: The role of technology in risk

13.20

Interactive breakout sessions on the role of technology in risk (Round 1)

1. Liquid biopsies
Paul Murray, Chief Pricing Officer, Life & Health Products, Swiss Re

2. Digital identity and sensitive data on blockchains
David Birch, Director of Innovation, Consult Hyperion

3. Autonomous machines
Frieder Knuepling, Group Chief Risk Officer, SCOR
Philippe Beraud, Head Emerging Risks, SCOR

4. Integrating wearables, gamification, big data & karma to impact healthy behaviour
Abhishek Sharma, Chief Marketing Officer, GOQii Inc

5. Chatbots: The rise of automated insurance agents
Susanna Tron, Analytics Specialist, Insights & Analytics, P&C IT, Swiss Re
Peter Münzenmayer, Head DSA Consulting EMEA, Swiss Re

14.05

Break

14.15

Keynote 4: Insurance of the future: How technology will impact the insurance value chain
Christian Mumenthaler, Group Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Re

14.45

Keynote 5: Ethical use of real-time data in underwriting
Courtney Bowman, Head of Privacy and Civil Liberties Engineering Team, Palantir Technologies

15.30

Coffee break

15.50

Interactive breakout sessions on the role of technology in risk (Round 2)

1. Liquid biopsies
Paul Murray, Chief Pricing Officer, Life & Health Products, Swiss Re

2. Digital identity and sensitive data on blockchains
David Birch, Director of Innovation, Consult Hyperion

3. Autonomous machines
Frieder Knuepling, Group Chief Risk Officer, SCOR
Philippe Beraud, Head Emerging Risks, SCOR

4. Integrating wearables, gamification, big data & karma to impact healthy behaviour
Abhishek Sharma, Chief Marketing Officer, GOQii Inc

5. Chatbots: The rise of automated insurance agents
Susanna Tron, Analytics Specialist, Insights & Analytics, P&C IT, Swiss Re
Peter Münzenmayer, Head DSA Consulting EMEA, Swiss Re

16.35

Break

16.45

Keynote 6: The real risks of artificial intelligence
Shannon Vallor, Professor of Philosophy, Santa Clara University

17.30

End of day one

18.00

Apero and networking

19.00

Dinner and evening entertainment

Presentations Day 2

 

Wednesday 29 November 2017

 

BLOCK 3: Emerging risks and opportunities

08.00

Coffee and networking

08.30

Welcome and introduction to day two
Patrick Raaflaub, Group CRO, Swiss Re

08.40

Keynote 7: Smart cities
Norbert Ender, Smart Cities Executive, IBM Switzerland

09.20

Keynote 8: Climate change, migration and human health
Kacey Ernst, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Arizona

10.00

Coffee break

10.30

Keynote 9: Reinventing insurance
Christina Kehl, Managing Director & Board Member, Swiss Finance Startups

11.10

Panel discussion on emerging risks and opportunities

Moderator:
Nina Arquint, Head Group Qualitative Risk Management, Swiss Re

Panellists:
Norbert Ender, Leader Smart Cities Switzerland and Austria, IBM
Kacey Ernst, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Arizona
Christina Kehl, Managing Director & Board Member, Swiss Finance Startups

 11.40

Keynote 10: And what does the Board do about all these challenges? 
Walter Kielholz, Chairman of the Board, Swiss Re

12.20

Closing remarks
Patrick Raaflaub, Group CRO, Swiss Re

12.30

Lunch

14.00

End of conference

Gallery

Photos by: David Ausserhofer

About the event

Chief Risk Officers are tasked with navigating through a world that is at times uncertain, complex and ambiguous. At the 13th CRO Assembly, which was held 27 - 29 November 2017, Chief Risk Officers and Senior Risk Leaders from around the world were invited to discuss emerging risks and opportunities for the global insurance industry. The topic of the Assembly was "Our changing risk landscape".

Among the topics that were addressed at the conference are the world's game changing political developments, the ethical use of real-time data in underwriting, the real risks of artificial intelligence and the impact of climate change on migration and human health.

The event featured keynote speeches, interactive panel discussions and breakout sessions led by industry experts, key stakeholders and leading thinkers from diverse backgrounds.

Speakers

Organisers

The 13th Chief Risk Officer Assembly is being organised and hosted by Swiss Re in cooperation with The Geneva Association and the CRO Forum. The goal of the annual event is to promote understanding of modern risk management in insurance and the role of the CRO. Another objective of the CRO Assembly is to raise awareness of risk management practices in other industries in order to facilitate the cross-fertilisation of ideas and concepts.

The+Geneva+Association

Founded in 1973 by the CEOs of global insurers, The Geneva Association is an international insurance think tank that produces and distributes high-quality research and analysis on global strategic insurance and risk management issues.

Our research promotes policy-related and public discussions among our Members, academics, standard setters, policymakers, governments, international organisations and the public at large. Our objective is to educate and develop understanding on the unique role and importance of insurance in economies and for societies through publications, conferences and active discourse with policymakers and others.

The Association takes an active role in discussions with policymakers, central bankers, regulators and supervisors on behalf of the insurance industry.

CRO+Forum

The CRO Forum is a group of professional risk managers from the insurance industry that focuses on developing and promoting industry best practices in risk management. The Forum consists of Chief Risk Officers from large multinational insurance companies. It aims to represent the members' views on key risk management topics, including emerging risks.


The Swiss Re Institute aims to build on Swiss Re's position as the thought leader in the re/insurance industry by developing and publishing industry-relevant research from internal experts and external partners.

The institute engages with stakeholders by sharing insights, tailored services and products to enable risk-focused decision making and smarter solutions to manage risk.

Swiss Re is dedicated to making the world more resilient, working with the market, policy makers and partners to reach the underinsured.