Swiss Re Institute Symposium (EMEA) - The impact of technology on the risk and insurance landscape

6 - 7 November 2017

Location: Rüschlikon/Zurich, Switzerland


Rapid technological change has given rise to new types of companies and business models. Technological innovations can provide opportunity and new ways to mitigate risk. The increased use of data and data analytics can be helpful in improving risk management. Technology affects almost everything we do.

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Presentations day 1


Monday, 6 November 2017


Registration and welcome coffee


Opening remarks
Jean-Jacques Henchoz, CEO Reinsurance EMEA, Swiss Re


The Swiss Re Institute
Jeffrey Bohn, Director Swiss Re Institute


Panel discussion on fostering resilience
Moderated by Jeffrey Bohn, Director Swiss Re Institute

David Bresch, Professor for Weather and Climate Risks, ETH Zurich
Yves Daccord, Director-General, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Michel Liès, Former CEO, Swiss Re
Gervais Rufyikiri, Executive-in-Residence, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), and former Vice-President of Burundi


Reception followed by dinner

This event may be photographed, filmed and/ or recorded. A summary of the event, pictures and/or a video of the event in which you may appear may be posted and made available on Swiss Re’s and the Swiss Re Institute's internal and external websites and in printed materials.

Presentations day 2


Tuesday, 7 November 2017


Registration and coffee


Welcome and intro
Jeffrey Bohn, Director Swiss Re Institute


Keynote 1: Smarter everything: Connected - intelligent - autonomous
Roland Siegwart, Director Autonomous Systems Lab,  ETH Zurich
Rainer Baumann, Head Group Digital & Information Service, Swiss Re


Keynote 2: Using planetary-scale data analysis to manage natural peril risk
Noel Gorelick, Software Engineer, Google; Author of Google Moon, Google Mars and Co-Founder of Google Earth Engine
Martin Bertogg, Head Cat Perils, Swiss Re


Networking break

Visit market place during networking


Breakout sessions 

  • Cyber risks in an interconnected world
    Ian Bird, Director, Cyence Risk Analytics
    Philippe Aerni, Head Fin Pro, Swiss Re
    Philipp Hurni, Senior Business Analyst Cyber Insurance, Swiss Re
  • Renewable energy at a tipping point?
    Joan MacNaughton, Chair of The Climate Group and of the Energy Academy of Europe
    Stuart Brown, Head of EMEA – Asia/Pacific Origination, Weather & Energy, Swiss Re
  • Copy-paste: The new age of genome editing
    Wilhelm Gruissem, Professor for Plant Biotechnology, ETH Zurich
    Christoph Nabholz, Head R&D L&H, Swiss Re



Visit market place during lunch


Breakout sessions

  • Machine intelligence @ Swiss Re
    Marco Varone, President and CTO, Expert System
    Gianluca Antonini, Head Machine Intelligence & Strategy, Swiss Re
  • Big data, big impact: Redefining obesity and type 2 diabetes
    Arjun Panesar, Co-Founder and CEO,
    Charlotte Summers, COO,
    Kelvyn Young, Head L&H Partnerships, Swiss Re
  • Blockchain: Technology with a purpose
    Alessandro Sorniotti, Research Staff Member, IBM Zurich Research Lab
    Paul Meeusen, Head Distributed Ledger Technogy, Swiss Re




Keynote 3: The challenges of an ageing population
Doug Brown, Director of Research and Development, Alzheimer's Society
Francis Blumberg, Head L&H Products Solutions, Swiss Re


John Dacey, Group Chief Strategy Officer, Swiss Re; Chairman Swiss Re Institute




Optional coffee and networking

This event may be photographed, filmed and/ or recorded. A summary of the event, pictures and/or a video of the event in which you may appear may be posted and made available on Swiss Re’s and the Swiss Re Institute's internal and external websites and in printed materials.


Photos by: David Ausserhofer

About the event

We live in an age of exponential change. It impacts how we view the world, how we navigate our space, how we interact with our environment, how we understand ourselves. That change could be the increasing prevalence of artificial intelligence; it could be gene editing technology; it could be blockchain. The risks related to these technologies are no longer abstract, they are quantifiable, can be modelled, and are available in real time.

The Swiss Re Institute is the bold and challenging response of Swiss Re to our changing world of risk. The Institute will provide new structure and thinking to our management of risk and the risk of our clients. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the first Swiss Re Institute Symposium on 6 and 7 November 2017 at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue in Rüschlikon.

We discussed the most significant technologies and innovations in the field of risk management with leading global experts from within Swiss Re, and prominent researchers from their specialist fields such as Noel Gorelik, Author of Google Moon & Google Mars and a founder of the Google Earth Engine, Roland Siegwart, Professor of Autonomous Systems at ETH Zurich, and Doug Brown, Director of Research and Development from Alzheimer's Society UK. In addition, a high level panel of private and public sector stakeholders addressed the widening global insurance protection gap, relevant to not only economic growth but also social stability and resilience.

About the Swiss Re Institute

Launched in 2017, the Swiss Re Institute combines Swiss Re's powerful expertise with world class external research partners to deliver powerful insights on current and future issues affecting the re/insurance industry – and the world at large. See the Insitute's mandate and organisation.


Market place

During breaks, our Swiss Re experts will be available to present the following topics at the market stands:

Swiss Re Institute
Combining Swiss Re expertise together with world-class research partners to create impactful insights

Enabling dynamic pricing of flight delays for insurance purposes

CatNet and beyond
Making your businesses and lives more resilient with our expertise

Liability Risk Drivers
Swiss Re’s cutting edge approach to cost liability business

Liability Solutions
Liability Exposure Overview Portfolio Accumulation & Risk Drill Down

Predictive modelling
A case study in marine to assess marine risks more accurately

Digital and Smart Analytics Services
Using big datea, text analytics, machine learning and visual analytics to generate insights and develop digital business models

Do more with Magnum
Automated underwriting system

Meeting the new needs of an older population
Offerings that appeal to seniors with a combination of financial security and specific services