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The first era in big data and analytics in insurance is over.  Organizations like yours now understand the benefit that having an established data and analytics department can have in terms of better fraud detection, increased claims efficiency and outlier detection.  Now that the gains have been realized, insurance firms are questioning how best they can utilize the data that they have to monetize machine learning models, enhance customer interactions with AI and improve their existing data infrastructure to add as much value as possible to the organization. 

Covering the topics you need to know to excel as a data ambassador in your organization, CDAOI Insurance will be focused on enhancing the value of AI throughout the insurance lifecycle, data governance and keeping the customer at the center of everything you do.  With a range of keynote presentations, panel discussions and focus groups centered around what you really need to consider with your peers, this event is not to be missed.

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Don't Miss CDAOI Insurance 2019

  • Join data and analytics leaders from top insurance institutions and discuss the specific challenges you are faced with daily 
  • Participate in two days filled with peer-lead discussions with our top-notch speakers
  • Network face-to-face with other insurance professionals, giving you the unique opportunity to dive deep into the specific hurdles your industry is faced with
  • You'll leave CDAOI Insurance with key takeaways that you will be able to implement into your daily practices the second you return to the office 

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Meet the Advisory Board

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Dihui Lai

Senior Data Scientist , Reinsurance Group of America

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Dihui Lai

Senior Data Scientist , Reinsurance Group of America

Dihui Lai is a Senior Data Scientist in the Global Research and Data Analytic department of RGA Reinsurance Company. He uses statistical modeling and predictive analytics for various insurance applications: predictive model based pricing, AI-augmented underwriting, experience study. He has years of experience with machine learning and big data technologies. Before RGA, Dihui did researches on computational neuroscience (real intelligence instead of artificial intelligence). Dihui got his Ph.D. in physics from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Sean Keenan

VP Model Risk Governance Data & Analytics , New York Life

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Sean Keenan

VP Model Risk Governance Data & Analytics , New York Life

Sean Keenan is VP for Model Risk Governance Data & Analytics for New York Life Insurance Company.  Sean has several decades of experience in applied econometrics and information systems management.  He also has a strong background in model risk management within finance, previously working as Senior MD for Model Risk Management at AIG and Quantitative Risk Analytics Leader at GE Capital.  Sean has a PhD in Economics from New York University.

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Xiaobo Shao

VP Data Audit , Chubb

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Xiaobo Shao

VP Data Audit , Chubb

Xiaobo Shao is the Vice President of data audit at Chubb.  A seasoned professional with expertise in big analytic strategy, capability and best practice, CRM segmentation and targeting, predictive modeling and insurance claim model development and implementation, Xiaobo has previously held roles at AIG, American Express and Columbia House.

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Dean Cowger

VP Information Management and Analytics , Travelers

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Dean Cowger

VP Information Management and Analytics , Travelers

Dean Cowger is the business intelligence lead for the $14 billion plus Business Insurance segment, responsible for developing and delivering industry leading solutions in support of Travelers information advantage strategy.  His team works closely with our business segments and functional areas to deliver actionable and convenient analytic solutions.   He also leads the enterprise distribution data and analytic strategy across all Travelers segments.  Dean led the creation of a proprietary distributor data/analytic product resulting in a transformative data/analytic driven approach to prospecting and sales. 

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Asif Syed

Head of Data & Analytics Governance , Hartford Steam Boiler

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Asif Syed

Head of Data & Analytics Governance , Hartford Steam Boiler

Asif is an accomplished data & analytics professional with over 20 years of experience, using advanced analytics, predictive modelling, machine learning & data management techniques, to drive better business decisions in the insurance and financial services industry.  His specialties include data & analytics strategy, predictive modelling, data mining, insurance underwriting & pricing analytics, big data, business intelligence and marketing analytics.  Asif is currently Head of Data & Analytics Governance at Hartford Steam Boiler.  Prior to joining HSB, he held roles at XL Group, The Hartford, COMSYS ( Yale New Haven Health System) and Tata Consultancy Services.  Asif has an MBA in Finance & Marketing from University of Connecticut and Masters in Applied Physics from Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Kharagpur.

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Tom White

VP Clinical Informatics and Data Strategy , CDPHP

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Tom White

VP Clinical Informatics and Data Strategy , CDPHP

Tom White is the Vice President of Clincal Informatics and Data Strategy at CDPHP.  Tom’s team is focused on further accelerating CDPHP's ability to use advanced analytic, data mining, and informatics strategies to optimize the Quadruple Aim (overall quality of care, cost-effectiveness; and member and provider satisfaction). They are actively developing innovative strategies to further leapfrog ahead of our competition and maximize the value we deliver to our members and providers.  Tom is leading and growing a team of data scientists, statisticians, data visualization experts, clinicians, epidemiologists and health services researchers to drive those initiatives.  Tom has a Master’s degree in Infomatics from the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Nurses.

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Henna Karna

Chief Data Officer , AXA XL

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Henna Karna

Chief Data Officer , AXA XL

Henna is AXA XL’s Chief Data Officer and is responsible for its digital & data evolution & transformation. A recognized expert on digital strategy, data analytics and organic & inorganic transformation, she has more than 20 years of experience leading innovative digital/data strategies in the risk management & insurance industry. Her skills include bleeding-edge innovations, end-to-end transformations, and development of proprietary data-driven risk solutions comprising genetic cognitive learning, behavior modeling, proprietary algorithms and deep neural networks.

Before joining AXA XL, Henna served as managing director and global head of actuarial technology and operations for AIG, where she oversaw actuarial technology strategy and operations. Earlier, she was president of Verisk Digital, a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics. She has worked for the government, successfully sold start-ups, sat on for-profit Boards, and advised numerous Fortune 500 companies on their digital innovation and disruption strategies.

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Lisa Martinelli

Chief Privacy & Data Ethics Officer , Highmark Health

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Lisa Martinelli

Chief Privacy & Data Ethics Officer , Highmark Health

Lisa Martinelli is vice president and chief privacy and data ethics officer for Highmark Health; the nation’s third largest integrated health care delivery and financing system, employing more than 37,000 people and serving 40 million Americans in 50 states. Lisa joined Highmark in 2002.

As Chief Privacy and Data Ethics Officer, Ms. Martinelli oversees the privacy and data governance program for the enterprise. She ensures that executive management and the Board of Directors are aware of significant privacy and data concerns and that the behavior within organization meets the standards of all relevant laws, rules and regulations, ethical principles and best practices. She also develops policies and procedures, corporate-wide training and educational programs and works closely with Highmark Health customers, IT and security areas.  She sets strategic direction and analyzes issues related to information privacy, data governance, ethical use of data, cyber laws and policies.

Ms. Martinelli earned her bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and political science from the University of Pittsburgh, summa cum laude.  She also received her Juris Doctor in healthcare law from the University of Pittsburgh.  More recently, Ms. Martinelli has earned a master's degree in moral theology from Duquesne University, and she is a Ph.D. candidate in bioethics and healthcare ethics at the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University focusing on organizational ethics. 

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Scott Cohanpour

Data Officer , Speciality Insurance Division of Munich Re America

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Scott Cohanpour

Data Officer , Speciality Insurance Division of Munich Re America

Scott is an innovative and industry-leading Chief Data Officer with extensive proven track record in, Enterprise Data Strategy, Data Governance, Data Monetization, Digital & Data Transformation, Big Data Analytics, Warehousing, and Master Data Management.  Scott has built and is now in the process of implementing an innovative data transformation strategy for the commercial insurance division of Munich Re. The new landscape is built to be flexible and robust, while allowing for proper data governance.  Scott is the winner of Gartner’s Excellence Award and has previously held the roles of Executive Consultant at Gerson Lehrman Group and Americas Data Officer for Swiss Re.  He has a degree in computer science and mathematics from Hofstra University. 

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Cindy Forbes

Chief Analytics Officer , Manulife Financial

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Cindy Forbes

Chief Analytics Officer , Manulife Financial

Cindy Forbes is Executive Vice President and Chief Analytics Officer of Manulife and is a member of the Company’s Global Leadership Team. Prior to this role, she served as Chief Actuary.  Ms. Forbes oversees the Company’s analytics function worldwide. She has spent more than 30 years with Manulife holding senior finance roles in the Reinsurance, Investment and U.S. divisions. Previously, she worked in the Company’s Asian operations, where Manulife offers a diverse range of products including individual life insurance, group insurance plans, pensions and wealth management products across 10 territories.

Ms. Forbes was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in 2011 and again in 2015. She holds positions on a number of external boards including the International Insurance Society.

Her industry knowledge and international experience, combined with the diverse roles she has held in her career, give her a unique perspective on the future state of the analytics function and the insurance industry.

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Nimesh Mehta

Chief Information Officer , National Life Group

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Nimesh Mehta

Chief Information Officer , National Life Group

Nimesh Mehta is the Chief Information Officer of National Life Group, focusing on effectively aligning business and technology to create a strategic vision and tactical direction for the company with a constant consumer centric focus. His proven track record in developing transformative strategies within an emerging, fast paced organization brought him to the company in 2008. Prior to joining National Life Group, Nimesh served in various leadership positions at Lincoln Financial Group for over 14 years. Today he leads a highly experienced team managing the complexities of all components of transformation, innovation and legacy modernization. He also serves on various advisory boards bringing a unique perspective of market and industry direction. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering with specialization in Chip designing from Case Western Reserve University. He has since received an MBA from Case Western Reserve University concentrating in Strategy, Marketing and Finance. National Life Group is a diversified family of financial service companies that offer a comprehensive portfolio of life insurance, annuity and investment products to help individuals, families and businesses pursue their financial goals. National Life Group, a Fortune 1000 company, serves 840,000 customers. With $30 billion of assets under management, 2011 revenue of $1.5 billion and net income of $124 million, members of National Life Group employ roughly 900 employees, with most located at its home office in Montpelier, Vermont. Group companies also maintain offices in Texas, New York, and California. The Group is made up of its flagship company, National Life Insurance Company, founded in Montpelier, Vermont in 1848; Life Insurance Company of the Southwest, founded in 1955, Addison, Texas, and Sentinel Investments and Equity Services, Inc., both based in Montpelier.

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James Gottshall

VP Strategic Analytics , AXA XL

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James Gottshall

VP Strategic Analytics , AXA XL

Jim is Vice President for Strategic Analytics at AXA XL.  Within his role, Jim partners with business leaders to help them achieve their strategic initiatives by leveraging advanced analytical, leadership, and change management skills.  Jim excels in his role by creating unique solutions that leverage the knowledge of his business partners while infusing a new culture of data-driven decision making.  Prior to his role at AXA XL, Jim was AVP Strategy Analytics Manager at Selective Insurance, where he managed and led the business analytics team that is responsible for infusing operational and advanced analytics into the insurance operation.  He has Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Penn State University.

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Upendra Belhe

Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Gen Re

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Upendra Belhe

Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Gen Re

Dr. Belhe is widely known for his ability to drive business outcomes and transformations through data insights. He is reputed for synergizing technology, data and analytics advancements with business strategic objectives.  In his current position, Dr. Belhe is responsible for developing and executing on the Strategic Data and Analytics Agenda for Gen Re's Property and Casualty business.  He is Experienced in building and mentoring high energy teams of cross-functional strengths including advanced analytics skilled members along with purely business passionate professionals from ground up.  Dr. Belhe is also experienced in coaching and mentoring towards developing predictive models using advanced methods and leveraging sophisticated tools for mining structured and unstructured data.

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Gene Boomer

Senior Enterprise Data Architect , Protective Insurance

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Gene Boomer

Senior Enterprise Data Architect , Protective Insurance

Gene Boomer has 25-plus years of experience in IT with a specific focus on Data Strategy and Architecture for the past 15-plus years. Many of those years were spent as a Consultant working for various Fortune 500 companies, with the last few years spent working in the Corporate world for companies within the Financial/Insurance industry. Currently the Enterprise Data Architect at Protective Insurance, Gene was brought in to help establish an Enterprise Data Strategy and lead a number of data initiatives as Protective Insurance focuses on utilization of their data assets across the company. Gene is a founding member and current President of DAMA Indiana, an affiliate of DAMA International, based in Indianapolis. Gene holds a BS degree in Computer and Information Sciences from The Ohio State University and is CDMP (Master Level) certified.

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Katie Meyers

SVP & Chief Data Officer , Farmers Insurance

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Katie Meyers

SVP & Chief Data Officer , Farmers Insurance

Katie serves as SVP, Chief Data Officer for Farmers Insurance.  She is responsible for centralized Analytic, Financial, Customer, and Operational Staging Data along with the company’s Financial Systems.  Katie drives data strategy, innovation, and emerging capability discovery while being accountable for data delivery, operations, and compliance at enterprise and local levels.  Over 10 years, she has shepherded the Farmers organization through creation and orchestrated management of traditional business intelligence, financial data excellence, customer master data/360 intelligence, and big data capabilities.  Katie co-leads the Farmers Artificial Intelligence consortium and co-sponsors the Farmers Data & Analytics Council, federating communities of departmentally aligned data scientists and emerging initiatives for collective progress and impact across the enterprise.

Prior to Farmers, Katie’s spent a decade in data-focused management consulting and engineering.  She holds an Engineering M.S. and B.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Joel Atkins

AVP Analytics , CNA Insurance

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Joel Atkins

AVP Analytics , CNA Insurance

Joel is the AVP of Analytics for CNA Insurance.  Joel has a background as an actuary and has previously held of the role of Actuarial Director for Zurich Financial Services.  Joel has performed numerous financial and quantitative analyses to inform management and support business strategies – both on a tactical level in the business unit and on a strategic level in the corporate area. During this time, he has helped build the team and has also collaborated with other areas to build, implement, and support a number of tools that give real time insights into the business.  Joel’s specialties include statistical inference, mathematical modeling, customer relationships, actuarial science and risk management.

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Rob Galbraith

Former Director Underwriting Research , USAA

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Rob Galbraith

Former Director Underwriting Research , USAA

Rob Galbraith is the author of The End Of Insurance As We Know It and has over 20 years of experience in the P&C insurance industry in a variety of positions. He holds a Master's of Science in Insurance Management from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Michigan State University. Rob is a recognized thought leader on P&C insurance who is a published author and media contributor.
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Michael Bernico

Lead Data Scientist , State Farm Insurance

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Michael Bernico

Lead Data Scientist , State Farm Insurance

Mike is the Lead Data Scientist at State Farm Insurance.  Mike helped to start the Data Science practice at State Farm.  Along the way, he has been applying machine learning, deep learning, and artificial intelligence to business problems, and evangelizing for ML informed decision making, since about 2013.

Mike believes that data scientists that can consult, build models, test their code, and deploy code to production are impossibly valuable and can drive change.  In his time as a data scientist, Mike has built a novel system that uses computer vision and deep learning to estimate property damage, an Apache Spark based lamba architecture system for identifying IT outages in an extremely complicated application and a system to identify trends and anomalies in insurance claims data, using text analytics.

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Kevin Wondra

Director of Innovation , Society Insurance

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Kevin Wondra

Director of Innovation , Society Insurance

Kevin is the Director of Innovation at Society Insurance.  Within his role, Kevin provides leadership, strategy and direction for corporate innovative solutions and improvements.  He leads the innovation team in the development, implementation and execution of the company’s innovation strategy to support profitable growth and enhance brand equity and culture.  Kevin has a background in sales, marketing and claims.  He has a degree in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a master of science in Insurance Management from Boston University.

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Brad Lipic

VP Head of Global Data Strategy , Reinsurance Group of America

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Brad Lipic

VP Head of Global Data Strategy , Reinsurance Group of America

As Vice President, Head of Global Data Strategy for RGA’s Global Research & Data Analytics department, Brad Lipic helps clients find analytics-based solutions to key business questions. Brad joined RGA in 2015 with more than 10 years of experience in designing, developing and deploying predictive modeling and analytic solutions in multiple industries.

Prior to joining RGA, Brad worked for Deloitte Consulting, LLP and Berkley Medical Excess Underwriters, advising multiple Fortune 500 companies on how to grow their business analytics capabilities through effective use of internal and external data, technology, processes and operating models. Brad’s analytics experience spans financial services, insurance, life sciences, healthcare, consumer and industrial products, and federal and state governments.

Brad received a B.S. degree in actuarial science, with computer science and business administration focus, from Maryville University of St. Louis and is a Certified SAS Programmer.

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David Hopewell

Chief Data and Innovation Officer , Transamerica

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David Hopewell

Chief Data and Innovation Officer , Transamerica

David Hopewell is the Chief Data and Innovation Officer at Transamerica.  Within his role, he David ensure that all areas of the business are able to benefit from AI, data and analytics.  David has previously worked at Chief Product Officer for Transamerica, where he led product development and inforce management for Transamerica’s US product lines.  He has also held the position of Chief Financial Officer.  David is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. 

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Sardar Afra

Manager of Data Science , American Family Insurance

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Sardar Afra

Manager of Data Science , American Family Insurance

Sardar is a business-minded data scientist with broad spectrum of domain expertise and proven track record of delivering valuable insights and action-oriented solutions to challenging business problems via machine learning and advanced data-driven techniques.

Sardar is now a Manager of Data Science at American Family Insurance with more than ten years of experience in leading-edge Statistical Machine Learning, Big Data Queries and Interpretation, Predictive Modeling, Data-Driven Personalization, Deep Learning, Business Intelligence (BI), and Agile Management focusing on applications of Artificial Intelligence in Insurance, Retailing, Health Care, and Energy industries.

 Prior to joining American Family Insurance, Sardar was a senior data scientist at Sears Holdings and Lynntech inc., working on exciting retail and computer vision projects and government agencies as direct client. His PhD work determined the applications of machine learning and model order reduction in subsurface modeling (reservoir simulation) and data assimilation (history matching and uncertainty quantification).

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Lorenzo Ball

VP Data Strategy & Analytics , Ameritas

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Lorenzo Ball

VP Data Strategy & Analytics , Ameritas

Lorenzo is a seasoned technology executive who over the past 14 years has been enabling fortune 500 companies to startups develop strategies, solutions and operations around data and analytics. He has assisted in helping companies and senior executives realize the value of their data through business performance, product creation and operational enhancements. He is focused on defining enterprise solutions and advising executives in their business transformation requirements as they mature in using data as an enabling tool.

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Marta Magnuszewska

Senior Analytics Leader Claims Organization , Allstate Insurance

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Marta Magnuszewska

Senior Analytics Leader Claims Organization , Allstate Insurance

Marta has been working for Allstate for 11 years, and has held various positions throughout. Beginning as a Competitive Product Analyst within the Quantitative Research and Analytics organization, she was using Business Intelligent Tool, Tableau, to visually communicate trends in data, all while contributing to major decision making for rating, sales, and market growth opportunities for Allstate. Later as a Claims Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Leader for analytics, Marta introduced visual analytics, using Tableau to senior leaders and 300+ field investigators of Allstate SIU. This led the embrace of “big” data, innovative technology, and consequently integrated visual analytics and predictive modeling in the fight against insurance fraud. Marta staffed and managed the Special Investigations Analytics Team and facilitated the creation, deployment, and adoption of “self-service” tools. This contributed greatly in improving investigators’ efficiencies.

Since then, Marta has advanced to becoming the Senior Analytics Leader for Reporting and Operational Analytics, where she is focused on transforming the consumption of analytics from an information portal to an analytical workbench. 

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Calvin Strong

VP Claims Operations , MetLife

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Calvin Strong

VP Claims Operations , MetLife

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Dennis Nilsson

AVP Head of Advanced Analytics , TD Insurance

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Dennis Nilsson

AVP Head of Advanced Analytics , TD Insurance

Dennis has substantial international experience in advanced analytics from four countries and in sectors of insurance, finance and university. He holds a Ph.d. in Mathematics and has significant expertise in building an analytics center of excellence and directing regional operations to maximize efficiency, profitability and growth. Dennis is original from Denmark but has been living in Toronto since 2015. Today, he is leading the Advanced Analytics Insurance team for TD, one of the largest financial institutions in North America, serving more than 25 million customers worldwide.

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Chris Schenk

Pricing, Strategy and Underwriting Analytics Manager , Hiscox

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Chris Schenk

Pricing, Strategy and Underwriting Analytics Manager , Hiscox

Chris Schenk is a data scientist, strategist and change agent who, over his 15-year career, has consistently applied analytics to deliver new strategic and operational capabilities for organizations spanning sectors and industries.  He currently leads the Pricing, Strategy and Analytics team at Hiscox, USA.  Joining as analyst in 2013, Chris created and implemented the company’s first automated underwriting model then went on to lead an initiative to transform and modernize the company’s pricing infrastructure and build pricing capabilities that are better suited to their ambitions for growth and market position.  

 Chris created the company’s unique pricing framework – introducing methodologies that blend traditional pricing approaches with advanced techniques in analytics and incorporating design thinking principles into the process.  He now leads the team that was created to accelerate delivery of those technical and strategic capabilities and innovate to ensure Hiscox operates as smoothly, systematically and sustainably as possible in the face of changing markets, technologies and competition.

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Becky Holnagel

VP Actuarial & Data Science , AF Group

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Becky Holnagel

VP Actuarial & Data Science , AF Group

Becky Holnagel serves as Vice President of Actuarial & Data Science for AF Group. In this role, she leads all actuarial operations and activities, including pricing, reserving, reinsurance, statistical reporting, forecasting, large account pricing and management reporting.  She also oversees the data science functions for AF Group, delivering advanced analytical solutions and analysis to the business.

 Becky joined AF Group in 2006. Prior to this, she served as a senior actuarial analyst for MEEMIC Insurance Company in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and as an actuarial analyst and commercial lines underwriter for Citizens Insurance Company in Howell, Michigan.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan – Flint and is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS). In addition, she is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA) and has a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.

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Richard McCathron

Head of Insurance , Hippo Insurance

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Richard McCathron

Head of Insurance , Hippo Insurance

Rick brings 25 years of P&C experience to his role as Hippo’s Head of Insurance. Rick is a Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter and a Certified Insurance Counselor and has 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.  At Mercury, Rick had full P&L responsibility overseeing underwriting, claims, product, pricing and distribution for half of Mercury’s operations geographically.  At First Connect, Rick shifted the paradigm and brought to market an entirely new way of thinking about car insurance.  Rick has a passion to modernize the insurance industry from underwriting, distribution, product design, to customer service and consumer expectations.  Rick found the perfect fit at Hippo Insurance.

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Hema Venkatramanan

VP Strategy, Architecture and Data , Prudential

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Hema Venkatramanan

VP Strategy, Architecture and Data , Prudential

Hema Venkatramanan is the Head of Technology Strategy, Architecture, Data and Innovation for Prudential Group Insurance. Hema is responsible for modernizing Group platforms, integrating with and leveraging capabilities across Prudential and its partners and Third-party Associates. She is also responsible for architecting and building the next generation of technology solutions for Group Insurance including Digital, Enhanced Back Office solutions and enable best-in-class Customer Experience.

Prior to her current role, Hema held several leadership positions at Citigroup where she held global responsibility for the KYC Business Platforms and Client Onboarding solutions. In her role, Hema was a key stakeholder accountable for delivering on the OCC consent order requirements for Citi’s Customer Due Diligence and Customer Risk Profiling. She served as the Senior Business Owner for all Institutional requirements towards the build, delivery and support of the CitiKYC Platform. Previously, Hema was Global CTO supporting Securities, Banking, Private Wealth Management, Treasury and Trade services.

Her extensive experience includes legacy modernization, digital transformation and, owning the Data Governance Program for Citi’s Institutional Clients Group and successfully interfacing and representing her businesses with regulatory agencies.

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Guizhou Hu

Head of Risk Analytics , Reinsurance Group of America

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Guizhou Hu

Head of Risk Analytics , Reinsurance Group of America

Mr. Guizhou Hu received his medical degree from Beijing Medical University, and PhD in epidemiology from Cornell University. His background and expertise have been centered on epidemiological research and predictive analytics in healthcare and insurance medicine.

 Before Joining RGA in April 2018, He served as Chief Decision Analytic at Gen Re for 3 years. He was responsible on data and analytic strategy, machine learning technique and prediction model development for underwriting. Before that he served as Chief Scientific Officer at BioSignia Inc. for 17 years. In addition to leading their mortality underwriting research and overseeing peer review publications, He was responsible for creating new statistical techniques and developing predictive models intended for healthcare and life insurance underwriting.

 Dr. Guizhou has joined RGA in the role of VP, Head of Risk Analytics.  He brings to RGA a combination of medical training and long experience in underwriting related analytics. With RGA, he will heavily support future of underwriting initiatives through direct project support, providing independent review of projects and through production of internal and external thought leadership pieces.

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Vice President & Chief Actuary, Quincy Mutual Group

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Todd W. Lehmann

Vice President & Chief Actuary, Quincy Mutual Group

Todd Lehmann is the Chief Actuary and Vice President at Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance Company, with 25 years of actuarial experience. Prior to joining Quincy Mutual in May 2016, he spent 9 years as Vice President of Corporate Research and Analytics at One Beacon Insurance Group, focusing on predictive models for specialty commercial lines for ratemaking segmentation, profitability, reserving, and claim analysis. Todd began his career at State Farm in 1992, where he worked in pricing, and he also has worked in actuarial and product management roles at Allstate and Liberty Mutual.

In addition to predictive modeling and analytics, Todd’s background includes ratemaking and pricing analyses for personal and commercial lines, loss reserving analyses, enterprise risk management, economic capital modeling, catastrophe modeling, underwriting, and product development. Todd graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in Finance.

He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS), a Certified Specialist in Predictive Analytics (CSPA), a Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). He chaired the Casualty Actuarial Society Committee on Ratemaking from 2008-2011, has served on the CAS Exam and Syllabus Committees, and currently chairs The CAS Institute (iCAS) Expert Panel on Predictive Analytics and participates on The CAS Institute’s Leadership Advisory Council.

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Isa Terzi

VP, Global Analytics and Reporting Lead, , Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance

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Isa Terzi

VP, Global Analytics and Reporting Lead, , Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance

Isa Terzi is the Vice President and Global Analytics and Reporting Lead for Berkshire Hathaway Speciality Insurance.  Isa has a strong background in business intelligence, having previously held roles as Business Intelligence Manager at TripAdvisor and a manager of Financial Reporting & Analytics at SmarterTravel.  Isa has an MBA in Finance from Suffolk University and a Data Science Certificate from Harvard University.

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Anna Foat

Director, Global Transformation, Sun Life Financial

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Anna Foat

Director, Global Transformation, Sun Life Financial

Anna grew up in business at BlackBerry. She joined RIM in 1999 when the company was pre-300 employees and thrived as the company grew exponentially executing deals with IBM, Visa and Mastercard in her tenure. In 2011 when Blackberry had grown to 16,000 employees she switched gears and left to join IBM as the Worldwide Managing Editor of MobileFirst Platform leading content digital marketing strategy. In 2016 she was invited to act as the Executive in Residence for the first cohort of the Fierce Founders Accelerator at Communitech. In 2017 she was named a top 30 Women to Watch in Technology by BetaKit. She today is a Director in the Global Digital Transformation Office at Sun Life Financial as well as a bestselling author. She is proud to have earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Waterloo. She now teaches Design Thinking at the University of Western Ontario.

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Anthony Rivera

Vice President, Claims Vendor Management, Sompo International

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Anthony Rivera

Vice President, Claims Vendor Management, Sompo International

Tony brings 30 years of insurance experience in Claims, Business and Systems Analysis, Metrics and Analytics as well as Project Management.  He recently was AVP - Claim Analytics, where he instituted analytics and processes for Litigation Management, including legal spend management, panel counsel review and Project Manager for a national insurance platform upgrade, as well as developing requirements for system/application updates and analysis of potential applications and processes.  His work includes negotiating with claim vendors as well as implementing standards and best practices for Data Governance, Compliance and Information Risk Management. He is a former multi-line claim adjuster for national and regional carriers.  His experience includes Senior Analyst for a major financial and credit services bureau, providing solutions for Patriot Act, OFAC, OSFI, and FinCEN compliance and Business Systems Analyst and Release Manager for a Global financial transaction processor.  He is a fellow of the CLM and a prior member of their Auditing and Technology committees, as well as a member of the SFAA.      He holds the CRVPM Certification from CEI, the CBAP certification from the IIBA, CAPM from Gwinnett Technical College and Certificate in General Insurance from the IIA. 

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Scot Gnewuch

SVP - Manager of Business Intelligence & Analytics, Hartford Steam Boiler (a division of MunichRe)

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Scot Gnewuch

SVP - Manager of Business Intelligence & Analytics, Hartford Steam Boiler (a division of MunichRe)

Scot Gnewuch is an experienced manager with over 30 years of computer modeling experience, 20 years of insurance experience, and 18 years of cat modeling experience.  He has a Broad insurance industry background (Property, Equipment Breakdown, Cyber, Environmental, Work Comp, Reinsurance, Finance, Risk Management, Actuarial, New Product Development).  Within his current role, Scot is responsible for the timely delivery of modeling and analytic services to internal and throughout the HSB Group.  Scot has implemented major changes to the modeling group to broaden its capabilities and align with business goals and objectives. He has introduced the application of management principles and practices to modeling activities to ensure the delivery of results on a timely basis.

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Raja Chakarvorty

VP Data Science, Protective Life

Speaker 2 - CAO Fall (3)-4

Raja Chakarvorty

VP Data Science, Protective Life

Raja Chakarvorty is the VP of Data Science at Protective Life.  Raja believes in building institutions and contributing to organizations by providing data-driven solutions to complex business problems.  He has previously worked as the AVP of Data Science and Director of Data Science at Hanover Insurance Group and as a manager of Research & Analytics at Travelers.   Raja has both a degree and a PhD in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology and the University of Notre Dame respectively.

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Katya Hall

Sr. Manager, Enterprise Data Science & Analytics, CUNA Mutual

Speaker 2 - CAO Fall (5)-1

Katya Hall

Sr. Manager, Enterprise Data Science & Analytics, CUNA Mutual

Katya is Senior Manager for Enterprise Data & Analytics at CUNA Mutual Group.  Within this role, Katya led, designed and rolled out the Model Risk Management policy and framework, including the enterprise-wide model inventory and model performance management system and process. Katya has also held the role of Senior PM Competency Lead for PMO and an Engagement Manager for Esker Inc.  She has an MBA from Edgewood College.

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Joan Gelpi

SVP, Head of Data Science, AIG

Speaker 2 - CAO Fall

Joan Gelpi

SVP, Head of Data Science, AIG

Joan Gelpi is a global executive with extensive experience applying Data Science and driving Digital Transformation at scale in Fortune 100 corporations.  Joan is passionate about leveraging data and digital to create more customer centric organizations and dramatically improve productivity.  He has a PhD in Operations Research, robust knowledge of Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning / Statistical methods and extensive hands-on data science experience.

Joan has performed role of Chief Data Officer multiple times.  He has had extensive exposure to corporate data challenges for Fortune 100 companies, and has developed and implemented data strategy and governance for multiple large organizations.

Joan has a consistent track record of driving innovation and delivering high impact results by combining strategic thinking with novel ways of using data and algorithms.

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Guru Rao

Chief Data & Analytics Officer, FBAlliance Insurance Company

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Guru Rao

Chief Data & Analytics Officer, FBAlliance Insurance Company

Guru Rao, Ph.D., is an experienced leader in analytics, data science, risk management and digital transformation.  He is FBAlliance Insurance Company’s Chief Digital and Analytics Officer, leading the firm’s four strategic areas: data and data governance, analytics and data science, insurance product innovation and development, and digital products and platform development.  Guru’s primary mission is to drive insurance expansion into various states and markets with innovative products and customer experience. Guru’s prior experience includes executive roles at Aon in the reinsurance brokerage operation, at AIG in commercial and specialty insurance, and at RMS in product marketing and strategy.  Guru’s educational qualifications include graduate degrees from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University.

Tom Warden

Tom Warden

Chief Data and Analytics Officer, EMPLOYERS

Tom Warden

Tom Warden

Chief Data and Analytics Officer, EMPLOYERS

Thomas M. Warden joined EMPLOYERS as Senior Vice President, Chief Data and Analytics Officer on May 22, 2017. He is responsible for data science, business intelligence and data governance across the company. He works closely with business partners and information technology to improve revenues and profitability through the application of predictive modeling, analytics and business intelligence to decision making. Mr. Warden brings to EMPLOYERS 30 years of insurance industry experience from Allstate, AIG and private consulting. Mr. Warden holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Harvard University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a member of the board of directors of Junior State of America.

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Atul Kapoor

Director of Risk Analytics & Modeling , Genworth Financial

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Atul Kapoor

Director of Risk Analytics & Modeling , Genworth Financial

As Director of Risk Analytics & Modeling, Atul establishes the organization’s long-term vision for advanced modeling and analytics, translates this into actionable strategy, and defines the project roadmap to turn the vision into reality. His approach combines a big-picture view of data and technology strategy with continuous improvement of models and techniques to make a big difference to the bottom line. Atul harnesses his background in traditional statistical modeling and predictive analysis and his commitment to adopting the latest machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions to stay a step ahead of market shifts.  Atul’s key achievements including leading an initiative to bring outsourced predictive analytics back in-house and creating an integrated modeling strategy and project management technologies, enabling faster, more consistent decision-making with fewer resources.

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Ashish Kohad

AVP, Predictive Analytics and Data Science, Zurich North America

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Ashish Kohad

AVP, Predictive Analytics and Data Science, Zurich North America

Ashish Kohad is the AVP of Predictive Analytics at Zurich Northa America and is a former management consultant and insurance industry executive with a track record of driving value and transformational change.  He has over 12 years of international experience across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa managing Global Programs, undertaking strategy development and execution.  Ashish has industry experience in P&L management, core operations, strategic planning and product development provide a unique ability to address challenges and develop executable solutions.  He also has experience managing large accounts, advising federal insurance regulators and Fortune-500 companies to deliver results in fast-paced, high pressure environments.

Jerry Gupta

Jerry Gupta

SVP, Digital Analyst Catalyst, Swiss Re

Jerry Gupta

Jerry Gupta

SVP, Digital Analyst Catalyst, Swiss Re

Jerry Gupta is a Senior Vice President at Swiss Re, one of the largest reinsurance companies in the world. Previously he was the Global Head of Program Management at Amazon. Prior to that Jerry created the Innovation and Venture groups at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Experienced in finding the Product-Market fit and developing user experiences that delight customers.

He has launched new businesses both as an entrepreneur and within Fortune 100 setting. He has conducted due-diligence on transactions worth over $3B in aggregate value and has raised over $25M in private placements. In addition, he has been on the board of or an advisor to several start-ups in the US and in Spain. Jerry has an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. He is currently working towards a Masters degree in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University and has received his MS in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University.

 

Joe Vellaiparambil

Joe Vellaiparambil

Chief Data and Analytics Officer, AXA

Joe Vellaiparambil

Joe Vellaiparambil

Chief Data and Analytics Officer, AXA

Responsible for the creation, implementation and the maintenance of the enterprise data strategy that enables AXA Equitable to be a data driven company. Champion the monetization of the data assets for competitive advantage.
Partner with the business areas to identify and implement analytical capabilities that increase top line and improve profitability. Leverage data assets to improve customer experience.

Michal Levitzky

Michal Levitzky

Senior Director, Data Analytics, Manulife John Hancock

Michal Levitzky

Michal Levitzky

Senior Director, Data Analytics, Manulife John Hancock

Michal is managing a newly established Data Analytics Program for Manulife John Hancock Internal Audit Services group. In that role she leads the transformation of the internal audit function to becoming a data insight driven organization. She’s responsible for integrating data analytics into the audit function throughout the audit lifecycle in order to conduct more effective and efficient risk assessments of business processes and controls. Her group leverages statistical knowledge, BI, advanced analytics, ML&AI and technology solutions to design, implement, and deliver analytics engagements in support of Internal Audit partners.

 Prior to John Hancock, Michal held various analytics and finance positions in a range of financial institutions. Most recently she was with the Asset Allocation group of Wellington Management LLC. In Wellington she developed and managed predictive and prescriptive models as part of the tactical (quant), strategic and risk teams. Prior to that she was with Emory University Endowment, Vertex Venture Capital and Deloitte in Israel.

Michal earned her BBA magna cum laude from The College of Management in Israel and her MBA from Goizueta Business School, Emory University in Georgia. She holds a CFA and CPA (Israel) certifications.

 

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