Meet the speaker line-up for Insurance Investor Virtual | DACH 2021.

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Zeynep Stefan

Zeynep Stefan

Director of Risk Management, Compliance, Sustainability Functions , Insha Ventures

Zeynep’s career in risk management and compliance started in 2006 while working for the Risk & Assurance Team of PricewaterhouseCoopers Istanbul, Turkey. Later, in 2009, she joined Generali Turkey to build up the Internal Control, Risk Management, and Compliance functions of the Company. Between 2012-2014, she undertook a similar position in Assicurazioni Generali’s Head Office in Italy, working as a Senior Risk Analyst, with a focus on risk analysis and Solvency II implementation process of Generali Group. The end of 2014 Zeynep took up a new challenge as Head of Risk Management and Internal Control in ERGO Turkey. She is certified by CRMA (Certification in Risk Management Assurance) and gave lectures at the Insurance Academy of Istanbul University. Between 2016 - 2020 she completed her Ph.D. studies with her thesis on financial deepening and managed many projects on risk management, protection gap, financial deepening, climate change, E.S.G., DeFi, DLT, and effects of disruptive technologies on financial institutions' value chains with her own consultancy company Aiza Consulting (www.aizaconsulting.com) in Germany. Now, she is the director of risk management, compliance and sustainability functions in Insha Ventures and mentoring start-up companies in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Turkey.Zeynep writes monthly articles for popular financial portals and monthly sector inserts. In her free time, she is a passionate charity runner and enjoys skiing as a qualified skier. (www.zeynepstefan.com)

Zeynep Hizir

Zeynep Hizir

Doctor in Digital Transformation and head of Strategic Development, Insurance EMEA,

Dr. Zeynep Hizir is a scholar and influencer on business digital transformation. Her expertise lies in the implementation of Intelligent Automation (IA) in financial services firms in their digital transformation journeys. Zeynep is a frequent media contributor and speaker at international conferences, commentating on issues related to digital transformation and automation.

William Gibbons

William Gibbons

Senior Consultant for European Insurance Investment, Mercer

William is a Principal within Mercer’s Insurance Investment Team. William is responsible for advising insurers on asset allocation, investment strategy and portfolio design, and building investment solutions for them. William joined Mercer in July 2020 from PwC, where he was a Director in the ALM and investment advisory business. Prior to that, William worked in Investment Banking for 10 years, most recently as Director of Insurance Solutions at Barclays Investment Bank.

Tamsin Coleman

Tamsin Coleman

Private Debt Investment Specialist , Mercer

Tamsin is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and monitoring private debt opportunities across Europe on behalf of Mercer’s discretionary and non-discretionary clients. Her role combines portfolio construction, strategic research and the implementation of investment solutions to help clients achieve their desired investment outcomes for investing in private credit.

Serap Gonulal

Serap Gonulal

Lead Financial Sector Specialist, The World Bank

Serap Gonulal is the Lead Financial Sector Specialist, in the World Bank. Ms. Gonulal joined the World Bank in 2007 and has been actively engaged in the designing and implementation of Insurance projects, with special focus on advisory services and design of upgrading the regulatory/supervisory capacity, creating solutions to close protection gap and for sustainable insurance sector development in life and non-life insurance around Globe. Her work particularly focuses on designing and implementing insurance technical assistance to reach untapped population to close protection gap, to provide coverage for their lives and properties to fight against poverty. Key objective in this respect is to assist countries to build insurance market infrastructure, to provide strategy to build legal framework, regulatory/supervisory capacity, to restructure state insurance companies and to promote public-private partnership for developing insurance markets in EMDEs. Working as a global lead she has promoted insurance sector liberalization, asset liability management, supervisory and regulatory technology, risk-based approach for supervisors and market players, supervisory tools for consumer protection, inclusive insurance, motor third party insurance, bancassurance and restructuring distribution channels.

Matteo Riccardi

Matteo Riccardi

Chief Investment Officer, Bepiemme Vita Spa

Kirill Savrassov

Kirill Savrassov

Senior Vice-President & CEO, Phoenix CRetro

Seasoned (re-) insurance industry professional & company executive with extensive connections in Central, Eastern, Southern Europe, London, Bermuda & the United States. Since 2013 leading Phoenix CRetro as specialist company dealing with all aspects of Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) and focusing on ILS solutions and opportunities in the ECIS region. Speaker at international events with particular speciality to Catastrophic Bonds, Insurance-Linked Securities and Alternative risk transfer. Particular interests comprise: ILS, Sovereign Disaster Risk Transfer, ECIS insurance market development, Parametric solutions in catastrophe reinsurance and Risk transfer to private capital markets, Chinese Belt & Road Initiative and its critical infrastructure protection solutions.

Kevin Petrovcik

Kevin Petrovcik

Senior Client Portfolio Manager , Invesco

Kevin Petrovcik is a Senior Client Portfolio Manager for Invesco’s Global Senior Loan group. Heis responsible for the ongoing product development, structuring and marketing of investmentfunds for senior loans and alternative credit products.Mr. Petrovcik joined Invesco Senior Secured Management, Inc. in 1999 to establish its productmanagement initiative and launch the organization’s first collateralized loan obligation.Previously, Mr. Petrovcik was director of Loan Pricing Corporation’s (Thomson Reuters LPC's)public data group, responsible for Reuters’ loan and high yield market commentary andanalytics, LPC’s flagship Gold Sheets publication, and the development of web-based loan andbond market analytical and research tools. While at LPC, he developed and launched Reuters’first fee-generating internet platform for analyzing and delivering loan and high yield marketnews and data, and also started the first loan market pricing service. Prior to that, Mr.Petrovcik worked at Bankers Trust Company in the management consulting group, where heimplemented a variety of risk control and strategic management projects, and in SalomonBrothers Inc.’s business planning department. Mr. Petrovcik began his career in 1988 as acorporate credit analyst with The First National Bank of Chicago, where he completed thecompany's credit analyst and credit officer training programs.

Jerome Jean Haegeli

Jerome Jean Haegeli

Group Chief Economist , Swiss Re

As Group Chief Economist for Swiss Re, Jérôme is responsible for the economic and insurance market research. He is also the managing editor for the sigma series. Jérôme leads the global research teams located in Zurich, Armonk, Bangalore, Beijing and Hong Kong and provides macro and interest rate forecasts and associated consulting services for the Group. He steers the scenario analysis and group plan projections while leading efforts on contributing to a sound global financial market architecture and making the world more resilient. Jérôme serves as Co-Chair of the World Bank's Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF) Advisory Council. He is particularly active in external committees at the Institute of International Finance and the WEF and participates in roundtable discussions with policymakers; this to strengthen the positive dual role of the insurance sector as a long-term investor and risk absorber. Jérôme represents Swiss Re in the Global Asia Insurance Partnership (GAIP) in Singapore as a Board member.  

Greg Davies

Greg Davies

Behavioural Economist, Oxford Risk

Greg is a specialist in applied behavioural finance, impact investing, and financial wellbeing. He founded the banking world’s first behavioural finance team at Barclays in 2006, which he led for a decade. In 2017 he joined Oxford Risk to lead the development of behavioural software to help people make the best possible financial decisions.Greg holds a PhD in Behavioural Decision Theory from Cambridge; has held academic affiliations at UCL, Imperial, and Oxford; and is author of Behavioral Investment Management.

Esty Dwek

Esty Dwek

Head of Global Market Strategy , Natixis Investment Managers

Esty Dwek is an Investment Specialist based in Geneva, Switzerland, focusing on investment solutions across multiple asset classes offered by Natixis Investment Managers as well as on macroeconomic and market views.She has more than 10 years of experience in the financial industry.Before joining Natixis Investment Managers, Esty Dwek was a global strategist within the emerging markets team at Loomis, Sayles & Company, where her responsibilities included developing global macroeconomic and asset class views, as well as asset allocation ideas. She began her investment industry career in 2006 at HSBC Private Bank where she worked in Geneva, New York and Singapore and spent her last 6 years there as an investment strategist in London.Esty Dwek holds a BA in Political Science from Princeton University.

Emily McDonald

Emily McDonald

Investment Director, Aviva Investors

Emily is an investment director within the Credit Investment Specialist team. Emily works closely with the credit portfolio management teams to articulate their investment process, portfolio positioning and investment performance to clients and consultants around the world. Emily began her career at HBOS Treasury services, on the funding and liquidity money markets desk before completing a master’s degree in International Relations at UCL, then coming back to the markets to focus on selling a variety of fixed income instruments to European and UK real money managers first at Lloyds Banking Group, then at Credit Suisse. Emily graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree Economics.

Carlos Sanchez

Carlos Sanchez

Manager Environment at PMI and Sustainability Advisor , carlossanchez.eco

Carlos Sanchez background is in Industrial Engineering, works as a manager of sustainability for Philip Morris International and shares his 18 years of experience as a sustainability advisor through his platform carlossanchez.eco.

Brandon Mathews

Brandon Mathews

Chief Executive Officer, Stonestep

Brandon is CEO of Stonestep which builds bancassurance for the unbanked. Stonestep technology embeds insurance sales and service into mobile operators, mobile wallets, e-tailers, and lenders reducing cost and complexity for everyone. Stonestep is based in Switzerland and operates through subsidiaries in emerging Asia Pacific. Previously, Brandon established major mass-consumer businesses for AIG and Zurich insurance in Latin America.

Andrew McDougall

Andrew McDougall

Head of Portfolio Management and Chair of the Asset Allocation Committee, Mercer

Andrew is Head of Portfolio Management and Chair of the Asset Allocation Committee for European client portfolios within Mercer investment solutions. He is responsible for decision-making on approximately $100bn of assets under delegated management across fixed income, equity and multi-asset portfolios. Andrew also leads the Global Fixed Income Investment Team. He specialises in asset allocation, portfolio construction and manager selection. Prior to joining the investment solutions business, Andrew was a consultant in the fixed income manager research team. Andrew is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and holds the investment management certificate (IMC). He graduated with a first class honours degree in Business Administration from University of Bath.

Alex Wharton

Alex Wharton

Head of Insurance Relationships, Aviva Investors

Alex is responsible for Aviva Investors’ third party insurance relationships, globally, He works in partnership with both life and general (re)insurers to identify capital efficient investment solutions across multiple regulatory and accounting regimes. Investment strategies are outcome orientated, often with a view to generating cash flow to meet and beat liabilities. Previously, Alex was a Director and Head of Insurance at Natixis Global Asset Management and before that spent over 8 years at the Financial Times. Alex has a BA (Hons) International Business and a Maîtrise(MA) in Finance.

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