Speakers

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Sergej Simoniti

Director and President of the Council of Experts; Insurance Supervision Agency of the Republic of Slovenia

After graduating cum laude from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana in 1997, Sergej spent some time with the Generali insurance company in Ljubljana, where he gained a wealth of experience as a liability and aviation insurance underwriter and, later, as general counsel. He also spent considerable time gaining experience at various other Generali group companies. Between 2000 and 2002 he worked as an independent insurance consultant.

In 2002 Sergej joined Sava Reinsurance as legal counsel, where he gained a broad spectrum of experience ranging from general legal counsel duties, being involved in the rating process with various rating agencies, playing an active role in building up the insurance group and taking responsibility for the legal aspect of its IPO process. He ended his time at Sava Reinsurance as the company’s group compliance officer.

In 2011 Sergej was nominated by the Slovenian parliament to take the position of director of the Insurance Supervisory Agency of Slovenia, with his term starting in 2012. During this time, he also became a member of the Board of Supervisors of the EIOPA (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority). While heading the Insurance Supervisory Agency of Slovenia, he oversaw its successful restructuring and the adoption of new insurance legislation implementing the Solvency II regime. Between July 2013 and the end of 2015 he also served as a member of the EIOPA Management Board. Sergej is also an active member of the Market Conduct and Governance Working Group and is the Head of the Product Oversight and Inclusive Insurance Working Group. In October 2016 he was elected Chair of the IAIS Working Group on Financial Inclusion.

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Gorazd Renčelj

State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Slovenia

Gorazd Renčelj graduated in International Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana in 2002. In 2003 he graduated with master’s degree at the Centre for European Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

In 2004 he started working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia. From 2005 to 2008, i. a. during Slovenia’s presidency of the EU, he worked as Foreign Policy Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia. Later on he served as Economic Counsellor at Slovenian Embassies in London, United Kingdom, and Washington D.C., USA. In 2015 he graduated with Master of International Public Policy degree at the Johns Hopkins University – Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Before the appointment as the State secretary he was working in the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy.

After graduating cum laude from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana in 1997, Sergej spent some time with the Generali insurance company in Ljubljana, where he gained a wealth of experience as a liability and aviation insurance underwriter and, later, as general counsel. He also spent considerable time gaining experience at various other Generali group companies. Between 2000 and 2002 he worked as an independent insurance consultant.

In 2002 Sergej joined Sava Reinsurance as legal counsel, where he gained a broad spectrum of experience ranging from general legal counsel duties, being involved in the rating process with various rating agencies, playing an active role in building up the insurance group and taking responsibility for the legal aspect of its IPO process. He ended his time at Sava Reinsurance as the company’s group compliance officer.
In 2011 Sergej was nominated by the Slovenian parliament to take the position of director of the Insurance Supervisory Agency of Slovenia, with his term starting in 2012. During this time, he also became a member of the Board of Supervisors of the EIOPA (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority). While heading the Insurance Supervisory Agency of Slovenia, he oversaw its successful restructuring and the adoption of new insurance legislation implementing the Solvency II regime. Between July 2013 and the end of 2015 he also served as a member of the EIOPA Management Board. Sergej is also an active member of the Market Conduct and Governance Working Group and is the Head of the Product Oversight and Inclusive Insurance Working Group. In October 2016 he was elected Chair of the IAIS Working Group on Financial Inclusion.

BILD zu OTS - Peter Braumüller, Bereichsleiter für Versicherungs- und Pensionskassenaufsicht der FMA, wurde als Vorsitzender des Executive Committee des Weltverbandes der Versicherungsaufseher bei der diesjährigen Jahreskonferenz und Generalversammlung wiedergewählt.

Peter Braumüller

Managing Director for Insurance and Pension Supervision at the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA)

Before joining the newly established FMA in 2002, he has worked for the Austrian Ministry of Finance since 1983. In 1999, Peter was appointed head of Insurance Supervision after having served as head of unit for financial analysis, on-site inspections and accounting for more than five years.

Peter has had a distinguished career in the international arena. In the IAIS, he held chair positions of the Exchange-of-Information Committee and the Insurance Laws, Regulations, Practices and Standards Subcommittee and served as Vice Chair of the Technical Committee from early 2007 to October 2008. From 2009 to early 2013 he served as the Chair of the IAIS Financial Stability Committee and from 2008 until 2014 he has been Chair of the IAIS Executive Committee. In the EU, he held the positions of Chair of the CEIOPS Review Panel and of the CEIOPS Task Force for the Revision of the Siena Protocol. Furthermore, he was Vice Chair of CEIOPS from 2007 to 2009. From January 2011 until December 2014 he was a member of the EIOPA Management Board and since January 2015 he is the Alternate Chair of EIOPA.

Peter has degrees in law from the University of Vienna and actuarial science from the University of Technology in Vienna. He is a certified actuary with the Austrian Actuarial Association, co-editor of a journal on financial market law and lecturer for insurance supervision law at the University of Technology in Vienna and the University of Salzburg.

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Andrea Keenan

Senior Managing Director – Industry Relations, A.M. Best

Andrea Keenan is head of industry relations for A.M. Best, based in Oldwick, N.J. She is responsible for the relationships and communications of A.M. Best Rating Services, Inc., throughout the Americas, including Canada, the United States, Caribbean and Latin America.

Prior to assuming this role, Andrea was managing director of A.M. Best in Latin America, launching A.M. Best’s first Latin American subsidiary. Prior to that she spent 13 years in various positions at A.M. Best, including vice president – research and ratings criteria and training, where she was responsible for the creation and distribution of industry research, country risk and economic analysis in support of A.M. Best’s ratings, as well as the development of ratings criteria and analytical training.

Andrea has also held the positions of head of research and economic analysis and head of country risk analysis at A.M. Best. Prior to joining A.M. Best in July 2000, Andrea was U.S. economic analyst at Toyota Motor North America in New York City and analyst at International Technology and Trade Associates in Washington, D.C.

Currently, Andrea is serving on the Board of Directors of the Microinsurance Network as Vice Chair.

Andrea holds a master’s degree from Temple University in economics, a master’s degree from American University in international affairs and a bachelor’s degree from York College in international studies.

Hannah Grant

Hannah Grant

Head of the Secretariat of the Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii).

As the Head of the Secretariat, Hannah oversees the day-to-day management of the activities of the Initiative.

Before joining the A2ii, Hannah worked at Insurance Europe in Brussels as Head of International Affairs and Reinsurance whilst also running the Secretariat for the recently established Global Federation of Insurance Associations. After graduating from Edinburgh university, Hannah started out her career working for Lloyds of London in London.

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Gregor Pilgram

Chief Financial Officer, Member of Management Board, Director and Member of Executive Committee, Generali CEE Holding B.V.

Gregor Pilgram was born in 1973; he graduated in 2001 from Vienna University with a degree in business administration. He started his career as expert in the Controlling Department of the Slovenian Generali company in 1999 and worked as Head of Internal Audit and CFO during the following years. In 2008 he was appointed CEO of the company. Gregor Pilgram was appointed Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Committee of Generali CEE Holding as of July 2013. He is responsible for Consolidation, Controlling and Actuarial. Gregor Pilgram is also a member of the Board of Directors of Generali CEE Holding and a Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Croatian Generali company.

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Jean-François Diet

Président – Section Autriche, Comité National des Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur de la France

Jean-François Diet began his career at the international department of the Europ Assistance Group where he oversaw the creation of Europ Assistance Portugal. In 1992, he joined Europ Assistance Germany, first as finance controller and then as head of marketing and sales. In 1996, he moved to Austria to create the company – which he managed until 2015 – and open several subsidiaries in CEE (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Russia).

In 2004 he was appointed CEO of Europ Assistance Germany which he managed until 2009. From 2009 on he was in charge of the development of the Health products for the Europ Assistance Group as Group Health Manager. In 2010, he set up the Turkish subsidiary.

Jean-François Diet is graduate of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (E.S.C.P.) specialized in finance and international legal affairs (1991). He is also Chevalier of the French Ordre National du Mérite since 2009.

Catherine Hock

Catherine Hock

Vice-President, International Relations, ICMIF (Belgium)

Catherine Hock joined ICMIF as Vice-President, International Relations in early 2013 after five years with AMICE, the European association as Deputy Director General. She has over ten years of experience in financial services and started lobbying the EU institutions in 2000 while working for the Belgian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Her involvement in foreign affairs started in 1988 when she joined the United Nations working in New York, Vienna and Angola. She spent two years as a member of the UN Angola peacekeeping mission deployed to oversee the first electoral process in the country’s history.

She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Philosophy and Literature and a degree in Romance Philology, journalism and public relations from Liège University, Belgium and lives in Brussels, Belgium, with her husband and their 22-year old twins. She sings in a choir and practices yoga.

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Tanja Strniša

State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Slovenia

Tanja Strniša was born on 21 November 1962 in Novo mesto. She attended primary school in Dolenjske Toplice and secondary school in Novo mesto. In 1986, she graduated in agronomy from the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, where she also obtained her master’s degree in agricultural entrepreneurship in 1995.

She first worked as a technologist and adviser on fruit-growing in Krka-Novo mesto Agricultural Cooperative, and continued her career in agriculture as a specialist in agricultural economics at Novo mesto Department of Ljubljana Agricultural Institute.

In 2001, she took up employment with the Government Office for European Affairs, first as an adviser on the coordination of Slovenia’s preparations for EU accession in the areas of agriculture and fisheries, and later as the head of the project group for coordination of preparations and holding the EU Council Presidency, and the coordinator for the European Council and the General Affairs Council.

From September 2008 to July 2009, she worked at the Slovenian Embassy in Prague where, among other tasks, she also advised the Presidency Secretariat in the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic on its EU Council Presidency.

In the second half of 2004, she headed the Office of Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Food. Before becoming Deputy Director-General for Agriculture at the Ministry for Agriculture and the Environment, she was State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food from May 2010 to February 2012. In March 2013, Ms Tanja Strniša was again appointed State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.

She is fluent in English and has a passive knowledge of French and Croatian. She is married and has two children.

Tadej Čoroli

Tadej Čoroli

Member of the Management Board, Zavarovalnica Triglav d.d.

Tadej Čoroli is a board member at Triglav insurance company and his core responsibilities include sales, marketing, customer operations, product development and innovation. He joined Triglav insurance in 2001 and held several managerial positions since. He managed different areas, ranging from sales, marketing, claims, underwriting, product development and all the way to digital & innovations. He held different supervisory or management positions in Triglav group and currently he is president of supervisory board in Triglav Health insurance company and Skupna pension insurance company. In addition to his responsibilities he is member of the strategic council of ABC Accelerator, which represents an important hub in the start-up ecosystem of South-East Europe. He is passionate about the upcoming digital revolution and a “fan” of technological singularity.

Júlia Čillíková

Executive Member of the Council and Director NBS Regulation Department

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Alexandru D. Ciuncan

Member of EIOPA’s IRSG & OPSG
Secretary General, APPA – The Association for Insurance Promotion
Managing Partner, XPRIMM

After being active for more than 15 years in the CEE insurance and private pensions industries, with expertise covering financial journalism, communication, public relations, marketing and business development – I strongly support that consumers should be at the heart of every insurance undertaking.

As Member of EIOPA’s IRSG – Insurance and Reinsurance Stakeholder Group since 2013 and also of the OPSG – Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group – representing consumers, I have had the opportunity to work closely with stakeholders and key decision makers in the European Union on some of the most important legislative initiatives that govern the insurance and private pensions markets – towards developing better market conduct practices.

At the same time, my activity as Secretary General of APPA-The Association for Insurance Promotion – the NGO that developed Romania’s first multi-channel national campaigns dedicated to educating consumers and as Managing Partner of XPRIMM, a media and publishing company specialised in the CEE, SEE and CIS insurance and reinsurance markets, has

been mostly dedicated to making sure stakeholders are properly informed based on the fact that dialogue is always the way forward.

I truly believe that a sound regulatory environment is paramount for a transparent financial services industry everywhere. In this respect, EIOPA and national regulators are playing major roles in creating and developing an unitary regulatory framework all over the EU and in establishing standards that can ensure a correct and fair activity of the financial markets.

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Lieve Lowet

Senior Partner at the ICODA European Affairs

Lieve Lowet has been active for more than 25 years in the lobbying and consulting. She is a partner of ICODA European Affairs since 2008, where she is specialized in financial sector legislation, especially insurance. Before joining ICODA, Lieve worked for nearly 15 years for McKinsey as expert in European banking and insurance. She was also Secretary-General of AISAM, the Association Internationale des Sociétés d’Assurance Mutuelles, now AMICE, which she put on the map in Brussels. She has followed the Solvency II framework since its beginning (2000) and edited in 2012, 2014 and 2016 the coordination of the entire European Solvency II legislation. She started her career as a banker. Lieve holds a Master in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, Bologna, a law degree and a BA in philosophy from the K.U.L, Leuven. She has been appointed as an expert in the Belgian Commission of Insurance.

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Peter van den Broeke

International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS)

Peter van den Broeke is senior policy advisor with the Secretariat of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). As such he is involved in the general review of the IAIS Core Principles, financial inclusion /access to insurance, FinTech and sustainable insurance. In addition he is member of the Governing Council and Executive Committee of the Access to Insurance Initiative.

He started his career in financial supervision with the insurance and pensions supervisor in the Netherlands. His working experience of 22 years with the supervisory authority covers legal affairs, operational (prudential) supervision and financial integrity supervisions as well as policy advisory work and international affairs. He was several years head of a department for insurance supervision and responsible for the prudential supervision of about 120 fully licensed insurers and supervisory oversight of around 150 mutual insurers. At that time he was also Chair of IAIS working groups on insurance fraud and on corporate governance. In addition, he was appointed as deputy judge adjudicating in cases of economic crime and financial regulation.

After leaving the supervisory authority at the end of 2007 Peter worked as an independent consultant and trainer in financial regulations, compliance and financial integrity. Internationally he provided technical assistance in various developing countries for the IMF and World Bank.

He holds a degree in Law and in Forensic Auditing.

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Constantinos Hadjigeorgiou

Group Corporate Services Officer – Trust Re

Constantinos has more than 18 years international experience helping organisations achieve business process improvement and institutional strengthening by engaging with, and educating, multicultural and multidisciplinary teams at all levels. Constantinos has worked and lived across three continents providing consulting services, managing projects and strategy management functions.

Constantinos is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (UK) and Associate in Risk Management (USA). He is a professional engineer (Greece) and holds an M.Sc. (UK) and MBA (Cyprus).

In 2011, Constantinos joined Trust Re as Head of Planning and Performance Management and was appointed Group Corporate Services Officer in 2016. He is a member of Trust Re’s Executive Council and Director of Trust Insurance Management, a Lloyd’s cover holder.

Goran Svilanović

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council 

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Klime Poposki

President of the Council of Experts; Insurance Supervision Agency, Republic of Macedonia

Klime Poposki is the President of the Council of Experts, the management body of the Insurance Supervision Agency of Republic of Macedonia, since it was established in 2009. He was re-elected for a second term in 2014 by approval from the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia.

He started his professional career in 1995 as a banker on treasury department for e period of 4 years. After 1999 Klime joined the University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Ohrid as a teaching assistant, starting with building his academia career as a researcher and lecture. After he earned his Ph.D from the Faculty of Economics, University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” in 2006, under the supervision of Professor Tom Aiuppa from University of Wisconsin US, Klime was elected as an Assistant Professor and since 2013 as an Associate Professor, teaching risk management and insurance courses. During his affluent academia career he participated in several projects as consultant, trainer, and expert in the area of risk management, insurance and financial management.

In the field of scientific research work he has given his contribution through 30 published research papers in international and domestic journals focusing on relationships between economic developments and insurance, the insurance industry and financial markets, asset liability management, insurance regulation.