Middle East Insurance CEO Agenda

22 Nov 2017, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, Dubai, UAE

Theme: "Are CEOs up to the Mark with the Real Challenges Facing the Insurance Industry?"


22 November 2017, Wednesday
Registration & Coffee
Welcome Address by Conference Chairperson
Safder Jaffer, Managing Director & Consulting Actuary - Middle East & Africa, Milliman
Keynote Address
Omer Hassan Elamin, President, Orient Group
Executive Hot Seat with:
Vincent Vandendael, Chief Commercial Officer, Lloyd's
Interviewed by:
Sivam Subramaniam, Editor-in-Chief, Middle East Insurance Review
The Current Credit Perspective for Insurers - 2018 and Beyond
  • EMEA heat map – risks persist during a fragile economic recovery
  • ME heat map – regulations and investments key risks in a low oil price environment  
  • Reinsurance – difficult market but strong balance sheets

Antonello Aquino, Associate Managing Director, Financial Institutions Group, Moody's Investors Service, UK

Tea Break
CEO Roundtable on what keeps CEOs Going in the Day and Awake at night?
  • The Top Biggest Challenges and Priorities for CEOs Today
  • Managing the variety of increasing risks in the business
  • The CEOs value to a company
  • Turning technology disruptions to advantage
  • Being Safe, Sound and Secured
Yassir Albaharna, CEO, Arig, Bahrain
Marc Breuil, President, Asia Middle East, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, Hong Kong
Andrew Smith, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah National Insurance Company, UAE
Dr Michael Bitzer, CEO, National Health Insurance Company - Daman, UAE
Mohammed Ali Londe, Assistant Vice President - Analyst, EMEA Insurance, Moody’s Investors Service Middle East Limited, UAE
Special Panel on CEOs in Dialogue with Regulators
  • Whose role is it to develop the market?
  • Growth of Fintech
  • Level playing field
  • Nurturing Talent
  • The best governance for all
  • ERM
Christos Adamantiadis, Chief Executive Officer, Oman Insurance Company
Atinc Yilmaz, Regional CEO - Turkey, The Middle East & Africa, Howden Insurance Brokers
Michael Kortbawi, Partner, BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP
Andrew Bojkowski, Senior Manager, Insurance Supervision, Dubai Financial Services Authority
Dr Haidar Al Yousuf, Director of Health Funding, Dubai Health Authority

Special Panel on Digital Disruption Outlook

§  InsurTech - Key trends, developments, and building blocks

§  Why insurers are slow on the digital uptake? How to speed up?

§  Digitization Insurance Value Chain - Shift to customer-centric or losing market share

§  Meeting the evolving expectations of digital customer

§  Technological advancements to close protection gap in MENA

§  What’s next insurance industry game changer?

Panel Moderator:
Xavier Anglada, Managing Director, Accenture Digital Lead, Middle East and North Africa, Accenture
Peter Englund, Senior Executive Officer, Head of Commercial Insurance, Middle East, Zurich Insurance Company
Talal Bayaa, CEO/Co-founder, Bayzat
Ambareen Musa, CEO & Founder, Souqalmal.com
Michele Grosso, Co-Founder & CEO, Democrance
Trevor Maynard, Head of Innovation, Lloyd’s
Networking Sessions for Pre-Arranged Meetings & End of ME Insurance CEO Agenda
4th Middle East Insurance Industry Awards (7 – 11pm)

(by invitation only)

Note: Programme is subject to change

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