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Plugging the Gaps: How Well Do You Understand Your Flood Exposure?

Catastrophic Flood events happen every year in all parts of the world and flood is one of the hardest perils to model.  With the support of Nasdaq we've brought together some of the industry’s leading Catastrophe Model developers to discuss different approaches to producing flood models and what the future of flood modelling holds.  Nasdaq "Risk Modelling for Catastrophes" software allows you to compare models from multiple providers in a single SaaS platform, enabling greater insight when forecasting the exposure faced by your portfolio. This educational session will explore the features and benefits of the different model developers as well as the key questions to consider before investing in a new modelling tool. 

The speakers include:

Petr Punčochář, Head of Flood Model Development for EMEA and APAC, Impact Forecasting, Aon
Mark Weatherhead, Head of Model Development, Guy Carpenter
James Sawle, Business Development for Catastrophe Risk Modelling, Nasdaq
Rubini Santha, Lead Catastrophe Modeller, Ambiental
Stephen Hutchings, Head of Modelling, JBA Risk Management
Andrew Smith, Chief Operations Officer, Fathom
Recorded Jul 30 2020 58 mins
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    Will Wood, Head of UK Insights, Strategy and Propositions, Aviva
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    Leif Heimfarth, Senior Underwriter, Hannover Re

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    - Learn about how parametric solutions are being used globally to address the insurance gap around catastrophic events
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    Petr Punčochář, Head of Flood Model Development for EMEA and APAC, Impact Forecasting, Aon
    Mark Weatherhead, Head of Model Development, Guy Carpenter
    James Sawle, Business Development for Catastrophe Risk Modelling, Nasdaq
    Rubini Santha, Lead Catastrophe Modeller, Ambiental
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    - How to build a framework for the stages of creating a robust data foundation and thus accelerating the transformation of raw data to enable business value
    - Develop an understanding of how to think about your current state of data maturity
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    Judy Chow, Director of Product Management, CyberCube
    Lewis Guignard, Senior Manager, Data Science, CyberCube

    The event is supported by CyberCube.
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    One of the main reasons insurers and brokers give for not being able to transition to a digital business model is the cost and complexity of getting off their legacy technology stack.

    It was a go-to excuse 20 years ago and remains so today. In this session we will look at why it’s such a big problem, what we’ve learned from those who have tried and failed, what the alternatives might be and talk to a few of the technology companies who are helping the insurance industry tackle the issue. We’ll be joined by Anthony Grosso, Head of Marketing and Comms at EIS Group, Frederic Valluet, Head of Insurance EMEA at Vlocity and Charlie Blackburn, Co-Founder of Azur Underwriting.

    With the case for change now overwhelming, join us for a look at ways to address the biggest hurdle lying between the insurance industry and a truly digital future.
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    This event pulls together those who head up the InsurTech communities in some of Europe’s leading insurance centres incl. London, Munich, Cologne and Dublin to discuss the health of InsurTech post pandemic and what they are seeing in their respective communities.

    What’s hot now? Are investors still investing and if so in what? Will Covid 19 be a digital accelerant? Are insurers too distracted by their own issues to fully engage?

    Hosted by Robin Merttens, Partner at InsTech London you will hear from Sebastian Pitzler, Managing Director at InsurLab Germany; Gerard de Vere, Founder of InsurTech Ireland and Christian Gnam, Managing Director at InsurTech Hub Munich.

    This event is the second in a series of events being curated by the Global InsurTech Alliance (www.insurtechalliance.com) - a network of InsurTech communities around the world - and follows the discussion among the APAC members that took place on the 2nd of June.

    For a European perspective join the regional insurtech leaders on the 2nd of July.
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    We face a significant inflection point with easing lockdowns, organisations planning for a safe return to the office and reimagining the world of work.

    In this Live Chat, sponsored by EY, Robin Merttens, Partner at InsTech London, Keith Aylwin, Life & Pensions Technology Lead at EY, Maeña Twomey, Lab Product Owner - Protection at Lloyds Banking Group and Mike Minett, Founder of PORTABL will discuss:
    •   How the rise in health measures, increased risks of travel, providing a safe workplace, is driving a re-focus on what customers want around financial wellness and protection. 
    •   The behavioural changes we are seeing as people come through the initial Covid-19 crisis and begin planning for their futures. 
    •   How Covid-19 might change the protection industry, in terms business model, distribution, and the role of technology 
    •   How providers should respond to these shifts and what is the market opportunity arising from them. 

    Join us for our live chat to understand recent changes to and the importance of life-related insurance in the context of the new marketplace.
  • New Data for a New Future Recorded: Jun 18 2020 42 mins
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    Greater access to quality data is disrupting how insurance is designed, executed and underwritten.

    Previously overlooked sources of data can now provide insurers with rich insights, enabling them to tailor covers and deliver transparency - ultimately driving data-driven decision making and offering better customer experiences and operational efficiency.

    Mastercard’s is applying its anonymised, aggregated and real-time data insights to the Insurance industry in order to assess and measure economic health/ impact and inform policy and legislative action. Mastercard payments data can inform consumer segments behaviour and the impact of natural catastrophes or man-made events. Mastercard payments and data capabilities can be used to create a better future in partnership with the insurance industry.

    Hosted by Robin Merttens, InsTech London Partner, the panel will comprise of data specialist Carlos Fonseca, SVP Data & Services, Mastercard, Gethin Jones, Co-founder & Director at Skyline Partners and David Schenkel, Solutions Manager at Swiss Re. Together we will explore what Mastercard’s data-led initiative might mean for the insurance industry, the potential value of data insights and how they can be applied to provide broader, better, more certain insurance cover. We are looking forward to having you join us and Mastercard on June 18th at 4 pm BST.
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    - The competitive advantages of broking on the move

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    · how it can help close the coverage gap at prices clients can afford
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    Second in our series will be our Parametric Insurance live chat on 30 April, co-hosted with QOMPLX.
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