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InsTech London presents the ITC + DIA World Tour

InsTech London hosts the UK leg of the ITC + DIA World Tour, celebrating the best of UK insurtech innovation.

InsTech London Partner Matthew Grant discusses current trends from the UK market with Ruth Foxe Blader and Matthew Jones from our event sponsors Anthemis, while Parul Kaul-Green from AXA give an insurer's perspective on insurtech.

The event includes pitches from UK start-ups Previsico, Riskbook, Bequest, Stable and Hokodo.
Recorded Sep 3 2020 63 mins
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  • Earthquake Risk – a Global Challenge Mar 4 2021 4:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    James Sawle, Mario Ordaz, David Gregory, Mohammad R Zolfaghari, Goran Trendafiloski, Matthias Schmid PhD, John Schneider
    Nearly half of all natural catastrophe fatalities since 1980 have been caused by earthquakes or the tsunamis they have triggered according to Munich Re. Established catastrophe models exist for countries contributing some of the largest insured losses, such as the United States and Japan.

    Yet, the impact of earthquakes in other areas of the world, where mainstream models are less developed, can also trigger major losses.

    With the support of Nasdaq, we've brought together specialist model developers from around the world to review what they are offering and get their views on key developments to look forward to in this field.

    Nasdaq’s Risk Modelling for Catastrophes service allows re/insurers and brokers to easily access catastrophe models from multiple model developers on a single platform. Covering all geographical regions of the world and a range of perils including flood, earthquake, wind and hail, the service enables new insights and an improved understanding of the exposure of a portfolio and individual properties. 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.

    Hosted by Matthew Grant, Partner at InsTech London, the speakers include:
    - James Sawle, Nasdaq Risk Modelling for Catastrophes
    - John Schneider, Global Earthquake Model Foundation
    - Matthias Schmid PhD, Guy Carpenter
    - Goran Trendafiloski, Impact Forecasting
    - Mohammad Zolfaghari, CatRisk Solutions
    - David Gregory, Corelogic
    - Mario Ordaz, ERN and RED

    The Learning Objectives for this event are:

    - Explore how insurance losses from earthquakes are measured and managed through the use of catastrophe models;
    - Learn about how to access models through platforms provided by companies such as Nasdaq and Oasis;
    - Understand the choices available when using catastrophe models.
  • We Need to Make Exchanging Data Easier - How? Recorded: Feb 25 2021 47 mins
    Robin Merttens, InsTech; Alastair Speare-Cole, QOMPLX; James Harrison, Dun & Bradstreet; Matilde Anello-Gaudiza, Swiss Re
    The recent InsTech report on E-Trading Platforms highlighted the lack of transparency and consistency in data and the resulting dearth of system to system interoperability. The next step in the evolution of the insurance industry depends on consistent data and easier integrations.

    Join us to hear an expert panel talk about the prevalence of competing solutions, how to better disseminate knowledge and increase collaboration to achieve a collective goal of making systems integration easier so we can provide better service and products to our customers. 

    You will also learn how ReQoncile, the newly launched data standards library curated by QOMPLX, aims to play its part in helping the industry with this issue.

    The Learning Objectives for this event are:
    - Learn how data quality challenges on e-trading platforms are impacting interoperability
    - Explore how the future of the insurance industry relies on the integration and consistency of data
    - Hear top tips from experts on how these challenges can be addressed to provide better offerings for customers

    Hosted by Robin Merttens, Partner at InsTech London, the speakers include:
    - Alastair Speare-Cole, President of Insurance, QOMPLX
    - James Harrison, UKI Head of Insurance, Dun & Bradstreet
    - Matilde Anello-Gaudiza, The Centre of Excellence for Data Foundation and Architecture, Swiss Re Group
  • E-Trading and the Future of Complex Insurance - Does London Hold the Key? Recorded: Jan 28 2021 46 mins
    Robin Merttens, Partner at InsTech London; Sasa Brcerevic Aon; Richard Phipps, Swiss Re; Ian Meadows, EY
    There is a renewed interest in e-trading platforms for reinsurance and complex risks spawned by a combination of COVID acting as an accelerant, Lloyd’s Blueprint Two, the insurance markets' own dynamics and the needs of increasingly demanding customers. Looking at the future of e-trading platforms, we will discuss:

    - Whether e-trading of complex insurance will catch on this time
    - Who is doing what in the platform space and lessons learned so far
    - What the attributes of a successful platform are
    - The role that both Lloyd’s and the mega brokers will play in determining the outcome.

    The event will coincide with the publication of a comprehensive InsTech London report on e-trading of reinsurance and complex risks by InsTech London partner, Robin Merttens, who has been involved in digitising insurance since 2000. He will also be hosting this event and knowing him, as we do, he will not need much encouragement to provide his customarily unfiltered perspective.

    The speakers include:

    Richard Phipps, Vice President, Property & Specialty Underwriting, Swiss Re
    Sasa Brcerevic, Managing Director, Carrier Solutions Group, Aon
    Ian Meadows, Associate Partner, EY

    Join us on January 28th at 12 pm to learn why the future of e-trading is more than just digital replication of the past.

    The learning objectives for this Live Chat are:

    - Learn about the re-emerging trend of e-trading platforms in the complex insurance space
    - Understand the barriers to effective adoption of e-trading platforms and how they can be overcome
    - Review examples of new e-trading platforms and the attributes enabling their successful adoption
  • What is parametric insurance and how does it impact actuarial work? Recorded: Jan 20 2021 60 mins
    Cherry Chan, LMAG; Cian Creedon, LMAG; Raghav Ohri, IFoA GI Insurtech Working Group; Matthew Grant, InsTech London
    Parametric insurance is based on the usage of a parameter that is correlated to the loss. Unlike traditional indemnity products, a measurable trigger and payment amount are fixed in advance, leading to fast payouts and low claims administration costs.

    Historically, parametric insurance providers have been providing bespoke services mainly on climate related perils for large companies/institutions.

    This relied on satellite data which has improved significantly over time. Enabled by technology, better data and modelling techniques, a newer cohort of insurtech offerings are moving towards off-the-shelf products focused on SMEs and individual customers, aiming to meet gaps in indemnity cover and covering previously uninsurable risks.

    This presentation collates findings from the Instech London Parametric Insurance Report with those of the Institute of Actuaries GI Insurtech working party.


    Cherry Chan - Chair, London Market Actuaries' Group
    Cian Creedon - Treasurer, London Market Actuaries' Group


    Raghav Ohri, IFoA GI Insurtech Working Group
    Matthew Grant, Partner, InsTech London
  • Zego - Telematics Acquisitions and Insurance Revolutions Recorded: Dec 15 2020 30 mins
    Robin Merttens, InsTech London; Harry Franks, Zego
    Robin chats with Harry Franks, Chief Business Development Officer at Zego, about their recent acquisition of telematics company, Drivit, and how they will use its real-time driver behaviour data to transform motor insurance pricing.

    Harry also talks to us about how Zego fared in 2020, their plans for 2021 and how insurance itself needs to change.
  • Re:infer - Helping Insurers Become InsurTechs Recorded: Dec 10 2020 23 mins
    Robin Merttens, InsTech London; Stephen Mackintosh, Re:infer
    We talk to Stephen Mackintosh, Chief Commercial Officer of Re:infer, to learn more about how they are applying Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology to insurers’ conversations and communications data.

    By automatically reading and understanding each message in real time, insurers can use these insights to drive efficiency for themselves and a better experience for their customers.

    Stephen shows us the Re:infer platform in action and explains how they implemented it at Hiscox to interpret inbound emails from brokers at scale.

    With the help of Re:infer, incumbent insurers can mine their communications using no-code technology to drive improvements and automation in their operations.
  • Raising Money: the Founders' Stories Recorded: Dec 8 2020 63 mins
    Matthew Grant, Robin Merttens, Andre Symes, Sam White, Goncalo de Vasconcelos, Pranjal Arya, Jonathan Spry
    Innovative ideas are great, but funding is the fuel for growth. This event takes us back to origins of InsTech London, giving a voice to early stage companies. Join us to hear from the founders of 4 companies in different stages of growth, with technology and access to underwriting capacity. We'll be asking them about  their experience and what advice they have on raising funds. We'll be joined by Andre Symes of Genasys, who is generously supporting the event as a way of helping others start, or continue, their company building journey. 

    Hosts: Matthew Grant and Robin Merttens, Partners InsTech London 
    Andre Symes, Chief Growth Officer, GENASYS
    Sam White, CEO, Stella Insurance
    Goncalo de Vasconcelos, Founder and CEO, Rnwl
    Pranjal Arya, Commercial Director, Hometree
    Jonathan Spry, Co-founder and CEO, Envelop Risk

    For CPD purposes, the Learning Objectives are:
    - Learn about best practice in how to successfully raise funds for early-stage companies
    - Understand how to overcome the challenges associated with fundraising
    - Hear real-life examples and top tips from founders who succeeded in raising capital and enabling growth in a hardening market
  • Data is the New Oil - Fracking Unstructured Content Recorded: Dec 3 2020 50 mins
    Robin Merttens, InsTech London; Adrian Webb, 360Globalnet; David Taylor, Mulsanne Ins. Co.; Henriette Fleischmann, Hosta Labs
    There is a reservoir of unstructured data trapped in every organisation just waiting to be extracted and refined to provide valuable business insights. Successful prospectors are those who know what to look for buried deep in text-based content and media, acquiring the right tools to drill into previously inaccessible information, bring to the surface and refine into a powerful new data source.

    This event will look at the technology and services now available to insurers to do this, and will run through proven use cases around risk analysis, fraud detection and customer insights. We’ll get to see the technologies in action including the very latest techniques for analysing photos and images. Finally, look out for the Beverly Hillbillies who make a rare appearance in an insurance innovation event!

    Hosted by Robin Merttens, Partner at InsTech London, the event will include:

    Adrian Webb, Strategic Advisor, 360Globalnet
    David Taylor, Head of Fraud, Mulsanne Insurance Company
    Henriette Fleischmann, Co-founder, Hosta Labs

    <a href=" https://www.360globalnet.com/en"> Sponsored by 360Globalnet, the digital claims enabler</a>

    For CPD purposes, the Learning Objectives are:
    - Explore current and future trends around the use of data in insurance
    - Learn how new technology can make use of unstructured data to revolutionise the way insurance companies get better insights from a broader range of data sources
    - Hear about real-life applications of these new data services in insurance and the insights they can provide.
  • Insuring Hazardous Materials with Pen Underwriting Recorded: Nov 5 2020 41 mins
    Matthew Grant, Sarah Penny, Ian Summerfield
    In this discussion with Pen Underwriting, we explore the risks and data challenges involved in handling and insuring hazardous goods. As one of its key niche product areas, Pen shares real-time examples and case studies to learn from, including industry facts like the most environmentally destructive liquid in the UK.

    Matthew Grant, Partner at InsTech London is joined by Ian Summerfield, Commercial Director for Hazardous Goods and Environmental at Pen Underwriting and Sarah Penny, Claims Relationship Manager at Pen Underwriting.

    The topics covered are:
    - Review of hazardous goods and emerging risks
    - Standards and critical requirements for data sharing and gathering risk information
    - The impact of innovation and advancement on the claims process
    - How Pen uses its extensive industry experience to support clients in a changing risk landscape
  • Getting Closer to Your Customer: Innovating through Platforms and Marketplaces Recorded: Oct 29 2020 46 mins
    Matthew Grant, Instech London; Neil Betteridge, Guidewire; John Ridd, Eviid; Dan Joyce, SafetyCulture
    The best technology in the world is useless if no one uses it. A challenge for both insurers and those building technology and analytics – whether in the new world of Insurtech – or the established providers is how to make it easy for insurers to use the products. In this event, sponsored by Guidewire, we will be looking at an example of one marketplace that is enabling insurers to discover and easily adopt new innovations from solution providers of all sizes. We’ll be using real-life case studies with a focus on remote inspection and digital payments to demonstrate how companies are fitting into insurers' value chain.

    For CPD purposes, the Learning Objectives are:

    - Learn about the barriers to effective implementation of technology products for insurance companies
    - Explore how these challenges can be addressed through a refocus on the customer
    - Hear real-life success stories from the digital payment and remote inspection spaces
  • Parametric Insurance: Current Scenario and Post-Covid Outlook Recorded: Oct 22 2020 58 mins
    Yuri Poletto, Gianni Biason, Matthew Grant, Paul Prendergast, Yann Barbarroux, Matteo Barbini
    Born as a solution for property catastrophe reinsurance, the application areas of parametric insurance have rapidly expanded into different lines of business such as agriculture, weather-related risks, and travel.

    Parametric insurance is today widely considered one of the main trends that will define insurance in the next years, and today many insurers, reinsurers and insurtech startups have kicked-off or are going to kick-off projects in the parametric insurance area.

    In this webinar the following topics are discussed:

    - What has been done so far in parametric insurance: application areas, lesson learned, regulatory aspects
    - The main insurance pain points parametric insurance can address including protection gap and customer trust
    - How insurers and insurtechs are exploring parametric insurance to tackle two of the biggest game-changers phenomena in our era: Covid-19 and global warming
    - Presentation of new InsTech London research on Parametric Insurance
  • Resilience and the Role of the Life and Protection Industry Recorded: Oct 8 2020 47 mins
    Robin Merttens, InsTech London; Will Wood, Aviva; Trevor Davis, INSTANDA; Matthew Reed, Equipsme
    Changes in lifestyle, employment and home ownership initiated by Covid-19 are creating a challenging economic and employment environment and unprecedented levels of uncertainty that have required customers [and businesses] to take a fresh look at their life, health and protection needs. This is both a significant challenge and great opportunity for insurers. They need to make insurance more flexible and affordable because money is tight but there is greater need for healthcare and insurance - something has to give. In the session we’ll explore:

    - The role of the caring insurer – it is about more than price
    - A digital experience; anywhere and anytime access
    - How insurers can empower businesses to work more closely with their workforce (employed and contracted)
    - What can we learn from what’s happening in other countries?

    Panelists include:

    Host: Robin Merttens, Partner, InsTech London
    Will Wood, Head of UK Insights, Strategy and Propositions, Aviva
    Trevor Davis, Managing Director, Life & Health, INSTANDA
    Matthew Reed, Founder, Equipsme

    The event is supported by INSTANDA.

    For CPD purposes, the Learning Objectives are:

    - Learn about the most recent trends in Life&Health insurance
    - Understand how the industry can adapt to long-lasting effects brought by Covid-19
    - Explore the ways technology and innovation can empower insurers to build more flexible and customer-centric products and offerings
  • Parametric Solutions: A Global Perspective Recorded: Oct 1 2020 62 mins
    Host Matthew Grant, Instech London with Hector Ibarra, CEO at Global Parametrics and others
    There is an increasing awareness of the potential for parametric solutions to help solve some of the challenges for many areas of the world that remain exposed through lack of insurance and catastrophic disasters, creating an insurance gap of up to 96% in some countries. Global Parametrics was set up in 2016 with support from the UK and German governments and today is providing the tools, analytics and innovative coverage for disaster financing around the world. Join us to hear Matthew Grant, InsTech London Partner, talk to the Global Parametrics leadership team and their partners about real-life case studies and the analytics, support and indices the company is now making available to organisations looking for innovative ways to structure protection.

    Matthew will be joined by:

    Hector Ibarra, CEO, Global Parametrics
    Akshay Gupta, SVP, Head - Catastrophe Analytics and Engineering, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance
    Jerry Skees, Chief Strategy Officer and Director, Global Parametrics
    Alin Radu, Senior Risk Modelling/Structuring Specialist, Global Parametrics
    Leif Heimfarth, Senior Underwriter, Hannover Re

    The event is supported by Global Parametrics.

    For CPD purposes, the Learning Objectives are:

    - Learn about how parametric solutions are being used globally to address the insurance gap around catastrophic events
    - Hear examples of best practice for parametrics in disaster finance coverage
    - Explore innovative ways to structure protection
  • No Code Insurance Platforms: Hype or Game-Changing? Recorded: Sep 8 2020 47 mins
    Robin Merttens, InsTech London; Farooq Sheikh, Unqork; Daniel Cole, Oliver Wyman; Adrian Webb, 360Globalnet
    Forrester predicts that the No Code development platform market will grow from $3.8 billion in 2017 to $21.2 billion in 2022. Our sponsors for this event, Unqork, raised over $131 million to develop their No Code application platform in February this year.  That’s a lot of growth and a lot of money for a four-year-old company. So, what is "No Code" and what is all the fuss about? 

    In this Live Chat, we will examine how No Code platforms can revolutionise insurance, ask who is adopting them and why. Alongside Robin Merttens, Partner at InsTech London the panel will include Farooq Sheikh, Insurance GTM Lead at Unqork, Daniel Cole, Partner, Financial Services at Oliver Wyman and Adrian Webb, Strategic Advisor at 360Globalnet. Listen in and after 45 minutes make up your own mind - are No Code platforms just hype or genuine game-changers?

    The event is supported by Unqork.
  • InsTech London presents the ITC + DIA World Tour Recorded: Sep 3 2020 63 mins
    Matthew Grant and Robin Merttens
    InsTech London hosts the UK leg of the ITC + DIA World Tour, celebrating the best of UK insurtech innovation.

    InsTech London Partner Matthew Grant discusses current trends from the UK market with Ruth Foxe Blader and Matthew Jones from our event sponsors Anthemis, while Parul Kaul-Green from AXA give an insurer's perspective on insurtech.

    The event includes pitches from UK start-ups Previsico, Riskbook, Bequest, Stable and Hokodo.
  • Intangibles: Reputation, Human Capital and IP. New solutions for New Risks Recorded: Aug 6 2020 61 mins
    Trevor Maynard, Lloyd's; Paul Merrey, KPMG; Kasper Ulf Nielsen, The RepTrak Company; Josephine Saunders, AXA XL
    The shift towards a world dominated by intangible assets like reputation, human capital and intellectual property, started decades ago. COVID-19 has accelerated trends such as the shift to remote workforces and digital transactions, further increasing the value of intangible assets, reckoned to have exceeded 80% of S & P companies corporate value in the last 10-15 years. Although hard to measure, these new areas of exposure offer great opportunities for insurers.

    We are delighted to be partnering with Lloyd’s on the day of the release of their report with KPMG "Protecting Intangible Assets: Preparing for a New Reality”: the first in a series of four on this topic. Matthew Grant, Partner at InsTech London will discuss the themes of the report with Trevor Maynard, Head Of Innovation at Lloyd's, Kasper Ulf Nielsen, Chief Strategy Officer at The RepTrak Company, Paul Merrey, Partner at KPMG and Josephine Saunders, Accelerate Partner at AXA XL, including:

    - The main issues to address when assessing the risk from intangibles;
    - Recommendations for how resilient organisations can protect themselves;
    - Examples of insurers already offering insurance products in this area.

    Join us on August 6th at 2 pm UK time to learn more.
  • Plugging the Gaps: How Well Do You Understand Your Flood Exposure? Recorded: Jul 30 2020 58 mins
    Hosted by Matthew Grant, Partner at InsTech London
    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
  • Is Your Data Deceiving You? Getting Data Fit for a Digital World Recorded: Jul 23 2020 45 mins
    Matthew Grant, InsTech London; Nick Mair, DQPro; Charles Joseph, Datazed; Amrit Santhirasenan, Hyperexponential
    Everyone's talking about the power of data. Yet the more information we have, the greater the chance that poor data hygiene can trigger some unpleasant surprises in your analytics, pricing or reporting. We're joined by Nick Mair, CEO and co-founder of DQPro, to find out how leading insurance carriers have been able to introduce simple, but effective processes to identify and sort out erroneous or missing data. Charles Joseph of Datazed and Amrit Santhirasenan of Hyperexponential bring their real-word experience and advice on overcoming the challenges, and the benefits that arise, in getting data fit.
  • Crafting the Samurai Sword - Advancing Your Cyber Data Strategy Recorded: Jul 14 2020 46 mins
    Matthew Grant, InsTech London; Patrick Thielen, Chubb; Judy Chow, CyberCube; Lewis Guignard, CyberCube
    Creating a data lake that serves as a competitive advantage for your cyber insurance business is both a science and an art. Cyber data is plentiful but can be large, complex and dynamic. Shaping petabytes of raw data into a weapon that provides unmatched business value is a goal which many cyber insurance practitioners are still striving to achieve.

    In this webinar, we will discuss some of the challenges in creating and implementing an end-to-end cyber data strategy.

    You will learn:

    - 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
    - How to make decisions on what capabilities to strengthen and where to deploy resources

    Panelists include:

    Moderator: Matthew Grant, Partner, InsTech London
    Patrick Thielen, SVP Financial Lines, Chubb
    Judy Chow, Director of Product Management, CyberCube
    Lewis Guignard, Senior Manager, Data Science, CyberCube

    The event is supported by CyberCube.
  • Are We Stuck On Legacy Technology For Ever? Recorded: Jul 9 2020 46 mins
    Robin Merttens, InsTech London; Anthony Grosso, EIS Group; Frederic Valluet, Vlocity; Charlie Blackburn, Azur Underwriting.
    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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