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Insurance Industry Leaders To Discuss Cybersecurity, Big Data, Innovation At 2015 Global Insurance Symposium

April 9, 2015

Industry leaders from around the world will gather in the insurance hub of Des Moines, Iowa, for the Global Insurance Symposium on May 26-28, 2015. The second annual conference provides a venue for the insurance industry to address important issues impacting the marketplace with a primary focus on cybersecurity, big data and innovation. The full schedule and session details are now available at globalinsurancesymposium.com.

The conference features a powerhouse agenda of some of the most knowledgeable global insurance experts; along with opportunities for attendees to participate in roundtable and breakout discussion sessions to network and discuss the most important issues facing the industry. Attendees will also be the first to see innovative demonstrations from the initial six startups participating in the new Global Insurance Accelerator.

View From the Fed
Tom Sullivan, Associate Director, Federal Reserve

Presenting the view from the Federal Reserve on domestic and international standards which are emerging and evolving. The Federal Reserve supervises over one-third of the U.S. insurance market (in assets) as consolidated regulator.

Big Data Panel
Dr. Rahul Parsa, Professor, Drake University (Moderator)
Birny Birnbaum, Executive Director, Center for Economic Justice
Garrett Flynn, Advisory Principal, KPMG LLP
Dr. Anand Rao, Partner, PwC Analytics
Stuart Rose, Global Insurance Marketing Director, SAS

According to Significance Magazine “ninety percent of the data stored in the world today has been created in the past two years.” These vast amounts of data pose very different problems. The panel will try to address some of the issues with big data:

  • bridging the gap between corporate environments and the big data environments. The data needed to support the analytics,
  • how to use technology to visualize data,
  • using big data in the decision making process and how to create value, and
  • the promise of big data benefiting consumers and insurers and the reality of it.

CEO Roundtable: The Industry Responds to Big Data, Cybersecurity, Regulatory Modernization and Capital Standards
Charlie Richardson, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels (Moderator)
Ed Noonan, Chairman & CEO, Validus Holdings
Tom Marra, President & CEO, Symetra Life Insurance Company
Pete Schaefer, President & CEO, Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America
Jim Wallace, Chairman, President, & CEO, GuideOne Insurance

What are the biggest challenges and opportunities in the domestic and global marketplace, and how do CEOs of four market leaders plan to face the challenges and capture the opportunities? What advice do they have for domestic and global regulators and other thought leaders as we together work to modernize the insurance sector for the benefit of policyholders and other stakeholders?

A planning committee consisting of Iowa’s leading insurance companies, the Iowa Insurance Institute, the Federation of Iowa Insurers, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, and the Iowa Insurance Division shaped the content of the 2015 Global Insurance Symposium. 

Media Registration

Media are invited to attend the Global Insurance Symposium to hear from some of the most knowledgeable global experts in the insurance industry. Registration fees will be waived for members of the media, including bloggers and content creators for the finance and insurance industry. Media unable to attend in person also have the ability to register to watch selected presentations via livestream. Register now at globalinsurancesymposium.com/contact/

All media inquiries should be directed to Ann Appleseth at (515) 494-2567 or ann.appleseth@gmail.com.


About the Global Insurance Symposium

Established in 2014, the Global Insurance Symposium is the premier symposium for insurance professionals and regulatory authorities to hear from the world’s most renowned insurance experts and to interact with fellow insurance industry colleagues from around the world. The Global Insurance Symposium is presented by the Iowa Insurance Institute, the Federation of Iowa Insurers, Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Global Insurance Accelerator, Insurance Thought Leadership, and the Iowa Insurance Division. For more information, visit GlobalInsuranceSymposium.com. To register for this year’s event, visit globalinsurancesymposium.com/register/.