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Global Insurance Symposium Registration Opens

January 15, 2016

The Iowa Insurance Institute, the Federation of Iowa Insurers, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Iowa Insurance Division announced today that registration is now open for the third annual Global Insurance Symposium, held April 26-28, 2016 in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Attendees are encouraged to register online at GlobalInsuranceSymposium.com.

This year’s Symposium is themed Inspiring Innovation in the Insurance Industry. In addition to the main track, the Global Insurance Symposium is pleased to announce the new Innovation Track, which comprehensively explores innovation opportunities and challenges.

The Global Insurance Symposium features a powerhouse agenda of renowned industry keynote and panel speakers, as well as numerous opportunities for attendees to participate in roundtable and breakout discussion sessions with global insurance leaders. Speakers include state insurance commissioners, industry leaders, regulatory representatives from various states, national offices and international organizations, and other experts in the insurance industry from around the world.

Speakers include the following:

  • Julian Enoizi, CEO at Pool Re
  • X. Rick Niu, Chief Executive Officer and President at Starr Companies
  • Maria Ferrante-Schepis, Managing Principal, Insurance and Financial Services at Maddock Douglas
  • Jayne Plunkett, Head of Casualty Division at Swiss Re
  • Neil Sprackling, President, North America Life and Health Business at Swiss Re
  • Paul Thanos, Director for Finance and Insurance Industries at U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration
  • Jennifer Fitzgerald, CEO and Co-Founder at PolicyGenius
  • Tom Sullivan, Senior Advisor, Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation at the Federal Reserve
  • Adam Cassady, Co-Founder and CEO at Tyche
  • Chad Nitschke, Co-Founder and CEO at Insure.VC
  • Kyle Nakatsuji, Principal at American Family Ventures

Additional speakers will be announced at a later date.

The Symposium is the leading event for industry leaders to converse on the changing nature of the regulation of insurance with a focus on international regulatory issues. As insurance transforms into a global industry, every carrier should be monitoring the changes. The unique format will offer opportunities to not only hear from renowned experts but to network and share ideas with peers.

“The Global Insurance Symposium is the prime event for national and global leaders in the insurance industry,” said Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart. “This is an essential event for insurance executives including CEOs, CIOs, CMOs, counsel, presidents, chairpersons and partners, as well as entrepreneurs.”

In addition, the Global Insurance Accelerator is pleased to share that the ACORD Insurance Innovative Challenge will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2016 in Downtown Des Moines. Created and led by ACORD, the insurance industry’s global standards and services association, the ACORD Insurance Innovation Challenge (AIIC) is an innovation competition-business incubator hybrid which identifies and promotes innovation in and for the insurance industry. The ACORD Insurance Innovation Challenge accepts submissions specifically in the areas of technology and process improvements for insurers, process stakeholders, distribution channel and vendor partners. In 2016, semi-final competitions will be held in the U.S. and internationally leading up to the finals at ACORD2016 in Boca Raton this November. Learn more at AcordChallenge.org.

Media inquiries should be directed to Sophia S. Ahmad at (515) 286-4919 or sahmad@DSMpartnership.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, Federation of Iowa Insurers, Iowa Insurance Division, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Iowa Economic Development Authority, ACORD Insurance Innovation Challenge and Insurance Thought Leadership. For more information, visit GlobalInsuranceSymposium.com.

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,100 Regional Business Members and more than 320 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.


ACORD (Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development), founded in 1970, is a global, nonprofit organization serving the insurance and related industries. ACORD facilitates fast, accurate data exchange and more efficient workflows through the development of electronic standards, standardized forms, and tools to support their use.