Speakers

AMICE is proud to welcome the following speakers for this Congress.

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Butch Bacani

Director, UN Environment Programme’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative

Panel Chair: Sustainability, collaboration and innovation: unlocking potential

Butch Bacani leads UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Principles for Sustainable Insurance
Initiative (PSI), the largest collaboration between the UN and the insurance industry. Endorsed by the
UN Secretary-General and insurance industry CEOs, the PSI is a global framework and initiative for
the industry to address sustainability issues—as risk managers, insurers and investors—and to build
resilient, inclusive and sustainable communities and economies on a healthy planet.

Butch leads initiatives that contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
and Paris Climate Agreement. These include developing “Insurance SDGs”, establishing a Net-Zero
Insurance Alliance, convening the world’s leading insurers to pilot the Financial Stability Board’s
climate risk disclosure recommendations (TCFD), and working with the California Insurance
Commissioner to develop the world’s first sustainable insurance roadmap. He co-led the
development of the first global sustainability guide for the insurance business and the creation of
UNEP’s Sustainable Insurance Forum for regulators. Butch was part of InsuranceERM’s inaugural list
of the most influential people leading and shaping the insurance industry’s response to climate
change, and has been recognised as one of the most influential sustainability leaders by Canada’s
largest youth-led movement.

Butch led the global process that created the PSI in 2012, and UNEP’s insurance and investment
programmes from 2006 to 2010, including activities with the Principles for Responsible Investment
(PRI). He has shaped global insurance industry initiatives to address climate change, disaster risks,
tobacco risks, illegal fishing and plastic pollution; and to protect UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Butch
has authored pioneering studies on sustainable insurance and responsible investment. Prior to the
UN, he was in the insurance industry for over a decade, working with leading insurers and reinsurers
worldwide.

Butch is involved in the InsuResilience Global Partnership, Vulnerable Twenty Group of Finance
Ministers (V20), California Climate Insurance Working Group, Insurance Development Forum,
Microinsurance Network, and World Benchmarking Alliance


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Philipp Bäcker

Head of Sustainability, R+V

Panellist: Sustainability, collaboration and innovation: unlocking potential

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Grzegorz Buczkowski

President, AMICE

Opening & Closing of the Congress / CEO Roundtable: Reimagining Risk and Relationships

Grzegorz Buczkowski is CEO of Saltus TUW and Saltus Życie SA, the insurance companies of the Polish credit union system.  He has 30 years of experience in the Polish financial markets and credit unions, 25 of which in insurance.  Prior to joining Saltus, he has served as consultant to EU PHARE and UNDP programmes, World Bank’s CGAP programme and United Nations’ International Labour Organization and worked for institutions of the Polish credit union system. He has served on a number of boards, including companies listed on Warsaw Stock Exchange.

He has published on insurance and mutuality topics for the International Labour Organization, Bloomberg European Law Journal, Revue d’Economie Financiere and Polish Cooperative Research Institute.

He is a member of the Supervisory Committee of the Polish Chamber of Insurance and chair of its Mutuals’ Commission.He has been a member of the Board of Directors of AMICE since its formation in 2008, and its President since 2016.

Mr. Buczkowski holds an MA in English Literature from Gdansk University and an MBA in finance from Gdansk University and Strathclyde University, Glasgow.


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Mirenchu Del Valle Schaan

President, UNESPA

Fireside chat: View from the top

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Amel Djemaïl

Equal Opportunities Director, UNI europa

Overview of UNI europa and AMICE European project on workplace safety

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Mathieu Filippo

Senior Manager Prudential Supervision and Sustainability, Achmea

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Mark Geoghegan

Editor, The Voice of Insurance

Congress Moderator / View from the top / Chair: CEO Roundtable, Reimagining risk and relationships

Mark’s unconventional career spans (re)insurance broking and financial journalism.

A graduate in Spanish, he spent over 7 years brokering and producing (re)insurance of all classes from Spain and Latin America at Spanish broker Gil y Carvajal (now Aon) in London and at Heath Re (now Gallagher Re) in Madrid, before leaving the market for a career in journalism.

After learning his trade on an internet business magazine and a Latin American newswire, Mark became managing editor of regulated share investment advisories Red Hot Penny Shares and The Fleet Street Letter before joining Reinsurance Magazine as editor in 2005.

He joined The Insurance Insider as editor in 2008, leaving in 2019 to found the insurance podcast platform The Voice of Insurance.
He holds the securities certificate from the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, is a qualified Spanish translator and is former Chairman of the Lloyd’s and London Market IberoAmerican Club.


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Sarah Goddard

Secretary General, AMICE

Mutual Meet-Up host: Climate Resilience Dialogue (CRD) Sarah will provide an update on the work to date on the CRD, and introduce the AMICE ‘own report’.

Sarah Goddard is Secretary General of AMICE, and has over 25 years' global re/insurance industry experience.

Before joining AMICE, she was CEO of the Dublin International Insurance & Management Association (DIMA) which represented companies writing non-Irish insurance, and life and non-life reinsurance business, including captive management.

Previously, Sarah worked as Editor for Global Reinsurance magazine and as International Bureau Chief for the Business Insurance magazine. She started her career at Lloyd's of London and graduated from the University of Manchester, UK.


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Prof. Martin Mullins

Co-Lead, Emerging Risk Group, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick

Case study: Addressing the notion of trust around ChatGPT in the high-stakes use case of insurance

Martin Mullins is Co-Leader of the Emerging Risk Group, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, a Professor in Risk and Insurance, a Funded Investigator for Lero and has been a member of the Expert Group on Digital Ethics in Insurance for EIOPA. More recently, he worked with the Central Bank of Ireland as a data ethicist. Professor Mullins teaches financial regulation at Masters level and lectures on the philosophy of science to University doctoral students. He has worked on a number of risk governance related research projects, including five EU Commission funded projects in the area of emerging technologies and risk transfer. Two of these focus on risk metrics, privacy and insurance in the area of assisted driving systems, namely VIDAS and Cloud-LSVA - funded under the MG3.6 and ICT 16 calls respectively. He is currently working on a set of recommendations for the European policy makers on the use of AI driven tools by law enforcement agencies.


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Víctor Meseguer Sánchez

Special Commissioner for Social Economy of the Spanish Government

Panellist: Creating stability: the role of mutuality

Víctor Meseguer Sánchez

He studied a BA in Political Science at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona. In the framework of an ERASMUS exchange, he studied for a year at the King’s College London. Victor holds two master’s degrees: in Corporate Social Responsibility (University of Murcia) and in European Affairs (European Studies Institute, Université Libre of Brussels).


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Pablo Mongelos

Managing Director, Seguros Lagun Aro

Panellist: CEO Roundtable, Reimagining risk and relationships

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Leire Mugerza Garate

President of the Standing Committee and Congress of Mondragon, MONDRAGON Corporation

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Ruth Paserman

Director, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

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Jean Pierre Grimaud

CEO, OFI Invest

Panellist: Sustainability, collaboration and innovation: unlocking potential

Jean-Pierre Grimaud is the CEO of OFI Invest Asset Management, a position he has held since June 2015. Previously, he was the CEO of Swiss Life AMB, before which he was Chairman of Swiss Life AM, the asset management subsidiary of Swiss Life France. He joined the company in 2002 as CIO and Executive Board Member. Grimaud previously worked for HSBC Asset Management (Europe) and CPR Gestion. He began his career in financial and asset management in 1986, at the Banque Française d’Investissement. From 2007 to 2011, Grimaud was also Chairman of the Board of Af2i (Association Française des Investisseurs Institutionnels) and actively participated in public debates related to the French financial industry. He also taught at Rennes University and at the CNAM of Paris, as well as writing a monthly column in Gestion de Fortune between 1992 and 2009. Grimaud is an ENSAE graduate, and also obtained a degree in economics from the University of Economics of Angers.


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Juliane Ressel

PhD student and research assistant, University of Limerick and TH Köln

Case study: Addressing the notion of trust around ChatGPT in the high-stakes use case of insurance

Juliane Ressel is a PhD student at the University of Limerick, as part of the Emerging Risk Group. She is collaborating with the Institute for Insurance Studies (ivwKöln) at TH Köln and is also a research assistant at the Research Center for the Insurance Market. Her research project examines what constitutes a trustworthy adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) systems in insurance transactions. The aim is to contribute to a bespoke risk governance framework. The project is supervised by Prof Dr Michaele Völler (ivwKöln), Prof Dr Finbarr Murphy, and Prof Dr Martin Mullins (both University of Limerick). Juliane’s PhD research has been recognised with the insureNXT Innovators Award 2023 and nominated for the AI Newcomers Award 2023.


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Prof. Rosemary Addis

Enterprise Professor in impact, sustainability and innovation, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne / Managing Partner, Mondiale Impact

Keynote: Setting the stage for green investment

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Eeva Salmenpohja

Senior Vice President, Group Sustainability and Communications, LocalTapiola Group

Panellist: Sustainability, collaboration and innovation: unlocking potential

Eeva Salmenpohja is the Vice President for Sustainability and Public Affairs for LocalTapiola. Before starting her position at LocalTapiola in April 2021 Eeva headed the public affairs and strategic sustainability work at K-Group, one of the largest retailers in Northern Europe.

Having worked in the Prime Minister´s Office, the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff as well as the Ministry for Foreign Affairs – Eeva has a broad understanding of sustainability issues as well as the growing and changing stakeholder expectations.

LocalTapiola is a mutual group of companies providing non-life, life and pension insurance as well as asset management and real estate asset management to private customers, farmers, entrepreneurs, corporate customers and organizations. LocalTapiola has a network of 19 regional mutual insurance companies employing approximately 3,500 people servicing nearly 1.6 million customers.


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Antti Talonen

Professor in Responsible Business Management and Co-operatives (University of Eastern Finland), Member of EIOPA's Insurance and Reinsurance Stakeholder Group

Panellist: Creating stability: the role of mutuality

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Ben Telfer

Senior Vice-President, Membership, ICMIF

Mutual Meet-Up: The importance of the mutual message

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Chris Van Toor

Platform of Mutual Insurers

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Jorge Vázquez Morenés

Director, Mutua Madrileña

Panellist: CEO Roundtable, Reimagining risk and relationships

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Ana Vicente

CEO, Mutua Pescadores

CEO Roundtable: Future trends - reimagining risks and relationships