19 Nov 2019

2019 Annual Conference

Insurance & Pensions: Leading the Future

The theme of the 2019 annual conference is "Insurance & Pensions: Leading the Future". The conference addressed the most topical issues facing the European (re)insurance and pensions sector. 

Watch the highlights of this conference:

EIOPA's annual conference is a unique opportunity for high-level contributions and exchange of views on recent regulatory and supervisory developments and related challenges in the (re)insurance and pensions sectors as well as for interesting and lively discussions.

In addition to keynote speeches, the conference included the following three sessions: 

  • Insurance & Pensions in 2040, Conversation with Chief Executive Officers
  • Climate Change: Are the Insurance and Pensions Sectors leading the way? 
  • Solvency II 2020 Review: Evident – Transparent – Simpler


08:30 – 09:30    Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:30 – 09:40    Welcome and Order of the Day 

09:40 – 09:45    Welcome Address by the Host: Nils Stieglitz, President and Managing Director, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

09:45 – 10:00    Opening Address – Insurance & Pensions: Future Strategic Priorities by Gabriel Bernardino, Chairman, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) 

10:00 – 11:15    Insurance & Pensions in 2040

Conversation with Chief Executive Officers:

  • Are you prepared for the future?
  • What are the biggest opportunities and the biggest risks? 
  • What changes are needed in the culture of the Board rooms?
  • Are we promoting the right culture? 
  • Is the sector attracting the right skills?
  • What is your strategic goal for 2040 and how will you achieve it? 
  • What should supervisors be concerned with?


Oliver Bäte, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board, Allianz SE 

Andreas Brandstetter, President, Insurance Europe and Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, UNIQA Insurance Group 

Thomas Buberl, Chief Executive Officer, AXA

Christian Mumenthaler, Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Re


Stephan Binder, Senior Partner, Head of Insurance Practice Europe, McKinsey & Company 

11:15 – 11:45    Coffee Break

11:45 – 12:15    Keynote Address -  Climate Change: The Financial Sector's Role by Frank Elderson, Chairman of the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) & Executive Board Member of De Nederlandsche Bank N.V. & Member of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank 

12:15 – 13:30    Climate Change: Are the Insurance and Pensions Sectors leading the way? 

Panel Discussion: 

  • Climate change: Are the insurance and pensions sector leading the way? 
  • Insurability – Sustainability – Affordability: Are they indeed achievable?
  • What role does innovation and digitalisation play?
  • How to prepare and raise awareness of the younger generation?
  • Does pensions sustainability go hand in hand with climate friendly investment?
  • Can the Pan-European Personal Pension Product work for the climate sustainable purpose? 
  • How to close the protection gaps?


Bronwyn Claire, Senior Programme Manager, ClimateWise, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) 

Stephanie Morton, Climate Finance Lawyer, Climate Programme of ClientEarth and Member of EIOPA's Insurance and Reinsurance Stakeholder Group

Eugenie Molyneux, Chief Risk Officer Commercial Insurance, Zurich Insurance Group 

Allan Polack, Group Chief Executive Officer, PFA - Pension, Forsikringsaktieselskab 


Rowan Douglas, Head of Capital Science and Policy Practice, Willis Towers Watson  

13:30 – 14:45    Luncheon 

14:00 – 14:30    Press Conference with Gabriel Bernardino, Chairman, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)

14:45 – 15:00    Solvency II 2020 Review: Evident – Transparent – Simpler 

Impulse Statement by Åsa Larson, Executive Director, Finansinspektionen

15:00 – 16:15    Panel Discussion:

  • Why is the review needed? 
  • How does the macro-side go with the micro-side? 
  • What to expect, more regulatory burden or less? 
  • Will the review meet its purpose?


Michaela Koller, Director General, Insurance Europe 

Åsa Larson, Executive Director, Finansinspektionen 

Didier Millerot, Head of Insurance and Pensions Unit, European Commission 

Tony O'Riordan, Chief Financial Officer and Director, New Ireland Assurance and Chair of Insurance Committee, Actuarial Association of Europe

Paweł Surówka, Chief Executive Officer, PZU SA  


William Hawkins, Co-head of European Research (Insurance), Keefe, Bruyette & Woods 

16:15 – 16:45    Keynote Address: Setting International Standards, Victoria Saporta, Executive Committee Chair, International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS)

16:45 – 17:00    Closing Remarks by Fausto Parente, Executive Director, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) 

17:00 – 18:00    Get-Together

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