Speakers on stage
Karsten BerlageRegional Head Americas for the Alternative Risk Transfer (ART)Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty
Mr. Berlage is an executive at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty in New York, NY where he is the Regional Head Americas for the Alternative Risk Transfer (ART) business. He provides clients with innovative, structured insurance with a focus on parametric index solutions to renewable energy clients.
Prior to joining Allianz, he worked at UBS Investment Bank in the structured finance area, responsible for securitization, lease and project finance and building an insurance linked markets business. Overall, he has over 20 years of experience as an executive in financial institutions in New York and Zurich raising over $10 billion financings for clients in various industry sectors and winning multiple industry awards for innovative financing and risk transfer solutions.
Mr. Berlage has business and law degrees from the University of Konstanz, Germany, Zurich University, Switzerland, and Fordham Law School, New York, NY.
Matthew LathamHead of Global Programs and CaptivesAXA XL
Matthew is Head of Global Programs and Captives at AXA XL, a division of AXA. In this role he is responsible for growing AXA XL’s global programs and captive fronting business and for ensuring that clients get a high-quality level of service. His remit is global and involves working with underwriters across all classes of risk.
Before joining XL Catlin, now part of AXA XL, in 2014, Matthew spent 9 years at AIG. His roles there included leading AIG’s alternative risk financing team, which focused on providing solutions for risks that were new or difficult to insure, typically in partnership with a client’s captive. Prior to AIG, he was an ART underwriter at ACE and held a variety of roles at Willis including ART broking and captive consultancy. Matthew has been in the insurance industry for over 25 years and is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and holds an MBA from Cass Business school in London.
Bart SmetsHead of Insurance and Risk DepartmentUmicore
After graduation from the Brussels University as Master in Law, Bart started to work as an insurance broker for a former Fortis company (Afidif). He then spent about 15 years of his career as an international insurance broker with companies like Willis Towers Watson and Van Breda Risk and benefits, during which time he obtained a Master in Insurance and Risk Management from the University of Leuven.
In 2012, he became Global Risk and Insurance Manager for Eurofins SE, an international life sciences company which provides analytical testing services across multiple industries.
Since May 2017, Bart is heading the Insurance and Risk department at Umicore, a global materials technology and recycling group.
Stéphane YvonInsurance and Personal Insurance Policy DirectorEDF
After more than 10 years in the reinsurance industry Stéphane YVON joined EDF in 2003 where he has been in charge of the Group captives, the interests of EDF in mutuals, and ART solutions including CAT Bonds and ILS.
He has also been appointed in 2018 as Head of Employee Benefits.