Speakers List - Insurance Risk Europe


Raj Singh

Group CRO


Appointed Group Chief Risk Officer in January 2013, Raj Singh is responsible for developing strategies to manage financial, strategic and operational risks across the Standard Life group.
Before joining Standard Life, Raj had acquired extensive experience in financial services worldwide. In 2011 he established advisory firm Accredere AG in Switzerland, advising on capital, risk, and reinsurance issues, and remains a non-Executive Board member. From 2007 to 2011, Raj was Group Chief Risk Officer at Swiss Re Insurance Company Ltd in Switzerland, where he was also a member of the Executive Board and Committee. Before this, he was Group Chief Risk Officer at Allianz SE in Germany, a position he held from 2002. Prior to this he held various senior sales/relationship management and risk positions at Citibank from 1988 to 2002. He has also served on the Boards of publicly traded financial institutions as well as principal banking, insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries of companies where employed.
He is a member of the Advisory Board at the International Center for Insurance Regulation at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany and President of Hoerner College Society in Lucknow, India.
He is resides in Rueschlikon, Switzerland with his spouse and three children.



Dr. Manuela Zweimueller

Head of Policy Department


Dr. Manuela Zweimueller is Head of the Policy Department in EIOPA. She is responsible for EIOPA's regulatory and policy tasks in the fields of insurance, pensions and external relations. Previously, Ms Zweimueller coordinated the External Relations Team at EIOPA for two years. Prior to EIOPA, Ms Zweimueller was a member of Senior Management at Munich RE. In her last task until July 2011 she led the implementation of Solvency II at ERGO International and set up a Risk Management Hub in London for Munich RE. From 2008 to 2010, she was the Managing Director of Munich RE's branch office in France.

Ms Zweimueller has extensive work experience in the (re)insurance business and particularly in risk management, and served in several positions at Munich RE and Allianz, also in Paris, London and Sydney. Since 2013, she is regularly nominated to the Financial News FN100 Women in Finance list, depicting the most influential female executives working in European financial markets. Ms Zweimueller holds a PhD in biochemistry and a Certificate in Economics for Scientists by the University of Hagen (Germany).



Simon Gadd

Group Chief Risk Officer


Simon Gadd was appointed CRO of L&G Group in January 2013. As Group CRO he heads risk oversight for all risk types within L&G risk framework, including prudential, operational and conduct risks. He provides advice to the Board and Executives on risk matters across the Group, including both UK and overseas operations, and sits on the Group Executive Committee and Group Risk Committee.

Simon has had a varied career with Legal & General since completing a mathematics degree at Oxford University. He qualified as an actuary in 1991 and roles undertaken since have included defined benefit pension valuation, various pricing and marketing roles, general management roles, and leadership of the pensions review. Simon has led several different businesses within the Legal & General group, including the Retail Protection business, Group Protection business and as MD of Annuities from 2006 - 2012.



Peter Shepherd

Chief Risk Officer


Peter Shepherd is the Chief Risk officer of Rothesay Life, joining in 2016. Previously he held a number of senior roles at Lloyds Banking Group including leading the structured credit investments portfolio and establishing and leading the business responsible for the management and disposition of specialist non-core assets within the Group. He was also a director, and member of the investment and funding committee, of the Group's defined benefit pensions schemes

Mark Chaplin

Chief Risk Officer, UK Insurance and UK Life


Mark Chaplin is the Chief Risk Officer for Aviva's UK Insurance business and for the UK Life Insurance legal entities. Prior to this Mark was the interim CRO for Aviva's UK General Insurance and Health Insurance businesses and had previously been CRO for the Aviva group's internal reinsurance company and the Group Enterprise Risk Director. Before joining Aviva in 2010, Mark spent 16 years in consulting at Willis Towers Watson

Lukas Ziewer



Lukas Ziewer is the regional Chief Risk Officer and Director of the MetLife Europe operations (MEL and MEIL), where he leads with his team various initiatives, including the drive towards consistently high standards of risk governance across the WCE countries, the embedding of internal risk and capital models, and the roll out of ORSAs for the operating entities. He joined MetLife in November 2014, coming from a consulting career; Lukas was a partner in the European Insurance practice of Oliver Wyman for many years, where he led the Financial Risk practice and worked with many leading European insurance groups. He is a qualified actuary and has an MSC in mathematical Physics. Lukas has published widely on risk management, strategy, hedging, and the impact of regulation.

Samu Anttila



Samu Anttila has worked in various positions in the insurance industry for 16 years and during that time has generated deep knowledge on Solvency II. He began his career as an actuary, then moved to head of market risk management and now he is the chief investment officer of LocalTapiola Life and is also responsible for the ALM operations within the LocalTapiola Group by chairing the group asset liability committee. Previous to his current position, he worked for ING Insurance as an insurance risk officer. He holds a master's degree in actuarial sciences and is also a fellow of the Finnish Actuarial Society. He also holds eMBA degree from the Aalto University Helsinki.

Chris Allen

Head of non-financial risks


Having started his career as an apprentice at Aon, Chris Allen now has more than 15 years experience in the financial industry. In his current 2nd line role at Wesleyan, Chris leads on the design and implementation of the Group's Operational Risk framework. Before moving to Wesleyan, where he has spent the last 8 years, Chris held various Operational positions at HSBC focusing on continuous improvement, operational efficiency and resource utilisation

Inna Aaltonen

Head of Insurance Solvency & Supervisory Reporting


Inna Aaltonen is Head of Insurance Solvency and Supervisory Reporting in Finance Finland. She has been actively participating in Solvency II development since 2003. She has also been the Solvency II coordinator for the Finnish insurance industry. Besides the Solvency II project she is responsible for various other projects, such as international capital standards, derivatives and supervisory reporting for the whole financial sector. With that portfolio, no working day is similar to the other!
Inna is an actuary by profession, with financial mathematics and economics as majors. Her free time is full of sports - running, football and basketball.



Russell Büsst

Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer


Russell Büsst is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer for Conning's European operations, where he is responsible for Corporate Governance and all Portfolio Management oversight and investment strategy decision making. Prior to joining Conning in 2011, Russell was Chief Executive of Amundi's UK subsidiary and Head of UK Institutional Fixed Income within the London-based Global Fixed Income Team where he and his team managed assets for a broad range of UK, US, Bermudian and European insurance market clients, developing a dominant position in the Lloyd's and other markets. In a career spanning 30 years Russel previously served as Portfolio Manager for Premium Management Limited. He holds a Degree in Engineering and the Securities Industry Diploma.

Simon Cartlidge

Head of Operational Risk Governance


Simon is L&G Group's Head of Operational Risk Governance. He has spent 17 years with the organisation, previously holding a variety of senior risk management roles in the retail investments and banking business units. Simon worked on L&G's Solvency II programme, focusing on the Pillar 2 workstream and leading the phase 1 IMAP Submission. Immediately prior to his current role, he was responsible for governance arrangements over the Group's Internal Model. Prior to L&G, Simon worked for Bradford & Bingley Building Society, as Credit Risk Manager in their retail mortgage business.

Roger Dix



Roger Dix joined Wesleyan in February 2013 as Chief Risk Officer. He has spent more than 35 years within the Insurance and Reinsurance sector. An actuary by qualification, he has worked in Risk for eight years and has been actively involved in shaping this part of the industry as it develops. He has previously worked as Chief Risk Officer at LV= and the UK Life arm of Aviva. Roger heads the team managing the Society's risk and compliance activity as Wesleyan enters a new stage of its growth programme.

Prasun Mathur

Head of Investments, UK and Ireland Life


Prasun has over 9 years of experience in insurance ALM, investment strategy and new product development. Prior to joining Aviva, Prasun worked for Phoenix, Standard Life and HSBC. Prasun holds a 5 year Masters degree in Math and Computing from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and an M.B.A. from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. (*as at 30 June 2015)

Teemu Jokela

Chief Actuary


2013 - Chief Actuary, Kaleva Mutual Insurance
2008-2013 Chief Actuary, Mandatum Life Insurance
2007-2008 Actuary, Pohjola Insurance
2000-2007 Mathematician, Actuary, Chief Actuary, Op Life Insurance
2000-2000 Mathematician Trainee, Sampo Teollisuusvakuutus

Laura Johnston

Head of Methodology and Economic Capital


Laura Johnston is Head of Methodology and Economic Capital at LV= where she has worked for nearly a decade. Laura overseas both GI and Life capital for the LV= business. Before qualifying as an actuary she gained a Ph.D in numerical analysis and lectured population dynamics. She is a member of the Extreme Events working party

Oscar Kitasoboka

Chief Actuary- Head of GI Actuarial & GI Financial Performance


Oscar Kitasoboka is the Chief Actuary of the Legal & General non-life insurance business, where he is responsible for reserving, capital, reinsurance, investment strategy and the ORSA. He has previously worked as a consultant with PwC, reinsurance broker with Aon, actuary at the PRA and various senior roles advising Insurance Groups during the implementation of Solvency II

Paul Sauvé FCIA, FSA, Aktuar DAV

Senior Vice President


Paul Sauvé is Senior Vice President, EMEA, Global Financial Solutions for RGA International Reinsurance Company Limited. He is responsible for GFS's business in the financial reinsurance, longevity reinsurance and asset-intensive reinsurance markets of Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa. GFS helps create customized reinsurance solutions and supports life insurer capital needs.
Currently based in Cologne, Germany, Paul, who joined RGA in 2006, has worked in the insurance industry for 25 years. He began his career at Mutual Life of Canada, now part of Sun Life of Canada. He also worked for Manulife in its Singapore, Hong Kong and Germany offices, rising to Managing Director of Manulife's Cologne, Germany office.
Paul's Bachelor of Mathematics degree with Honours in Actuarial Science and Statistics is from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (SOA), a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) and a member of the Deutsche Aktuarvereinigung (DAV).

Paul Barrett

ERM Chief Operating Officer (EMEA)


Paul is responsible for the risk management operations in the company, with a central analytics and governance team, responsible for the ORSA, Stress Testing, Model Validation, Risk Appetite & Limits and Governance processes. Paul also led the work to deliver AIG's first Group ORSA. Previously Paul was Assistant Director, Solvency II at the Association of British Insurers (ABI). Prior to that Paul worked in Policy at the Financial Services Authority.


Erik Vynckier

Member of the Board


Erik Vynckier was co-opted to the Board of Foresters Friendly Society in 2016.
He was previously Chief Investment Officer at Alliance Bernstein responsible for asset management solutions to support the investment, capital management and product development of insurers. Before, Erik managed with-profits and annuity funds at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, improving risk/return with novel assets and derivatives overlays. Earlier, he managed the Group Risk Hub of Standard Life, hedging equity, interest rate and currency risks of with-profits and variable annuities.
Before that, Erik worked at investment banks Credit Suisse First Boston and HSBC, in equity program trading, quantitative development and pension fund and insurance asset-liability management. Prior to his MBA, Erik held R&D, production and strategy positions in the petrochemical industry in France, Belgium, Germany, the US and the UK.
He has also founded and served as board member of www.hpcfinance.eu and www.bigdatafinance.eu, the European initiatives on high performance computing and big data analytics in Finance.
Erik graduated as Chemical Engineer at Universiteit Gent (Belgium) and completed his MBA at London Business School in 2000.