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 risk 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 financial institutions 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 positions at Citibank from 1988 to 2002.
He is a member of the Advisory Board at the International Center for Insurance Regulation at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.

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.



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

David Phan Dinh

Head of Operational Risk


David Phan Dinh recently joined Rothesay Life as the Head of Operational Risk. Before that, he worked in operational risk for the UK regulator (PRA), an investment bank (Credit Suisse) and one of the big four (EY). His most recent achievements include material contributions to the UK banking Pillar 2 regime, and to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Standard measurement Approach where he acted as Technical Advisor.

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.


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.