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The Speakers

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Our line-up of guest speakers has been crafted to ensure that Summit attendees gain the most valuable and relevant knowledge that the industry has to offer. ​

Some of the many respected speakers who'll be joining us at Excelerate 2023 include:​

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Dame Inga Beale
Former CEO of Lloyd's of London

Dame Inga Beale is an experienced business leader having spent nearly four decades in financial services.  From 2014 to 2018 her final executive role was as CEO of Lloyd’s of London.  She now has a portfolio of non-executive roles as Chair of Mediclinic International plc, independent board member of Crawford & Company, NN Group, and of WTW

 

During her 5 year tenure at the 330-year-old financial institution of Lloyd’s, Dame Inga took on many of the traditions that had held the organisation back.  She modernised the market with the introduction of technology and, understanding the vital importance of inclusion in the workplace, she challenged the traditional “boys club” culture to make it a much more inclusive environment for all.  

Dame Inga Beale 
Former CEO of Lloyd's of London
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Christina Colby
Chief Customer Officer, Guidewire
Christina Colby
Chief Customer Officer, Guidewire

As Guidewire’s Chief Customer Officer, Christina helps customers to realize optimal value through their journey with Guidewire. Previously, Christina led cloud sales strategy globally at Guidewire, leveraging her commercial and operational cloud experience. She brings deep consulting knowledge to Guidewire programs as well as SaaS proficiency from her 15 years at Capgemini.

Christina also spent four years on the executive
leadership team of Virtustream, the mission-critical cloud company of Dell Technologies.

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David Cummings
SVP, Chief Actuary & Head of Analytics, USAA

David Cummings serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Actuary, leading USAA’s Property and Casualty Insurance Actuary and Analytics group. His leadership brings together the actuarial science and analytics disciplines to further accelerate their pace in delivering advanced and predictive analytics.  

Prior to joining USAA, David served as Senior Vice President of Insurance Operations and Analytics for ISO where he was responsible for insurance programs in personal lines, and for the development of new analytic products including the ISO Risk Analyzer suite. Before working for ISO, David was the Director of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) for State Farm Insurance Companies. 

David Cummings
SVP, Chief Actuary & Head of Analytics,
USAA
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Katarzyna Pietrzak
Director of Product Pricing, PKO Ubezpieczenia

Senior actuarial professional with over 27 years of job experience in large multinational financial groups and small insurance companies in Poland. In the past, performing the Chief Actuary function, led risk management, product and underwriting teams and, for the last ten years, managed pricing teams in insurance companies. Responsible for implementation of online pricing in the second largest non-life insurance company in the Polish market (Warta), being part of the Warta Digital project, co-leading "Pricing and Price Optimization" training in Aviva Quantum University (internal courses for actuaries and data scientists).

At my current position in PKO Ubezpieczenia, responsible for pricing and data exchange with a bank, co-leading project of introducing new digital insurance products to the bank.

Katarzyna Pietrzak
Director of Product Pricing,
PKO Ubezpieczenia
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Dr. Jiří Střelický
CEO, CSOB

Jiří Střelický became the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of CSOB Insurance on 1 December 2018, having previously held the position of a member of the Board of Directors responsible for the management of the Life and Non-Life Insurance Division in this company since 2016.  Before that he work as a board member in Generali group in the Czech Republic since 2011 and Poland since 2009.  He also gained valuable experience at McKinsey, where he started his business career in 2005. He graduated with a master's degree in Discrete Mathematics at the Masaryk University in Brno.  M.A. degrees  and Ph.D.  in Economic Theory helds from CERGE-EI in Prague. During Ph.D. studies he had study stay at the University of Berkeley and also at the University of Bonn.

Dr. Jiří Střelický
CEO, CSOB
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Francesco Miani
Head of Strategic Projects, Insurance International Central Team, Generali Group

Francesco Miani graduated from Università degli Studi di Udine in Managerial Engineering. He started working at Assicurazioni Generali in 2008 as Motor Expert; after several years working in many P&C Retail projects in Europe, he moved to Brazil in the Generali LATAM Regional Office as P&C Retail and Claims Manager, working for 3 years; in 2017 he moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to work at La Caja de Ahorro y Seguros, first as Head of Motor and since 2020 as Chief Insurance Officer. Starting August 1st he is Head of Strategic Projects within the International Central Team in Assicurazioni Generali.

Francesco Miani
Head of Strategic Projects,
Insurance International Central Team,
Generali Group
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Constantina Panayidou, FIA
Head of Actuarial Non-Life Pricing, Ergo Greece

Constantina joined ERGO Greece in 2019 and has been leading the Actuarial Pricing team, including the strategic initiative of further enhancing pricing sophistication within the organization. Milestones to this attempt have been the project of Earnix implementation and the pricing revamp of the Motor Line of Business. Prior to joining ERGO, Constantina worked as Case Pricing Consultant for RSA in London UK, where she was involved in the pricing of large commercial risks. During this time, she provided support in the technical pricing of regional schemes and the company’s delegated authority business, whilst also leading pricing reviews of large Motor and Profin accounts.

Constantina Panayidou, FIA
Head of Actuarial Non-Life Pricing, Ergo Greece
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Robert Pick
EVP & Chief Information Officer,
Tokio Marine 
Robert Pick
EVP & Chief Information Officer,
Tokio Marine

Robert Pick is the EVP & CIO for Tokio Marine North America Services (TMNAS), based in Philadelphia in the US, providing full-stack technology, digital and security services to Philadelphia Insurance, Tokio Marine America, and First Insurance Company of Hawai’i, as well as specific technical, business continuity, and HR systems services to four other Tokio Marine companies in North America.  He is also the Deputy Group CITO for Tokio Marine Group globally, which consists of more than 200 companies in 40 countries with $40B annual turn and 40,000 employees. 

Bob serves as Vice Chair of Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute, is a member of the Advisory Board of Johns Hopkins University Press, the strategic advisory boards for NTT Data, Guidewire, Sapiens and Insurity, and a number of VC and PE advisory boards.

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Marc Priestley
Former F1 Number One Mechanic
Marc Priestley
Former F1 Number One Mechanic

Marc Priestley is McLaren F1's former Number One Mechanic. Drawing on his experiences with the World Championship-winning pit crew, he provides valuable insights for businesses on the power of teamwork, strategic planning and communication.

A single-minded focus took him from apprentice mechanic with a small racing team in North London (working on Caterham Seven kit cars) through Formula Ford, British GT, Formula 3, Formula 3000 and finally onto Formula One - the pinnacle of motor sport - in 2000. For an amazing ten years, Marc was part of McLaren's legendary pitstop crew and their Number One Mechanic, working alongside drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkönnen. His career with McLaren culminated in helping Lewis Hamilton become World Champion in 2008. Marc left the team in 2009 to pursue a media career.

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Agnieszka Wrońska
CEO, LINK4

Before being appointed as CEO, she was a member of the management board in charge of the finance division. She has extensive experience in the insurance sector, related both to finance and to insurance technique. When she was technical director at LINK4, she headed a department whose responsibilities included product creation and development, product pricing and insurance risk assessment. Until 2010, she was the company’s chief actuary.

She has been associated with the financial sector ever since the start of her career. Her first job was with Ernst & Young consultancy, where she spent four years participating in consulting projects and audits of financial statements of property insurers in Poland.

She graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics, majoring in Quantitative Methods in Economics and Information Systems. She holds an actuarial licence and is a member of ACCA.

Agnieszka Wrońska
Chief Executive Officer,
LINK4
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Simba Zvauya
Head of Performance Management, Munich Re Specialty Insurance (UK)
Simba Zvauya
Head of Performance Management, Munich Re Specialty Insurance (UK)

Simba Joined Munch Re in 2019 to lead the pricing and analytics function of a new business unit tasked with writing high net worth business in the UK.

Simba now heads the performance management team within Munich Re Speciality Insurance (UK).

Prior to working for Munich Re he worked as a pricing professional in a number of companies in the UK insurance market across personal lines, commercial lines and healthcare.

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Robin Gilthorpe
Chief Executive Officer, Earnix

Robin Gilthorpe, a veteran of the financial services sector, has 25 years of experience as a successful business leader. During his career, he has held executive and board leadership roles at technology and insurance companies, including TIBCO, Software AG, DataSynapse and ESW Capital. In his most recent role, Gilthorpe served as founding Chief Operating Officer of Salty, the pioneer of embedded insurance.

He graduated with a degree in Economics and Italian Studies from Lancaster University, and was selected as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

Robin Gilthorpe
Chief Executive Officer,
Earnix
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Dror Pockard
Chief Strategy Officer, Earnix

Dror Pockard is an executive with over 30 years of experience building and leading start-ups, and in senior executive roles in large global companies. His expertise lies in strategy, business development, and M&A.

Prior to joining Earnix, Dror was CEO of Colibri Spindles Ltd., a company focused on connecting Industry 4.0 manufacturing devices with the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) market. 

Dror holds an MBA in Information Systems and a BA in Management and Economics from Tel Aviv University, Israel. He is a mentor in the Israeli Microsoft Accelerator, and is a board member of the Branco Weiss Institute and Yuvalim, two charities in the education space.

Dror Pockard
Chief Strategy Officer,
Earnix
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Yaron Lavie
Vice President of Products, Earnix

Yaron has over 14 years of experience in delivering and defining advanced solutions for financial institutions worldwide. As VP Products, Yaron leads the product management team, responsible for product strategy, roadmap and definition. Before joining Earnix, Yaron was Founder and CEO of Pareto Pulse, a company that developed, marketed and sold predictive analytics solutions to global financial institutions. At Pareto Pulse, Yaron oversaw the entire product development cycle, starting from the idea phase through design, development and delivery and overseeing sales, marketing, business development and product development. Prior to founding Pareto Pulse, Yaron worked for Finastra, where he managed sales support for credit analysis solutions to strategic customer accounts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East and oversaw new product initiatives in the area of credit analysis software. 

During his 14 year career in the financial services solutions space, Yaron has worked closely with financial institutions across the world and specializes in banking analytics and credit risk solutions. He holds an MBA degree in Finance and Technology Management from Tel Aviv University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Yaron is a graduate of the prestigious Talpiot program of the IDF.

Yaron Lavie
Vice President of Products,
Earnix
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Osnat Yanushevsky Yacoby
Vice President of Operations, Earnix

Osnat Yanushevsky Yacoby serves as VP Operations at Earnix.

Osnat has over 20 years of experience in running complex and multi-million-dollar operations around the globe (US, Singapore, Sri Lanka, India, Israel). She held leadership positions within the Banking, FinTech and Retail technology industries. In 2008, she took the role of Director for Finantix, heading APAC Professional Services Singapore, leading global wealth management and regulation programs for banks in the Asia Pacific region. In 2012 she was appointed as Trax Technologies COO, establishing the Company operations unit.

Osnat holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MBA from Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, New York.

Osnat Yanushevsky Yacoby
Vice President of Operations,
Earnix
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Reuven Shnaps, Ph.D.
Chief Analytics Officer, Earnix

As the company’s Chief Analytics Officer, Reuven Shnaps leads the Earnix Analytics organization. In his role Reuven oversees Earnix product roadmap management and directs the company’s analytics strategy, as well as research and delivery for Earnix customers worldwide. Reuven has spent more than 20 years developing and analyzing advanced statistical and economic models. Over his 10+ years at Earnix, he has gained extensive experience in crafting analytical solutions, and managing and implementing pricing & analytical projects for leading financial institutions around the globe. Prior to joining Earnix, Reuven worked in the economic and statistical consulting group at Deloitte & Touche in the United States, serving corporate clients across multiple industries. He holds a PhD and a master of arts in economics from The University of Pennsylvania and a master of arts in business economics and a bachelor of arts in economics and statistics from Bar Ilan University.

Reuven Shnaps, Ph.D.
Chief Analytics Officer,
Earnix
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David Howland
Chief Marketing Officer, Earnix

David Howland has over 20 years of experience crafting compelling brand stories and serving as a dynamic evangelist and thought leader. He has a successful track record of driving accelerated revenue and measurable impact through strategic initiatives across multiple industries and customer segments. 

As CMO of Earnix, David is responsible for extending awareness and adoption of Earnix’s compelling value proposition into new and existing markets while promoting the success of its customers. Previously, David led the global brand and digital marketing for Nasdaq, helping drive its growth and transition from a traditional financial services company into a FinTech pioneer. 

David holds an MA from the University of Oregon and a BA from the College of Wooster.

David Howland
Chief Marketing Officer,
Earnix
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Sharona Sagi
Business Application Director, Earnix

Sharona Sagi has over 20 years of experience in product management in various companies from all sized and industries making her a domain expert in the product management field. Sharona joined Earnix in April 2022 as Director of Product and is leading our Business application product team which includes Drive-It and Personalize-It. Sharona holds an MBA from Reichman University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Tel Aviv University.

Sharona Sagi
Business Application Director,
Earnix
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Aaron Wright
Director of Strategy

Aaron is the Director of Strategy at Earnix. Utilizing his insurance expertise, Aaron sets the company strategy and works with global insurance companies to modernize their insurance technology stack.   Prior to joining Earnix in 2021, Aaron worked as an Executive at United Services Automobile Association (USAA).  During his 20 years with USAA, he held multiple roles, including Pricing, State Management, Catastrophe Management, Comparative Pricing and Analysis, and leading a Modeling Center of Excellence.

 

Aaron graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Statistics. He also has a Master of Science in Data and Analytics from UTSA. He is an AIR Certified Catastrophe Modeler, a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, and a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Aaron Wright
Directror of Strategy
Earnix
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Eyal Levi
Head of Professional Services, EMEA and International, Earnix

Eyal Joined Earnix as a Professional Services Consultant in 2019 and is currently leading the EMEA and International Professional Services group. 

Eyal has vast experience in designing, managing and delivering Earnix implementation projects for a wide variety of insurance products, business lines and within different geographies.

Eyal is also specialized in implementation and delivering to customers Earnix’s newest products such as Personalize-it. 

Prior to Earnix, Eyal worked for Dun & Bradstreet in the United States as a Director of Business Analytics, leading complexed analytical project to drive and improve business growth and strategy. 

Eyal holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Bar-Ilan University and an MBA from Duke University.

Eyal Levi
Head of Professional Services, EMEA and International, Earnix
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