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Hall of Fame Laureate Spotlight: Denis Kessler, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, SCOR

What is the biggest challenge facing the industry in the next decade?
The ongoing technological developments – such as artificial intelligence (AI), robots, e-processing, big data and multi-cloud – represent the biggest challenge facing the industry, even though they also create opportunities. They will have far-reaching consequences for (re)insurers.

GCIE Focus: University of Alabama - Culverhouse College of Business

The University of Alabama has a proud heritage of teaching Risk Management, Insurance & Financial Services (RMI) and Actuarial Science (AS).  The first insurance course was taught here in 1921, only five years after Dr. Solomon S. Huebner taught the first university course in the subject.  Students have been qualifying for actuarial designations for decades and in 2007 a formal actuarial science program was established. Beginning in fall 2019 students may elect to take a newly established minor in RMI or in AS.  

Axco Flashpoints: Geopolitical Developments

One of the main roles of Axco’s Global Risk Intelligence and Data (GRID) team is to monitor emerging risks around the world, particularly those which affect the strategic activities of governments, companies and individuals. Each month, the GRID team newsletter will offer you recent highlights of our global analysis of significant geopolitical developments, and possible implications for Axco’s core insurance and risk management markets.

Joan Lamm-Tennant, CEO of Blue Marble Microinsurance provides insight on providing socially impactful, commercially viable insurance protection through programs that deliver risk protection to the underserved

While the banking sector has made significant progress extending access to credit and savings to the 3 billion people in the emerging middle class, this population remains particularly vulnerable to risk but lacks effective safety nets, such as insurance. The estimated size of the microinsurance market is 3-4 billion policies and $30-40 billion in annual premium revenue.

Lead Story: Global Concerns Survey; The Economic "Black Swan"

Michael Morrissey, President & CEO, International Insurance Society, Inc.

Each year the IIS and The Institutes conduct a Global Concerns Survey, an evaluation of the issues that keep insurance CEOs awake at night.  This survey derives its results from senior life and nonlife executives, brokers, consultants, law firms and other industry thought leaders from every geographic sector of the insurance world.  The survey’s outcomes are therefore a valuable measure of industry concerns and priorities.

Breaking Ground - Sitting Judgment

IIS Executive Research Expert - Regulation: Bill Marcoux, WCM Advisory LLC


John S. Bickley Founder's Award Spotlight: Andrew Kuper, Founder & CEO of Leapfrog Investment

Andrew Kuper shares his insight on the biggest opportunity facing the industry and the proudest accomplishment in his career.

RGA Leaders of Tomorrow Spotlight: Carmony Wong, Senior Vice President, Head of Hong Kong and High Net Worth with RGA

Carmony Wong shares her insight on being a Leader of Tomorrow.

What did being named an RGA Leader of Tomorrow mean to you?
It was a great surprise and honor, but most importantly, it confirmed that my paper was of value to others. The paper enabled me to share the learnings of my career journey, from starting as a female scientist to leading a team and managing a business. I wanted to help my fellow industry colleagues avoid feeling so alone in their journey as I sometimes felt over the past 20 years.

GCIE Focus: Universität Hamburg

The Universität Hamburg has a longstanding history of nationally and internationally renowned scholarship in risk and insurance research and education with a tradition reaching back until for more than hundred years. Insurance related research and teaching is bundled in the Hamburg Center for Insurance Research (HZV – Hamburger Zentrum für Versicherungswissenschaft) which is an interdisciplinary center consisting of business, law and actuarial science faculty.