Insurtech 2017

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The emergence of new global tech players represents both a challenge and opportunity to conventional insurance offerings. Will insurtech be the disruptor? Or can insurers and insurtech partner to deliver better outcomes for customers?

ANZIIF’s inaugural Insurtech Conference is the first insurance-led event to get insurers and tech startups together to talk insurtech in the Australian context.

This year's conference also includes the first insurtech-dedicated pitch fest presented by Stone & Chalk and Insurtech Meetup Sydney. The aim of the Pitch fest is to strengthen the relationship between the startup and insurance sectors. Find out more here.


Is this for me?

This event is relevant to players from across different stages of the insurance business lifecycle, including:

  • Innovation start-ups and entrepreneurs seeking investment and opportunities to partner
  • Venture capital firms looking for investment opportunities
  • Insurance executives seeking innovation in their business
  • Brokers looking for their own edge
  • Industry professionals wanting a general understanding of the Insurtech impact and how it might affect their job
  • Regulators wanting to understand how Insurtech will impact them.

Attend with your colleagues and save up to $300 per ticket – $495 per person (inc. GST) when purchasing three or more tickets. Register for Insurtech online or download a registration form and email the completed form to [email protected].

Check out our highlight reel from ANZIIF Insurtech 2017 — we look forward to seeing everyone again next year.


  • Lambros Lambrou

    Aon Risk Solutions

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    Lambros Lambrou

    Bachelor of Economics and Statistics (with Honours)

    Lambros is recognised for his innovative approach, often challenging conventional market and industry paradigms and solving complex risk issues. He has built a cross-functional and diverse team of renowned industry experts that underscore Aon’s position as the leading risk advisor in Australia.

    His career spanning three decades has focused on insurance, reinsurance and alternative capital markets in Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He was a founding developer of Aon’s Global Risk Insight Platform which today is the world’s leading repository of insurance placement information. He also helped to create Aon’s first Centre for Innovation and Analytics, housed in Dublin.

  • Martin Blake


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    Martin Blake

    Chairman NSW and National Head of Insurance

    Martin is the Chairman for KPMG in NSW and is the face of KPMG in NSW across the public and private sectors. Martin is also the National Head of Insurance and the Global Leader for Fintech in Insurance. From 2005 – 2011 Martin was the Head of Business Development for the Advisory Division and the Head of the Financial Services Advisory practice in Australia. Martin has played a key role in building KPMG’s Advisory business which now represents over 50% of the firm’s business in Australia.

    Martin has over fifteen years’ experience in managing large transformation programs and developing business strategies for insurance companies & wealth managers in Australia and Asia. His areas of expertise include business & growth strategies, merger integration & separation, target operating model development, process and organisation design to support large scale transformation programs, shared services and cost reduction.

  • Alex Scandurra

    Stone & Chalk


    Alex Scandurra


    Alex is the founding CEO of Stone & Chalk which is Australia’s leading Fintech Innovation Hub. Located in Sydney the hub houses over 230 full time residents in over 60 fintech ventures as well as two dedicated fintech VC funds.

    Prior to Stone & Chalk Alex co-founded and was Head of the Barclays Accelerator program powered by Techstars in London and New York. He also launched two startups hubs in London and Manchester and was also lead a major Open Innovation program which saw hundreds of start-ups pitch to win commercial projects with large organisations.

    As part of his global career, Alex has spent over 7 years living and working extensively in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Prior to his time at Barclays Bank in London, Alex has worked for Nokia Networks in Dubai and Australia where he also worked for Lend Lease and as an Officer in the Australian Army.
    In his current role as CEO, one of his key focus areas is to establish a leading fintech ecosystem in Asia by creating a fintech “super-highway” connecting investors, fintech startups and corporates across Sydney, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul.

  • Dr Catriona Wallace

    Flamingo AI


    Dr Catriona Wallace

    PhD in Organizational Behavior: Human Technology Interaction
    CEO & Founder, Customer Experience Futurist
    Flamingo AI, AI & Bot Strategist & Entrepreneur

    Based in NYC and Sydney, Dr Catriona Wallace is one of the world’s most cited experts on the Future of Customer Experience, Artificial Intelligence and Bot Strategy.

    Catriona is the Founder and CEO of high profile FinTech company, Flamingo, which provides an Intelligent Guided Selling platform (AI) and Cognitive Virtual Assistant called ‘Rosie’ for Financial Services companies.

    Catriona has also founded three other businesses - customer experience design firm, Fifth Quadrant, market research firm, ACA Research and women’s co-working space, The Ventura. Catriona has a PhD in Organizational Behavior: Human Technology Interaction and is a well published author and Analyst.

    Catriona is a highly awarded business person having been inducted into the Australian Business Woman’s Hall of Fame, winning Telstra Business Awards, is Alumni in the Springboard Enterprises Women Entrepreneur’s and EY Entrepreneur of the Year programs. Recently Catriona was awarded a Pearcey Foundation award for tech entrepreneurs and was recognized as Top 4 Most Respected People globally in the Customer Experience sector.

    Catriona is also a high profile philanthropist, human rights activist and mother of five.

  • Ian Pollari


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    Ian Pollari

    Partner and Global Co- Lead — Fintech Practice

    Ian Pollari is a partner at KPMG and is currently the Global Co-Lead for KPMG’s Fintech practice. He is also the Head of KPMG’s Banking Sector in Australia and on the Board of Stone & Chalk. Ian has over 16 years’ experience servicing clients in the financial services industry and brings knowledge and insights into the experiences of local and international banks, payment providers and fintech start-ups in areas such as strategy development, market entry and digital innovation.

    He is currently working with a number of financial institutions, in Australia and globally, to enhance their understanding of the fintech landscape and helping them develop their fintech and innovation strategies and operating models. He has also advised Government and regulatory agencies in relation to fintech and digital developments. Prior to joining KPMG, Ian worked at Telstra Corporation in Strategy for Business & Government.

  • Daniel Fogarty

    Industry Representative


    Daniel Fogarty

    M.Sc (Mgt), B. Comm, ACA, F.Fin, GAICD
    ANZIIF (Fellow) CIP
    Insurance Industry Consultant

    Daniel is a Board member of ANZIIF and is passionate about developing and attracting talent to our industry. He was CEO General Insurance Australia and New Zealand for Zurich Insurance from mid 2012 until late 2015.  He joined Zurich in 2009 to manage the SME & Packages business and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2010, then Executive General Manager, Corporate in 2011. 

    Previously Daniel held several Executive General Manager positions in general insurance during his 51⁄2 years at Suncorp/Vero. Prior to that, he spent 15 years at Westpac in a variety of roles, covering many aspects of banking and insurance. Starting his career at KPMG, he is a Chartered Accountant and is a Sloan Fellow with a Masters from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, California.

    Daniel is a Fellow of ANZIIF, a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and has a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Accounting, Finance & Systems) from the University of NSW.

  • Dr Amy Gibbs



    Dr Amy Gibbs

    Digital Insights Manager
    Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF)

    Dr Amy Gibbs is the Digital Insights Manager at the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF). She has been in the online space for over twenty years, and received a PhD from Monash University where she studied online community longevity and social media. 

    Amy is a passionate advocate of social media use by business to foster better consumer engagement and loyalty. Previously, Amy worked in social media in the accounting industry, and has developed digital strategies for a variety of companies to increase their online footprint and enable them to excel at social media.

  • Perry Abbott

    Friendsurance Australia

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    Perry Abbott

    Bachelor of Business in Economics and Finance, Masters of Business Administration, Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA)
    CEO & Managing Director

    Perry is currently launching Friendsurance in Australia, the world’s first peer-to-peer insurer. Perry has been a Director with Friendsurance Germany for more than three years, seeing the business grow from an idea to over 100,000 customers. Friendsurance is the global leader in a growing peer-to-peer insurance segment, with high customer growth and the highest customer satisfaction ratings in Germany.

    The connection between an Australian and this global first were the result of some chance meetings, which provided the unique opportunity to be part of the startup of the first global peer-to-peer insurer. Friendsurance has positively challenged so many of Perry’s views of insurance products and their customer experience.

    Perry has had the pleasure of working in various executive operations, commercial and finance roles within the Reliance Group, Wesfarmers Insurance, Superpartners and the Computer Sciences Corporation. He also continues to serve on CPA Australia’s Centre of Excellence for Retirement Savings.

    Perry holds a Bachelor of Business in Economics and Finance, a Masters of Business Administration and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA).

  • Dr Katrina Ellis


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    Dr Katrina Ellis

    Bachelor of Mathematics, PhD in Finance
    General Manager Industry Analysis

    Dr Katrina Ellis was appointed General Manager, Industry Analysis at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) in August 2016. She joined APRA in 2008 as Head of Research. Her expertise is in empirical financial economics research both in an academic setting and at APRA. Prior to joining APRA in 2008 Katrina was an Associate Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Management at the University of California Davis.

  • George Kesselman

    Insurtech Asia

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    George Kesselman

    CEO & Co-founder

    George is a highly experienced global financial services executive with a strong transformational leadership track record across Asia. In his relentless passion and pursuit to transform insurance, George co-founded an industry-wide innovation ecosystem in Singapore.

    Through Insurtech Asia, he aims to effectively attract, cultivate and rapidly scale entrepreneurial ideas in insurance; and ultimately contribute to the next wave of global revolution in insurance. George is also a regular contributor to Forbes, where he writes about Insurtech and Start ups in Asia.

  • Chris Bayley

    Cover Genius

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    Chris Bayley

    Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer
    Cover Genius

    Chris Bayley is the Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Cover Genius, one of the fastest growing insurtechs globally. Cover Genius has received dozens of awards within insurance and tech circles for its patent-pending platform and global capability that ensures user-centricity throughout the entire customer journey, an approach that has led to global partnerships with, amongst others, Booking Holdings (NASDAQ:BKNG). 

    Prior to starting Cover Genius, Chris was one of the first few employees in Google's Sydney office where he managed the insurance team. Chris has an MBA from the University of Technology Sydney and a BA with Honours. 

    Chris is passionate about social entrepreneurship and is a board member and advisor to multiple NGOs and startups.

  • Dino Fedele

    AIA and PrinceInsure

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    Dino Fedele


    Dino has been a part of the insurance industry since 1999 and over the years he has worked with global insurers such as Zurich and Allianz. His experience is across a number of roles, including claims, underwriting, business development and key account management, which has given him a deep understanding of insurance principles with a strong focus on client relationship management. After working for insurers for the past 17 years, Dino decided to start his own InsurTech Start Up - PrinceInsure. Dino believes that InsurTech can massively improve the insurance industry through all parts of the value chain.

  • Ravi Dutta


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    Ravi Dutta


    Ravi is an Advisor at BIT, and has experience in applying behavioural insights to consumer finance and international development projects. He has served on the ICA’s Effective Disclosure Taskforce, and has been invited to speak to a number of audiences about the applications of behavioural insights to consumer finance. He has also conducted research for the UK Government on the behavioural impacts of taxation incentives for retirement savings, and is a co-author of BIT’s report with Citizen’s Advice on applying behavioural insights to regulated markets.

    Prior to joining the team, Ravi worked for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), where he was primarily involved in conduct regulation of banks and insurers. He conducted a number of reviews of insurers, including a review of portable valuables cover with home insurance, and co-authoring ASIC’s Report 424: Review of no-claims discount schemes.

  • Mark Adams


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    Mark Adams

    Senior Executive Leader - Strategic Intelligence

    Mark leads ASIC's Strategic Intelligence team that provides specialist strategic risk, research and data analytical advice and support to the Commission and ASIC's business teams. This team includes ASIC's behavioural economics unit. Mark also leads ASIC's internal coordination team that implements ASIC's Innovation Hub initiative.

    During his time at ASIC, Mark has held a range of senior executive positions at ASIC including lead of ASIC's competition in equity markets project and the Exchange Market Operators, Regulatory Policy and International teams.

    In recent years, Mark was seconded to the Financial System Inquiry Secretariat in 2014 as a Principal Adviser and to the Ontario Securities Commission in 2012-13 as Director, Strategy, Research and Risk.

    Prior to joining ASIC, Mark worked in the corporate and superannuation areas of a national law firm.

  • Philip Blatt


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    Philip Blatt

    Managing Director - Asia Pacific

    Philip Blatt and the Sureify team are on a mission to help life insurers transform their customers’ experience, and to ultimately revolutionise the industry. They are now launching the digital bridge between life insurers and the next generation of customers in Australia.

    Prior to joining Sureify, Philip worked for over 12 years in executive positions with top-tier global insurance companies and brokerages, including QBE, Marsh, and AIG. Throughout his career, he has been dedicated to client relationships and delivered profitable growth through data-based strategies.

    Philip has lived and worked in the Asia Pacific region for more than 10 years. He first came to Asia with the Peace Corps as a university instructor of English in Chongqing, China.

    Philip holds an MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Virginia.

  • Angat Sanhu

    Oliver Wyman

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    Angat Sanhu

    Partner, Insurance & Wealth Management

    Angat Sandhu is a Partner and one of the founding members of Oliver Wyman’s Sydney office. He currently leads their Australian Insurance and Wealth Management practice. Angat is passionate about the role data, analytics and technology are playing in fundamentally changing the nature of the insurance industry and is working on helping his clients respond to this change. 

    Angat regularly publishes on these topics in trade journals and presents at industry conferences. Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Angat worked at Macquarie Bank and Towers Watson. He is a holder of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter and the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation.

  • Zoran Knezevic


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    Zoran Knezevic

    Operations Director

    Zoran Knezevic is an Operations Director at Trov where he oversees Trov's Australian business operations. Trov is a US technology company which has launched world's first on-demand single item insurance in partnership with Suncorp. Zoran joined Trov from Suncorp where he was a senior manager responsible for strategy and planning in the personal insurance division. He also has experience in the health insurance industry, and consulting to financial services companies.

  • James Orchard


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    James Orchard

    Executive General Manager - Innovation

    James is the Executive General Manager, Innovation for IAG, responsible for the incubation and co-creation of new products, services and business models. 

    Appointed to the role in March 2016, James has primary responsibility for driving innovation across IAG and the communities in which they operate. In his role, he collaborates closely with universities, research organisations, start-ups and corporate partners to identify new opportunities for growth.

    Prior to this appointment, James was Corporate Development Executive, IAG Labs, where he was responsible for the design and delivery of new strategic initiatives, planning activity and development of IAG’s key strategic corporate partnerships. 

    James joined IAG in October 2014 after the successful acquisition of Wesfarmers' Australian Underwriting Operations, where he held the role of Head of Strategy & Planning. He has previously held strategy and M&A roles at Leighton Holdings, Wesfarmers Limited and London-based private equity fund, SISU Capital.

    James holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia, and a Bachelor of Economics from University of Western Australia.

  • Chris Maccan


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    Chris Maccan

    Manager Trov Single Item Cover

    Chris is Manager Trov Single Item Cover at Suncorp Group. In this role Chris leads Suncorp's partnership and collaboration with Trov, playing a key role in the conception and development of the world's first on demand insurance product, Trov Protection. As a result, he has helped both Trov and Suncorp make sense of a rapidly changing insurance landscape, and put both organisations at the leading edge of insurtech globally.

    Chris has worked in financial services for over 10 years. He is marketing trained with experience that encompasses numerous roles across a wide variety of disciplines. Prior to joining Suncorp in 2010, Chris spent 5 years at ANZ working across a variety of product lines and functions.


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