Reinsurance Rendezvous


A must attend event for industry professionals across the Asia Pacific, the 2018 ANZIIF Reinsurance Rendezvous will feature panel discussions, a reinsurance market update and the impact of technology on business strategy. 

The 3-day conference will also include an optional Golf Day and after dinner presentation from Australian Olympic swimming champion, Nicole Livingstone.

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For further information on this professional development event, contact Event Manager, Kelly Phypers.


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  • Dr Trevor Allen

    Geoscience Australia

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    Dr Trevor Allen

    Senior Seismologist
    Geoscience Australia

    Since completing his postgraduate studies at Monash University, Trevor has worked as an earthquake seismologist in Australia, Canada and the United States. He is currently the Chair of the Seismicity Task Group on the Canadian Standing Committee on Earthquake Design, a member of Standards Australia earthquake loading subcommittee, and leads Geoscience Australia’s National Seismic Hazard Assessment Activity. Trevor has a particular interest in ground-motion modelling in stable continental environments, improving methods for calculating the magnitudes of Australian earthquakes, and in estimating earthquake impacts in near real time.

  • Peter Deans

    Bank of Queensland

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    Peter Deans

    Chief Risk Officer
    Bank of Queensland

    Peter Deans was appointed Chief Risk Officer at BOQ in March 2012.  Peter has driven fundamental change in the Bank’s risk management frameworks, processes and culture.  As part of the Executive team, he has also played a key role in reshaping both the business and risk management strategies at BOQ.  Peter was awarded Australian Banking & Finance Chief Risk Officer of the Year in 2014 and 2015, 2016 and again in 2018.

    Peter has over 30 years of experience across retail, business and institutional banking.  Peter held senior risk management roles with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s commercial and institutional banking businesses between 1999 and 2010.  In 2008, following the acquisition of Bankwest by CBA, Peter was appointed CRO of Bankwest.  

  • Gary Dransfield


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    Gary Dransfield

    Chief Executive Officer Insurance

    Gary Dransfield was appointed Chief Executive Officer Insurance in October 2017. He joined Suncorp in August 2009 and held the position of Executive General Manager for Personal Insurance Retail Distribution, before being appointed the Chief Executive Officer Vero New Zealand in April 2011, Chief Executive Officer Personal Insurance in October 2015 and Chief Executive Office Customer Platforms in March 2016.

    Prior to joining Suncorp, Gary worked for 25 years in the retail financial services industry holding positions in operations, strategy and marketing at companies such as St George Bank, AMP and IAG.

    Gary has had a number of highlights during his career. He played a key role in the successful conversion of St George from a building society to a bank; he led the IT team at IAG during the demutualization of NRMA; and he built an engaged and high performing retail organisation within NRMA, SGIO and SGIC.

  • Michael Eberhardt

    Hannover Re

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    Michael Eberhardt

    CFA, General Manager Australian Branch and Head of P&C Australasia
    Hannover Re

    Michael Eberhardt is the local CEO of the Hannover Re Australian Branch and responsible for the strategic development and overall management of the property and casualty business in the ANZ region. He has been living in Australia for close to six years and successfully managed the transition from Hannover Re’s  centrally based underwriting model to the establishment of a fully fletched operation based in Sydney which includes the insourcing of the previously outsourced departments of accounting, finance, claims and investment. 

    Prior to Australia, Michael worked for more than six years in the Advanced Solutions department in Hannover – a specialized unit dedicated to developing tailor made, multi-year and structured reinsurance solutions. He studied in Bayreuth (Germany) and Barcelona (Spain) and holds a master degree in business administration with specialization in finance, banking and international management. He speaks German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and understands Catalan. 

  • Jim Fiore


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    Jim Fiore


    Jim Fiore has over 33 years of industry experience. In his current role as President of Blue Ocean & Equator Re, he oversees the day to day operations of QBE’s reinsurance captive.  QBE’s reinsurance captive is one of the largest in the world with more than $3 billion of reinsurance premiums written annually.  In addition, he continues to work as the Group Chief Reinsurance Officer, which he was promoted to in 2012.  In this capacity, he is responsible for QBE’s global ceded reinsurance strategy and purchasing, as well as the management and oversight of the company’s exposures and accumulations. Jim began his career with QBE in 1992.  During that time, he has held various management and Board positions within QBE.  He is also active within various industry associations.

  • Dr Will Gardner


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    Dr Will Gardner

    Managing Director

    Dr Will Gardner is the founder and Managing Director of COMBUS Pty Limited, an actuarial consulting firm specialising in helping insurance companies quantify and manage their large scale risk to natural and man-made disasters. Will has been building and using catastrophe models since 1994, having developed more than a dozen different international catastrophe models and undertaken the catastrophe analysis of over 200 insurance and reinsurance company portfolios. Will is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and has a PhD in Geophysics.

  • Robert Kelly


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    Robert Kelly

    Managing Director & CEO

    Robert Kelly is the Managing Director & CEO of Steadfast Group Limited (ASX: SDF), the largest general insurance broker network and underwriting agency group in Australasia with growing operations in Asia and Europe. Robert has more than 45 years’ experience in the insurance industry and is recognised as a leader in the insurance industry in Australia and internationally. He was the Insurance Industry Leader of the Year at the 2011 Annual Australian Insurance Industry Awards. In 2014, Robert was named the second Most Influential Person in the Insurance Industry in by Insurance News magazine as well as awarded the prestigious ACORD Rainmaker Award. He was a finalist in CEO Magazine’s 2015 CEO of the Year Awards and a national finalist for the Eastern Region in the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year program. In 2016 Robert also won the prestigious Lex McKeown Trophy by NIBA.

  • Ian Krimmer

    Retired Superintendent Fire and Rescue NSW


    Ian Krimmer

    Ian retired (“redefined”) in 2017 and is now Managing Director of Ian Krimmer Media Services Pty Ltd. For 41 years he was a career firefighter with FRNSW attending countless disasters locally, interstate and internationally. He is also a communications and media expert who in 1997 founded the FRNSW Media Unit. For the past 20 years Ian has been the spokesperson for FRNSW and media trainer and mentor to thousands of NSW firefighters.

    Ian is a Churchill Fellow and is currently President of the NSW Churchill Fellows Association. He continues as a volunteer firefighter with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and is a member of Team Rubicon, a volunteer disaster response organisation. This year he completed a Graduate Certificate in Humanitarian Leadership in preparation for work with the United Nations. 

    • Grad Cert Social Sciences (Emergency Services)
    • Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) – 1997 Queens Birthday Honours 
    • Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal (HOSM Japan)
    • Centenary Medal (for services to media)
    • National Medal (with two clasps)
    • NSW Fire Brigades Good Conduct Medal (with three clasps)
    • Three incident Brigade Commendations for actions taken.

  • Nicole Livingstone

    OAM, Australian Former Swimmer

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    Nicole Livingstone

    OAM, Australian Former Swimmer

    Beginning on the Australian Swimming Team at just 13, Nicole Livingstone will go down in history as one of Australia’s most successful female backstrokers.

    With an international sporting career spanning 12 years, Nicole’s achievements include three medals from three Olympic appearances; 6 gold, 2 silver and a bronze from three Commonwealth Games and competing in six Pan Pacific Championships, winning 4 gold 2 silver and 1 bronze medals. She also broke a world record in the 200m backstroke (short course) in 1992.

    Nicole placed her name in the record books with the longest winning sequence of any Australian swimmer in history at the national titles winning ten consecutive 100m backstroke titles between 1987 and 1996, a record still unbroken today.

    Upon retiring from swimming, Nicole began a long career in media in a variety of roles – from sports commentary at events like the Olympics and Commonwealth Games to hosting big name shows - ‘Wide World of Sports’, ‘Any Given Sunday’ and ‘The Project’.

    A great ambassador for Australian sport, Nicole has received many awards during her career outside of the pool. These include the Medal of the Order of Australia, the Australian Sports Medal and she is also a member of the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll.

    In 2016, Nicole was historically voted into ‘The Carbine Club’ as one of two first ever females to be admitted and was announced by the Victorian Government as Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport.

    In 2017 Nicole was one of the first two women to be welcomed into The Carbine Club, breaking the club's 55 year old tradition of being men only.

    Nicole juggles many commitments, as a mother of three, an expert sports commentator and host, as a board member of Swimming Australia, the Australian Olympic Committee and Deputy Chair of VicHealth and as CEO of AFL's Women's Football.

    Nicole along with her sister Karen Livingstone founded Ovarian Cancer Australia, after their mother passed away from the disease.

    She is now the Patron of the organisation.

  • Karl Marshall



    Karl Marshall

    Executive, Insurance

    Karl Marshall is an Executive of Quantium, and currently leads Quantium’s Insurance consulting and analytics business.  

    Established in 2002, Quantium now has over 700 staff, including more than 100 in our overseas offices, and works with many of the world’s leading brands to power new business possibilities via data, analytics and technology.  Key clients and partners include leading brands such as Woolworths, Walmart, ANZ, NAB, Foxtel, Suncorp, Google and Qantas.

    An actuary with over 25 years of experience, Karl is also the Appointed Actuary of half a dozen insurers in Australia and New Zealand. As well as advising on the more traditional actuarial areas, including reinsurance, Karl, and Quantium more widely, helps clients to develop their data and analytics strategies in an increasingly dynamic environment.

  • Estelle Pearson


    Estelle Pearson

    Estelle Pearson


    Estelle is an Actuary who has worked in the general insurance industry for almost 30 years.  She has had a particular interest in personal injury classes.

    Estelle was the actuarial advisor to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In this role she helped the Commission understand the likely number of participants in a national redress scheme for the survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions and the potential cost of such a scheme.  

    Since then, Estelle has worked with a number of organisations to assist them gain an understanding of their potential exposure to claims from the survivors of child sexual abuse. 

    Estelle served as President of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia in 2015.  She was appointed to the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency in 2017

  • Dr Paul Somerville

    Risk Frontiers

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    Dr Paul Somerville

    Chief Geoscientist
    Risk Frontiers

    Dr Paul Somerville was born in Armidale, NSW Australia and received his B.Sc. degree in Geophysics from the University of New England.  He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Geophysics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.  He spent two years as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo.  He is Chief Geoscientist at Risk Frontiers in Sydney, Australia, where he builds earthquake loss models for Australia and New Zealand. He is also Principal Seismologist at AECOM in Los Angeles, USA. He has experienced numerous damaging earthquakes first hand, including the 1989 Loma Prieta and 1994 Northridge earthquakes in California and the 1995 Kobe, Japan earthquake, and was involved in post-earthquake reconnaissance of these earthquakes as well as other earthquakes in California, Japan, New Zealand and Taiwan.  He is Past President of the Australian Earthquake Engineering Society, and participated in the revision of the ANCOLD Seismic Guidelines.

  • Tim Trumper


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    Tim Trumper

    MBA, SCU

    Tim drives and contributes to a range of Quantium’s business development initiatives. He is an entrepreneur with an absolute focus on the data landscape, advising some of Australia’s most progressive companies. 

    Tim's career has been spent mostly in large-scale listed media and Internet companies. He has served as CEO of Time Warner’s publishing operation in Australia and New Zealand, and was Commercial Director of PBL Media at the time of private equity buyout. Tim has held CEO roles and board positions in Australian Internet ventures and in other private and listed companies.

    In May 2014, Tim was invited to serve on the NRMA board in December 2017, in December 2017 Tim was appointed Chairman of the NRMA. Tim holds an MBA with distinction in Strategic Management and a major in Entrepreneurism.

  • Scott Ryrie

    Master of Ceremonies

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    Scott Ryrie


    Scott entered the insurance industry in 1977 straight after leaving school. Scott spent 4 years in the direct market with City Mutual and Sphere Drake. Moving to Munich Re in 1980 Scott worked across Marine and Casualty. In 1986, Scott joined Alexander Howden (Australia) and spend 2 years working in the London market. On returning to Australia, Scott started Nac Re in Australia which became XL Re and then moved to Singapore to run the region for XL Re. Scott then joined Allianz Re, Singapore, as the Regional Chief Executive Officer in 2008 until 2011.  From 2012 to 2013, Scott worked at Guy Carpenter before starting “Ryrie Consulting”. Scott joined A.M. Best as Commercial Director, Asia-Pacific in 2016 and moved back to Sydney in 2017 as CEO of RMIA.

  • Mike Van Slooten

    Aon Benfield

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    Mike Van Slooten

    Head of Market Analysis
    Aon Benfield

    Mike Van Slooten has more than 20 years of experience tracking developments in the global insurance and reinsurance markets. He has worked for Aon Benfield for 8 years as the London-based Head of Market Analysis, running a team responsible for delivering insight to international reinsurance buyers. Prior to that, he worked in similar roles at Guy Carpenter for 9 years and Willis for 4 years. Mike and his team are also engaged in bringing their knowledge and experience to bear in strategic conversations with reinsurance clients, with a view to gaining a better understanding of their needs and challenges and assisting in developing solutions that draw on the full range of Aon’s capabilities.

  • Jeremy Waite

    Guy Carpenter

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    Jeremy Waite

    Senior Vice President
    Guy Carpenter

    Jeremy is a Senior Vice President of the pacific regions for Guy Carpenter. He leads the firms Property Treaty business for Australia and New Zealand. He has worked in the reinsurance industry for 20+ years with a range of positions throughout the UK, and Australia, in a variety of Broking, Underwriting and Analytical roles. Jeremy holds a Pure Mathematics degree for York University (UK), and an MBA from Henley Business School, Jeremy is also a qualified Actuary in UK and Australia.

  • Donna Walker

    Allianz Australia

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    Donna Walker

    Chief Technical Officer
    Allianz Australia

    Donna is a Chief Technical Officer at Allianz Australia, delivering leading edge portfolio management, product development and pricing capability. Prior to joining Allianz, Donna was Executive General Manager, Broker Business at Insurance Australia Group where she led the commercial business distributed through brokers and authorised representatives under the CGU brand.  Her previous roles include General Manager Claims and Chief Actuary for CGU Insurance. 

    Donna has also worked in a senior capacity leading large scale change programs, developing underwriting and pricing frameworks, reinsurance projects and performance monitoring and management information delivery. Donna is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusive work environments.  Donna is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Pierre Wiart


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    Pierre Wiart


    Pierre Wiart is the Managing Director of RMS Sydney, the newest office that he opened in September 2017.  Pierre has been involved with Catastrophe Modelling since he joined RMS London for a couple of years. just after graduating from the University of Cambridge (UK) with PhD in Physical Geography / Volcanology in 2000.

    Thereafter, Pierre has been working at all levels of property risk transfer notably as a Portfolio Manager for a Bermudian Reinsurer, as an underwriter, structurer, or Cat Manager for a broker. Beyond Catastrophe Modelling, Pierre has been involved in Portfolio Construction and Portfolio Management with implication on Capital Management. Pierre spend 5 years in Bermuda with White Mountains Re and two years at the ILS Fund ‘Atropos’ from SCOR Investment Partners in Paris. Pierre has also advised Private and Sovereign Funds on Insurance Linked Securities in the region.

ACCOMMODATION at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

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Guests wishing to book by phone can call in-house reservations on 02 4991 0970 and quote booking code "Reinsurance Rendezvous". Please note that the central reservations team does not have access to the reduced room rates, the above direct number must be used.

Accommodation rooms are subject to hotel availability.

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