The Great Debate

Whilst the insurance industry is still trying to recover from natural catastrophes such as the Sydney hail storm and the Townsville floods, simultaneously, insurers and reinsurers are also absorbing the fallout from the Royal Commission, and the costs surrounding new mandatory regulations. How will this situation evolve?

Join us at ANZIIF’s breakfast debate of the year where general reinsurers and insurers will debate whether the industry can afford the cost of new regulation. Will these costs be passed onto the policyholder? What better business models could be applied?

Be a part of the conversation as our speakers debate for or against the statement -
"The industry can’t afford the cost of new regulation."

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Registrations for The Great Debate are closed, if you would like more information please contact [email protected]

For more information on this event, please contact Event Manager, Rebecca Ciaverella.


  • Jurgen Hoffman


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    Jurgen Hoffman

    ANZIIF (Fellow) CIP

    Jurgen’s formal career is in finance and most recently held the position Head of Insurance Risk at APRA for 7 years. 

    Prior roles were within the commercial sector working for companies including Allianz and QBE. He also has a passion for training and presenting which now spans over 20 years. Having completed his degree he lectured in Reinsurance at the University of Technology, Sydney for 8 years developing his skills extending his role to Trainer for the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF), where he holds Fellow accreditation.  

    He has developed and delivered various training programs and has presented on a variety of topics at conferences and seminars in Australia and overseas.

  • Scott Hawkins

    Munich Re Australasia

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    Scott Hawkins

    Head of Non-Life
    Munich Re Australasia

    Scott Hawkins is the Head of Munich Re’s Non-Life reinsurance business with responsibility for the Australasian region. This role encompasses Munich Re’s Underwriting, Client Management, Claims and Data Analytics functions based in Australia and servicing clients based in this region.

    Scott has previously held several roles within Munich Re in the areas of technical underwriting, underwriting management and client management. Prior to joining Munich Re, Scott has worked in both direct insurance and reinsurance companies in several underwriting based roles spanning multiple lines of business involving both Australian and International markets. Scott has also worked within a regulatory environment focusing on the mathematical modelling of risk capital within financial institutions and the use of mathematical models used to quantify the risks assumed by these companies.

    Scott holds a Bachelor of Business degree and a Master of Business (Finance) degree and he is a Fellow of the ANZIIF.

  • Bernadette Howlett


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    Bernadette Howlett


    Bernadette Howlett is an advisor to executives in the financial services industry for Strategy&, PwC's strategy consulting business. She is a Partner with PwC Australia, based in Sydney. She specialises in portfolio and business unit strategy - either in the form of new ventures and M&A or as growth strategies for existing businesses.

    Bernadette’s current leadership roles in Strategy& are Australian Financial Services (FS) Lead, and PwC FS XLoS Insurance Leader, Strategy& People Partner.

    Bernadette has broad financial services experience and over 18 years consulting experience. Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton she had 10 years business management experience in customer facing roles within the consumer products sector with the last role before joining Booz as Asia/Pacific Regional Marketing Director for a US multinational.

    Bernadette holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW and an EMBA from the AGSM University of NSW. In addition she has completed the Authentic Leadership Program at Harvard Business School and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Estelle Pearson

    Finity Consulting

    Estelle Pearson

    Estelle Pearson

    Actuary, Founding Director
    Finity Consulting

    Estelle is an Actuary who has worked in the general insurance industry for 30 years. During 2002 she was the actuarial expert to the HIH Royal Commission and helped a number of insurers implement the changes to capital and governance introduced by APRA subsequent to that Royal Commission.

    Since then she has acted as an Appointed Actuary to a number of insurance companies and over the years has helped them and their Boards navigate the ever increasing levels of regulation.

    Estelle has also worked as a temporary Chief Risk Officer and is on the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency giving her a different perspective on risk and compliance.

  • Mark Senkevics

    Swiss Re ANZ

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    Mark Senkevics

    Managing Director
    Swiss Re ANZ

    Mark currently holds office as Managing Director and Head of Australia & New Zealand, Swiss Reinsurance Company, having been with the company since February 2003.

    Prior to his latest appointment in 2010, Mark served in a number of senior roles abroad including; Head of Client Markets Korea, with responsibility for both life and non-life reinsurance and well as General Manager and Head Property and Casualty Taiwan operation. Mark originally joined Swiss Re in Sydney as a Client Manager and was responsible for a number of high valued clients.

    In his current capacity, Mark forms part of the APAC regional management team at Swiss Re while concurrently holding positions as Director of the Board of the Insurance Council of Australia and Committee member for the Life Board for the Financial Services Council.
    With over two decades of experience in reinsurance his career spans from underwriting, marketing, client management to strategic management.

    Mark graduated from the University of Sydney in 1988 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is married with two children and enjoys running, watersports, architecture as well as wide and varied taste in music.


ANZIIF gratefully acknowledges the generous assistance and support of the event organising committee. 

  • Jurgen Hoffman, Consultant
  • Michael Pennell, Chief Underwriting Officer - Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation (ARPC)
  • Jenny Bax, Senior Portfolio Director - Allianz


Sponsorship opportunities for this event are still available. For more information on how your organisation can benefit as a sponsor of this leading professional development event contact Sara Cheong, Sponsorship Executive, by phone +61 3 9613 7200, or email.




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17 Sep 2019

  • Doltone House – Hyde Park
    181 Elizabeth Street,
    Sydney, NSW, 2000
  • Registration:
    7.00 am—7.30 am
    Breakfast & Debate:
    7.30 am — 9.00 am
  • 1.5 Points
  • Member $155
    Non-Member $195
    Group Booking (3 or more): $140
    Table Booking of 7: $980