15 August 2016EMEA analysis

Keynote speaker chosen for Guernsey Insurance Forum

AM Best’s Carlos Wong-Fupuy has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the upcoming Guernsey Insurance Forum, which will take place in London on Wednesday September 21.

The forum will assess the impact of global developments on innovation and growth in the insurance sector and identify which insurance centres are best placed to adapt to and focus on new structures, specifically in reinsurance.

Wong-Fupuy, a senior director at AM Best Europe Ratings Services, is a member of the group’s credit rating policy committee, which is responsible for developing and updating the methodology, policies and procedures on which the agency’s ratings are based.

Guernsey Finance Chief Executive Dominic Wheatley said he was delighted to have secured Wong-Fupuy as the keynote speaker.

“Carlos is a very informed and engaging speaker and I’m looking forward to hearing him share his expertise,” Wheatley said.

“He will provide the audience with a valuable insight into how AM Best sees country risk and its impact on insurance ratings, while also sharing his views on Brexit and Guernsey as a location for business.”

The half-day event, titled ‘Future stars – where next for the (re)insurance market,’ will also feature two panel sessions and be moderated by ITV News presenter Alastair Stewart.

The first panel session will focus on structural innovation in the marketplace and centres of excellence. Panelists include Mark Cook of Willis Towers Watson; Mark Helyar of Bedell Cristin; David Clissitt of Deloitte and Oliver Schofield of RKH Reinsurance Broking.

The second panel session will look at market developments, particularly in the area of reinsurance, as well as drivers of innovation and the key growth ingredients. Panelists for this session are Niklaus Hilti of Credit Suisse; Caroline Bradley of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission; Julian Walker of Nomura International and Steve Britton of Aon Captive and Insurance Management.

Wheatley said the event will appeal to reinsurance professionals, captive managers, insurance companies, actuaries, lawyers, accountants and risk managers.

“I am excited by the emerging opportunities in the insurance sector and the Guernsey Insurance Forum provides the perfect platform for our range of expert panellists to tell us more about them,” Wheatley said.