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Global Insurance Symposium

April 26, 2016 15:10 ET

Global Insurance Symposium Attracts International Audience

Symposium Attracts Hundreds and Features Powerhouse Agenda of Speakers and an Innovation Track

DES MOINES, IA--(Marketwired - April 26, 2016) - Hundreds gather this week in Downtown Des Moines for the Global Insurance Symposium -- the world's premier symposium for industry experts. It is hosted by the Iowa Insurance Institute, the Federation of Iowa Insurers, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Iowa Insurance Division. 

This year's Global Insurance Symposium is themed "Inspiring Innovation in the Insurance Industry." New at the Symposium this year is an Innovation Track, which comprehensively explores innovation opportunities and challenges. In addition to the Innovation Track, all attendees will have the opportunity to hear presentations from companies within the Global Insurance Accelerator, a mentor-driven business accelerator designed to foster innovation in the insurance industry by supporting startups targeting the global insurance industry.

The Global Insurance Symposium features a powerhouse agenda of renowned industry keynote and panel speakers, as well as numerous opportunities for attendees to participate in roundtable and breakout discussion sessions with global insurance leaders. Speakers include state insurance commissioners, industry leaders, regulatory representatives from various states, national offices and international organizations, and other experts in the insurance industry from around the world.

"The Global Insurance Symposium is the prime event for national and global leaders in the insurance industry," said Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart. "This is an essential event for insurance executives including CEOs, CIOs, CMOs, counsel, presidents, chairpersons and partners, as well as entrepreneurs."

Speakers include the following:

  • Julian Enoizi, CEO at Pool Re
  • X. Rick Niu, Chief Executive Officer and President at Starr Strategic Holdings LLC
  • Maria Ferrante-Schepis, Managing Principal, Insurance and Financial Services at Maddock Douglas
  • Jayne Plunkett, Head of Casualty Division at Swiss Re
  • Neil Sprackling, President, North America Life and Health Business at Swiss Re
  • Paul Thanos, Director for Finance and Insurance Industries at U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration
  • Jennifer Fitzgerald, CEO and Co-Founder at PolicyGenius
  • Tom Sullivan, Senior Advisor, Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation at the Federal Reserve
  • Adam Cassady, Co-Founder and CEO at Tyche
  • Chad Nitschke, Co-Founder and CEO at Insure.VC
  • Kyle Nakatsuji, Principal at American Family Ventures

See a full list of all speakers and sessions at

About the Global Insurance Symposium
Established in 2014, the Global Insurance Symposium is the premier Symposium for insurance professionals and regulatory authorities to hear from the world's most renowned insurance experts and to interact with fellow insurance industry colleagues from around the world. The Global Insurance Symposium is presented by the Iowa Insurance Institute, the Federation of Iowa Insurers, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Iowa Insurance Division. For more information, visit

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership
The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization serving Central Iowa for more than 125 years. Together with 21 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and 5,700 business members, The Partnership drives economic growth and careers through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration. We foster an environment where residents are empowered to live their passions and shape our community, making Greater Des Moines the best place in the world to build a business and life. For more information, visit

About the Global Insurance Accelerator
Created in 2014 as an initiative of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Global Insurance Accelerator is the world's first startup accelerator focused on the global insurance industry. The mentor-driven program is backed by major carriers and brokerages and its mentors consist of current and former industry leaders and executives. To learn more about the GIA, visit

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