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Top risk-industry speakers scheduled for ALARYS 2016

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Aug. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Experts on hot topics affecting Latin America’s risk-management industry are slated to speak at the 2016 ALARYS Congress in Bermuda September 25–27.

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ALARYS 2016 speakers: (top row, from left) Ross Webber, Marian Fenton, Javier Mirabal, Brad Kading, Jorge Luzzi; (bottom row) Eduardo Fox, Elman Myers, Cinthia Motley, Marcelo Ramella and Janita Burke

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Premier Michael Dunkley will officially open the biennial three-day conference geared to risk-management professionals across Central and South America. The Fundación Latinoamericana de Administradores de Riesgos y Seguros ALARYS event will be held at the Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club and is expected to attract more than 100 delegates. The Premier will deliver his Monday 26 welcome, following introductory remarks by Ross Webber, CEO of the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA), and Jorge Luzzi, FUNDALARYS President, who also serves as Executive Vice President of the International Federation of Risk and Insurance Management Associations (IFRIMA).

“We are delighted to be staging this year’s event in Bermuda, and look forward to welcoming delegates, sponsors, exhibitors and our full slate of eminent speakers that promise to make ALARYS 2016 a highly informative and engaging event,” said Luzzi.

The theme of the 2016 Congress is “Emerging and Non-Traditional Risk,” with key sessions highlighting insurance-linked securities and other alternative risk-transfer products, as well as strategies for mitigating cyber, political, terrorism, kidnap and catastrophe risk. Highlights include:

  • a kickoff session on risk-management trends, featuring Luzzi; Brad Kading, President and Executive Director of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR); Carlos Sabaini, Director of the Argentina Risk Management Association (ADARA); Cristiane Franca Alves, Director of the Brazilian Risk Management Association (ABGR); and Javier Mirabal, Executive Director of FUNDALARYS
  • a global regulatory update with panellists Marcelo Ramella, Deputy Director, Financial Stability, Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA); Federico Candiolo, Senior Counsel at ASW Law; Javier Ordoñez-Namihira, Senior Associate, Baker & McKenzie; and Carlos Miguel Chaparro, Partner, PwC Colombia
  • a session on strategies for non-traditional risks such as cyber breaches, kidnapping and terrorism, featuring former US Air Force special agent Elman Myers, now Managing Director for Hiscox Special Risks; Marian Fenton, Regional Director, Bermuda and Europe: Captive Services, for AIG; and Giles Harlow, Vice President, Professional Risk Solutions at Aon (Bermuda)
  • sessions on the use of insurance captives for LatAm companies; enterprise risk management; risk-based strategy planning; and employee benefit programmes.

Other noted industry speakers and panellists include: Janita Burke, Client Director at Estera Services; Sebastian Crespo, CEO, YAPACORP SAC; Maria Claudia Escobar, Senior Vice President, Marsh Captive Solutions; Eduardo Fox, Latin American Manager, Appleby; Corey Gooch, Director of Business Development at Brokerslink; Raul Maldonado, Senior Vice President, Life & Health, Arch Reinsurance; Daniel Message, Vice President, Head of Latin America for R&Q Quest Management Services; Cinthia Granados Motley, Partner at Sedgwick LLP; Vanderlei Moreira, Insurance and Global Risk Manager at WEG Electric Equipment SA; Salvador Ortiz, Risk Manager, Industrias Peñoles, SAB de CV, Mexico; Adolfo Peña, Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Nephila Capital; Andre Perez, CEO, Horseshoe Group; Brian Quinn, Managing Director of Granite Management; Gabriel Rueda, General Manager, Rueda y Barrera SA; Adam Smith, Director, KPMG Bermuda; and Pablo Wejcman, Executive Director, Latin American Business Center, International Tax Services, Ernst & Young LLP, New York.

“Bermuda’s market expertise and innovation in new product lines helps address many risk managers’ needs,” noted ABIR’s Kading whose kickoff panel will explore new industry trends. “To be relevant to our customers, we have to be creative and focused on emerging risks and increasing insurance penetration—we’ve got the capital to take on that risk.”

Roundtable discussions and networking breaks will be interspersed between the agenda’s moderated panel sessions. Outside of conference business, activities such as a sunset cruise and other leisure downtime are being organised to showcase Bermuda and entertain delegates.

It will be the third time FUNDALARYS has chosen Bermuda as host country for the trilingual conference; the Latin American Congress on Risk Management and Insurance was held previously in 2004 and 2010 in Bermuda—the only non-Latin venue in its 20-year history.

Sponsors of the ALARYS 2016 conference include: Aon (Bermuda), Appleby, Armour Group Holdings, Artex Risk Solutions (Bermuda), ASW Law, Brokerslink, Butterfield Bank, Citadel Management Bermuda, Conyers, Estera Services (Bermuda), JLT Insurance Management, KPMG, Marsh IAS Management Services (Bermuda), PwC, and R&Q Quest Bermuda.

Early-bird rates for hotel accommodation and event registration are being offered through August 31 via, which also details speakers, agenda, hotel and travel logistics, and package options for sponsors and exhibitors.


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