Nigel joined L&G in 2009 as Group CFO, appointed Group CEO in 2012.
He was awarded City AM’s “Business Personality of the Year”, 2014. He also won ‘Most Admired Leader’, 2017. Nigel recently won ‘Change Maker of the Year’ at the Change Makers Summit.
Nigel was a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group (2015- 2016), Chairman of the Investment Association’s review of Executive Pay (2016- 2017) and the government’s review of Mission Led Business (2016- 2017). He was also a member of the government’s Patient Capital Review Industry Panel (2017–2018) and Commissioner in Resolution Foundation’s Intergenerational Commission (2017–2018).
Nigel’s advising on the government’s Social Care Green Paper and Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Implementation Board and is Chair of the Bank of England’s Climate Financial Risk Forum, Innovation Working Group.
Alison Martin has extensive management, financial and commercial experience within the insurance sector. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Bank Distribution in July 2019. Prior to that, she served as Group Chief Risk Officer from January 2018 to September 2019. A qualified accountant, Ms. Martin began her career at PwC, where from 1995 to 2003 she worked with insurance clients in audit and advisory roles. She then served in leading executive positions at Swiss Re, starting in 2003 as Finance Director, Life & Health. Starting in January 2011 she served as Group Managing Director of Swiss Re’s Life & Health Products Division. She was appointed Swiss Re’s Head of Life & Health Business Management in 2013, a position she held until joining Zurich as Group Chief Risk Officer-designate and a member of the Executive Committee in October 2017.
In June 2019 Alison Martin became a Councillor of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in law, with honors, from the University of Birmingham in 1995. In 1998 she qualified with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales as an associate member, and in 2010 she completed the Chartered Financial Analyst investment management certificate.
Denis Kessler, a French citizen, has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SCOR since 4 November 2002.
He is a member of the Board of the Geneva Association, as well as being a member of the Global Reinsurance Forum, the Reinsurance Advisory Board, the Steering Committee of the Insurance Development Forum and the International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
He has been Chairman of the French insurance federation (Fédération Française de l’Assurance - FFA), Vice-President of the Comité Européen des Assurances (CEA), Senior Executive Vice- President and member of the Executive Committee of the AXA Group, First Executive Vice Chairman of Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF - the largest employer federation in France), Chairman of the Global Reinsurance Forum, Chairman of the Reinsurance Advisory Board and Non-Executive Chairman of the Association of reinsurance professionals in France (APREF).
Denis Kessler is a professor with advanced degrees in economics and social sciences, and a Fellow of the French Institute of Actuaries. He holds a PhD in economics of the University of Paris and is a graduate of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC Paris). He also holds honorary degrees from the Moscow Academy of Finance and HEC Montreal.
He was elected to join the “Insurance Hall of Fame” of the International Insurance Society in 2014. In January 2016, he was elected to join the French Institute’s Academy of Moral and Political Sciences (ASMP). In May 2016, he was appointed “Honorary Freeman of the City of London”.
Georges DesvauxChief Strategy & Business Development OfficerAXA
Georges Desvaux, previously Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, is appointed Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer of AXA and joins AXA’s Management Committee as of September 1st. Georges Desvaux graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris and holds a M.S. in Mech. Engineering from MIT. He joined McKinsey in 1988, after four years in sales at an industrial manufacturer. He worked in Beijing from 1999 to 2006, and Paris from 2006 to 2011. From 2011 to 2015, he was the Managing Partner for Japan for McKinsey & Company and, from 2016 to 2018, the Managing Partner for Africa. He was a member of McKinsey’s Shareholders Council, the Firm's governing body, from 2015 to 2018, chairing the Firm’s Governance Committee. Since 2018, Georges Desvaux has been Senior Partner in McKinsey & Company's Hong Kong office, where he co-leads Insurance and Private Equity Practice in North Asia. Georges contributes frequently on economic perspectives and consumer trends. He notably authored the book “Africa’s Business Revolution” (November 2018, Harvard Business Review). He initiated and co-led McKinsey’s “Women Matter” research on the role of women in corporations since 2007.
Katja joined Zurich in 2016 and as Head of Enterprise Risk Management was responsible for managing and constantly improving the Group-wide enterprise risk management framework, the risk policy and governance, as well as the Group’s risk appetite framework.
Katja became Head of Risk Europe, Middle East and Africa on August 1, 2018. Katja is a member of the EMEA Executive Team, and member of the Group Risk Management Executive Committee. She is also Board Trustee of the UK Zurich pension scheme as well as a Director of Allied Zurich Holdings, UK.
Prior to joining Zurich, Katja worked for HSBC in London where she held various senior risk related roles for almost a decade, the latest before joining Zurich being CRO, Global Banking & Markets, EMEA. Before that, Katja spent eight years with the German regulator, Deutsche Bundesbank, in market risk supervision and in regulatory policy.
In her spare time, Katja sings with, and is Finance Director of, one of Zurich’s leading choirs. She enjoys classical music and the Swiss mountains with her partner.
Michael SteelGlobal Head of Business DevelopmentRMS
Michael Steel is Global Head of Business Development at RMS. Michael joined RMS in 2016 to bring innovations in modeling and technology to solve the key risk management challenges faced by insurers. He has more than 30 years’ experience in risk and capital management gained in the insurance industry. Prior to RMS, Michael was the Group Chief Risk Officer at AXIS Capital, following a career in reinsurance broking, including 12 years at Benfield (now Aon Benfield) where he led the ReMetrics team in addition to leading teams in the development of innovative solutions in the reinsurance and capital markets.
In addition to his role with RMS, Michael serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the board of Allianz Re Dublin dac. Michael previously served as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the board of Berkshire Hathaway’s international business, as an Appointed Director on the Casualty Actuarial Society, and as Chairman of the Geneva Association’s CRO Network. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in statistics and mathematics from Brunel University.
Jérôme Haegeli is Swiss Re's Group Chief Economist and is responsible for Swiss Re’s economic and insurance market research, associated forecasts and consulting, as well as driving their thought leadership in strengthening long-term investing and financial resilience. Prior to this position he served as Swiss Re's Head of Investment Strategy at Group Asset Management and held senior roles at Bank Julius Baer and UBS Warburg. He was also a Senior Economist at the Swiss National Bank and represented the institution at the IMF’s Executive Board. Jerome was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard University Economic Research Department, holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Basel, and a Master of Science degree in Economics from the London School of Economics. He also serves as Co-Chair of the World Bank's Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF) Advisory Council and is active in committees at the Institute of International Finance and the WEF.
Victoria SaportaExecutive Director of the Prudential Policy DirectorateBank of England
Vicky has held a number of positions in prudential policy, financial stability and monetary analysis in a career spanning over 20 years at the Bank of England. Vicky was at the heart of the macro prudential and micro prudential policy reforms undertaken by the Bank after the global financial crisis.
Vicky has represented the Bank on numerous international committees dealing with central banking and regulatory issues. Vicky is currently Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors. Vicky is also a member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.
Vicky holds a PhD in Economics, M.Phil in Finance from the University of Cambridge and a B.Sc in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics from the London School of Economics. She has published a number of articles in books, professional journals and Bank of England publications.
Felix HUFELD is President of the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin). Previously he was Chief Executive Director Insurance Supervision at BaFin. Previously he was Partner at Westlake Partners. From 2001 to 2010 he served as Chief Executive Officer of Marsh Germany, Austria and Northern Europe of Marsh & Mclennan Companies Inc. Prior to joining the insurance sector, Felix Hufeld worked from 1999 to 2001 at Dresdner Bank as their Global Head Group Corporate Development. Prior to that, he worked at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for almost eight years, in the end as a Principal, primarily focusing on the financial services industry as well as attorney focusing on corporate and tax law. Felix Hufeld studied law in Freiburg and received a Master in Public Administration at Harvard University. Felix Hufeld is member of the Supervisory Board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) and of the Group of Governors and Heads of Supervision (GHOS), the oversight body of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS).
Dimitris ZafeirisHead of Risks and Financial Stability DepartmentEIOPA
Dimitris Zafeiris is Head of the Risks and Financial Stability Department and is responsible for EIOPA's activities in the areas of financial stability, crisis management and studies and statistics.
Before joining EIOPA, Dimitris ran the risk management unit in a commercial bank where he was responsible for the management of projects such as the implementation of Basel II and external asset quality reviews. Prior to this, Dimitris held roles as investment director, portfolio manager and analyst in a number of firms in the asset management industry. Dimitris holds a Master of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Economics.