The Forum gives you the opportunity to connect with today’s most respected thought leaders.
Jay Gelb
Jay Gelb, CFA
Managing Director and Senior Equity Analyst, Barclays
 
Jay Gelb, CFA, is a managing director and equity analyst covering the non-life and life insurance industries. Prior to joining Barclays, Gelb was at Lehman Brothers. He covers approximately 30 companies totaling over $1 trillion of market cap, including property-casualty and life insurance industries in addition to Berkshire Hathaway. Prior to joining Lehman, he spent more than five years in equity research at Prudential Equity Group, LLC.
 
Gelb's previous work experience includes insurance industry experience at Chubb Corp., where he was an underwriting officer. Gelb has been ranked in Institutional Investor's "All-America Research Team" survey in the Insurance/Non-Life category since 2006 including a first-place ranking in 2010. He has also been an II-ranked analyst in the Insurance/Life category since 2015 and is currently the only analyst to be II-ranked in both these categories. In 2011, Gelb was named the Best Individual Equity Analyst - North America by Reactions Magazine.
 
Gelb is a frequent speaker at insurance industry leadership conferences and insurance company executive management meetings. He is a board member and past-president of the Association of Insurance and Financial Analysts (AIFA), and a past-term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2012, 2014 and 2017, Gelb was chosen by Warren Buffett to participate in a select analyst panel at Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholder meeting in Omaha. He received a B.A. in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and M.B.A. in Finance from Bentley University.
John Huff
John Huff
President and CEO, ABIR
 
John Huff was appointed President & CEO of ABIR effective January 1, 2018. In this role Huff directs ABIR’s worldwide public policy initiatives. Huff has more than 25 years of experience in the Insurance sector, most recently as the 2016 president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the US standard-setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by the nation's chief insurance regulators, and as director of the Missouri Department of Insurance, a position he held for eight years.

Prior to entering public service, Huff spent more than a decade in executive positions with leading global insurers and reinsurers.

A former practicing attorney, Huff's knowledge of the insurance industry is global in scope, spanning the United States, Bermuda, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia markets. Huff brings to the table a keen understanding of the regulatory, legal, financial and operational challenges that insurance and reinsurance companies face.
Huff earned his JD from Washington University School of Law and holds a MBA from St. Louis University and a BSBA from Southeast Missouri State University.
Dr. Daniel Kaniewski
Dr. Daniel Kaniewski
Deputy Administrator for Resilience, FEMA
 
As Deputy Administrator for Resilience, Dr. Daniel Kaniewski leads FEMA's insurance, mitigation, preparedness, continuity, and grant programs. He was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 14, 2017.

Prior to joining FEMA, Kaniewski was Vice President for Global Resilience at AIR Worldwide, a catastrophe risk modeling and consulting services firm. He was also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, where he contributed thought leadership on homeland security and emergency management topics.
Earlier, Kaniewski served as the Mission Area Director for Resilience and Emergency Preparedness/Response at a federally funded research and development center supporting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Kaniewski was also Vice President for Homeland Security and Deputy Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at the George Washington University. In the George W. Bush Administration, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and as Senior Director for Response Policy. Kaniewski has also held positions at FEMA, the Congressional Fire Services Institute, and on Capitol Hill. He was previously a member of the District of Columbia Homeland Security Commission and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Kaniewski holds a bachelor of science degree in emergency medical services from George Washington University, a master of arts degree in national security studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from George Washington University.
Sean Kevelighan
CEO, Insurance Information Institute

 
Sean Kevelighan joined the Insurance Information Institute as Chief Executive Officer in August 2016. Previously, he was Group Head of Public Affairs for Zurich Insurance Group where he oversaw Government and Industry Affairs as well as Corporate Responsibility. He joined Zurich in May 2013 as Head of Government and Industry Affairs for North America, with responsibility for driving the public policy agenda in the region. Prior to that, he worked at Citigroup, Inc., as Head of Strategic Communications for its Global Consumer Banking business, and for Zurich, as Head of Group Media Relations in North America.
 
He has served in various public sector posts in Washington, D.C. As a political appointee in the administration of President George W. Bush, he served first in the Department of Treasury as a spokesperson for economic issues, and eventually became Senior Advisor for the Office of Tax Policy. He was also the Press Secretary for the White House Office of Management and Budget.
 
Kevelighan is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He and his wife Annik have three children. He is an avid enthusiast of exercise and the outdoors, participating regularly in triathlons and other sporting events.
Phil Klotzbach
Research Scientist, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University
 
Phil Klotzbach is a Research Scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. He received his PhD in Atmospheric Science from CSU in 2007. Klotzbach has been employed in the Department of Atmospheric Science for the past eighteen years and was co-author on the Atlantic basin hurricane forecasts with Dr. William Gray through 2005. He became first author on the seasonal hurricane forecasts in 2006. Klotzbach developed the two-week forecasts currently being issued during the peak months of the hurricane season between August–October. He has published over two dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Climate and Weather and Forecasting.
 
Klotzbach graduated from Bridgewater State College with a BS degree in Geography in 1999. He then attended Colorado State University where he received his Masters degree in Atmospheric Science in 2002. After receiving his Masters degree, Klotzbach thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine (2100+ miles). He has also climbed all 54 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado, and has completed nine marathons and five ultra-marathons.
Mitch Landrieu
Mitch Landrieu
Mayor, City of New Orleans (2010 to 2018)
 
As Louisiana’s 51st Lieutenant Governor from 2004 to 2010, Mitch Landrieu played an important part in the emergency response and recovery when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He was also tasked with leading the process to rebuild the state’s tourism industry and improve job creation.
 
On February 6, 2010, Landrieu was elected mayor of New Orleans, inheriting the problems of a city stalled by post-Katrina issues, on the brink of bankruptcy, with a high murder rate and a police department under federal investigation. Landrieu immediately created a diverse, citizen-led transition committee to engage thousands at public meetings, hired a consulting firm to identify opportunities for transformational change and instituted a deputy mayor system to establish clearer command and control at City Hall. Making public safety a top priority, he reformed the police department and implemented a cutting-edge murder-reduction strategy called NOLA for Life, which led to a nearly 20 percent decrease in the city’s murder rate. Under Landrieu’s leadership, New Orleans has rebounded and become one of the nation’s great comeback stories.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal
Gen. Stanley McChrystal
Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan; Author of Best-Sellers Team of Teams and My Share of the Task; Co-Founder of the McChrystal Group
 
During the Persian Gulf War, Stanley McChrystal served in a Joint Special Operations Task Force and later commanded the 75th Ranger Regiment. He was promoted to brigadier general in 2001.
 
In 2002, he was appointed chief of staff of military operations in Afghanistan. From 2003 to 2008, he commanded JSOC and was responsible for leading the nation’s deployed military counterterrorism efforts around the globe, assuming command of all international forces in Afghanistan in June 2009.

McChrystal retired from the military in 2010. He now serves on the board of directors for JetBlue Airways. McChrystal is the chair of Service Year Alliance, a project of Be the Change and the Aspen Institute, which envisions a future in which a service year is a cultural expectation and common opportunity for every young American. He is also a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a popular course on leadership.

McChrystal co-founded the McChrystal Group in 2010, with the mission is to deliver innovative leadership solutions to organizations which help them transform and succeed in challenging and dynamic environments.
Frank Nutter
Franklin Nutter
President, Reinsurance Association of America
 
Frank Nutter is President of the Reinsurance Association of America (RAA).

Nutter currently serves on the advisory board of the OECD’s International Network for the Financial Management of Large Scale Disasters, the RAND Center on Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation, and the Carl H. Lindner III Center for Insurance and Risk Management board of directors. He also serves on the editorial panel of Intelligent Insurer magazine. He has recently served on the advisory board of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, an adjunct to the Harvard University School of Public Health, Council of the American Meteorological Society, and the board of the University Center for Atmospheric Research, a consortium of universities managing the National Center for Atmospheric Research sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
 
He has served as a member of the board of directors of the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the Worker’s Compensation Research Institute, the Board of Overseers of the Institute for Civil Justice, a subsidiary of the Rand Corporation and on the board of the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences.
 
Nutter has a juris doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati. Nutter was an officer in the U.S. Navy and is a Vietnam veteran.
Sandra Parrillo
Sandra Parrillo, CPCU
President and CEO, Providence Mutual
 
Sandy joined Providence Mutual in 1977 as an underwriter and has progressed through several underwriting and management positions throughout her career. In 2000, Parrillo was elected as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
 
Parrillo embodies the organization’s promise of service, security and stability. Under her leadership, Providence Mutual is financially strong and continues to grow and expand through its products, acquisition of talent, application of underwriting fundamentals and best practices of insurance carrier management.
 
Parrillo serves as a director on numerous local business and community organization boards. She has held several leadership positions on both regional and national insurance industry boards and associations, as well as positions on local business governance groups.
 
Parrillo holds two bachelor’s degrees from Rhode Island College—one in business management and the other in mathematics. She earned her master's of business administration from the University of Rhode Island and holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. In 2018, Parrillo received an honorary doctor of business administration degree from Bryant University.
Sean Ringsted
Sean Ringsted
Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer; Chief Risk Officer, Chubb Group

Sean Ringsted is Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer and Chief Risk Officer for Chubb Group. Ringsted leads Chubb’s digital efforts aimed at transforming the company into a digitally integrated organization. He is also responsible for the continued development and implementation of Chubb’s risk management strategy, risk management framework and related processes across the company.

Ringsted has 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. In February 2017, he was appointed Chief Digital Officer. He has served as the company’s Chief Risk Officer since 2008, prior to ACE’s acquisition of Chubb in 2016. Ringsted was named Executive Vice President, ACE Group, in March 2014. Ringsted’s previous leadership roles at the company include serving as Chief Actuary from 2004 to 2017; Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for ACE Tempest Re from 2002 to 2004; and Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary for ACE Tempest Re from 1998 to 2002. Prior to ACE, Ringsted was a consultant at Tillinghast-Towers Perrin.

Ringsted holds a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Bristol University and a doctorate in biochemistry from Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (FIA).

John W. Rollins, FCAS, MAAA
Actuary, Milliman

John W. Rollins (FCAS, MAAA) heads the property/casualty practice in Milliman’s Tampa office and joined the firm in 2018. John specializes in consulting engagements related to catastrophe-exposed property and flood insurance, serving the entire value chain from point-of-sale underwriting, to product and form development, competitive analysis of products and rates, ratemaking and capital allocation, reinsurance design and marketing and insurance-linked securities structuring and issuance. Previously John served as chief risk officer of three coastal property insurers, including Citizens Property Insurance Corp. John has designed and placed complex ceded reinsurance programs, including the sponsorship of the largest catastrophe bond ever issued and recently designed a granular flood insurance rating plan for Florida insurers. John testified to the U.S. House Financial Services Committee in 2010 and participated in a workshop in 2013 that focused on catastrophe models and principles of actuarially sound rates for flood insurance. He has authored several actuarial research papers, op-eds and articles and regularly presents on topics such as catastrophe modeling for actuarial and property insurance purposes. John received his B.A. in Mathematics from Duke University and his M.A. in Economics from the University of Florida.

William Ross
Chief Executive Officer, Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation

In September 2004, Bill joined the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation as Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the overall operation and strategic direction of the Foundation. Bill comes to the Foundation after a 31-year career with the Walt Disney Company, having worked in the Parks and Resorts division with assignments in Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Resort in Paris. He was a member of the executive team that managed the $2 billion expansion of the Disneyland Resort in Southern California. Bill has a broad background in marketing, communications, planning and development and external relations. He is a Chairman Emeritus of the Orange County Business Council.

He has served on numerous nonprofit boards throughout California such as the California Golden State Museum, Children’s Hospital Orange County and Cypress College Foundation. He is a strong advocate of education and completed his undergraduate and graduate degree at California State University Fullerton. In 1989 he was recognized as a distinguished alumnus. Prior to his business career he lectured at California State University, Fullerton for five years. 

Andrew Robinson
Co-CEO, Groundspeed Analytics
 
Andrew Robinson Groundspeed Analytics Andrew is co-CEO of Groundspeed Analytics, an AI company dedicated to automating core processes and providing powerful predictive analytics to its commercial insurance carrier and broker customers. Groundspeed unlocks the value of unstructured information such as loss runs, exposure schedules and policy data to improve margins, identify profit pools, and improve our clients‘ customer experience. Andrew is also a Senior Advisor for Fintech at Oak HC/FT, a venture growth equity investor. Previously, Andrew was President Specialty Insurance ($800M division), EVP Corporate Development and Chief Risk Officer for The Hanover Insurance Group [NYSE: THG], a $5 billion market cap international carrier, and was Global Chief Operating Officer and EVP for Crawford & Company (NYSE: CRD-A/B) overseeing Crawford‘s four businesses with revenues of $1.1 billion and 8,000 employees. Earlier in his career, Andrew was Managing Director of Global Insurance at PwC (Diamond) Consulting.
David Sampson
David A. Sampson
President and CEO, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
 
David A. Sampson is the president and CEO of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). Since joining PCI in 2007, Sampson has established the organization as a recognized thought leader and highly respected advocacy voice for the property casualty industry.
 
Sampson is also the president of the Independent Statistical Service (ISS), a wholly owned subsidiary of PCI and one of the industry’s largest and most trusted statistical agents. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. He also is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Committee of 100.”
                                  
Before joining PCI, Sampson served in the George W. Bush Administration in two presidential-appointed and Senate-confirmed positions. From 2005 to 2007, he served as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this position, he was a member of President Bush’s Management Council.
 
Previously, Sampson served in the Governor George W. Bush Administration as Chair of the Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness and Vice Chair of the Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission. He also led the Arlington, Texas Chamber of Commerce as the President and CEO.
Neil Spector 
President, ISO
 
Neil Spector is president of ISO, helping property/casualty insurers manage and improve underwriting and rating performance throughout the policy life cycle.

In the United States, Europe, and around the world, Spector is responsible for the personal and commercial lines underwriting and rating organization, including product management, strategy, sales, and operations, as well as application development, business development, government relations, and finance.

Spector oversees the development of underwriting and rating solutions that use timely and cost-effective predictive analytics and high-quality data to improve insurers’ ability to assess risk and improve their financial performance. He is also responsible for ISO’s core products and services—such as advisory prospective loss costs (projections of future claims), policy forms, underwriting rules, and related information—that most U.S. insurers use to write one or more lines of commercial or personal business.
 
Previously, Spector was president of Underwriting Solutions at Verisk Insurance Solutions and vice president and chief sales officer of Verisk Insurance Solutions and of ISO, a Verisk Analytics business.
 
Spector holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Ahmad Wani
CEO and Co-Founder, One Concern
 
Ahmad Wani serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of One Concern, a Palo Alto-based benevolent artificial intelligence company, with a mission to save lives and livelihoods before, during and after natural disasters. As the leader of One Concern, Wani directs the company’s day to day operations and is responsible for the development and execution of its long-term strategy and vision.

A native of Kashmir, South Asia, Wani survived the devastation of major disasters that impacted his family and community, providing the inspiration that fuels his commitment to building global resilience. Recognizing the inadequacy of traditional disaster solutions, Wani and his team at One Concern are using artificial intelligence to revolutionize the world’s understanding of natural phenomena sciences, thereby enabling both government and the private sector to better prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters.

Wani holds a graduate degree in structural engineering, with a focus on seismic engineering, from Stanford University. Before attending Stanford, Wani graduated top of his class at the National Institute of Technology, India, earning a gold medal award for distinction. Before moving to California, Wani performed structural design and risk analysis for critical infrastructure for the Central Government of India.
Hank Watkins
Hank Watkins
President, North America, Lloyd's
 
Hank Watkins is responsible for Lloyd’s market development activities in the US and Canada. From offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfort (KY), New York, Montreal and Toronto, Lloyd’s is actively engaged in educational and marketing outreach to retail, wholesale and reinsurance intermediaries, risk managers, managing general agents, risk management programs at colleges & universities and other stakeholders in the Lloyd’s market.

Watkins has more than 35 years of experience in the insurance industry and has held a range of underwriting, client management and leadership positions in the United States and Europe at Chubb, Johnson & Higgins, Marsh and HRH.

Watkins received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and has completed an executive leadership program at The Wharton School. He’s a member of the Board of Overseers at St. John’s University’s School of Risk Management and is on the boards of the Insurance Information Institute and Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (NY/Northeast Division).

With more than 50% of Lloyd’s global premium in 2017, the US and Canada are Lloyd’s largest market for insurance (E&S in the US) and reinsurance. In addition to market development, Lloyd’s colleagues in North America provide media relations and regulatory affairs support to the syndicates and operational oversight of the licensed platforms in Illinois, Kentucky and the USVI.
David Wessel
Director, The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution
 
David Wessel is a senior fellow in economic studies at Brookings and director of the Hutchins Center on fiscal and monetary policy, the mission of which is to improve the quality of fiscal and monetary policies and public understanding of them. He joined Brookings in December 2013 after 30 years on the staff of The Wall Street Journal where, most recently, he was economics editor and wrote the weekly Capital column. He is a contributing correspondent to The Wall Street Journal, appears frequently on NPR’s Morning Edition and tweets often at @davidmwessel.
 
Wessel is the author of two New York Times best-sellers: In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic (2009) and Red Ink: Inside the High Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget (2012). He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes, one in 1984 for a Boston Globe series on the persistence of racism in Boston and the other in 2003 for Wall Street Journal stories on corporate scandals. 
Keith Wolfe
Keith Wolfe
President, US P&C Regional and National, Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation
 
As the President of Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation, Wolfe is focused on serving the needs of US-based P&C insurance companies through brokers and direct client channels. He is based in the company's Americas Division headquarters in Armonk, NY.
 
Wolfe spent the first half of his 22 year career in primary property insurance, holding various sales, operations and underwriting leadership roles at GE Insurance Solutions. In 2006, he joined Swiss Re via acquisition and relocated to Switzerland to focus on serving large, multinational insurance companies as part of the reinsurance business. He has been back in the US since 2009, leading the regional business since 2013.

Wolfe holds a B.S. in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland and a M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a licensed professional engineer and a chartered property and casualty underwriter.