Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Brenton Charnley is an innovation, strategy and insurtech specialist experienced in helping entrepreneurs, teams and executives make ideas happen. Brenton is the Lead and Co-founder of Insurtech Australia, Australia’s first member organisation supporting growth of the Australian Insurtech ecosystem. Most recently, Brenton was the Chief Commercial Officer of ASX-listed AI Insurtech Flamingo Ventures and led strategy, sales, finances and operations across three continents. Brenton is now the Principal of Alpha39 Innovation, a specialist innovation and insurtech advisory helping financial services companies to make ideas happen.

Jason Collins is Senior Manager – Data Science, Strategic Intelligence at ASIC. He leads a Centre of Excellence in data science and analytics, with a remit to drive ASIC's data science agenda, develop ASIC's analytics capabilities, and identify and assess risks and misconduct in financial services and markets.

Jason was previously co-lead of PwC Australia's behavioural economics practice, and has worked as an economic policy adviser with the Australian Treasury and as a lawyer. He has a PhD combining economics and evolutionary biology.

Steve Millward is Chief Analytics Officer at Data Republic, the revolutionary data exchange platform and marketplace which has attracted investment from Westpac, NAB and Qantas Loyalty. With a career spanning more than years in data and analytics, Steve has held positions in research, data, analytics and innovation and companies such as Experian and Westfield.

He joined Data Republic in early 2015 and helps data owners to address challenges such as data valuation, business cases, products and strategies for data commercialisation.

Peter Tilocca is Chief Underwriter at ANZ. He is responsible for underwriting policy, quality framework, underwriting rules engine tools and transformation/innovation. Prior to this role, Peter was Senior Manager Insurance Transformation and also Group Underwriting and Operations Manager. 

Peter has over 15 years of underwriting experience and has worked at Reinsurance Group of America and ING before moving to ANZ.  

Vanessa Dobson leads a multi-disciplinary team comprising of Research and Development specialists in the fields of product, claims and underwriting to deliver strategic innovations in the pursuit of a holistic approach to risk. The team seeks to identify untapped opportunities in the arena of risk-management and formulate methods by which to capitalize on those opportunities.

Vanessa joined Munich Re in 2003 and held several roles within the Life Division before taking lead of the Research & Development team in July 2014. Vanessa has specialist expertise in the area of automated underwriting, is a Design Thinking practitioner, and active member in the InsurTech Australia space. Vanessa’s extensive knowledge and experience make her a well-respected member of the Munich Re Life Management Team.

Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Sciences, plus completion of a Knowledge Management Paper from Swinburne University of Technology.

Michael Storozhev is an Actuary with a passion for data analytics innovation in the actuarial and general insurance fields.

He is the Senior Underwriter for Travel Insurance at Cover-More Travel Insurance where he pushes the confines of a traditional Actuary, pioneered Python, machine learning and the AWS framework to leverage technology in pricing, underwriting, distribution and product development.

Prior, Michael had broad General Insurance experience at RACQ Insurance and IAG where he was involved in pricing, reserving and capital management in a number of short and long tailed lines of business, and enjoys seeing the value that Actuaries bring to the wider business context.

Dr Paul Nicolarakis is an experienced health policy specialist, clinical data analyst and physician entrepreneur. As Lorica Health’s Chief Executive Officer, he oversees its efforts to work with Australia’s enviable health care data assets to bring greater efficiency and fairness to its healthcare system.

Having worked locally and overseas as a clinician, software developer and senior ministerial advisor, Paul brings a unique perspective to the highly complex and competing political, economic, clinical and technological drivers of Australia’s complex healthcare system and what is needed to bring about improvement.

He led an award winning aged care electronic medical record start-up before joining Microsoft as their clinical analytics lead, engaging with senior health leaders and policy makers across the Asia Pacific and Middle East.

Paul is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, a registered medical practitioner (non-clinical) and serves on the Board of the NeuRA Foundation. In 2015 he was a Multinational Program Eisenhower Fellow.

Dr Katrina Ellis is a senior financial regulator with the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), experienced in regulatory frameworks for banking, superannuation and insurance.

She is a Fulbright scholar with a PhD in Finance from Cornell University USA.
Katrina is the General Manager of APRA’s Data Analytics team which was newly created in July 2017.

This team is responsible for ensuring APRA collects the right data in a timely efficient way to high data quality standards, and delivering business intelligence and value-added analytics within APRA.

Tatia Rashid is a senior analyst and the lead modeller for Quantium's team supporting Woolworths Credit Card, Insurance, Telco, and other general services. Her role within the team is focussed on finding strategies and optimal ways to predict potential customers who can be acquired to grow Woolworths' non-Supermarket businesses. Her role also extends into leading the team to develop models looking at all areas of the customer's lifecycle, including engagement and retention. She joined Quantium back in 2014 as part of the Woolworths' loyalty program team.

Tatia has close to 10 years working experience in the data analytics space. Prior to joining Quantium, she was a senior analyst at Citibank's Decision Management team, looking after retail banking analytics. She has a bachelor degree in Statistics from the University of the Philippines.

Paul Reynolds is the CEO and Cofounder of Factor Financial Analytics - a fintech focused on data-driven risk models for the SME segment. With a strong focus on trading risk, Factor has engagements with Euler Hermes - trade credit insurance arm of Allianz Group, Xero - small business accounting platform and the World Bank. 

Prior to founding Factor, Paul worked developing nascent digital financial services across markets in Asia including Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Singapore. 

Dr Doron Samuell is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School and graduate from the London School of Economics where he completed a Masters of Behavioural Economics. He is presently enrolled in Sydney University Business School, where he is doing a PhD on the impact of personality on insurance risk. He holds several appointments including Chief Medical Officer of Zurich Insurance, Strategic Advisor to AMP,  and Chief Medical Officer of Allianz Life insurance. He owns and operates his own businesses, Professional Opinions, a medical risk management company providing assessment services through a panel of 400 medical specialists as well as, an international behavioural economics consultancy. 

Dr Samuell has recently prepared a draft Mental Health Charter to create a framework for general insurers to meet their obligations on discrimination in mental health and is currently working on new approaches to mental health underwriting, using behavioural economics to increase insurance retention and modelling the impact of legislative change for CTP insurers.

Dr Samuell is passionate about ensuring sustainability and integrity in the insurance industry.