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08:30 09:00 (30 mins)

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Registration

09:00 09:10 (10 mins)

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Chair's Opening Remarks

  • Diana Smallridge - President, International Financial Consulting

09:10 09:50 (40 mins)

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Global Economic Perspective: Post Brexit, Trump & Commodities

  • As the significance of Brexit becomes clearer what are consequences for the global economy?
  • What will be the Impact of Trump’s presidency?
  • Are Trump & Brexit pushing through a new anti-trade protectionist trend?
  • What is the outlook for commodities?
  • How is the continued low interest environment shaping the appetite of global investors and what can this tell us about the future of the Credit & PRI Insurance Markets?
  • How is global resilience faring before economic turmoil, increasing political instability across many regions, under-performing stock markets and globalization?
  • How do we break the spell of post crisis fatigue? When will we regain trust in our institution & our buyers?
  • Adrian Cooper - CEO, Oxford Economics

09:50 10:40 (50 mins)

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Analysis of Key Markets for Export Credit & Political Risk

  • As emerging markets generally under-perform
  •  which are the key bright spots bucking the trend?
  • Are they able to compensate for the rest?
  • What are Banks’ and Insurers’ perspectives on the hottest markets?
  • What is the 2017 outlook for the Middle East?
  • Which are Asia’s best performing markets?
  • What is the overview for China?
  • Is India a special opportunity as it bucks the trend by reducing its trade deficit whilst continuing to grow its economy?
  • Are CPRI markets acknowledging Indonesia, Vietnam & Philippines as rising markets for exporters?
  • Moderator Louis Habib Deloncle - Chairman, Credit & Surety Working Party, ADIA
  • Michal Ron - Managing Director, Head of International Business, SACE
  • Valentino Gallo - Global Head of Export & Agency Finance, CITI
  • David Anderson - Managing Director Credit & Political Risk, Zurich
  • Nabil Jijakli - Deputy CEO, Credendo
  • Bessem Soua - Head of Business Acquisition Division, ICIEC

10:40 11:00 (20 mins)

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Morning Refreshments

11:00 11:50 (50 mins)

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The Changing role of ECAs: A Window onto the 2020s

  • How will ECA’s be effected by the sharp changes occurring in the Global Political Landscape?
  • Are ECAs endangered by a potential new era of protectionism?
  • Do ECAs have the appetite and the resources to take on new and different risks?
  • Will ECAs who are a ‘One Stop Shop’ for financing & guarantee have a competitive advantage?
  • What should an ECA product suite look like in 5-10 years’ time?
  • Will ECAs be looking at increasing their appetite for untied and local currency financing?
  • Will the two be combined?
  • Will there be totally new products/approaches required?
  • What will the more general role or mandate of an ECA be in the 2020s?
  • What do banks want ECAs to be?
  • How will ECAs respond to changes in public opinion & policy?
  • Moderator Diana Smallridge - President, International Financial Consulting
  • Jim Cruse - Senior Vice President, Policy & Planning, US ExIm
  • Al Hamdani - Senior Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer, EDC
  • Jonathan Joseph-Horne - EMEA Head, Export & Agency Finance, SMBC
  • Louis Taylor - CEO, UKEF
  • Geetha Muralidhar - Chairman cum Managing Director, ECGC

12:00 12:50 (50 mins)

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The Long Term Future of Private Insurers

  • As capacity in the markets continues to grow are insurers beginning to broaden the scope of their activities?
  • Will Over-Capacity become more & more of an issue in the next 5-10 years?
  • Are Insurers willing to diversify?
  • What new products will Insurers be offering in the 2020s
  • Is the trend for the next 5-10 years’ consolidation with fewer players?
  • Will we see more barriers to entry?


  • Charles Berry - Chairman, BPL
  • Boris Jaquet - EMEA Regional Head, Distribution & Trading, Deutsche Bank
  • Isabelle Girardet - Global Head of Transactional Cover Unit, Euler Hermes
  • Olivier David - Global head of Structure Credit and Political Risks , Atradius
  • Peter Sprent - Head of Global Financial Risks, Liberty Specialty Markets
  • Daniel Riordan - President, Global Political Risk and Trade Credit, XL Catlin

12:50 13:20 (30 mins)

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Trump's New Paradigm: Implications and Scenarios in the Middle East

  • Business as Usual?
  • The Multipolar (Dis)Order
  • One and Many Middle Easts
  • The Iran Factor
  • Cinzia Bianco - Analyst, Gulf State Analytics (GSA)

13:20 14:20 (60 mins)

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Networking Lunch

14:20 15:00 (40 mins)

Stream Two

Middle East: How Governments Foster Growth Through Trade and Innovation

  • Do governments follow a state-of-the-art approach with their 'Vision 20xx'?
  • How important is credit insurance for export development?
  • Is more direct lending necessary, in particular for SMEs?
  • Are innovation funds the new name of the game?
  • How to combine innovation and trade: the ‘Strategic Ecosystem’


  • Andreas Klasen - Professor of International Business, Offenburg University
  • Karim Nasrallah - General Manager, THE LEBANESE CREDIT INSURER
  • Areije Al-Shakar - Vice President Development Services, Bahrain Development Bank
  • Eng. Hani Salem Sunbol - CEO, ITFC
  • H.E. Abdul Baset Al Janahi - CEO, Dubai SME

14:20 15:00 (40 mins)

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Blurring the Lines: The Activity & Scope of Re-Insurers & the Primary Market

  • How are the most dynamic re-insurers offering primary market cover?
  • What is the insurers reaction to this trend?
  • Is this creating greater diversity of products?
  • Is the trend creating excess capacity and further softening the insurance market?
  • David Edwards - Managing Director Credit, Bond and Political Risk Team, GUY CARPENTER
  • Jan Mueller - Managing Director, HANNOVER RE
  • Jim Thomas - Head of Credit and Political Risk, EVEREST
  • Adrian Kärle - Head Credit, Surety & Political Risk, Swiss Re
  • Price Lowenstein - Division President, Sovereign Risk Insurance

15:00 15:40 (40 mins)

Stream Two

Russia: Weighing up Markets & Sanctions

  • What is the outlook for Russia in 2017?
  • What are effects of continued involvement in Syria?
  • Will the new US presidency impact perceptions of Russia in the minds of investors?
  • What are the main factors bolstering Russian markets in the face of sanctions?
  • Do positive markets overweight sanctions?
  • Are Exporters being held back by apprehensive banks?
  • Are international banks ready to move banks into Russia? What is the appetite?
  • Otilia Dhand - Senior Vice President, Teneo Inteligence
  • Ralph Lerch - Head Export & Agency Finance, COMMERZBANK
  • James Nixey - Head of Russia & Eurasia , CHATHAM HOUSE
  • Johannes Pflügl - Director Export Guarantees, OeKB

15:00 15:40 (40 mins)

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How has the London Market Reacted to the Commodity Crunch & What Lessons Have been Learned?

  • How are London markets coping with less demands for cover from Banks & Traders?
  • Will the main stakeholders in commodities come back to the market or will they adopt different approaches?
  • Which commodity classes have performed well and which haven’t?
  • Is the CPRI market moving away from trade related insurance and focusing solely on financial risks?
  • How are insurers diversifying and making their product more attractive?
  • Are re-insurers willing to follow suit?
  • James Esdaile - Managing Director, BPL
  • Nick Hedley - SVP, Trade Credit & Political Risk Division, Allied World Insurance Company
  • Nick James - Credit Portfolio Management, BANK OF TOKYO MITSUBISHI UFJ
  • Peter Jenkins - Co-Head Political & Credit Risks, Brit Insurance
  • Rachael Anstock - UK Head, Credit & Political Risks, Zurich

15:40 16:00 (20 mins)

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Afternoon Refreshments

16:00 16:40 (40 mins)

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Fintech & Insuretech: Where Can Technology Add Most Value & What Challenges Will It Bring?

  • How is technology transforming the banking sector & how will this affect the insurance market?
  • What are the main challenges faced by banks in the era of digit?
  • What will the banking sector look like in 2025?
  • Why is Insuretech lagging behind?
  • Are ECA & Private Insures coming to terms with digitalization?
  • How will products change as more solutions are offered on web?
  • Will technology be a barrier to entry for insurers?
  • As millennials become the new clients are the banking and Insurance industry equipped to respond to their demands?


  • Philipp Rossberg - Chief Operating Officer, EULER HERMES
  • Dr. Rebecca Harding - CEO and founder, Equant Analytics
  • Neil Ross - Product Head Trade Credit, AIG
  • Joanne Palmer - Strategic Advisor & Manager, Insurance Product, Export Development Canada

16:40 17:10 (30 mins)

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What Are the Impacts of the 2015 Insurance Act?

  • Andrew Grant - Partner, Global Head of Political Risk and Trade Credit, CLYDE & CO

17:10 17:40 (30 mins)

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Brexit & Beyond: Identifying Key Risks

  • How far will the UK go to ensure continued access to the EU single market?
  • Can the UK navigate new bilateral relationships?
  • How far will the other 27 member states go to make sure leaving does not snowball?
  • Which are key member states to keep an eye on and why?
  • What are the key factors that will decide the future of the European Union?
  • Sir Stewart Eldon, KCMG, OBE - Partner, The Ambassador Partnership
  • Peter Collecott CMG - Former ambassador to Germany, The Ambassador Partnership LLP
  • Boyd McCleary CMG CVO - Former UK Director of Trade and Investment in Turkey and Germany, The Ambassador Partnership LLP
  • John Buck - Former UK ambassador to Portugal, The Ambassador Partnership LLP

17:40 18:10 (30 mins)

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Drinks Reception & End of Conference Day One