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GIRO Conference 2018

23-26 October 2018

About this event

Welcome to GIRO 2018

GIRO is attended annually by over 800 delegates and speakers who are keen to discuss key topics such as Pricing, Reserving, Modelling and the future of the insurance industry. GIRO 2017 was a huge success and we have opened bookings early for what we hope will be another brilliant conference at the ICC in Birmingham this year. 

Sponsorship and Exhibiting opportunities

Association with an IFoA event is an unmistakable marketing opportunity for both sector-specific companies and high-end brands. If you are interested in being a sponsor or an exhibitor, please contact Nicola Theobald

We are pleased to announce that Bronwen Maddox, Director of the Institute for Government, Martin Elliot, Professor of Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCL, Emeritus Professor of Physic and Fellow at Gresham College and Claudia Olsson, CEO and Founder of Exponential AB will be delivering plenaries at this year's GIRO Conference.


Bronwen Maddox

Brownen MaddoxBronwen Maddox is the Director of the Institute for Government, a leading independent think tank, which works to promote better government by focusing on how it is led, how decisions are made and how it is scrutinised.

From 2010–16 Bronwen was Editor and Chief Executive of Prospect, a leading monthly current affairs magazine. Prior to that she was Chief Foreign Commentator, Foreign Editor and US Editor of The Times, supervising its award-winning coverage of September 11 2001. She was previously at the Financial Times, where she ran award-winning investigations and wrote economics editorials.

Before becoming a journalist, she was an investment analyst in the City and a Director of Kleinwort Benson Securities, where she ran its highly-rated team analysing world media stocks. She has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from St John’s College, Oxford. She is a member of the Governing Council of the Ditchley Foundation which fosters transatlantic relations, and a non-executive board member of the Law Commission, the public body which recommends reform of laws in England and Wales. 

Bronwen will be a Visiting Professor in The Policy Institute at King’s College London from March 2018 to March 2020.


Martin Elliot MD FRCS

Martin ElliotMartin Elliott is Professor of Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCL, Emeritus Professor of Physic and Fellow at Gresham College, and until 2015 was Medical Director at The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust (GOSH) where he has worked as a cardiothoracic surgeon since 1984. He has recently been appointed as Chief Medical Officer for Allocate Software Ltd and as a Non-Executive Director at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK.

Committed to quality and innovation, he helped set up many teams, notably thoracic transplantation and ECMO at GOSH, and formed the Tracheal Service at GOSH, which has pioneered several techniques, including most recently, the world’s first stem cell supported tracheal transplantation in a child. He has led research into the pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary bypass, outcomes research and clinical databases and tracheal transplantation.

He has held several international visiting professorships, is widely published (, and has delivered >400 invited lectures (many named), worldwide.  The Times listed him as one of the 50 best surgeons in the UK, and one of the top paediatricians.  The HSJ included him in a list of top innovators in the NHS. He was the 2015 Hunterian Orator at the Royal College of Surgeons. He has operated and taught throughout the world. A key theme has been the use of data to drive change, and he established the European Congenital Heart Defects Database (now the EACTS database) in the early 1990s. He has worked with several other industries, including software, F1, airlines and hotels, and advised international health systems.


Claudia Olsson

Claudia OlssonClaudia Olsson is the CEO and Founder of Exponential AB, a global education company specialized in providing strategic advice, analysis and professional development related to the digital transformation. Her work focuses on the impact of new technologies on citizens, society, and global markets.

Claudia has also co-founded Decoding X - the leading executive program related to digital transformation at Stockholm School of Economics as well as Swedish for Professionals - the innovative language training company in Sweden. Claudia has served as an Associate Faculty at Singularity University as well as a Senior Advisor to the Office of Strategic Analysis at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Sweden.

Claudia previously set up and managed the policy think-tank ACCESS Health International in Singapore, following her work for ACCESS in India and her assignment with the United Nations, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In addition to repeatedly being ranked as one of Sweden’s top young business talents, Claudia Olsson has been awarded multiple honours including: The Young Leader of the Year in Sweden by 4Potentials, a Gifted Citizen by La Ciudad de las Ideas in Mexico and the European David Rockefeller Fellowship at the Trilateral Commission. Claudia was appointed a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017 and one of the 40 under 40 European Young Leaders (EYL40) in 2018.

Claudia has authored the Sweden 2030 scenario for the Digitalization Commission of the Swedish Government and she has also co-authored "Blockchain-decentralized trust".



We are delighted to announce that we will be joined after the conference dinner by The Horne Section described as "where music and comedy collide creating a show packed with brass based fun. Expect toe- tapping tunes on weighty issues such as


Registration Tue, 23/10/2018 - 18:00 - 20:00 Registration
Social Tue, 23/10/2018 - 18:00 - 20:00 Networking reception
Registration Tue, 23/10/2018 - 08:30 - 09:00 Registration

For those who didn't register the night before or for one day attendees.

Plenary session Wed, 24/10/2018 - 09:00 - 09:10 Chair's Opening Address

Sameer Keshani, Chair, GIRO 2018 Organising committee

Plenary session Wed, 24/10/2018 - 09:10 - 09:25 Presidential update
Plenary session Wed, 24/10/2018 - 09:25 - 10:25 Plenary 1: Bronwen Maddox
Plenary session Wed, 24/10/2018 - 10:25 - 10:50 CEO talk
Transfer time Wed, 24/10/2018 - 10:50 - 11:10 Transfer time with refreshments on the go
Workshop Wed, 24/10/2018 - 11:10 - 12:00 Workshop Session A
Refreshments Wed, 24/10/2018 - 12:00 - 13:25 Lunch
Plenary session Wed, 24/10/2018 - 13:25 - 14:10 Plenary 3: Core Topics

Sessions on Pricing, Capital and Reserving

Transfer time Wed, 24/10/2018 - 14:10 - 14:20 Transfer time
Plenary session Wed, 24/10/2018 - 14:20 - 15:05 Plenary 3: Core Topics

Sessions on Pricing, Capital and Reserving

Transfer time Wed, 24/10/2018 - 15:05 - 15:15 Transfer time
Refreshments Wed, 24/10/2018 - 15:15 - 15:45 Afternoon refreshments
Transfer time Wed, 24/10/2018 - 15:45 - 15:55 Transfer time
Workshop Wed, 24/10/2018 - 15:55 - 16:45 Workshop Session B
Transfer time Wed, 24/10/2018 - 16:45 - 16:55 Transfer time
Workshop Wed, 24/10/2018 - 16:55 - 17:45 Workshop Session C
Other Wed, 24/10/2018 - 17:45 - 19:30 Leisure time
Dinner Wed, 24/10/2018 - 19:30 - 23:30 Dinner
Registration Thu, 25/10/2018 - 08:30 - 09:00 Registration

For those attending for the day only

Plenary session Thu, 25/10/2018 - 09:00 - 10:00 Plenary 4
Plenary session Thu, 25/10/2018 - 10:00 - 10:30 Plenary 5: Diversity
Plenary session Thu, 25/10/2018 - 10:35 - 10:45 Hot Topic Pitches
Refreshments Thu, 25/10/2018 - 10:45 - 11:15 Morning refreshments
Workshop Thu, 25/10/2018 - 11:15 - 12:00 Hot Topics first session
Transfer time Thu, 25/10/2018 - 12:00 - 12:10 Transfer time
Workshop Thu, 25/10/2018 - 12:10 - 12:55 Hot Topics second session
Refreshments Thu, 25/10/2018 - 12:55 - 14:00 Lunch
Plenary session Thu, 25/10/2018 - 14:00 - 15:00 Plenary 6: Managing Uncertainty with Professionalism
Transfer time Thu, 25/10/2018 - 15:00 - 15:10 Transfer time
Other Thu, 25/10/2018 - 15:10 - 16:00 Round table discussions
Refreshments Thu, 25/10/2018 - 16:00 - 16:30 Afternoon refreshments
Workshop Thu, 25/10/2018 - 16:40 - 17:30 Workshop Session D
Other Thu, 25/10/2018 - 17:30 - 19:00 Leisure time
Dinner Thu, 25/10/2018 - 19:00 - 23:55 Conference Dinner
Workshop Fri, 26/10/2018 - 09:30 - 10:20 Workshop Session E
Transfer time Fri, 26/10/2018 - 10:20 - 10:30 Transfer time
Workshop Fri, 26/10/2018 - 10:30 - 11:20 Workshop Session F
Refreshments Fri, 26/10/2018 - 11:20 - 12:00 Refreshments
Plenary session Fri, 26/10/2018 - 12:00 - 13:00 Plenary 7: Martin Elliott
Plenary session Fri, 26/10/2018 - 13:00 - 13:15 Chair's Closing remarks
Other Fri, 26/10/2018 - 13:15 Conference close and lunch on the run

Papers will be uploaded nearer to the time