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While Blockchain is likely best known in the context of digital currencies, the technology’s ability to enable digital collaboration may have a profound impact on general business processes, including management of risk. At our upcoming flagship event, open to the general public, the Swiss Risk Association will host Gerhard Lohman, CFO of Reinsurance, Swiss Re and Chairman of the B3i insurance exchange, and Lars Henneberg, Head of Risk Management at the logistic and transportation giant A.P. Møller-Maersk, who will speak about their experience building two of the most prominent blockchain risk management applications to date.

B3i provides insurance solutions on a blockchain platform, with the goal of making insurance more relevant, accessible and affordable for the market. The founding shareholders of B3i include many of the world’s largest insurers and reinsurers. Insurwave, built by a joint venture between EY and Guardtime, will be leveraged by A.P. Møller-Maersk to support more than half a million automated ledger transactions and help manage risk for approximately 1,000 commercial vessels in the first year. By connecting participants in a secure, private network with an accurate, immutable audit trail and services to execute processes, the platform establishes a first of its kind digital insurance value chain.

Finally, Paul Embrechts Professor Emeritus of the ETH Zurich, will present the winner of the 2018 Swiss Risk Award.

At the conclusion of the event at 20:00, Swiss Risk Association Board and its sponsors invite the participants to an apéro.


Gerhard Lohmann serves as Chief Financial Officer of Swiss Re’s Reinsurance business unit, and is the Chairman of the B3i Initiative. Gerhard joined Swiss Re from Credit Suisse where he held various senior positions, both in the Asset Management division as well as in the Corporate & Retail and in the Private Bank. Prior to his career at Credit Suisse Gerhard was a Senior Management Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Gerhard holds a PhD in economics from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and he is a Wharton alumni.

Lars Henneberg is Head of Risk Management at Maersk, where he is responsible for insurance, enterprise risk management and business continuity management. He is a lawyer by background with particular focus on oil & gas, shipping and insurance. He worked as a practicing lawyer at the Danish law firm, Plesner, and as an in-house counsel at Maersk Oil. From 2005 to 2010 he headed up Maersk Oil’s corporate legal department and in 2010 he assumed his current position as Head of Risk Management at Maersk as well as Managing Director of Maersk’s captive insurance company, Maersk Insurance A/S. Lars has broad international experience, including a five year posting to the Middle East (Qatar) from 1999 to 2003. He is a board director of two insurance companies.

Karlo Novak will moderate the evening. He is an Associate Partner at EY, responsible for risk management and innovative aspects of it. Since he started his career at EY, Karlo has supported various multinational banks in implementation of strategic projects within finance and risk area. In addition, Karlo is a qualified accountant and an Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen.

Flagship event

SRA flagship events take place at the University Zurich and are free public events. Established Leaders present emerging and evolving risk topics, engage in a panel discussion and answer questions from the audience. All events are followed by a networking cocktail.

  • Flagship Event: Blockchain - an enabler of risk management?
     23. October 2018
     18:30 - 20:00


University of Zürich AULA, 2nd floor, KOL-G-201, Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zürich, Switzerland

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