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i2S International Conference, The Next Level

i2S International Conference, The Next Level

The 1st edition of the i2S International Conference, The Next Level, took place on the 13 and 14 October in Casa da Música. These were two days of true immersion in the current and future insurance panorama, with insurtech as the dominant topic.


The official opening presentation in the first day – open to the general public and having an imminently international dimension– was made by Jorge Brás, i2S’ co-CEO, who welcomed around 80 participants from 7 different nationalities. Then, Bruno Dinis (Partner, McKinsey & Company) initiated the sessions, focusing on the challenges posed by Digitalisation to the insurance business. Waleed Sarwar (Founder & CEO, Covi Analytics) came next, with a presentation addressing the evolution of Solvency II and how analytics can contribute to this evolution. After lunch, following an exclusive tour to Casa da Música, all participants had the opportunity to attend a presentation by Gastão Taveira, i2S’ co-CEO, in which the omnichannel approach was the main topic, with several interesting examples of what is being made around this issue within the insurance industry. Nicolas Michellod (Insurance Senior Analyst, Celent) closed the sessions addressing again the Digitalisation theme and the opportunities it may bring. The day ended with a tour and dinner in Caves Ferreirinha, which gave participants the chance to know the Portuguese culture while being also a great networking opportunity.

On the second day, i2S invited all its clients to participate in the User Group and in the discussion on the priorities and future plans of i2S products. Following the welcome speech by Luís Paupério, member of the i2S’ Executive Board, to about 45 participants, Gastão Taveira had the lead, talking about what i2S has in mind for its clients, considering possible opportunities and ways to address challenges faced every day. Enrique Ruiz (Managing Director, RGA) closed the morning with a presentation on the European insurance challenges. The afternoon was exclusively dedicated to i2S presentations, given by Paulo Padilha, Manuel Ribeiro and Marco Perestrelo. It was a very interactive and relational day, with the closer relationship with clients allowing a spirit and dynamic similar to the ones felt in a focus group, with the creation of new ideas and solutions and the overcoming of barriers. The conference ended with the closing remarks by Luís Paupério.

The overall balance was very positive. The participants’ feedback is a clear evidence of this event’s success, which gives us confidence to repeat this initiative next year. However, it is now time to reflect on how can we improve and correct what is necessary so that the 2nd edition of the i2S International Conference is even bigger, better and has more impact in the national and international insurance industry.