Insurance for a better world


Event Information

26 and 27 October 202014:00–17:00 CET
(9:00–12:00 EDT) each day

Each year the Health & Ageing Conference brings together insurance leaders in health and life and annuities and pensions, academics and experts to discuss the role of the life insurance industry in addressing issues related to ageing societies and emerging health trends.

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As the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, the theme of the conference could not be more relevant:

‘Living longer, healthier and with greater financial security’

Benjamin Franklin is attributed to saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is more true today than ever. Preventing disease and helping people to achieve better life outcomes is not just a matter of public policy. The insurance industry is rising to this challenge with a renewed focus on better health and financial planning throughout customers’ lifetimes.

Building on the discussions of our 2019 conference, we will delve into public health policy and how the insurance industry can contribute to peoples’ financial health and wellness, for example through investments in disease prevention and more innovative and attractive products. In the conference’s signature ‘View from Above’ session, insurance company CEOs will discuss how they are dealing with these complex challenges—from preparing for future disruptive scenarios to managing today’s diverse and frequently conflicting stakeholder expectations.

Participants are invited to post on social media using the hashtag #HealthAgeingConf and following the Chatham House Rule: 'participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.'


Summary agenda (times in EDT)

Monday, 26 October 2020

9.00–9.10 AM   
Welcome remarks

Jad Ariss
Managing Director
The Geneva Association

9.10–9.30 AM   
Introductory address

Yanela Frias
Prudential Retirement

9.30–10.40 AM     
Session 1: Understanding longevity today and the impact of COVID-19 on the elderly population


Ronnie Klein
Special Advisor, Health & Ageing
The Geneva Association


Richard Jackson
Global Aging Institute

David Blake
Professor of Pension Economics ‘Longevity’, Pensions Institute

Andrew Cairns
Professor of Financial Mathematics
Heriot-Watt University

10.40–10.50 AM


Session 2: Connecting our physical, mental and financial well-being

Ronnie Klein, Special Advisor, Health & Ageing, The Geneva Association


Steve Vernon
Consulting Research Scholar
Stanford Center on Longevity

Dustin Yoder

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

9.00–10.10 AM   
Session 3: Healthy ageing: from reactive to proactive care


Adrita Bhattacharya-Craven
Director Health & Ageing
The Geneva Association


Gaudenz Silberschmidt
Director for Health and Multilateral Partnerships, External Relations, WHO

Aly Shalaby
Deputy Chief Medical Officer
AXA OneHealth

10.10–10.20 AM    

10.20–11.30  AM
Session 4: View from above – What the COVID-19 pandemic taught us

Ronnie Klein, Special Advisor, Health & Ageing, The Geneva Association


Charles F. Lowrey
Chairman and CEO
Prudential Financial

Rodney Martin
Chairman and CEO
VOYA Financial

Summary and closing remarks