LIFE & ANNUITY CONFERENCE                                            

Virtual Option Registration


Morning Keynote
Overcoming the Resistance to New Ideas
David Schonthal


David Schonthal is an award-winning Professor of Strategy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management where he teaches courses on new venture creation, design thinking, healthcare innovation and creativity.


Along with his colleague Loran Nordgren, David is one of the originators of Friction Theory – a ground-breaking methodology that explains why even the most promising innovations and change initiatives often struggle to gain traction with their intended audiences – and what to do about it.  This work is popularized in David’s Wall Street Journal and National Bestselling book, The Human Element: Overcoming the Resistance That Awaits New Ideas (Wiley).


Outside of Kellogg David has been a practitioner of entrepreneurship, design, and innovation for over 20 years. He has spent a decade working at world-renowned design firm, IDEO, and currently serves as an Operating Partner at 7Wire Ventures, a healthcare technology-focused venture capital firm and a Venture Partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital, a consumer and enterprise-focused fund.  David is a Global Advisor at Design for Ventures (D4V), a Tokyo-based early-stage venture capital fund that invests in design-led Japanese startups.


He is a contributing writer to Forbes, Inc., Fortune and Harvard Business Review magazines, authoring articles on corporate entrepreneurship, innovation, change and business design  and is a Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist for Thinkers50, an international organization that identifies, ranks, and shares the leading management ideas of our age.




MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Bacardi International Limited 

Hotel Princess MarinaSponsor: Aon Insurance Managers (Bermuda) Ltd.

Join us for a networking reception at Bacardi International Limited 


Bus Shuttle Times:

Rosewood, Bermuda

5:00 pm Bus will depart from the front of the hotel
7:30 pm Bus will return to Rosewood, Bermuda


Please arrive early for departure times as the bus will leave on schedule.




Tuesday, September 20, 2022


Breakfast & Conference Registration

Sponsors: Deloitte 



9:15 -10:30am

Overcoming the Resistance to New Ideas

How do you get people to say yes to a new idea or innovation? The deep assumption of most people in the business of creating change is that the way to sell an idea is to focus on heightening its appeal. We instinctively believe that if we add enough value, people will say “yes.” This reflex tends to lead us down a path of adding features to an idea and amplifying its benefits in order to get others on board. These activities and strategies designed to generate demand is a set of tactics we refer to in the book collectively as “Fuel.”

But by focusing on Fuel to enhance attraction, innovators often neglect the other half of the equation – the Frictions that work against the desired behavior we seek in others. Frictions are the psychological forces that oppose and undermine change such as:


  • Inertia: The powerful desire to stick with what we know, despite the limitations
  • Effort: The energy (real and perceived) needed to make change happen
  • Emotion: The unintended negative emotions created by the very change we seek
  • Reactance: The impulse to resist being changed


Panel: David Schonthal




Networking Break


Sponsor: 777 Re




Bermuda and how it fits into the Global Economy

Bermuda continues to grow as a premier marketplace to manage insurance risks.  The session explores how Bermuda-based insurance companies and regulator work together to contribute providing life insurance solutions across various global markets. From both direct and reinsurance perspectives, learn about how Bermuda insurance solutions provide more policyholder/cedent stability and enable better risk management. From a regulatory perspective, learn about how the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) is working to uphold Bermuda’s global position as a leading jurisdiction. Join us for a joint panel session comprised of a diverse group of business leaders that serve significant insurance markets, speaking candidly alongside BMA’s supervisory division.


Panel: Natasha Scotland-Courcy, Senior VP, General Counsel, COO Athene; Darryl Herrick, President Global Atlantic Re; Amy Ponnampalam, CEO Athora Life Re Ltd; Niall O'Hare, Founder and CEO of Triangle Life; Martin Maringi, Deputy Director, Supervision Insurance Bermuda Monetary Authority




BILTIR Statutory Meeting






Sponsor: EY




CRO Panel

Keeping One Eye on the Road Ahead and One Eye on the Rear-view Mirror

The combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, rapid shifts in macro-economic trends, and the continued conflict in Ukraine have fostered a remarkably challenging environment for risk managers. The interplay of various risk parameters has never been more complex. In this panel we will share different Chief Risk Officer perspectives on how innovation and related ESG considerations are shaping insurance risk frameworks as well as driving shifts in the regulatory landscape.


Panel: Peter Giacone, Senior Managing Director Kroll Bond Rating Agendy; Andrew Sooboodoo, Chief Risk Officer Fortitude Re; Michelle Moloney, Chief Risk Officer Pacific Life Re; Paolo Fiandesio, Chief Risk Officer Resolution Re




Application of ESG to Life Insurance

Beth Cava and Robb Barnum will lead a session on ESG and its implications on the insurance industry.


The purpose of this education session is to present views of:

  • Why is ESG important in the insurance industry and how it is measured?
  • What metrics are being used by life insurance companies to evaluate performance
  • What are the global regulatory trends in ESG reporting?
  • What is considered a real ESG activity? What is not?


Panel: Beth Cava, Assurance Partner, Deloitte; Robb Barnum, ESG Risk Manager, New England Asset Management




Networking Break


Sponsor: Kroll Bond Rating Agency 




Life InsurTech & Innovation

With the development of new and emerging technology, leading insurers are on the hunt to find ways to take advantage of new tech capabilities that will help them improve their business models. In this session, learn about the current state of the InsurTech ecosystem, its evolution in the Life space, and how it brings value to our industry. In addition, learn about how the BMA has been forward thinking and been developing new regulations to promote innovation and investment through new licensing options for InsurTech start-ups. As a live case study, listen to an upcoming Life InsurTech company’s journey towards the new IILT license in Bermuda.


Panel: Mitchell Klink, Associate Partner, EY; Melanie Fullerton, Senior Counsel, Walkers; Zachary Townsend, Founder, Standard Insurance




Networking Reception:  The Croquet Lawn

Join us for a networking reception taking in breathtaking views from the Croquet Lawn at Rosewood.  The reception will be a great opportunity to meet with your peers and expand contacts throughout Bermuda’s long-term insurance and reinsurance sector.


Sponsor: Athene



Wi-Fi and AV Sponsor: PwC




Welcome to 2022 Bermuda International Life and Annuity Conference sponsored by Bermuda International Long Term Insurers and Reinsurers.


This is the only industry event uniquely focused on the long-term insurance industry in Bermuda. Apart from the many excellent networking opportunities, the event features leading industry experts and stimulating panel discussions. The conference will provide you with insight on the latest trends and issues facing the industry and your company.


About Us

Bermuda International Long Term Insurers and Reinsurers (BILTIR) was created to serve as a formal association representing the long-term insurers and reinsurers in Bermuda.


The primary focus of BILTIR is to act as an advocate for Bermuda’s life and annuity industry for public policy that supports the industry marketplace, including regulatory requirements, other Bermuda Monetary Authority or Bermuda government issues, and tax matters with various jurisdictions. BILTIR strives to provide a consistent and coherent voice for concerns of the long-term (re)insurance sector in Bermuda.


Rosewood, Bermuda


Guest Room Rates $575
(Please contact hotel by August 15, 2022 to receive conference rate)

Room Reservations


Tel:  888 767 3966

Maps & Directions

60 Tucker's Point Drive,
Bermuda HS 02