PROGRAM agenda

 Sunday, July 21
 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Early Arrival Reception 
Welcome to Ireland!  Start your conference experience by joining other early arrivals in the heart of Dublin at Market Bar on historic Fade Street.  For more than 300 years, this area’s coffee houses, restaurants, and pubs have extended hospitality to tradespeople, artists, and visitors alike.  We’ll meet inside the Black Market, a private space located on the mezzanine level, for drinks and appetizers.   Preview the event venue at
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 Monday, July 22,
  8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Golf Outing
Continue to begin your conference networking experience by participating in part of our golf outing event held at The Golf Course at Luttrellstown Castle Golf. This is a championship golf course befitting a country in the top tier of global golfing destinations. Learn more about the course at Separate registration is required.
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 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration Open
 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
 6:30 p.m. Dinner on Your Own

 Tuesday, July 23
 7:00 a.m. - Noon Registration Open
 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
 9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks and Program Preview


Mike Ferguson
Conference Program Chairman
President & CEO
Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc.

Greg Arms 
Conference Program Chairman
Senior Advisor

 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. What’s New and Around the Corner for Global Employee Benefits

The pace of change continues to accelerate for how global employers are managing their various employee benefits programs.  We’ll take this opportunity to highlight some of the most impactful solution innovations including AI capabilities, international provider networks, digital health platforms, chronic disease/behavioral health management, advanced analytics, and more.


Chris Burns 
President & CEO
CRB Consulting Group


Dieter Gistelinck 
Managing Consultant, Global Workforce Strategy
Gallagher International Benefits         

Bill Fitzpatrick 
Senior Vice President
Granite Management

 10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break

 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Preparing for the Next Era of Captive Insurance

It seems like captives have been around forever, but we may be entering an important new area for these important risk management vehicles with at least some of these developments having international implications.  Our expert panel will dive into this subject with expected discussion topics to include: captive solutions for the “gig” economy, cyber captives, cell captives, property captives and the potential demise of “offshore” domiciles.


Mike Matthews 
International Commercial Director
Artex Risk Solutions     

Lorraine Stack 
Risk Management Leader, Europe
Marsh Captive Solutions

  11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Employee Assistance Plans – The International Evolution

Employee assistance plans, commonly known as EAPs, have evolved from the original US models to very distinct applications in the EU and UK/Ireland.  The newest trend is called “Implied Support Theory” where safety managers at companies are taking the lead for a more holistic, inclusive solution to “prove” the effectiveness of EAPs – and being viewed as a critical component of a comprehensive self-funded risk management approach.  This session will cover US EAP partnerships with international EAPs, and also focus on what is fresh and new in the UK/Ireland market.


Dani Kimlinger, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Mines and Associates  

 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Hosted Networking Luncheon

  1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Dublin’s Story as a Leading Captive Domicile…and Related Commentary

We are honored that a leading official from the Central Bank of Ireland will join us to detail how the country became a leading captive domicile and how it has positioned itself for the future.  The session will then provide commentary on developments related to Brexit and Solvency II (captive carve-outs, etc.)  as well as challenging technical issues of captive structures.    


Mike Matthews 
International Commercial Director
Artex Risk Solutions


Theresa Ready 
Supervisor Senior
Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) Representative

Jeff Simpson                        
Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

  2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Break

 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Geopolitical & HR Risks Affecting the Global Insurance Market
We have seen a sharp rise in geopolitical risks that directly impact the cost and ability to access insurance markets and related services.  This session will focus on the types of risks and exposures that matter most today, including regional wars, workplace (in-)flexibility, and various ways to access healthcare for mobile employees and their families.  

Michael Feighan 
Global Head of Technical Underwriting     

Adrian Williams 
Legal Director – Head of Corporate and Regulatory Insurance
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Additional Speakers to be Announced. 

 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break

 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. International Healthcare Macro Trends
Even as populations age and as the world deals with the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, healthcare costs in the US and across wealthier countries are experiencing a surprising “flattening of the curve” (source: The Economist 28 October 2023).  No one is certain this positive trend will continue or if it is even real, yet there are encouraging data-driven developments in health economics, care management, and uses for AI that are beginning to have transformative results.   The unique drivers of dramatic growth in US medical stop-loss and the rise in coverage and access for cell & gene therapies will be debated. This session will review different health risks and ways to improve access and ease cost drivers across international markets that help workers and businesses flourish.
Greg Arms 
Senior Advisor

Sumanth Reddy 
Chairman & CEO
Quantify Health

Kirsten Coppola 
Vice President 
Liberty Mutual Insurance 

Jaqueline Oliveira-Cella 
Harvard Medical School-Global Health Leaders Program

Jonathan Wiesen, MD
Chief Medical Officer

 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception

 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Guinness Storehouse Tour & Reception

Situated in the middle of Dublin, in the legendary St. James’s Gate Brewery, Guinness Storehouse is the “Home of Guinness”!  Upon arrival, attendees will be invited to undertake a self-guided tour of the ground and first floors of the Guinness Storehouse. This section of the tour includes the ingredients of Guinness, the brewing processes, and the interactive Arthur Guinness Gallery. We’ll then be directed to Arthur’s Bar for a reception and to learn how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness. Don’t miss this uniquely Ireland experience!
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 Wednesday, July 24
 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Closing Networking Breakfast
Don’t skip breakfast this morning!  We’ve arranged for an extended “Irish Breakfast” to allow one more opportunity to meet other conference attendees and/or continue discussions from those you have already connected with during the conference.

 10:00 a.m. Conference Concludes


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