David has been working for Swiss Re in Munich since 2011 – initially as L&H Marketing Actuary for Central & Eastern Europe and since 2014 as regional Senior Product Expert for Mortality and Pricing Actuary for the German market. Prior to that, David was responsible for francophone markets and global employee benefits programs in the L&H department at Allianz Re for 6 years. Since 2008, David is member of the German Actuarial Association (DAV).
Frank is Managing Director and Partner with New Insurance Business GmbH (St. Gallen, Switzerland), a consulting company that offers strategic and tactical business and management consulting for insurance companies and their cooperation partners. The focus of his work is set on (disruptive) innovations, new business strategy, products & related investments as well as cooperation management. Frank is a regular speaker and moderator at events, seminars and workshops throughout the financial service industry. Before he started his career as consultant, he worked within European life insurance industry for about eleven years. Frank is member of the German Actuarial Association (DAV), the Swiss Actuarial Association (SAV) and the German Association of Insurance and Financial Mathematics (DGVFM) as well as member of Actuarial Sciences for Africa (ASA).
Melissa started her career as a pricing and product development actuary for group life and disability benefits in a major South African life insurer. She joined Swiss Re in 2009 as a Senior Client Manager for the South African market, and in 2013, she joined Swiss Re's newly created team in Zurich for L&H Product Strategy & Innovation in Europe, Middle East and Africa. The team applies cross-functional and collaborative approaches to develop alternative solutions that have the potential to close consumer protection gaps and deliver growth in the L&H insurance markets across the region. She holds a Bachelor of Business Science (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town, and is a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa, and a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries UK.
Dr Axel Wachsmann
Axel has been working at Société Générale since 2005. He is managing director and currently head of cross asset sales for Germany and Austria. In this position he is together with his team in charge of both distribution and institutional investment solutions. His personal focus is life insurance products ranging from guaranteed funds to full hedging solutions of variable annuities. Axel started his carrier in 1994 as Risk Controller for Deutsche Bank. He studied mathematical economics in Bielefeld and in Lyon. His Ph.D. thesis dealt with equilibrium models including convertible bonds.