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23/24 Mar 2020 in Schiltigheim (Strasbourg)

EAA Forum: Managing Risk & Capital in a Volatile World: Business Game for the Insurance Industry

The economic view on a company has become more and more important over the last couple of years. Many job opportunities arose for actuaries with the increasing need for economic valuation of assets and liabilities and value-based management. Executives use the concept of economic capital to enhance the management of their company.

Therefore, the European Actuarial Academy offers the world’s leading Business Simulation Game for the insurance industry that covers various aspects of risk and capital management in a volatile business environment. To give participants a holistic view of their companies, the seminar will focus on both sides of the balance sheet. With Solvency II in place since 1 January 2016, a large and detailed regulatory framework has been laid out. This opens new risks and opportunities to insurance companies, which decision makers need to be aware of.

The course, led by executive coach Prof. Dr. Tobias Thomas, will be based on an interactive management simulation developed by TOPSIM GmbH (formerly TATA Interactive Systems) and Swiss Re. For two days, you will take the challenging role of an executive board, managing an insurance company under the existing Solvency II regime. By participating in this business simulation, you will get the chance to work in international teams, develop your own strategies and directly experience the effects of Solvency II on insurance markets. Through the Business Simulation Game, you will learn how to succeed in Europe’s challenging insurance markets by understanding the impacts of risk and capital management under Solvency II.

Organized by the EAA - European Actuarial Academy GmbH in cooperation with the Institut des Actuaires.


The EAA Forum is suited for all actuaries, actuarial trainees, risk-managers, all professionals who work on economic valuation or work within further Solvency II tasks.

Participants should have a basic understanding of economic valuation, economic capital, and the Solvency II framework.

Before the EAA Forum all participants will receive a manual for pre-reading on the Business Simulation Game. Tablets will be provided for each team onsite. You may want to bring your own laptop in addition for some calculations, but it is not mandatory for following this seminar.

Purpose and Nature

The EAA Forum will start with an introduction to the business simulation. Groups of up to five Board Members will then run their own company with decisions on strategy and operations to be taken on a yearly basis. After each year of simulation a detailed analysis and discussion of the companies’ performance and the effects of Solvency II on risk and capital management will be conducted by the instructors. Finally, after four simulated business years, a look back will decide which company took the most successful strategy!


The language of the seminar will be English.


Tobias Thomas
Tobias Thomas is professor at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University/Germany and the head of the Department of IT-Consulting & Sales.
Prior to that, he held a leadership position at a German bank and was the Managing Director at TATA Interactive Systems, a consulting company belonging to the well-known Indian TATA Group. He was responsible for the acquisition, conception and implementation of various global digital innovation strategies and business training concepts (including TOPSIM management simulations) for multiple industries worldwide. In particular, Tobias was responsible for the conception and implementation of the world’s first Solvency II business simulation in which more than 2,000 actuaries and board members around the world have already participated.
Tobias has facilitated over 350 innovation, management and leadership sessions worldwide and has been working with companies such as Allianz, AXA, BASF, Deutsche Telekom, Groupama, Hewlett Packard, PartnerRe, SAP, Signal Iduna, Vorwerk and SwissRe. He also lectures in MBA programs and programs for International Strategic Management, Accounting, Controlling and Finance at renowned universities in Europe.

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Venue & Accommodation

The seminar will take place at the

Hotel Roi Soleil Prestige Strasbourg
1, avenue de Londres
67300 Schiltigheim, France
Phone: +33 (0)3 67 29 03 00
Hotel website

We have arranged special prices for accommodation. A single room costs 89 € per night, including breakfast and VAT. This price is valid for bookings out of our allotment "EAA2020" until 7 March 2020. Please book your accommodation directly with the hotel via mail: by mentioning the code "EAA2020". Kindly book early, as our allotment includes a limited number of rooms, and note the hotel’s cancellation policy.