Improving underwriting performance through automation & AI - The Insurance Network

Improving underwriting performance through automation & AI

8:00 - 10am | 7th November 2017 | The Gherkin
Improving underwriting performance through automation & AI
Overcoming the operational and technology challenges

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Automation, AI and machine learning is now the top priority for insurers and brokers as they strive to implement the tech that promises to transform operations, improve efficiency and profitability.

Underwriting has been identified as a key area where AI could be used, however, with the methodology and technology still in its infancy the key questions are how do you get there? and what should I be doing now?

This breakfast briefing will explore two key challenges:

  1. How do you create an operating model that can support and enable your journey to automation in underwriting?
  2. How do you ensure technology investments overcome business challenges of today and deliver ROI?

Attend this breakfast briefing to:

  • Discover what automated underwriting will look like and how it will impact the business model
  • Explore the operational and technology challenges of enabling predictive analytics, AI and machine learning in underwriting
  • Overcome the barriers to allow for real time analytics and pricing
  • Understand how developing a predictive analytics capability could provide a platform for machine learning and AI
  • Ensure you identify the business challenges where cognitive computing can make a difference


Tim Yorke
Former Chief Operating Officer

Barry Hawkins
Head of Dynamic Underwriting and Pricing
AXA Insurance



08:00 Registration and refreshments

08:15 Breakfast of your choice with views over the city
(Full English, smoked salmon & scrambled eggs or continental)

08:40 Introduction by the chair

08:50 Presentation

Effectively applying cognitive computing to underwriting

  • Exploring the art of the possible if you were starting with a blank technology canvas
  • Key challenges of automation in the real world – operations, technology and cultural
  • Developing a culture of innovation – what does this mean and how do you achieve it?
  • Where will the next advances in AI take us and where will we see the biggest business impact?


Tim Yorke
Former Chief Operating Officer

Barry Hawkins
Head of Dynamic Underwriting and Pricing
AXA Insurance

09:05 Roundtable discussions and feedback

10:00 Close


The Gherkin
30 St Mary Axe

How to get there?

By Tube

» Aldgate
» Bank

By Rail

» Fenchurch Street
» Liverpool Street

Car Parking

» Local street parking nearby


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