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08:30 Registration with coffee  


Welcome Address

Richard Foulger

Head of Claims

AEGIS London

Shazia Rafique— Conference moderator

Vice President — Onshore Energy Middle East North Africa

Liberty Specialty Markets

Entering the Great Unknown

A macro economic review including: Oil market developments and the outlook for OPEC; China – President Xi puts an end to stimulus; The rise of the Populists across Europe and the USA; Implications for insurers

Paul Hodges


International EChem

Underwriter panel - what keeps you awake at night?

This panel discussion will consider the main challenges that underwriters currently need to face in underwriting Energy business and which are brought into focus in the current market conditions.

Adam Wakeley 

Managing Director


Tejal Bartlett

Global Head of Energy AMEA

Qatar Reinsurance Company

Hala Long

Head of Energy Europe Middle East and Africa

XL Catlin

Pavel Chernoverhsky

Senior Underwriter Energy & Engineered Risk | Property and Special Risks

AIG Property Casualty




Renewable opportunities in the region and technology development in solar and energy storage.


David Leich

Chief Technical Officer — MESCAT


Technological advancement: Big Data, Cyber and the Internet of Things and their potential impact on Energy Business Interruption claims

Daniel Thorpe


MDD Dubai

Breakout session 1 – option a / b






Breakout session 2 – option a / b



Breakout session 3 – option a / b






Terrorism and sabotage — damage to energy assets

An informative session discussing the potential affects of an attack on an Energy asset and the steps that can be taken to reduce the impacts. Case studies will be used as well as pictorial and graphical images to illustrate the points made by the speaker.

Najib Abboud

Senior Principal & Weidlinger Applied Science Practice Leader

Thornton Tomasetti

New Energy Corridors and Opportunities

Major Energy developments have been focussing on so called “Energy Corridors”. These developments create significant change in many political, economic and commercial aspects but also provide opportunities for the insurance sector. This session will explore this interesting subject and provide context for the insurance opportunities.

Kamal Tabaja

Group Chief Operating Officer

Trust Re

Emerging Risks for the insurance sector

In a rapidly developing and advancing global picture it is essential that those operating in the insurance arena keep current with the emerging risks and innovations. This session will consider some relevant areas and analyse their impact for insurance.

Mark Cooper

General Representative Middle East

Lloyds Ltd

Closing Remarks



Shazia Rafique

Vice President — Onshore Energy Middle East North Africa

Liberty Specialty Markets
17:30 – 19:30

Networking Reception – DIFC Garden Terrace




Technical Breakout Sessions

  Delegates will attend three of six breakout sessions.  

Breakout session 1 —  option a

An analysis of the regional Onshore Energy losses

This session will set out the loss experience in the regional Energy sector over the recent past and describe any trends and common themes. Current loss data will be used and the delegate will learn about the assets involved, the locations and ultimate claim costs. Some more detailed case studies will be used. The delegate will get a real sense of where the promise to pay needs updating to remain true.


Hugh Kennaway


Matthews Daniel

Breakout session 1 —  option b

Claims in the Middle East: meeting challenges with a pragmatic approach

The various jurisdictions within the region present varying challenges to the handling of Energy claims and this session will discuss and present approaches that can be implemented to ensure claims are handled pragmatically. In a world of client service, the insurance industry needs to understand the issues presented and how they can be resolved


Alfred Thornton


Grant Pilkington

Senior Associate

Clyde & Co

Breakout session 2 —  option a

Analysis of cause — a key essential to underwriting

This related session to the loss review, will analyse the current causes of Energy claims within the region and whether any trends are in existence. It is important to understand what is causing claims to occur as that informs the underwriting process and so that wordings and policy coverage work for all concerned. The analysis will focus on the Energy sector within the region.


Christopher Eades

Managing Director — MENA


Charles Honner

Senior Engineering Adjuster.


Breakout Session 2 —  option b

Onshore Energy Policies – Consideration of key clauses in Energy

This presentation will explore some of the key clauses in Onshore energy policies from both a construction and operational perspective, including: An analysis of some of the key clauses; How they are likely to be implemented?; The pitfalls and issues to be aware of


Sam Wakerley


Holman Fenwick Willan’s — Dubai

Nigel Wick


Holman Fenwick Willan’s — Dubai

Breakout Session 3 —  option a

Business Interruption essentials and the impact of increased interdependencies

A recap of the main components of the Business Interruption policy, and the key issues that arise during an Energy review. We will explore how growing interdependencies of upstream / downstream units add complexity to understanding the risk profile, and the mitigation options available in a loss scenario.


Clive Burrows

Senior Manager

RGL Forensics

Breakout Session 3 —  option b

Risk Engineering – Using technical expertise to improve the Underwriting Process

This presentation will discuss how risk engineering expertise should be used to be of greatest benefit in the underwriting process. It will discuss risk information quality, risk assessment tools, asset valuation and loss estimates. In particular, those critical aspects that have a major impact on underwriting.


Ron Jarvis

Risk Engineering | Director | Products & Global Markets

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Services Ltd


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