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What the Future May Hold: Changing Landscape and Insurance Models Speakers
Deb Zawisza, Senior Principal, Aite-Novarica Group
Deb Zawisza is a senior principal at Aite-Novarica Group. She has expertise in insurance technology leadership and transformation with over 25 years of experience. Prior to joining the firm, she spent eight years as SVP/CIO for Claims/Loss Control at Travelers Insurance, leading core system modernization, expansion of data and analytic capabilities, Agile transformation and digital initiatives related to property/casualty claims across all lines of business. Zawisza has also served as CIO/CTO at The Phoenix Companies (now Nassau Re), where she was responsible for all IT functions for life and annuity and investment management. In addition, she has held roles as a senior principal Consultant at PwC with a focus on insurance technology strategy and various IT leadership roles at Aetna for commercial P/C, Life and Annuity and pensions. She attended Rensselaer Polytechnic’s MBA program and holds a BBA from Adelphi University.
Insurtech Company Panel Speakers
Kayvan Farzaneh, head of marketing, CAPE Analytics, Inc.
Kayvan Farzaneh is head of marketing at CAPE Analytics, a property intelligence company leveraging machine learning and geospatial imagery to produce loss-predictive property information for personal and commercial lines carriers. Prior to joining CAPE, Farzaneh ran a communications consultancy and worked with Silicon Valley startups and leading venture capital firms, including XL Innovate, an insurtech-focused venture fund.
David Gritz, Co-founder and Managing Director, InsurTech NY
David Gritz is an insurtech community leader, public speaker, and insurtech advisor for InsurTech NY. He has been featured in recognized insurance media including Carrier Management, Digital Insurance, IIR, AM Best TV, and the Re/Image Podcast. Gritz is the co-founder of InsurTech NY, the largest insurtech community in the NY metro area. He also serves as a strategic advisor to high-growth insurtechs to help them go from concept to scale. Previously Gritz has served as the director of innovation for the Silicon Valley Insurance Accelerator (SVIA) and has led product at Zero, a behavioral safety focused insurtech acquired by EverestRe. He holds a J.D. from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and business and industrial engineering degrees from Lehigh University.
Alexander Zhykh, Chief Executive Officer, Draivn
Active sales trainer. Entrepreneurship enthusiast. Pretty much know how to start from scratch, scale and exit companies. And how to learn quickly from the mistakes on the bumpy ride. Co-founded the first project, freight forwarding company, at the age of 25. In four years hit the 10 million ARR without any external investments being profitable from the year 1. Now fully committed to building Draivn—new age of fleet insurance enabler.