Invited Speakers

Invited Speaker profiles

Joan Lamm-Tennant

Joan Lamm-Tennant

Joan Lamm-Tennant, currently heads up Blue Marble Microinsurance, a consortium of eight companies collaborating to innovate solutions aimed at providing underserved, vulnerable and developing countries with insurance or risk protection against the world’s perils.

Prior to taking her role as CEO of Blue Marble, Lamm-Tennant was the Global Chief Economist and Risk Strategist of Guy Carpenter & Co. LLC, the reinsurance and risk advisory operating company of Marsh & McLennan Cos., where she served as an advisor to C-suite executives and board members of Guy Carpenter’s most significant clients. Her expertise includes emerging market strategy, enterprise risk modelling, implementation of risk-based decision processes and high-value strategies resulting in capital efficiencies and profitable growth.

Prior to joining Guy Carpenter in 2007, she was the founding President of General Reinsurance Capital Consultants (GRCC).

Prior to her executive positions in the industry, Lamm-Tennant spent 18 years as a Professor, during which time she lectured and published extensively on investments, portfolio theory and risk management. She remains on the faculty of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and holds the Laurence and Susan Hirsch Chair in International Business. She also held an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Wisconsin.

Lamm-Tennant currently serves on the Board of Hamilton Insurance Group and Element Financial Corp. as well as the International Insurance Society. She was the recipient of the 2013 APIW Insurance Woman of the Year and the 2012 International Insurance Society Kenneth Black Award for service and commitment to the advancement of the global industry.

The audio clip of the session here.

Joan Lamm-Tennant

Sizwe Nxasana

Mr. Sizwe Errol Nxasana holds a BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA (SA) qualification.

He started his career at Unilever. In 1989 he established Sizwe & Co, the first black-owned audit practice in Kwazulu Natal. In 1996 he became the founding partner of Nkonki Sizwe Ntsaluba now called SizweNtsaluba Gobodo which is the fifth largest audit firm in South Africa. In 1998 he joined Telkom SA as Chief Executive Officer and was responsible for its listing on the JSE and New York Stock exchanges. Sizwe was the CEO of FirstRand Banking Group since 2005 until he retired in September 2015. Sizwe serves as Chairman on various Foundations and Trusts. He is the founder and Chairman of the National Education Collaboration Trust. He was appointed Chairman of the NSFAS in August 2015.

Sizwe is now a social entrepreneur who recently founded an Sifiso Learning Group which is establishing private schools in South Africa and is also involved in edtech, academic publishing and real estate.

Sizwe Nxasana has been conferred with honorary doctorates by the Universities of Fort Hare, the Durban University of Technology, the University of Johannesburg and the Walter Sisulu University.

His presentation is available here and the audio clip of the session here.


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