Bermuda Captive Conference speakers unveiled


The organisers of the Bermuda Captive Conference (BCC) have unveiled their spotlight speakers for the event, which is scheduled to run June 11–13 at the Fairmont Southampton.

Human rights visionary Derreck Kayongo and insurance industry leader Jonathan Reiss will address the three-day conference, which is now in its 14th year. The conference attracts about 800 delegates annually, including captive insurance owners, risk managers, sponsors, and vendors from the US, Canada, Latin America, and the UK.

“We’re delighted to be able to announce this year’s key speakers, who we know will attract and engage audiences,” said Michael Parrish, chairman for Bermuda Captive Conference 2018. “It’s a particular privilege to welcome Derreck Kayongo to Bermuda to talk about his ground-breaking civil rights work. Our theme this year is ‘diversity’ and we’ll be underscoring that through our speakers, our agenda, our attendees, and the hot topics we’ll be discussing.”

Uganda-born Kayongo is chief executive officer of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA, and founder of the Global Soap Project, an initiative that recycles used hotel soap and redistributes it to impoverished populations around the world. He will talk about his journey from refugee to successful entrepreneur and renowned human-rights activist.

Bermudian Jonathan Reiss is group chief financial officer for Hamilton Insurance Group, a position he’s held since Hamilton’s formation in December 2013, and is a member of Hamilton’s founding management team. He also has executive oversight for the company’s human resources function and is the executive sponsor of the company’s diversity & inclusion initiative.

The Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA) is working closely with captive insurance industry groups and conference organisers to support the event.

“This is the fourth year of our strong partnership with the BCC,” noted BDA business development manager and conference marketing chair Jereme Ramsay. “We’re working with our colleagues, including the Bermuda Insurance Management Association (BIMA) and the Bermuda Captive Owners Association (BCOA) to celebrate industry diversity. We’ve certainly embraced diversity in many aspects of our business strategy—with new focus regions such as Canada and Latin America, along with innovative lines of business that are driving this sector.”

Parrish said the conference would feature heightened community outreach this year—with a local non-profit to be selected as a donation beneficiary and educational elements added.

“Engagement with the Bermudian community is important and our aim is for this conference to benefit Bermuda as a whole, beyond just the captive insurance industry,” Parrish said. “We’ll be instituting a charitable programme, and we’ll also leverage the event as an educational platform for the island’s students to learn more about our industry.”

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