RISKAFRICA Better Business Breakfast


DATE: 18 November 2015

VENUE: The Maslow Hotel, 146 Rivonia Road, Sandton, 2146, South Africa

TIME: 08h30 Registration and Breakfast | 09h00 Start to 12h00

COST: R395.00

They say that the future is never urgent, but as technological capacity doubles every 18 months, business stakeholders need to keep up. At the new RISKAFRICA’s Better Business Breakfast a panel of industry insiders will focus on future customers — a generation of consumers who decide on their own products. Is your technology investment prepared to deal with changes? Does your business have a legacy of purposeful software adaptation? Are you making the necessary changes? There are challenges to face, such as how to cope with present systems and applications, step-by-step modernisation, and the need to consider “what if” scenarios to ensure valuable customer experience. Insurers and brokers are invited to consider the convergence of technology and product innovation.


 Mark Rhoden | Event Facilitator

Senior VP, Global BPE Solutions & Solution Marketing

Mark joined the Extended Group Executive Board in November 2013. He is responsible for the development, marketing and sales of repeatable business solutions built on Software AG’s portfolio of Business Process Excellence products. He joined Software AG in 2007 following the acquisition of webMethods, where he was responsible for sales in Iberia, Eastern Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. He subsequently served as Vice-President of Sales in the Benelux until 2011 when he was appointed as Senior Vice-President Sales for Business Process Excellence products for the EMEA region. Mark has over 25-years experience in the IT industry. Mark studied Computer Science at Staffordshire University and is currently studying for a MSc in IT and Strategic Innovation.

 Arnold van der Linde | Catch Up

Executive Chair, IntergriSure Group. Boardmember, FIA

Arnold van der Linde the Executive Chairman of the IntegriSure Group of companies acquired the controlling share of IntegriSure Brokers (Pty) Ltd during 2002. Under Arnold’s lead the company had handsome growth over the years and also operate a successful specialist commercial division. Arnold has been in the insurance market since 1979 and holds an AEP from the University of South Africa’s School of Business Leadership (SBL). He furthered his business studies at the IMD in Lausanne Switzerland, successfully completing studies in Executive Management.

Arnold is respected and well known in the insurance industry and media. He is an active member of the Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) of which he was the first President after its formation. He is a member of the board of the FIA and serves on various advisory committees and boards in the industry. Arnold just did a second term as president of the FIA and is the chair of the insurance industry data switching company STRIDE.

 Bryan Nelson | The future of Google and what it means for you

Industry Head, Google South Africa

Bryan is an Industry Head at Google South Africa leading the Insurance, Loans, Retail, Travel and Local verticals. Bryan joined Google in 2011 as the business development lead for South Africa. He was responsible for driving projects with partners to grow the Internet ecosystem and expand Google’s product offering in South Africa. Prior to joining Google, Bryan was the managing director of a startup focused on low cost laptops, the general manager of products and services for Smile Communications, a senior manager in Technology Strategy for MTN Group; and a managing consultant in technology and high tech for Accenture. Bryan holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering with distinction from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Luigi Van Geest | Risk Scenarios

Executive VP International, Roundcube

Luigi has over 20 years of experience in the ICT industry during which he held various management positions in Sales & Marketing. As the Executive VP International, he is responsible for the expansion of Roundcube’s Insurance Solutions Suite. This allows him to globally monitor the trends in the insurance market. Luigi is CAMS certified and a well-known key-note speaker in the areas of financial crime and customer experience management. He has appeared on national television as an expert of the insurance industry.

Filippo De Montis | Updating Technology

Director of Global Solutions for Banking and Insurance, Software AG

Filippo has over 10 years of experience in the IT industry, during which he held various customer facing positions, from consulting to sales to marketing, and developed a commitment to customer success. As a Global Director he works closely with clients and partners to drive the development and GTM strategy of customized vertical solutions whose goal is growth, costs reduction and risks minimization. Filippo holds a MBA from INSEAD.