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The exclusive networking event for trade credit & surety insurers as well as brokers.

About the Event

SCHUMANN welcomes you in London!

Underwriting in trade credit insurance and surety business is undergoing a transformation. The demands for digitalisation from the market are sustainable and urgent for the competitiveness of insurance companies.

Insurtech is not a buzzword, but points to future-oriented solutions that are demanded by corporates, in trade finance and within the insurance industry.

In this event, the future-oriented solutions from SCHUMANN will be presented and discussed by experts from the industry and our clientele. Experiences in the implementation of digitisation projects will be discussed and opportunities for success will be highlighted.

Become part of the SCHUMANN community and CONNECT. We look forward to seeing you!

  • America Square Conference Centre, London, UK
  • 26 June 2024
  • Starting from 4.30 p.m. (GMT)
  • For decision makers and those in charge of credit management, compliance, business development, digitalisation
  • Industries: surety & trade credit insurance and brokers
  • Participation is free of charge

SCHUMANN CONNECT as Meeting Point for Experts in Surety & Trade Credit Insurance as well as Brokers

During SCHUMANN CONNECT we showcased and discussed forward-thinking solutions. Experts from both the industry and SCHUMANN's clients came together to share experiences with digitisation projects and emphasise potential pathways to success.

Get an exclusive sneak peek behind the scenes and discover firsthand insights from our remarkable speakers and participants.


Welcome and Registration

04.30 - 05.00 p.m.

Use the time for a meet and greet with the other participants and an initial exchange.


05.00 - 05.15 p.m.

A brief overview of the current situation, new opportunities and challenges of digitalisation in the insurance industry. The demand for digitalisation from the market is urgent and necessary for insurance companies to compete.

Robert Meters

Robert Meters is Director of Global Business at SCHUMANN. He studied Business Administration and International Management at the University for Economics and Management in Düsseldorf and Essen. He has been in the credit risk management industry since 1993 and has worked for leading information service providers as well as in the telecommunications industry.

He advises and takes care of customers in the automation of credit risk management for the financial services sector with excellent references in leasing, factoring, banking and trade credit insurance.

Director of Global Business, SCHUMANN

Meters Robert

Broker Connect - Game Changer in the Insurance Industry

05.15 - 05.45 p.m.

Broker solutions and the significance for insurers and policyholders

Lara Biermann, SCHUMANN in conversation with

  • Jay Hopkins, Howden
Jay Hopkins

An experienced professional with a proven track record within the insurance industry as well as trade finance and general credit. Jay is tenacious, driven and personable with the ability to develop relationships quickly.

His analytical skills combined with his pragmatic approach has led to have a highly successful career within the insurance industry, as well as with leading trade associations such as ITFA.

Divisional Director, Technology & Partnerships, Howden

Hopkins Jay
Lara Biermann

As Head of Sales Credit & Surety at SCHUMANN Lara Biermann is advising and supporting international credit risk insurer and surety bond provider in digitizing and automating their risk and business process management.

She studied business administration focused on finance, accounting and taxes and supervises international credit and surety insurance companies while implementing CAM Credit & Surety.

Head of Sales Credit & Surety, SCHUMANN

Lara Biermann q

Scaling the Global Surety Business with a Ground-breaking IT Solution

05.45 - 06.15 p.m.

Managing a multinational carrier through software solutions in the surety business

Interview with

  • Bhaskar Gubba, Tokio Marine HCC
Bhaskar Gubba

Bhaskar Gubba has more than 16 years of experience in leading enterprise business and technology transformations.

He is deeply passionate about the credit & surety industry, curating innovative solutions and managing complex multiyear and multi-release business and technology transformation initiatives across policy, underwriting and claims.

Senior Business Analyst, Tokio Marine HCC

Gubba Bhaskar
Miriam Löffler

As a product owner, the studied business administrator is responsible for the development of the standard software CAM Surety. With their work, she and her team, design the software to sustain the processes in your daily business and proactively involve you as a driving force – with focus on our product to enable success!

Product Owner Surety, SCHUMANN

Miriam Löffler 500x500

Start ups and MGAs in Credit and Surety - the Role of Technology

06.15 - 06.45 p.m.

Easier access to reinsurance capacity through software-supported best-practice solutions

Panel with

  • Phil Bonner, Howden Re
  • Marcel Hagen, SCHUMANN
  • Ewa Rose, Bondaval
Phil Bonner

Phil has over 30 years’ experience in Credit, Surety & Political Risk, with unrivalled knowledge and experience of the business and broking the largest mono- and multi-line cedants in this field.

He began his career at UK reinsurer Mercantile & General and was a founding member of the credit, bond and political risk team in 1988. His previous roles include establishing Ace Guaranty Re’s European operation in London, and a two-year spell at Atradius, as a founding member of its Special Products team. He joined Benfield in 2006 – later acquired by Aon – as global leader of the trade credit and financial risk team and will join TigerRisk in June 2022 to head up the new London-based Financial Risks reinsurance broking team and bring his technical and commercial leadership to the company’s expanding client base.

Head of Financial Risks, Howden Re

Bonner Phil
Marcel Hagen

As a Product Owner, the studied business administrator is responsible for the product CAM Credit in the department Credit & Surety at SCHUMANN.

Product Owner Credit, SCHUMANN

Hagen Marcel
Ewa Rose

Ewa has over 30 years of experience in credit, structured credit, political risk and surety classes, across broking and underwriting in the insurance and reinsurance segments. Having started her career as a broker at the Credit Insurance Association in 1990, she subsequently worked at Sedgwick (now Marsh) and Aon.

In 1999 she moved into trade credit underwriting, initially at Amlin, then spearheading the establishment of two trade credit underwriting divisions, first at ACE Global Markets (now Chubb) in 2000 and then at Markel in 2010. In 2020 joined Aon Re as Managing Director of Credit and Financial Risks treaty reinsurance team, bringing experience of direct business to the reinsurance operation.

Ewa joined Bondaval in February 2024 as the Group Chief Underwriting Officer, focusing on the long-term underwriting strategy and helping to bring the application of cutting-edge technology into the trade credit and surety markets.

Group Chief Underwriting Officer, Bondaval

Ewa Rose
Mike Holley

Mike is an innovative, entrepreneurial Chartered Director with a strong track record of creating and growing businesses across Europe, USA and emerging markets.

Mike has 39 years’ experience in trade credit and political risk insurance, as well as in trade finance. He has been at the forefront of innovation in the industry and has been active in the Dutch and German markets as well as the UK and the US. He was a founder and CEO of trade credit insurer Equinox Global Limited.

Mike’s recent activities include being a director at Nexus Trade Credit, a consultant at Charles Taylor Adjusting, a director of a motor insurance MGA; providing advice to the Irish Government on credit insurance, and acting as Deputy Chair of the London Handel Festival (of classical music).

Mike recently became a Chartered Director after studying with the Irish Institute of Directors.

Strategic Advisor, SCHUMANN

Mike Holley

06.45 - 08.00 p.m. Come Together


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