As anticipated, GIRO 2016 emulated the previous years to be the biggest gathering to date. Over 850 leading actuaries from the global general insurance market gathered for four days of learning, networking and a little sightseeing in the fantastic city of Dublin. The architecturally stunning CCD (Convention Centre Dublin) in the heart of the redeveloped business district played host to this year’s event. The building itself, which is the first carbon neutral constructed convention centre in the world, opened its doors in 2010 and rests peacefully on the waterfront.
There were a number of leading industry speakers over the course of the three days alongside numerous working parties helping to spread a breadth of knowledge on forward thinking in the insurance market. As always, the profession took on the hot topics, notably more on the increasing role of risk management, the challenges of data analytics and the emerging areas such as cyber.
The exhibition hall provided a fantastic opportunity for the team here at HFG to meet with some new faces, of which I am very pleased to say arrived in abundance. A particular mention to the number of up and coming actuaries, and although only a straw poll from some more generic conversations, it was great to see a much more balanced diversity among the “new-blood” of delegates, something the institute continues to work towards. It goes without saying that it is always a delight for us to bump into old acquaintances, and to see the new consultancy firms at their stands. We hope everyone enjoyed trying to calculate the calories in the chocolate game (although sadly most resorted to guessing or following the pack!). For those wondering, there were 56,260 calories in our mound of chocolate bars.
As most people know, and the new delegates hoped, GIRO isn’t all about work. On Wednesday, following a fantastically organised trip to the Guinness Storehouse by the IFoA, HFG hosted our annual GIRO after party drinks event at the highly acclaimed and hugely quirky 37 Dawson Street. With well over 300 people in attendance this was once again an incredible night. We would like to thank everyone who came along and hope you had a chance to catch up with old peers and colleagues.
On Friday afternoon, following Paul Mason’s final keynote speech it was time for most people to return to the airport and head home. It wasn’t the greatest news to find out that not only London has bus strikes but Dublin also. The subsequent lack of taxis inevitably left some individuals cutting it close to missing their flight but we hope you all arrived at the airport in time.
On behalf of HFG we would like to congratulate the IFoA and those on the board for what was yet again a fantastic GIRO Conference. It was a great week and a delight to catch up with a number of clients and contacts, both new and old. If we don’t see you before, we look forward to meeting you all again in Edinburgh in 2017.
Written by Paul Fox.