Insurance Innovation in the Age of Data

This course (in 3rd edition) focuses on the central role of Data in insurance innovation.
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Programme overview

As a joint initiative by Digital Insurance Agenda and the Institute of Insurance Economics (I.VW-HSG) at the University of St.Gallen to accelerate innovation this course (in 3rd edition) focuses on the central role of Data in insurance innovation and will help insurance executives gain a new perspective on the impact of data on the future of insurance. The course consists of 9 modules, combining the latest in academic foundational thinking with practical examples from insurtech leaders and insurance executives and thought leaders.

Online – Interactive – 9 weeks – 2h/week – Kick-off September 27, 2023

By combining specific expertise from DIA and the University of St.Gallen’s Institute of Insurance Economics (I.VW-HSG), this online executive education course offers a unique combination of academic rigor, research and insights with the latest advanced insurtech practices from across the globe; strategic and actionable – and in engaging formats.

A business course that speaks at the right executive level. That only speaks about data in terms of how they add value; how you can grow your business. Where you can Learn from the Leaders.

Programme details

Programme type







9 Weeks




CHF 2'500

Target group

Bereichsleitung/GL, Senior Management, Fachspezialisten

Next date

Next edition in autumn 2024

Grow your business. Learn from the leaders

The course focuses on the central role of Data in insurance innovation and will help insurance executives gain a new perspective on the impact of data on the future of insurance. The course consists of 9 modules, combining the latest in academic foundational thinking with practical examples from insurtech leaders and insurance executives and thought leaders.

“Next Level of Innovation in the Age of Data” will provide participants with a new type of online experience, focused on brief speaker presentations with lots of interaction. The course includes a range of real use cases from compelling speakers and companies, providing participants with the opportunity to engage directly with the presenters.

The course kicks off on September 27th, 2023. Classes are online, 2 hours per week, conveniently scheduled either at the beginning or at the end of the workday on Tuesdays. There will be ample time for interactive Q&A and discussion sessions to develop key takeaways that participants can directly apply in their companies.

Our mission

DIA’s mission is to accelerate insurance innovation by connecting insurance executives with insurtechs through DIA’s multiple thought leadership platforms. Applying our expertise to executive education with the academic authority in insurance, the University of St. Gallen’s Institute of Insurance Economics (I.VW-HSG) is a logical next step for your further education.

Want to get detailed information about the different modules, including insurance leaders that will be speakers during the course and the engaging formats? Request the course brochure here or apply for the course right away!

Target Group

This course is for you if

  • You are a senior insurance executive working in one of the retail verticals. If you’re a consultant, insurtech or tech provider representative and work closely with insurance companies, this course may also be of interest for you – just keep in mind it was primarily designed for insurance executives.
  • You are responsible for a part of the business, member of a management team, head of a line of business, leading a business function, responsible for partnerships, or involved in strategy, innovation or transformation – or planning to do that shortly. Data is the business of every insurance executive.
  • You are eager to know more about new opportunities fueled by new data streams and new advanced analytics. Curious about the next level of innovation. Where is the most potential?
  • You want to prepare your team and organisation for the future of insurance, getting ready to take on new challenges. Where to start? How to navigate?
  • You believe in constant learning. You always want to challenge yourself, learn new things and keep developing yourself throughout your career.
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Learn From the Leaders – Course Overview

September 27 – Module 1: Data is THE Game Changer of the Next Decade of Insurance

8.00 – 9.30 a.m. CET, online

  • Understand the four trends that create The Perfect Storm for the next level of insurance innovation.
  • Explore the principles of data driven value creation and how to treat data as an asset.
  • Identify the key challenges for insurance companies to thrive in the future of insurance.

October 4 – 2: Data Analytics for Insurance Executives

5.00 – 6.30 p.m. CET, online

  • Learn all you need to know as a senior executive about advanced uses of data and models.
  • Gain a fundamental understanding of AI: from evolution to application.
  • Assess yourself how data driven you are, based on the data savviness maturity model.

October 11 – Module 3: Transforming the Insurance Value Chain

5.00 – 6.30 p.m. CET, online

  • Optimise the portfolio and performance across the value chain.
  • Learn how to combine artificial intelligence and human intelligence for optimal impact.
  • Get inspired: how insurtech enablers accelerate value chain innovation.

October 18 – Module 4: Customer Excellence in the Age of Data

5.00 – 6.30 p.m. CET, online

  • Meet the new customer: who are your future clients?
  • Reinvent customer engagement: new principles and the role of data.
  • Understand the difference between customer centric innovation vs. data centric innovation.

5.00 – 6.30 p.m. CET, online

  • Recognise convergence to perfect markets and the role of services as differentiator.
  • Understand and apply contextual thinking, service engineering and service innovation.
  • Find out about platform strategies, network effects and stored value.

5.00 – 6.30 p.m. CET, online

  • Learn how to create successful data driven business models from scratch.
  • Understand Open Innovation principles and other new ways of working.
  • Consider challenges in large organisations: how far can you get away from the traditional core business?

5-6.30 pm (CET), online

  • Interpret the reconfiguration of industries and blurring boundaries.
  • Identify the different roles in the ecosystem and determine what it takes to become an orchestrator.
  • Learn how to build effective digital and data partnerships.

  • Identify essential skills for the Age of Data.
  • Create an effective culture for innovation with data.
  • Discuss how to win the war for data talent.

  • Take a future look at long term disruptive scenarios for the insurance industry.
  • Recognise possibilities from new data.
  • Discuss projections for advanced technologies, such as blockchain.

Academic Lead

Alexander Braun K
Prof. Dr. Alexander Braun

Assoziierter Professor für Versicherung und Kapitalmärkte

Professor Alexander Braun is the academic director of the HSG Digital Insurance Transformation course. He is head of the Insurance Innovation Research Team at the Institute of Insurance Economics (I.VW-HSG) and his research focuses on business model innovation and new approaches to capital management. Professor Braun is heavily involved in continuing education and is also the academic director of the Executive Master HSG Insurance and Financial Services.

Thought Leaders From the Previous Edition

  • Adrien Lebegue, Head of Strategy, ZhongAn Tech

  • Andre Nepgen, Head of the Global Vitality Network, Discovery

  • Roger Peverelli, Co-Founder Digital Insurance Agenda

  • Simon Kaesler, Partner, McKinsey & Company

  • Josep Celaya, Deputy Managing Director, Digital Business Strategy, IE Business School

  • Jonathan Larsen, Chief Innovation Officer, Ping An Group

  • Felix Wenzel, Head of Data Engineering and Strategy, ERGO

  • Jeppe Klausen, CEO and Co-Founder,

  • Craig O’ Kane, Chief Operating Officer, Everledger

  • Jeroen Morrenhof, CEO and Co-Founder, FRISS

  • Marcel van Brenk, Partner, EY Consulting

  • Francesca Bria, UN Senior Advisor Digital Cities and Digital Rights

  • Curtis Scott, Vice President Customer Platform, Lyft

  • Hiek van der Scheer, Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Aegon

  • Oliver Gassmann, Professor of Technology Management, University of St. Gallen

  • Christian Hildebrand, Professor of Marketing Analytics, University of St. Gallen


«A very interesting and efficient training with very interesting and inspiring participants and lecturers!»

Bruno Bräm, Head CL Partnership & Reinsurance, Zurich

«Allows you to understand where the sector is going and what the position of your firm in that landscape is.»

Cristina Bellido, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, VidaCaixa


You may submit your registration on the ITC DIA website.

Attending the course with one or more colleagues is even more effective. It allows you to discuss the implications of what you’ve learned in each module specifically for your company – which is why we encourage this to increase the impact. If you want to come with 5 colleagues or more, please send an e-mail to Bertina (, who can inform you about our special group rates.


Would you like more information?

Please do not hesitate to contact me.

Christoph Peter hsg

Dr. Christoph F. Peter Executive Education Director

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