IUMI Asia Forum
Dubai 2023

Marine Insurance in the Middle East – In Focus

It is an extraordinary honor and privilege to have been given the opportunity for the Emirates Insurance Association (EIA) and its members to welcome you to the IUMI Asia Forum 2023. We are excited and delighted to be hosting this respected forum for the first time in the Middle East. Come enjoy our legendary Arab hospitality while participating in the prestigious IUMI Asia Conference on 9-10 May 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


Once a small fishing village in the Arabian Gulf, Dubai is today one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. One of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, the city is home to more than 200 nationalities and offers an unforgettable experience to all visitors. Whether it is by the banks of the Creek, or at the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, Dubai lives and breathes a sense of possibility and innovation. And with an unparalleled coastline, beautiful desert and magnificent cityscapes, memories are just waiting to be made here.

Established in the 18th century, the village grew rapidly in the early 21st century into a vibrant city with a focus on tourism and luxury, having the second most five-star hotels in the world, and the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, which is 828 meters (2,717 ft) tall.

In the eastern Arabian Peninsula on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, it is also a major global transport hub for passengers and cargo. A center for regional and international trade since the early 20th century, historically, Dubai and its twin across Dubai Creek, Deira (independent of Dubai City at that time), were important ports of call for Western manufacturers. Most of the new city’s banking and financial centers were headquartered in the port area. Dubai maintained its importance as a trade route through the 1970s and 1980s. Dubai’s Jebel Ali port, constructed in the 1970s, has the largest man-made harbor in the world and was ranked seventh globally for the volume of container traffic it supports.

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Time Event Speaker
8:00 –
Coffee and light breakfast
Opening Session
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome by Emirates Insurance Association Fareed Lutfi  , Secretary General, EIA
09:15 – 09:20 Welcome by IUMI Frédéric Denèfle, IUMI President & Managing Director, Garex
09:20 – 09:40 Welcome by the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure H.E. Eng. Hessa Ahmed Hamdan AlMalek
Advisor to the Minister for Maritime Transport Affairs, The UAE Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure Advisor to the Minister for Maritime Transport, Affairs, UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI)
09:40 – 10:10 Setting the scene Frédéric Denèfle, IUMI President & Managing Director, Garex
10:10-10:30 Thanking the sponsors Fareed Lutfi, Secretary General, EIA
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
Session 1: Global trade and the role of the Middle East
11:00 –
Global trade, the world fleet and the shipping market: Update & outlook Dave Matcham, CEO, IUA and Secretary, IUMI Facts & Figures Committee
11:20-11:50 Marine insurance markets in the Middle East – Joint Session Opening / Moderation: Cenk Bilgin, Senior Regional Marine Underwriting Manager, GIG Gulf

  • Cargo market in the Middle East: Manik Sethi, Marine Director, Volante, DIFC
  • Hull & Machinery / Marine Liabilities: Capt. Manoj Kumar, Underwriting Manager – Marine, Energy & Aviation, Qatar Insurance Group
  • Yachts: Cenk Bilgin, Senior Regional Marine Underwriting Manager, GIG Gulf
11:50 – 12:10 Impacts of Inflation in Marine Insurance markets – Global & Middle East Sean Dalton, EVP, Head of Marine Underwriting, North America, Head of Global Marine Facultative, Munich Re America & IUMI Executive Committee
12:10 – 12:30 Update on the UAE Maritime Law Capt. Abdulla Alhayyas, Director of Maritime Transport Affairs Department, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
Session 2: Marine insurance in the spotlight
13:30 – 14:10 Panel: Sanctions and what they mean for marine insurers

Moderator:  Jasmin Fichte, Managing Partner, Fichte & Co

14:10 – 14:30 Major losses in recent times Tom Johansmeyer, SVP and Head, PCS, Verisk
14:30 – 15:10 Risk Management for e-vehicles: Perspectives from an OEM and a hull insurer
  • Frank Lagaly, Head of Marine Insurance & Andreas Maier, Risk Engineer, BMW Group
  • Martti Simojoki, Senior Loss Prevention Manager, Alandia

Moderator: Hendrike Kühl, Policy Director, IUMI

15:10 – 15:40 Coffee Break
Session 3: Cargo in the spotlight
15:40 – 16:00 Digitalisation in the supply chain Andrew Yeoman, Chief Executive and Co-Founder, Concirrus
16:00 – 16:20 Supply Chain Resilience Talal Darras, Senior Vice President, Strategic Risk Consulting Leader MENA, Marsh
16:20 – 16:40 Containers lost at sea
  • Khalid Jishi, Chief Executive Officer, Arab Loss Adjusters
  • Narayan Iyer, Risk Management Executive, Arab Loss Adjusters
16:40 – 17:00 Critical regulations for perishables Jorge Díaz Farias, Head of Business Development, Marlin Blue
17:00 – 17:20 Cargo and Project Cargo Insurance in the Middle East Mike Davies, International Business Development and Marine, Syndicate 2880 at Lloyd’s
17:20 – 17:40 Q&A & take aways Mike Davies
18:00 – 22:00 Reception and Dinner
Time Event Speaker
8:00 –
Coffee and light breakfast
Session 4: Sustainability – a buzz word with growing traction Moderator :  May Hleieh
09:00 – 09:30 Carbon emissions and marine hull insurance: An introduction to the PPMI Patrizia Kern, Consultant, CEO Office, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
09:30 – 09:50 Rowing across the Atlantic and Plastic pollution: how your company can help protect the world’s oceans for free Toby Gregory, Arabian Ocean Rowing Team
09:50 – 10:30 Energy transition: What does it mean for us? Update on the energy transition in the Middle East
  • May Hleileh, Head of Energy, Zurich
  • Dr Umar Abbasi, Finance, ADNOC
  • Mark Walshaw, Renewable Energy Leader, ME & Africa, Marsh
10:30 – 10:45 Q&A Moderator: May Hleileh, Head of Energy, Zurich
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break
Session 5: Hull in the spotlight Moderator :  Lars Lange
11:15 – 12:15 The future of shipping: Cyber risks, emerging technologies and new rules Presentations followed by discussion.

Moderator – Lars Lange, Secretary General, IUMI

  • Capt. Zarir Irani, Managing Director, Constellation Marine: Cyber risks
  • Jakob P. Larsen, Head of Maritime Safety & Security, BIMCO: New technologies & regulations
  • Amit Shalev, VP of Business Development & Strategy, ShipIn Systems: AI and the digital transformation
12:15 – 12:30 IUMI at the IMO Lars Lange, Secretary General, IUMI
12:30 – 12:50 P&I in the Middle East: Trends and developments Fireside chat:

Closing of the conference followed by lunch.
12:50 – 13:00 Final session


The IUMI Asia Forum 2023 will take place at the iconic Jumeirah Emirates Towers. A landmark luxury hotel located in Dubai’s most influential square mile.

A preferential rate is available for all participants of the IUMI Asia Forum.

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