international Centre for Asset Management, Insurance and Risk Management

Ingo Kraus

Ingo is Head of ALM / Quantitative Methods and Models at ERGO Insurance Group, Germany. In particular, he and his team are giving quantitative support for ALM / strategic asset allocation and are in charge of many aspects of asset modeling with respect to valuation and risk management. Ingo is a member of the German Actuarial Association (DAV) and CFA chartholder. He holds a PhD in mathematics from Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg. Ingo’s areas of expertise include Value-Based Management, Risk Management and particularly Asset Liability Management. He worked for many years in actuarial teams (product development, valuation, actuarial steering) and later in strategic asset allocation and risk management functions.

Walter Farkas

Bernhard Kaufmann

Dr. Bernhard Kaufmann is the Group Chief Risk Officer at Munich RE since 2014. He completed his Diploma in Physics (1995) and obtained his PhD in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics (2000) at the Technical University of Munich. Bernhard has been working at Munich RE since 2000 and he has been Chief Risk Officer and Head of Integrated Risk Management at ERGO, Munich RE’s Primary Insurance business field, from 2008 to 2014.

Bartek Maciaga has 14 years consulting and audit experience in insurance, thereof recent eight years in the strategy consulting and six years in core actuarial advisory and audit. He works for KPMG Köln since March 2018 in Financial Services, Risk Management as Partner and advises mainly life insurance clients. His expertise is in actuarial modeling, product development and pricing, finance and audit.

Bartek Maciaga studied economy and is actuary (DAV) and Financial Risk Manager. He is further a member of the DAV working group Capital Management.


Walter Farkas is a Professor of Quantitative Finance at the Department of banking and Finance at the University of Zurich and an associate faculty member of the Department of Mathematics of ETH Zurich. Since 2013 he is also a faculty member of the Swiss Finance institute (SFI) - a network of all Finance and Finance related professors from Universities from Switzeland. Prof. Farkas is also the program director of the Master Science in Quantitative Finance, a degree jointly offered by RTH Zurich and the University of Zurich since 2003. In 2014 Prof Farkas launched AAAccell, www.aaaccell.ch an official spin-off company of the University of Zurich, with the aim of identifying, converting and transfering top research results from ETH and University of Zurich into the Financial market

Bartek Maciaga

Daniel Zeiner

Daniel Zeiner works in Financial Services consulting and auditing for KPMG Germany since 1st November 2009 in Financial Services. His main focus is the audit of risk management in the annual audit of financial institutions. In addition, he supervises consulting projects, e.g. with regard to interest rate risks. His clients are in particular banks in Munich, but also Berlin, Kiel and Stuttgart.

Daniel Zeiner studied Mathematics at OTH Regensburg and finished his studies with a diploma in Mathematics. He further has a bank apprenticeship, is actuary (DAV) and Financial Risk Manager.

Verena School

Verena School completed her studies in business as an academic major in Düsseldorf in 2006. Afterwards she worked as a sales representative in the insurance industry and as a counsellor for unemployed people, before she started working at ERGO in 2011. There she worked in different units of the company and is currently, as a team-leader, responsible for the education of employees in Germany.

Paul Spiteri

Paul Spiteri is the Managing Director Applications & Architecture Global at ITERGO Informationstechnologie GmbH since 2017 and he has extensive experience in leading and transforming large Technology teams. He completed his bachelor studies in Applied Science (Computing) at the University of Technology, Sydney, in 1988 and his master studies in Business Administration at Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) in 1997. Paul has worked as General Manager Applications Development at Woolworths from 2014 to 2016. Previously he has been working at Westpac Banking Corporation (2000-2014), Wattyl (1999-2000), and WD & HO Wills (1997-1999).

Pavel Shevehenko

Pavel Shevchenko has been a Professor in the Department of Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies at Macquarie University since August 2016. In Macquarie University, Prof Shevchenko is also a Director of Risk Analytics Lab (since 2016)  www.mq.edu.au/research/risk-lab and Co-Director of the Centre for Financial Risk (since 2017) www.mq.edu.au/research/centre-for-financial-risk. Prior to joining Macquarie University, he worked at CSIRO Australia (1999-2016) holding the position of a Senior Principal Research Scientist (2012-2016). Since 1999, Prof Shevchenko has worked in the area of financial risk, leading research and industry commercial projects on: modelling of operational and credit riskslongevity and mortalityretirement productsoption pricinginsurance; modelling commodities and foreign exchange; and the development of relevant numerical methods and software. He received a MSc from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1994 and a PhD from the University of New South Wales in 1999. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales and University of Technology Sydney. He is also associate editor of international journals (RISKS and Journal of Operational Risk) and member of the Retirement Incomes Working Group in the Institute of Actuaries of Australia. Prof Shevchenko has published extensively in academic journals, consulted for major financial institutions, and is a frequent presenter at industry and academic conferences.His publication records include one research monographtwo co-authored research monographsover 60 journal papers, and over 80 technical reports;  http://www.businessandeconomics.mq.edu.au/contact_the_faculty/all_fbe_staff/pavel_shevchenko.

Tim Korver

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Tim has delivered workshops on scientific themes such as ‘Research Presentations & Posters’, ‘Writing Research Articles’, ‘Communicating in Difficult Situations’, ‘Job applications’ as well as ‘Learning how to learn’. These workshops are regularly held at institutes like the TUM Graduate School, LMU Graduate Center, Elitenetzwerk Bayern, Max-Weber Program as well as the Deutsche Institut für Wirtschaft in Berlin.

In Munich he runs a language school where his team and himself develop English communication skills for working professionals in business.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Cape Town, and a Masters in Linguistics from St. Mary’s University College, London.