Resilience Week: Resilience lessons from the pandemic

What has the COVID-19 pandemic taught us about how we manage future systemic events, be they pandemics, cyber attacks or climate-action failures?


John Berrigan
Director general, DG FISMA, European Commission


Oliver Bäte
Chairman, Allianz SE, Germany
Stéphanie Yon-Courtin MEP (Renew, FR) 

Moderator: Alexandros Sarrigeorgiou
Chairman, Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies
Chairman & CEO, Eurolife FFH Insurance Group, Greece

Speaker biographies

John Berrigan has been an EC official since the mid-1980s. He has worked mainly on financial sector issues including: contributing to macro-financial analysis; working on the 1999 introduction of the euro; and producing reports on euro-denominated debt issues and post-trading in EU securities markets. In the mid-1990s, he worked for several years with the International Monetary Fund.
Oliver Bäte has been chairman of the board of Allianz SE since 2015. He began his career with management consultant McKinsey, culminating in taking charge of the firm’s European insurance and asset management sector in 2003. After joining Allianz, he became chief financial officer in 2009 and in 2013 became responsible for western and southern European insurance and global property and casualty markets. He joined the board in 2008 as global chief operating officer.
Stéphanie Yon-Courtin MEP (FR, Renew) is vice-president of the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. She is particularly involved in discussions on insurance supervision and on the distribution of financial products. She is also a local representative in Normandy and previously worked as an advisor on international affairs to the former president of the French Competition Authority.
Alexander Sarrigeorgiou is chairman of the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies and chairman and CEO of the Eurolife FFH Insurance Group. He is a member of the executive board for EMEA of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and chairman of the Hellenic Advisory Board of South East European Studies at the University of Oxford, UK (SEESOX). He has held senior executive positions in the insurance and asset management industries in Greece and the US.

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