European Retirement Week: Pension pots and how to fill them — providing for old age

Featuring a keynote speech by Helmut Schwarzer of the International Labour Organization (ILO), a presentation of Insurance Europe’s second Pan-European Pension Survey results and a panel discussion based on the survey findings between Elsa Favre-Baron (OECD), Ilka Houben (GDV) and Justin Wray (EIOPA).


Helmut Schwarzer has been the public finance economist of the International Labour Organization (ILO) since April 2021 and is currently the officer in charge of the Public Finance, Actuarial and Statistical Services Unit of the ILO Social Protection Department, based in Geneva. Previous positions were researcher at the IPEA (Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada), undersecretary for social security and for the Bolsa Familia programme, all in Brazil, as well as specialist for social security in the ILO Social Protection Department and at ILO’s Mexico country office.

Margot Jilet Vesentini has worked for over four years as a policy advisor for Insurance Europe’s personal insurance team, working mainly on pension and life insurance-related issues. Prior to joining Insurance Europe, she represented the interests of various financial services industries in Brussels.

Nicolas Jeanmart is head of Insurance Europe’s personal insurance, general insurance and macroeconomics department. Prior to joining Insurance Europe in 2010, he worked for the European Savings Banks Group, where he held various positions, culminating in four years as head of the banking supervision and economic affairs department. In his earlier career, he provided consultancy and training services, primarily to the financial sector.

Elsa Favre-Baron is a policy analyst in the OECD’s Private Pension Unit, where she analyses private and funded pension systems, with a particular focus on investment strategies and gender differences. Prior to joining the OECD, she spent over 12 years in investment banking, where she started her career as a derivatives structurer before becoming a senior banker covering large European institutional clients.

Ilka Houben is head of pensions policy at the GDV, the German insurance association. Social security issues played an important role from the beginning of her career in 1998 at the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA), especially as deputy head of the labour market department. After heading units for other business associations she joined the GDV in 2013 .

Justin Wray is head of the policy department and head of the insurance policy unit at the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA). Before joining EIOPA in 2011, he worked at the UK Pensions Regulator in a number of operational and policy roles including as head of pensions administration and governance. Prior to that, he worked at the UK Treasury on financial services regulation and international debt issues, and at the UK Department for International Development.