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Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper

Broadcaster & Journalist


Matt Cooper presents and edits the daily news, current affairs and sports programme The Last Word on Today FM from Monday to Friday, 4.30pm to 7pm.

He is the author of three critically acclaimed and commercially successful books: “The Maximalist”, his biography of the iconic Irish sporting, business and media figure Tony O’Reilly, was published in 2015; "Who Really Runs Ireland" was published in 2009; "How Ireland Really Went Bust" was published in 2011.

He is also an experienced television sports presenter. He hosted TV3’s Rugby World Cup coverage in 2007 and 2015 and will be hosting the station’s Six Nations Coverage from 2018 when it takes over as host broadcaster for the Irish market. He was previously anchor for the six years that TV3 broadcast championship GAA games from 2008 to 2013.

He is a former editor of The Sunday Tribune, having been appointed at the age of 30 in 1996. He left for a career in radio in 2003 but continues to write a leader page column for the Irish Daily Mail each Wednesday and also writes on business, economics and politics for The Sunday Business Post. He was twice National Journalist of the Year and twice Business Journalist of the Year.

He is a partner in the television company Playmaker-media, which devised and made the rugby series Area 22, and which made the acclaimed Olympics documentary “No Earthly King” in 2012. He also made current affairs documentaries for RTE and TV3, most recently “Ireland’s Housing Market – What’s Next?” (TV3, November 2014) and “The Brexit Dilemma” (TV3, June 2016). He made “Trump versus Ireland”, a two part series for TV3 broadcast in April 2017.

He was the narrator on the British made documentary “Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang” about a controversial international basketball game staged in the “hermit kingdom” of North Korea in January 2014 and which was attended by its dictator Kim Jong-Un. Matt travelled to North Korea as part of Rodman’s group for the filming of the documentary and had a ringside seat to the proceedings, making him the first Irish journalist to ever have such extraordinary access. The documentary is available on Netflix US.

In the landmark biography on Tony O'Reilly 'The Maximalist', Matt Cooper draws on an abundance of new material, including interviews with many of O’Reilly’s closest family, friends, associates and rivals, to uncover the man behind the myth. An Irish epic, it documents in unflinching detail and with great subtlety the meteoric rise and slow unravelling of an Irish icon.

Simon Warr

Simon Warr

President, RIAD


Simon has worked in the legal expenses profession since 1989, primarily focusing on underwriting. Simon is also one of the very few legal expenses underwriters to write business in both the Lloyd’s and company markets. He has been involved in promoting and establishing new markets for LPI in jurisdictions around the world.

Simon has worked for AmTrust for the past 7 years and currently runs the underwriting teams across 3 sites in the UK. He had been involved with RIAD since 2010 and on the board since 2013.

Kristian Myrseth

Kristian Myrseth

Associate Professor in Behavioural Science and Marketing, Trinity College Dublin


Kristian Myrseth is an Associate Professor in Behavioural Science and Marketing. He joined Trinity Business School in September, 2016, following appointments at the University of St Andrews and ESMT European School of Management and Technology. He holds an AB in Economics from Harvard (‘04) and a PhD in Managerial and Organisational Behaviour from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business (‘09).

Kristian’s research focuses on behavioural decision making and judgment, spanning the disciplines of social-cognitive psychology and economics. His research has explored self-control, altruism, and cooperation, and a more recent programme investigates risk perception and consumer finance. His work has appeared in a wide range of international journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Science, Experimental Economics, Journal of Economic Psychology, and Judgment and Decision Making.

Angela Peacock

Angela Peacock

Global Thought-Leader in Diversity and Inclusion, Chair and founding partner, The People Development Team


Angela Peacock is the Chair of the People Development Team Group of Companies. She is well-known as a panel host and conference speaker on topics from high performance culture to inclusion.

Over the past 10 years Angela has built quite a following for her challenging approach to creating high performance environments. She advocates not aiming for a blue print – rather creating a space where everyone can excel. This means deep exploration of ourselves as leaders both in terms of our fears and our beliefs our own performance, conscious and unconscious. Her approach to an agenda that combines strategy, cultural change and deep personal learning is a combination of humour, straight talking and total audience interaction.

Her organisations work closely with clients from all sectors with particular presence in Finance, Law, Engineering, Telecoms and Technology. She lists Microsoft, Cisco, BNY Mellon, State Street, Liberty Mutual, Zurich, McKinsey and Deloitte among her extensive client list.

Angela is an inspiring speaker; whether working with a small group or addressing very large audiences, her style and approach is always engaging, entertaining and most importantly – valid. She uses storytelling, hard facts and her history in building strategies to ensure her messages hit home and are remembered long after the conference has ended.

Dr. Gero Matouschek

Dr. Gero Matouschek

Partner Strategy&, PwC


Dr. Gero Matouschek is born in Munich on October 19, 1967. He has completed his academic studies on Aerospace Engineering in Stuttgart and Toulouse and has received his doctor’s degree at RWTH Aachen.

Dr. Gero Matouschek is Partner and Vice President of PwC Strategy&. Strategy&, the worldwide oldest strategy consulting company, was founded in 1914 as Booz Allen Hamilton and now operates through 60 offices worldwide and with more than 3000 employees. Since 2014 Strategy& joined the PwC network with more than 200.000 employees worldwide.

Dr. Gero Matouschek is the Lead Partner at Strategy& for digital transformation of financial services institutions in Europe. At the same time he is responsible for strategy consulting of insurance companies at PwC in Europe.

Rob Vromen

Rob Vromen

CEO, Euromex nv


Since the beginning of 2010 Rob Vromen has been CEO of Euromex NV, a legal protection insurer in Belgium, part of the Swiss based Baloise Group.
Euromex is at the forefront of the industry by providing innovative legal expenses and assistance solutions.
Rob Vromen holds Masters Degrees in Law and Marketing.

He is a member of the General Council RIAD, the International Association of Legal Protection Insurers.

He worked for more than twenty years within ING Group (Insurance) in several management positions. The last ten years he has been working in the field of legal protection insurance.

Throughout his professional career he has been directly engaged in fulfilling the needs and expectations of customers.

Paul Kavanagh

Paul Kavanagh

Managing Director, McCarthy Insurance Group


Born in Cork City, but living in Fermoy most of his life, Paul is Managing Director of McCarthy Insurance Group, and a Director of all their subsidiary Boards. Paul has over 35 years’ experience as a broker and manager of the Group’s 15 offices and 200 staff.

In 1987 Paul qualified as an Associate of the Life Insurance Association.
In 2000 he became one of the first Qualified Financial Advisors in Ireland.
In 2007 he qualified as a Certified Insurance Practitioner on the General side of the business, and in March 2014 he became the first broker in Ireland to be conferred with the designation Certified Insurance Director.

A former National President of the Irish Brokers Association in 2001 / 2002. A past President of the Insurance Institute of Cork in 2015 / 2016.
He is the current Chairman and Director of the IBA Compensation Fund.

In his community work, Paul is Treasurer of Fermoy Rowing Club, a club of which he has been a member since he was 16! How many years is that???

Paul is the Project manager of Fermoy Tidy Towns Group, and the co-founder of ‘Fermoy A Cleaner Town’, a community project that put his home town up on the map, as the cleanest Large town in County Cork, ‘Cleaner than European Norms’ and the 7th cleanest town/city in Ireland, judged by An Taisce on behalf of Irish Business Against Litter.

Paul is married to Margaret and they have three adult siblings, Ross, who is Compliance Officer for McCarthy Insurance Group, Tara and Colin.

In his ‘SPARE’ time he is regularly seen supporting all things sporting in Cork:-Hurling, Football, Rugby, Soccer, Rowing, Golf and Horseracing, especially if they are competing abroad!!!! Paul is going for the Soccer treble this year with the 3C’s - Chelsea, Celtic and his beloved Cork City.

Ward Hameryck

Ward Hameryck

District Manager, Euromex


Born in Oudenaarde, but living near Antwerp, Ward Hameryck joined the Belgian based, legal insurance company Euromex, in 2014. He is responsible for the Broker Business in the Flemish part of the country.

Prior to joining Euromex, he worked for ten years in different financial companies, always in functions closely related to customers and or brokers. Ward is seen as a no-nonsense communicator with the ability to think outside the box.

He holds the degrees of Commercial Engineer and Master in European Business and is fluent in Dutch, English and French.

He is a passionate golfer and holds various functions within his local club.

Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams

Head Of AmTrust Law, AmTrust International


Matthew attended Brunel University between 1983 and 1987, obtaining a BSc in Law & Politics. He then went to the College of Law in London and qualified as a solicitor (England & Wales) in 1990. Having completed his legal training at the British Coal Corporation, Matthew spent the next four years in private practice. Since then he has worked in the insurance industry for well over twenty years. He joined GE Capital in 1994 and worked within its payment protection (creditor insurance) division. In 1997 he went to Eastgate which provided specialist services to insurance companies and Lloyd’s Syndicates. In 2001 he moved to Brit Insurance and was appointed Class Underwriter for legal expenses insurance. In February 2010 he joined AmTrust International as Head of AmTrust Law, underwriting specialty legal expenses insurance business both in the UK and overseas. Matthew is regarded as an innovative leader whose business philosophy is underpinned by a passion for excellence and a commitment to communicate in a timely and no-nonsense manner.

Nicolas Zavalichine

Nicolas Zavalichine

Head of Legal Protection Business Line, AXA Partners


Nicolas Zavalichine has been CEO of AXA Legal Protection since March 2016. He graduated from the Institut de Statistique de l'Université de Paris – ISUP, started his career in 1988 as market rates analyst for Banque Eurofin and joined the AXA Group in 1997 where he has held numerous high-level management positions. His responsibilities were, for instance, the development of IT strategies as well as the implementation of digitalization, organisation of the distribution network, management and tactical orientation of customer value and strategies on group level. As CEO of AXA Legal Protection and with his profound knowledge and background in insurance, Nicolas Zavalichine has a firm grasp of ongoing developments and their potentially disruptive impact on the legal protection market. It is his responsibility to think ahead for his company, anticipate the impact of globally emerging economic, digital, and legal trends and prepare his company for the future.

Yannis Samothrakis

Yannis Samothrakis

Partner, Clyde & Co


Yannis is a partner in Clyde & Co's corporate insurance group and is based Paris. He assists clients on domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, in particular mergers, acquisitions and insurance / reinsurance portfolio transfers.

Yannis also advises clients on French domestic and European regulatory matters such as the cross-border provision of insurance and reinsurance services, branch business across the EU, compliance with French law provisions for European or non-European insurers and reinsurers.

For the last twelve years, Yannis has been providing advice and delivering presentations to insurers, reinsurers, intermediaries and trade associations on specific legal aspects of the Solvency II project.

Prior to joining Clyde & Co, Yannis was a partner in a major US law firm. He previously worked at the Economics & Finance Committee of the European insurance and reinsurance federation (Insurance Europe) in Brussels, as well as for Skandia Life in the UK. He holds a Masters degree from Warwick Business School and law degree from Lille University in France.

Yannis is a member of the legal commission and of the run-off commission of the Association of French Reinsurance Professionals (APREF), participated in the work of the legal working group set-up by the French Treasury on the transposition of Solvency II and is secretary of the International Association of Insurance Law’s (AIDA) State Supervision Working Party. Yannis has also been appointed as an expert on the European Commission's Expert Group on a European Insurance Contract Law. He teaches insurance law at the Insurance Institute of Paris at Paris Dauphine University.

Yannis is fluent in Greek, French and English.

Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell

CEO, LegalShield


Jeff Bell joined LegalShield in July 2014 as Chief Executive Officer. Since then, LegalShield has responded to market demands to grow its top and bottom line by 20% through the development of digital services and mobile apps for the legal and identity theft protection industries. LegalShield, under Jeff's leadership, will improve access to justice with new technology releases for both members and attorneys. Jeff is recognized as a successful and passionate marketing visionary with an extraordinary corporate leadership portfolio. Prior to LegalShield, Jeff was a venture capital partner at NCT Ventures. Previously, Mr. Bell served as Corporate Vice President, Global Marketing, Interactive Entertainment Business (Xbox), for Microsoft Inc. While with Microsoft, Bell enjoyed tremendous success and industry recognition launching/marketing video games like “Halo 3,” Gears of War,” and “Rock Band,” to name a few. He also served as Vice President of the Chrysler and Jeep Divisions, with oversight of product strategy and marketing efforts with multi-billion dollar budgets. Jeff also served at Ford Motor Company in the United States and Europe.

Adrienne O'Sullivan

Adrienne O'Sullivan

CEO, Ireland, DAS


Adrienne O’Sullivan is a Chartered Insurer, Certified Insurance Director and holder of a Diploma in Legal Studies.

She is Chief Executive Officer of DAS Ireland and is responsible for the profitable growth and strategic direction of the Company.

Focused and target driven, she is acutely aware of actual deliverables. Whilst growing DAS to become the no 1 legal expenses provider in Ireland, she has been instrumental in putting the customer at the centre of every action of the company.

She sits on the Council of RIAD, the International Association of Legal Protection Insurance where she actively takes part in European issues affecting the legal services market.

Adrienne is a Past President of the Insurance Institute of Ireland, The Insurance Institute of Dublin and The Insurance Charities, where she remains Trustee and Director. She is an elected Director of the Insurance Institute of Ireland.



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