People at IUMI: Patrizia Kern-Ferretti

How long have you been associated with IUMI?

My very first IUMI conference was in 1997 in Paris but I really started attending regularly from the Copenhagen conference in 2005. In 2006 I became a member of the Facts & Figures Committee, becoming chair from 2010 to 2016. I joined the Executive Committee in 2016 and in 2018 I became chair of the relatively newly formed Big Data and Digitalization Forum.


What is your IUMI role today and what does it involve?

I am currently an Executive Committee vice-chair and also the chair of the Big Data and Digitalization Forum. This newly established forum was created to reflect the growing importance of new technologies, to raise awareness and share information about key trends and opportunities arising from data and digitalization.

I also look after the membership in Latin America and help drive and push IUMI’s message in this region. In this continuously growing and important area it is vital to have exposure.  


And what is your day job?

My current position is Head Marine, Director, Products & Global Markets at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, based in Switzerland.


What benefits do you get from being associated with IUMI? 

IUMI offers a host of benefits that include networking, visibility and learning. The organisation is very relevant and has grown from strength to strength over the years. Each member of IUMI plays an important role and contributes in helping to make the industry more transparent and visible; and IUMI has truly become the voice of the marine insurance industry.


If you could change anything at IUMI what would it be?

It is very important to point out that IUMI has only three people working full time with the others being volunteers - it is under resourced.  IUMI has done a great job at growing and strengthening recently but the limited resources should be addressed to ensure this good work continues. Over the past few years IUMI has become a trusted partner and it represents the global industry so I believe that strengthening the full-time Secretariat would be beneficial.    


How did you reach your current position in marine insurance?

Through a combination of hard work, dedication, willingness to learn and also luck. I have had the good fortune of working with some great people and this has given me plenty of opportunities to learn from them.


And what do you do away from the office?

I like to spend time with my family and friends, sharing food, laughs and good times. My husband and my dog are fundamental part of my work life balance and they are key to my happiness.