As previously announced, the theme for the conference is "Thought Leadership for a World at Risk" in which presenters will critically examine major economic, political and social issues with the aim of helping Congress attendees, comprising some of the world's leading corporations, to gain a better understanding of the changing face of risk and its evolving impact on the business world.
On Day One, the programme focuses on world risk issues and will feature speakers Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute; Noreena Hertz, Cambridge Professor and anti-globalization icon; Dr. Jan Pronk, President of the Kyoto Conference and 1998 - 2001 Dutch Minister for the Environment; William S. Cohen, 1997 - 2001 U.S. Secretary of Defense; Mike Moore, 1999 - 2002 WTO Director General and Prime Minister of New Zealand; Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF; Dr. Theo Waigel, 1989 - 98 German Minister of Finance; Dr. J. Craig Venter, President of The Center for the Advancement of Genomics; and Jonathan Aiken, anchorman for CNN International.
On Day Two, the programme focuses on global business issues and will feature speakers Dr. Felix von Cube, Professor of Educational Science at the University of Heidelberg; Jerry Linenger, Astronaut, U.S. Air Force Officer; and Sir John Vereker, Governor of Bermuda.
An executive panel will also be conducted on Day Two to discuss Transferring global business risks featuring John T. Sinnott, Director of Marsh & McLennan Companies; Karl Wittmann, Executive Board Member of Munich Re; Martin Albers, Executive Board Member of Swiss Re; moderator Michael A. Butt, Chairman of AXIS Capital Holdings Limited; and Brian M. O'Hara, President and CEO of XL Capital Group Ltd.
An official website has been launched containing speaker profiles, location details and other general information at www.xlcapitalcongress.com
XL Capital Ltd, through its operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of insurance and reinsurance coverages and financial products to industrial, commercial and professional service firms, insurance companies, and other enterprises on a worldwide basis. As of June 30, 2003, XL Capital Ltd had consolidated assets of approximately $39.2 billion and consolidated shareholders' equity of approximately $7.6 billion. More information about XL Capital Ltd is available at www.xlgroup.com.