07 Jun PensionTech Summit Recap
Last week, our PensionTech summit, hosted by KPMG at their headquarters in Amstelveen, was a complete success! With a full house, the attendants witnessed insightful knowledge form experts in the fields of technology and pensions, some new ideas from our members, an interesting panel discussion about the future of the pension industry, and the intervention of the brother of the king, prince Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau.
On Friday the 2nd of June, KPMG hosted our first PensionTech summit ever at their auditorium in Amstelveen. With almost 300 attendants, the event kicked off with an insightful introduction from our CEO, Don Ginsel; and KPMG CEO, Albert Roëll about the current state of the pension industry, and the disruptive role that technology will have in this important aspect of post-work life. As people have longer life expectancies, in part, thanks to technology, is important for the pension industry to be open to the opportunities that technology can bring to the sector. With that in mind, Albert Roëll highlighted that the objectives of the industry should be help clients, give something back to society, and provide trust.
Following the introduction, experts from the pension world gave some insights on the actual pensions landscape. The first speaker was Jerome Breen, managing director of Actuarial Association, he stressed that the aging population and the shift of wealth between generations are issues that directly touch the pension sector, and that they should be taken serious. He also showed the current state of pensions in the Netherlands and how it is moving towards a more warm and particularistic state. The second speaker was Janwillem Bouma, a member of de federation of Dutch pension funds, he stated that the future is no longer on the hands of traditional players, and that technology, sooner or latter, will disrupt pensions. He also mentioned the importance of the different set of values between generations and the challenges that this has to the industry. The last speaker was Paolo Sironi, FinTech Thought Leader at IBM Watson; Paolo mentioned that the Banks in the western world are changing from offering transactions, to offering services. He also stated that the complexity of the pension world gives space for technology to simplify the paradigm and take pensions to the next level.
After a brief coffee break, Don Ginsel introduced some of our members. The first startup to pitch was Matchinglink, managing partner and co-founder, Joris Heijting, presented their software that allows asset managers to keep track of transactions and portfolios. He explained how this will help pensions funds to work better. Right after, Pieter van Schijndel, presented a new tool developed by Symetrics and Floxx called ALICE. This tool centralises big amounts data in real time on a structured and understandable way. It also allows parties to communicate better the information and is cost effective. Finally, Edzko Smid, owner of Bridgevest, presented Robo Pension Coach, an initiative to use AI in order to provide help in the investment life of costumers. The initiative can help costumers with risk management and decision making so they can achieve a happy retirement.
Following the pitching, senior manager at KPMG, Dennis de Vries, gave an introduction to what blockchain can provide to the pension world and how it can improve it. Dennis stressed the importance of the digitalisation of assets and how this will play a key role in the future of pensions. Furthermore, PIVOT, a pension integrator built during a blockchain hackathon, was presented.
The next part of the summit featured a panel moderated by the Director of KPMG retirement advisory, Pieter Kieveron. Among the panellists we had: the Outsourcing and Innovation Manager at Pensioenfonds Zorg in Welzijn, Peter Bannink; The director of pensions of ASR, Fleur Rieter; jury member at Health & Wellbeing and Director of innovation at APG, Joep Beukers; Associate Client Partner at Korn Ferry Hay Group’ Reward and Benefits business and Chairman of KPS’ Innovation Workgroup, Tim Burggraaf; and Head of Client Solutions at Kempen Capital Management, Gerard Roelofs. The panel featured interaction with the assistants and sparkled some interesting discussions about the nature of change in the pension industry and the role that technology plays on it.
Finally, on behalf of Startup Delta, Prince Constantijne van Oranje-Nassau raised some interesting points regarding the importance of innovation on a regulated environment, and on the how to deal with new-comers without casting costumers aside. He also stressed the importance of being open to the opportunities that technology can bring to the industry, and that being aware of the disruptive nature of innovation can help the pension world move forward.
HERE ARE SOME VISUALS OF LAST FRIDAY’S PENSIONTECH SUMMIT
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