2017 ICMIF Americas Annual Conference
Juan Auer
Coordinator of Finance, Investments and Management Control
Rio Uruguay Cooperativa de Seguros (Argentina)

Juan Alberto Auer is a Certified Public Accountant graduated from the University of Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Ríos province, Argentina. He completed a Master’s degree in Finance at the National University of Rosario. He has been working at Rio Uruguay Cooperativa de Seguros since 1995.

He began working in the insurance area with surety bonds, then as head of the accounting and from 2015 to date has served as Coordinator of Finance and Management Control which includes the coordination tasks and processes with finance, investments, accounting and management oversight.
Betina Del Valle Azugna
CSR Manager
Grupo Sancor Seguros (Argentina)

Betina del Valle Azugna holds a degree in Marketing from the University of Business and Social Sciences (UCES) and an MBA in Business Administration from the University of Belgrano. Since 1999, she has been working with the Sancor Seguros Group and since the end of 2005 she coordinates the organization’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Process, currently serving as CSR Manager for companies in Argentina and Latin America. With diplomas in CSR from various universities in Argentina and Spain, she teaches CSR in the Diploma in Associative Studies at the University of Rosario.

She is also a member of the ICMIF Intelligence Committee.
Rockne Corbin
Senior Vice President
Shelter Mutual Insurance Company (USA)

Rockne joined Shelter Mutual Insurance Company in 1991 as a Claims Adjuster after completing his Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Central Missouri followed by four years in the United States Army.

At Shelter, Rockne has held a number of leadership positions in Claims and Reinsurance. In his current position as Senior Vice President, he is responsible for the Reinsurance Company, the Broker Agent Company (AmShield Insurance), the Direct Channel Company (Say Insurance), Daniel Boone Brokerage Agency and Customer Service Department.

Outside of work, Rockne is active as a Board Member serving on a number of governmental and non- profit Boards. He and his wife live outside of Harrisburg, Missouri, on a small farm where they have a number of dogs, cats, horses, cows and chickens.
Matt Cullina
CyberScout (USA)

Matt Cullina has served as CEO of CyberScout since 2008. Under Cullina's leadership, CyberScout has evolved from a service provider enjoying strong partnerships among personal lines carriers in the United States to a multifaceted, award-winning provider of identity and data risk management, breach response, resolution and education services throughout all of North America and Western Europe.

CyberScout provides identity management services to nearly 45 million consumers and more than half of the P&C insurance marketplace, including 16 of the top 20 personal lines carriers. Today, the company boasts a 99-percent customer satisfaction rate and 98.5-percent client retention rate, while achieving record growth year-over-year.

Since its inception in 2003, CyberScout has provided data risk prevention and remediation services to more than 770,000 businesses, including insurance carriers, financial institutions, credit unions, healthcare, and employee benefit providers, as well as Fortune 500 and small to midsize companies.

Cullina spearheaded the creation of the Privacy XChange Forum, an intimate gathering focused on emerging topics in privacy and security. The event draws speakers from around the globe and has hosted experts from the FTC, IRS, White House, and Congress, among others.

Cullina serves on the board for the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and has been appointed as a member of the Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission. He is a desired expert speaker on all topics related to identity theft, data risk management, and breach prevention and response.

Cullina is a graduate of Salve Regina University. He and his wife Virginia and their three children live in Providence, Rhode Island.
Georgina Díaz Sánchez
Chair, ICMIF/Americas and General Manager
Sociedad de Seguros de Vida del Magisterio Nacional (Costa Rica)

Georgina Díaz Sánchez graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Costa Rica. She is a Certified Public Accountant and worked for over 12 years as Audit Manager at Deloitte & Touche.

She has more than 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry, starting as an assistant in the audit department of Sociedad de Seguros de Vida del Magisterio Nacional (SSVMN). She then held the position of Lead Auditor for 4 years, and since 2001, she has served as General Manager, the highest position in the company.

Georgina Díaz is a member of the Board of Directors of ICMIF/Americas, and has held the position of Chair since August 2015; the Latin American Reinsurance Group (LARG); Seguros del Magisterio S.A; and the Corporación de SERVICIOS Múltiples del Magisterio Nacional (the National Union of Teachers).

In her spare time, Georgina volunteers for non-governmental organizations that help elderly people with disabilities and nature conservation projects.
Andrés Elola
General Manager
Surco Seguros Uruguayos Cooperativos (Uruguay)

An economist by training, Andrés Elola graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Administration of the Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay (University of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay) in 1987. Continuing with his academic education, he returned to the same university faculty in 2001 to complete a postgraduate degree in Administration and then a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance.

Since 1992, he has worked for Compañía Cooperativa de Seguros SURCO as General Manager; fulfilling the main objectives of coordinating and controlling the strategic direction and operations of SURCO in Uruguayan insurance market.
Graciela Fernández Quintas
Uruguayan Confederation of Cooperative Entities (CUDECOOP)

She has a PhD in Law and Social Sciences from the University of the Republic of Uruguay since 1982. She has been President of the Uruguayan Cooperative Center since 2010 and the Uruguayan Confederation of Cooperatives since 2014.

Among other publications, she participated in the book "Feminine Thought in the Construction of Cooperative Law" published this year.

She is a member of the ICA Americas Cooperative Law Commission and the CUDECOOP Cooperativist Legal Advisors Commission.
Helton Freitas
Seguros Unimed (Brazil)

Helton is a medical doctor and specialist in Public Health, focusing on Planning and Administration of Health Services. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the Federal University of Minas Gerais in 1989. He attended the Executive MBA in Health Management by Ibmec and the Performance Management by Fundação Dom Cabral. He joined the Unimed System in 1998, having been the CEO of Unimed Belo Horizonte for two terms.

At Seguros Unimed, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors, Director of Operations and, since 2015, assumed the Company's presidency. In 30 years of medical cooperativism, he contributed to the founding and management of several cooperatives in the areas of consumption, credit, work and health care.
Sergio Fuentes
Surco Seguros Uruguayos Cooperativos (Uruguay)

An economist graduated from the University of the Republic – Uruguay, he also holds the title of Public Accountant Degree in Administration from the University of the Republic - Uruguay.

Since 1980 he has acted as professional freelancer in the areas of his acquired training in various fields including: industrial, agroindustrial, financial, health, commercial, business-union, agricultural, and farming. He has also acted in the judicial sphere as an expert or mediator in various instances.

In the cooperative space, he has advised associations and ventures in the wine and health sectors. He has also been a founding partner of the mobile medical emergency cooperative.

In the cooperative financial sphere, he has worked continuously since 1993 as a leader of the ACAC Cooperative of Savings and Credit, serving on its Board of Directors on several occasions. Additionally, he acted as Trustee in cooperative-owned banks, firstly in the ACAC Bank, resulting from the merger with the Crédit Agricole Group, and subsequently in the Crédit Uruguay Banco, the latter's exclusive property.

Since 1997 he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the SURCO Seguros Cooperativos Uruguayos and since 2009 he has held the position of Chairman.
Ariel Guarco
International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)

Ariel Guarco, recently elected as President of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), is a cooperative leader who has carried out an Argentinean cooperative movement development process and built active links with the rest of the cooperative movement in the Americas from his involvement in Cooperatives of the Americas Board of Directors, where he serves as Vice President.

He is a man forged by the public services cooperative sector, particularly electric cooperatives, and through his life has traveled all the institutional aspects of that movement. He started in cooperatives more than 20 years ago in the electric cooperative of his town, occupying various positions until becoming president, a position he occupies since 2007. In 2008 he was elected president of the Federation of Electric Cooperatives and Public Services of the province of Buenos Aires - FEDECOBA – a position he maintains until today.

Since 2011, he chairs the Cooperative Confederation of the Argentine Republic (COOPERAR), the umbrella organization of Argentine cooperatives, having been unanimously ratified for a new three years period in July of this year. In 2013, joined the Board of the International Cooperative Alliance and during the last General Assembly was elected President. In October 2013 he met with Pope Francis at a gathering held with leaders of the International Cooperative Alliance in the Vatican. He is the author of the book "Argentinean Cooperativism - A Hopeful Look to the Future".
Paul Hanna
Executive Vice President, Member Relations, Governance and Corporate Services
The Co-operators (Canada)

Paul Hanna was appointed Executive Vice-President, Member Relations, Governance and Corporate Services for The Co‑operators in March 2015. Paul works with our member organizations to build strong business and governance relationships. He is responsible for organizational governance with The Co‑operators Group Limited Board of Directors and its committees. He also provides leadership to other corporate functions including government relations, human resources, legal, and sustainability and citizenship. Prior to his current role, Paul spent many years as Vice-President of Strategic Planning with The Co‑operators.

Paul has 25 years of co‑operative experience working in various operational and governance capacities. He currently sits on the boards of ICMIF/Americas, CMEC, and he serves on the University of Guelph’s Advisory Committee to the College of Business and Economics, as well as The Co‑operators Community Economic Development Committee.

Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Master’s in Adult Education from Central Michigan University and he is a Chartered Insurance Professional.
Catherine Hock
Vice-President, International Relations
ICMIF (Belgium)

Catherine Hock joined ICMIF as Vice-President, International Relations in early 2013 after five years with AMICE, the European association as Deputy Director General. She has over ten years of experience in financial services and started lobbying the EU institutions in 2000 while working for the Belgian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Her involvement in foreign affairs started in 1988 when she joined the United Nations working in New York, Vienna and Angola. She spent two years as a member of the UN Angola peacekeeping mission deployed to oversee the first electoral process in the country’s history.

She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Philosophy and Literature and a degree in Romance Philology, journalism and public relations from Liège University, Belgium.
Marcelo Larrambebere
Corporate Business Manager
San Cristóbal Seguros (Argentina)

With a degree in Public Accounting from the National University of Rosario, Marcelo Larrambebere also has an MBA and a Senior Management Program from the University of San Andrés in Argentina.

He has more than 20 years of experience in the Argentine insurance market, serving in managerial and senior positions in key insurance companies in property and casualty and labor risks as well as reinsurers.

He currently serves as the Corporate Business Manager of San Cristóbal Group, which manages, among others, San Cristóbal Sociedad Mutual de Seguros Generales of Argentina.
Juan Alberto Pazo
Superintendent of Insurance
Superintendencia de Seguros de la Nación (Argentina)

Juan Pazo is the Superintendent of Insurance of the Republic of Argentina. Before his current appointment in early 2017, Juan served as Chief-of-Staff of the Financial Information Unit, Argentina's supervisor and regulating agency of AML/FT. He served in this role from late 2015 to early 2017.

Prior to joining the public sector, Juan worked as a corporate attorney advising in a wide range of business and corporate transactions. He also served as an exective director in local companies.
Juan Pedro Cantera Sención
Superintendent of Financial Services
Central Bank of Uruguay

With a distinguished career the Central Bank of Uruguay beginning in 1970, Mr. Cantera was appointed to his current position as Superintendent of Financial Services in 2012. Previously, between 2009 and 2012, he was Superintendent of Financial Supervision where he was in charge of the supervision of all financial markets.

He is President of the Association of Supervisors of Banks in the Americas (ASBA) and the Central Bank of Uruguay’s representative to the Latin American Association of Insurance Supervisors (ASSAL). He is a member of the International Association of Pension Funds Oversight Organizations (AIOS).

Mr. Cantera is a Public Accountant graduated from the Universidad de la República, Uruguay in 1987 and in 2009 he obtained a Master's degree in Banking Management from Carlos III University in Madrid, Spain.
Ed Potter
Executive Director
ICMIF/Americas (USA)

Ed Potter serves as executive director of the Americas regional association of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF), based in the Washington, DC area. ICMIF represents insurance companies that use mutuality or a people-centered business strategy which integrates the principles of member ownership, democratic self-governance and cooperative and mutual values (such as self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity).

A certified association executive (CAE), Ed has over 27 years of experience in international trade, professional and philanthropic associations and foundations and 14 years in the cooperative and mutual insurance sector. Ed has a background in social anthropology and socioeconomic development, managing projects and programs throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and North America, including the development of affordable and accessible “inclusive” insurance for low income, underserved populations.

A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree was in International Studies, Ed is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and is currently studying French. Ed resides in Arlington, Virginia in the Washington, DC area, with his wife Ann Clancy and daughter Gillian.
Mariela Silva
General Manager
Equidad Compañía de Seguros, S.A. (Honduras)

Born in the city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras on July 22, 1972, married, mother of 2 sons, she began her university studies obtaining a Business Engineering degree at the Metropolitan University of Honduras, later at the Master's level she obtained a degree in Business Administration, and also graduated as Doctor of Business Administration, both degrees obtained at the Atlantic International University (USA).

Her current professional activity includes: General Manager of Equidad Compañía de Seguros, S.A.; Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Honduran Chamber of Insurers of Honduras; Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Latin American Association for Education in Reinsurance (LARG); and Senator of Junior Chamber International (JCI).
Gonzalo Talamás
Head of Insurance Supervision
Central Bank of Uruguay
Alejandro Veiroj Acher
Director, Insurance Supervision Sector
Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (Canada)

As Director - Insurance Supervision Sector at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI) in Canada, Alejandro is responsible for overseeing a portfolio of property and casualty insurance companies of different sizes, risks and complexities. Prior to that, he held various positions at the OSFI including as Director for a portfolio of life insurers and reinsurers. Alejandro started his career at the Uruguayan Central Bank where he was head of insurance regulation as well as supervision.

Having worked for more than twenty years as an insurance regulator, Alejandro brings deep experience and knowledge in several areas of insurance operations, including risk management and actuarial practices.

Alejandro is an Economist, with a Masters in Actuarial Practice and also holds an MBA.