Upcoming Women in (Re)insurance networking event in Miami

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Day 3 pictures. 2018 Miami Latin American Claims (Re)Insurance Forum

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Day 2 pictures. 2018 Miami Latin American Claims (Re)Insurance Forum

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Day 1 pictures. 2018 Miami Latin American Claims (Re)Insurance Forum

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Welcome cocktail photos: 2018 Miami Latin American Claims (Re)Insurance Forum

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ADVANTA will Inaugurate the Discussion on Recurrent Problems during the 2017 Hurricane Season

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José Miguel Varela

The topics associated with the 2017 natural catastrophes will draw the attention of the 4th Edition of the Miami Latin American Claims (Re) Insurance Forum, to be held from June 11 to 14, 2018.  2017 was a year of intense activity for the Insurance industry due to the multiple occurrence of hurricanes, earthquakes, and forest fires that took place worldwide.  In the particular case of the Caribbean basin and the Gulf of Mexico, five major catastrophic events battered the region in the span of four weeks, resulting in an unprecedented challenge for the industry and for the areas impacted.  These events tested the solvency of the insurers and the capabilities of service providers, especially those dedicated to handling claims.


The various round tables of this year’s Forum will emphasize the importance of reliable contingency plans for insurers, brokers, consultants and adjusters. The discussion will be propitious for the participants to share the lessons learned in situations that were extraordinary and challenging.  One of the most interesting aspects will be a discussion entitled “Recurring Property Problems after HIM (HARVEY & IRMA & MARIA)”, which will take place on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, and in which José Miguel Varela, ADVANTA’s Regional Director of LATAM and the Caribbean, will offer an insightful perspective from an International Loss Adjuster.

The experiences shared by different Reinsurers and by loss adjusters such as ADVANTA will provide the attendees with an opportunity to discuss strategies to be implemented in future scenarios of this nature, which, due to climatic changes are expected to occur with increased frequency.  Likewise, attendees will be able to express their points of view regarding the regulatory framework of the different territories and the advantages and disadvantages that they identified in the massive NATCAT events of the past year. Moreover, the Forum discussion will highlight how international insurance programs have worked and provide insight on how multiple insurance acted simultaneously.

The Miami Latin American Claims (Re) Insurance Forum 2018 has become the key event for the insurance industry in the region, a platform where the most relevant actors meet to discuss their opinions and exchange experiences from increasingly complex and challenging operations.  Within the framework of this event, ADVANTA will present the group’s latest developments in the regional such as the opening its new office in Colombia and consolidation of its network of associates with the recent inclusion of Panama and Chile.

ADVANTA’s Regional Office of LATAM and the Caribbean, based in Miami, has continued to experience constant growth, adding new professionals to its team of consultants in response to the demands of the insurance market and confidence they have vested in ADVANTA’s delivery of service and performance.

In the fields of construction and energy, ADVANTA Miami has adjusters who are accredited by IMIA (International Association of Engineering Insurers), IRMI (International Risk Management Institute), GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals) and is affiliated with OILPERA (Oil, Petrochemical and Energy Risks Association), among other renowned institutions in the industry.

José Miguel Varela, is a Petroleum Engineer with specialization in Reservoir Engineering, and an MBA with concentrations in Corporate Finance and Global Business. José Miguel focuses on claims related to oil & gas, petrochemicals, power generation, as well as business interruption and liability.  Jose Miguel oversees the Miami Office and provides valuable support to our associates and offices within Latin America, predominantly in the Caribbean and Central America.



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Thornton Tomasetti will be at the Miami Latin American Claims (Re)Insurance Forum

Miami, Florida – June 11 to 14, 2018

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Besides being mammals, humans and dolphins share many characteristics and behaviors that explain our close interspecies relationship.  While not exactly claims and (re)insurance professionals, dolphins are, by nature risk managers.  A few examples:

We both experience CATS (well, we manage CATS and dolphins enjoy cats),

We are highly intelligent (dilemmas lead to solutions),

We all make mistakes (and apply the lessons learned),

We are not afraid to ask for help (or offer help when asked),

We are entrepreneurs (impresarios of the Caribbean and Latin America culture, climate and conditions),

We help those who are lost (preferably not in the Bermuda Triangle, though),

We really like humans and dolphins, too (mutual admiration),

We help other species (that said, only a dolphin can successfully handle a shark).

As longtime supporters Thornton Tomasetti properly loss consultants will be in Miami joining Kennedys CMK and QLDG (Quintana, López, Donoghue and González), and you in a lively discussion on current topical issues and trends of the (re)insurance market.

Nicolas Saenz will be a panelist at the Miami Latin American Claims (re)Insurance Forum Construction Catastrophes session.  This interactive session will highlight the catastrophic effects of Palizadas in South American rivers, along with construction and engineering challenges, risk management, and recovery.  The panel will bring personal and corporate experience before, during and after a disaster, sharing their successes and challenges in an open format exchange.

Session 8:  Construction Catastrophes

Thursday, June 14 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Moderated by:

Anna Weiss – Head of Construction LatAm, Kennedys CMK


Alvaro Gabaldón – President and CEO, Metier Risk Management

Oscar Rueda – Senior Property Claims Manager, Munich Re

Peter Ravey – Major Loss & LatAm & Caribbean Miami Hub Office Director, Cunningham Lindsey

Nicolas Saenz – Associate Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

Carlos Velloso – Chief Claims Officer, IRB Brasil RE

Manuel Moreno – CUO of Latin America, Argo


We optimize the design and performance of structures, materials and systems for projects of every size and level of complexity. An employee-owned organization of engineers, scientists, architects and other professionals collaborating from offices worldwide, we support clients by drawing on the diverse expertise of our integrated practices. We are committed to being a sustainable and enduring organization and the global driver of innovation in our industry.

Learn more about Thornton Tomasetti and how our Forensics and Property Loss Consulting practices can help you.


Alberto Cuevas
Senior Project Engineer/Mexico
+52 1 55 8495 5454

Christopher Kahanek
Associate Principal/Los Angeles

Amy Phillips
Vice President/Washington DC

Nicolas Saenz
Associate Principal/Dallas


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