From Thursday 21 June 2018
To Friday 22 June 2018

This seminar is the collaborative effort of AIMU and MICA organizations to present topics of interest and educational content.

Continental breakfast and CE Credit Sign in: 8:00 - 8:45am. Sessions begin at 8:45am.

LOCATION: 180 Maiden Lane, 2nd floor Conference Center, New York, NY 10038   

REGISTRATION FEE: $275 members/non-members. Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, cruise and dinner, CE credits and materials.

CE CREDITS: Approved for 10 CE credits in NY and TX, pending approval in NJ. 10 NAMS and SAMS credits

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Cancellation Policy: Written notice required 48 hours prior to event for a refund. 4% cancellation fee will apply.

Hotel Reservations: AIMU/MICA have a room block at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at 8 Stone Street, NY, NY 10004 (5-minute walk from 180 Maiden Lane Conference Center) at exceptional rate of $189 per night for King; $229 per night for double (exclusive of tax). Room block expires May 25, 2018. We suggest you book as soon as possible!  Link:

Time for June 21TopicPresenter
8:45-9am Welcome Remarks

John Miklus, AIMU President
Jonathan O'Hara, MICA Chair
9-10am      Cyber Security: Recent developments in maritime cyber risk management – a legal perspective

Kate Belmont, Associate Maritime at Blank Rome
belmont120Kate Belmont concentrates her practice in the areas of admiralty and maritime law, cybersecurity, commercial litigation, and arbitration. Kate represents clients in a wide variety of both domestic and international maritime and commercial matters. While an undergraduate at Columbia University, Kate was the recipient of the Carolyn E. Agger Scholarship for Women Interested in Law. In law school, Kate was the editor-in-chief of the Fordham Environmental Law Review. Kate was also the recipient of The Emmet J. McCormack Foundation Prize for excellence in Admiralty Law, The Robert Schuman Prize for excellence in European Union Law, and the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award, magna cum laude. Among other achievements and activities Kate is an adjunct professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology where she teaches Information Security & Law and serves as the President of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (“WISTA”) USA’s New York/New Jersey chapter.
10-10:15am         Break  
10:15am-11am    New & Evolving Technology Session: The Future of Insurance: The Lemonade Story

Ty Sagalow, Founder & CEO, Innovation Insurance Group, LLC 
Ty Sagalow120Mr. Sagalow is the Founder & CEO of Innovation Insurance Group, LLC. IIG is a premier insurance consulting firm providing expert witness, product development and InsurTech Consulting. Mr. Sagalow is a 35 year insurance veteran with prior senior roles at AIG (25 yrs) as Chief Underwriting Officer, Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Chief Innovation Officer of various divisions. Following AIG, Mr. Sagalow was Chief Innovation Officer at Zurich NA and the Tower Group. Immediately prior to returning to IIG full time in July 2017, Mr. Sagalow was a founding member and Chief Insurance Officer of the leading InsurTech insurer Lemonade, Inc., the first peer-to-peer (P2p) insurance company. Mr. Sagalow continues to be on the board of Lemonade Insurance Company. In the InsurTech sector, Mr. Sagalow is a founding member of Lemonade, Inc., a current board member of Lemonade Insurance Company and is the Chief Insurance Officer for InsurTech companies Premonition, Assurely and Industria Risk. He is on the Board of Advisors for Metabiota. In product development, Mr. Sagalow's wide expertise includes as the President of AIG Product Development (Worldwide), Chief Innovation Officer of Zurich North America and Tower Group. Mr. Sagalow is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and holds a L.L.M degree from New York University Law School.

11am-11:30am Crowdsourcing and ‘Gig Economy’ Principles: Can the Marine Surveying Industry Benefit?            

Henrik Uth, Managing Director, SYVR
Henrik UthHenrik Uth is the Chief Executive of Survey Association, a 104 year old casualty survey and marine warranty surveying company. Henrik started out at sea in 1992 and ended with promotion to Captain as he moved on to a shore career within Maersk. Since coming ashore he has held a number of positions, including operations director for Maersk Line in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and managing director of various ship-owning and management companies, until he in 2013 joined Survey Association, who provide marine risk and casualty surveys. Now Henrik Uth is setting out to disrupt the marine surveying industry by bringing about a digital marketplace platform open for all surveyors worldwide to serve the broader marine insurance industry. 
11:30am-12pm Claims handling under freight forwarder shippers interest and legal liability policies.
Christopher J. DiCicco, Associate, Marshall Dennehey
Christopher DiCicco is an associate in the Casualty Department where he concentrates his practice mostly in the area of admiralty and maritime litigation.  Chris regularly handles maritime personal injury cases, including marine construction cases.  He also handles cargo defense matters.  Other maritime experience includes claims for allisions, groundings, shipboard fires, and marine insurance disputes.  He also has experience handling aviation matters.  Additionally, Chris defends transportation brokers in inland transportation and trucking matters including suits filed against third party logistics providers involving damaged freight.
In May 2008, Chris graduated with honors from Villanova University with a bachelor's degree in Political Science.  He obtained his juris doctor in June of 2011 from Brooklyn Law School.
Chris is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, as well as the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York,  the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
12pm-1pm Lunch  
1pm-2pm Global Supply Chain Security 

Moderated by Jonathan O'Hara
Chuck Forsaith, Senior Director - Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition (PCSC)
Chuck ForsaithChuck Forsaith joined the Healthcare Distribution Alliance in November of 2017, after 16 years working for a pharmaceutical manufacturer and 21 years of service as both a New Hampshire municipal and State Police officer.
His responsibilities with the HDA’s Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition include managing all facets of that industry trade association - which has over 2,000 individual members. The PCSC, which represents a wide variety of disciplines, monitors the security of pharmaceutical goods, in both transit and storage, all over the world. 
He has lectured domestically and internationally in the disciplines of Pharmaceutical Supply Chain and Site Security for such organizations as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Food & Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Department of Justice, United States Customs and the Department of Homeland Security. He can be reached at

Rob Jones, Managing Director, Global Executive Intelligence (Cisive)
Robert JonesRob Jones joined Cisive in 2017 and leads their global operations and executive intelligence division from their London office. Prior to joining Cisive, Rob held a leadership position with a specialist global risk management consultancy. In this role, he developed and implemented risk assessment, due diligence, and compliance programs for Fortune 100 corporations operating internationally.   Throughout his career, he has worked for a number of multinational companies as a security and investigative executive, and has leadership experience in multiple business sectors. Mr. Jones served on the ASIS commission on guidelines and standards from 2003-2017 and has helped develop reference documents on a wide range of security and investigative topics.
2pm-2:30pm Catastrophe Models - Changing Your World
Thomas Clift, CPCU, AIU, ARe / Managing Director, Guy Carpenter
Clift TomThomas E. Clift began his insurance career with Continental Insurance as a trainee followed by various underwriting, marketing and management positions at the field and home office levels. Tom joined Guy Carpenter in 1997 as head of catastrophe modeling and appointed Managing Director in 2007. Currently Tom is a practice leader with Guy Carpenter’s Global Marine and Energy Specialties group responsible for risk evaluation and client solutions.
Tom is a graduate of Baruch University, achieved a Master of Science degree in Insurance Management from Boston University and holds the CPCU and AIU designations.
2:30pm-3pm Surveyor Perspective:  Harvey, Irma and Maria

Thor Jones, Marine Adjuster / Surveyor - Charles Taylor Adjusting
thor130Thor Jones has been working as the Marine Adjuster / Surveyor for Charles Taylor Adjusting since 2015. Prior to Charles Taylor Adjusting, Thor worked as a Marine Surveyor / General Adjuster at McLarens Global Claims Services; Diers, Jones and Stark Inc. and Diers and Associates, Inc. From 1987 to 1999, Thor was employed with Redding, Rhodes & Associates and during his tenure there served in a variety of positions including:  Industrial, Commercial, Maritime Casualty & Pollution Investigator; Adjuster & Consultant; Information Systems Manager and Communication Systems Manager. Thor served in the United Stated Navy from 1978 to 1984 as an electronics technician.  He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1978. Thor’s areas of expertise include: Investigation and Adjustment of Marine P&I, Hull, Cargo, Inland Marine, Property, Marine-related Casualty Investigations, and Salvage Operations. His Specific Handling includes: Marine P&I, Hull, Cargo, Inland Marine, Property, Condition & Valuation Surveys, Warranty Surveys.
3pm-3:15pm Break  
3:15pm-4:30pm Blockchain Could Revolutionize Insurance: True/False? You Decide

Juan-Jose Ruiz, Bockchain Business Development, IBM
Juan Jose Ruiz130Juan-Jose Ruiz is a global Strategy and Business Development executive with experience in technology, financial services, and media/information industries. He is currently leading IBM's Blockchain business development efforts across several verticals with particular focus on Global Commerce.  
Prior to IBM he played a number of strategic and operational roles at Thomson Reuters based in Europe, Asia, and the Americas including leading Strategic Alliances efforts for the Scientific division worldwide. Juanjo started his professional career as a software engineer in Spain developing some of the early web-based vertical b2b marketplaces. He holds a Computer Science and Engineering degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, an MBA from Mannheim Business School, and got his Chartered Financial Analyst accreditation from the CFA Institute. In his free time, Juanjo is an active start-up mentor in the NYC area and volunteers in local youth sport organizations.

Daniel Wilson, Commercial Manager, Global Trade Digitalization, Maersk
Daniel WilsonDaniel is the Director for Business Development on the IBM-Maersk project to digitise global trade. Daniel has been with Maersk since 2014 in a number of commercial leadership positions in New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Copenhagen where he has lead strategy and engagement for many of Maersk Line’s largest customers. Daniel started his career after finishing his MSc in New Zealand and a recent arrival to New York.

5:30pm-8pm Hornblower Cruises
Dinner cruise with cocktails
Departs at 78 South Street, Pier 15 
5-minute walk from 180 Maiden Lane Event Center
Board: 5:30pm
Cruising: 6-8pm


Time for June 22TopicPresenter
8:45-9am Welcome Remarks

John Miklus, President, AIMU
Jonathan O'Hara, MICA Chair
9-10am      Fires Onboard Container Ships

Boriana Farrar, Vice President-Counsel, Business Development Director-North America, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc.
Boriana Farrar is a Vice President, Senior Claims Executive and Counsel at the American P&I Club in New York.  She handles a variety of P& I and FD&D Claims with focus on personal injury crew and passenger claims, casualties, charter party and contract disputes.  Previously, Ms. Farrar was working at a leading New York maritime law firm Hill Betts & Nash LLP. Ms. Farrar holds a Masters Degree in Admiralty & Maritime Law from Tulane Law School where she was a part of Tulane Maritime Law Journal and Tulane Moot Court team. Ms. Farrar holds another Master’s Degree in International and Comparative Law from the University of San Diego School of Law. Ms. Farrar had the honor to serve as a Board Member of the Maritime Law Association of United States (“MLA”) from 2013-2016 and is a Board Member of Women International Shipping and Trading Association (“WISTA”). She was also recently elected as a Board Member of Seamen’s Church institute.

10-10:15am         Break  
10:15am-12PM  What’s Happening in Your Part of the World (Five Panelists): Cargo Theft & Crime Moderated by John Miklus
Territory: Czech Republic, Slovakia and HungaryTerritory: Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary
Milan Špinka, Executive Director, CRS
Milan SpinkaAfter completing studies on The Economy and Management School in Prague, Milan joined Ceska pojistovna a.s. (Czech Insurance Company) and began his career in Marine Claims Department (Special Risks Section) as Cargo and Hull Claims Adjuster. He gained his theoretical knowledge of insurance industry by regularly attending Marine Cargo and Hull Training Seminars and Workshops organized by insurers, brokers and law companies in London and his practical experience in everyday claims handling. In 1998, Milan joined Average Department of Ceska pojistovna (Czech Insurance Company), which was subsequently transferred to CRS (acting as AIMU correspondent and Lloyd´s Agent), where Milan continued his career as cargo surveyor, loss adjuster and claims investigator (licenced by the Czech National Bank). Since 2010, when his role changed to Executive Director of CRS, he became involved also in company operation, marketing and training.
    Territory: Germany 
Marc A. Friedrich, Managing Director and Partner, Reck & Co. GmbH     
Mark Friedrich123wMarc is a Managing Director and a Partner with Reck & Co. Germany and Reck & Co. Switzerland. Reck & Co. are Surveyors, Loss Adjusters and have a large Legal + Recovery Unit with currently 6 inhouse Lawyers. Marc has a typical German Lawyer Education and holds a Master of Laws degree in European and International Laws. During the Master Studies he spent some time at London and New York Maritime Law Firms.  He also studied at Munich Center for Dispute Resolution and became a Business Mediator.
Marc has meanwhile over 20 years of experience in International Transport Law and Recovery Actions. He is lecturing Transport and Maritime Law at Bremen University of Applied Sciences and gives regularly workshops to Claims Departments of Marine Insurers of their worldwide clients.
Marc is a member of the German Society of Transport Law and is also a member of the German Maritime Arbitration Association.
    Territory: Russia
Dirk Polfliet, Senior Claims Advisor, DPS Surveys
Focus: Stock fraud and misappropriation in Russia
Dirk PolflietDirk is a Senior Claim Advisor for DP SURVEY GROUP N.V. since 2003.
His responsibilities are:
•  Coordination / international organisation of survey (marine/non-marine) in Russia, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia, Poland, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan,  Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan
•  Coordination / international organisation of inspections on warehouses, silo’s and tanks
•  P&I liability
•  Hull damages (seagoing and inland vessels, vessel inspections)
•  Investigations on claims and fraud
Prior to DPS, Dirk had worked for 10 years with ITS Inc. at Antwerp of which 6 years as claims assistant and claims coordinator, and 4 years as Account Executive for the Eastern Liaison Department of ITS.
Dirk Polfiet received a degree in Vessel construction and Maritime Law.
    Territory: Brazil & Latin America
Stephen Watters, Managing Director, SWIAS-Mexico-Regional Office for Latin, America, Canada & The Caribbean
Stephen WattersStephen started his career in the London insurance market over 30 years ago. Following eight years loss adjusting in the UK he spent seven years handling claims in the Middle East. Since 1989 he has lived and worked in Latin America, apart from a three year assignment in Houston.  In 2000 he founded Stephen Watters International Adjusting Services who are based in Mexico and Chile. He specializes in handling Bullion, Cash in Transit, Specie and BBB claims/ risk surveys for Lloyd’s Underwriters, London, European & USA Reinsurers, principally in Central and South America, the Caribbean and Canada.
    Territory: UK
Michael Cox, Director, W.E. Cox Claims Group
Focus:  Cargo Theft with a UK Perspective   including how Brexit my affect trade, trade tariff, illegal entry and security.
Michael CoxMichael joined W.E. Cox & Co. (Recoveries) Ltd in 2003 and is now Director of W.E. Cox Claims Group Limited.
Michael has extensive knowledge of all cargo matters and the various national and international conventions covering movements by sea, air, road and rail, working on behalf of Insurers and brokers, as well as directly on behalf of large cargo owners. Michael is a confident negotiator and regularly attends settlement meetings with Carriers/P&I Clubs whilst also assisting clients with contract negotiations, loss control and data capture.
Michael travels extensively around world to meet the needs of international clients whilst maintaining a significant presence in the London Market.

Location 180 Maiden Lane, 2nd floor Conference Center, New York, NY 10038
Contact Eileen Monreale at or 212-233-0550