Cologne: 14.–15.05.2025 #insureNXT

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The Jury - Standalone Insurance Pioneer

Anna Kessler

Managing Director, InsurLab Germany e.V.

As the managing director, Anna is responsible for the strategic development of the entire ecosystem as well as the operational management of InsurLab Germany.


Betina Nickel

Board Member for Product, IT, and Innovation Management, ÖRAG Rechtsschutzversicherungs-AG


Danilo Raponi

Group Head of Innovation, Generali

Danilo is the Group Head of Innovation at Generali, where he is in charge of driving and scaling innovation throughout the Group, and is the Managing Director of Generali’s global Innovation Fund. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge.


Sebastian Pitzler

Managing Partner, Ensure Growth Capital

Sebastian Pitzler has been active in the insurance industry for more than 20 years. As the longtime managing director of InsurLab Germany, he was a co-initiator and organizer of insureNXT. Since the summer of 2023, he has been the managing partner of Ensure Growth Capital, a venture capital fund specifically tailored to the needs of the insurance industry.


Stefan Riedel

Board Member, codecentric AG

Stefan Riedel, as a board member at the IT consulting firm codecentric AG, steers the course in the areas of customer focus and sales. In his previous leadership positions at IBM in Germany and Europe, as well as a board member at adesso SE, he significantly expanded the respective insurance business and gained national and international experience across the entire spectrum of consulting and all facets of digitization. In addition to his role as a board member, Stefan is actively involved as an advisor in various committees, including boards, supervisory boards, and advisory boards, including InsurLab Germany and insureNXT. He brings diverse experiences from the startup scene and comprehensive knowledge in corporate governance.

Stefan's motivation to be a jury member for the insureNXT Innovators Award stems from his passion for innovative developments and his interest in recognizing outstanding ideas and achievements in the fields of technology, insurance, and sales.


Stephen Voss

CEO / Co-Founder / Board Member, Neodigital Autoversicherung AG

Stephen Voss is a sales and marketing expert with over 25 years of experience in the banking and insurance industry. Since 2017, he has been a co-founder and board member responsible for sales and marketing at Neodigital Versicherung AG.


Dr. Sylvia Eichelberg

Chairwoman of the Board, Gothaer Krankenversicherung AG

Dr. Sylvia Eichelberg has been the chairwoman of the board of Gothaer Krankenversicherung AG and a board member in the Gothaer Group since January 1, 2021. She is convinced that in a time of significant changes in the conditions, courage, space for change, and strong innovations are particularly necessary. Therefore, she aims to provide more visibility to innovative minds.