René is global insurance expert and delivers consultancy and training services on bancassurance and insurance topics. He is actively advising on distribution, partnership development, digitization & innovation, regulation, strategy and operational execution. He is a well known speaker and chairman at various physical and digital conferences around the world. René has 30 years experience in financial services and worked and lived in the Netherlands, USA, the Caribbean, India, Germany and Austria. Over the years 2010-2017, René developed and headed the International Competence Center Bancassurance ERGO in Europe and Asia. This team was also global expert team for Munich Re. Prior to this, René worked in various management roles within ING Group. Amongst them as Sales Director of ING Life Insurance in India, Bangalore (2006-2009) and ING Netherlands (1998-2005). He gained experience in bancassurance and insurance projects in many local markets, i.e. Europe, India, China, South East Asia, Latin America and Africa. He is CEO and Founder of ConPoel Solutions GmbH, a consultancy firm in Vienna, and Efma Senior Adviser in the field of insurance.