About us

The Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue supports the development of Swiss Re's Group strategy by providing expertise, analysis and insights into key trends relevant to the insurance industry.


The Centre for Global Dialogue is the premier conference facility of Swiss Re, dedicated to the exploration of global insurance and risk issues.

The Centre strives to position Swiss Re at the forefront of innovative thinking within the risk transfer industry. It seeks to explore the future of risk coverage; to monitor and highlight changes in the risk landscape; and to be a catalyst for industry change.

Under the leadership of Annabelle Hett, the Centre is divided into four units:

  • Business Development (headed by Kaspar Lechner) develops event content and agendas, and acquires the right mix of experts, knowledge leaders and decision makers to discuss risk topics and promote business solutions. The unit is also responsible for Centre communications, the website, event summaries and risk publications
  • Risk Research (headed by Stephan Schreckenberg) systematically builds and maintains external expert networks, facilitates and coordinates collaborative research projects, and allocates and manages Swiss Re research related sponsorships
  • Client Executive Programmes (headed by Remo Steinmetz) provides top-executives of clients and governments access to knowledge they can get only through Swiss Re experts and the Centre's network.
  • Hotel Operations (managed by René A. Isler) maintains the best-in-class hotel and conference facility, together with accompanying premier services