Risk Management Conference on Sporting Equipment and International Sport Governing Bodies

Risk Management Conference on Sporting Equipment and International Sport Governing Bodies, organised by the AISTS and KESSLER, Marsh ANd AXA XL.

As technology and innovation continues to have an ever so significant role in every aspect of sport, a higher standard of quality and safety for athletes, fans and the media have become even more important. Sporting equipment manufacturers continue to play at the edge of the rules and regulations that are set, constantly trying to make products stronger, lighter and smarter.  International Sports Federations, however, need to enforce their rules and regulations so as to maintain the tradition of their sport, ensure performance fair-play and safety while allowing for innovation to continue to develop their sport. This seminar will shed light on the topic of sporting equipment technology for sport governing bodies and provide information on how to mitigate risks for all stakeholders involved.  Viewpoints will be heard from the fields of engineering, the legal and also insurance domains.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday 14 March 2019

Time: 18:00 - 21:30

Venue:  The Synathlon, Unil Campus, Lausanne

Access by metro or parking available on the UNIL campus.  


18:00 – 18:10      Welcome by AISTS, AXA XL, Marsh, and Kessler

18:10 – 18:30       Jan-Anders Månsson, AISTS Scientific Advisor
                              Innovation in Sport Technology - Risks Management

18:35 – 18:55       Jean-Pierre Morand, Kellerhals Carrard
                              Competition Equipment: Setting a Legal Frame

19:00 – 19:15       Thomas Guesde, Marsh
                               Future Risk Challenges for International Federations 

19:20 – 19:35       Thomas Dettwiler, AXA XL
                              A taste of AXA XL and its General Liability offering 

19:35 – 19:55       Q&A / Open Discussion       

19:55 – 20:00     Conclusion/Closing Remarks

20:00 – 21:30      Cocktail Reception + Networking




Thomas Dettwiler, Underwriting Manager Corporate & Commercials, AXA XL

Thomas Dettwiler joined XL Group (at that time XL Capital) in 2004 from Winterthur Insurance where he made his apprenticeship with Professional Maturity. In his first role at XL he learned the basics and fundamentals of international liability programs. Thomas moved on to Underwriting where he worked with various senior people on some of XL’s largest liability programs. In 2013 he was promoted to Senior Underwriter and in 2015 he moved to London for a 2-years international assignment. After his return to Switzerland in 2017, Thomas took over the role as Underwriting Manager Corporate & Commercials for International Casualty Switzerland. Now after 15 years, he is working for AXA Group, the company that acquired not only XL Catlin but also Winterthur Insurance.

Thomas Guesde, Global Sports and Events International Practice, Marsh

Thomas has over 20 years’ experience in the Insurance industry both on the underwriting (mainly casualty) and on the customer/market management side. He has been posted in several countries (Ireland, Switzerland, France, Belgium) and has developed his expertise in many European and Asian countries. Thomas joined Marsh in late 2018 as a member of the Global Sports and Events International Practice.

Prof. Jan-Anders Månsson, AISTS Scientific Advisor and Professor of Materials & Chemical Engineering at Purdue University

AISTS Scientific Advisor in Sports Technology and Distinguished Professor of Materials & Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, Professor Jan-Anders received his PhD in Polymeric Materials from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden and after several years of industrial experience, he held positions as Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, KTH in Stockholm and at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. At the EPFL, as Professor and Director of the Polymer and Composite Laboratory and eventually Vice-President, he was responsible for Innovation and Technology Transfer. In the sport related field Prof. Månsson has led, among others, the scientific activities for America’s Cup-Alinghi, Solar Impulse and l’Hydroptère. He was President of the AISTS from 2008 to 2017 and is currently the Chairman of the FINA Swimwear Approval Committee and Board IOC Athlete Learning Gateway.

Jean-Pierre Morand, Attorney at Law and Partner at Kellerhals Carrard

Jean-Pierre graduated in law from the University of St-Gall and was admitted to the Geneva Bar in 1986. From 1988 to 1995 he worked for the Marc Biver Développement SA, a sports marketing agency, which became IMG Switzerland in 1993. Having returned to the bar, he was a partner of Legrand, Morand & Partners before joining Carrard & Associés (now Kellerhals-Carrard) as partner in 2009. Jean-Pierre specialises in corporate and sports law. He acts as counsel for several international sporting federations and major event organisers. His services are regularly required in international arbitration proceedings, notably in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). He is a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association and the International Bar Association, as well as the chairman of the UCI Disciplinary Commission. From 1995 to 2016, he was executive General Secretary of the Ski Racing Supplier Association (SRS). He is also a member of the board of directors of various Swiss companies.

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