Experts from around the globe will speak at the Global Insurance Symposium in Des Moines May 20-22, according to Gov. Terry Branstad.

The privately funded symposium is the result of collaborative work between the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart.  Participants will hear about trends affecting the industry from international regulators, state insurance commissioners, insurance industry chief executives and other industry experts.    

Globally recognized keynote speakers that are already confirmed to attend the event include Japan’s Vice Commissioner Masamichi Kono; Mr. T.S.Vijayan, chairman of the India Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority; and former U.S. senator Ben Nelson, CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

“The insurance industry in Iowa is critical to our economy,” Branstad said in a prepared statement. “We are honored to host the Global Insurance Symposium in our capital city and share a dialogue with global leaders about the critical issues impacting the industry.”

Gov. Branstad will welcome attendees to the symposium at a reception at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates on the evening of May 20. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Insurance Commissioner Gerhart will make opening remarks the next morning.

For more information about the conference and to register, visit