Unleashing the Connected Future

Robert Bauer

Robert Bauer

Managing Director, Head of Innovation & Sharing Economy Practice Group, AIG

Rob serves as AIG’s Head of Innovation and Sharing Economy Practice Group. He helps define, articulate, and drive AIG’s client-facing business strategy for the Internet of Things, Sharing Economy, and Blockchain.

Rob creates and leads Innovation partnerships at AIG that have resulted in: the first Multinational insurance policy deviled via Blockchain with IBM and Standard Chartered Bank; creation of a think-tank for autonomous vehicle data sharing with top fleet clients called Together for Safer Roads; acquisition of technology from an industrial grade wearables tech startup; a global study on Autonomous Vehicles and how liability will shift with several UC law professors called, Future of Mobility and Shifting Risk; Kleiner Perkins partnership which recently produced a whitepaper on the Data Sharing Economy; a multi-year relationship with the University of Chicago that resulted in an IoT Risk Managers’ Checklist; AIG’s ongoing relationship with the Consumer Electronics Show, and more.

Rob sits on the Innovation Committee for the American Insurance Association and the Board of Directors of Together for Safer Roads – a private sector non-profit he helped create for AIG in partnership with peers at Facebook, Walmart, AT&T, ABInBev, GM, and IBM. He is on the Board of Advisors for the Internet of Insurance. Rob manages AIG’s relationship with the Brookings Institute Metropolitan Cities Initiative in Washington, DC and Plug and Play Technology Accelerator in San Francisco, among others.

Rob joined AIG in January 2012 as Head of Corporate Communications for Global Casualty. He added communications responsibility for three additional business units: Property, Specialty, and Multinational over the next three years.  Prior to joining AIG, Rob spent nearly a decade with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), based in Washington as Director of Government Relations and Los Angeles as Director of Global Strategic Planning and Research.

A recovering lawyer, Rob earned his BA and Juris Doctor from Georgetown University. He has written speeches for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a US President, and Mongolian President, Elbegdorj Tsakhia.

Connected societies are more prosperous communities. Advanced networking and related technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) are unleashing new opportunities for businesses and the public to reap economic and social benefits. Today, these disruptive technologies are equipping us with the ability to ‘know more (with greater certainty) than ever before’. A trend that will only accelerate in the years ahead. Robert Bauer will explore how we are harnessing the power of these technologies and putting them to work to seize new opportunities; create new decision-making capabilities; and achieve greater impact on society. This includes the insurance industry and the many sectors it serves – from intelligent transportation and autonomous vehicles to smart cities, digital government, smart energy, resource management and worker safety.