Henna Karna

Chief Data Officer, Managing Director, AXA XL

Henna is AXA XL’s Chief Data Officer and is responsible for its digital & data evolution & transformation. A recognized expert on digital strategy, data analytics and organic & inorganic transformation, she has more than 20 years of experience leading innovative digital/data strategies in the risk management & insurance industry. Her skills include bleeding-edge innovations, end-to-end transformations, and development of proprietary data-driven risk solutions comprising genetic cognitive learning, behavior modeling, proprietary algorithms and deep neural networks.

Before joining AXA XL, Henna served as managing director and global head of actuarial technology and operations for AIG, where she oversaw actuarial technology strategy and operations. Earlier, she was president of Verisk Digital, a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics. She has worked for the government, successfully sold start-ups, sat on for-profit Boards, and advised numerous Fortune 500 companies on their digital innovation and disruption strategies.

Henna holds an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Bachelors, Masters of Applied Mathematics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and Doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. She has been a member of Mensa and Pi Mu Epsilon and has worked as an adjunct professor of statistics in the Entrepreneurial program at Babson College. Her work has been published in more than three dozen cognitive science and mathematics research publications, and she is a frequent speaker at key industry events, including InsurTech Rising, Insurance Analytics Symposium, and Women in Leadership at ACORD. Henna was listed #5 in Insurance Networking News’ “Top 15 People in Insurance Technology” in 2015, Top 20 Executives in India New England in 2013, 2015 &2017, and nominated for “Top 50 Power Leaders” in 2018.

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