Joel Agard

Head of Group Innovation, Zurich Insurance Group

Joel Agard

Speaker Bio


Joel Agard, a millennial with a hands-on attitude to make innovation reality in a transforming industry



Joel Agard is an innovation executive with a background in tech, telco, media and digital consulting. He has worked for both startups and global corporations. Since 2019, he has been responsible for various external innovation programs within Zurich Insurance Group, including the largest startup tournament in insurance, the ‘Zurich Innovation Championship’. He holds a Master of Applied Science degree in ‘Business Administration’ as well as an Executive MBA in ‘Innovation Management and New Business Development’. Born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland, he shares a global mindset, leading back to his Caribbean, Italian and Dutch roots.



Joel Agard is passionate about exploring the opportunities of innovation and, through the initiatives he is leading, is helping to foster an open innovation culture in a global company with more than 56’000 employees to protect future generations in an ever-changing world.