At every level within Volante, we have invested in outstanding talent. Each of our underwriting and service divisions are headed-up by recognised leaders in their respective sectors or territories – market experts that are results driven and fully empowered to forge ahead.

Our People

At every level within Volante, we have invested in outstanding talent. Each of our underwriting divisions is headed-up by recognised leaders in their respective sectors or territories – market experts that are results driven and fully empowered to forge ahead.

That level of best-in-class expertise is evident across all our operations, from our Technology Centre through to our claims management and risk control teams. We have set ourselves challenging targets which demand that we bring on board the calibre of teams and individuals necessary to achieve them.

WE HAVE SET OURSELVES CHALLENGING TARGETS WHICH DEMAND THAT WE BRING ON BOARD THE CALIBRE OF TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE THEM

That also means they must be motivated and committed to taking our organisation to the next level. While established practitioners in their particular arenas, Volante expects its people to be constantly looking ahead in an effort to find new, more effective ways of doing business.

We are constantly looking to add further depth to our talent pool across our organisation, whether attracting successful teams or outstanding underwriters to head-up new divisions, or innovative, tech-savvy pioneers looking to push boundaries.

To learn more about opportunities at Volante, contact opportunities@volanteglobal.com

Adam Beatty

CEO, Nephila Syndicate Management

Biography

Adam Beatty

CEO, Nephila Syndicate Management

Adam is CEO of Nephila Syndicate Management. Before joining us in 2013, he spent 15 years with the Willis Group. He was an MD at Willis Capital Markets & Advisory, their investment banking unit, and CFO of Willis Re, their global reinsurance business. Adam qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994.

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Adin Lara

Senior Vice President of Strategy & Execution

Nephila

Biography

Adin Lara

Senior Vice President of Strategy & Execution

Nephila

Adin is SVP of Strategy & Execution at Nephila. He works closely with the founders and other senior management on strategy, execution and new business initiatives. Before joining us in 2014, he was MD at Iroquois Capital Group, an investment bank in Nashville, and General Counsel at private equity firm CapitalSpring. He also practiced corporate and securities law for 10 years. He has a BA in English from Rhodes College and a law degree from the University of Tennessee.

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Chris Drew

Chief Actuarial Officer

Executive Committee

Biography

Chris Drew

Chief Actuarial Officer

Executive Committee

Chris has 22 years of actuarial experience covering a range of roles, from performance monitoring to pricing. Prior to joining Volante he was Head of Actuarial and MI for the Retail Division at QBE European Operations. He has also worked for RSA, Hymans Robertson and GE Capita.

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Talbir Bains

Founder, CEO & CUO

Executive Committee

Biography

Talbir Bains

Founder, CEO & CUO

Executive Committee

Talbir has more than 20 years of experience in the London Market. Prior to founding Volante, Talbir was the CEO and Group CUO of Dual International. Previously he held a number of managerial positions at QBE Europe, including Managing Director. He began his insurance career in 1998 at Willis in London before joining Swiss Re as a pricing actuary.

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Andrew Pearson

Managing Director

Executive Committee

Biography

Andrew Pearson

Managing Director

Executive Committee

Andrew has over 30 years of experience in the financial and professional lines sector across both underwriting and broking. Prior to joining Volante, Andrew was Divisional Head – Financial &amp Professional Lines at Barbican Managing Agency Ltd (Syndicate 1955). He has also held senior roles at Marsh FINPRO and BMS Bermuda, and was previously a Chair of the Lloyd’s Market Association’s (LMA) FI panel.

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Chris Drew

Chief Actuarial Officer

Executive Committee

Biography

Chris Drew

Chief Actuarial Officer

Executive Committee

Chris has 22 years of actuarial experience covering a range of roles, from performance monitoring to pricing. Prior to joining Volante he was Head of Actuarial and MI for the Retail Division at QBE European Operations. He has also worked for RSA, Hymans Robertson and GE Capita.

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Deepti Janak

Finance Director

Executive Committee

Biography

Deepti Janak

Finance Director

Executive Committee

Deepti is an ACCA qualified accountant with 15 years of experience in the insurance sector. Prior to joining Volante, Deepti was Head of Financial Planning & Analysis (UK) at DUAL Corporate Risks (MGA). Previously she has held senior finance positions in AIG Europe and Euler Hermes.

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Donna Willis

Chief Operating Officer

Operations

Biography

Donna Willis

Chief Operating Officer

Operations

Donna has 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry with proven expertise in designing and building long terms strategic plans, shaping target operating models to deliver outstanding business performance. Donna joined Volante Global from IQUW and ERS Lloyd’s syndicate where she was a Director of the Board and Group COO. Prior to this Donna was at QBE as Head of UK Casualty Claims and for fifteen years in various roles in Claims, IT and Change at AXA prior to 2011. Donna has received various awards during her career including the British Insurance and Chartered Institute Young Achiever of the Year awards.

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Geoff Piggot

Head of Claims

Executive Committee

Biography

Geoff Piggot

Head of Claims

Executive Committee

Geoff is a highly experienced claims manager. Over the last 30 years, he has worked across the insurance, reinsurance and loss adjusting sectors in senior claims roles.

Prior to joining Volante, Geoff was Global Head of Crawford Global Technical Services, a division of Crawford & Company. His career also spans 19 years at Gen Re, where he rose to the position of Global Property & Claims Manager. He was also a member of the Gen Re Corp Board and Risk Committee.

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Jennifer Hickman

Delegated Authority Manager

Chief Operating Officer Office

Biography

Jennifer Hickman

Delegated Authority Manager

Chief Operating Officer Office

Jennifer has 20 years experience in the insurance industry and is ACII qualified. As delegated authority manager, she is responsible for the oversight, monitoring and general governance of all of delegated authority contracts and agreements globally. Prior to joining Volante, she was delegated underwriting manager at Canopius Managing Agents Ltd.

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Philip Goss

Chief Risk Officer

Executive Committee

Biography

Philip Goss

Chief Risk Officer

Executive Committee

Philip has over 30 years experience in audit, risk and compliance within the insurance industry. His most recent role was as Risk & Compliance Director for Hastings Direct where he was responsible for all second line activities including risk, compliance, data protection, business resilience and financial crime. He held a similar role for 8 years at AXA Insurance having previously held Head of Audit roles at HSBC and Winterthur.

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Roshni Lillies

Active Underwriter and Chief Underwriting Officer for S1699

Volante Syndicate 1699

Biography

Roshni Lillies

Active Underwriter and Chief Underwriting Officer for S1699

Volante Syndicate 1699

Roshni is an experienced underwriter with over 13 years in the (re)insurance market. Prior to joining Volante, Roshni was Head of International Casualty Treaty at SiriusPoint Ltd. with group-wide responsibility of all international casualty business underwritten. Upon joining SiriusPoint Ltd. she established the international casualty product as a new offering via both their company and syndicate platforms. Roshni has also held a senior casualty treaty underwriting role at Everest Re, underwriting casualty and specialty classes via Everest Re’s London office. Roshni’s (re)insurance career began in the actuarial team at Everest Re where her role included pricing, reserving and exposure management.

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Sophie Waughman

People & Culture Director

People

Biography

Sophie Waughman

People & Culture Director

People

Sophie is responsible for providing strategic and operational People services, spanning the People lifecycle to all Volante Global operations across the UK and internationally.

Sophie has a Masters in Human Resource Management, with distinction, and is CIPD Level 7 qualified.

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Talbir Bains

Founder, CEO & CUO

Executive Committee

Biography

Talbir Bains

Founder, CEO & CUO

Executive Committee

Talbir has more than 20 years of experience in the London Market. Prior to founding Volante, Talbir was the CEO and Group CUO of Dual International. Previously he held a number of managerial positions at QBE Europe, including Managing Director. He began his insurance career in 1998 at Willis in London before joining Swiss Re as a pricing actuary.

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Abdelfattah Chami

Director of Treaty

Volante (DIFC)

Biography

Abdelfattah Chami

Director of Treaty

Volante (DIFC)

Abdelfattah has more than 24+ years of experience in the reinsurance sector.

Prior to joining Volante (DIFC) Ltd. in April 2022 as Director of Treaty he held various senior underwriting and management positions such as Chief Underwriting Officer at Saudi Re from 2018 to 2022 and Head of Treaty at Gulf Re from 2008 to 2017. Before that Abdelfattah served as a Senior Underwriter at Hannover Re in Germany where he spent more than 11 years between 1997 and 2008 overlooking non-life treaty business emanating from the Arab World, Cyprus, Greece, Iran, Malta and Turkey.

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Adam Jones

Portfolio Director, Facultative

Imara

Biography

Adam Jones

Portfolio Director, Facultative

Imara

Adam joined Imara in April 2020 to lead the development of the Facultative portfolio proposition, and brings with him almost 20 years of broad Lloyd’s and London market Underwriting experience.

His most recent appointment was as Class Underwriter for International Property D&F at the Barbican 1955 syndicate in Lloyd’s, where he was responsible for the portfolio planning, development and performance of a profitable niche portfolio of worldwide property business.
Prior to this appointment, Adam spent 6 years at Zurich, and 4 years at Aspen Re in a variety of UK corporate and Property Investors, and International Underwriting roles.

Throughout his career, Adam has demonstrated a proven track record of developing beneficial business relationships in multiple territories, and many years of experience in dealing directly with C-Suite insurance and non-insurance professionals including some of the world’s largest organisations, advising on Insurance placements and wordings.

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Adam Robson

Head of Underwriting Administration

Underwriting Administration

Biography

Adam Robson

Head of Underwriting Administration

Underwriting Administration

Adam joined Volante in October 2019 as the Head of Underwriting Administration. He has over 20 years’ experience in the London Insurance and Reinsurance Market, spanning both underwriting and operations functions. He stated his career at Lambourn Insurance Services where he worked at several Lloyds syndicates, brokers and run-off companies on projects that ranged from the implementation of reinsurance systems through to the reconciliation of client ledges and claims processing.

Adam then spent several years at Novae Syndicates Limited with roles spanning from commutations, underwriting and management.

Prior to joining Volante, he worked at Starr Insurance Companies as the Casualty Underwriting Support Manager.

His technical expertise stems from the wide-ranging roles he has undertaken throughout his career and his sector knowledge spans accident & health, aviation, bloodstock, marine hull, war and liability, professional indemnity, property and political and credit insurance.

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Adhwaite Hirani

FP&A and Treasury Analyst

Finance

Biography

Adhwaite Hirani

FP&A and Treasury Analyst

Finance

Adhwaite is a part qualified ACCA accountant and is in the final stages of his study. Prior to join Volante, Adhwaite was a finance assistant in a group company that had a diverse portfolio of companies and was incorporated in numerous countries. Even though he does not have experience within the insurance industry his previous experience of working with a company in multi countries has helped him transition into volante.

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Amy Fu

Managing Director, South East Asia & China

Imara

Biography

Amy Fu

Managing Director, South East Asia & China

Imara

Amy joined Volante as Managing Director in August 2022.

She has over 15 years’ experience in the (re)insurance market. Her career started with Swiss Re and has taken her around the world to Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London and Singapore. Amongst one of the first employees at Pioneer Underwriting, she built an international Marine portfolio of Treaty, Fac and Direct business, and was part of the team instrumental to its transition from an MGA to a Lloyd’s syndicate.

Amy moved to Singapore in 2017 to lead the distribution strategy and stakeholder engagement for Lloyd’s Asia.

Most recently she was a company director and board member of BMS Singapore.

Amy is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and holds an MBA from Imperial College London and is fluent in English and Mandarin.

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Anastasia Balina

Underwriter

Aesir Space

Biography

Anastasia Balina

Underwriter

Aesir Space

Anastasia has over 15 years of experience in Space and Aviation (Re)Insurance. Her extensive experience as a broker gives her understanding of insureds’ needs and an ability to define suitable insurance coverage solutions for a broad spectrum of risks.

In her last role as Divisional Director for Space at United Insurance Brokers, Anastasia was responsible for placing reinsurance for CIS clients including Roscosmos and Russian aerospace manufacturers, including not just launch and in-orbit but also AIT, pre-launch and third party liabilities.

Making good use of her MBA and drawing on her network and multicultural background, she strengthens and broadens Aesir Space’s diversified and structured underwriting approach.

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Andrea Lipscomb

Assistant Underwriter

Edison Motor

Biography

Andrea Lipscomb

Assistant Underwriter

Edison Motor

Andrea has 32 years of experience in the insurance market having worked in the Company Market, Broker Industry and the MGA sector.  She has held varied roles covering Household, Private Car, Commercial and Fleet Insurance including Binder Underwriting/Management and Underwriting Governance.

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Andrew Pearson

Managing Director

Executive Committee

Biography

Andrew Pearson

Managing Director

Executive Committee

Andrew has over 30 years of experience in the financial and professional lines sector across both underwriting and broking. Prior to joining Volante, Andrew was Divisional Head – Financial &amp Professional Lines at Barbican Managing Agency Ltd (Syndicate 1955). He has also held senior roles at Marsh FINPRO and BMS Bermuda, and was previously a Chair of the Lloyd’s Market Association’s (LMA) FI panel.

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Angelos Deftereos

Managing Director

Structured Finance

Biography

Angelos Deftereos

Managing Director

Structured Finance

Angelos has over 20 years’ experience in investment banking and insurance in London and New York. He joins Volante from AXA XL where his role as Head of Operational Risk Insurance focused on developing innovative risk transfer products, including Operational Risk and Credit Risk capital optimisation solutions, as well as underwriting traditional Financial Lines products for large, complex Financial Institutions.

Before joining AXA XL, Angelos was Head of Operational Risk implementation for Morgan Stanley’s asset management division. Angelos has held senior positions within the financial lines business with Marsh in New York and Aon in London, as well as the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs specialising in the telecommunication and e-commerce industry sectors.

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Anish Vithlani

Business Analyst

Technology

Biography

Anish Vithlani

Business Analyst

Technology

Anish works with the business to understand the business needs and requirements for specific projects. He owns the business processes across the organisation and acts as the Subject Matter Expert for those processes when bringing on board new products.

Anish began his insurance experience at Tokio Marine HCC where he held the role of Business Analyst for five years working on different London Market projects. He has excellent experience of underwriting, claims and ratings processes and how to interpret these into appropriate business requirements for implementation with a view to overall business strategy.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Financial Computing and a master’s degree in Banking and Finance.

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Annie Klaw

Executive Underwriter

Volante Speciality Risk

Biography

Annie Klaw

Executive Underwriter

Volante Speciality Risk

Annie has over 12 years’ experience in the United States insurance industry on both the broker and the underwriting side.

Prior to joining Volante Specialty Risk, Annie was an Executive Underwriter at Chubb Insurance in Atlanta, Georgia. Annie began her career at Willis (now Willis Towers Watson) in New York and later joined Wells Fargo Insurance Services (now USI Insurance Services).

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Arnaud Schwalm

Head Actuary

Horizon Europe AG

Biography

Arnaud Schwalm

Head Actuary

Horizon Europe AG

Arnaud has over 20 years of actuarial experience in the reinsurance sector, having held numerous senior roles.

Prior to joining Horizon, he was Chief Actuary for Europe at Canopius Europe, responsible for pricing, price monitoring, reserving and planning. He was also Chief Actuary across ACE Insurance Switzerland, ACE Reinsurance Switzerland and ACE Tempest Re Zurich. He began his actuarial career at Partner Re in 1999 and also worked for XL Re Europe.

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Arnen Panopio

Director of Third Party Lines

Volante (DIFC)

Biography

Arnen Panopio

Director of Third Party Lines

Volante (DIFC)

Arnen held leadership and senior underwriting positions in the insurance and reinsurance sector over the past 25+ years. He brings an in-depth understanding of the general insurance and reinsurance market-leading underwriting teams, Casualty line of business and regional offices of insurers and reinsurers in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

He joined Volante in 2021 as Head of Casualty and a member of the senior management team of Volante (DIFC) Ltd.

Before Volante, Arnen had several Casualty roles between 2003 and 2021 at the AIG MEASA region. He was the Casualty Profit Centre Manager between 2012 and 2020 and the Head of Liability Product line manager (Energy and Construction casualty) in 2020 and 2021.

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Athar Pandit

Business Manager

Volante (DIFC)

Biography

Athar Pandit

Business Manager

Volante (DIFC)

Athar has 8 years of experience in the management of Insurance operations, extensive knowledge in business process management, service delivery, and significant experience in insurance operations across several functions with competence in all aspects of operations. He also has knowledge of underwriting, new business applications, quotation generation, policy issuance, policy maintenance, and end-to-end processes.

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Bilal Zafar

Managing Director

Imara

Biography

Bilal Zafar

Managing Director

Imara

Bilal is a seasoned re/insurance professional, with experience across underwriting and pricing roles in London, Zurich and in high-growth markets.

Prior to joining Volante, Bilal was Director of Underwriting at a London-based investment fund which owned and operated insurance businesses in high-growth markets in Africa and Asia. He oversaw the successful turnaround of underwriting performance across the group.

As a board member of portfolio companies, he drove portfolio shifts towards profitability, implemented a strong governance culture and enabled a step-change in operational efficiency through the use of state-of-the-art underwriting technology.

Previously, Bilal spent several years at Swiss Re in underwriting and pricing roles, where his clients included some of the largest global insurers, advising them on reinsurance structures, solvency optimisation and risk management.

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Bobby Swarup

Managing Director

Imara

Biography

Bobby Swarup

Managing Director

Imara

Bobby has over 16 years of insurance industry experience across the London Market and Africa.

During his career, Bobby was Chief Financial Officer at a London-based investment fund which owned and operated insurance businesses in high-growth markets in Africa and Asia. Prior to this, he was a Director at EY, overseeing all aspects of providing assurance and advisory services to a client portfolio of large and listed global re/insurance groups.

Recently, as a board member of a Nigerian insurance company, he played a central role in greatly improving the firm’s performance prior to the company’s sale to Allianz.

Bobby has worked with boards and C-Suite executives of insurance businesses to set their vision and strategy, and has mentored teams to become more client-centric, improve their operations and grow profitably.

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Brian Bergin

Head of Property Underwriting

Horizon Europe AG

Biography

Brian Bergin

Head of Property Underwriting

Horizon Europe AG

Brian has an extensive knowledge of the European property reinsurance market, with over 17 years of underwriting experience in the sector.

Prior to joining the Horizon team, he was Senior Treaty Underwriter and Deputy Head at Aspen Re Europe working across the European property sector. Before this, he was a Senior Treaty Underwriter for Continental Europe at Sompo Canopius Re. He began his underwriting career at Ace Tempest Re in 2002.

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Cam McRitchie

Executive Underwriter, Property

Volante Canada Limited

Biography

Cam McRitchie

Executive Underwriter, Property

Volante Canada Limited

Cam has over 25 years of insurance experience in the Canadian Insurance market, predominately as a property underwriter working on complex risks. During his extensive career he has held numerous senior underwriting positions at firms including Lumbermen’s Underwriting Alliance, Swiss Re, Chubb and QBE Canada. He also has recent experience in broking with BFL Canada. Cam has valuable technical expertise and is a well-respected underwriter. He is based in Vancouver, BC.

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Charlotte Flook

Underwriter

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Directors & Officers

Biography

Charlotte Flook

Underwriter

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Directors & Officers

Charlotte works directly with the Volante F&PL team in her capacity as Assistant Underwriter.

She joined Volante from Barbican Insurance Group where she was an Underwriting Assistant, primarily focusing on FI, but also working across the broader Financial Lines portfolio, including Commercial D&O, Commercial PI and Cyber.

Charlotte is Cert CII qualified.

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Chris Drew

Chief Actuarial Officer

Executive Committee

Biography

Chris Drew

Chief Actuarial Officer

Executive Committee

Chris has 22 years of actuarial experience covering a range of roles, from performance monitoring to pricing. Prior to joining Volante he was Head of Actuarial and MI for the Retail Division at QBE European Operations. He has also worked for RSA, Hymans Robertson and GE Capita.

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Chris Thornton-Hogg

Actuary

Actuarial and Data

Biography

Chris Thornton-Hogg

Actuary

Actuarial and Data

Before joining Volante, Chris was the first graduate actuary taken on at Advent underwriting, where he specialised in Reserving and Pricing. Working across all lines of business and territories, Chris introduced a number of new processes and embedded these within the company. His breadth of knowledge resulted in him being the actuarial lead for the annual Lloyd’s Business Plan process. Starting his career in 2012, Chris fully qualified as an Actuary in 2016.

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Daniel Sardarizadeh

Head of FP&A and Treasury

Finance

Biography

Daniel Sardarizadeh

Head of FP&A and Treasury

Finance

FCCA Qualified Accountant, with extensive Corporate Finance experience within leading financial services companies. Daniels’ core experience sits within the Insurance and Broking sector, bringing a wealth of analytics and reporting capabilities to the FP&A and Treasury function at Volante Global. Prior to joining Volante Global, Daniel held senior finance positions at Willis Towers Watson and Aon.

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David Hamilton

Managing Director

Volante Speciality Risk

David Mercer

Managing Director

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Professional Indemnity

Biography

David Mercer

Managing Director

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Professional Indemnity

David Mercer is a highly respected professional indemnity practitioner with over 30 years of insurance industry experience spanning both the broking and underwriting arenas.

Most recently, he was a Director of PI at an international MGA, having joined that firm in 2008. Prior to this, David was an Executive Director of the PI team at Lockton and their predecessors Alexander Forbes and Nelson Hurst. He is ACII qualified.

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Davood Khalaghizadeh

Managing Director

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Directors & Officers

Biography

Davood Khalaghizadeh

Managing Director

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Directors & Officers

Davood is a highly experienced underwriter with a strong track record for developing diverse, successful books of business.

During his career in the insurance industry he has held a number of senior underwriting positions. Most recently, he was Head of Commercial D&O at Aspen Insurance UK. Prior to this, he spent six years at Starr Underwriting where he progressed to Head of Management Liability. He has also worked at QBE Europe and AIG.

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Deepti Janak

Finance Director

Executive Committee

Biography

Deepti Janak

Finance Director

Executive Committee

Deepti is an ACCA qualified accountant with 15 years of experience in the insurance sector. Prior to joining Volante, Deepti was Head of Financial Planning & Analysis (UK) at DUAL Corporate Risks (MGA). Previously she has held senior finance positions in AIG Europe and Euler Hermes.

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Didier Couturier

Deputy Managing Director

Volante France

Biography

Didier Couturier

Deputy Managing Director

Volante France

Didier Couturier is responsible for development and partnerships of Volante France. He has significant experience in the insurance market and was previously the Deputy Managing Director of QBE France, after joining the firm in 2000. Prior to this, he worked for many years in the reinsurance market at Gerling Konzern Globale AG in France where he was responsible for property and the regions, distribution and underwriting.

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Donna Willis

Chief Operating Officer

Operations

Biography

Donna Willis

Chief Operating Officer

Operations

Donna has 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry with proven expertise in designing and building long terms strategic plans, shaping target operating models to deliver outstanding business performance. Donna joined Volante Global from IQUW and ERS Lloyd’s syndicate where she was a Director of the Board and Group COO. Prior to this Donna was at QBE as Head of UK Casualty Claims and for fifteen years in various roles in Claims, IT and Change at AXA prior to 2011. Donna has received various awards during her career including the British Insurance and Chartered Institute Young Achiever of the Year awards.

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Doug Ockwell

Managing Director

Edison Motor

Biography

Doug Ockwell

Managing Director

Edison Motor

Doug has 25 years industry experience in motor and non-motor classes, spanning both motor underwriting (8 years) and broking and account servicing for large corporate clients, (17 years). He has specialised in the placement and underwriting of nonconventional motor business for 20 years and has extensive expertise in underwriting public-sector business.

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Ekta Patel

Assitant Accountant

Finance

Biography

Ekta Patel

Assitant Accountant

Finance

Ekta joins us with 4 years of experience as an Assistant Accountant & is studying towards her CIMA qualification. She is quite new to the industry, having only worked in insurance for a year previously, however she has experience working with multi-currency & multi entities from previous roles which will help her to get stuck in at Volante.

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Emma Plant

Legal Associate

General Counsel

Biography

Emma Plant

Legal Associate

General Counsel

Emma joined Volante Global in November 2021 as a Legal Associate where she provides support on a broad range of business, company and commercial matters.

She qualified as a solicitor in 2008, and has since worked at the Financial Conduct Authority and as a Compliance Officer for an insurance broker.

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Eric Gutierrez

Managing Director

Horizon Europe AG

Biography

Eric Gutierrez

Managing Director

Horizon Europe AG

Eric has over 25 years of reinsurance market experience, spanning both the underwriting and broking arenas. Most recently, he was CEO, European Reinsurance at Sompo Canopius Re (formerly Canopius Europe) from 2011 to 2017. Prior to this, he worked at Ace Tempest Re Europe and Ace Reinsurance Switzerland for 9 years, becoming Head of Continental Europe. He has also held roles at XL Re Europe, Groupe Walbaum and MCR.

Languages spoken: French, Spanish, Catalan, English and Italian

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Frank Kent

Underwriting Standards Manager

Volante Syndicate 1699

Biography

Frank Kent

Underwriting Standards Manager

Volante Syndicate 1699

Frank has over forty years of experience in a variety of organisations within the London Insurance Market, with responsibilities ranging from Syndicate Management to Technical Underwriting Management. Most recently, he worked for QBE European Operations as the Technical Underwriting Manager responsible for underwriting standards across all underwriting teams. He has also worked for West of England Shipowners, software houses in the London insurance market and various entities within Bankside and Limit Managing Agencies.

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Geoff Piggot

Head of Claims

Executive Committee

Biography

Geoff Piggot

Head of Claims

Executive Committee

Geoff is a highly experienced claims manager. Over the last 30 years, he has worked across the insurance, reinsurance and loss adjusting sectors in senior claims roles.

Prior to joining Volante, Geoff was Global Head of Crawford Global Technical Services, a division of Crawford & Company. His career also spans 19 years at Gen Re, where he rose to the position of Global Property & Claims Manager. He was also a member of the Gen Re Corp Board and Risk Committee.

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Graeme King

Managing Director

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Cyber Lockout

Biography

Graeme King

Managing Director

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Cyber Lockout

Graeme has over 30 years of experience as an IT consultant, a technology and intellectual property lawyer and a cyber and technology E&O underwriter. A highly respected figure in the cyber insurance arena, he is at the forefront of the evolution of cyber risk mitigation solutions as a driver of cyber insurance and the use of AI to assess cyber risk.

Previously, Graeme was Business Group Leader for Cyber and Tech at Barbican Insurance, among the top five cyber markets in London. From 2012 – 2014, he led a regional team of technology and cyber underwriters at Allianz, focussing on large global primaries. Prior to that, he specialised in underwriting Tech E&O risks for Hiscox in London, India and Australia.

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Hans Dohlen

Managing Director

Volante Germany

Biography

Hans Dohlen

Managing Director

Volante Germany

Hans is a Financial Lines specialist, with extensive insurance experience across Europe. Prior to joining Volante, he spent 10+ years at AIG in various underwriting and management functions across the Nordics, London, Germany and Switzerland. Hans is an InsurTech enthusiast and developer of Activist Protection Insurance.

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Harry Ormonde

Claims Operations Manager

Claims

Biography

Harry Ormonde

Claims Operations Manager

Claims

In his role as Claims Operations Manager, Harry is responsible for TPA management, process oversight and stakeholder management. As part of the Volante Global Service Centre, he works closely with clients to provide extensive claims management capabilities. Providing a single, consistent claims-handling function, he helps ensure the delivery of a diligent and efficient response to all claims scenarios.

Before joining Volante, Harry was a Delegated Claims Analyst at Aspen insurance, responsible for on-boarding claims outsource arrangements, ongoing third-party oversight and audit coordination. His claims experience also encompasses roles at Travelers and CSC, formerly Xchanging.

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Hussein Hassanali

Director, VTX Partners

Technology

Biography

Hussein Hassanali

Director, VTX Partners

Technology

Hussein has over 12 years of cross-functional experience spanning senior roles in sales, underwriting, claims, finance and investments.

He was previously Vice President of an emerging markets private equity firm, where he specialised in the purchase and turnaround of composite insurance companies achieving successful exits in Nigeria, Rwanda and Pakistan.

Hussein began his insurance career at Zurich Insurance Company in London as a multiline captive underwriter prior to moving to the finance function where he was responsible for setting and heading up the FP&A team. Subsequently, he was appointed as the Global Claims Controller in the group claims function in Switzerland responsible for claims performance management across 40 countries.

Hussein specialises in performance and operational enhancement, business strategy, financial reporting and analytics. He holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering and is a qualified CIMA accountant.

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Ian Hastie

Operations Manager

Edison Motor

Biography

Ian Hastie

Operations Manager

Edison Motor

Ian has worked in the commercial motor insurance sector for 10 years, providing operational support to stakeholders in both the private and public sectors. His knowledge and understanding of the essential systems and requirements needed to service motor accounts took him overseas for four months, to implement processes and provide full training, from introduction to go live, as part of a multi-million-pound project to relocate services. His experience covers conventional and non-conventional risks.

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Ian Inglis

Project Manager

Technology

Biography

Ian Inglis

Project Manager

Technology

Ian has spent the last 18 years working within the IT and technology space. He has spent the last 10 years within the Insurance industry, starting in software development before moving into project and programme management. Prior to joining Volante, Ian was a business project manager at Tokio Marine Kiln.

Following on from attaining an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Ian started his career as a software developer at BAE Systems, moving through various architectural and management roles before moving to the insurance industry at Beazley.

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Ifeyinwa Ojekwe

Marketing Manager

Chief of Staff Office

Biography

Ifeyinwa Ojekwe

Marketing Manager

Chief of Staff Office

Ifeyinwa is an experienced marketing professional with over 7 years of experience in communications, content creation, branding and strategic digital marketing techniques. She has professional experience working across a diverse range of industries including financial consulting, oil and gas, technology and several media agencies across West Africa and Europe.

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Jack Garnett

Claims Manager

Claims

Biography

Jack Garnett

Claims Manager

Claims

Prior to joining Volante, Jack has worked in various claims roles within the London Market, handling a diverse range of classes on an international basis. Jack’s previous role was a Senior Claims Adjuster for a Lloyd’s Broker, working on their US book. In addition to claims handling, Jack has extensive experience in TPA management & MI analysis.

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Jackie Manners

Delegated Authority and Broker Due Diligence Manager

Chief Operating Officer Office

Biography

Jackie Manners

Delegated Authority and Broker Due Diligence Manager

Chief Operating Officer Office

Jackie has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry, providing a broad range of skills and wealth of practical experience in oversight and governance within delegated authority world and managing operational teams and processes. With a proven track record in a range of projects including Delegated Authority Management, Audit management and oversight, as well as operational improvement initiatives and complex reconciliation.

 

Prior to joining Volante, she worked for GreenKite Associates and previously ERGO Specialty, Pen Underwriting and WRBIEL.

 

 

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Jacob Hersom

Assistant Underwriter

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Directors & Officers / Financial Institutions

Biography

Jacob Hersom

Assistant Underwriter

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Directors & Officers / Financial Institutions

Jacob has 3-4 years’ experience within the Insurance market. Working for Aon, Tokio Marine Kiln and joined Volante as an Underwriting Assistant for the Financial & Professional Lines team in 2019.

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Jamie Bryant

Senior Underwriter

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Directors & Officers

Biography

Jamie Bryant

Senior Underwriter

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Directors & Officers

Jamie has extensive underwriting experience in the London D&O market. He has developed portfolios on Lloyd’s and company market platforms and comes with experience across multiple product lines within the management liability space. Prior to joining Volante Financial and Professional Lines, Jamie was a Senior Underwriter at Aspen Insurance UK. He has also held underwriting positions at The Navigators Group and CV Starr.

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Jemma Godard

Underwriting Support Manager

Underwriting Administration

Biography

Jemma Godard

Underwriting Support Manager

Underwriting Administration

Jemma joined Volante Global in August 2021 as the Underwriting Support Manager where she helps deliver high-quality service to support the end-to-end underwriting process. She has 10 years of experience in the insurance market and has worked for Aon as a Broker Specialist – Junior Broker in US Casualty, and at Barbican Insurance as an Underwriting Assistant in the FI, D&O and PI team, prior to joining Volante.

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Jenna Terry

Underwriter

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Professional Indemnity

Biography

Jenna Terry

Underwriter

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Professional Indemnity

Jenna joins Volante with our regional PI team, she has 8 years experience in the insurance industry and is Cert Cii qualified. Starting off as an insurance technician within a Lloyds MGA, Prior to joining Volante, she was a professional indemnity underwriter at CNA Hardy.

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Jennifer Hickman

Delegated Authority Manager

Chief Operating Officer Office

Biography

Jennifer Hickman

Delegated Authority Manager

Chief Operating Officer Office

Jennifer has 20 years experience in the insurance industry and is ACII qualified. As delegated authority manager, she is responsible for the oversight, monitoring and general governance of all of delegated authority contracts and agreements globally. Prior to joining Volante, she was delegated underwriting manager at Canopius Managing Agents Ltd.

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John McFadyen

Data & Reporting Analyst

Credit Control

Biography

John McFadyen

Data & Reporting Analyst

Credit Control

Having worked in the insurance industry for 20 years, John has extensive experience of underwriting and operations/business processes across company, syndicate and MGA markets. He is also CertCII and CITIP qualified. In his role as Data and Reporting Analyst, John is responsible for maintaining/developing data systems, and reporting to internal/external stakeholders.

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Kanako Yoshitoshi

Executive Underwriter, Casualty

Volante Canada Limited

Biography

Kanako Yoshitoshi

Executive Underwriter, Casualty

Volante Canada Limited

Kanako has over 15 years of insurance experience in the Canadian insurance market. She has worked both in broking and underwriting roles, most recently as a Casualty Underwriter at QBE Canada. Kanako joins Volante Canada as an Executive Underwriter, where she will contribute to the development of the Casualty (GL, UMB, XS, Wrap Up, XS Wrap Up) lines of business. Kanako considers herself to be careful optimist, who enjoys winning as a team with humility and pride. She is based in Toronto and speaks English and Japanese. Kanako feels privileged to be part Volante team, and looks forward to working with our broker partners to develop solutions to serve their needs.

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Kathleen Shukri

Credit Control Manager

Credit Control

Biography

Kathleen Shukri

Credit Control Manager

Credit Control

Kathleen has worked within the insurance industry within the Credit Control function for over 16 years and brings a wealth of experience as she has worked for both brokers and underwriters, including Aon, Xchanging and Sagicor previously to that Kathleen experience was in Banking and the Finance industry.

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Khalil Eid

Managing Director

Volante (DIFC)

Biography

Khalil Eid

Managing Director

Volante (DIFC)

Khalil has held several executive management positions in the insurance and reinsurance sector for over 25 years. He brings an in-depth understanding of the region, client management, distribution, business planning, underwriting, portfolio management, risk management, regulations, compliance, and go-to market strategy building successful portfolios and teams across multiple lines.

He joined Volante in 2021 to launch Volante (DIFC) Ltd as the Managing Director, board member and senior executive officer responsible for the overall business.

Before Volante, he was the General Manager and Senior Executive Officer of QBE Insurance Middle East since its start in 2009 and until May 2020 based in the DIFC and covering the Middle East, Africa and Turkey region. Previously he held leadership roles at the Dubai International Financial Center ‘DIFC – Authority’ as Director of Insurance & Reinsurance and AXA Gulf as Country Manager of the UAE and member of AXA Gulf management team. He was also a board member of the Emirates Insurance Association in 2005 – 2006.

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Kristina Nelson

SME Portfolio Manager

Volante Canada Limited

Biography

Kristina Nelson

SME Portfolio Manager

Volante Canada Limited

Kristina is an accomplished senior underwriter with over 10 years of claims and underwriting experience in the Canadian market.  Kristina directs the execution of Volante’s small to mid-size enterprise strategy and portfolio across Canada catering to commercial combined SME packages and programs.

Kristina has successfully completed multiple insurance designations and is an active volunteer mentor.  She has strong broker connections across Canada and excellent relationships in Lloyds.  Her technical and product knowledge of SME business and the market trends, along with analytical and negotiation skills, set her apart as a dynamic leader in the industry.

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Kristy Mannin

Regional Portfolio Manager

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Professional Indemnity

Biography

Kristy Mannin

Regional Portfolio Manager

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Professional Indemnity

Kristy Mannin is a well-respected professional indemnity practitioner with over 12 years of insurance industry experience spanning both the broking and underwriting arenas.

Most recently, she was an Underwriter at DUAL, having joined that firm in 2014. Prior to this, Kristy was Team Leader of a Commercial Wholesale broking department. She is DIP qualified and currently working towards her ACII. Kristy has also been nominated for two Women In Insurance Awards including Underwriting Professional of the Year.

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Kyra Logothethi

Director of Casualty

Volante (DIFC)

Biography

Kyra Logothethi

Director of Casualty

Volante (DIFC)

Kyra has held leadership and senior roles in Casualty Broking since 2009. During her career as a Casualty Broker, she was underwriting on behalf of Lloyds and Company markets building a successful Liability Portfolio. She brings an in-depth understanding of the insurance and reinsurance market-leading Casualty Portfolio in the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. She joined Volante in July 2022 as Head of Casualty and a member of the senior management team of Volante (DIFC) Ltd.

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Lee-Ann Ferguson

Executive Underwriter, Automobile

Volante Canada Limited

Biography

Lee-Ann Ferguson

Executive Underwriter, Automobile

Volante Canada Limited

Lee-Ann has 18 years of automobile experience in the Canadian Insurance market working on large and complex fleets in the commercial auto sector. During her extensive career she has held numerous senior underwriting positions at firms including Kingsway, Aviva and most recently QBE Canada. She has successfully completed multiple insurance designations including CIP, FCIP and CRM. Her technical underwriting expertise, product knowledge and attention to detail are what set her apart from many in the field.

 

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Linn Sannerholm

Assistant Underwriter

Volante Underwriting Sweden

Biography

Linn Sannerholm

Assistant Underwriter

Volante Underwriting Sweden

Linn is an Assistant Underwriter for Casualty and Financial lines at Volante Underwriting Sweden. Prior to joining Volante she has held varied roles in insurance, working with both underwriting and as a Liability Claims Adjuster.  Linn graduated from Uppsala University with Master of Laws degree (LLM).

 

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Lisa Armstrong

Project Manager

Chief of Staff Office

Biography

Lisa Armstrong

Project Manager

Chief of Staff Office

Lisa has spent 14 years in the Banking Industry, working in a variety of Operational roles, spanning line management in Equities & Listed Derivatives, business development, project management and strategic responsibilities.
Prior to joining Volante, Lisa was Vice President at Goldman Sachs in the Clearing Operations division.

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Manik Sethi

Director of Marine & Offshore Energy

Volante (DIFC)

Biography

Manik Sethi

Director of Marine & Offshore Energy

Volante (DIFC)

Manik held leadership and senior underwriting positions in the insurance and reinsurance sector over the past 15 years. He brings an in-depth understanding of the general insurance and reinsurance market-leading global underwriting teams, speciality lines of business and regional offices of reinsurers in Asia & the Middle East.

He joined Volante in 2021 as Director of Marine and a member of the senior management team of Volante (DIFC) Ltd.

Before Volante, he was Practice Leader in the Speciality Lines team at Willis in Dubai in 2020 and 2021. Before that, he held leadership and underwriting roles at Qatar Re as the SEO of Qatar Re DIFC, CEO Singapore, Global Head of Marine between 2016 and 2020. He was also the Marine Underwriting Manager at Zurich Insurance Middle East between 2012 and 2016, and he held underwriting roles at Royal and Sun Alliance UAE from 2006 to 2012.

He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, UK and has a Masters in Commerce.

 

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Marc Friel

Actuarial Analyst

Actuarial and Data

Biography

Marc Friel

Actuarial Analyst

Actuarial and Data

Having recently graduated with a First Class Honours in Actuarial Science from Queens University Belfast.
Prior to joining Volante, he was involved in the pricing of personal lines products at Liberty Insurance, focusing mainly on private motor and household insurance.
Marc enjoyed his first steps into insurance and was determined to become part of the London Market and build his knowledge of specialty product lines.

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Maria Bella

Business Manager

Volante Canada Limited

Biography

Maria Bella

Business Manager

Volante Canada Limited

With over 15 years  experience in underwriting support including 6 years experience as a Team Leader.  Maria joined from QBE Canada where she has spent the past  9.5 years working her way up from Underwriting support to the role of an Underwriting Services Manager. Prior to her time at QBE  Maria was  a Senior Underwriting Assistant at Northbridge Insurance Canada.

Maria joined as Business Manager at Volante Canada where she will manage most of the relationships and tasks with Lloyd’s Canada and Provincial licensing regulators.  She is in an evolving role which will continue to develop as the local business grows.

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Martin Aldridge

Chief Technology Officer

Technology

Biography

Martin Aldridge

Chief Technology Officer

Technology

Martin has over 20 years of experience in the technology space. Prior to joining Volante, Martin held the role of Head of Architecture for Hyperion Insurance Group and before that Head of IT for Dual International.
Starting his career in earnest as Technical Architect for the underwriting system at OnLine Finance (part of GMAC), he has since held many roles ranging from being part of in-house technology teams through to consultancy roles supporting many clients. These roles have exposed Martin to market sectors outside of financial services, providing a wide understanding of technology across many industries in a variety of delivery methods.
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Martin Larkman

Global Head

Volante Transaction Services

Biography

Martin Larkman

Global Head

Volante Transaction Services

Martin is a vastly experienced legal practitioner with a Magic Circle private practice background as well as previous specialist in-house experience as a General Counsel. Martin has worked and advised clients across a number of jurisdictions and sectors including within the UK and Asia Pacific.

Areas of specific expertise for Martin include corporate and commercial law and he has extensive insurance sector experience particularly with regard to managing general agents, their formation and governance.

In previous roles Martin has spent considerable time developing insurance and underwriting solutions and processes and he brings significant commercial experience to the legal role having previously founded and acted as a director of an underwriting agency focused on the bancassurance arena. Martin is also an FCA approved person.

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Morten Pahle

Managing Director

Aesir Space

Biography

Morten Pahle

Managing Director

Aesir Space

Morten has over 20 years of risk management experience in the space industry and over 15 years in the insurance market. His technical knowledge gives Aesir Space a unique perspective on the space insurance market.

During his underwriting career, he was Founder and Managing Director of ViVet Limited, an MGA focused on space, aviation and energy. He was also UK Branch Manager at Glacier Insurance (now Starstone Insurance) and a Space Underwriter at Assicurazioni Generali.

His risk management credentials stem from his work as Group Risk & Insurance Manager at EADS Astrium Satellites (now Airbus Defence and Space) starting his career as a Reliability engineer on LEO meteorological satellites.

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Natalie Howe

People & Culture Officer

People

Biography

Natalie Howe

People & Culture Officer

People

Natalie joins Volante Global as People Officer, to deliver support globally across the employment lifecycle.

Following completing a degree in Geography at the University of Plymouth, Natalie began her career in the hospitality industry where she worked as Retail Services Manager in a large financial services company, before moving in to Human Resources in the Education Sector.

She has completed her CIPD Level 5 Qualification in Human Resources Management.

 

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Nazih Matar

Director of First Party Lines, Property, Onshore, Power & Energy

Volante (DIFC)

Biography

Nazih Matar

Director of First Party Lines, Property, Onshore, Power & Energy

Volante (DIFC)

Nazih held leadership and senior underwriting positions in the insurance and reinsurance sector over the past 35+ years. He brings an in-depth understanding of the general insurance and reinsurance market-leading underwriting teams, property line of business and regional offices of insurers and reinsurers in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

He joined Volante in 2021 as Director of Property and a member of the senior management team of Volante (DIFC) Ltd.

Before Volante, he was VP of Property, Casualty and Marine lines of business at Fidelity Insurance from 2018 to 2021. From 2017 to 2018 he was the SR VP head of Property at Oman Insurance. He also held senior underwriting roles at AIG MEA Limited for more than ten years between 2007 and 2017, where he managed the Property, Energy, and Engineering. He held senior management and underwriting roles at Bankers, Libano Suisse, and CIGNA.

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Neil Smith

Managing Director

Volante International Motor

Biography

Neil Smith

Managing Director

Volante International Motor

Neil Smith has over twenty-five years of experience in both the UK and international motor insurance markets. Previously, he was Portfolio Manager, International Motor at QBE and prior to this he was a senior underwriter at Ensign Motor Policies and also at Torch Motor Policies. Most recently, Neil held a senior position within the broking sector.

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Nicola Moore

Head of Exposure Management & Catastrophe Modelling

Actuarial

Biography

Nicola Moore

Head of Exposure Management & Catastrophe Modelling

Actuarial

Nikki joined Volante as Head of Exposure Management and Catastrophe Modelling in September 2022, with over 10 years of experience in the Lloyd’s and London insurance market. She has held roles across catastrophe modelling, data analytics, and portfolio management.

Prior to joining Volante, Nikki held the Head of Exposure Management role at Argenta Syndicate Management Limited. She has experience quantifying both natural and man-made catastrophe risk across property and liability lines, ensuring alignment with syndicate view of risk, risk appetite, regulatory requirements, and business strategy. Nikki started her career at Travelers with a degree in Geography.

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Olivier Chereau

Property Portfolio Manager

Volante France

Biography

Olivier Chereau

Property Portfolio Manager

Volante France

Olivier has more than 20 years of experience on Property Insurance. He graduated from Paris Insurance Institute (Sorbonne University) and has held several underwriting positions in Aspen Re, Zurich and Chubb, expanding his Property expertise to Insurance and Reinsurance. Prior to joining Volante, Olivier worked for BHSI and QBE France as Head of Property.

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Pascal Leroy

Managing Director

Volante France

Biography

Pascal Leroy

Managing Director

Volante France

Pascal Leroy is a specialist in distribution and property. He was previously the Head of Distribution and Regional Network of QBE France after having worked there as a Property Manager.

Pascal Leroy started his career at AXA Re London. He has previously worked as the Property Facultative Underwriter at AXA Re Paris, Client Manager at XL Insurance France, Property Manager at Zurich France and Property Deputy Manager at Aon France.

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Peter Forsberg

Underwriting Manager, Liability & Financial Lines

Volante Underwriting Sweden

Biography

Peter Forsberg

Underwriting Manager, Liability & Financial Lines

Volante Underwriting Sweden

Peter is Underwriting Manager for special liability and financial lines at Volante Underwriting Sweden. He has over 15 years of industry experience and was most recently regional underwriting manager at QBE for all classes of business in the Nordics, including special liability, financial lines, property and motor. Prior to his time at QBE, Peter spent seven years in the broking sector, working for Willis and subsequently Marsh.

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Peter Taylor

Director of Operations

Chief Operating Officer Office

Biography

Peter Taylor

Director of Operations

Chief Operating Officer Office

Peter joined Volante from DUAL with knowledge spanning many departments. Starting his career working in finance, he then moved to work under the Chief Actuary and help grow DUAL’s Actuarial function. In Actuarial he spent 3 years focusing on reserving, rate monitoring and small pricing projects before being asked to head up Data & Reporting for the DUAL Group.

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Peter Westman

Senior Underwriter

Volante Underwriting Sweden

Biography

Peter Westman

Senior Underwriter

Volante Underwriting Sweden

Peter is a Senior Underwriter for Casualty and Financial lines at Volante Underwriting Sweden. He has close to 20 years of industry experience and has been active as Nordic Underwriting Manager for Financial Lines business in QBE and most recently Senior underwriter of Casualty, Financial Lines and Commercial Combined business in Protector. Prior to his time at QBE, Peter spent almost ten years in the broking sector, working for a small local broker and subsequently Marsh.

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Philip Goss

Chief Risk Officer

Executive Committee

Biography

Philip Goss

Chief Risk Officer

Executive Committee

Philip has over 30 years experience in audit, risk and compliance within the insurance industry. His most recent role was as Risk & Compliance Director for Hastings Direct where he was responsible for all second line activities including risk, compliance, data protection, business resilience and financial crime. He held a similar role for 8 years at AXA Insurance having previously held Head of Audit roles at HSBC and Winterthur.

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Philippe Grignon-Dumoulin

Liability Portfolio Manager

Volante France

Biography

Philippe Grignon-Dumoulin

Liability Portfolio Manager

Volante France

Philippe has over 25 years of experience in Liability Insurance. He graduated from the Paris’s Insurance Institute (Sorbonne University) and began his insurance career at Marsh as Deputy Legal Manager. Philippe has held several Liability Managerial positions at Allianz, Aviva, MMA and Tokio Marine HCC where he was in charge of Japanese and local liability business.  Prior to joining Volante, Philippe worked at QBE for 4 years.

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Quentin Casares

MI Manager

Chief Operating Officer Office

Biography

Quentin Casares

MI Manager

Chief Operating Officer Office

Quentin has led teams across Consulting, Financial Services, Retail and Pharma over the past 28 years establishing flexible and user-focused BI systems to deliver everything from operational reporting to c-suite market insight. Quentin believes in adopting a flexible approach, empowering people to provide the best service and outcome and is passionate about fully utilising technology.

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Rachel Darke

Assistant Underwriter

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Professional Indemnity

Biography

Rachel Darke

Assistant Underwriter

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Professional Indemnity

Rachel has a wealth of experience at Heath Lambert in the wordings team, Swiss Re on the RI side, moving back to Heath and then joining Millers. She has also supported the UW teams at Antares.

Rachel’s last role before joining Volante was 6 years at Maven, Aon’s MGA, in the PI team.

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Rein Vahemann

Market & Sales Leader, Senior Underwriter

Volante Underwriting Sweden

Biography

Rein Vahemann

Market & Sales Leader, Senior Underwriter

Volante Underwriting Sweden

Rein is portfolio manager and senior underwriter for property and commercial lines at Volante Underwriting Sweden.

He has 30 years of experience within the re/insurance industry. He began his career placing outgoing facultative and treaty reinsurance for a major domestic carrier. After 10 years in the reinsurance sector, Rein became a senior property underwriter for large industrial clients at a major industrial insurance company. He then joined Aon in Sweden as a specialist broker. In 2008, he joined the launch team for the Corporate Division of carrier Moderna Försäkringar as property manager.

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Richard Newman

Managing Director, Commercial General Liability

Volante Canada Limited

Biography

Richard Newman

Managing Director, Commercial General Liability

Volante Canada Limited

With over 20 years of casualty market experience, including 16 years in the Canadian insurance market, Richard is a veteran of the sector.

His technical underwriting expertise and ability to achieve profitable growth have helped him secure senior positions with international carriers in the Canadian market. Most recently, Richard was Underwriting Manager for Casualty and Auto at QBE in Canada and was also a North American Liability Practice Group Leader at Allianz.

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Ricky Mahar

Director, VTX Partners

Technology

Biography

Ricky Mahar

Director, VTX Partners

Technology

Ricky has extensive experience across the insurance sector in different capacities as an investor, InsurTech specialist, investment banker and underwriter.

He was previously a Vice President at Greenoaks Global Holdings, a private equity firm focused on emerging markets, where he was responsible for the insurance operations of their portfolio of companies. Ricky was also a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. In addition, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prime Insurance Rwanda. During his career, he also worked at Morgan Stanley, focusing on insurance and FinTech within their Investment Banking Division. Prior to this, he spent over 5 years as an underwriter in the Financial Institutions Group at AIG.

Ricky holds a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago, a MSc in Finance from Cass Business School and an MBA from INSEAD.

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Rob Tsai

Managing Director, Property

Volante Canada Limited

Biography

Rob Tsai

Managing Director, Property

Volante Canada Limited

Robert has over 14 years of experience in property insurance in the Canadian market, working across virtually every major industry sector. His expertise also extends to facultative reinsurance.

During his extensive career he has held numerous senior positions at firms including FM Global, QBE and most recently Swiss Re, where he was a Senior Property Facultative Underwriter. He has established a strong track record in building and maintaining successful client relationships and has secured an extensive client network.

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Robert Yaxley

Assistant Underwriter

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Directors & Officers

Biography

Robert Yaxley

Assistant Underwriter

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Directors & Officers

Rob has previous experience as an Insurance Broker for the FinPro Commercial D&O team at Marsh, where he spent 2 years working in a wholesale role focusing predominantly on larger global clients.
His most recent role before joining Volante Global was as a Health and Safety advisor for a marine geophysical/environmental service company, working both on and offshore.

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Roshni Lillies

Active Underwriter and Chief Underwriting Officer for S1699

Volante Syndicate 1699

Biography

Roshni Lillies

Active Underwriter and Chief Underwriting Officer for S1699

Volante Syndicate 1699

Roshni is an experienced underwriter with over 13 years in the (re)insurance market. Prior to joining Volante, Roshni was Head of International Casualty Treaty at SiriusPoint Ltd. with group-wide responsibility of all international casualty business underwritten. Upon joining SiriusPoint Ltd. she established the international casualty product as a new offering via both their company and syndicate platforms. Roshni has also held a senior casualty treaty underwriting role at Everest Re, underwriting casualty and specialty classes via Everest Re’s London office. Roshni’s (re)insurance career began in the actuarial team at Everest Re where her role included pricing, reserving and exposure management.

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Ryan Tisi

Assistant Underwriter

Imara

Biography

Ryan Tisi

Assistant Underwriter

Imara

Ryan has been working within the insurance industry for two and a half years, where he has had multiple roles working within Lloyds syndicates, working both operational and underwriting assistant roles. Before his time in insurance, Ryan studied at university where he got an upper second class degree.

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Sam Johnson

Trainee Actuarial Analyst

Actuarial

Biography

Sam Johnson

Trainee Actuarial Analyst

Actuarial

Sam graduated from the University of Bath in 2022, having studied Mathematics and spent a year working as a Credit Risk Analyst at TSB on placement. Sam is looking forward to the challenges and progression opportunities that joining the Actuarial team will provide.

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Shanna Jeans

Risk Manager

Risk & Compliance

Biography

Shanna Jeans

Risk Manager

Risk & Compliance

Shanna has over 9 years’ experience in the insurance industry and has sound knowledge of the UK regulatory environment. Prior to joining Volante, Shanna was an Internal Assurance Officer at Hastings Direct and has excellent experience in undertaking second line assurance and audit activities.

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Sofiane Azzoug

Portfolio Director

Imara

Biography

Sofiane Azzoug

Portfolio Director

Imara

Sofiane joined Imara as Portfolio Director in July 2022, to develop the Treaty and Facultative portfolio in North & West Africa, and the CIS region.

He has over 12 years’ experience in the reinsurance industry. Prior to joining Imara, Sofiane was Head of International Inwards Reinsurance as Director at CCR Algeria, serving as member of its Underwriting Committee, Risk Management Committee, among others. During his time at CCR, Sofiane successfully developed a profitable book of Treaty and Facultative business emanating from Africa, Middle East and Asia.

Sofiane has an Engineering degree from the Institute of Planning and Statistics, Algeria, with specialisation in Finance and Actuarial Science. He also holds a Postgraduate degree from the Arab Maghreb Development Finance Institute. He is fluent in Arabic, French and English.

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Sophie Waughman

People & Culture Director

People

Biography

Sophie Waughman

People & Culture Director

People

Sophie is responsible for providing strategic and operational People services, spanning the People lifecycle to all Volante Global operations across the UK and internationally.

Sophie has a Masters in Human Resource Management, with distinction, and is CIPD Level 7 qualified.

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Stefan Bendes

Operations Director, Senior Underwriter

Volante Underwriting Sweden

Biography

Stefan Bendes

Operations Director, Senior Underwriter

Volante Underwriting Sweden

Stephan is operations director and senior underwriter for commercial and property lines at Volante Underwriting Sweden.

His career spans over 25 years working in both the insurance and risk engineering industry. He began his career at a domestic insurance company responsible for risk engineering and product development. After nine years, he moved to Aon in Sweden where he held several key positions. In 2008, Stefan joined a team launching the Corporate Division of carrier Moderna Försäkringar as head of underwriting for commercial lines.

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Stephen Kiedish

Managing Director

Affinity Solutions

Biography

Stephen Kiedish

Managing Director

Affinity Solutions

Stephen has over 17 years of insurance industry experience, including 14 years working within the amateur sports, leisure and entertainment sectors. His extensive market expertise spans all forms of coverage that are required.

Prior to Affinity, Stephen was an Underwriting Manager at a specialist international MGA in the sports sector. Previous roles have included Underwriter for property, leisure and sport at Prosight Syndicate 1110 and Underwriter at AEGIS London Syndicate 1225. He entered the sports and leisure sector in 2005 when he joined QBE.

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Steve Dickie

Managing Director

Edison Motor

Biography

Steve Dickie

Managing Director

Edison Motor

Steve has worked in the motor insurance sector for 40 years across both the underwriting (30 years) and broking arenas. Most recently, he worked on large corporate and complex risk accounts. Previously, Steve was head of motor fleet for a motor book in the Lloyd’s and Composite market. He also spent 10 years as an associate director at one of the London market’s leading wholesale brokers. He has extensive expertise in underwriting public-sector business.

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Steve Redding

Managing Director

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Financial Institutions

Biography

Steve Redding

Managing Director

Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Financial Institutions

Steve has over 30 years of experience in the London market, including 25 years specialising in Financial Institutions. Writing business on a worldwide basis, he has gained an incredible insight into the unique coverage requirements of different territories and industry sectors.

Prior to joining Volante Financial and Professional Lines, Steve was Financial Institutions Manager at Antares Underwriting working across a diverse portfolio of business. Previous roles have included Financial Institutions Underwriter at Württembergische Versicherung and Deputy Accident Underwriter Eagle Star Re.

He began his career in the London insurance market in 1986, when he joined Trinity Insurance.

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Steve Vandriel

Managing Director, Auto

Volante Canada Limited

Biography

Steve Vandriel

Managing Director, Auto

Volante Canada Limited

Steve is a vastly experienced senior underwriter in the fleet and commercial auto sector, having worked in the Canadian automobile market for over 29 years.

He has held numerous leadership roles and has been responsible for the establishment of new auto teams at a number of insurance carriers. Previous companies have included Zurich Allianz, Aviva Canada and most recently Berkshire Hathaway where he played a central role in setting up the Canadian auto division for BHSI Canada.

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Steven Harwood

Managing Director, APAC

Volante Transaction Services

Biography

Steven Harwood

Managing Director, APAC

Volante Transaction Services

A qualified solicitor, Steve has 24 years’ of relevant experience having spent 6 years as a Lloyd’s reinsurance broker at Willis, 11 years handling cross-border M&A at Herbert Smith Freehills in Tokyo and over 7 years underwriting transactional liability risks, (joining Volante from Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance where he built a successful Asia Middle East transactional liability team).   Steve is a long-term Tokyo resident, speaks fluent Japanese and is based in Japan.

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Stuart Gemmell

Risk Control Lead

Edison Motor

Biography

Stuart Gemmell

Risk Control Lead

Edison Motor

Stuart is a risk engineer at Edison Motor. He is one of the most experienced risk specialists in the UK motor market, having worked in law enforcement and commercial fleet risk management and fleet driver education for over 35 years.

Stuart specialises in designing and delivering human factors and behaviour-focussed solutions that influence driver performance. He led the fleet risk management support response to Glasgow City Council following the major refuse truck incident in December 2014 and continued to work with them for a number of years after. He has also provided direct support and consultancy into several UK Police services.

He is qualified to Masters’ degree level in driving behaviour and education, is a Graduate member of IOSH and holds a level 6 Diploma in occupational safety and health from NEBOSH. In addition, he holds a number of vocational qualifications, RoSPA advanced driving examiner and DVSA Licensed trainer. He is also a visiting Consultant to Cranfield University, Driving Research Group.

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Talbir Bains

Founder, CEO & CUO

Executive Committee

Biography

Talbir Bains

Founder, CEO & CUO

Executive Committee

Talbir has more than 20 years of experience in the London Market. Prior to founding Volante, Talbir was the CEO and Group CUO of Dual International. Previously he held a number of managerial positions at QBE Europe, including Managing Director. He began his insurance career in 1998 at Willis in London before joining Swiss Re as a pricing actuary.

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Tanya Parchani

Compliance Manager

Risk & Compliance

Biography

Tanya Parchani

Compliance Manager

Risk & Compliance

As Compliance Manager, Tanya is responsible for providing guidance on all aspects of regulatory compliance, conduct risk, data protection and anti-money laundering. She has knowledge and experience of working in regulated markets in the UK, Europe, and Middle East.

Prior to Volante, Tanya worked at Qatar Reinsurance Company Limited where she was responsible for providing compliance support and guidance on a wide range of regulatory matters to the business and its subsidiaries.

 

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Thomas Stace

Actuarial Analyst

Actuarial and Data

Biography

Thomas Stace

Actuarial Analyst

Actuarial and Data

Thomas graduated from Bath University with a master’s in mathematics specifying in probability and statistics. He is studying for the actuarial exams and has experience in data science and is keen to utilise this knowledge in a commercial setting.

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Tina Bishop

Underwriter

Edison Motor

Biography

Tina Bishop

Underwriter

Edison Motor

Tina has over twenty-five years Insurance experience specialising in the Commercial Motor market, during which she has worked at various Lloyds motor syndicates as well as large corporate. Tina comes to Volante with a track record of having previously built renewal books within the MGA sector.

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Torkel Lindberg

Managing Director

Volante Underwriting Sweden

Biography

Torkel Lindberg

Managing Director

Volante Underwriting Sweden

Torkel is managing director of Volante Underwriting Sweden, and senior underwriter for financial lines and liability insurance.

He has over 25 years of experience in the Nordic insurance market. Torkel was previously general manager for the Nordic Region at QBE Insurance, having set up the regional operations in 2009. He also held several senior positions at Marsh and Willis in Sweden, including head of risk management, and practice leader for financial lines and casualty business, as well as heading up liability and financial lines underwriting at Chubb.

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Ulf-Lennart Johansson

Market & Sales Leader, Senior Underwriter

Volante Underwriting Sweden

Biography

Ulf-Lennart Johansson

Market & Sales Leader, Senior Underwriter

Volante Underwriting Sweden

Ulf is the market & sales leader and senior underwriter for property and commercial lines at Volante Underwriting Sweden.

He has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. During this time, Ulf held several senior positions at If, Marsh and Aon, before joining Moderna Försäkringar, owned by Tryg, where he started a green-field operation focusing on the industrial and commercial insurance sector. He was later promoted to head of the Corporate Division and senior vice president of the company.

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Véronique Warnery

Managing Director

Volante France

Biography

Véronique Warnery

Managing Director

Volante France

Véronique Warnery started her career as Chief Legal Officer of the Public Transportation Company of Orléans (which is part of the Transdev group). After which she held the position of Casualty broker within the construction department of Gras Savoye and at Siaci Saint Honoré, therefore broadening her experience to the manufacturing, retail, nuclear, IT, media and telecom sectors. She joined Hiscox group in 2008 as a Professional Lines Underwriter and was then appointed as the Technical Underwriting Manager for France and Southern Europe within the European Underwriting Direction and finally the Pricing and Portfolio Underwriting Manager for all lines of business for Europe before joining QBE France in 2015 as the Head of General Liability and Life Sciences.

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Wasif Ahmed

Financial Reporting Accountant

Finance

Biography

Wasif Ahmed

Financial Reporting Accountant

Finance

Qualified as ACCA in 2003, 9 years of insurance industry experience in Life & Pensions, GI, Lloyds, Reinsurance, Retrocession and Insurance Brokerage. Areas of expertise include Group consolidations and Financial controls design and implementation, System Implementation and upgrade projects, Statutory accounts, Group restructurings, Transfer pricing, acquisitions and disposals.

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Zuzana Gabor

Finance Manager

Volante Underwriting Sweden

Biography

Zuzana Gabor

Finance Manager

Volante Underwriting Sweden

Zuzana has been active in the insurance industry for 15 years. Before joining Volante Underwriting Sweden, Zuzana was the CFO at Howden Insurance Brokers (part of the Hyperion Group) in Stockholm. Prior to that she worked for 7 years as Finance Manager within the facility management sector.

Zuzana graduated from Stockholm University with Master of Laws degree (LLM) and Bachelor degree in BA.

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