December 5, 2020

Face to Face

Face to Face
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Protection is paramount

Newly turned CEO of Zurich International Life Walter Jopp explains the company strategy and ways to grow market positions to Sandhya Divakaran. The Life business of Zurich International has been in this market since 1989. With branches in Bahrain, UAE and Qatar, the company is now focused on growing its...

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Awareness: Starting small

Premium chanced upon the opportunity to speak to Joseph Bejjani, general manager, AIG MEA Ltd – Kuwait. The Kuwait insurance market has not been in the same pace as that of its GCC counterparts. The penetration rates speak for themselves. In an attempt to understand the market better, Premium was...

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In the spirit of partnership…

Premium spoke to Jihad Flayhan, general manager, NEXtCARE Lebanon to understand the healthcare market in Lebanon. Changes in the insurance landscape have caused third party administrators (TPA) to evolve from their role of merely managing claims. Most TPAs now assume the role of a consultant, that provides assistance, generates enormous...

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Plethora of opportunities

Nawaf Hasan, newly appointed MENA practice director of Arthur J. Gallagher speaks to Premium about how he plans to grow the company under his leadership. There has never been a better time to talk about the regional insurance industry. MENA practice director Nawaf Hasan talks about various points that are...

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A new adventure for Alice

Focusing on pricing and building a sustainable book of business is the need of the hour for reinsurers, according to Alice Vaidyan, chairman and MD of GIC Re. Being chosen to lead the only reinsurer in the Indian market and one of the biggest players in the Afro-Asian market and...

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Witnessing dynamic growth

Bearing witness to the UAE market for 18 years, Dr. Abdul Zahra Abdullah Ali, CEO of National General Insurance (NGI) relates to Premium how the industry has grown in premiums and in stature in the region. What was the state of the market when you moved to the UAE? What...

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Education, awareness top priority

Fareed Lutfi is no stranger to the industry, having worked in insurance, reinsurance and Takaful as well as serving as Secretary General of the Emirates Insurance Association, and the Gulf Insurance Federation. He speaks to Premium about the UAE and the growth of the insurance industry. What got you interested...

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‘Enforce sound rating practices’

Having held top managerial positions in the banking and finance industry across the Middle East, Jihad Faitrouni, CEO of Dubai Islamic Insurance and Reinsurance (AMAN) has seen the ups and downs of the insurance sector. In conversation with Premium, he believes the regulations will make much needed change in the...

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Focus on the basics

Gautam Datta, CEO of Al Madina Insurance Company, has seen the market transition from its dependence on benchmarks provided by multinational players to the setting up of regulations that will provide structure. Armed with a degree in Economics, Datta refers to his tryst with insurance a ‘happy accident’ that he...

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The ‘perfect storm’

Michael Jensen, managing director for MENA, AIG, talks about the company’s strategies, opportunities within Iran, regulations and more. Is the region going to see any respite from the soft prices and the general state of flux in the market? Michael Jensen discussed his view of the overall picture for the...

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