Chairman & Chief Executive,
Jamil Bahou is Chairman and Chief Executive of Connect UW. He oversees a diversified portfolio of global (re)insurance and other businesses.
Why do you support IICF?
CSR is part of our corporate ethos and I believe collectively we are stronger together and we can accomplish more as part of a wider group.
Founder and Managing Director
Following a 20-year career at Aviva, Stuart launched Brandex Insight in 2011. A digital communications consultancy and part of the Brandex Group, Brandex Insight helps organisations of all shapes and sizes make sense of the online space.
Stuart has many clients in the insurance sector including Tokio Marine Kiln, the Managing General Agents’ Association, Atrium Underwriting, Insurance Law Global, The Russell Group and Axco.
Stuart led the development of Aviva’s online corporate estate for 11 of his 20 years at the company.
Stuart spent nine years as an independent governor at Norwich University of the Arts, chairing the Finance and Resources Committee for three years.
Chief Executive Officer
World Broker Network and Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Founder
Bruce has over 40 years of insurance industry services experience that combines extensive business and operational expertise with demonstrated leadership and Board level responsibility in both the national and international insurance communities.
He co-founded and built ABD Insurance and Financial Services (ABD), a $186M insurance brokerage, into one of the top 14 insurance brokers in the United States, then acquired by Greater Bay Bancorp in 2002, and later by Wells Fargo as part of its acquisition of Greater Bay Bancorp.
In 1995, Bruce established the US arm of WBN and subsequently served as CEO, Member of the Global Executive Committee, and Member of the Global Board of Directors.
AmWINS Access Insurance Services LLC
Prior to her role at AmWINS, Barbara served as P&C growth and innovation leader for Assurant as Executive Head of Business Development. Her responsibilities included growth strategies, originating and fostering strategic partnerships and creating innovative product solutions.
Barbara’s nearly four decades in the insurance and reinsurance industry has spanned executive leadership roles on a global platform encompassing Operational & Strategic responsibilities.
Why do you support IICF?
As Chair of the International Board of Governors of the IICF, entering my second term, it is clear we are the only international insurance foundation aligning the insurance industry around charitable giving at a local level with grants, disaster recovery, volunteer service through our weeks of giving campaigns and industry leadership including talent and diversity where our proceeds directly benefit our charities.
Chief Underwriting Officer,
Steve is Chief Underwriting Officer and a member of the Executive management team at Pool Re. Steve has responsibility for all aspects of underwriting and claims, including exposure management and modelling.
Prior to this, Steve spent 12 years at Allianz UK, latterly as Head of UK Property and Casualty. Steve is an associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and is also an expert witness in insurance matters.
Chief Operating Officer, Group Benefits Divisions
Riva Dumeny serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Benefits Division – one of five divisions of AmWINS Group. Responsible for developing business and operational strategies, Riva is charged with facilitating these efforts across the Group Benefits organization. Her proven track record and focus on innovation and process improvement efforts help provide the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that the company has the proper products, operational controls, people, and technology in place to grow effectively. For the past few years, Riva has leant her expertise to AmWINS as a whole as Executive Vice President, Operations and Strategy, supporting the operations of the organization and managing strategic initiatives including the development of centralized services that handle E&S placement for large P&C retail clients.
Riva has more than fourteen years in the industry. Prior to joining AmWINS, she worked for Connextions, which was acquired by UnitedHealth Group in August of 2011. She held a variety of roles under UHG’s service umbrella of Optum, including vice president and service division leader, where she was responsible for various client relationships, primarily focused on Healthcare Benefits organizations, with $98M P&L and corresponding strategic account plans. Riva holds a bachelor’s degree from Rollins College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School.
Director of Client Relationships,
Kieran is Director of Client Relationships at national law firm Weightmans, focused on delivering exceptional results and a proactive approach to client care.
He is a highly skilled litigator with 25 years’ experience acting for insurers, public authorities and international commercial organisations on high profile and high-value cases.
Kieran is also a Director of Insurance Law Global (ILG), a multi-jurisdictional network of insurance defence law firms.
Why do you support IICF?
I am delighted to support IICF which enables me to “give something back” by its work with and support for charities focused on education and social mobility. Whilst it is an “insurance” charity, unlike others importantly its mission is to those outside the industry.
Dave started his career in insurance in 1980 with the Institute of London Underwriters (ILU) in its aviation department. He was promoted to a directorial position within the ILU in 1993 and became Director of Operations following the Institute’s merger with LIRMA to become the IUA in 1998.
A fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and Member of the Board of London Market Faculty, he took over as Chief Executive of the IUA in March 2005.
Why do you support IICF?
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation is an extremely effective way for our industry to help individuals and communities. By co-ordinating our efforts we can have more impact for a greater benefit.
Brendan McManus joined PIB Group as CEO and investor in July 2015 having previously sold Giles Insurance Brokers to Arthur J Gallagher in November 2013, becoming CEO of their UK Retail business on completion.
Prior to that, Brendan had been CEO of Willis ltd and CEO Willis UK and Ireland from 2007. Brendan was the Honorary Vice President of the CII, he was also previously Deputy Chairman of BIBA, and past Chair of the Distribution Committee of the ABI.
Chubb Insurance (Switzerland) Ltd
Most recently, Dawn oversaw Chubb’s Middle Market, Small Commercial & Industry Practice Businesses as well as Sales & Distribution in Continental Europe. Prior to this, she served as the President and CEO at AXA Insurance Company US, the AXA Group’s property and casualty commercial insurance subsidiary.
Prior to joining AXA Dawn spent 13 years at American International Group (AIG), ultimately serving as Head of Client Engagement for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Before her time at AIG, with a desire to experience the dynamic intersection of public/ private partnerships first hand, she spent several years in Prague, leading an investment advisory firm focused on the Central European energy sector privatisations of the time.
Managing Director, Insurer Solutions
Chris is responsible for all insurer and strategic relationships for Applied’s UK business. He came to Applied Systems in August 2013 following the acquisition of Insurecom Limited.
Chris has worked in the insurance industry for more than 30 years.
Head of Internal Audit
Caroline joined CNA Hardy in 2014 as the Head of Internal Audit for the organisation, having previously held leadership internal audit positions at AXA UK and across financial service institutions. Caroline has a long standing passion for the positive impact that we can have working with our local communities, and takes an active lead on a number of CSR initiatives at CNA Hardy.
William (Bill) Ross
Chief Executive Officer,
Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation
In September 2004, Bill joined the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation as Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the overall operation and strategic direction of the Foundation.
Bill joined the Foundation after a 31-year career with the Walt Disney Company, having worked in the Parks and Resorts division with assignments in Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Resort in Paris. He was a member of the executive team that managed the $2 billion expansion of the Disneyland Resort in Southern California.
Mayer Brown International
Colin is a partner in the Corporate & Securities practice and Insurance Industry Group of the London office of Mayer Brown International.
Colin focuses on the insurance sector and has advised on many of the market leading Insurance transactions of the past two decades. He has a strong focus on cross border public transactions including takeovers, listings and secondary securities offerings. He also advises on insurance-linked security (ILS) transactions and on a variety of third-party capital structures at the convergence point of the financial services industry.
Colin joined Mayer Brown in September 2011 from the London office of a leading New York law firm, prior to which he qualified at a top city firm.
Most memorable IICF experience
Mayer Brown has a long association with the IICF on both sides of the Atlantic. We are particularly proud to have been instrumental in the setting up of the UK charity and hosted many inspirational events on behalf of the IICF.
Jolle Wever has more than 16 years of experience and knowledge of life and non-life insurance, investment banking and corporate finance. He worked extensively in the investment banking sector including eight years at UBS in London where he specialised in the financial services industry. He has been Managing Director of Axco since 2018.
Why do you support IICF?
The IICF’s central role in uniting all members of the insurance industry and creating a strengthened philanthropic voice. Seeing the difference it makes first hand through volunteering opportunities has been wonderful.