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Rue Montoyer 51
B-1000 Brussels
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Tel: +32 2 894 30 00
E-mail: [email protected]

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President
Andreas Brandstetter
President
Andreas Brandstetter, chairman & CEO of the UNIQA Insurance Group, Austria, was elected president of Insurance Europe in May 2018. Andreas holds a master’s degree (1992) and a PhD (1994) in political science from the University of Vienna, Austria including a one-year scholarship at the University of California, San Diego, USA. In 1993, he joined the cabinet of the then vice chancellor of the Republic of Austria, before becoming managing director of the Austrian People’s Party. In 1995, he was appointed head of the EU office of the Austrian Raiffeisen Association in Brussels and Vienna. Andreas joined the insurance industry in 1997 as assistant to the CEO of UNIQA’s predecessor company, becoming member of the management board responsible for international markets and mergers & acquisitions in 2002. In the same year, he finished his MBA at California State University, Hayward/IMADEC. In July 2011, he was appointed chairman and CEO of UNIQA Insurance Group.
Vice-president
Frédéric de Courtois
Frédéric de Courtois
Vice-president
After degrees in engineering and management, Frédéric de Courtois began his career with CGI Informatique in 1990, before moving to UAP in 1993 (which merged with AXA in 1996), working in the finance department before moving to the group controlling department in 1997. In 2000, he became vice-president of AXA Conseil, a sales channel with 1 500 employees. In 2001, he became deputy CEO of AXA Re, heading the finance, legal and claims areas. De Courtois became chief financial officer of AXA Japan in 2003, before being appointed deputy CEO of AXA Life Japan and then CEO of AXA Japan and Asia Pacific P&C in 2006. In 2007, he returned to Europe, becoming CEO of AXA MPS Assicurazioni Vita and Danni and chairman of AXA MPS Financial. He was made CEO of AXA Assicurazioni in July 2013 and later assumed responsibility for its Greek and Serbian markets. He was also on the board of AXA Life and Savings. In 2016, he joined the Generali Group as CEO of global business lines and international, with responsibility for the global lines, the EMEA, Asia and Americas regions and bancassurance. In July 2018, he was appointed general manager of the Group, overseeing insurance, finance, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, strategy and business development, operations and marketing. He is starting a three-year mandate as vice-president of Insurance Europe.
Director general
Michaela Koller
Director general
Working languages: English, French, German
Michaela Koller is director general of Insurance Europe. She is currently also secretary general of the Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA). Michaela has worked in Brussels since 1992. Prior to joining Insurance Europe in February 2007, she was a member of the management committee of the European Savings Banks Group and the World Savings Banks Institute. In her earlier career she was head of the European Office of German Building Societies and deputy managing director in charge of the interest representation of the European Federation of Building Societies. Michaela has served as a member of various consumer/industry groups and advisory groups established by the European Commission. She has been a member of both the insurance and reinsurance and the occupational pensions stakeholder groups of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and is currently vice-chair of the former. She testifies regularly at hearings organised by EU institutions. Michaela is a German national and holds a law degree from Augsburg University.
Sari Paasonen
Sari Paasonen
Executive secretary
Working languages: Dutch, English, Finnish, French
Management team
Michaela Koller
Director general
Working languages: English, French, German
Michaela Koller is director general of Insurance Europe. She is currently also secretary general of the Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA). Michaela has worked in Brussels since 1992. Prior to joining Insurance Europe in February 2007, she was a member of the management committee of the European Savings Banks Group and the World Savings Banks Institute. In her earlier career she was head of the European Office of German Building Societies and deputy managing director in charge of the interest representation of the European Federation of Building Societies. Michaela has served as a member of various consumer/industry groups and advisory groups established by the European Commission. She has been a member of both the insurance and reinsurance and the occupational pensions stakeholder groups of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and is currently vice-chair of the former. She testifies regularly at hearings organised by EU institutions. Michaela is a German national and holds a law degree from Augsburg University.
Olav Jones
Deputy director general/Director, economics & finance
Working languages: English
Cristina Mihai
Head of prudential regulation & international affairs
Working languages: English, French, Romanian
William Vidonja
Head of conduct of business
Working languages: English, French
Nicolas Jeanmart
Head of personal and general insurance
Working languages: Dutch, English, French, Spanish
Koen Ameye
Head of HR & support services
Working languages: Dutch, English, French
Jeroen Benning
Head of public affairs & communications
Working languages: Dutch, English
Janina Clark
Editorial manager
Working languages: English, French, German
Economics & finance
Olav Jones
Deputy director general/Director, economics & finance
Working languages: English
Olav Jones joined Insurance Europe as deputy director general in November 2011. As head of the federation’s economics and finance department he is responsible for prudential regulatory issues, accounting and investment, as well as international affairs and reinsurance. Olav was previously head of group risk strategy at Belgian insurer Ageas, the company created following the break-up of the Fortis banking and insurance group. From 2008–09 he was chief risk officer of Fortis Insurance, having previously been head of insurance risk and strategic risk at Fortis Group since 2002. He started his career with management consultant Oliver Wyman after gaining a first class honours degree in engineering science from the University of Exeter and an MPhil degree in finance from Queens’ College, Cambridge, both in the UK. He then worked for UK insurer Prudential in a variety of roles for six years before joining Fortis. He is currently vice-chair of the insurance and reinsurance stakeholder group of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).
Danny Dehaes
Danny Dehaes
Executive secretary
Working languages: Dutch, English, French
Cristina Mihai
Head of prudential regulation & international affairs
Working languages: English, French, Romanian
Carolien Afslag
Carolien Afslag
Policy advisor, prudential regulation
Working languages: Dutch, English, French
Solvency II
António de Araújo Costa
António de Araújo Costa
Policy advisor, international affairs & reinsurance
Working languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish
Philippe Angelis
Philippe Angelis
Policy advisor, financial reporting
Working languages: English, French
Gipsie Doudeau
Gipsie Doudeau
Policy advisor, prudential regulation
Working languages: English, French, Spanish
Solvency II
James Padgett
James Padgett
Policy advisor, international affairs
Working languages: English, French
Andrea Pintus
Andrea Pintus
Policy advisor, investments
Working languages: English, Italian
Angus Scorgie
Angus Scorgie
Policy advisor, prudential regulation
Working languages: English
Solvency II
Prudential regulation & international affairs
Cristina Mihai
Head of prudential regulation & international affairs
Working languages: English, French, Romanian
Cristina is the head of prudential regulation & international affairs. She and her team are responsible for developing positions on a range of topics, and then representing those positions to the European institutions, as well as a wide range of international organisations and standard-setting bodies, including the IAIS, the OECD and the FSB. The key files that fall under the responsibility of her team include: Solvency II, the global Insurance Capital Standard, investments, as well as trade and market access issues. Cristina joined Insurance Europe in 2012 as a policy advisor on investments. In 2014, she became the head of the international affairs and reinsurance department, and assumed responsibility for the prudential team in 2017. Earlier in her career, Cristina worked as an asset manager for the French insurer Groupama, where her team was responsible for managing a €200m asset portfolio. Before joining Groupama, Cristina worked in the derivatives division of Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking in Paris. She holds a master’s degree in financial engineering and risk management from HEC Lausanne, Switzerland, and is a CFA© chartholder.
Carolien Afslag
Carolien Afslag
Policy advisor, prudential regulation
Working languages: Dutch, English, French
Solvency II
António de Araújo Costa
António de Araújo Costa
Policy advisor, international affairs & reinsurance
Working languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish
Gipsie Doudeau
Gipsie Doudeau
Policy advisor, prudential regulation
Working languages: English, French, Spanish
Solvency II
James Padgett
James Padgett
Policy advisor, international affairs
Working languages: English, French
Andrea Pintus
Andrea Pintus
Policy advisor, investments
Working languages: English, Italian
Angus Scorgie
Angus Scorgie
Policy advisor, prudential regulation
Working languages: English
Solvency II
Financial reporting
Olav Jones
Deputy director general/Director, economics & finance
Working languages: English
Olav Jones joined Insurance Europe as deputy director general in November 2011. As head of the federation’s economics and finance department he is responsible for prudential regulatory issues, accounting and investment, as well as international affairs and reinsurance. Olav was previously head of group risk strategy at Belgian insurer Ageas, the company created following the break-up of the Fortis banking and insurance group. From 2008–09 he was chief risk officer of Fortis Insurance, having previously been head of insurance risk and strategic risk at Fortis Group since 2002. He started his career with management consultant Oliver Wyman after gaining a first class honours degree in engineering science from the University of Exeter and an MPhil degree in finance from Queens’ College, Cambridge, both in the UK. He then worked for UK insurer Prudential in a variety of roles for six years before joining Fortis. He is currently vice-chair of the insurance and reinsurance stakeholder group of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).
Philippe Angelis
Philippe Angelis
Policy advisor, financial reporting
Working languages: English, French
Personal and general insurance
Nicolas Jeanmart
Head of personal and general insurance
Working languages: Dutch, English, French, Spanish
As head of Insurance Europe’s personal insurance, general insurance and macroeconomics department, Nicolas Jeanmart contributes to the global and European debates affecting the non-life and life insurance sectors. He is also involved in the discussions on financial stability, with a particular focus on the question of systemic risk in insurance. Prior to joining Insurance Europe in November 2010, Nicolas worked for the European Savings Banks Group (ESBG), where he held various positions, culminating in four years as head of the banking supervision and economic affairs department. This position entailed notably the responsibility for representing the interests of Europe’s savings and retail banks in the discussions on global bank capital requirements frameworks (Basel II and Basel III). During his time at the ESBG, he also acted as the secretariat for various working groups and committees of the European Banking Industry Committee, the platform representing the entire European banking industry. In his earlier career he provided consultancy and training services, primarily to the financial sector, in Belgium and Luxembourg. Nicolas is a Belgian/French national. He holds a master’s degree in business engineering, as well as degrees in European integration and development and in computer sciences.
Alexandru Ciungu
Alexandru Ciungu
Policy advisor, macroeconomics & taxation
Working languages: English, French, German, Romanian, Spanish
Economic research, macroeconomic developments, banking and shadow-banking, taxation
Thomas Gelin
Thomas Gelin
Policy advisor, general insurance
Working languages: English, French
Motor, telematics
Margot Jilet
Margot Jilet
Policy advisor, pensions
Working languages: English, French, Italian
Personal insurance, pensions
Charles Low
Charles Low
Policy advisor, general insurance
Working languages: English, French
Sara MacArthur
Sara MacArthur
Policy advisor, general insurance
Working languages: English, French, Spanish
Liability of new technologies, sustainability (incl climate change and natural catastrophes), cyber insurance
Viktorija Proskurovska
Viktorija Proskurovska
Policy advisor, economics & statistics
Working languages: English, French, Latvian, Russian
Shanshan Yu
Shanshan Yu
Policy advisor, economics & statistics
Working languages: Chinese, English
Conduct of business
William Vidonja
Head of conduct of business
Working languages: English, French
As head of the conduct of business department, William Vidonja contributes to the global and European debates on legal and consumer protection issues, including insurance distribution, data protection, differentiation, contract law, competition issues and financial education. William is also part of the employers’ delegation of the Insurance Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee (ISSDC), the only forum at European level in which insurance employer and employee representatives discuss topics of common interest with the support of the European Commission. He joined Insurance Europe as a trainee in 2002. After his traineeship he was hired as deputy manager of the insurance of the person department before moving to the conduct of business department. William is a French national and holds a law degree from the University of Paris XII.
Emma Coles
Emma Coles
Policy advisor
Working languages: English
On maternity leave
Arthur Hilliard
Arthur Hilliard
Policy advisor
Working languages: English, German, Irish
IDD, InsurTech, financial education
Ana-María Llorente
Ana-María Llorente
Policy advisor
Working languages: English, French, Spanish
Consumer affairs, big data, compliance, social affairs
Malene Bye Rasmussen
Malene Bye Rasmussen
Policy advisor
Working languages: Danish, English, French
Single market information tool, collective redress & ADR, anti-discrimination
Francesca  Bertolo
Francesca Bertolo
Policy advisor
Working languages: English, Italian
PRIIPs, Consumer protection, Better regulation
Public affairs & communications
Jeroen Benning
Head of public affairs & communications
Working languages: Dutch, English
Janina Clark
Editorial manager
Working languages: English, French, German
Kristina Aleksandrova
Kristina Aleksandrova
Policy advisor, public affairs
Working languages: Bulgarian, English
Economics & Finance
Grisel F. Angel
Grisel F. Angel
Policy advisor, public affairs
Working languages: English, Spanish
Conduct of business
Annemarie Bos-de Roos
Annemarie Bos-de Roos
Policy advisor, communications & PR
Working languages: Dutch, English
Richard  Mackillican
Richard Mackillican
Policy advisor, communications & PR
Working languages: English
Contact for all media enquiries
Matti Salakari
Matti Salakari
Policy advisor, public affairs
Working languages: English, Finnish, French
General insurance, international issues, taxation and European supervision
Amélie Chantrenne
Amélie Chantrenne
Event coordinator
Working languages: Dutch, English, French
Human resources & support services
Koen Ameye
Head of HR & support services
Working languages: Dutch, English, French
Koen Ameye is the head of support services, managing human resources, finance and IT since he joined Insurance Europe in 2007. Prior to joining Insurance Europe, Koen worked for several years as a human resources manager for a large Belgian healthcare organisation and for the human capital management team at Deloitte & Touche. Koen holds a master’s degree in industrial and organisational psychology from the University of Ghent, a postgraduate qualification in business management from the University of Brussels and a degree from the University of Brussels in social security law.
Corentin Pollet
Corentin Pollet
ICT & logistics officer
Working languages: English, French
Daan Rademaker
Daan Rademaker
ICT manager
Working languages: Dutch, English
Véronique Van Dongen
Véronique Van Dongen
System administrator
Working languages: English, French
Sophie Vankerckhoven
Sophie Vankerckhoven
Accounting & HR administrator
Working languages: English, French
Secretariat
Danny Dehaes
Danny Dehaes
Executive secretary
Working languages: Dutch, English, French
Laetitia Molina
Laetitia Molina
Secretary
Working languages: English, French
Valérie Rein
Valérie Rein
Secretary
Working languages: English, French
Ana Solomiak
Ana Solomiak
Secretary
Working languages: English, French, Lithuanian, Russian