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President
Sergio Balbinot
Sergio Balbinot
President
The Allianz SE supervisory board appointed Sergio Balbinot to the board of management of Allianz SE for four years in January 2015. Balbinot is responsible for Allianz insurance business in western and southern Europe (France, Benelux, Italy, Greece, Turkey), the Middle East, Africa, India and — since January 2017 — the Asia-Pacific region. After graduating in economics and completing a scholarship at the European Community, Balbinot joined the Munich, Germany office of Italian insurance group Generali in 1983. In 1986 he moved to Generali’s headquarters in Trieste, where he joined the insurance operations department. In 1989 Balbinot relocated to Zurich to take responsibility for Generali’s Swiss branch. He moved to Paris in 1992 to manage the international activities of Europ Assistance. He returned to Trieste in 1995, becoming the area manager for German-speaking countries and France. He was appointed general manager in 2000, managing director in 2002 and group chief insurance officer in 2012. In 2013 he was also nominated chairman of Generali Italia, the company resulting from the reorganisation of the Generali Group in Italy. In 2011 he was elected president of Insurance Europe. He is a member of several international organisations. Balbinot is president of Bambini del Danubio, a non-profit association to aid children, which he founded in 2004.
Vice-president
Torbjörn Magnusson
Torbjörn Magnusson
Vice-president
Torbjörn Magnusson, president and CEO of If P&C Insurance, Sweden, was elected vice-president of Insurance Europe in 2013, with a three-year mandate. Magnusson, a Swedish national, started his career in the insurance industry as an actuary with Skandia International. In his 23 years in the industry he also worked for Mercantile & General Re in London as actuary and chief actuary. He joined If P&C Insurance in 1999 as head of commercial products, before becoming head of the company's commercial division. He has been If's president and CEO since 2002. He has been a member of Insurance Europe's strategic board since June 2010. He sits on the board of Insurance Sweden, the Swedish insurance federation, and of the Swedish Insurance Employers' Association, both of which he chaired from 2006 to 2009. If is the leading property and casualty insurance company in the Nordic region, as well as to Nordic customers with international operations, with approximately 3.6 million customers in the Nordic and Baltic countries. If is a fully-owned subsidiary of Sampo plc.
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 chaired the insurance and reinsurance stakeholder group of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) during its first two-and-a-half-year mandate. She is currently a member of EIOPA’s occupational pensions stakeholder group and 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 chaired the insurance and reinsurance stakeholder group of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) during its first two-and-a-half-year mandate. She is currently a member of EIOPA’s occupational pensions stakeholder group and 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 insurance, general insurance & macroeconomics
Working languages: Dutch, English, French, Spanish
Koen Ameye
Head of HR & support services
Working languages: Dutch, English, French
Rosa Armesto
Head of public affairs & communications
Working languages: English, French, Spanish
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
Philippe Angelis
Philippe Angelis
Policy advisor, financial reporting
Working languages: English, French
Lisa Idinger
Lisa Idinger
Policy advisor, international affairs & reinsurance
Working languages: English, German
James Padgett
James Padgett
Policy advisor, international affairs
Working languages: English, French
Angus Scorgie
Angus Scorgie
Policy advisor, prudential regulation
Working languages: English
Solvency II
André-Philippe Sende
André-Philippe Sende
Policy advisor, prudential regulation
Working languages: English, French
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
Lisa Idinger
Lisa Idinger
Policy advisor, international affairs & reinsurance
Working languages: English, German
James Padgett
James Padgett
Policy advisor, international affairs
Working languages: English, French
Angus Scorgie
Angus Scorgie
Policy advisor, prudential regulation
Working languages: English
Solvency II
André-Philippe Sende
André-Philippe Sende
Policy advisor, prudential regulation
Working languages: English, French
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 insurance, general insurance & macroeconomics
Nicolas Jeanmart
Head of personal insurance, general insurance & macroeconomics
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, sustainability (incl climate change and natural catastrophes)
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.
Georgia Bakatsia
Georgia Bakatsia
Policy advisor
Working languages: English, Greek
Data protection, social dialogue
Emma Coles
Emma Coles
Policy advisor
Working languages: English
Distribution, disclosure, IGS, IBER
Arthur Hilliard
Arthur Hilliard
Policy advisor
Working languages: English, German, Irish
Distribution, consumer affairs, legal affairs, financial education
Ana-María Llorente
Ana-María Llorente
Policy advisor
Working languages: English, French, Spanish
Consumer affairs, REFIT, data protection
Malene Bye Rasmussen
Malene Bye Rasmussen
Policy advisor
Working languages: Danish, English, French
Anti-discrimination, european supervision, collective redress, single market information tool
Public affairs & communications
Rosa Armesto
Head of public affairs & communications
Working languages: English, French, Spanish
Rosa Armesto Plaja is the head of public affairs and communications of Insurance Europe, the European (re)insurance federation. She and her team are responsible for coordinating and strengthening political and public support for Insurance Europe’s work on its key files (including: prudential, conduct of business, taxation and all insurance business lines). Rosa is also chairing the Brexit project group of Insurance Europe. Rosa has worked in Brussels, in the financial services sector, since 2007. Prior to joining Insurance Europe in March 2015, she was the head of public and regulatory affairs at the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE). Before that, she worked at the Statistical Office of the European Commission, Eurostat, based in Luxembourg. Rosa is a Spanish national and started her professional career as research officer for a multinational media agency in Madrid, after gaining a statistics degree from the University of Zaragoza and a master’s degree in economics from the Universities of Zaragoza (ES) and Groningen (NL). She also holds a professional degree in piano. As a recognised lobbyist, Rosa was named one of the “40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Trading and Technology” by UK financial newspaper Financial News in 2011.
Janina Clark
Editorial manager
Working languages: English, French, German
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/secretary
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
Brigitte Thomassen
Brigitte Thomassen
Administrative assistant
Working languages: English, French
Véronique Van Dongen
Véronique Van Dongen
System administrator
Working languages: English, French
Sophie Vankerckhoven
Sophie Vankerckhoven
Accountant
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
Amélie Chantrenne
Amélie Chantrenne
Event coordinator/secretary
Working languages: Dutch, English, French
Secondees
Genjiro Saito
Genjiro Saito
National expert
Working languages: English, Japanese