News Middle East28 Aug 2018

Finalists unveiled for 5th Middle East Insurance Industry Awards 2018

| 28 Aug 2018

A total of 44 insurers, brokers, risk managers, service providers and industry leaders have made it to the finals of the 5th Middle East Insurance Industry Awards (MIIA) 2018, lauded as the premier awards of the MENA region. They edged out more than 300 other entries in the first round of judging with some 15 judges drawn from the leaders of the region.

The finalists comprise many determined players who stand tall and are making a difference in the market. The next and final round of judging will be on 8 October, where the judges will meet face-to-face to discuss the merits of each finalist with the winners to be selected in a secret ballot. The process will be audited by EY and the winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation Gala Dinner to be held on 26 November at the Conrad Dubai.

This year the MIIA has 15 categories, including the Digital Insurer of the Year – a new category introduced to keep with the disruptive technology era.

The MIIA, organised by Middle East Insurance Review (MEIR), was launched in 2014 to recognise and salute excellence in the MENA insurance industry, helping to boost standards and promote greater professionalism in the market. The MIIA is lauded for its well-defined criteria, the integrity of the judges and its transparent selection process. The results are independently audited. Now in its fifth year, the MIIA has awarded some 60 individuals and companies for their various contributions to the industry.                   

MIIA 2018 finalists 

Broker of the Year

Al Futtaim Willis

Al Manarah Insurance Services

Howden Turkey, TMEA

Corporate Risk Manager of the Year

Bob Sehmi - Dana Gas

Dr. Riyad Jaddal - Go Global

Elsa Goutveniger - Majid Al Futtaim

Digital Insurer of the Year

Now Health International

RAK Insurance

Union Insurance Company P.S.C.

Educational & Training Initiative
of the Year


KPMG Lower Gulf Limited

Oman Insurance Company

General Insurance Company
of the Year

Emirates Insurance Company

Oman Insurance Company

Orient Insurance PJSC

Health Insurance Company of the Year

Cigna Health Insurance Middle East S.A.L.

Oman Insurance Company

Orient Insurance PJSC

Innovation of the Year

Aafiya Medical Billing Services LLC

Health at Hand

National General Insurance Company

Law Firm of the Year

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP


Pinsent Masons

Life Insurance Company of the Year

Oman Insurance Company

Orient Insurance PJSC

Personality of the Year Award

Khaled Saoud Al Hasan - Gulf Insurance Group (gig)

Mahomed Akoob - Hannover ReTakaful

Osama Abdeen - Abu Dhabi National Takaful

Reinsurance Company of the Year

ArgoGlobal Underwriting (Dubai) Limited

Hannover Re

Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

Reinsurance Broker of the Year

Chedid Re

Kay International AMEA Limited

Willis Towers Watson Re

Service Provider of the Year

KPMG Lower Gulf Limited

Milliman LLC

Now Health International

Takaful Company of the Year

Abu Dhabi National Takaful Co PSC

SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Co. (P.S.C)

Takaful Emarat Insurance P.S.C.

TPA of the Year

GlobeMed Group




The Judging Panel

Abdul Khaliq R Khalil
Secretary General, General Arab Insurance Federation (GAIF)

Dr Adel Mounir
Secretary General, Federation of Afro-Asian Insurers & Reinsurers (FAIR)

Dr Bassel Hindawi
Chairman/CEO, DIFC Insurance Association

Fareed Lutfi
Secretary General, Emirates Insurance Association

Omer Hassan Elamin
President, Orient Group

Mark Cooper
General representative Middle East, Lloyd's Limited, Dubai

Jean-Louis Laurent Josi
CEO, Oman Insurance Company (PSC)

Julio Garcia-Villalon
Former Regional Head, MetLife - Middle East & Africa MetLife

Sami Sayegh
Zonal Head - MENA | Russia, AIG

Peter Englund
Senior Executive Officer, Head of commercial insurance, Middle East, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

Andrew Smith
CEO, Ras Al Khaimah National Insurance Company

Osama Abdeen
CEO, Abu Dhabi National Takaful Co

Yassir Albaharna
Former CEO, Arab Insurance Group

International Judges

Emir Mujkic
Associate Director, Financial Services, S&P Global Ratings

Dr Roger Sellek
CEO, A.M. Best - EMEA & Asia Pacific


For more information on the Awards, visit:

Or contact:
Mr Mohd Hyqel
Middle East Insurance Review
DID: +65 6372 3190

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