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Overwhelming response to inaugural Middle East Insurance Industry Awards

Middle East Insurance Review (MEIR) has received an overwhelming number of entries to the first Middle East Insurance Industry Awards (MIIA), co-branded with the DIFC to recognise and salute excellence in the industry.

“The MIIA aims to recognise and salute excellence in the Middle East insurance industry, and to actively contribute to greater professionalism. Response to the Awards has been better than expected and shows that the industry is proud of its achievements and wants to be measured and achieve higher standards,” said Mr Sivam Subramaniam, Editor-in-Chief of MEIR.

Entries to the MIIA closed on 30 June after a nomination period of three months. Modelled after the internationally acclaimed Asia Insurance Industry Awards, now into its 18th year, the MIIA is fully transparent with defined criteria for the 14 categories. The integrity of the MIIA system is underpinned by a panel of 22 distinguished Judges drawn from local, regional and international insurance leaders. Scores will be tabulated and audited by independent auditors EY.

Judging day will be 12 October, with the results kept secret until the Gala Dinner on 17 November 2014 in conjunction with the MENA Rendezvous. All these events will be held in Dubai.

The awards categories are:
-Life Insurance Company of the Year
-General Insurance Company of the Year
-Health Insurer of the Year
-Educational Service Provider of the Year
-Innovation of the Year
-Service Provider of the Year
-Law Firm of the Year
-Broker of the Year
-Reinsurance Broker of the Year
-Reinsurer of the Year
-Personality of the Year
-Family Takaful Company of the Year
-General Takaful Company of the Year
Retakaful Company of the Year

The Judging Panel comprises:
Regional Judges
-Mr Abdul Khaliq R Khalil, Secretary General, General Arab Insurance Federation (GAIF);
-Dr Bassel Hindawi, former Insurance Commissioner, Insurance Commission of Jordan
-Mr Fahad Al Hesni, Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Reinsurance Company
-Mr Fareed Lutfi, Secretary General, Emirates Insurance Association;
-Mr Fateh Bekdache, General Manager, AROPE Insurance;
-Mr Jason Light, Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Insurance Company;
-Mr Mahomed Akoob, Managing Director, Hannover ReTakaful;
-Mr Mario Valdes, General Manager, MetLife Alico Gulf;
-Mr Mark Cooper, Director, Insurance, Reinsurance & Captives, Dubai International Financial Centre Authority;
-Dr Michael Bitzer, Chief Executive Officer, National Health Insurance Company – Daman;
-Mr Steve Dixon, Regional Managing Director, ACE Group MENA Regional Office;
-Mr Walid A Sidani, Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company;
-Mr Yassir Albaharna, Chief Executive Officer, Arab Insurance Group; and
-Mr Younis Al Sayed, Chairman, Bahrain Insurance Association.

International Judges
-Mr Ashok Kumar Roy, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, General Insurance Corporation of India;
-Mr Geoff Riddell, Regional Chairman, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Zurich Insurance Group;
-Dr Kai-Uwe Schanz, Representative, The Geneva Association;
-Mr Michael J Morrissey, President & Chief Executive Officer, International Insurance Society;
-Mr Patrick Liedtke, Managing Director & Head of Financial Institutions Group – EMEA, BlackRock;
-Dr Peter F Hugger, Chief Executive Officer, Echo Reinsurance Limited;
-Dr Roger Sellek, Chief Executive Officer, A.M. Best – EMEA & Asia Pacific; and
-Dr Sandy Scott, Director General, Chartered Insurance Institute.

The MIIA is sponsored by:
-Chedid Re
-Echo Re
-Hannover Re
-Munich Re

For more details, visit or contact:
Ms Jennifer Chee
TEl: (65) 63723189
Email: [email protected]