Sponsors 2018

Platinum sponsors

Aon Benfield, a division of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), is the world’s leading reinsurance intermediary and full-service capital advisor. We empower our clients to better understand, manage and transfer risk through innovative solutions and personalized access to all forms of global reinsurance capital across treaty, facultative and capital markets. As a trusted advocate, we deliver local reach to the world’s markets, an unparalleled investment in innovative analytics, including catastrophe management, actuarial and rating agency advisory. Through our professionals’ expertise and experience, we advise clients in making optimal capital choices that will empower results and improve operational effectiveness for their business. With more than 80 offices in 50 countries, our worldwide client base has access to the broadest portfolio of integrated capital solutions and services. To learn how Aon Benfield helps empower results, please visit aonbenfield.com.

Trust Re is a closed joint stock company registered in the Kingdom of Bahrain, with authorised capital of US$ 500 million, and issued and paid-up capital of US$ 250 million. It is regulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain, as a locally incorporated reinsurance firm.

Our Company comprises over 280 employees located in our Bahrain Head Office and Branch Offices in Cyprus and Labuan, Malaysia. We also have a Representative Office in Morocco, operating under the Casablanca Finance City and a Liaison Office in India.

Rated “A-“ by S&P and A.M. Best, our geographical scope includes the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Russia, CEE, SEE and CIS countries. Trust Re provides reinsurance protection to many leading direct insurance companies in its geographical area of operation, in the form of annual Treaties on proportional and non-proportional bases with a sizable underwriting capacity. We offer Facultative reinsurance in the following classes: Oil & Energy (offshore and onshore), Marine Hull & Cargo, Alternative Energy, Property, Engineering, Specialty Lines, Aviation and Surety. Our service offering also includes Life and Health reinsurance.

We enjoy strong relationships with blue-chip, international reinsurers. This further enhances our security, already provided for by our strong capital position.

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Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) is an international law firm with over 500 lawyers working across the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America.

HFW’s specialist insurance & reinsurance practice is recognised as an industry leader. Through our integrated global network of offices, we offer a comprehensive range of regulatory, corporate, claims and dispute resolution legal services to the insurance sector, including: insurance and reinsurance companies, policyholders, captives, brokers, managing agents, TPAs and service providers.

HFW’s dedicated team of insurance lawyers in Dubai offers clients over 25 years experience in the Middle East and we cover the whole of GCC. Several of our specialist lawyers are fluent in Arabic and we have a strong understanding of and established working relationships with government departments, regulatory bodies in the region (including the UAE Insurance Authority, the Dubai Health Authority and the Dubai Financial Services Authority), agencies and locally qualified lawyers throughout the GCC region.

This year HFW significantly extended the firm’s geographical footprint across the Middle East region and we are now on the ground in Riyadh, Kuwait and Beirut, in addition to our longstanding Dubai office and an alliance in Abu Dhabi.

Gold sponsors

DataRobot provides the fastest path to the AI competence for organizations of all sizes through its Automated Machine Learning platform.

For any 21st-century insurance company – large, medium, or small, AI & machine learning has to be a core capability. From Distribution, Marketing, Underwriting to Claims & Operations – AI applications are driving profitable growth for companies through better and faster decisions and making their customers highly satisfied. With DataRobot platform, organizations develop, integrate, and operationalize AI applications across all core functions. Moreover, DataRobot offers on-demand strategic advisory and AI courses for executives and analysts. This moves them significantly in the AI-competence maturity curve.

Founded in 2012, and built by insurance veterans with more than 100+ years of combined experience from several F100 companies, DataRobot raised $125 million in funding, grew to a 300+ organization, and has a global customer base that covers a large number of global F500 companies from a variety of industries. Please visit www.datarobot.com/insurance for more information, a product demo, or simply chat with one of our industry experts.


Fenchurch Faris Ltd. is an independent insurance and reinsurance broker which was established in 1984 in order to combine Arab expertise with Lloyd’s broking professionalism.  It currently services clients across 3 continents and has offices in Athens, Kuwait, Amman, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, DIFC, Riyadh, Al Khobar and Muscat.

Fenchurch Faris Ltd. today employs more than 150 people with annual gross written premium of USD 145,000,000 (FY 2016).  It is a coverholder at Lloyd’s and has strong and time-tested relationships with regional and international insurance and reinsurance companies.

Having been established as a joint venture between an Arab insurance professional and a major Lloyds broker, it counts Arthur.J. Gallagher (the world’s 4th largest insurance broker) and other regional, commercial players as shareholders and long-term partners.  Its clients include companies from across a wide spectrum of industries as well as insurance and reinsurance companies that need professional management consulting.  To effectively serve its global clients, Fenchurch Faris Ltd. is a member of major international insurance broking networks, including the Gallagher Global Alliance.

Fenchurch Faris Ltd. can provide expert advice to any foreign or domestic entity on all insurance, reinsurance & risk management matters.



Lloyd’s is the world’s specialist insurance and reinsurance market offering a unique concentration of expertise and talent. Lloyd’s is often the first to insure new, unusual or complex risks, providing innovative insurance and reinsurance solutions in more than 60 lines of business.

Backed by diverse global capital and excellent financial ratings, Lloyd’s works with a global network to grow the insured world – building resilience for businesses and local communities and strengthening economic growth around the world.

For more than six decades, Lloyd’s has worked to strengthen the dynamic insurance and reinsurance market across the Middle East. In 2015 Lloyd’s opened an underwriting hub in the Dubai International Financial Centre to better support the local insurance market with valuable capacity and expertise.

Having established itself as the leading platform for specialist underwriting across the Middle East, Lloyd’s Dubai works with local cedents and brokers to provide critical protection in a region that continues to evolve and present exciting opportunities.

With its powerful global reach and deep local insights, Lloyd’s is proud to offer its world-class risk cover to businesses and governments in the Gulf Cooperation Council and beyond.


Swiss Re Corporate Solutions provides risk transfer solutions to large and mid-sized corporations around the world. Its innovative, highly customised products and standard insurance covers help to make businesses more resilient, while its industry-leading claims service provides additional peace of mind. As part of the Swiss Re Group, we enjoy excellent credit ratings from Standard and Poor’s, Moody’s and A.M. Best, and have the financial resources to provide high net capacity to back our insurance solutions. We’re global, with over 50 offices in more than 20 countries, and growing. Our upwards of 2,000 highly-skilled employees have considerable experience in underwriting, claims management, risk engineering and other relevant disciplines.

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Ltd (Dubai Branch) offers a broad range of specialty insurance solutions to corporate clients across the MENA region including Aviation, Energy & Renewables, Engineering & Construction, Power & Utilities and Innovative Risk Solutions. Our local team comprises experienced insurance professionals with in-depth product, market and industry knowledge.

For more information about our Dubai Branch contact: Falk Schmaler, Head of Middle East and North Africa, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Ltd (Dubai Branch), Precinct Building 4, Office 502, 506603 Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Regulated by the DFSA. Mobile: +971 58 290 8310 E-mail: Falk_Schmaler@swissre.com

Silver sponsors

A.M. Best is the leading international rating agency with a specialist focus on the insurance industry. Best’s ratings are recognised by users as the benchmark for assessing the financial strength of insurance-related organisations and the credit quality of their obligations

A.M. Best has greatly expanded its coverage in MENA, becoming the pre-eminent rating agency for insurers in the region. A.M. Best’s MENA, South & Central Asia office, established in the Dubai International Financial Centre, services clients throughout the region and develops new relationships with both start-ups and established companies

A.M. Best has been awarded 20 international “Best Rating Agency” accolades from 2009 to 201The Global Symbol of Financial Strength.

On June 1st, 2015 SIAT Assicurazioni and B&F Partners entered into an agreement for the launch of a Marine & Aviation Underwriting Platform. SIAT appointed B&F Partners as their agent for the MENASA Region.

The combined expertise of SIAT and B&F Partners in the international insurance sector offers our business partners and clients a solid foundation to build a sound and long-term relationship.

Our vision is for our platform to become a focal point in the regional and international markets.

B&F Partners is the ideal and reliable partner for International Insurance and Reinsurance companies seeking to explore the MENASA insurance markets without the need to establish a local presence.

Banking on the solid foundations of more than 30 years of international insurance & reinsurance expertise and a thorough knowledge of the MENA insurance market and its  fully DFSA regulated status, B&F Partners is the ideal MGA and Underwriting Platform to develop a sound regional insurance and reinsurance portfolio.

SIAT was established in 1967 as a marine specialized insurance company in Genoa, city with a long historical tradition in the maritime industry. SIAT, which marked its 50th Anniversary in 2017, has become in the years the Leader in the Italian marine insurance market and today and one of the important international players worldwide.

In 2012 SIAT became part of the Unipol Group, first non-life insurance group in Italy and fifth in Europe.

Dedicated to the marine sectors for fifty years, SIAT today continues considering specialization as the key objective.


Clyde & Co’s MENA Insurance team has been active on the ground in the region since 1989, now operating out of 5 offices across the GCC (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh and Muscat).  The firm has the largest legal insurance team in the region, and provides unparalleled breadth and scope of expertise across the MENA insurance market, advising on contentious claims-related issues, as well as providing advice on the full range of non-contentious corporate, commercial and regulatory advice required by clients operating in the MENA insurance markets.  Our team comprises 6 partners and 20 lawyers actively involved in insurance work.   

Our MENA team has been at the centre of the development of the Middle East insurance market, with specialist lawyers providing expert advice across all lines of insurance business.  We are actively involved on most of the major claims in the region and have been at the forefront of development in the regional financial centre hubs, and have assisted international and regional clients on establishing a presence in all of the regions financial hubs (DIFC, QFC and ADGM) since their inception.  

Our Global Insurance group is the largest in world with more than 160 partners and 800 lawyers specialising in insurance and reinsurance across our global platform. Clyde & Co is a leading, sector-focused global law firm with 390 partners, 2000 legal professionals and 3600 staff in nearly 50 offices and associated offices on six continents.


Kingdom Brokerage started its operation in 2013 when a number of young entrepreneurs with profound knowledge as well as broad expertise in the insurance industry came together to share their common futuristic vision and vivid passion for insurance, leading to launch one of Saudi Arabia’s most aspiring brokerage firms. Since then, the KB team has remained highly committed to providing a vast array of exclusive and unrivaled insurance and reinsurance solutions to corporations, individuals as well as insurance companies.

At KB, we have learned that no growth comes without challenges hence we have always been proactive and ready to take over the setbacks that come our way whether locally in Saudi Arabia or internationally when dealing with global reinsurers. Kingdom Brokerage has overcome these obstacles and now stands as one of the leading and acknowledged brokers on the insurance side both in the region and internationally. Starting with one office in Riyadh, we have expanded to having another office in Jeddah. KB has placed business with the top ceding companies in KSA and has placed reinsurance business with more than 100 international A-listed reinsurers worldwide. Both Kingdom Brokerage brand and services are recognized in the London Lloyd’s market and across Europe and the GCC, as well as Singapore.

Looking towards the future, on a local level, we aspire to achieve 2030 Vision for the Saudi insurance market, and are keen on strengthening our position in Saudi Arabia with further growth. On a larger scale, we will be working on expanding our presence throughout the GCC and internationally, perhaps becoming a Lloyd Cover Holder one day.

At Kingdom Brokerage, we take pride in the accomplishments and growth that we have achieved since 2013 and are enthusiastic about what will yet come. This is all due to the respect and trust that we have gained working with our partners and clients in Saudi Arabia and abroad. We are boutique brokers that have added value to the insurance market and our success stems from our credibility, productivity, the loyalty and commitment of our team members, and finally, the guidance of our talented leadership.

Moody’s Investors Service is a leading provider of credit ratings, research, and risk analysis. Moody’s commitment and expertise contributes to transparent and integrated financial markets, and the firm’s ratings and analysis track debt covering approximately 120 sovereign nations, 11,000 corporate issuers, 21,000 public finance issuers, and 72,000 structured finance obligations.

QBE European Operations is part of QBE Insurance Group, one of the world’s leading international insurers and reinsurers and Standard & Poor’s A+ rated. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, QBE’s gross written premium for the year ended 31 December 2016, was US$14.3 billion.

Building on the successful portfolio of existing business in MENA, QBE opened its first office in the Middle East, the Dubai Branch, within the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

QBE Dubai Branch’s business philosophy is to develop partnerships with insurance companies and reinsurance brokers, to work in conjunction with them to deliver a wide range of competitive products, and to build further successful relationships in MENA region as well as Turkey.

QBE Dubai Branch is regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and is licensed to carry on Financial Services with or for Professional Clients.

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