Qatar Re grows its presence in Dubai with key appointments

New hires aim to bolster company’s facultative underwriting capabilities in the fast-growing Middle Eastern and Asian insurance markets

Insurance News

By Gabriel Olano

Multi-line insurer Qatar Re has made three appointments to be based in its Dubai office, further growing its presence in the Middle East region. These are Manik Kak as senior executive officer, Tejal Bartlett as regional head of Energy and Manik Sethi as regional head of Marine.
Kak joins Qatar Re from Zurich Insurance where he was chief underwriting officer. Prior to Zurich, he has been with Tata AIG and Qatar Insurance Company. He has an MBA from the Birla Institute of Management Technology and a Bachelor in Civil Engineering, and he is also a fellow of the Insurance Institute of India. Kak will be succeeding Nabih Massaad, who will transfer to Qatar Re’s Zurich branch.
Bartlett joined from Zurich Global Corporate Middle East where was head of Global Energy and expert underwriter for Onshore Energy for the EMEA region. She started her career at Liberty Mutual and later moved to ACE European Group. She is a Qualified Associate from the Chartered Insurance Institute in London and has a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Services from the London Guildhall University.
Lastly, Sethi was underwriting manager for Marine Lines at Zurich Global Corporate Middle East and marine underwriter at Royal & Sun Alliance. He is also a Qualified Associate from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and has a Master’s degree in Commerce and Finance from Mumbai University.
Johannes Goebel, global head of Facultative Underwriting & Head of Engineering at Qatar Re, reacted to the appointments and said: “We are very pleased to further strengthen our facultative underwriting team with these key appointments at the DIFC. Their client network, industry experience and in-depth knowledge of both emerging and mature markets expands our regional underwriting capabilities, reflects our commitment to the important Dubai reinsurance hub and will be instrumental to the strategic positioning and continued development of our global facultative portfolio.”

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