Reinsurance broker Aon Benfield and the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF
) have announced the winner for the 2016 Aon Benfield Scholarship.
Michael Gregory, a strategic business analyst at Suncorp
, has won the scholarship with his essay about whether the insurance industry can unlock Big Data and what it means for insurability.
Gregory will attend the 51st
Annual Aon Benfield Global Clients Reinsurance Seminar in London from 20-30 June 2016 for an intensive study program where he will learn about the principles and practices of arranging reinsurance on a global scale.
“It is an absolute privilege to have been chosen as the winner of this year’s Aon Benfield Scholarship,” said Gregory. He shared the credit to his leaders and mentors at Suncorp
for offering him their support and guidance.
“The opportunity that has been afforded to me by both Aon Benfield and ANZIIF
will certainly not be taken for granted. I am very excited to learn more from industry leaders and immerse myself in the Global Clients Reinsurance Seminar in London,” Gregory said.
The scholarship, which is now on its 12th
year, was set up by Aon Benfield in partnership with ANZIIF
to reward and recognise outstanding insurance professionals in Australia and New Zealand. The scholarship also aims to emphasise the importance of continuing professional development in all aspects of the industry.
Said Robert De Souza, President APAC/CEO Australia and New Zealand, Aon Benfield: “The scholarship allows insurance and reinsurance professionals to explore and discuss highly relevant issues to our industry, with the added opportunity of gaining knowledge and best practice insights about the reinsurance market globally.”
“The Aon Benfield Scholarship offers the opportunity for a passionate insurance professional to expand their horizons, to learn and grow, and we know that this will be a life-changing experience for Michael,” added De Souza.
Gregory will also be recognized during the annual Australian Insurance Industry Awards which will be held in Sydney on 31 August 2016.