The Big Interview
Madeeha Zali – or ‘Maddie’ to her peers – has her eyes set on being recognised as a leading specialist professional lines underwriter by brokers across Australia, and she is already well on her way. A trained psychologist who fell in love with insurance at Brooklyn in 2012, Zali is now underwriting five different products, including specialist and broad lines of PI cover, and manages to find time to undertake additional tasks such as new business development with brokers Australiawide and help with the ongoing improvement of Brooklyn’s online capabilities and systems. Pegged as part of a new breed of ‘tech-savvy’ young professionals, Zali was voted Brooklyn’s Employee of the Year in 2014, with achievements including exceeding her annual budget and demonstrating her exceptional relationship-building skills by organising a successful broker function – Brooklyn’s Ladies High Tea – in May of this year. She is said to love the challenge and dynamics of the insurance industry, and provides confirmation to younger colleagues that great things are possible for those who apply themselves.