ANZIIF reveals winner of 2021 Aon Scholarship

ANZIIF reveals winner of 2021 Aon Scholarship | Insurance Business New Zealand

ANZIIF reveals winner of 2021 Aon Scholarship

The Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) and Aon have named Adi Mehta the winner of this year's Aon Scholarship.

A risk engineer at Swiss Re, Mehta submitted the winning entry on this year's topic: “Climate Change: Industry Impacts, Challenges, and Opportunities.”

As the winner, he will attend either the 2022 Aon Global Clients Reinsurance Seminar in London or the 2022 Aon Hazards Conference in Australia, subject to travel availability.

Mehta, who shared that he was “excited, honoured, and humbled” to win the scholarship, said he hopes his winning entry will prompt people to think differently about climate change, and make small or large changes in they way they consider what he described as “the defining issue of our time.”

“I'm most looking forward to the relationship-building opportunity afforded by meeting wider industry leaders and peers and learning from their vast and varied experiences in the fascinating world of risk,” he added.

The Aon Scholarship has been enabling insurance professionals to learn, grow, and expand their horizons within the industry, said ANZIIF CEO Prue Willsford.

“We are delighted to announce Adi as this year's winner, allowing him the opportunity to expand his knowledge at an international conference,” Willsford added.

Robert De Souza, CEO ANZ, Aon Reinsurance Solutions, added: “We are proud to be able to give back to [the] industry, empowering insurance professionals with professional development opportunities.

“Adi's award-winning submission was greatly deserved, and I have no doubt this will be invaluable to his career development. We look forward to Adi being able to attend one of our highly renowned reinsurance seminars in the near future.”

Mehta encourages insurance professionals to join next year's scholarship award. He said: “I had a lot of fun writing the essay this year. It was, of course, very informative doing the research, but most of all, it was great having the opportunity to contribute to industry discussion on this important topic.”