Aon and the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) have awarded the 2019 Aon Scholarship to Marsh New Zealand placement broker Daniel Heikell.
Now in its 15th year, the scholarship rewards and recognises outstanding young and upcoming insurance professionals in the Australian, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea insurance markets. It emphasises the importance of continuing professional development across all aspects of the industry.
Heikell submitted the winning entry on this year’s topic: Trust and the digital transformational challenge. As the winner, Heikell will attend the 54th annual Aon Global Clients Reinsurance Seminar in London from June 24 to July 04.
“I am honoured to be chosen as the recipient of this year’s scholarship,” Heikell said. “To attend the Global Clients Reinsurance seminar is a great chance to increase my understanding of the reinsurance industry, as well as learning new concepts and insights.
“I’m extremely grateful that I have been given this opportunity, through this scholarship, and the knowledge gained will be invaluable in my career,” he added.
The scholarship was determined by a judging panel of industry figures, including Aon President APAC/CEO Australia & New Zealand Robert De Souza; ANZIIF CEO Prue Willsford; IAG CUO & EGM Specialised Risk Darren Maher; Aon Analytics Australia & New Zealand head Peter Cheesman; and Chubb Insurance New Zealand country president Andrew Brooks.
“Having the chance to attend a highly renowned international reinsurance seminar doesn’t come around every day,” de Souza said. “Daniel’s award-winning submission was greatly deserved, and I have no doubt that he will gain unique insight from industry leaders, and knowledge that will be invaluable to his career development.”
Meanwhile, Willsford commended Heikell’s commitment to lifelong learning.
“We are honoured to contribute to his learning journey,” she said.