Movers & Shakers: Digital specialist’s ‘powerful’ essay secures win

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Movers & Shakers: Digital specialist’s ‘powerful’ essay secures win
Digital specialist’s ‘powerful’ essay secures win
Matt Giles of AA Insurance is the winner of the 2015 ICNZ & ANZIIF Scholarship after wowing judges with his essay on the insurance industry’s response to rapidly emerging technologies and societal change.

Giles is a digital specialist and was awarded the $10,000 international study scholarship which he will use to attend an international insurance or leadership conference.

Giles said what a ‘great privilege’ it was to receive the award: “I look forward to sharing what I learn with the local industry, and hope to inspire New Zealand insurers to innovate locally and embrace emerging technologies.”

ANZIIF CEO Prue Willsford, who was one of the five panel judges, said Giles’ entry represented an important shift in thinking from not just responding to change, but initiating it.

“Matt’s incisive discussion on the role of the industry in leading technological advancement and innovation was powerful, as was his focus on the opportunities available to us as an industry.

“He is a deserving winner of the scholarship and a clear asset to New Zealand insurance,” she said.

Fellow judge, ICNZ CEO Tim Grafton, also commended the essay.

“Matt’s entry was outstanding. It was scholarly, well researched and though-provoking. It was the kind of entry that made you want to read it again,” he said.

The scholarship runner-up was Emma Wallace, a casualty underwriter at ACE Insurance.

The other judges were Paul Munton, EGM broking branches at Rothbury, Chris Curtin, CEO of AA Insurance, and Martin Kreft, New Zealand regional manager at Munich Re.
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