Kurt Nilsen, Lion Underwriting (Australia)
Kurt Nilsen is managing director of Lion Underwriting, an independently owned and managed agency. He has held this role since April 2015. He is also chairman of the Underwriting Agencies Council (UAC), the representative organisation for Australian underwriting agencies with more than 100 corporate members. Nilsen began his insurance career in 1994, as an inspector at Mutual & Federal, in South Africa. In 2001, he moved to Australia and established Australian Professional Underwriting Agencies and became a Lloyd’s coverholder. Nilsen was first elected to the UAC board in 2013. Other insurance companies he has worked at include Intasure Insurance Brokers, Professional Insurance Brokers, ASR Underwriting Agencies, Ausure Insurance Brokers, and Specialist Underwriting Agencies. Nilsen holds a Diploma of Financial Services and is an ANZIIF senior associate.