Ethnic minority leaders and role models from Clear Insurance, Allianz, Aviva and Aon have featured on the 2022 Empower ethnic minority lists

A number of insurance sector personalities have today (19 May 2022) been named in the 2022 Empower ethnic minority lists.

The Empower lists have been created by diversity and inclusion organisation Involve with support from Yahoo Finance and celebrates leaders that are ”breaking down barriers for people of colour in global business”.

Founded in 2017, the Empower lists aim to “celebrate inspirational people of colour”, highlight the lack of ethnic diversity within businesses at executive level and push for black, Asian and ethnic minority inclusion at all organisational levels.

This year, Ajay Mistry, Clear Insurance’s head of digital sales and marketing, made the Top Insurance Leaders list again.

He told Insurance Times: “It is fantastic to see so many ethnic minority leaders in insurance on the lists this year – showing us that the talent is there, we just need to look for it more.

“We have made some great strides in the insurance industry boosting ethnic talent in the last few years, but we still have a long way to go to catch up to other industries.”

Mistry is also the co-founder and co-chair of the insurance Cultural Awareness Network (iCAN). He also sits on the Chartered Insurance Institute’s (CII) Board of the Society of Insurance Broking as well as the Shadow Board of Inclusion at Lloyds of London.

The lists each rank the 20 highest achievers in order, with those in places below 20 listed in no particular order. The insurance leaders in 2022’s Empower lists are as follows:

Top 100 Future Leaders 2022

(9) Ayomide Akin, growth strategy manager, Accenture

(25) Ajay Mistry, head of digital sales and marketing, Clear Insurance Management

(35) Felix Wong, executive assistant to chief operating officer, Allianz

(47) Moussa Thiam, head of cross-border, Beazley PLC

(48) Malaika Jawed, associate solicitor, BLM

(61) Elisha St Hilaire, early careers development manager, Aon

(65) Jaspal Thandi, product executive, Marsh

(82) Jon Perry, underwriter – executive risk, Beazley

(83) Susan Richards, service delivery manager, LV=GI

(88) Daniel Clarke, senior business development manager, Kennedys


Top 100 Executive Role Models 2022

(8) Bina Mehta, chair, KPMG UK

(31) Chika Aghadiuno, group enterprise risk director, Aviva

(32) Rob Anarfi, Chief Risk Officer, Beazley Insurance

(39) Andrew Pearce, managing director, Accenture operations, Accenture

(40) Soraya Wright, non-executive director, audit and risk committee member, Beazley Insurance

(52) Maxine Goddard, senior vice president, strategic distribution and development, Sompo International

(54) Baljinder Mahil, head of distribution operations, AXA XL UK

(61) Renato Scaff, senior managing director, North America Supply Chain and Operations Lead, Accenture


Top 50 Advocates Executive Role Models 2022

(13) Jon Holt, chief executive, KPMG

(17) Jean-marc Ollagnier, Europe chief executive, Accenture

(22) Jeffrey Russell, president of Accenture Canada

(50) Sally Lake, group finance director, Beazley Insurance 

Returning again 

Apart from Mistry, other insurance sector members also returned to the lists this year. 

Elisha St Hilaire, early careers development manager at Aon, made it back on to the Top 100 Future Leaders list again. Felix Wong, executive assistant to chief operating officer at Allianz, made it on to the same list. 

Chika Aghadiuno, group enterprise risk director at Aviva, again featured on this year’s Top 100 Senior Executives list.

Jon Holt, chief executive at KPMG, also returned to the Top 50 Advocates Executive Role Models list and finished in 13th place. 

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