A secretariat of about 10 fte dedicated staff members handles the day-to-day management of the Initiative.
Hannah Grant, Head of Secretariat
As the Head of the Secretariat, Hannah oversees the day-to-day management of the activities of the Initiative. Before joining the A2ii, Hannah worked at Insurance Europe in Brussels as Head of International Affairs and Reinsurance whilst also running the Secretariat for the recently established Global Federation of Insurance Associations. After graduating from Edinburgh University, Hannah started out her career working for Lloyds of London in London.
Janina Voss, Advisor
Janina is leading the A2ii’s work on actuarial capacity building for supervisors in partnership with the IAIS and the International Actuarial Association (IAA). Prior to joining the A2ii secretariat team in January 2015, Janina worked as Financial Systems Development Advisor at GIZ for five years with a focus on developing and monitoring technical assistance projects in the field of insurance. Janina holds a Master in Economics and Politics.
Teresa Pelanda, Advisor
Teresa is the lead contact for Central & Eastern Europe and the Caribbean region, responsible for A2ii’s implementation activities and cooperation with supervisors and regional associations. She is furthermore the A2ii’s Monitoring & Evaluation specialist and responsible for the topic of Climate Change and Disaster Resilience. In 2016 she was seconded to the Insurance Supervisory Authority of Peru (SBS) where she supported the modification of the current microinsurance regulation. Prior to A2ii Teresa worked as a consultant on inclusive insurance topics in Germany and Peru. She holds a Master of Science in Regional Studies of Latin America from the University of Cologne with a focus on economics and cooperative studies. Teresa speaks German, English and Spanish.
Hui Lin Chiew, Advisor
Hui Lin is the Asia-Pacific regional contact. She is A2ii’s technical lead on regulatory impact and market conduct. Her work with insurance supervisors currently includes a project with Sub-Saharan African insurance supervisors on supervisory KPIs, and piloting in-country capacity building in Asia. Prior to A2ii, Hui Lin was the inclusive insurance lead in Bank Negara Malaysia, where she led the work on the inclusive insurance regulatory framework and product assessments. Hui Lin graduated from the University of Warwick with a BSc Accounting and Finance.
Mariella Regh, Advisor
Mariella is leading the inclusive insurance innovation lab and is also the main contact for the MENA region and francophone countries. She is responsible for the implementation of the online Insurance Core Principles self-assessment tool and is supporting A2ii’s work on increasing women’s access to insurance. Before joining the A2ii, Mariella worked as an advisor for private sector development at GIZ. Prior to that, she worked at AXA Germany’s Risk Management Unit that dealt with implementing regulatory requirements. Mariella holds a M.Sc. in Economics and Public Policy from Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and École Polytechnique. She is fluent in English, French and German, and also speaks some Spanish and Portuguese.
Pascale Lamb, Advisor
Pascale has over ten years of experience working in financial regulation and prior to joining the A2ii, she worked for the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) where she led on the FCA’s engagement with the global standard setting bodies and capacity building with international regulators. She has also worked for the insurance sector on consumer protection and regulatory compliance. After graduating from Manchester University, she started her career in banking before working at the European Parliament on the EU’s post-crisis reforms. She speaks French and English.
Manoj Kumar Pandey, Advisor
Manoj focuses on InsurTech and digital insurance, the inclusive insurance innovation lab and gender-based issues in access to insurance. Manoj brings over 13 years of experience working with insurers, directly with consumers, and stakeholders like insurers, banks, regulatory agencies, DFS providers and multilateral agencies.
Before coming to A2ii, Manoj led the inclusive insurance efforts at MicroSave Consulting (MSC) in the Asian and African markets advising insurers and digital finance services providers on addressing the low and moderate-income clients. He has also worked with the Microinsurance Network, SEWA India and has been a fellow with the ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility. Manoj has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Lukas Keller, Advisor
Lukas is responsible for donor engagement and policymakers' work at the A2ii. Before joining the Initiative, he worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC, focusing on research and technical cooperation projects aimed at promoting financial inclusion and social security coverage in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has also worked in the past with Dow Jones, Inc. and the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe. Lukas is fluent in German, English and Spanish and also speaks intermediate level French. He completed his bachelor’s studies in Business Management, Social Sciences and Law at the University of Magdeburg and holds master’s degrees in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz and Rutgers University.
Regina Simões, Regional Coordinator for Latin America
From 1994-2015, Regina worked at the Superintendence of Private Insurance (SUSEP), the Brazilian Insurance Supervisor. As the International Relations Coordinator (2004-2008), she liaised with international bodies and supervisory associations and was member of the Brazilian Delegations at the Financial Services Group Meetings in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Insurance Commission/SGT-4 at Mercosul. Since 2006, she has been engaged in financial inclusion activities, being member of relevant working groups, incluiding the IAIS Financial Inclusion Sub-committee and the SUSEP Microinsurance Working Group, which set up microinsurance rules in Brazil.
As a member of the IAIS-MIN Joint Working Group on Microinsurance (Acting Chair from 2008-2012), she strongly supported the creation of the A2ii, launched in 2009, in Rio de Janeiro.
Erickson H. Balmes, Regional Coordinator for Asia
Erickson H. Balmes is the Deputy Commissioner at the Insurance Commission of the Philippines, where he was appointed in 2019. Previously, he was Undersecretary at the Department of Justice. In other roles, Erickson has also served as Consultant to the Commission on Elections, Consultant at the Senate of the Philippines, Chairman of the Board at Loyola Plans Incorporated, and Board Member at All Nations Security and Investigation Services. He is an attorney, lecturer in law and serves as a member of the Law Faculty of several universities.
Alwyn P. Villaruel, Deputy Regional Coordinator for Asia
Alwyn is presently the Division Manager of the Claims Adjudication Division and Budget Division and also the Media Relations Officer of the Insurance Commission (IC) of the Philippines. Prior to joining the Philippine insurance regulator, Alwyn was a litigation lawyer with experience in the areas of civil law and criminal law.
Sharon Mackay Sikhosana, Regional Coordinator for Sub Saharan Africa
Sharon Mackay Sikhosana currently works as a Divisional Head responsible for insurance supervision in the Banking, Insurance and FMI Supervision Department at the Prudential Authority in South Africa.
After completing her articles of clerkship as a candidate attorney, she joined the Gauteng Provincial Government holding various positions in policy and legislation formulation and drafting. She has also worked in the financial services industry for nearly 20 years and has held several senior positions in the insurance industry in the areas of operations management, sales and marketing and key account management. Sharon also managed her own insurance brokerage and consultancy for 6 years.
Sharon holds a BA (Law) degree, B. Proc degree, Master’s Degree in Business Leadership as well as a Management Advancement Programme (MAP) qualification.
Carolyn Barsulai, Junior Advisor
Carolyn is supporting the A2ii's ongoing implementation and capacity building activities, and is A2ii's consultation calls lead. Prior to joining the A2ii Carolyn did an internship with the UNFCCC secretariat in Bonn. The work variously involved supporting least developing countries in the development of their national adaptation plans and policies and building resilience for adaptation to climate change. Carolyn holds a Master's degree in Governance and Public Policy from the University of Passau.
Dunja Latinovic, Communications Manager
Dunja is responsible for the implementation of the A2ii communications strategy and its aligning with the overall A2ii goals. Dunja's background is in the media development and media relations, film production and editorial in the CEE region where she has worked with the Mediacentar Sarajevo, USAID-IREX Serbian Media Assistance Program and UNDP among others. Before joining A2ii, Dunja was with the European Central Bank Internal Communications team.
Rachelle Jung, Junior Advisor
Rachelle supports the implementation of the A2ii communications strategy. Before joining the A2ii, she was studying full-time for a master's degree in Development Economics and International Studies at Friedrich–Alexander University and previously worked internationally in the field of language education in South Korea and in Spain. She also holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California. Rachelle is fluent in English and Spanish.
Mariana Otto, Financial Manager
Mariana is responsible for the financial steering and controlling of the A2ii, i.e. for budget planning, monitoring, contracting and financial reporting to A2ii funders and the Governing Council. Before joining the A2ii, Mariana worked in various administrative support structures in GIZ (project financial management, internal control, contracting) and as management assistant of the head of GIZ´s sectoral department. She holds a diploma in business administration and speaks German, English and Spanish fluently.
Maria Döll, Office Manager
As the Office Manager of the Secretariat, Maria is responsible for the administrative and back-office procedures. Before joining the A2ii, Maria worked in the private sector for different international companies, mainly in the area of international sales and project assistance. Maria holds a Master´s degree in International Business Administration and speaks German, English, Danish and Italian.
Janice is a qualified actuary working as a lecturer in actuarial science and a consultant in the areas of inclusive insurance and capacity building for insurance supervisors in Africa. Janice formerly coordinated the A2ii’s regional implementation work in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Andrea is a Colombian qualified lawyer specialized in Insurance Law with 19 years’ experience. She has been working for over 13 years in inclusive insurance, providing advice to international organisations, supervisory authorities, and private companies on “best practices” to design and implement responsible inclusive insurance solutions worldwide. Andrea has been working closely with the A2ii since 2013. Andrea speaks fluently Spanish, English and French.