A2ii Secretariat

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.

Anke Green, Advisor

Anke leads A2ii’s work for and with policymakers, including G20 activities, and coordinates A2ii’s training and capacity building measures for insurance supervisors and regulators. Before joining the A2ii, Anke worked as a consultant for GIZ. From 2005 – 2014, Anke was a staff member of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) where she worked in the Division for Social Policy and Development. Prior to that, she was a consultant to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), working on microfinance issues and small business development.  Anke holds a Masters in International Economic Studies from Maastricht University and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.

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 Chiew is A2ii’s contact person for the Asia Pacific region. Prior to A2ii, Hui Lin was the lead on inclusive insurance in Bank Negara Malaysia, where she worked on regulatory development, product assessments and business models such as mobile microinsurance and direct internet insurance. Her responsibilities at A2ii include supporting the development of knowledge material for supervisors, particularly on the topics of InsurTech and regulatory impact. Hui Lin graduated from the University of Warwick with a BSc Accounting and Finance.

Janice Angove, Regional Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa

Janice coordinates the A2ii’s regional implementation work in Sub-Saharan Africa and is based in South Africa. Janice is a qualified actuary and worked as a lecturer in actuarial science and a consultant in the areas of inclusive insurance and capacity building for insurance supervisors in Africa prior to joining the A2ii.

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. 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.

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.

Dunja Latinovic, Communications Advisor

Dunja is responsible for implementation and evaluation of the A2ii communications strategy aligning our communications platforms, plans and activities with the A2ii goals. Previously, Dunja worked in the media development sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia managing news and documentary production projects and training journalists. In Serbia, Dunja worked as a media relations consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).  Before joining A2ii, Dunja Latinovic was with the European Central Bank Internal Communications team. 

Dorothee Ohl, Financial Manager

Dorothee is responsible for the financial steering and controlling of the A2ii, i.e. for budget planning, monitoring, contracting, financial reporting to A2ii funders and the Governing Council. Before joining the A2ii, Dorothee worked for nearly 20 years in various administrative support structures in GIZ (contracts, project accounting, calculation, internal control) as well as Head of Administration in the GIZ Office in Cameroun. Dorothee finished her studies with a Master of Business Administration and speaks fluently English and French.

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.

Carolyn Barsulai, Junior Advisor

Carolyn is supporting the A2ii's ongoing implementation and capacity building activities. 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.