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 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.
Mariella Regh, Advisor
Mariella is the lead contact for the MENA region and francophone countries. She is responsible for the implementation of the online Self-Assessment and is supporting A2ii’s work on increasing women’s access to insurance. Before joining the A2ii Mariella was working 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.
Regina Simoes, 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.
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, Communications Intern
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 and previously worked 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 speaks English and Spanish.
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.
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.