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Top InsurTech Leaders 2020

Every year, ACORD evaluates vision, execution, and outcomes to identify the Top Ten Leaders with the greatest current and future ability to change the industry through InsurTech. For our 2020 list, we’re expanding our approach.

This year, ACORD is presenting our InsurTech Leaders list in conjunction with Alchemy Crew, whose co-founder & CEO Sabine VanderLinden has herself been a perennial member of our Top Ten Leaders. Together, we have identified three key threads driving InsurTech innovation in the current environment. We believe these focus areas will continue to be of profound relevance as we move from 2020 to 2021.


  1. Collaboration: For InsurTech, collaboration has always been at the core of the business models that truly drive change and differentiation. Leaders in this space bridge the gap between startups and the large, established players, embracing the benefits of each. Carriers, brokers, and solution providers alike have learned that the most effective path to innovation often lies in co-developing with trading partners along each step of the process, so that business informs technology and vice versa.
  2. Sustainability & Inclusion: The insurance industry has both an opportunity and an obligation to secure a positive future for both itself and those it serves. Whether providing opportunities within the industry through their own hiring and retention practices, or expanding insurance into underserved markets, these leaders are driving much-needed change. They provide equal access to resources and opportunities to those who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, and are able to meet their own needs without compromising future generations.
  3. Global Ecosystem-building: Our industry is finally embracing the idea that robust networks, interconnected systems, and global digitization are not optional—they are necessary for efficiency and growth. Ecosystem-building leaders are on the cutting edge of these developments, accelerating the pace of change. They understand the power of network effects, and embrace “coope-tition” with their industry counterparts. They have also begun to collaborate beyond the insurance industry, tapping into new sources of experience and expertise.

ACORD and Alchemy Crew have chosen the Top Ten InsurTech Leaders for each of these key areas. In alphabetical order within each category, they are:



Jonathan Beerman
SVP Americas, Chief Technical Accounting & Administration Officer, SCOR

Bill Devine
SVP, Business Capabilities Office, Travelers

Varun Dua
Co-Founder & CEO, Acko

Jennifer Fitzgerald
Co-Founder & CEO, Policygenius

Gabe Glynn
Co-Founder & CEO, MākuSafe

Ian Macartney
SVP, Head of Innovation, Argo Group

Frank Neugebauer
Senior Architect, Cincinnati Financial

Bob Olson
CIO Reinsurance, Aon

Marshall Sims
Senior Product Owner, Agent Engagement & Integrations, Liberty Mutual / Safeco

Assaf Wand
Co-Founder & CEO, Hippo


Dame Inga Beale, DBE
Former CEO, Lloyd’s of London

Tahir Farooqui
Founder & CEO, Canopy

Guy Goldstein
Co-Founder & CEO, Next Insurance

Liri Halperin
Co-Founder & CEO, LeO

Carolina Klint
Managing Director & Risk Management Leader, Continental Europe, Marsh

Tulsi Naidu
CEO, Zurich Insurance UK

Sten Saar & Harry Franks
Co-Founders, Zego

Rain Takahashi
Founder & CEO, Jauntin

Tobias Taupitz
Co-Founder & CEO, Laka

Julian Teicke
Co-Founder & CEO, wefox


James Birch
Development Director, Ki Insurance and Head of Innovation, Brit Insurance

Aldo Capurro
CEO, C Consulting

Joe Dainty
AGM London Market Transformation, DXC Technology

Emmanuelle Ganne
Senior Analyst, Economics & Statistics Division, World Trade Organization

Pascal Lehmann
Head of Americas Operations – P&C Business Management, Swiss Re

Shuja Noorani
Chief Marketing Officer, Anoud Technologies

Jonathan Prinn
Managing Director, BGC Partners

Ian Summers
CEO, Sequel

Henri Winand
Co-Founder & CEO, AkinovA

Paul Wishman
Vice President, Global Insurance, CGI

The unique challenges of 2020 haven’t changed the fundamental realities of the digital landscape, or the execution imperatives for our industry—they’ve spotlighted previously existing issues, created a sense of urgency, and accelerated change. These leaders will play a key role in moving our industry forward.