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Thoughts From Our CEO



I was reminded by an FIA board member, Greg Setzkorn, “to face the demands of our industry voluntarily, and to respond to challenges instead of bracing for a catastrophe.” This left me with a sense of optimism because every day presents us with opportunities and challenges, our mindset is what determines our ability to conquer and grow.

As we embark on a new year, it’s imperative for us to reflect on the evolving landscape of our industry and strategise for growth and sustainability. As the CEO of this valued trade association, I am committed to driving initiatives that empower our members and ensure their continued success in the face of global risks and changing market dynamics.

The world around us is in a state of constant change, with geopolitical tensions, economic uncertainties, and environmental concerns reshaping the business environment. Global risks such as natural disasters, political instability, cybersecurity threats, and pandemics have profound implications for members and the industry we love. These risks are leading to increased claims, heightened regulatory scrutiny, and greater market volatility, challenging insurers to accurately assess and price risks. Moreover, the interconnected nature of today’s world means that events in one part of the globe can have far-reaching consequences for reinsurers, insurers, and intermediaries operating internationally. As such, one must expect the industry to continually adapt their underwriting practices, risk management strategies, and product offerings to effectively navigate these complex and evolving risks while ensuring long-term sustainability.

These global risks also have a direct impact on South Africa, influencing market dynamics, regulatory frameworks, and consumer behaviour. In such a volatile landscape, it’s essential for us to adapt and improve our service offering to clients to stay ahead of the curve. One of the key pillars of our association’s mission is to promote professional and organisational development. We provide networks and resources that enable our members to navigate a rapidly changing insurance world. This entails not only staying abreast of emerging trends and technologies, but also fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing within our branch communities. By leveraging our collective expertise and experience, we can better anticipate challenges and identify solutions.

However, empowering members for future sustainability requires more than just reactive measures; it necessitates a proactive approach to scaling our efforts and expanding our reach within the intermediated market. We must invest in initiatives that enable us to address the needs of members effectively, whether through tailored educational programmes, innovative technology solutions, or advocacy efforts aimed at shaping constructive policies that enable business and benefit clients.

Furthermore, as intermediaries, we play a pivotal role in facilitating transactions and mitigating risks for our clients. Our traditional roles are being redefined, and we must adapt accordingly. This means embracing digital transformation, harnessing data analytics, and enhancing risk management capabilities to meet the evolving needs of our clients and remain competitive in the market.

The journey towards future sustainability requires a collective effort from all stakeholders within our industry. I am committed to leading this charge and empowering members to navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead. Together, we can build a resilient and prosperous future for our industry.