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  • Our people

    Our People

    AXA Africa Specialty Risks is made up of enthusiastic, experienced and energetic people, all striving to provide our clients with first class service.

    We are here to enable African businesses to thrive and to help us achieve this, our people are on the ground in Kenya, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Morocco and Mauritius, as well as our head office in London and AXA Group head office in Paris.

  • Executive Team

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    Chief Executive Officer

    Mikir Shah

    Mikir is the CEO of AXA Africa Specialty Risks.

    He has previously held leadership roles at Barclays Capital, Fox-Pitt Kelton, ABN Amro and Robert Fleming (Chase Manhattan).

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    Chief Underwriting Officer

    Eric Malterre

    Eric joined AXA Africa Specialty Risks from Coface Global Solutions where he held the role of Regional Head of Sales for Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.

    Prior to Coface, Eric held a number of roles with Marsh & McLennan in Asia.


    Chief Financial Officer

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    Anne Angelique is AXA Africa Specialty Risks' Chief Financial Officer. Anne Angelique has held a number of roles in the AXA Group, based in Paris, Madrid and London.

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    Executive Vice-Chairman

    Frederic Flejou

    Frederic is Executive Vice Chairman of AXA Africa Specialty Risks. He has been a non-Executive Director of AXA Mansard Insurance Plc since 2015.

    Frederic has also been a Director at African Reinsurance Corporation since 2015. He serves as a Director of AXA Mediterranean & Latin American Region.

  • Underwriting Team

    James is our Construction Underwriting Manager based in London, he joined AXA Africa Specialty Risks from Starstone. James has an engineering background and has previously held roles at Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Tecnicas Reunidas and Isolagen.

    Zouheb is our Political Violence and Terrorism (PVT) Underwriter, previously he was a Senior PVT Broker at Willis Towers Watson and has also held roles at Gras Savoye (Paris) and Chimpro.

    Becky is our Political Risk underwriter, previously Becky held the role of Divisional Director, Political and Credit Risk at Willis Towers Watson. Prior to this, Becky held roles at Renaissance Capital, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs.

  • Underwriting Team

    Ahad is our Lead Energy Underwriter and joined AXA Africa Specialty Risks from Ernst & Young. Previously he has held roles at AIG, Liberty, Zurich and RSA based in the UAE.

    Andrea is our Energy Underwriting Assistant and a member of the AXA graduate scheme.

    Lizzi is our London based Underwriting Assistant. Lizzi has previous experience working at Marsh, Aon and Miles Smith.

  • Business Development Team

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    Business Developer

    Robert Mbugua

    Robert Mbugua is our business developer in Kenya. Robert joins us from UAP Insurance Company where he he spent five years. Prior to UAP Robert held positions at Jubilee Insurance, Chartis Kenya and AIG. Robert is based in Nairobi.

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    Business Developer

    Nomusa Ramushu

    Nomusa is our Business Developer in Southern Africa, She is based in Johannesburg.


    Business Developer

    Minoka Radhakrishnan

    Minoka is our Business Developer based in London, having previously spent time in Johannesburg. Minoka is also a qualified accountant.

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    Business Developer

    Amal Bakir

    Amal is our Business Developer based in Morocco. She is based in Casablanca. Amal has held a number of roles in AXA Assurance Morocco and AXA Corporate Solutions.

  • Business Services Team

    Marc is the Head of Marketing & Communications at AXA Africa Specialty Risks.

    Marc has experience across the Insurance, Professional Services, Renewable Energy and Plastics sectors, having previously worked at Lloyd's, Solarcentury, RSA, DAC Beachcroft and Heath Lambert.


    Head of IT

    Ruth Williams

    Ruth is Head of IT at AXA Africa Specialty Risks and Client Manager for AXA Group Solutions.


    Syndicate Manager

    Darren Wiltshire

    Darren is our Syndicate Manager and is responsible for coordination of the Operational and Finance activities of the Syndicate, and building the organisations operational capabilities and processes for the future.

  • Business Services Team


    HR Business Partner, Suzanne Bray

    Suzanne is our HR Business Partner, based in London.


    Personal Assistant

    Nicola Bellamy

    Nicola is the Personal Assistant to Mikir Shah, Chief Executive Officer and Eric Malterre, Chief Underwriting Officer.


    Administrative Assistant

    Kellie Owen

    Kellie is the London offices' Administrative Assistant, looking after the day-to-day operations in London. She is also an IT guru!

  • Our Cover Holder Team

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    Operations Manager

    Roshan Mohabeer

    Roshan is our Cover Holder Operations Manager having previously spent time as a reinsurance broker and a reinsurer. He is a specialist in marine and aviation lines.

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    Technical Officer

    Caroline Francis

    Caroline is one of our Technical Officers based in Mauritius. She has previously spent time at La Prudence Mauricienne Assurances Ltée and Munich Mauritius Reinsurance based in Mauritius, Johannesburg and Munich.

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    Technical Officer

    Senthil Candasamy

    Senthil is one of our Technical Officers based in Mauritius. He has previously worked at Standard Bank, Aviva UK and Mauritian Eagle Insurance.

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    Financial Accounts Manager

    Selina Ramiah

    Selina is our Financial Accounts Manager based in Mauritius. Selina has spent the previous eight years with Munich Mauritius Reinsurance Company as General Accounting and Reinsurance Accountant.

    Do you want to work for a company whose solid growth outlook will ensure its long-term health, and offering attractive career opportunities?

    AXA Africa Specialty Risks is a rapidly growing businesses, attracting top talent from around the world.

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    Administrative Assistant

    Geeta Gopaul

    Geeta joined AXA Specialty Risks in September 2016, as Administrative Assistant. She is pursuing a diploma in Business Management from the Association of Business Executives in the UK. Geeta previously spent 8 years as Operation Supervisor at Valldata in Maurituis.

  • Finance Team


    General Accountant

    Michael Ellis

    Michael is our General Accountant in charge of our day-to-day accounts and finances.


    Finance Project Manager

    Xiaoyi Cheng

    Xiaoyi is our Finance Project Manager covering the technical financial analysis/planning of the Special Purpose Arrangement (a special underwriting/risk-carrying vehicle).


    Finance Manager

    Ben Howard

    Ben is our finance manager based in Ipswich. He joined AXA since 2011 and has held a variety of finance roles within the AXA UK shared services function.


    Syndicate Accountant

    Kevin McDonagh

    Kevin is our Syndicate Accountant working closely with our partner Chaucer. He has previously spent time in the construction industry, moving into the insurance sector 5 years ago. He has previously worked in finance at XL Catlin carrying out financial planning and analysis for their Life Syndicate.

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