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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

    Anne Angelique Cohen

    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.

  • Underwriting Team

    Direct Dial:

    +44 (0) 7387 252 838

    Direct Dial:

    +44 (0) 7583 011 186

  • Underwriting Team

  • 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.


    HR Business Partner

    Suzanne Bray

    Suzanne is our HR Business Partner, based in London.

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    Compliance Officer

    Ilyas Ismail

    Ilyas is our London based Compliance Officer. Prior to joining AXA ASR, Ilyas spent over a decade in the Global Markets team at Lloyd's of London.He has also spent time at Argenta.

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    Pricing Actuary

    Harpreet Kang

    Harpreet is our Pricing Actuary based in London. Harpreet joined AXA ASR from ProSight. Prior to working at ProSight, Harpreet worked for RSA as the Pricing Advisor in their Global Specialty Lines division and prior to that he held roles with Saga and KPMG.


    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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    Finance Manager

    Poonam Seewoochurn

    Poonam Is our Finance Manager based in Mauritius. Poonam previously worked for the Mauritian Eagle Insurance Company where she was the Finance Manager. Prior to this she worked for Pivot Limited as the Finance Manager. Poonam has also held accounting roles at Orangefield Trust and Legis International Services Limited.

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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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    Vinaye Seebaluck

    Technical Manager

    Vinaye Seebaluck is one of our Technical Manager's based in Mauritius. Vinaye’s previous role was as the Technical Team Leader at Swan General. Prior to working at Swan, Vinaye was the Reinsurance Officer for Mauritian Eagle Insurance.

  • Business Development Team

    Johannesburg, South Africa

    Direct Dial:

    +27 63 634 0421

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Direct Dial:

    +254 722 748656

    London, UK

    Direct Dial:

    +44 (0) 7775 019 471

    Abijan, Cote d' Ivoire

    Direct Dial:

    +225 59 95 60 97

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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.

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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.

    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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    Sanctions Analyst

    Moazzam Gulmahamed

    Moazzam Gulmahamed is our Sanctions Analyst based in Mauritius. Moazzam previously worked for Thomas Cook as a Trainee Compliance Officer. Prior to this, Moazzam was a Recovery and Workout Trainee for SBM Bank.

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