Companies and individuals rewarded at inaugural ceremony

mea awards

Marsh was the big winner at the inaugural Middle East & Africa (MEA) Risk & Insurance Excellence Awards, organised by GR and sister title StrategicRisk, taking home two of the prestigious trophies.

The broker won both MEA Commercial Broker Initiative of the Year and MEA Best Risk Financing Approach.

While it was definitely a good night for the broker, the biggest award of the evening, MEA Industry Achiever of the Year, went to the new Lloyd’s country manager and general representative for Dubai, Mark Cooper.

Cooper was rewarded for his integral part in bringing the 326-year old market to the region through its new Dubai International Financial Centre office which opened earlier this year.

Other winners on the night included; Fadi Abu Nahl, chief executive, Trust Re; Dr Abdul Zahra Ali, chief executive, National General Insurance; and George Kabban, chief executive, UIB, who all won CEO of the year award for reinsurer, insurer and broker respectively. Each winner was selected by a group of regional chief executives who were asked to vote for their first among peers.

A total of 12 awards were given out at a gala dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai.

Full coverage of the event will appear in the Winter edition of GR published in October.


MEA Commercial Broker Initiative of the Year

Winner: Marsh


MEA Commercial Insurer Initiative of the Year

Winner: Jordan Insurance Company


MEA Business Partner of the Year

Winner: Milliman


MEA Risk Communication Strategy of the Year

Winner: Abu Dhabi Airports


MEA Enterprise Risk Management Programme of the Year

Winner: Roads & Transport Authority, Dubai


MEA Best Risk Financing Approach

Winner: Marsh


MEA Risk Manager of the Year

Winner: Mostafa Ramzy, senior enterprise risk management expert, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation


MEA Special Recognition Awards

Winner: IRM Jordan & Palestine Regional Group


MEA Broker CEOs’ CEO of the Year

Winner: George Kabban, UIB


MEA Insurer CEOs’ CEO of the Year

Winner: Dr Abdul Zahra Ali, National General Insurance


MEA Reinsurer CEOs’ CEO of the Year

Winner: Fadi Abu Nahl, Trust Re


MEA Industry Achiever of the Year

Winner: Mark Cooper, country manager, Lloyd’s