Meet the speakers

Richard Foulger

Head of Claims — AEGIS London

Richard Foulger is Head of Claims at AEGIS London. His career spans over 30 years and he has been involved in the handling of many significant market losses. At AEGIS he has been involved specifically in many power generation claims and was one of the original creators of the London Power Forum. He serves on the LMA Claims Committee and is interested in educating and developing the next generation of London market claims professionals.

Adam Wakeley

Managing Director — ACII

Adam is the Dubai Energy hub leader, responsible for all Energy business in the MENA region.

He has been with Marsh since 2002 having joined on the graduate scheme.

He spent five years working in London as a specialist on the Onshore placement team. During this time he was heavily involved in a diverse range of global downstream business. Additionally he was responsible for placing all of Marsh Energy’s upstream and downstream political violence risks. Adam was also seconded to the Marsh Global Markets Construction broking team.

He has been based in Dubai since 2007, where he was tasked with setting up and running the Energy placement team. He has been extremely influential in the development of that market, seeing it grow from around $500m of capacity in 2007 to over $2,500m today. As head of energy market placement, he set and executed the strategies for construction, upstream, downstream, liability and political violence accounts. He has also developed the hub into an extremely successful wholesale placement resource for global accounts in addition to the retail work for regional clients.

He now leads the Energy team in Dubai responsible for MENA business, overseeing placement, client service, engineering and operations.

Alfred Thornton

Partner — Clyde & Co

Alfred is a Partner in the insurance and dispute resolution teams at Clyde & Co in the UAE. Alfred joined Clyde & Co in Abu Dhabi in June 2006 and since then has acquired an in‐depth knowledge of UAE and regional re/insurance law.

Alfred has a broad regional practice advising local and foreign insurance interests on coverage, claims, subrogated recoveries and liability issues. The primary focus of Alfred’s practice is on re/ insurance litigation and arbitration relating to energy, engineering and construction insurance disputes.

Clive Burrows

Senior Manager — RGL Forensics

Clive Burrows is a Senior Manager in the Dubai office of RGL Forensics, a global forensic accounting and consulting firm.

Clive has over 10 years of experience in forensic accounting and financial investigations, and focuses his practice in quantifying losses for the insurance and legal markets, such as business interruption, subrogated recoveries and commercial disputes.

He specialises in complex losses relating to Petrochemicals, Energy / Power generation, Metals and Construction. He has handled cases across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific, and led a catastrophe response team in the Japanese insurance market following the Thai Floods and Tohoku Earthquake.

In December 2014, Clive relocated from our London office to set up and run the RGL Forensics Dubai office, which services the Middle East and North Africa regions.

Daniel Thorpe

Partner — MDD Forensic Accountants

Daniel has been with MDD Forensic Accountants for more than ten years and worked in the firm's London, Hong Kong, Japan and Thailand offices before relocating to open and manage the firm's Dubai office, based in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in 2013.

Since moving to the region, Daniel has been involved in a number of high-profile, high-value Business Interruption, Contingent Business Interruption and Delay in Start-Up (DSU/ALOP) claims throughout the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.

Specifically, within the Energy sector, Daniel has advised Loss Adjusters, Insurers and Reinsurers on the quantification of economic losses in a number of industries including: power generation (including desalination), refining, petrochemicals and manufacturing. 

Daniel was promoted to Partner in January 2017.

David Leich

Chief Technical Officer — MESCAT — ENGIE

David Leich has been working in the power industry for over 30 years following graduating from Birmingham University.  He is British and a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.  

David’s career includes; nuclear power plant operations and engineering, energy trading, gas turbine maintenance, coal import terminal construction, coal logistics and trading, coal plant; operations, maintenance and engineering and management, M&A, CCGT power plant construction and management.

David has worked in the UK, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Dubai.  He has worked for CEGB, National Power, International Power, GDF Suez and now Engie.

David moved to Dubai in January 2015, to take up the role of Head of Construction for SAMEA (South Asia, Middle East and Africa).  From January 2016, David was appointed to be Chief Technical Officer for MESCAT (Middle East, South + Central Asia and Turkey). This includes responsibility for engineering, construction, operations, procurement and HSE.

Dr Bassel Hindawi

Chairman/CEO — DIFC Insurance Association

Dr. Bassel Hindawi is the Chairman/CEO of the DIFC Insurance Association. He is also Chairman of the Board of AlManara Insurance in Jordan. He is a former Jordanian Diplomat and previously served for over a decade as the Director General of the Insurance Commission of Jordan (IC) since its establishment in 1999 until 2010. He led a carefully planned strategy to enhance the efficiency of the insurance sector and modernize the regulatory framework to be prudent, yet business friendly.

Dr. Hindawi previously led the initiative to establish the Arab Forum of Insurance Regulatory Commissions (AFIRC) in late 2006. He chaired AFIRC’s first term (2007–2009), and launched an initiative between AFIRC and Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance to develop guidelines on the practical implementation of good corporate governance in the regional insurance markets. In 2010, he co-founded the MENA Insurance CEO Club (MICC) to serve as a “think-tank” to shape and spearhead the future development of the insurance industry in the region.

He served as a member of the Board of the International Insurance Society (IIS) during 2004–2010, represented the MENA region on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) during 2002–2010, and was a catalyst for closer cooperation between the IAIS & the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB). 

In 1997, Dr. Hindawi served as an advisor to the Minister of Industry & Trade on Jordan’s accession to the World Trade Organization. Before returning to Jordan in 1997, he worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC (1988–1997) and was a lecturer at the George Washington University during 1987–1990. 

Grant Pilkington

Senior Associate — Clyde & Co LLP

Grant is a Senior Associate in Clyde & Co's MENA insurance practice group. He has experience in energy, marine, construction all-risks, professional indemnity, reinsurance and coverage disputes. He regularly advises London and international insurers in relation to complex claims in these sectors.

Although Grant’s practice is mostly litigation focused, he also advises clients on non-contentious matters, including assisting with the drafting of policy wordings.

Hala Abinader Long

Head of Energy EMEA, Insurance — XL Catlin

Hala Abinader Long has more than 15 years of commercial underwriting experience, mainly in the Energy and Construction sector. She started her insurance career in the World Source Property & Energy Risk Management Division of AIG Group in New York. She joined Liberty International Underwriters in New York as Senior Underwriter Construction & Energy in 2001 and later held various senior underwriting and management positions at Liberty Mutual and Zurich in London. In 2014 she joined XL Catlin and is now based in Dubai. Hala is responsible for all Energy insurance activities in the EMEA region. She is a graduate of Temple University, Fox School of Business & Management and holds a BA degree in Risk Management & Insurance.

Kamal Tabaja

Group Chief Operating Officer — Trust Re

Kamal Tabaja is a graduate in Systems and Computer Engineering from Carleton University in Canada, as well, a fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (FCII) UK.  He started his career as a Fiber Optical System Design Engineer at Nortel Networks in Canada.

Kamal began his Reinsurance career with Trust Re in 2002 in the Treaty department. Later he moved several positions within the company in the Property, Engineering and thereafter heading the Energy department. In 2013 Kamal was promoted to Group Chief Underwriter to be followed in 2014 as Group Chief Operating Officer.

Mark Cooper

General Representative Middle East — Lloyds Ltd

Mark joined Lloyd’s in 2015 as General Representative Middle East based in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). 

In this role, Mark is responsible for developing and implementing Lloyd’s business and market development strategy across the MENA markets as well as managing the operations of the Dubai platform.

Mark joined Lloyd’s from the DIFC Authority where he was Director of Insurance, Reinsurance and Captives.

Mark holds 20 years’ experience in international insurance industry starting his career in 1995 with RSA Insurance Group in the UK. He has lived and worked in the Middle East  for 12 years building extensive experience of the GCC and wider Levant insurance markets in executive roles including Head of Commercial Markets for the Middle East & Levant at Zurich Insurance and Chief Executive Officer for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain at RSA Insurance Group.

Mark holds an MBA from the University of Leicester and a BA (Hons.) in History from the University of Manchester. He is also a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute of the United Kingdom, holding both the ACII and FPC qualifications.

Najib N. Abboud

Senior Principal and Weidlinger Applied Science Practice Leader — Thornton Tomasetti

Najib Abboud has more than 27 years of experience in applied mechanics R&D, structural and computational engineering, and vulnerability assessments and mitigations. As leader of the Weidlinger Applied Science practice, he directs the firm’s research and advanced analysis efforts, which encompasses everything from solving problems related to the safety of military platforms, critical infrastructure, tall buildings, industrial and petro-chemical plants, and automotive and airborne vehicles to developing scientific software whose applications go beyond the built environment.

Najib leads many critical infrastructure security and resilience projects for major transportation and port authorities, with a specific focus on bridges, tunnels, air and rail transportation facilities and networks. These efforts rely on both computational simulations of extreme events and physical testing as a basis for designs against blast, fire, impact and other attack modalities.

During his career, he has served as a principal investigator and expert on a range of forensics projects. He served as expert and technical director for the multidisciplinary investigation of the World Trade Center collapses and has applied sophisticated nonlinear analyses to other collapse investigations, establishing the firm’s leadership in the field. Dr. Abboud also led large forensic investigations, from structural collapses such as the Tropicana Casino and Resort parking garage in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to errors and omissions and/or delays claims on large construction projects, including the Denver Art Museum in Colorado. Dr. Abboud also served as a committee member on government-convened panels addressing issues of progressive collapse, anti-terrorism and the translation of the NIST World Trade Center Investigation Recommendations for the Model Building Codes.

Paul Hodges

Chairman — International EChem

Paul Hodges is Chairman of IeC.  IeC has built a reputation as trusted commercial advisers with a global focus, and its clients include many of the world’s major companies and investors. 

Paul publishes The pH Report, which aims to guide investors and companies through the Great Unwinding of central bank stimulus policies now underway, and also writes the ICIS ‘Chemicals & the Economy’ blog. 

Paul is a regular speaker at international conferences, and writes regularly for the Financial Times and other leading media.  He was widely recognised for his foresight in warning of the 2008 financial crisis. 

Paul is non-executive Chairman of NiTech Solutions and a Director of Recycling Technologies. Prior to launching IeC in 1995, Paul spent 17 years with Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), both in England and the USA, where he held senior executive positions in petrochemicals and chloralkali, and was Executive Director of a $1 billion ICI business.

Paul serves as a Global Expert with the World Economic Forum and is a Member of the Energy Institute and a Freeman of the City of London. He is a graduate of the University of York, and studied with the IMD business school in Switzerland.

He lives in London, is married with 2 sons, and is a tennis, cricket and skiing enthusiast.

Pavel Chernoverhsky

Senior Underwriter Energy and Engineered Risk — AIG MENA

Pavel is the Senior EER (Energy & Engineered Risk) Underwriter for Middle East, North Africa and Russia. The EER unit deals with Downstream Oil and Petrochemical, Chemical, Construction and Power Generation occupancies. 

Pavel joined AIG in Moscow, Russia in 2009 and since then has been performing various roles in Property and Energy lines. Prior to relocation to Dubai in 2015 he was Energy and Engineered Risks Manager for AIG Russia in charge of developing profitable portfolio of Energy and Construction business. 

In addition to MENA EER responsibilities Pavel is the Construction Center of Excellence Manager for Eastern Europe. In this role he is focusing on enhancement and implementation of regional strategy for Construction business across Eastern Europe including Russia. 

Pavel holds Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Russia. He has started his insurance career in 2003 as Reinsurance Manager for one of the local Russian commercial insurers.

Sam Wakerley

Partner — Holman Fenwick Willan Middle East LLP

Sam has been in Dubai since 2005 and heads up HFW's MENA Insurance and Reinsurance team.

Sam handles a wide range of insurance and reinsurance work with a particular specialisation in claims. He has advised on some of the region's largest energy, marine, property, construction and FI insurance/reinsurance claims. His work involves general advisory work, supervising local court litigation, DIFC court work, English High Court work, arbitration and mediation.

Sam is consistently recommended in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for his insurance law expertise.

Shazia Rafique

Vice President, Onshore Energy Middle East North Africa — Liberty Specialty Markets

Shazia has been in the Insurance industry for over 16 years, underwriting Energy lines of business since 1999. She began her career at a Lloyds syndicate in London and has been with Liberty Specialty Markets since 2003. She is responsible for the MENA Energy portfolio based in the DIFC, Dubai. Shazia has also served and continues to serve on various market technical committees and forums.

Tejal Bartlett

Global Head of Energy — AMEA

A recognised leading underwriter in the International Energy sector, with over 20 years of underwriting experience, both in the London market and the Middle East, Tejal has managed to establish a strong relationship with many risk managers globally as well as within the Middle East & Africa Region.

In Tejal’s current role as Global Head of Energy at Qatar Reinsurance Company, she is tasked with bringing together the regional teams and developing a global focus, as well as changing underwriting philosophy from a follow market to one with a more meaningful offering both across onshore and offshore lines of business.

In her previous role, Tejal was the Head of Energy for the Middle East with a dual role as the Head of Oil, Gas Petrochemical and Refining Europe, Middle East & Africa, for Zurich Insurance Company based in Dubai. She led the Deep Dive into the Profitability and Underwriting Discipline and Standards within the Europe Middle East & Africa Onshore Energy portfolio, as well as being responsible for the Strategy, Direction and Profitability of the Onshore Europe Middle East & Africa Onshore Energy portfolio. 

Prior to the role at Zurich, Tejal was based in London at Ace European Group Limited, for 6 years, where she was primarily responsible for managing and achieving the group’s productivity and profitability targets. She was a key member of the team in developing pricing models and looked into underwriting efficiencies which enabled a faster response to brokers. In addition to helping regionalise the London portfolio, Tejal was a senior peer reviewer for the Energy group and point person for regional underwriters globally. 

Tejal’s first underwriting role was at Liberty International Underwriters formally Liberty Mutual Insurance Company (UK) Ltd. During her 9 years at Liberty she underwrote the small to medium sized energy and property accounts. 

Christopher Eades

Managing Director, MENA — Braemar

Chris has been engaged in the loss adjusting profession for over 30 years working in a variety of specialist positions managing large and complex claims on a global basis in the Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Construction & Engineering, Mining and Property sectors. He has collectively spent over 15 years based in the Middle East and has also worked on high profile Catastrophe campaigns in the Caribbean, South America and the Far East.

Since joining Braemar Adjusting, Chris has managed a significant portfolio of onshore and offshore insurance claims involving Refineries, LNG Facilities, Chemical Plants, Power Plants, Platforms, Jack-Up Rigs, Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessels, Subsea Pipelines and Cables, Mooring Systems and Land Rigs.

Following a 10 year period working in the London Market, Chris transferred to Dubai in 2013 to take up the position of Managing Director for MENA operations, where he has managed various Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Construction and Property claims, together with Risk Survey and Expert Services assignments, in the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Iraq, Iran and India.

Charles Honner

Senior Engineering Adjuster — Braemar

Charles holds an Honours degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide (Australia), retains professional Chartership with the Institution of Chemical Engineers and is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Engineering Council.  Charles has over 13 years process engineering experience in the upstream oil and gas industry, spanning all phases of project development for both onshore and offshore upstream developments including Gas to Liquids (GTL) and LNG production.  This included time spent in London working for Genesis, and 7 years in Norway in support of a world-scale offshore field redevelopment project.  More recently Charles’ specialisation has been towards offshore operations; including start-up of a large-scale North Sea facility for BP.

Charles joined Braemar Adjusting in 2014, where his technical experience and expertise has been a natural fit to the Engineering Team managing complex Energy, Petrochem and Power claims.  Charles is also involved in the Group’s engineering Expert Witness work, with a focus on Process Engineering in both Oil and Gas operations and Power Generation, and is currently studying for an MBA in General Business.

Hugh Kennaway

ACII FCILA — Matthews Daniel International

Hugh has over 25 years loss adjusting experience having worked in the London Reinsurance market, Thailand, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. He is a Chartered Insurer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters. Hugh now has Global responsibility for Non Marine at Matthews Daniel.

Hugh is an experienced machinery breakdown, property and business interruption adjuster in the power and energy sectors. He has dealt with property and liability claims worldwide including many power, refining and petrochemical losses in Greece, Turkey, Russia, North Africa and the Middle East. Additionally, he has handled many claims on construction and operational projects principally in the power, oil, gas and energy sectors.

Hugh works in many countries including: Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates), North Africa (Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria) in addition to Russia, Turkey, Greece, Malta and Cyprus as well as the Caspian including Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Khazakstan. He also has current experience of working with the State Electricity and National Oil companies of Mexico, Algeria, Nigeria and several IWPP’s throughout the Middle East and Turkey. He led the adjustment team on the Vasilikos Power Station explosion in Cyprus which occurred in July 2011. This large claim was agreed and subrogated in 14 months. He also led the adjusting team on the June 2015 Rosneft Achinsk refinery loss in Central Siberia which was closed in 17 months and a large petrochemical loss at Lukoil in February 2015 which was settled in 14 months.

Ron Jarvis

Risk Engineering,Director Products & Global Markets — Swiss Re

Ron Jarvis is a Risk Engineer at Swiss Re, based in London. He is responsible for the management and coordination of risk engineering services primarily in support of the underwriting of oil gas and petrochemicals risks. He is the current Chairman of OPERA (Oil Petrochemical & Energy Risks Association) and represents the London Market risk engineering community on the Lloyds Market Association (LMA) Onshore Energy Panel.

Nigel Wick

Partner — Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

Nigel advises upon a wide range of insurance/reinsurance contract issues, both as regards the development/review of insurance wordings and structures and insurance claims. Having been seconded to work in the insurance market, his advice is underpinned by an understanding of how the industry operate. Recent contract development/review work includes WELCAR, Onshore/Offshore Property/BI, marine liability, product liability, marine cargo, shipbuilding, gas storage, LME Metals storage, political risk and trade credit. Recent claims work includes property damage claim arising out of offshore platform failure, WELCAR sue and labour claim arising out of a pipeline laying EPC contract, PD/BI claim arising out of major refinery fire, property damage claim arising from failure of hydrocarbon storage tank, major PD/LOPI claim regarding North Sea FPSO, and coal fired power station sue and labour/design defect/resultant damage claim.

Nigel Wick is described in Legal 500 and Chambers directories as having ‘excellent technical understanding’ and ‘handling cases with real verve’

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Onshore Energy Conference is a specialist insurance conference aimed at the oil and gas and power sectors. Previously named the London Power Forum, it has now developed into the only event addressing these specialist sectors within the London market. The event attracts delegates from all disciplines and interests and has a mission in the continued improvement and development of technical knowledge in these sectors as well as providing a platform for market challenges to be addressed.