AIP News RoundUp – EP 65 – Theresa Blissing and Michael Waitze – Mergers, Consolidation, and Strategic Market Expansion

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Michael Waitze worked in Global Finance for more than 20 years, employed by firms like Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, primarily in Tokyo.  Michael lived and worked in Tokyo from February 1990 until December 2011.  Michael always maintained a particular focus on how technology could be used to make businesses more efficient and to drive P/L growth. Michael is a leader in the digital media space, building one of the biggest and fastest-growing podcast listener bases in the region.  His AsiaTechPodcast.com show has listeners in more than 170 countries and his company, Michael Waitze Media produces some of Asia’s most popular podcasts.

Theresa is the founder of the Asia InsurTech Podcast and a Thought Leader on innovation in insurance in Asia. She has worked for ten years for leading multinational insurers in Europe and Asia before turning to management consulting and venture building with the goal of transforming the insurance industry and helping shape its future in the region.

Welcome back to the AIP News RoundUp co-hosted by Michael Waitze and Theresa Blissing. This episode focuses on key developments in the InsurTech sector for January 2024, highlighting significant trends and strategic movements within Asia’s insurance industry. 

Theresa and Michael discuss the notable acquisition of Singlife by Sumitomo Life, marking a significant move in mergers and acquisitions in the region. We also examine OneDegree’s expansion into the UAE, offering cyber policies for cryptocurrency exchanges, and PhonePe’s innovative approach to insurance distribution in India, which has led to a substantial increase in digital two-wheeler insurance. 

Furthermore, we explore the transition of companies like Roojai.com from niche markets to full-stack insurers, reflecting the growing maturity of the InsurTech space. Lastly, we look into PolicyStreet’s foray into Takaful insurance in Malaysia, underscoring the sector’s responsiveness to regulatory and market needs.

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