AIP News RoundUp – Episode 27 – Rahul Mathur and Theresa Blissing – It’s Time To Start Building


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 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.

Rahul Mathur

Rahul is the Startup lead at Accenture’s FinTech Innovation Lab in London. Prior to joining Accenture, he was an Insurance Product Manager at Laka Insurance, a London headquartered early stage InsurTech start-up which recently won at the British Insurance Awards 2019.  Rahul holds a master’s degree in Statistics from the University of Warwick. He is an Ambassador at the Asia InsurTech podcast.

September ends with more investment news. GirnarSoft will invest $20 million in its omnichannel insurance subsidiary InsuranceDekho. The funds will be used to strengthen InsuranceDekho’s transaction businesses and expand deeper into the country with its B2C platform.

Singaporean InsurTech Igloo is in the news again with the launch of PandaCare together with food delivery company FoodPanda in Thailand. PandaCare will include motor insurance from MSIG Insurance, personal accident insurance from Cigna Insurance, and daily hospitalisation income protection from Tune Insurance. Igloo is expanding rapidly across Southeast Asia and PandaCare is its second product in the Thai market after launching its smartphone protection with one of the major telco providers. 

Watch to the fireside chat with Igloo Country Head Thailand, Chancharas Chantarakarn during ITC + DIA WorldTour Thailand:

ICICI Prudential Life launches an AI-powered voice chatbot on Google Assistant which sparks the conversation around conversational AI. While conversational AI is surely the way moving forward, the team raises the question if plugins into virtual assistants like Google and Alexa is the best way to spend time and resources on at this point in time. Listen to our chat with Ravi Saraogi from Uniphore about conversational AI here

In Vietnam, InsurTech Papaya launched a TPA platform with FWD to provide 24h e-claim service. If you would like to learn more about the Vietnamese market and InsurTech Papaya, listen to our episode with Hung Phan, co-founder, and CEO of Papaya here

And the team would like to congratulate Skye Theodorou from Upcover for coming in second for the Female Founder in InsurTech Award 2020. In the end, it is the diversity that will accelerate innovation! Find our episode with Skye here

Other companies mentioned in this episode: Acko, Turtlemint, Coverhero

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