AIP and AIR Conversations on Emerging Markets – EP 01 – Tunde Salako and Thereas Blissing – It’s Becoming a Whole New World of Opportunities


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.

Dr. Tunde Salako is an insurtech enterpreneur with experience in the business of engendering access to insurance and fostering penetration. His background and expertise have obliged him the privilege to have cut across several industries spanning insurance, healthcare , and more recently data science. He has worked with both local and international professionals at c-suite and board levels on diverse missions channeled towards achieving specific goals. Tunde’s interests cut across technology, analytics, and business process automation. He is passionate about the use of tech to galvanize inclusion in the insurance ecosystem hence, the birth of the platform -Africa Insurtech Rising (A.I.R) in a bid to nurture the insurance-technology ecosystem. This platform is an aggregator of stakeholders in the Insur-Tech space with a focus on the African insurance sector passionately reverse engineering insurance inclusion on the continent via technology. The platform is the insurtech partner to the African Fintech Network ,partner to Quesnay Insurtech New York, Insurtech-Story India amongst other notable organizations. He is also Co-founder/CEO of an Insurtech Software-as-aService (SaaS) platform accelerating insurance inclusion via technology and data science in Nigeria, Tanzania. He is a member of the Barcelona Health Hub, Digital Insurance Community Netherlands and an alum of the Insurtech Hub Munich.

The majority of developing countries can be found in Africa and Asia. Designing insurance solutions for those markets has its very own challenges but at the same time presents the largest untapped market for insurers. Distribution and payment are just two areas that need to be reinvented in order to work in a developing country and provide financial products to the low-income population. 

In order to better understand the challenges but also opportunities in Africa and Asia, the Asia InsurTech Podcast has teamed up with Africa InsurTech Rising. Theresa Blissing, Michael Waitze and Tunde Salako are discussing what is being done in Asia and Africa to increase insurance penetration and financial literacy. The team is introducing InsurTech startups in those markets and discussing their significance. 

In the first episode, the team covers Curacel, a Nigerian startup tackling insurance fraud, talks about Grab providing micro-insurance in Southeast Asia and discuss why Sawari Ventures and Algebra Ventures are investing in North African startups. 

Moving forward we will take this conversation to Clubhouse. Follow the team @theresablissing, @michaelwaitze and @insurtechrising on Clubhouse and join the next conversation. 

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