EP 35 – Ian Pollard, Michael Lovegrove and Matthias de Ferrieres – Singapore FinTech Festival Roundtable


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.

Ian Pollard

Ian started Delta Insurance in 2014 with business partner Craig Kirk. Their international experience and local insight suggested that there was an opportunity for a new entrant in the Liability and Financial Lines market. With a focus on embracing change, the next five years saw Delta grow exponentially with the market appreciating their product innovation, transparency and exceptional customer service. With the New Zealand operation now well established with 36 staff and an office in Singapore, Ian is now focused on realising their goal of ten Delta offices in the APAC region in 10 years.

On a mission to reduce the underinsured population.

In Asia-Pacific since 2000, Dr. Matthias de Ferrieres, leaves AXA as their Regional CMO in 2014 to create Stark Group that delivers disruptive, customer centric yet easy to operate digital insurance-based solutions. Over the course of 2 years, he sells 2 profitable B2C focused platforms to insurance incumbents. In 2017, he launches My-insurer, a CRM platform dedicated to Financial Advisors. In 2019, he deploys Wellnex an Healthtech that provides affordable Healthcare and Fitness Services to all Singaporean. In early 2020, he merges both solutions to lead the first and unique ecosystem dedicated to Financial Advisors that reduces significantly operational cost and help collect smart and compliant data while offering value added services to their leads and clients. Matthias holds a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurial economics and a MBA from Chicago Booth.

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In this episode, AIP founder Theresa Blissing recorded live at Singapore FinTech Festival and talks to Ian Pollard, Group MD Delta Insurance, Michael Lovegrove, Co-founder and CEO of JRNY, and Matthias de Ferrieres, the founder and CEO of my-insurer.  

JRNY and Delta Insurance are both headquartered in New Zealand, a country with a smaller population than Singapore but a high ratio of successful tech startups. Delta Insurance was nominated in Deloitte’s Fast 50 in 2017, representing the fastest-growing companies in New Zealand. The Company is a coverholder of Lloyd’s of London and provides comprehensive insurance coverage solutions across a range of products in the property, financial lines, casualty, and aviation insurance sectors. 

The second Kiwi InsurTech, JRNY is a finalist in the 2019 TDI InsurTech Awards and was listed in the 2019 InsurTech 100, which recognises the top 100 pioneering InsurTech companies around the world that are transforming the global insurance industry. The startup has developed a highly configurable​ and artificially intelligent​ Insurance Distribution Platform and is expanding across Asia.

My-insurer is a Singaporean startup and Asia’s first real-time insurance software; managed by intermediaries for policyholders that allows a 360° overview of their insurance portfolio. The founder, Matthias de Ferrieres, is a well-known Insurance Thought Leader in Singapore and AXA’s former CMO.

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