The Team

Theresa Blissing

Theresa is the founder of Accelerating Insurance and a Thought Leader on innovation in insurance in Asia, as well as a recognised researcher on Big Data in insurance.

Theresa 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.

Michael Waitze

Michael has previously worked for major international organisations including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, UBS and CitiGroup as well as supported and advised local tech giants like aCommerce and investors like Ardent Capital in Thailand.

Since 2016, Michael has been running his media business hosting several tech podcasts in Asia.

Rahul Mathur

Rahul is an AIP Ambassador and joins us in our bi-monthly AIP News Roundup episodes as one of the experts in InsurTech globally.

Rahul Mathur

Presently, Rahul is the Start-up lead at the London chapter of Accenture’s FinTech Innovation Lab. Previously, he worked as Insurance Product Manager at Laka Insurance and focused on product development, strategy and research.

Shefali Sonpar

Shefali is the latest addition to the AIP Team. She is a recognized digital transformation expert helping insurers innovate in the face of disruption.

Shefali has held global leadership positions in insurance operations, data and digital with fortune 500 companies. In her most recent roles she has established and successfully run data management / digital programs enabling insurers to drive growth through leveraging global operations. Shefali has joined hands with Asia Insurance Podcast as Digitisation Expert with the aim of pushing innovation boundaries to improve customer experience and deliver enhanced business outcomes.

Kastytis Kemezys

Kas is a partner at venture builder Whatnot and responsible for business structure and strategy. He is supporting AIP und our community as an advisor and startup mentor.

Ariel Mengqian Li

Ariel assist in running AIP behind the scenes. She plans and coordinates administrative procedures and ensures the smooth and adequate flow of information within AIP and manages schedules and podcast recordings.