ACORD names top InsurTech leaders of 2020


On December 15, 2020, ACORD, the global standards-setting body for the insurance industry, announced its annual InsurTech Leaders list. This year’s leaders are presented in conjunction with Alchemy Crew, whose co-founder & CEO Sabine VanderLinden has herself been a perennial member of ACORD’s list.

Every year, ACORD evaluates vision, execution, and outcomes to identify the leaders with the greatest current and future ability to change the industry through InsurTech. The 2020 list is expanded to recognize leaders who are driving change in three key focus areas: collaboration, sustainability & inclusion, and global ecosystem-building.


These leaders are driving tangible outcomes and real change in insurance. The unique challenges of 2020 haven’t changed the fundamental realities of the digital landscape, or the execution imperatives for our industry—they’ve spotlighted previously existing issues, created a sense of urgency, and accelerated change. These InsurTech leaders will play a key role in moving our industry forward.

Bill Pieroni – President and CEO – ACORD


In alphabetical order within each category, the 2020 InsurTech Leaders are:


  • Jonathan Beerman: SVP Americas, Chief Technical Accounting & Administration Officer, SCOR
  • Bill Devine: SVP, Business Capabilities Office, Travelers
  • Varun Dua: Co-Founder & CEO, Acko
  • Ian Macartney: SVP, Head of Innovation, Argo Group
  • Bob Olson: CIO Reinsurance, Aon
  • Assaf Wand: Co-Founder & CEO, Hippo



  • Tahir Farooqui: Founder & CEO, Canopy
  • Liri Halperin: Co-Founder & CEO, LeO
  • Carolina Klint: Managing Director & Risk Management Leader, Continental Europe, Marsh
  • Sten Saar & Harry Franks: Co-Founders, Zego
  • Rain Takahashi: Founder & CEO, Jauntin
  • Tobias Taupitz: Co-Founder & CEO, Laka
  • Julian Teicke: Co-Founder & CEO, wefox



  • Pascal Lehmann: Head of Americas Operations – P&C Business Management, Swiss Re
  • Henri Winand: Co-Founder & CEO, AkinovA
  • Paul Wishman: Vice President, Global Insurance, CGI



This year we are recognizing the unique work and effort of leaders from around the globe who have driven change and made a difference in 2020. The new year will bring unique opportunities to the world of insurance through emerging technology-led thinking, development, and execution. Many insurers and InsurTechs are now considering ways to sustain growth while caring for the less fortunate and embedding diversity and inclusion to attract new talent. The future requires new thinking in terms of operational resilience and business model design. These leaders are doing what they can to shape the world of tomorrow.

Sabine VanderLinden



ACORD (Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development) is the global standards-setting body for the insurance and related financial services industries. ACORD facilitates fast, accurate data exchange, and efficient workflows through the development of electronic standards, standardized forms, and tools to support their use. ACORD engages thousands of insurance and reinsurance companies, agents and brokers, software providers, financial services organizations, and industry associations in more than 100 countries. ACORD maintains offices in New York and London. Learn more at


About Alchemy Crew

Alchemy Crew is a venture validation studio for the insurance and financial services sectors using open innovation, ecosystem thinking, and parallel experimentation techniques to accelerate the identification, validation, and commercialization of innovative products and services & disruptive business models.

The Crew facilitates the execution of a Reinvention Engine that fast-solves some of the most pressing industry challenges by aligning market drivers, customer needs with the very best global tech ventures. Using a structured collaborative and virtualized framework, its approach short-cuts partnership, investment, or acquisition of growth ventures to significantly de-risks venture-led corporate initiatives. For more information, please visit

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