The Insurance Apprentice - Meet the finalists

Kishan Vanmali
Operations Manager
Marsh Africa

Did you choose a career in insurance or did you fall into the industry like so many others? Briefly share your story.
A bit of both, to be honest. I had initially looked to get into Financial Risk Management but when I got an opportunity to join a short term insurance broker, I took the leap. Having studied Insurance & Risk Management at WITS it made for a great fit. The beauty is that once you enter the industry you realize that whether insurance chose you, or vice versa, you probably ended up where you were meant to be. I am glad that I chose ‘to be chosen’ by the insurance industry.
Why did you choose to enter The Insurance Apprentice?
I entered The Insurance Apprentice for a chance to challenge myself across the various spectrums that the insurance industry offers. It also offers the opportunity for growth and learning while taking you out of your comfort zone. I also entered in the hope that people will begin to share my passion and enthusiasm for the work the industry does.
I hope to gain exposure and learn new skills relevant to the industry. More than that, I hope to gain the opportunity to illustrate the diverse and collaborative nature of the industry. Hopefully, I can also prove to myself that I am up there with some of the brightest young talent the industry has to offer.
In your mind, what qualities should an ambassador of The Insurance Apprentice have?
Integrity, honesty, compassion, problem solving, and most importantly, passion for what you do.
Who has been the biggest influencer on your career and why?
Simon Sinek. Despite not having ever met him, his theories on business and leadership have formed the basis of the values I have put into practice in my career
In a tweet of 140 characters explain why insurance ROCKS!!!
Insurance rocks because it is fun and innovative. It has an impact on people whether they buy it or not. Insurance isn’t only about products or profits, it is about people. People and their lives are at the heart of insurance and hence if #peoplerock then #insurancerocks
What would be your dream Apprentice task and why?
A task that puts the technological advancements of the world at the forefront, and the effects that it might have on current insurance products and interpretations. This will challenge us in trying to marry insurance principles of old to modern developments.
What song would you choose for your Insurance Apprentice victory dance and why?
Celebration – Kool and the Gang. The name says it all.
A message to all the TIA sponsors?
Thank you is not enough. The support and investment for this initiative is absolutely overwhelming. Not only are they affording young insurance professionals an opportunity of a lifetime, they are providing a platform like no other to showcase the industry to a wider audience.
How important is winning for you?
Winning is not everything but wanting to win is. Whilst winning would be a great achievement, knowing that I gave it my best effort and making my supporters proud is the most important thing to me.
Advice to yourself about what you should remember and focus on as you are going into the competition.
Being adaptable and being able to look at problems without pre-conceived ideas are important. Application of acquired knowledge is key and being able to communicate ideas effectively can make or break your chances.