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Microinsurance: Protecting the Poor in Emerging Markets

Microinsurance: Protecting the Poor in Emerging Markets
Date: 4thNovember 2011
Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Venue: St Mary-le-Bow Church, Cheapside

Please note that the location for this seminar has been changed.

St Paul's Institute would like to invite you to a seminar on microinsurance, hosted in conjunction with the Anglican Health Network, that will be taking place in the Wren Suite at St Paul's Cathedral on the evening of Friday 4thNovember.

The Anglican Church has been engaged with the leading microinsurance agency, MicroEnsure, to develop a groundbreaking model of health microinsurance in Tanzania and India. This has placed the church at the forefront of market development on the basis of its commitment to improve the availability and quality of health services amongst the communities it serves.

This seminar will give an account of the place of microinsurance within the wider context of insurance in developing markets, exploring how microinsurance models are being implemented, and will highlight a number of case studies of successful programmes run in different countries.

The evening will be chaired by Revd Raymond Singh, Vice Chair of the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility.


Paul Holley is an Anglican priest from the Church of England with 16 years parish experience in Manchester and Geneva. He has a background in the personal finance industry and a Master of Public Administration from Warwick Business School. Paul proposed and co-founded the Anglican Health Network following research assignments he conducted for the World Health Organization on faith based health care.

Richard Leftley pioneered the introduction of insurance products within the Opportunity International microfinance network which he joined in January 2002. This led to the founding of MicroEnsure as part of that network. Previously he had worked for Benfield Greig as a reinsurance broker responsible for the African account and worked in a team covering the Middle East and South East Asia. He is a thought leader in the field of microinsurance and serves on the steering committee of the ILO "Micro Insurance Innovation Fund", a $35m fund provided by the Gates Foundation.

Nigel Ralph has spent over 30 years working in the international reinsurance industry, travelling extensively and visiting more than 50 insurance markets, with extended periods in Latin America and Japan. He currently works as a property insurance specialist for the Corporation of Lloyd's, monitoring the underwriting performance of the syndicates. Publications include Reinsurance (2000) and World Crop Reinsurance (2010).

This event is provided free of charge, but registration is essential.

Please RSVP to Robert Gordon on 020 7489 1011 or via email at

Please note that the location for this seminar has been changed.