Insurance Young Guns | AIG Event
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AIG Event

On 26 January 2017, AIG hosted the second edition of Insurance Young Guns (IYG) in Johannesburg, organised by Lien Fonderie, client executive at AIG, and Roxanne Griffiths, underwriting manager of financial lines at AIG.

IYG was created as a vibrant platform for Johannesburg-based insurance colleagues under the age of 35, who are in the early stages of their career and looking for career guidance and professional development through a range of events and initiatives that provide members with the opportunity to build relationships with peers and leaders from the insurance sector.

The IYG’s goals are threefold: education by enhancing insurance and general business knowledge, networking, and philanthropy.

AIG’s recent networking event involved 43 ‘Young Gunners’ and was focused on South Africa’s craft beer industry. Guest speaker Ndumiso Madlala, founder of MadMead Breweries – renowned for beer brand Soweto Gold – provided members with insight into what it’s like to do business in South Africa as a young entrepreneur.

Many attendees also contributed funds towards two local Johannesburg charities: Growing Champions, which helps underprivileged children with tutoring, and the Johannesburg Dream Centre, which works with underprivileged youth by helping them with their CVs and offering them opportunities to gain employment.  

Paul Stiff, head of client engagement of Africa at AIG, said, “Insurance Young Guns is gaining momentum and provides a fantastic forum for bringing together the market leaders of the future.”

Ferguson Langenhoven, multinational account executive at AIG, commented, “The event provides a networking platform for younger people in the insurance industry in a way that was not provided before. [It is] definitely an initiative worth sustaining.”

Fonderie added, “We are hopeful that after two successful events and lots of positive feedback, other insurers and brokers will want to get on board with Insurance Young Guns as well.”

“Insurance Young Guns is gaining momentum and provides a fantastic forum for bringing together the market leaders of the future.” – Paul Stiff, head of client engagement of Africa at AIG