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FS Brew

Welcome to FS Brew!
FS Brew is the region’s first podcast focusing on all things insurance and insurtech, here in the UAE and the wider Middle East.
We are based in the startup magnet, a city of dreamers and visionaries- Dubai!

In every episode, the hosts, Vidya Veerapandian and Renjit Philip pick up and analyse news pieces and talk to leaders from the industry.

Recent FS Brew Episodes

Oct. 27, 2022

25: Hala Insurtech- Innovate offshore and regulate onshore

Here's our interview with Walid Daniel Dib , Co-founder, and CEO of Hala Insurance , the OG millennial insurtech founder from the…

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Oct. 13, 2022

24: News with Analysis: Oct 2022

Here's our #newswithanalysis episode after long! 💃🏻 In this episode, we've picked trending #news pieces from the #uae market exc…

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Oct. 12, 2022

23: The TAM for micro-insurance is huge- Interview with Andy Ann

Here's our #FSBrewInternational interview with Andy Ann, CEO of YAS MicroInsurance based in #HongKong. Fascinating conversation a…

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Sept. 12, 2022

22: Digital Transformation in the Asia Pacific Region- Conversation w…

We spoke to Roopa Malhotra- Head of Customer & Digital, APAC, Zurich Insurance Group LinkedIn:…

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Aug. 9, 2022

21: Unit economics matter- Interview with Nicolo Robba, Co-founder of…

In our first episode of #FSBrewInternational , we spoke with Nicolo Robba from Lifepal . Lifepal is the no. 1 B2C #insurance #agg…

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July 19, 2022

20: Claims Transparency can increase Life Insurance adoption in the M…

We caught up with Wilson Varghese, General Manager and Head of Operations, Zurich Middle East, part of Zurich Insurance Group. …

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Recent Blog Posts

Driving Digital Transformation in the APAC region- Convers…

And that's when, when I was with Chubb, I kind of pivoted into this new team that was forming on digital and I kind of forwarded into digital product dev…

Guide to being a successful Chief Digital Officer

On the subject of Digital transformation on various social media channels. Specific to the insurance, what are the top five things that you think an incu…

Interview with Tanja Magas from Democrance

So, the global Microinsurance market reached 78 billion in 2021. Looking forward, the market is expected to reach 112 billion by 2027. That is a 6% CAGR …

About the Hosts

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Renjit Philip

Lifelong learner of all things Digital, Business models, Insurtech, Fintech & DeFI | XStartup Founder turned Startup Advisor

Senior professional with 20+ years of startup and corporate experience in retail finance, payments, insurance and technology consulting.
Ex-founder: Insurtech Startup in US. Currently advising Startups in the US, India & UAE. Angel investor: Early Stage to Series A
Mentor / session leader at Accelerators: Founder Institute (GCC Silicon Valley)| NSRCEL, IIMB, Bangalore| Loyal VC, Canada
Startup and scale-up experience in successful business units
International work experience: USA, India, China & MENA region.
Expertise in inclusive finance, DeFi, Fintech, Insurtech, Blockchain, eCommerce and EdTech.
Specialties: Startup leadership, Business strategy, Product management, Agile Management, Program management, Design Thinking, Growth Marketing, Business development, Strategic partnership & Developing talent.

Twitter: @renjitphilip

Thought Leadership

Vidya Veerapandian Profile Photo

Vidya Veerapandian

Founder- FWD

Vidya Veerapandian
Senior Insurance Marketing Leader with expertise in digital transformation, CX and go-to-market strategies
Core strengths: 1] to lead P&L centric omni- channel marketing strategies for direct, broker and affinity businesses and 2] to direct seamless and consistent user- centered design and experience across multivariate customer journeys
International work experience: MENA and India
Specialties: design thinking, growth marketing, brand strategy, creative thinking & management
Awards: Winner MEPRA and SABRE awards for Best Campaign & Comms; recipient of MENA IR Awards