Author Archives: portellijames

“Every Home is a Lampstand”

Context A journey is characterised not only by waymarks and decisions at every turning but is also reinforced by lessons we learn from others who travelled the road before us or, indeed, from our own mistakes and metanoia. Debates in … Continue reading

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In my working life I have had the fortune of  living in 6 countries and of visiting many countries across 4 continents. . Rubbing shoulders in multi-cultural societies can go one of two ways: one can appreciate more the diversity in … Continue reading

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Missing the Cue? Compulsory Health Insurance in Dubai

Compulsory Medical Insurance: Talk of the Town The compulsory health insurance initiative in the Dubai is currently the talk of the town. And, this is not without reason. The concept of having medical insurance widely available to all Dubai residents … Continue reading

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Embracing the Challenge

Insurance Climate Globally The MultaQa Insurance Rendezvous, quoting Swiss Re reports, summarized the global general insurance market as follows: Global general insurance penetration is dropping. Profitability is challenged both due to thin rates and also the sluggish investment market. Average … Continue reading

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2012: Three Gems and an Indomitable Spirit

  When penning the first words for this piece in 2011 I christened it ‘To Hell and Back’. The reasons for this are self-explanatory as one reads through it. However, time flew and I found myself finishing off this piece … Continue reading

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2012’s soothsayer

How I wish that the end of year results would prove me wrong because that would mean that insurance companies in the United Arab Emirates performed better than expected. I had lunch with a chief underwriting officer of one of … Continue reading

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Spoken in Jest? All true

I recently contacted a few regional ‘A’ rated insurance companies, in preparation for a corporate governance article, to get sound-bites from chief executives or managing directors on the drivers of corporate governance in our industry in the United Arab Emirates. … Continue reading

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