33 December 2015 Bermuda:Re/insurance+ILS BERMUDA’S RISING STARS If you are driven and passionate about self-improvement, it is possible to obtain a wealth of education specific to excelling in the reinsurance industry. With greater education comes greater opportunities. What are your aspirations for the future? I aspire to be the best at whatever I do and to ensure that I work hard to be better than the next person, putting my professional knowledge and experience to the best use possible, while trying to inspire the next generation. If you’d chosen a different profession/career path, what would it have been? I have always had a keen interest in science, especially biology which I have a bachelor’s degree in. I love influencing younger people and think that I would have found teaching biology to be a very rewarding career. I try and take people entering the industry under my wing as often as possible to try and steer their future careers. Elizabeth Madeiros Job title: Assistant vice president, operational enhancement Company: Validus Re Career path In 2015 Elizabeth Madeiros was appointed assistant vice president: operational enhancement at Validus Re. She joined the firm in 2010 as a junior reinsurance accountant: operations and has been reinsurance accountant: finance (2012); senior reinsurance accountant: finance (2013); and senior reinsurance accountant assistant manager: operations (2014). Why did you choose to go into the reinsurance industry? I entered the reinsurance industry in 2010 as I saw a vast amount of opportunities that would push me towards realising my potential. I am the kind of person that likes to be challenged with new tasks to ensure a state of learning and adapting, as this is where you grow. The familiar offers comfort and at best you can revitalise there, but at worst you stagnate. While at Validus I have earned several qualifications that exhibit my drive towards new frontiers. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant. I earned my CPCU qualification as well as my ARe and Associates in Insurance Services and I am currently studying for my Project Management Professional (PMP) qualification. Do you think the industry is attractive to young professionals? This industry is extremely attractive to young professionals as it offers such a vast array of opportunities for career development and continuous learning. Do you think the reinsurance industry offers good opportunities and career development to young professionals?
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