Influential women in re/insurance: re/insurers and brokers
OF OF 2017
Company: International General Insurance company (IGI)
Job title: Group chief legal officer / company secretary
2014: Chief legal officer & company secretary, IGI
2007: Legal officer & company secretary, IGI
2005: Head of special clients department, Abu Ghazaleh
sense of achievement. Recently, being part of IGI’s team in
preparing the company to be Solvency II compliant, has been
a learning experience and an important benchmark for my
On a personal level, the biggest highlight has been becoming
one of the youngest female chief legal officers in the re/
insurance industry. Working with the executive team of
IGI, which has an average industry experience of 27 years,
continuously offers me opportunities for learning and
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
Challenges are inevitable, and I enjoy the opportunities and
accomplishments that derive from them. I cannot name just
one challenge as there have been many. However, upon
reflection, my gender and gaining respect and recognition
in an industry that is male-dominated has been a continual
challenge. Having my voice heard has required assertiveness
The challenges that I’ve faced, in the part of the world that
I come from, are greater than those faced by my peers in
other regions. However, I am optimistic about the future, as
every day I see women rising to top in their careers and I see
them making a difference in their professions and to their
If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
I would probably be running my own law firm.
Rawan Alsulaiman joined IGI in December 2007 as head of
its legal department and was promoted in 2014 to group chief
legal officer. She also holds the position of company secretary
of the board of directors of both the DIFC and UK entities.
She is accustomed to general corporate/commercial business,
insurance/financial services, M&A, IPO, litigation, mediation
and managing the regular day-to-day business of an in-house
legal function. She also manages external counsels and other
Alsulaiman started her career with Abu Ghazaleh Intellectual
Property (AGIP) where she established the special clients
department to handle key clients and to oversee their
intellectual property rights, anti-counterfeiting, infringement
and IP enforcement actions across the MENA region.
Alsulaiman gained her Master’s degree in international and
comparative public law from the University of Exeter in 2005.
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
In 2007, on the verge of moving to Dubai for work and
upon the recommendation of a colleague, I was invited for
interview with IGI. On meeting Mr. Wasef Jabsheh, IGI’s
founder and CEO, I was immediately impressed with his sharp
business instinct and his rapid success. I saw the potential in
this company, and it eventually grew from a young, regional
business into a specialised international insurer and reinsurer
with global reach.
My passion for the re/insurance industry was ignited and
I have subsequently enjoyed exploring the frontiers of this
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Joining IGI in its early years and growing with it is the
highlight of my career. The company’s growth over the years
and my personal growth have given me satisfaction and a
“Having my voice heard has required
assertiveness and perseverance.”
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