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Comprehensive short-term insurance

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Dr Leon Vermaak

Leon Vermaak

Leon is the Chairman of Kopano’s Board and supports the organisation with strategic guidance and mentorship. He is a seasoned insurance executive having led several of South Africa’s largest insurance companies including Santam, Sanlam, and Telesure. He has also held senior leadership roles in the international Budget Group. Leon is an honorary professor in Business Management at the University of Pretoria.

Education
B.Comm (UP), MBA (UP), PhD Innovation Management (City University London)

Martin Epstein

Martin Epstein

Martin has over 25 years insurance experience in various executive roles globally and supports Kopano’s product development and data science functions. He developed and implemented the world’s first smartphone based telematics product and has served as the global head of motor product development and innovation for AIG. Martin is a prominent thought leader in behavioural research related to risk assessment and is a Board member at Kopano.

Education
BA Statistics (Berkeley), Masters in Financial Engineering (Haas), Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society

Gustav Praekelt

Gustav Praekelt

Gustav is the technical co-founder of Kopano. Prior to Kopano, Gustav founded Africa-based Praekelt Group, a leader in the creation of mobile platforms and services for the majority world. He also founded the Praekelt Foundation - a social business that develops scalable mobile solutions for social good, whose programmes have reached over 100 million people across 30 countries in Africa.

Education
BA Computer Science (UP)

Duran Hamer

Duran Hamer

Duran is a co-founder of Kopano and focuses on business development, product development, and supporting the operations of the business. Prior to Kopano, Duran worked for 8 years as a management consultant for True North Partners, a boutique European financial services consulting firm and Discovery, a leading insurer. The majority of his career was spent consulting to various insurance institutions on a diverse range of projects from regulatory programmes through to developing inorganic expansion strategies. Duran serves as an SME in both the product and distribution spaces in the short- and long-term insurance industries.

Education
BSc Actuarial Science, BSc Hons Advanced Maths of Finance (Wits)

Eleftherios Kyriazis, CFA

Eleftherios Kyriazis

Ele is a co-founder of Kopano and focuses on business development as well as supporting Kopano’s financial and operational functions. Prior to Kopano, Ele worked for 7 years as a management consultant for both True North Partners, a boutique European financial services consulting firm and Deloitte Consulting. He has extensive strategic and financial knowledge across both banks and non-bank financial institutions including short-term insurers, long-term insurers, brokerages and asset managers.

Education
BSc Maths and Economic Sciences, BSc Hons Maths, MSc Maths (Wits), CFA charterholder

Valerie Hayter

Valerie Hayter

Valerie is the Managing Director of Lireas Holdings, the strategic investment arm of Hannover Re Africa Group. She has ‘grown up’ in Lireas, having led the company since 1998 after joining the Hannover Re Africa Group in 1993. In her view, business is all about relationships and she values building lasting, mutually beneficial relationships. To Valerie there is nothing more satisfying than watching a start up grow and develop into a highly successful organisation knowing that she had a hand in its success. Valerie provides valuable strategic advice and business support.

Education
BCom Accounting (Wits)

Juan Antonio Pinillos CA(SA)

Juan Antonio Pinillos

Juan is a Kopano board member and an Executive at Mahogany Private Equity. He is a Chartered Accountant who completed his articles with Deloitte in 2006 in the Financial Institutions Services Team gaining exposure to various financial institutions both in South Africa as well as USA. Juan provides valuable strategic advice and business support as a Kopano Board member.

Education
BCom Accounting, BCom Hons Accounting (RAU), CA(SA)

Matthew Stephanou, CFA

Matthew Stephanou

Matthew is the Head of Engineering at Kopano and has been with the company since its inception. Matt leads all technology aspects of the company, from front-ends to core insurance systems. Matt’s unique educational background and experience ensures that technology, business goals and marketing efforts of Kopano are all aligned and achieved. Prior to Kopano, Matt worked in IT within investment banks and consulting firms, including Barclays Capital.

Education
BSc Applied Maths, BSc Hons Advanced Maths of Finance (Wits), CFA charterholder

Tracey van Gass

Tracey van Gass

Tracey manages client experience and operations across both short and long-term product lines. She ensures that visions and projects are transformed from paper to digital and then supported with cost-effective and customer-friendly processes. Tracey is a vital link between engineering, business strategy, and operations across Kopano.

Education
BCom Management Science, BCom Hons Financial Management (SU)

Hamish Stewart

Hamish Stewart

Hamish has extensive experience in working on core technology infrastructure, particularly in financial services. Prior to Kopano, Hamish worked as a full-stack developer at BBD, a custom software development house, and completed projects in the investment banking and retail banking divisions of both Nedbank and Standard Bank. Hamish is now responsible for maintaining and enhancing Kopano’s core insurance systems.

Theresa Stanley

Theresa Stanley

Theresa is responsible for all design conceptualisation and visual styling at Kopano and it’s underlying brands; in fact, she designed the site you are looking at right now. Theresa creates beautiful user interfaces and fit-for-purpose user experiences as well as supporting social media content creation and motion graphics.

Education
BA Information Design (UP)

Duane De Villiers

Duane De villiers

Duane, a recent computer science graduate, is a software engineer at Kopano. He is proficient in multiple programming languages, with a wide array of skills that complement both back-end and front-end development. He is currently working on Kopano’s core insurance system, adding new functionality and capabilities daily to support new client growth.

Education
BSc Mathematical Sciences (Computer Science) (SU)

Osama Abbasi

Osama Abbasi

Osama is a software engineer at Kopano, with development knowledge that spans front-end and back-end development and everything inbetween. Osama has a keen eye for detail and strives for perfection, which is why his current focus is on front-ends at Kopano. In his studies he completed a Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences and is now working with chat-bots and other cutting edge technologies.

Education
BSc Computer and Information Sciences (MSA)

Robert Bradfield

Robert Bradfield

Rob is a software engineer at Kopano and is proficient in multiple programming languages. He has worked on developing diagnostic tools for mobile phone insurance which includes machine learning modules.

Education
BEngSc Biomedical Engineering,
BSc Eng (Electrical) Information Engineering (Wits)

Syed Hussain

Syed Hussain

Syed is currently a software engineering intern at Kopano and has worked on developing diagnostic tools for mobile phone insurance which includes machine learning modules. He is in his final year of study and has a wide array of skills, including proficiency in multiple programming languages and problem solving in both hardware and software fields.

Education
BEngSc Biomedical Engineering,
BSc Eng (Electrical) Information Engineering (Wits)

Mughees Khan

Mughees Khan

Mughees is a software engineering intern at Kopano and is proficient in multiple programming languages. Mughees has worked on Kopano front-ends and is always eager to learn new skills. Due to the collaborative nature of his Digital Arts degree, he understands the dynamics of working effectively and efficiently in a team. Prior to Kopano, Mughees worked as a mathematics and science tutor.

Education
BEngSc in Digital Arts (Wits)

Delivering
insurance to
emerging
markets

By providing embedded digital
solutions to our partners

Kopano works
with organisations to
create insurance propositions

1

Enhancing value
propositions

Support your value
proposition with insurance
which can be positioned as a
complementary product or
standalone product offering.

2

Deepening client
relationships

Enhance your brand affinity
and presence with your
customer base and create
additional engagement
touch-points.

3

New revenue
opportunities

Cross-sell short- and
long-term insurance products
tailored to your customer base
and product suite to create
new annuity revenue streams.

Supported by
our digital
insurance
capabilities

Product Development

Product development and strategic guidance to deliver the full spectrum of insurance products.

Pricing

Full pricing capability across all product types supplemented with policy wording and T&Cs.

Policy Administration

Administration and third-party services provided via our cloud-based policy administration system.

Claims

We enable digital fulfillment of claims, from submission to settlement.

Reporting

Detailed customer insights delivered via our bespoke analytics and reporting capability.

Billing / Collections

Our billing engine enables the low-cost billing and collection of premiums.

License

We’ll source the most appropriate license to suit your product and servicing requirements.

Digital Channels

We deploy tailored digital channels that resonate with your brand and customer base.

Partner with
Kopano

speed

Speed to Market

Rapid deployment is supported by our full-stack systems and supported by a test-and-learn framework.

flexible

Flexibility

Kopano is agile enough to accommodate all product types, features and benefits.

speed

Personalised

Tailored digital experiences for your customers.

speed

Integrated

Fully embedded digital insurance solutions.

Meet the team

Leon Vermaak

Dr Leon Vermaak

Martin Epstein

Martin Epstein

Gustav Praekelt

Gustav Praekelt

Duran Hamer

Duran Hamer

Eleftherios Kyriazis

Eleftherios Kyriazis

Valerie Hayter

Valerie Hayter

Juan Antonio Pinillos

Juan Antonio Pinillos

Matthew Stephanou

Matthew Stephanou

Tracey van Gass

Tracey van Gass

Hamish Stewart

Hamish Stewart

Theresa Stanley

Theresa Stanley

Duane De Villiers

Duane De Villiers

Osama Abbasi

Osama Abbasi

Robert Bradfield

Robert Bradfield

Syed Hussain

Syed Hussain

Mughees Khan

Mughees Khan

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